The Writers Studio 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.

Shaun Bossio is a fiction writer born and bred in Boston. He holds a BA in English from Boston University and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is the former Fiction Editor of Redivider, and his short stories have appeared in Typehouse, Firewords and Palooka. He is currently at work on his first novel

Elizabeth Christopher is the Writers Studio coordinator and an FYACS board member. She’s a writer in the tech industry where her work was selected as a finalist for the 2020 ITSMA Marketing Excellence Award. She also writes creatively; her essays and stories have appeared in The Writer, HuffPost, The Boston Globe, Obelus, and elsewhere. Elizabeth has an M.A. in English Composition and has taught writing to children and adults. She is currently working on a historical novel.

Tracy Miller Geary is a short story writer currently at work on a novel-in-stories about a beekeeper and his family. She is a writing advisor at MIT and a contributing writer for Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Science. She also has her own business helping high school seniors and graduate students craft compelling application essays ( She earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School and is the editor of two student publications, Harvard Summer Review and Charles River Review. Her stories have been published in dozens of magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Harvard Review, Puerto del Sol and Seattle Review. A devoted Red Sox fan, she is thrilled to have stories published in the anthologies Fenway Fiction, Further Fenway Fiction, and Final Fenway Fiction. Her middle grade novel, The Summer of my Movie Star, received an Honorable Mention

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.

Marci Nault is the author of The Lake House (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster), which was nominated for the Romantic Times Best Mainstream Fiction award. She’s the founder of E2T Adventures, a company dedicated to helping women to more comfortably and safely experience outdoor adventures. She’s also known for her completion of her list of 101 Dreams that included rafting the Zambezi and Futaleufu, traveling to 39 countries, living and writing in Florence, Italy, and so much more. She’s a national speaker and has been featured on numerous television and radio programs and in national and local newspapers/magazines. When she’s not working, she spends her time figure skating, white water kayaking, hiking, skiing, salsa dancing, and traveling the world solo and with her partner. On weekends you can find her in nature exploring this incredible planet.

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:

Tug Yourgrau

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.)