"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 

Clara Gillow Clark

Nancy Coffelt

Michael Cooper

Trinka Enell

Sheila Wood Foard

Sue Ford

Troon Harrison

Susan Ludwig

Lori Mortensen

Kristin Wolden Nitz 

Cindy Savage

Pegi Deitz Shea

Victoria Sherrow 

Deborah Vetter

Andrea Vlahakis


Institute for Writers Instructors

Kris Franklin

Karen Hammond

Donna Ippolito

Lynne Smith

Linda Triegel



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