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Online Coaching for Creative Writers

Meet The Coaches

Caroline Goodwin


Caroline Goodwin moved to the San Francisco Bay area from Sitka, Alaska in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. She has published four poetry chapbooks and one full-length collection, Trapline (2013). Her next collection, The Paper Tree, is forthcoming in April 2017 from Big Yes Press. From 2014 - 2016 she served her community as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA. She teaches at Stanford Continuing Studies and California College of the Arts in Oakland and is currently working on a memoir about the life and death of her husband Nick and her daughter Josephine.

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Erica Wright


Erica Wright’s latest crime novel is The Granite Moth (Pegasus Books). Her debut, The Red Chameleon (Pegasus Books), was one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of Summer 2014. She is also the author of the poetry collection Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press) and the chapbook Silt (Dancing Girl Press). A new collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (Black Lawrence Press), will be released in 2017.

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Lauren Hilger


Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016). Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, she is also the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

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Laura Scott

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Laura worked in creative writing education programs at Hugo House, earned an MFA at the U of Montana, published some stories, taught fiction, and is a MacDowell Colony fellow. Mostly, she’s committed to a lifelong writing practice, and has thought a lot about how to build one that works.

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Courtney Bird


Courtney Bird is a storyteller focused on fiction and folklore. Born in New Jersey, Courtney holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BA in art history from Princeton. Her stories have appeared in The Fairy Tale Review, The Masters Review, The Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Courtney’s work was awarded the Fairy Tale Review’s prize in fiction and listed as Notable in American Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. Prior to pursuing her writing career, she worked in rare books and manuscripts. Courtney lives in Seattle, where she is currently a Hugo House Fellow.

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James McDevitt


James McDevitt is a musician, author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and all-around creative. His first novel “The Last of Last Call” can be found at your local independent bookstore (or on Amazon). He focuses most of his attention now on feature length screenplays and TV pilots. He lives between Boston and LA.

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Rachel Weaver


Rachel is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads and won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is the director of the Colorado Writing School and is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program.

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Diana Xin


Diana Xin writes fiction, essays, and prose poems, and brings plenty of snacks to the table when she does so. A 2017 Pushcart nominee, her work has won awards and honors from Third Coast Magazine, Beecher’s Magazine, and Narrative Magazine. Her short stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, PANK, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. After living in Minneapolis, Chicago, Beijing, and Missoula, she currently resides in Seattle, where she serves as an editor for Moss Lit, a journal of Pacific Northwest writing. She also teaches on occasion at the Richard Hugo House and the Loft Literary Center.

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What Members Say

“Oneroom really helped me clarify my goals. I’m ecstatic that last year I completed more than 100 new poems in three different projects. I’ve made rich connections with fellow writers and love that element of community. Every coach I worked with offered perspectives, approaches and considerations that have shaped my writing practice for the better in many ways.”

Ash Goodwin
OneRoom Poetry Group Member

“I’ve been working in One Room for over a year and I can say that if you stick to this, it really works! I’m very close to completing my draft and moving to the next steps of editing, polishing and hopefully submitting to be published. Don’t stop writing.

Lisa Harrison
OneRoom Memoir Group Member

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