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About Corpus Christi Writers' Studio

We believe that everyone has a unique story to tell. Writing, like any other art form,

requires practice and dedication to craft. Our mission is to provide quality, creative writing instruction

to the Coastal Bend area and to build a vibrant, inclusive community of writers.

About Our Instructors

Michael Quintana received his MFA in creative writing from San Jose State University. He’s the founder of Script Journey, a script and story consultation service that helps writers develop their written projects. His fiction has appeared in The Windward Review and his poetry has appeared in Strike Magazine. He’s won various awards for screenwriting, including the CSU Media Arts Festival’s Rosebud Award. In 2015, his award-winning short script “The Blind Date” was turned into a short film. Currently, he serves as a distinguished reader for the Cinequest Film Festival and is a pop-culture writer for Zimbio. You can learn more about Script Journey, by visiting: www.scriptjourney.com 

Sarah K. Lenz

Sarah K. Lenz founded Writers' Studio in July 2019. Her nonfiction has appeared in Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, The Fourth River, Entropy, and elsewhere. Three of her essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays, and she received the New Letters Readers’ award in nonfiction. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Georgia College, an MA in literature from Boise State University, and a BFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She's the prose editor of The Switchgrass Review. She teaches composition and literature at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Michael Quintana

Michael Quintana received his MFA in creative writing from San Jose State University. He’s the founder of Script Journey, a script and story consultation service that helps writers develop their written projects. His fiction has appeared in The Windward Review and his poetry has appeared in Strike Magazine. He’s won various awards for screenwriting, including the CSU Media Arts Festival’s Rosebud Award. In 2015, his award-winning short script “The Blind Date” was turned into a short film. Currently, he serves as a distinguished reader for the Cinequest Film Festival and is a pop-culture writer for Zimbio. You can learn more about Script Journey, by visiting: www.scriptjourney.com 

Alan Berecka

Alan Berecka earns his keep as a librarian at Del Mar College. He has authored four collections of poetry, the latest of which, The Hamlet of Stittville, is a collaboration with cartoonist John Klossner. In 2017 Berecka was named the first Poet Laureate of Corpus Christi.

Sara Kaplan

Sara Kaplan received her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho, and she also holds degrees from Miami University and Sweet Briar College.  Her chapbooks include Moon Talk and Touring West of the Mississippi. Published interviews with notable poets are on Poetry Daily and in Conversations with Natasha Trethewey. Her poems appear in the following journals, and several poems were nominated for The Pushcart Prize: The Antioch Review, Harpur Palate, LIT 9, The Cincinnati Review, Talking River Review, The Meadow, InLand, Ruminate, The New Vilna Review, decomP magazine, Failbetter, Splash of Red, MO: Writings from the River, & Gulf Islands Review. As an Associate Professor of English at Del Mar College, she specializes in teaching Poetry and British Literature.

Robin Carstensen is co-founding senior editor of the Switchgrass Review: a Journal of  Health and Transformation. Her poetry chapbook In the Temple of Shining Mercy received the annual first-place award by Iron Horse Literary Press in 2016. She has earned annual first-place awards with So to Speak: a Literary Journal of Language, Feminism, and Art and Many Mountains Moving: a Journal of Diverse and Contemporary Poetry. Poems are also published in BorderSenses, Southern Humanities Review, Voices de La Luna, Demeter Press’s anthology, Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland, Fiolet and Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry, and many more. She directs the creative writing program at Texas A&M University-CC, where she also serves as senior editor for The Windward Review, a Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend.

Robin Carstensen