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Writing Certificate

Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writing Certificate:
Novel Writing 
Core Instructors 2016-2017

Valerie Brelinski
Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, Stanford
Valerie Brelinski’s novel, The Girl Who Slept with God, was published last year. Her writing has been published in The Rumpus, Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, and Green Mountains Review. She has taught creative writing at Stanford and the University of Virginia. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Virginia.
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.

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 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. 

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.

Sarah Stone
Faculty, Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers

Sarah Stone is the author of 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 PloughsharesStoryQuarterly, 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. 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.