Amy Shearn

Instructor & Writer
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Amy Shearn is the author of the novels Unseen City, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, and How Far Is the Ocean From Here. She has worked as an editor at several publications including JSTOR Daily, Forge, Creators Hub, Human Parts, and Joyland Literary Magazine, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Amy received a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Unruly Retreat, and The Cabins. Amy has an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her two children. You can find her at or @amyshearn.


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Cover Photo: This photograph shows a person dressed in a ghost sheet standing in the middle of an empty city street.
Writing Ghosts and Why You Want To

Write a scene in which you’re sharing space with a ghost from your memory. It can be memoir or fiction, scary or silly, simple or complex. Just like ghosts themselves.

Oct 03, 2022
Cover Photo: photo by Ruth Hartnup/flickr
The Long Haul: What Creative People Can Learn from Diana Nyad, Tommy Caldwell, and Frigate Birds

Can writing change the shape of our organs? Do brains warp into book-making shape?

Jun 29, 2017