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Mikaela is excited to be bringing the wonders of Writopia to the Bay Area! She taught creative writing workshops at Stuyvesant High School in New York City from 2013-2016 and at The Urban School of San Francisco during 2016-2017. She holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MA from Columbia University in English Education and recently attended workshops at the Kenyon Review for Literary Nonfiction as well as the Southampton Arts for poetry where she studied with Sharon Olds. She is currently writing the story of her grandmother’s life, using the material gathered from weekly interviews.
Rachel Kay Barclay Prabhu has been teaching with Writopia Lab since 2012 and has had the pleasure of working out of four Writopia Lab regions: Washington D.C., Manhattan, Brooklyn, and now the Bay Area. Rachel has an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in English and Theater with a minor in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. Rachel was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s JFK National Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National Partners of American Theatre National Playwriting Award. Her plays have been produced across the United States and beyond in cities such as London, New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. She is the creator, writer, and producer of the comedic web series, Human Telegraphs, and her work has been selected and premiered by film festivals, such as DC Shorts, at the National Constitution Center.
Tori Testa is thrilled to be leading workshops in the Bay Area after six years of interning with Writopia Lab in NYC! Tori is currently a BA Candidate in English and Creative Writing at Stanford University and is also a member of the Stanford Honors in the Arts 2018 cohort for which she is working on a young adult graphic novel. Her work has been published in various campus publications as well as in Young Voices of America and Freedom Forge Press Anthologies. In addition to writing and teaching, Tori is the Co-Director of the Stanford Light Opera Company. As a Writopia alumna and long-time enthusiast, Writopia continues to be a profound and meaningful space for creativity and passion for her, and she is so proud to be a part of such an incredible community!
Wesley Cohen is a Writopia instructor in the Bay Area region. Her short stories can be found at Entropy Magazine, Potluck Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, and other publications, and she reviews new books for the East Bay Review. She was a 2017 Writing By Writers Newberry Fellow, and serves as prose editor of Foglifter Journal. She’s excited to bring her love of stories to the next generation of great writers.
Val Swan is excited to to join the writopia team in the Bay Area! Val has served as a mentor, instructor and program director for youth from all walks of life for over two decades. Born curious, she shares her enthusiasm as a writer, blogger, editor, and storyteller. Recent publications include lead authorship on a case study of young women's leadership development through the Center for Creative Leadership. Excerpts of her writing can be found in Know and Tell: A Writing Pedagogy of Disclosure, Genre, and Membership by David Bleich. Val’s poetry has been published by SUNY Binghamton. She is currently writing her story of surviving and thriving with childhood chronic illness.