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Who We Are

Tracy Robert, a native of Southern California, has taught writing for nearly three decades, and holds an M.F.A. in Writing. She won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize for Fiction (novella), was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, notably Forever Sisters (Pocket Books) and When Last on the Mountain (Holy Cow! Press). Along with Sara and Liz, she is co-founder of Around the Block Writers Collaborative. News flash: Tracy's book of linked novellas, Flashcards & The Curse of Ambrosia, won the Many Voices Project Prize for Prose and was published by New Rivers Press in October 2015.

Sara Kay Rupnik lives in Coastal Georgia and West Cork, Ireland. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is co-founder of Around the Block Writers Collaborative. Her fiction, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and short-listed for the 2010 Sean O'Faolain Short Story Prize, appears in literary journals and in the anthology Around the Block in Parnell Square (Eggs in 1 Basket Press). She teaches creative writing for the Jekyll Island Arts Association. Sara's collection of short stories, Women Longing to Fly, is now available from Mayapple Press. (Click "More" on menu and go to "Links" to order.) News flash: Sara's short story, "An Act of Mercy," appears in the anthology Lock and Load: Armed Fiction, available from University of New Mexico Press. (See "Links" for ordering information on this also.)

Liz Abrams-Morley is a Jersey girl who now lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She is the author of three books of poetry: Necessary Turns (Word Press), What Winter Reveals (Plan B Press), and Learning To Calculate the Half Life (Zinka Press). In addition, her poems (and an occasional story) have appeared in several anthologies and journals, and her work has been read on National Public Radio. She teaches poetry on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Rosemont College. News flash: Liz's new poetry chapbook, Beholder, is available now from her website store. (Click "More" on menu and go to "Links" to order.)

Why Us

We are published and prize-winning writers, professional teachers, and longtime friends who see ourselves as experienced guides in the hard work and personal exploration writing involves. In group or individual encounters with our participants, we aim for a convivial, non-threatening, productive atmosphere.

Here's an endorsement from another happy participant:

"I began writing with Around the Block a mere two years ago. It's difficult to express how fortunate I feel to have found this creative bunch. Tracy, Liz and Sara are wonderful writers, teachers and muses. Their workshops are such great outlets for sharing writing and receiving feedback from other passionate lovers of the craft. So far I have attended three workshops in Bemus Point and look forward to attending another next summer. Last winter I participated in their workshop in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, which was beyond expectations. Even my husband, a non-writer, enjoyed our time there with the group, and we look forward to returning in the future."

--Ellen B., Warren, PA