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Yale Writers' Workshop Faculty 2022 (coming soon)

Our faculty are accomplished writers and editors.


Jotham Burello

Jotham Burrello is the director of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. His novel, Spindle City, was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway award, and a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. His writing has appeared in  literary journals, the Hartford Courant, the  Christian Science Monitor, and he’s a proud winner of the New Yorker caption contest. He teaches writing at Central Connecticut State University, directs Connecticut Literary Festival, and is the publisher of the award-winning Elephant Rock Books. He and his wife raise flowers and boys on Muddy Feet Flower farm in rural Connecticut.

Trey Ellis

Trey Ellis is a two-time Emmy and Peabody winning filmmaker, American Book Award winning novelist, NAACP Image award winning playwright, essayist and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Most recently, he was an Executive Producer and Interviewer for the HBO documentaries True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality and King in the Wilderness. His screenplay Holy Mackerel! is one of the highest ever rated on Franklin Leonard’s Black Some of his other screenplays include The Tuskegee Airmen for HBO and Good Fences for Showtime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay. His works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs and Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker.

Sergio Troncoso

Sergio Troncoso is the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” He also edited the 2021 anthology, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is president of the Texas Institute of Letters. His novel Nobody's Pilgrims is forthcoming in 2022.


Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 books for adults, teenagers and children. Her first novel was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and her books have been translated into 34 languages. Mitchard has taught in several MFA programs in Creative Writing and was a member of the fiction jury for the National Book Awards. A Chicago native, she lives on Cape Cod with her family.

Non Fiction

Sybil Baker

Sybil Baker’s Immigration Essays, her book of nonfiction, was the 2018-2019 Read2Achieve book at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The author of four works of fiction, her latest novel is While You Were Gone (IPPY Silver Award winner). She is also the author of The Life Plan, Talismans,; and Into This World, which received an Eric Hoffer Award honorable mention and was a finalist for one of Foreword’s INDIES Book of the Year Awards. A UC Foundation Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a 2017 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission for her nonfiction.

Children and Young Adult

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of 18 novels for young people. Her latest, Some Kind of Hate is out Fall 2022 from Scholastic Press. Sarah mentors writers in the MFA program at Western CT State University. She is also an award-winning columnist. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two extremely spoiled dogs, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves.