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Monica Drake

Novels, Stories, Essays.

Available for manuscript critique and review.  


I've written novels-- Clown Girl and The Stud Book-- and a collection of linked stories, The Folly of Loving Lifeaka, "Portlandia without the bullshit,"  (thank you, readers).

I'm honored to say that my work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus, Longreads, Gay Magazine, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Stranger, and other publications, including anthologies.

I've had the pleasure of being interviewed by Roxane Gay, here


I've won awards and navigated rejection, the writer's life.

With twenty-five years of experience in teaching creative writing, through workshops, academic programs, late nights and one-to-one manuscript critique, I am here to support your work. I remain thrilled every time a friend, student or former student finds their way to publication. I fully believe that we're all in this business together, making creative work, and that writing can be coached, books can succeed and voices on the page can contribute to positive changes out in the world. 

I'm one of the founding members of what has been called the most famous workshop around...where I've had the joy of writing alongside authors such as Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain, Suzy Vitello and Chuck Palahniuk. 

I'd love to talk with you about your projects. Are you midstream, working on a novel? Or perhaps just starting out, drafting short pieces, still unsure if you're working toward fiction or nonfiction? Or maybe you're an experienced author in need of a reader for a work-in-progress. I offer workshops, consulting and manuscript support

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