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Our Mission

WriteOn NYC aims to develop two communities simultaneously. First, we provide passionate writing teachers to underserved New York City school children. Second, we prepare MFA creative writing candidates for careers in teaching and non-profit work, and provide financial support throughout their graduate studies.

One fellowship. Two missions.

Literature helps us to see beyond the quotidian and increases our capacity for empathy. At WriteOn, we want to make literature more accessible to kids, both as readers and writers.

Our Team
Executive Director: Helen Schulman
Program Director: Phineas Lambert
Advisory Board
Catherine Bloomer
Elise Burchard
Amy Kurzweil
KrisAnne Madaus
Alison Osworth
Justin Sherwood
Lori Lynn Turner
Thais Vitorelli
Randy Brown Winston
Our Donors
Founding Donors: The Gottlieb Family
Dashiell Alison
Aimee Bell
Andy Braver
William Bressman
Richard Cooper
Eve Evans
Louis Friedman
Robb Granado
Lisa Henricksson
Jonathan Iger
Jim Kelly
Lea Kleman
Phineas Lambert
Justin Mendelsohn
Jackie Moffett
Erica Munsky
News Corporation
Suzi Parrasch
Abigail Pogrebin
Kathryn Quirk
Christine Reilly
Sandra M. Rocks
Aileen Schruth
Robert Sheehan
Stephen Shepard
David Soloman
Roslyn Sonabend
Michael Turner
Pamela Weinberg
Our Fellows
Meet our team
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José García graduated from the Creative Writing program at The New School. His writing and interviews have appeared in Guernica, Lit Hub, The Millions, Words Without Borders and Slice Literary Magazine. He’s a Fulbright scholar from Guatemala.
Nicole Starczak high res
Nicole Starczak is a graduate of The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program. She’s taught at The New School and is the former director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She’s currently working on a novel.
Former Fellows
Grady Granos is a teacher and writer of prose fiction and screenplays with a background in film production. Hailing from Minnesota, he lived for many years in Sweden, England, and China, which has informed both his creative work and his approach to education.
Thais Vitorelli is a graduate specializing in writing for children and young adults from The New School. She is a Brazilian New Yorker who also works as a Portuguese tutor and is currently writing her young adult novel.
Elise Burchard is an MFA graduate from The New School. She is an unpublished but aspiring writer and her sketch comedy has been featured in the Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival of the Second City Family Chicago. She hopes that one day someone will pick up one of her books and finish it.
KrisAnne Madaus is a production assistant at Vanity Fair and an MFA graduate concentrating in fiction from The New School. She is working to complete her collection of linked stories inspired by her hometown, and her work has been published by SpringGun Press.
Ali Osworth graduated from The New School in 2016, the same year she helped pilot WriteOn NYC. She now teaches digital storytelling there, and is also the managing editor of Scholar & Feminist Online at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Geekery Editor at Autostraddle, the largest website by and for queer women.
Catherine Bloomer received her MFA in fiction from The New School. She is currently a PhD candidate in Italian literature at Columbia University, where she teaches Italian language, and she holds a BA in English and Italian cum laude from Barnard Collge.
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Why Us
One Fellowship, Two Missions
Our fellows get teaching experience to prepare them for their life as a writer and citizen of the literary community; our students learn the value of the written word and their own voice as writers. What could be better than a symbiotic relationship?
We promote literacy
We love our students and our fellows
we teach creative storytelling
And everyone wins