"My instructor surprised me at every turn— sincere, challenging, full of encouragement and great stories, professional, wise, and real."
Rick Merfield, graduate
Writing is one thing. Teaching writing is another. Our instructors are pros at both.
They're working writers, having successful careers in the competitive world of publishing––from magazines and mystery writing to children's literature, historical fiction, and poetry.
We believe a gifted teacher can change the course of a student’s life. Our faculty members embody passion, dedication, and care in how they nurture and support each student. Your own instructor will inspire you throughout every lesson to help fulfill your dream of becoming a writer.
Institute of Children's Literature Instructors
Mary Blount Christian
Clara Gillow Clark
Sheila Wood Foard
Kristin Wolden Nitz
Shirley Raye Redmond
Pegi Deitz Shea
Kristi Collier Thompson
Institute for Writers Instructors