Bay Area

Learn more about Writopia in Los Angeles.

  • Mikaela Dunitz

    Regional Manager
    Head Instructor
    Mikaela Dunitz

    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 Barclay Prabhu

    Instructor
    Rachel Barclay

    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 MFA 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

    Instructor
    Tori Testa

    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

    Instructor
    Wesley Cohen picture

    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

    Instructor
    Val Swan

    Val Swan is excited to join the Writopia team in the Bay Area! Val has served as an instructor, program director, and mentor 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.

  • Jeni McFarland

    Instructor
    Jeni McFarland

    Jeni McFarland is stoked to join the Writopia Lab team! She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, where she served as a fiction editor for Gulf Coast magazine. She is also a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow, with work appearing in Crack the Spine, Forge, and Spry, which nominated her for the storySouth Million Writers Award. She was a finalist for the 2015 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction from the Doctor T. J. Eckleberg Review. In 2018, she joined the Spry editorial team as a general reader. You can find her latest work, “Hair Like Ariel’s” in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and many cats.

  • Julia Drake

    Instructor
    Julia Drake

    Julia is thrilled to be part of the Bay Area Writopia Lab team. She received a BA in Spanish from Williams College and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she also taught writing to first year students. She has worked with high school students for many years, tutoring English and Spanish, as well as leading student language immersion trips and creative writing workshops to Spain, Cuba, and Ireland. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Esopus, and The Gettysburg Review. In 2017, she was awarded residency by the Sitka Fellows Program in Sitka, Alaska. She's currently at work on a young adult novel.

  • Angela Hur

    Instructor
    Angela Hur

    Angela is thrilled to be teaching for Writopia Lab! She has a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in Creative Writing from Notre Dame, where she was Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Review. She's taught literature and creative writing at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, in Seoul, South Korea, as well as essay writing for Boston Academy. Her debut novel, The Queens of K-town (2007), has been assigned in diaspora Korean literature classes at Berkeley, Stanford, University of British Columbia, and the University of Seoul. While living in Sweden for five years, she worked as a screenwriter, an editor for a think tank, and writer for a documentary film start-up. She's recently been part of the Tin House Workshops and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Kelly Link selected her novel for a Tin House mentorship. Excerpts have been published in Azalea: the Harvard Journal of Korean Literature and Two Thirds North, Stockholm University's literary journal.

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