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Samantha Dunn is an exceptional teacher and editor. She knows how to “get” an author’s voice, how to help her write the best book that she wants to write. In my case, the proof speaks for itself—the book she helped me with ended up on the New York Times Extended Best Seller’s list. She also, of course, writes great books of her own!”
— Elyn R. Saks, author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

UCLA Writers’ Program

Interested in general courses on memoir and personal essay and you live in Southern California? I teach courses throughout the year at the UCLA Writers Program. I’m honored to be the 2011 Instructor of the Year there. Starting in October I’ll be teaching an 8-week workshop on the art of the personal essay. Sign Up Today!

Idyllwild Arts

Each July Samantha teaches a week-long fiction workshop in the idyllic mountain town of Idyllwild, CA. This generative workshop can help new and established writers alike hit the “reset” button on their work and offer fresh ideas and insights into the writing process. For information or to sign up, to to Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Samantha Dunn is passionate and dynamic; her mastery of craft and understanding of the creative process, as well as her love and belief in the importance of memoir, will inspire both the experienced writer and the neophyte. Under her teaching, I became a writer. ” — Deirdre Coman Donahue

Private Workshops

Samantha is the founder of The Workshop, a private workshop series in the Los Angeles area. The next session starts Aug. 23 with guest author Deanne Stillman co-leading the workshop. For information, contact coordinator Cheryl Jacobs.

Additional Services

Samantha is available for editing,  private coaching services and workshop development. To learn more, contact us online.