Writers Institute

Success After Susquehanna

Sal PaneSal Pane '07

Author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges and co-creator of the web comic Montgomery X Chesterfield, Gentleman of the 22nd Century. He is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Indianapolis.

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Nick RipatrazoneNick Ripatrazone '03

The author of six books, including the novella This Darksome Burn and the poetry collection This is Not about Birds. He is an English teacher in a New Jersey public high school and teaches at Rutgers-Newark.

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Erin BreznitskyErin Breznitsky '06

New York City playwright, sound designer and theater artist. Her plays include: The Kitchen Table Plays, Sverginata and Hands. She is the recipient of the 2012 Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. She is currently the community arts coordinator for Sing for Hope.

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Jay VarnerJay Varner '03

Author of the memoir Nothing Left to Burn. He worked for his hometown newspaper and has been featured on SNL’s Weekend Update for collecting 1 million pennies. He currently teaches at James Madison University, the University of Virginia and the WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Va.

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Sarah LaytonSarah (Turcotte) Layton '10

Sarah is the community outreach and initiatives coordinator at the Connecticut Humane Society. Her short story "Scars" was published by The Atlantic.

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Cassandra SmolcicCassandra Smolcic '07

Feature film graphic designer for Pixar. Most recently she helped to create Monsters University logos, designs and characters.

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Kara BrammerKara Brammer '13 and Steve Buscok '13

Kara is a marketing assistant in the young adult department at HarperCollins Publishing Company. Steve is a junior production manager at Workman Publishing.

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Kim TomaszewskiKim Tomaszewski '06

Minister of Congregational Life, Greater New York City Area

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Amy Harper '01

Amy started as the editorial assistant at In Touch Weekly and is now the senior editor at Closer Weekly magazine. 

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