Courtney's fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies including Washington Square, Tampa Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Redivider, and the international Fish Prize Stories and has been nominated for inclusion in Best New American Voices 2007.
A finalist in the 2008 Danahy Fiction Prize, Courtney has held residency fellowships at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. Courtney has received two graduate degrees in fiction: an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she held a Teaching Fellowship, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, where she received the Minnie M. Torrance Scholarship in Creative Writing and the UA Foundation Award. When she is not running workshops at Writopia, she is teaching creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Courtney will be working with at least two groups of Writopia Teens in Manhattan and Brooklyn this summer.
Rachel has been teaching Writopia's youngest writers, ages 9-10, since the beginning of the year, bringing with her a plethora of fun, inspiring, and useful writing exercises. She also has helped produce our first set of Writopia Anthologies, and works regularly on all the anthologies that emerge from Writopia workshops and in-school residencies. Rachel earned an undergraduate degree in creative writing, screenwriting, and film production at Boston University and is currently writing a young adult novel. She has worked on the PBS children's show, "Zoom" and regularly contributes articles to online publications on food, music, and nightlife. She teaches in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and also lives in Brooklyn.
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