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
Education Director: A.E. Osworth || Research & Publications Director: Catherine Bloomer
Advisory Board
Catherine Bloomer
Elise Burchard
Amy Kurzweil
KrisAnne Madaus
A.E. 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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Candice M. Ralph is a literary artist concentrating in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The New School, where she is crafting a tropical novella on the mysteries of nature, faith, and human memory. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago, and has shared her passion for creative writing throughout her work/life experiences as a substitute teacher, a full-time nanny, and an afterschool coach for Young Chicago Authors’ annual slam poetry competition-fest, Louder Than A Bomb. Currently, in addition to earning her MFA, Candice serves on the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College’s Center for Children’s Literature. Her future aspirations include organizing open mic nights for kids, narrating audiobooks, learning to scuba-dive, and traveling the world with a baby on her back.
Cynthia Amoah is a spoken word artist, performer, and writer originally from Ghana, West Africa. She is currently pursing an MFA in poetry at The New School and has been featured on the stages of TEDxDrewUniversity and TEDxOhioStateUniversity. When she is not found writing or performing, Cynthia enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and wandering museums.
Jillian Fraker is a native of Nantucket Massachusetts, who, after several years of living in Seattle, Wash., has returned to the east coast to concentrate on writing. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Trinity College and minored in community action, a field which she finds herself drawn to drawn to more and more. In 2013, Jillian co-founded The Conor Gregory Foundation, a non-profit that supports underprivileged inner city youth. With that in mind, she began writing a monthly blog aimed at bringing together those affected by grief, unexpected loss and emotional trauma, a subject with which she is intimately acquainted. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, exploring food cultures, surfing, and photography. Jillian is earning her MFA in nonfiction at The New School, where she is writing a memoir.
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Kiri is from Melbourne, Australia.  She is a former litigation lawyer who now teaches Kundalini yoga and has a small farm of Alpacas, donkeys, goats and sheep in Upstate NY.  She is a second-year fiction student in MFA program at the New School and is at work on her first novel.
Former Fellows
Lauren Routt moved to New York City from Miami, FL to pursue her MFA in poetry at The New School. She studied Latin American Studies and Education at Haverford College and proceeded to work as an educator for Teach for America in Miami, FL. Passionate about education and poetry, Lauren is excited to begin working for WriteOn as a creative writing teacher. In her free time, Lauren enjoys attending music festivals, wandering the insides of museums and sharing her musings of being a young woman in NY on her blog.
Avinash Rajendran is a first-year student at The New School. In his previous life, he was a closet writer and an Engineer. He loves New York and is passionate about Theatre, Philosophy, Education, and Literature. He is currently working with his agent on editing his first book, The Sins of Innocence.
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 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.
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.
A.E. Osworth graduated from The New School in 2016, the same year they helped pilot WriteOn NYC. They now teach digital storytelling there, and they’re also the Managing Editor of Scholar & Feminist Online at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and a Staff Writer at Autostraddle, the largest website by and for queer women and nonbinary folks.
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.
Luthfun J. Nahar is a formerly undocumented writer from Sandwip, Bangladesh. She is a co-founder of Atlas:DIY, an immigrant youth center. Luthfun holds a Bachelor’s in English Education from Hunter College and enjoys teaching in NYC public high schools. She is earning her MFA in fiction at The New School, where she is working on a short-story cycle.
Jessica Gross’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Longreads, and The Paris Review Daily, among other places. She is currently earning her MFA in fiction at The New School, where she is working on a novel about Freud and teaching in the First-Year Writing program.
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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