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

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 novel of suspense Forged in Grace, Night Oracle (as J.P. Rose) and 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 freelance articles have appeared in such publications as AlterNet.org, Boutique Design, Hospitality Style, Marin Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly,  San Francisco Chronicle, Whole Life Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

Her short fiction and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: the Coachella Review, the Dickens Literary ReviewJuked magazine, Literary Mama, Litpot,  the Manifest-Station, OpiumNight Train magazine, the Pedastal magazine, Pindeldyboz, Salome, Smokelong Quarterly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times, Spoiled InkSummerset Review, Sweatpants & Coffee, Void magazine, and Word Riot.

Jordan is working on two forthcoming writing books from Writer’s Digest Books: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: A Toolkit to Build & Bolster a Lasting 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).

She 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.

She 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, son and their cat.


Recent Publications

Creativity, the Wild Unknown

Why Self-Published Authors Should Go it Alone, Together


Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall

The Art of Lying & Stealing

Un-Doing Me