Amanda Cook lives in Gloucester with her husband, James, and children Abigail and Samuel. She sees writing as an integral part of life. She knits, spins yarn, plays fiddle, feeds people and dances when she pleases. It is in this spirit of living fully that she approaches teaching and writing.
Stacey Dexter is a musician, singer, songwriter, and a passionate lover of books. She is a life-long supporter of her local library, and is confident that the more one reads, the more one improves their writing skills. Stacey believes that writing provides not only an insightful emotional outlet, but a safe and creative way to express one’s thoughts, feelings and ideas. Stacey currently edits others’ works and has had her own op-ed pieces featured in the Gloucester Daily Times. Her original music has been featured online and on radio. She is a past member of the Finish Line, a writer’s group affiliated with the GWC. Ms. Dexter is currently working on two non-fictional projects, journals daily, and loves to experiment with words and storytelling.
Dan Duffy, Ed.D. is a retired community college administrator, who along with his wife Helene, is now a New England Innkeeper at The Beech Tree B&B in Rockport, Massachusetts. He Indie published his memoir, “Brother, Brother: A Brother Searches for His Missing Brother” in May 2016 as a tribute to his older brother, Rich. Dan has been a member of the GWC Board for the past two years, recently assuming Chair of the Education Committee.
Ann McArdle earned her MFA in fiction at the Pine Manor Solstice program. She has developed curriculum and taught creative writing as well as expository writing at various levels from teen to adult over the past fifteen years. She has published nine nonfiction books. Her short short story “Tomorrow,” appeared in the premiere issue of the journal Pear Noir! And aired on <http://www.wordstogopodcast.com>. She is currently working on a collection of 10-minute plays as well as a memoir of her years in Uruguay in the early 70s.
Dorothy Shubow Nelson’s book of poems, The Dream of the Sea, was published in 2008. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in English at UMass Boston, she taught writing and literature for 25 years. She has an M.A. in English with a concentration in Composition Studies and has presented numerous papers on the teaching of writing at educational conferences. Recent writings include her review of Bruce Weigl’s new book of poems, The Abundance of Nothing, published in Consequence Magazine, Vol. 5, Spring 2013 and Collages: New Work by Joy Dai Buell published on-line in North Shore Art Throb. She is a member of the Board and the Education Committee of the Gloucester Writers Center. She served as a founding editor of Union News (UMass Boston), and The East Boston Community News and Editor of Survival Kit, an Occupational Health and Safety Newsletter . She has been a denizen of the North Shore and Gloucester for many years.
M. Lynda Robinson has been working in theatre, film & TV for the past 35 years as an actor, director, producer, teacher, coach, and playwright. She attended the Masters Program in Playwriting at B.U. and is a published playwright. As an actor she has performed in many theaters in Boston including the Publick, Nora, Lyric, Wilbur, W.H.A.T., Huntington, Provincetown Rep, Merrimack, Gloucester Stage, Stoneham, Shear Madness, New Rep, Wheelock, among others. Lynda has performed in hundreds of commercials, corporate videos, live trade-shows, and voice-overs as well as performing principal roles in film and TV. In 1993 she was honored with the Norton Award for Outstanding Boston Actress, one of the first local actors to win this award. Lynda teaches at Boston Casting, Wheelock College Family Theatre, and the Gloucester Writers Center, among others, and was awarded the Distinguished Arts Educator Award in Theatre, by Arts/Learning at a ceremony at the State House in 2010.
Ellen Szabo promotes creative writing for personal investigation, enrichment and social change. She earned her B.A. from Harvard College, and her M.Ed. from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She writes and teaches with a focus on how innovation and creativity can illuminate, inspire and advocate compassionate transformation. She teaches ‘Creative Writing for Social Work’ at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Her private practice, based in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, provides instruction, coaching, editing and support to individuals and groups, locally and online.
Sandra Williams believes writing is therapeutic and enlightening, as it relies on our intuition, our imagination and expresses the inspiration of our thoughts, feelings and experience. She taught writing and world literature at both the high school and university levels. She is author of Moss on Stone: an historical novella, based on a mid-nineteenth century diary of a Rockport, Massachusetts woman, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Sandra is a member of the Finish Line writers’ group at Gloucester Writers Center.