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Writing and Media Consultants

The following instructors and friends of the Center offer private, one-on-one consultation services.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Abrams

Amy Abrams is an award-winning author, widely-read journalist, literary journal editor (Delmarva Review), and former publishing executive at art magazines (Art & Antiques and Museum & Arts Washington). She has published over 200 articles in major magazines and newspapers including Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, Tribune Newspapers, and Village Voice Media. She has appeared on TV and radio programs including NPR, as well as lectured to university, museum, and writing conference audiences across America. Book releases include a novel, The Cage and The Key, and the coffee table art book, Schenck in the 21st Century: The Myth of the Hero and the Truth of America, which won the 2013 US Literary Award for Fine Arts. Most recently, as a communications consultant, her clients include the World Bank, World Vision International, and George Washington University.

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Sara Burnett

Sara Burnett is a poet, writer and educator. She is the author of the chapbook Mother Tongue (Dancing Girl Press 2018). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She holds a MFA from the University of Maryland and a MA in English Literature from the University of Vermont. A former public high school teacher, she has written on education equity and immigration in print and online publications and designs curriculum. Having several years experience teaching middle school and high school students, she now enjoys tutoring them on creative and analytical writing projects (even those assigned once by teachers like herself). She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her family.

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Carolyn Clark

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Clark

Carolyn Clark, Ph.D., is a devoted teacher and a personal trainer. Indebted to teachers at Cornell University, Brown University, and The Johns Hopkins University for degrees in Classics-related fields, she enjoys riding, writing woodlands lyric poetry, and finding mythology everywhere.

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Melanie Figg          

Melanie Figg

Writing Mentor & Creativity Coach
Melanie Figg (MFA, CPCC) is a certified professional coach. She works 1-1 with people on their poetry, and also has 8 years of substantial experience as a career and personal coach. She works with all kinds of writers and people looking to add more creative practices to their lives, finish creative projects (by tackling procrastination, the Inner Critic, poor time management, etc.), write a new chapter after retirement, or achieve other results in their creative or personal lives.
 
             
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DAVID FRIEDFERTIG

College Essay tutor and editor
David is a practicing attorney who graduated with honors from SUNY Buffalo Law School. Before he enrolled in law school, he worked for an international test prep organization, helping students to prepare for the SAT and ACT exams in both classes and individualized tutoring. As well as his legal work, he continues ​​tutoring high school and law school students, and is available ​to help students with college essay and legal writing​​ (online only). Contact​: david@davidfriedfertig.com.

 
             
         

GINA HAGLER

Gina Hagler is a freelance nonfiction writer and published author who writes for children and adults. She has written books about science, technology, history, and business. Her work has received several awards. Gina also writes for a number of sites on topics ranging from health to the future of food. She teaches nonfiction and narrative nonfiction workshops at the Writer’s Center. She is a member of the ASJA. Contact Gina to act as your Nonfiction Coach.
             
Kathryn Johnson          

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson has published 41 novels with major U.S. and international publishers. She is an inspiring speaker at national writers’ conferences and the founder of Write by You, a professional mentoring service for fiction writers who seek support in reaching their publication goals. Her most recent critically-acclaimed novel is The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare's The "Tempest".

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Read Kathryn's article about writing historical fiction.

             
         

Sarah O'Halloran

Digital Marketing Specialist

Sarah O’Halloran (www.sarahohalloran.com) is an arts manager who works with individuals and organizations in areas including project management, marketing, and communications. These days every writer needs to build an online platform. But sometimes it's a daunting prospect: some writers are unsure of to build a personal brand, others feel uneasy about self-promotion, and some lack the necessary tech skills. Sarah works with writers interested in promoting their work online helping them to define their personal brand and communicate through social media, a personal website, a mailing list, or other channel. Sarah is an experienced teacher who welcomes tech novices and is happy to teach them about basic topics like setting up a social media account and writing great posts. Sarah also teaches more advanced topics like running a successful mailing list or blog. In addition to teaching writers Sarah also provides services like online marketing assessments, building new websites, and creating marketing content.

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Lynn Schwartz          

Lynn Schwartz

Lynn Auld Schwartz is a writer, story development editor, and has ghostwritten three books. Her plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and NYC, including Lincoln Center. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in NYC, has received two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and an Annie Literary Arts Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.  Her stories have appeared in literary journals and she produces and directs the Page To Stage series, which offers regional writers the opportunity to perform their life stories. A graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, Schwartz teaches fiction and memoir at St. John’s College and The Writer’s Center. More about her at: www.writerswordhouse.com.

 

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Katherine Scott          

KATHERINE SCOTT

Katherine Hutt Scott is the 3rd place winner of the 2018 Bethesda Urban Partnership poetry contest and loves all forms of beautiful writing. She has coached officials at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in good writing practices. Ms. Scott has worked nine years as an international communications professional and two decades before that as a journalist. She is currently a communications consultant for the World Bank. As a journalist, she wrote for the Gannett newspaper chain and The Associated Press. Ms. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

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Marilyn Smith          

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith has a Ph.D. in Education Policy/Higher Education and an M.A. in Reading Education. She has taken numerous writing classes from The Writer’s Center, and has taught a wide variety of courses/workshops/seminars since 1969. Marilyn retired a few years ago and has recently published two books—her memoir and an anthology of medical memoirs. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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