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.


JordanLeaningJordan is author of the suspense novels Women in RedForged in Grace and Night Oracle as well as the writing guides Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme,  A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting & Productive Writing Practice , Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and, with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life–soon to have a second edition

Jordan’s articles, essays and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as AlterNet, The Billfold, Boutique Design, Bustle, DAME, Coachella Review, Creative Live, Full Grown People,  Hospitality Style, Literary Mama, Marin Magazine, mental_floss, Modern Loss, The New York Times, Ozy, Pacific Standard, Paste,  Publisher’s Weekly, Rewire Me, Role/Reboot, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Smokelong Quarterly,  Stir Journal, Void magazine, the Washington Post, The Weeklings, Whole Life Times, The Writer Writer’s Digest magazine, Word Riot, and XO Jane. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

Jordan and Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer, for their Renewal Retreat, Saturday December 12, 10-5, at Villa Del Mar in Santa Cruz, and the third annual WriterPath Plot & Scene retreat May 6-8, at the gorgeous Mt. Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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 resident of Petaluma, California, she created and hosted the LiveWire Literary Salon at Zebulon’s lounge, and Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, on KRCB radio, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others, 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.