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.

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 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.

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

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

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:


Susanna Withers is a beautiful, mysterious spy with a large collection of long velvet evening gowns and an accent of some sort. She enjoys sipping cocktails on boats and carried a small pearl-handled pistol in the top of her stocking until the concealed-weapons ban went through. Now she just keeps her wallet in there. While working undercover as a BU graduate student, Susanna earned master’s degrees in creative Writing and Graphic Design and published poetry in several journals before mysteriously disappearing for several years, during which she may or may not have attempted to take over the world. The location of her secret laboratory was eventually pinpointed through the regular delivery of rejection letters from the New Yorker. Forced to give up her career as glamorous international adventuress, Susanna is now attempting to start writing a novel. Her current hobbies include quilting, parenting, anxiety, and being really, really tired.

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.)