About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

Writing, in all its forms, is the most challenging and most solitary mode of storytelling. Henry Miller calls writing “a voyage of discovery,” and regardless of genre or style, the aim of every great writer is to interpret these discoveries on the page in new and compelling ways. We believe that everyone has the ability to be a better writer, and we want to help you get there.

At PBC Writers, we believe in the daily practice of writing, unique revision strategies, the fluidity of genre “rules,” and the importance of reading like a writer. By offering seminar-style craft classes; workshops in revision, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and hybrid forms; and all-day intensive courses; our original goal was to extend more opportunities to those in South Florida who want to write. Though our instructors now live in different locales, we are thrilled to offer online workshops and active one-on-one consultations.

The instructors and consultants at PBC Writers are MFA graduates who have worked with internationally-acclaimed best-selling authors in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. They have both led and participated in writing workshops around the world, and have come together to focus on offering their insights and expertise to the South Florida writing community.

We recognize the trust a writer must have for his/her readers, so we are humbled to provide our participants with the opportunity to share their work with other dedicated writers and readers. We are fortunate to be experienced in communicating honest, unbiased and professional advice to other writers. Likewise, we value the importance of small classes and fostering a space that promotes intelligent, compassionate and critical dialogue from both the instructors and participants in order to help everyone through their “voyage of discovery.” To express interest in a 2018 online writing workshop or one-on-one writing relationship with one of our instructors, please contact us.

ABOUT OUR EDITORS & INSTRUCTORS

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NICO CASSANETTI 

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Nico Cassanetti graduated from The New School with a B.A. in Literary Studies & Creative Writing, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (with a concentration in Nonfiction) from Florida Atlantic University in Spring 2016. She is currently an Instructor of writing and Literature at Florida Atlantic University.

She spent many years working in book publishing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Abrams books. Her creative works have appeared in The Indianola ReviewThe A3 Review, Proximity Magazine, and 3Elements Review. She has also written editorial pieces for LIFE|STYLE Magazine, Muses & Visionaries Magazine, The Faster Times & the Broward/Palm Beach New Times. She was nominated for the National Society of Arts and Letters grant in 2016, and for the 2015 AWP Intro Journals award. In 2015, she attended the Mont Blanc Writers Residency in Chamonix, France  where she worked with accomplished, best-selling authors such as Alexander Chee, Cheryl Strayed and Ruth Reichl.

Nico is currently working on a nonfiction book manuscript, Life in Three Houses, and lives in South Florida with her Husband and corgi.

For more information on teaching and publication, please visit her website.

JAMES A.H. WHITE

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A former resident of England, New Zealand, Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, and Oregon, James received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, where is an Instructor of English. He reads, writes, and edits writing of all genres, most recently working on PBC Writers participants with their memoirs, short story collections, and novels.

 

A first-generation Japanese-British U.S. immigrant, James A.H. White is the winner of an AWP Intro Journals Project award, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee for his nonfiction and poetry, and one of fifty writers selected by celebrated poet Maggie Smith (Good Bones) for inclusion in the Best New British & Irish Poets 2018 anthology. James’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in renowned journals like Black Warrior Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Flyway: A Journal of Writing & Environment, Gertrude Journal, Lambda Literary, New Orleans Review, Nimrod International Journal, Passages North (online), Quarterly West, River Styx, Split Lip Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, The Journal, and Washington Square Review, among many others. Also nominated for inclusion in Best New Poets and Bettering American Poetry anthologies, his full-length manuscript which was a recent finalist for Hub City Press’s New Southern Voices Poetry Prize. He is the author of hiku [pull], a chapbook (Porkbelly Press, 2016).

For more information on James, please visit his website.

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