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Piper Writers Studio Instructors

Expert writers with a passion for community

Our instructors are at the heart of what we do. 

To meet current instructors for the Piper Writers Studio, select a name from the list below.

For more information, you can meet past instructors or view upcoming classes and workshops

Meet Our Current Instructors

Photograph of James Riley

James Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time series, the Story Theives series, and the Revenge of Magic series. He currently lives in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., because that’s where his cats are. He has three of them. Other people think that’s a bit much, and yet, he wants more. More. MORE!


Photograph of Robert Ostrom

Robert Ostrom is the author of Sandhour, Ritual and Bit, and The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Ridgewood, Queens and teaches at New York City College of Technology.