The Writing Room Meet our resident writers

Matt Butterfield is a teacher and writer. He is on the faculty at Boston University, where he is an instructor of professional communications at the Questrom School of Business. His own writing is ever a work in progress, though his current work is on a fantasy novel of growing scope. Matt holds an M.A. in English Literature from Clark University and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State University. He currently lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Elizabeth Christopher is a marketing writer with 20 years of experience telling stories about the people and technologies shaping major industries. She also writes creatively, and her pieces have appeared in print and online, including in HuffPost, the Boston Globe, Slow Trains Literary Magazine, Moveable Feasts: An Anthology, North End Waterfront, the Melrose Free Press, and the Melrose Weekly News. Elizabeth is the Writing Room coordinator and a FYACS board member. She is currently working on a historical novel.

Jeff Cram is a marketing professional with 20 years of experience working with brands on content strategy, marketing and digital publishing. He received a BA in Communications at Linfield College in Oregon. His writing has appeared online in places including Fast Company and as an occasional guest contributor to the weekly newsletter for his fantasy football league. Jeff lives in Melrose with his family and is currently working on non-fiction and business writing.

Michelle C. McAdams is a writer, editor and communications professional from the Boston area. As a journalist, she has written for national outlets including AARP, The Boston Globe and the Austin American-Statesman. Her fiction has been published in Oracle Fine Arts Review. She received her MFA in fiction at Queens University of Charlotte, MA in journalism at the University of North Carolina and BA in English at Harvard University. Michelle is currently revising a collection of short stories and beginning a historical fiction project. She lives in Malden with her husband and Golden Retriever. Her website can be found at http://www.michellecerulli.com/.

Sonia Ana Miller is a writer and editor of stories, fairy tales and novels that occasionally get published, sometimes even her own. With expensively framed degrees in fiction, children’s literature, and creative writing from George Mason University and Hollins University, she flexes her mad procrastination skills until the next NaNoWriMo comes around and she gets to let loose her inner deadline demon. As a founding member of the professional writing group Gripers Inc. she has helped edit picture books, chapter books, and novels into published existence. She has participated in panels and presented her own work at a variety of conferences, including the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the Francelia Butler Conference. Her stories have appeared in So To Speak and The GM Review.

 

Alanna Nelson creates content to build community. She works with nonprofits, small businesses and artists to accomplish their goals. Great copy, scripts and speeches help them reach these goals. Alanna is Co-Chair of the Melrose Energy Commission and a fiber artist who facilitates wet felting sessions at FYACS.

Brad Wall is a native Melrosian who enjoys serving the community as a librarian at the Melrose Public Library. As a member of the FYACS Writing Room, he hopes to produce work in various genres and to help create a wonderfully supportive writing community here in Melrose. He is currently working on a contemporary novel set in Tennessee that focuses on contemporary issues in today’s society. He received his Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Brad also has a Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/bradwall.

Sarah Welch is a writer and instructional designer who specializes in learning and teaching new technology. She has a passion for taking complex, technical information and making it easy-to-understand, with a focus on delivering the right information to the right people. Sarah has worked in financial services, healthcare technology, and higher education. She has a B.A. from Emerson College and currently lives in Melrose, Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and hound dog, Jazz.

Tug Yourgrau is an award-winning playwright, director and TV producer. His first full-length play, The Song of Jacob Zulu, opened at Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre in March, 1993, earning 6 Tony Award-nominations, including Best Play, and Best Score with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In 1994, Tug’s second play, Shooting in Madrid, ran at The Signature Theater in Arlington VA. Family of Origin was workshopped in 2005 at HB Playwrights Unit in New York, where Tug was a member for eight years. He also wrote nine short one-act plays: After Sunset; Higher Power; Homer Falls; Just The Two Of Us; Lost In New York; Cries From The Cockpit; Th_; Peanuts; and Midlife, published in HB Playwrights Short Play Festival: Anthology, (Smith and Kraus Publishers Inc, New York. 1997- 2005). All three were produced at HB Playwrights Theatre and some at the Boston Theatre Marathon of 10-Minute Plays.

 

Tug’s journalism credits include A Native Son Returns To South Africa, 4-part feature series for The Chicago Tribune, July 1994; and, with Joel Olicker, the documentary film, The New South Africa: A Personal Journey, broadcast on PBS stations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in 1994. Tug’s radio play, Life in the Iron Mills, adapted from the novel by Rebecca Harding Davis, was broadcast on NPR’s The Spider’s Web in 1977.

 

From 1994-2014, Tug served as President (and co-founder) of Powderhouse Productions, the largest independent producer of prime-time programming in New England for basic non-fiction networks including Discovery Channel, History, Animal Planet; and for PBS. Tug was born in South Africa. He is an avid singer. His wife, Beth, and he are the parents of grown woman-man twins. (Not yet grandparents.)