Brian Gresko

Instructor & Writer
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Brian Gresko is a widely published writer and editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. He cohosts Pete’s Reading Series, the longest running literary series in Brooklyn, New York. You can find him online at


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Cover Photo: This photograph is of a man sitting on a bench at the top of a grassy hill. He is reading a book contemplatively--he's leaning his chin on his hand and there is a slight frown on his forehead. The day is beautiful and sunny.
Writing for Yourself Versus Writing for an Audience

Was I being selfish and foolish by spending seven years composing the book I wanted to read, without considering why someone other than me might care?

Jun 01, 2022
Cover Photo: In this photograph, we are looking down at a stack of pastel envelopes--white, pink, and yellow--with three polaroids stacked on top. The top image looks out to the ocean beyond a rocky shore. The table the stack of photographs and envelopes is sitting on is dark, worn wood.
A Writing Exercise Using Photographs

If you’re starting a new personal essay or you’re working on a memoir, try this writing exercise shared by our instructor Brian Gresko.

Apr 05, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Pixabay
Secret Adoption, Sacrament, and Other Lies That Live in the Body

Will my intestines turn the sacred bread into holy shit, or does the miracle not extend that far into the digestive process?

Aug 26, 2019