Jarrod Shusterman, New York Times bestselling author of Roxy and Dry with National Book Award winner Neal Shusterman. He also writes with his partner Sofía Lapuente, and they co-authored the novel Retro and collaborated on Gleanings, the fourth installment of the bestselling Arc of a Scythe trilogy, which is currently being adapted for the screen by Universal.
Instructor Statement: We believe that everyone has a story to tell! And we understand the importance of authentic, own voices! We’ve developed our educational philosophy through our own extensive education and life experience in the publishing and entertainment Industries. We work on the cutting edge of what is trending and selling these days, so we plan to impart all of that information to our students.
Our primary concern is that students feel understood, safe, and respected in the place of learning. Inclusivity is an imperative. Every day of our life implies a degree of cultural understanding and humility because my teaching/writing/life partner Sofi and I both identify as different genders, come from very different countries, cultures and have different primary languages. (We also connect with students in Spanish fluently.)
In addition, we want you to feel comfortable in class, as we are always approachable. Being millennials, it wasn’t long ago that we were students ourselves. We want to inspire everyone to believe that they can make it as a writer too.