Allan Reeder

Allan ReederAllan Reeder is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, and publisher who has steered his experience sharpening the prose of professional writers toward a career training promising young wordsmiths, both independently and in The Writing Studio at the renowned Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where he has taught for the past decade. After assisting novelist John Irving with fiction and screenplay projects, Allan worked as an editor at The Atlantic and then as executive fiction editor at DoubleTake magazine, where he published both new and established voices. Now Allan designs and teaches the nonfiction- and fiction-writing courses at Walnut Hill, where in 2008 he founded The Blue Pencil Online, a magazine, run by his students, that draws work from young writers around the world. His students have won dozens of honors for their writing, including national Scholastic Gold and Silver Awards, YoungArts Awards, and recognition as Presidential Scholar in the Arts. A recipient of Walnut Hill’s E. E. Ford Prize for Exceptional Merit in the studio, he has earned for his own writing back-to-back Artist Grants in Fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, nomination as a Ploughshares Emerging Writer, and, most recently, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. He is currently at work on a novel and a book for teachers of fiction-writing.