I am a rotating faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton contributing as a Mentor to Children's Lit Fellows within the Creative Writing program.
"Admission is selective. Children’s Lit Fellows receive Advanced Certificates in Creative Writing from Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing and Literature."
Quotes from my mentees:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed your guidance. It has catapulted my novel and craft."
Future Best Manuscript Submission at the Atlanta Writers Conference
"You have been a tremendous help this semester."
"Thank you for all your thoughtful insightful comments these past months. They have really helped me develop as a writer."
"I have valued your input so very much these past few months. It’s been helpful in steering my story and making it a deeper, more emotionally connected and truly developed story. I can’t thank you enough for your thoughtful comments."
"Thank you for such a thorough, professional, and creative edit."
(I am) "blessed to have such clear and thoughtful guidance....Thank you again for being even more helpful than I expected, which is really saying something."
"Thank you so much for all of your suggestions, edits, and encouragement throughout this process. I will never forget my experience with you as my mentor. I appreciate every comment and critique that you have provided. Every suggestion has helped my growth as a writer."
"I know this has been a very challenging time, so thank you again for doing this and for being so thorough and thoughtful on top of everything else. Part of what has kept me motivated through all this is that I can see that the threads of the story are coming together and getting stronger, and that’s in large part thanks to your guidance!!" (During Covid19)
"Working with Lorie Ann Grover gave me the confidence I needed to embark on a second round of rewrites of my young adult horror-science fiction hybrid novel. Her persistent kindness, guiding hand, and true presence during our meetings gave me everything I ever needed. Mentorship is one thing, but true connection, support and guidance is another, and Lorie Ann goes above and beyond."
- Robert P. Ottone, author of Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares and awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel for his first novel The Triangle.