Linda Morel

best_headshot-full1Linda brings her passion for personal essays into classrooms. They are an enduring art form in which writers examine a small slice of their lives, arriving at a basic truth. Through a series of innovative exercises, she introduces students to description, dialogue, and narration, tools used by professional writers to create compelling stories, whether true or make believe.

Comfortable in many genres, Linda also teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She has worked with students from first grade through twelfth, as well as in special education. For four years, she ran writing workshops for retired firefighters through the New York City Fire Department as part of a post-9/11 outreach program. Linda offers staff development seminars, demonstrating how student writing improves when revision evolves from correcting spelling and grammar to embellishing ideas already on paper. She explains how to coax students from impersonal statements to revealing their personalities on paper.

Awarded an MFA in creative writing from The New School University in 2001, Linda studied with Honor Moore, Dale Peck, Colm Tóibín, Lucy Grealy, and Robert Polito. Linda has published personal essays in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Mrbellersneighborhood.com, andNewsday.

Drawing on another passion, Linda is the food columnist for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a national wire service. She writes a monthly column called “What’s Cooking?” in the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia. She has published food features in the Forward, Jewish Woman International, and Gourmet Fare Magazine. She is a contributing author to two books of profiles for young adults, published by MasterMedia: Rosie Grier’s All-American Heroes (1993) and A Woman’s Place Is Everywhere (1994). Linda’s professional affiliations include American Society of Journalists and Authors, National Writers Union, International Women’s Writing Guild, and Culinary Historians of New York.

As a writing teacher, Linda fosters the kind of creative experience she longed for throughout public school and college. She uses the workshop method to run her classes and inspires students to explore the thing they know best—their own lives. Linda has led workshops for Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 1999.