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Writing Certificate

Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writing Certificate:
Novel Writing 
Core Instructors

Helena Echlin

Helena Echlin is the author of the novel Gone, as well as numerous articles that have been published in UK newspapers such as the Guardian and the Times, and in US publications such as Yoga Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. For five years, she wrote the popular etiquette advice column “Table Manners” for CHOW.

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is the author of a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night, and her first novel is forthcoming in Spring 2019. Her personal essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Waxwing, The Arroyo Literary Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, Berfrois, Canteen, The New York Times “Draft” series, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and later served there as interim director of undergraduate creative writing. She has also taught in the MFA program of Saint Mary’s College.

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson's latest novel is The Secret Magic, which received the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Her previous novel, The Air Between Us,received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction. She has been a translator and an editor, a broadcaster at Vatican Radio, and director of the Colom Foundation in Columbus, Mississippi.

Ammi Keller
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s work appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Soft Skull Press and St. Martin’s Press, and has received residencies from the Norton Island Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Thomas McNeely
Former Jones Lecturer and Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Thomas McNeely’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. His work has been short-listed for the Best American ShortStories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize. In 2008, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. His first novel, Ghost Horse, was published in 2014. McNeely received an MFA from Emerson College.

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr’s newest work, We Are All Together, will be published next Fall. He is also the author of Termite Parade, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and the novels All This Life, Fight Song, Damascus, and Some Things That Meant the World to Me, an O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. His short stories and essays have appeared inThe New York Times Book Review,7x7,The Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, BuzzFeed,Literary Hub,The Rumpus, andThe Nervous Breakdown, among other publications. Mohr received an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

Ron Nyren
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ron Nyren’s fiction has appeared inThe Paris Review,The Missouri Review,North American Review,Glimmer Train Stories,Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He is the co-author ofDeepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writersand a former editor ofFurious Fictions: The Magazine of Short-Short Stories.

Angela Pneuman
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novelLay It on My Heartand the short story collectionHome Remedies. Her fiction has appeared inThe Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, andThe Los Angeles Review. She is a contributor toSalon, The Believer, andThe Rumpus. She received an MFA in writing from Indiana University and aPhDin English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Sarah Stone
Faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers

Sarah Stone is the author ofThe True Sources of the Nileand co-author ofDeepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her work has appeared inPloughshares,StoryQuarterly, andThe Writer’s Chronicle. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.

Stacey Swan
Faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers

Stacey Swann’s work has appeared in The Bridport Prize 2017 anthology, Covered with Fur, NER Digital, EPOCH, Versal, Memorious, Freight Stories, The Good Men Project, and The Saint Ann’s Review. Her short story collection, The Dead Zoo, was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize. She was formerly the editor of the literary quarterly American Short Fiction and is now a contributing editor. Swann received an MFA from Texas State University.

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is the author of Midori by Moonlight, Love in Translation, Falling Uphill, His Wife and Daughters, and the self-published novel No Kidding, which received a Writer’s Digest award. She’s also written the nonfiction book Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband. Her latest book is a collection of short stories, Postcards From Tokyo. Tokunaga received an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco.

Malena Watrous
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Online Writing Lead Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies

Malena Watrous is the author of the novelIf You Follow Me, which received a Michener-CopernicusAward. She frequently reviews books for such publications asThe New York Timesand theSan Francisco Chronicle. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.