Photo of Michelle Brafman leaning against tableWriting is not my first gig. I’ve also worked as a coffee barista, radio advertising salesperson, and filmmaker, among other jobs. My resume reads like a ransom note, yet this assortment of life experiences has propelled me toward my big passion, the coaxing and telling of stories.

As a filmmaker, the stories that surfaced after the cameras stopped rolling drove me to write some bad short fiction. I kept writing, though, and eventually earned an MA in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. My short fiction has since won some nice awards, including a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and my essays and stories have appeared in Slate, Tablet, Lilith Magazine, the minnesota review, The Nervous Breakdown, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and numerous other publications.

Prospect Park Books published my debut novel Washing the Dead (2015) and my collection of linked short stories Bertrand Court (2016). I’ve  spoken about both books at more than 160 venues, including book stores, classrooms, synagogues, and myriad book groups across the country.

In addition to my own writing, I help others find and tune their narrative voices. I teach creative writing at The Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program and smaller workshops throughout the Washington, D.C. area. I’m also a participating author with the PEN/Faulkner Writer in Schools program. In 2003, I founded Yeah Write, a writing coaching business, and three summers ago, I launched a college essay writing workshop.

I grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and have never lived more than a mile from a body of water, be it Lake Michigan, the Pacific Ocean, and now the Potomac River. I live in Glen Echo, Maryland with my husband and two children.