You’ve come to the website of Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author, editor, writing teacher.

I have a simple philosophy in all that I do: “Practice. Polish. Persist.” Make your writing life into an ongoing, deep writing practice that can survive the test of time, discouragement and change. Never stop trying to become better and polish your work, learn new things, take classes and feed both your muse and your craft. But what will set you apart is your persistence. Don’t give up. If you need help with any of these things, I’m here to help you.


Jordan is author of the suspense novels Forged in Grace and Night Oracle as well as the writing guides Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and, with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life.

Jordan’s articles, essays and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as AlterNet.org, The Billfold, Boutique Design, Bustle, Coachella Review, Full Grown People,  Hospitality Style, Huffington Post, Literary Mama, The Manifest-Station, Marin Magazine, Medium (Human Parts), Modern Loss, The New York Times, Ozy, Pindeldyboz, Publisher’s Weekly,  ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Smokelong Quarterly, Spoiled Ink, Summerset Review, Void magazine, the Washington Post, Whole Life Times, The Writer Writer’s Digest magazine, and Word Riot, and XO Jane. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

Two more writing books are forthcoming from Writer’s Digest Books: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting & Productive Writing Practice (Spring: 2015), and, with Martha Alderson, “The Plot Whisperer,” Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Scene-by-Scene Through Action, Emotion & Theme (Fall, 2015).

Jordan teaches an ongoing series of online writing courses and webinars on the subjects of  scenes, revision, plot, and tension-building, and will be holding the second annual Plot & Scene retreat with author Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer, in May 2015. REGISTER HERE.

Jordan holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the Hutchins School. A former Petaluman, she created and hosted the LiveWire Literary Salon at Zebulon’s lounge, which hosted readings for several years, and Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others on KRCB, which won an NEA Chairman’s grant in 2004.

She now lives among the garlic and the mushrooms in Northern California with her husband, young son and their two cats.


Recent Publications

My Emotionally Abusive Relationship Ended in a “Dream” Proposal at XO Jane

Surrogate Daughter at Full Grown People

Sugar-Hide at Ozy

How to Combat Apocalyptic Thinking at ReWire Me

The Power of Letting Your Child Swear at Mommyish

A Step Ahead: On Anxiety, at Sweatpants & Coffee

Absurdity of Closure at Modern Loss

A Breach of Trust at The Washington Post

Surface/ing at Medium-Human Parts

Not a PTA Mom at New York Times, Motherlode

Why I Won’t Regret Having Only One Child at Role/Reboot

Origins of my Anger at Brain, Child magazine

Small Acts of Kindness at Sweatpants & Coffee

Why Self-Published Authors Should Go it Alone, Together at The Book Designer

Prop Love at The Manifest-Station

Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall at Sweatpants & Coffee

Un-Doing Me at Sweatpants & Coffee

I Hate This Place Part I at The Nervous Breakdown

I Hate This Place Part II  at The Nervous Breakdown

We Are What Our Ancestors Ate at The Nervous Breakdown

The Leaching of Memory at St. Petersburg Times