Our Mission

Boulder Writing Studio was founded to support emerging local voices and connect our community through the literary arts. Since 2010, the studio has cultivated the art and craft of writing, the bold magic of self-expression, and the power of the written word to transform our individual and collective lives.

Our Team

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Robert Gatewood
, a novelist and screenwriter, is the founder and Executive Director of Boulder Writing Studio.  His acclaimed novel, The Sound of the Trees, garnered grants from the MacArthur and Whiting Foundations and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. A former teacher at the University of Colorado and literary editor at Traffic East, Robert brings 15 years of teaching and writing experience to the BWS community. 

Carla Riccio
is a former editor at The Dial Press, where she specialized in discovering new writers in literary fiction and non-fiction. Her focus is on personal essay, memoir, and creative nonfiction, genres in which she has taught workshops for the past 10 years.

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Elizabeth Robinson
is the author of 15 books. Her most recent book, On Ghosts, was a 2013 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She has also been a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize. Robinson has taught as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana, at the University of Colorado, Naropa, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 

Jim McVey
is the author of three books, The Wild Upriver and Other Stories, Martha Maxwell: Natural History Pioneer, and The Way Home: Essays on the Outside West. Jim earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Colorado, where he has taught literature and creative writing since 1986. He continues to write both fiction and creative nonfiction.



Christopher Thomas
is the Director and Lead Instructor for the BWS Summer Creative Writing Camp series. She is a writer, a screenwriter, a creative writing teacher and a writer/designer of educational material. A senior level creative with over 20 years experience in the field of animation, media design and film/video production, Chris holds an MA in Educational Design E-learning from the University of Colorado Denver.

Lisa Donovan
is the author of the hybrid work of non-fiction and poetry, Red of Split Water, a burial rite from Trembling Pillow Press. Her work has been a finalist for multiple prizes, including Kelsey St. Press' FIRST! Poetry Prize. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program, a M.F.A. from Brown University's Literary Arts Program, and studied with Dean Young, Tessa Rumsey, and James Galvin as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. Dr. Donovan currently teaches non-fiction writing to undergraduates at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has taught at the University of Denver and Brown University, among others. 

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Daniel Levine
 is the author of the novel Hyde, a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of Washington Post's 5 Best Thrillers of 2014.  He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Brown University and received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida. He has taught composition and creative writing at high schools and universities, including the University of Florida, Montclair State University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the University of Colorado. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Alyssa Pinsker
is a writer whose work has appeared in BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Fodors.com,  Cosmopolitan.com, Time Out New York, Tablet New York,  xoJane,  New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Press, Huffington Post, Forward, Sherman’s Travel, and more. Book anthologies include “The Hope,” edited by Menachem Creditor and “The Best Advice in Six Words” edited by Larry Smith. Pinsker is currently a travel and lifestyle editor for Doorsteps.com and a commentator for  Huffington Post Live and the BBC World Service.  

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Christopher David Rosales
is the author of the novel Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, which won the McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant. He is a Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver, and the Fiction Editor at SpringGun Press.  His second novel, Gods on the Lam, is forthcoming from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Lija Fisher
is an author of humorous adventure novels for kids. Her debut novel, The Cryptid Catcher, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan. The book received a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild official selection. Her follow-up novel, The Cryptid Keeper, will launch in 2019 and was written while Lija was a Writer in Residence with the Aspen Words/Catto Shaw Foundation.

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Libbi Peterson is an educator and writer with a decade of experience teaching writing for youth. She is a former teacher at the Bruce Randolph School in Denver, where she developed curriculum and taught courses ranging from Advanced Placement English to Literacy Intervention. Chosen as a columnist for the Denver Post Colorado Voices Panel, Libbi writes editorials and creative nonfiction.  Currently the Middle School Assistant Principal at Peak to Peak Charter School, she teaches in the Studio’s youth program and mentors young writers in the Boulder community.  

Our Community

At the heart of Boulder Writing Studio is a family of mentors and writers—fellow poets, novelists, essayists, and screenwriters—who know your work, engage closely with you both in and out of the studio, and support you in the pursuit of your creative goals.  It’s this community, and the creative partnerships it inspires, that makes us who we are.