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Writing Certificate

Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writing Certificate:
Novel Writing 
Core Instructors

Martha Conway

Martha Conway’s most recent novel, The Underground River, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and has been translated into six languages. She is also the author of Thieving Forest, Sugarland, and 12 Bliss Street. Her short fiction has been published in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Quarterly, The Carolina Quarterly, Folio, and other journals. She received her master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

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, The Risk of Us, was published in April 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 Short Stories, 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.

Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film of Fallen was released by Sony Pictures in 2017. She received an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and is a former acquiring editor at HarperCollins.

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 in The New York Times Book Review, 7x7, The Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, BuzzFeed, Literary Hub,The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown, among other publications. Mohr received an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

Nami Mun

Nami Mun’s Miles from Nowhere has won the Whiting Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and a Pushcart Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Her work can be seen in The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, and Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. She currently teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.

Ron Nyren
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

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

Angela Pneuman
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and The Los Angeles Review. She is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA in writing from Indiana University and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Stephanie Reents
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Stephanie Reents received a BA from Amherst College, a second BA from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her short stories have appeared in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, New South, O. Henry Prize Stories 2006, and Best of the West, among other publications. Her collection of stories, The Kissing List, was published in 2012.

Sarah Stone
Faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers

Sarah Stone is the author of Hungry Ghost Theater and The True Sources of the Nile and co-author of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, and The Writer’s Chronicle. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.

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 novel If You Follow Me, which received a Michener-Copernicus Award. She frequently reviews books for such publications as The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.