Teen Writers Bloc

A Blog by the New School Writing for Children MFA Class of 2012

caela carter resized About Caela Carter spent her childhood and teen years in Baltimore, Maryland and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She worked as a reading and writing teacher for six years in Jacksonville, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. Spending so much time among inspired teenaged writers and readers in Chicago made Caela realize she wanted to write for teens herself. Caela is currently writing everyday while continuing her studies in writing at The New School. Me, Him, Them, and It (Winter 2013, Bloomsbury) phteugc1og1b54u About Sona Charaipotra is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist based in New York City, where she lives with her professor/writer husband and her empirically adorable daughter Kavya. When she’s not busy watching Glee or The Vampire Diaries (for work, of course) around little Kavi’s schedule (or lack thereof — gotta love that DVR!), she’s plowing through a stack of teen novels or scribbling away on a middle grade fantasy at the New School, where she’s pursing an MFA in Writing for Children. Thanks to her Masters in Dramatic Writing and Diaspora Studies from NYU (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films), Sona is a strong believer that three act structure can work in novels, too.
dhonielle 108 133 redo About Dhonielle Clayton was born in the suburbs of Washington, DC and spent her childhood Saturdays at the comic book store with her father and most evenings hiding beneath her grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books. She earned a BA in English at Wake Forest University. She was an English teacher for three years and worked with educational curriculum. Being surrounded by children, Dhonielle re-discovered her love of children’s literature and earned a masters in children’s and young adult literature from Hollins University. Currently, she is working on both middle grade and young adult novel projects. amy ewing About Amy Ewing is the daughter and granddaughter of librarians, so books were always a significant part of her childhood. She moved to New York City to attend NYU and pursue an acting career, and somehow found herself, a few years later, as a sales rep for a wine distributor. Having always loved to write in her spare time, she began working on a YA fantasy trilogy and completed the first book in October 2009. She is thrilled to be attending the New School’s MFA program, and excited to see where this new path will take her.
alysongerber About Alyson Gerber is a graduate of Connecticut College, The Governor’s Academy and The Pike School, on which her neurosis and novel, GrGrGGracie Garber Loves Goys, are based. Her writing has been published in The Jewish Daily Forward, HEEB Magazine, New York Press, The Resident, The Frisky, YourTango, Huffington Post, Robb Report, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Pomp & Circumstance Magazine. She is currently earning her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School. She has been interviewed about publishing for segments on CNN and LXTV. coreyhaydu About Corey Haydu spent her post-college years on writing short-stories and plays. She has since shifted some of her focus to teen fiction in 2009. Her non-teen fiction and plays have been published in various literary journals including: Ampersand Review, Third Wednesday, Ducts, Foliate Oak, and Glasses Glasses. She has also received honors from Glimmer Train Press, WOW Women on Writing, and New Millennium. She is currently working on her second novel, a literary teen work about the unlikely intersection between partying and religion. Check out Corey’s blog, Former Self Project, where she shares her hilarious, earnest and occasionally psychotic childhood/teenaged journal entries against her better judgment, risking public scorn and humiliation. OCD Love Story (Summer 2013, Simon Pulse).
amberhyppolite About Amber Hyppolite has spent most of her life in the suburbs of Philadelphia. At 22, she hopes that being a part of this MFA program will strengthen her writing and improve her chances of accomplishing one of her ultimate goals: to become a young adult novelist. A recent college graduate, she is currently in the process of revising her creative honors project, a short story collection that depicts, in various ways, what it is like to be a young black female in a predominantly white community. She is also in the early stages of what she hopes will be her masters thesis. Jane Moon2 About Jane Moon grew up almost all her life (99.9%) in New York City and was raised during a time when phones were still connected to the walls, dials were turned to change the channel on TVs, and text messaging in class was passing a hand written note along until it reached the designated person. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University, but now works in a field totally unrelated to her degree. She likes iced coffee, kittens and vacationing in tropical destinations — but hates getting tanned. Jane is currently working on her first novel, a fantasy middle grade story about monsters under the bed.
ridhi About Riddhi Parekh likes to walk around the streets of Bombay with her gigantic headphones on. She likes cats, dogs, humans and other species. She loves art, books, poetry and the outdoors. She has worked on a variety of media including print, web, television and so on. She has also been a drama teacher for more than 5 years. Her favorite color keeps changing. Right now it is purple. shaw steven About Steven Salvatore Shaw is a completely broke, totally awesome, painfully dedicated starving writer. Born and raised in the suburbs of Westchester, New York, he spent his childhood writing and illustrating his own fantastical stories. In 2008, he graduated with a BA in creative writing from Ithaca College and decided to take a year off to travel and figure out what he wanted out of his writing life. He’s currently finishing up his MFA in Writing for Children at the New School while waiting tables and wrapping up his third novel, a young adult work centered on a college guy coming to terms with his sexuality. Check out his wonderfully overlooked blog, The Chronicles of a Starving Writer, and look for his books on store shelves whenever somebody decides to publish him! Above all things, Steven believes in the power of positive thinking and the notion that everything happens for a reason!
Mary.G.Thompson About Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the U.S. Navy, before she moved to New York City to write full time. Wuftoom, Clarion, (Spring 2012), Escape from the Pipe Men!, Clarion (Spring 2013), Evil Fairies Love Hair, Clarion (Fall 2013). jessica verdi2 About Jessica Verdi has worked as a New York City tour guide, a dog groomer, a bartender, a record company promoter, a standardized patient for medical universities, a Broadway ticket seller, a New York City landmarks preservationist, and an actor. She spends way too much money at Whole Foods, drinks way too much seltzer, and watches way too much television. Jessica’s current top-five favorite books are Wicked by Gregory Maguire, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. She lives in Manhattan with her wonderful husband and awesome dog. My Life After Now, Sourcebooks Fire (April 2013).