Learn more about Writopia in the Bay Area.
Michaela is ecstatic to be the Regional Manager of the Bay Area! Before this beautiful transition, she was Program Coordinator and Head Instructor at our location in Hartsdale, NY. Michaela received her BA in English & Literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she worked with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri. Her publishing credits include Madcap Review and Under the Gum Tree to name a few. Before working at Writopia, Michaela taught English and creative writing at the college level, led creative aging workshops for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, and played Division I college soccer while coaching players ranging from age three through college. Whether on the field or in academia, she enjoys mentoring and helping people to achieve their full potential. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking. On the weekends, you can find her playing soccer in various leagues and enjoying all the pizza.
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.
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.
Alexia is thrilled to join Writopia's Bay Area team as an instructor. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over six years. Her writing has been published on the websites of publications such as Guernica, Smithsonian Magazine, and The New Yorker. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Journalism from New York University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing, with a concentration on fiction, at the University of San Francisco. Alexia is passionate about helping new writers find their voices.
Kailyn is stoked to be a part of Writopia! She writes and teaches in Oakland, California, her hometown by way of Oregon, Alaska, and New Orleans. Her stories have received honorable mention at Glimmer Train and Gazing Grain Press, and appeared in The Believer, Phantom Drift, and The Rumpus, among others. She holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA from the University of New Orleans, where she was the managing editor of Bayou Magazine and the coordinator of the Gold Room Reading Series. When not writing, she enjoys her dog, her cat, and the wilds of coastal California.
Alexandria Liston is a Writopia instructor in the Bay Area region. She received a BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MFA with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction from California College of the Arts. Her writing can be found at A Velvet Giant, Five:2:One Magazine, Ramblr Magazine, Dream Noir, and is forthcoming in issue 49 of Fiction International. She has worked alongside elementary & high school students for several years in the United States and Ecuador. Currently, she is working on her memoir.
Zach is excited to be rejoining Writopia on the west coast! He started working with Writopia as an intern in Manhattan in 2015 where he helped teach workshops through Homes for the Homeless and the New York Public Library. Since completing a BA in English Literature and Psychology at McGill University, he has worked as a camp counselor, an ESL tutor, and a freelance editor. Zach is currently working on a collection of short stories about young people finding identity (and one about a werewolf). He is delighted to share his love for parenthesis, em dashes, and all the other beautiful tools.
After eight years at Writopia's Upper West Side location, Jordana Frankel drove across the country in her green, tiny house on wheels to be a part of the Bay Area family! She is the author of two young adult dystopian novels (The Ward, 2013 and The Isle, 2016) and is currently at work on a fantasy novel for adults. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Goucher College, where she taught as the Kratz Writer-in-Residence in 2015. Jordana also has experience in the publishing world; while living in New York City she worked as a literary assistant, scavenging the slush pile for manuscripts to pass along to the Lead Agent. At The Book Report Network she worked on marketing strategies for NYT Bestsellers like Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay and Lauren Kate's Fallen. Jordana can be found at various coffee shops around Oakland, writing by hand and dreaming up the impossible-made-possible.