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Writer's Digest Staff

Learn more about the Writer's Digest universe by learning about the people who work on the magazine, the website, online education, virtual events, in-person events, contests, podcasts, and more.

Writer's Digest's mission is to help ignite writers' creative vision and connect them with the community, education and resources they need to bring it to life. WD's staff—all avid readers and writers themselves—embraces that mission, fully immersed in the writing community in their professional and creative lives.

Amy Jones

Amy Jones is Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest and was previously the managing editor of Writer's Digest Books. Prior to joining the WD team, she was the managing editor for North Light Books and IMPACT Books. Like most WD staffers, Amy is a voracious reader and has a particular interest in literary fiction, historical fiction, page-turning mysteries, and steamy, diverse romance. She is a volunteer for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and at Ohio Alleycat Resource, her local no-kill cat shelter. Find Amy on Twitter at @AmyMJones_5.

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Editor of Writer's Digest, which includes managing the content on WritersDigest.com and programming virtual conferences. He's the author of 40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers: Writing Ideas for Bending Stories in New Directions, The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms: 100+ Poetic Form Definitions and Examples for Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, and more. Also, he's the editor of Writer's Market, Poet's Market, and Guide to Literary Agents. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

Moriah Richard

Moriah Richard is Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest. Since obtaining her MFA in fiction, she has worked with over 100 authors to help them achieve their publication dreams. As a reader, she’s most interested in horror, fantasy, and romance, although she will read just about anything with a great hook. Beyond the page, she enjoys cooking, World of Warcraft, and playing endless hours of fetch with her golden retriever. Find Moriah on Twitter @MoriahRichard93.

Michael Woodson

Michael Woodson is Editor of Writer's Digest. Previously, he was the Editorial and Marketing Assistant for Blue Manatee Press, and the Associate Editor for Artists Magazine and Drawing magazine. He is the cohost and cocreator of the podcast Book It, where he and his cohost Jill Burket-Ragase talk about books, frankly. A lifelong reader with a librarian mother, Michael particularly loves literary fiction, books in verse, and middle grade fiction. When he's not reading or writing, Michael's at the movies, trying out a new recipe, or snuggling up with his dog while trying to convince his husband that they should adopt another one. Find him online at michaelwoodson.com.

Sadie Dean

Sadie Dean is Editor and Digital Content Manager of Script Magazine and co-host of Reckless Creatives podcast. She has served the screenwriting community for nearly a decade by providing resources, contests, consulting, events, and education for screenwriters across the globe. Sadie is an accomplished writer herself and her work has been optioned, written on spec, and produced. Additionally, she has worked as a Script Supervisor on projects for WB, TBS, and AwesomenessTV, as well as many independent productions. She has also produced music videos, short films, and a feature documentary film. Follow Sadie on Twitter @SadieKDean.

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall is the Digital Content Director for Writer’s Digest University and Screenwriting University. She has worked in online education since 2016 and has a passion for bringing remote learning opportunities to creative people all over the world. She is a constant reader and has a particular love for fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahReadsItAll.

Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson is an Instructional Designer for Writer's Digest and Writer's Digest University. She has worked in online education since 2001 as well as taught as an adjunct instructor at a local community college. She has her MS in Psychology with an emphasis in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She lives with her two dogs Dori and Corey, and three kitties. You can follow her on Twitter @sueajohnsonco.

Taylor Sferra

Taylor Sferra is the event director and general manager for Writer’s Digest. She’s worked in event management for the past ten years, almost seven of which have been with Writer’s Digest. When she’s not planning the next conference, Taylor likes to read works by past and current speakers and recommend them to her book club, chase after her three boys, travel with her family, volunteer with Autism Speaks, and explore her adopted city of Cincinnati. You can find her on Twitter @TaylorSferra.

Tara Johnson

Tara Johnson is the Competitions Manager for Writer’s Digest. She’s worked in competition management for over 20 years, all that time with Writer’s Digest. Outside of her work at Writer’s Digest, Tara enjoys reading romance, camping, and spending time with family and friends. She loves watching her sons compete in a variety of sports including golf, basketball, and baseball. You can find her on Twitter @TaraJohnsonAIM.

Nicole Howard

Having worked with the company for over 15 years, Nicole Howard is the Competition Coordinator for all competitions held by Writer’s Digest, in addition to being the primary contact for any competition submission-related inquiries. Growing up as the daughter of a publisher/antique dealer, she has been involved with publishing and events since childhood. Outside of work, along with the company of her husband and their old French Bulldog, she pursues her passions of working in soil, cooking, traveling, reading (or listening to audio books when her hands aren’t free), and is working to fulfill her needs to be in the company of water…not giving up on a childhood dream to be a liveaboard cruiser, listening to Jimmy Buffet or Thelonious Monk while preparing meals in a galley, growing herbs on deck, and watching the sun set over the anchor line.

Lyn Menke

Lyn Menke has managed registration for the Writer’s Digest's live conferences since 2016. She likes to garden, and read mysteries or anything having to do with Alaska or the history of the National Parks. Since watching a PBS special about the Great Lodges of the National Parks, Lyn has visited more than 10 parks and stayed in the lodges at most of those. When not spending time with her grandchildren, she dog-sits for friends and regularly donates platelets at the local blood bank.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith serves as Advertising Director for the Writing Community. A 28-year veteran of media sales and marketing and father of 2 college students, Kevin is an avid golfer, jazz lover, sports fan, and book worm. Connect with Kevin to learn more about advertising with Writer's Digest.

Kara Schuler

Kara Schuler manages all email marketing and a variety of other marketing tasks for Writer’s Digest, along with six additional AIM brands. She spends her free time hiking with her adorable tripawd rescue, attempting to cook something new, trying out local breweries and restaurants, or booking that last-minute flight somewhere. Kara has recently discovered the magical works of Brene Brown, Dr. Nicole LePera, Glennon Doyle and John Kim which she tries to read as often as possible.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not submitting your work.

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Author Janet Key shares the feeling of not wanting to revisit the world she was creating and the tools she used to help make her fiction a place she wanted to be.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character's backstory change.

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

The editors of Writer’s Digest are proud to bring you the first book club pick, Portrait of a Thief, to read along with us.

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

For many writers, self-critique gets in the way of making much progress. Here, author Julia Crouch shares 6 ways to fight your inner critics.

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Where realistic fiction felt both too restrictive and too revealing for author Susan Speranza’s transition from poetry to fiction, she turned to allegory. Here, she shares examples of famous allegories throughout history and how allegorical writing helped shape her novel, Ice Out.

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

In this post, author C. Hope Clark shares tips on how freelance writers can use Instagram as a tool to find more freelance writing connections, assignments, and overall success.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "different way of seeing the world" poem.