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 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, The Billfold, Boutique Design, Bustle, DAME, Coachella Review, Full Grown People,  Hospitality Style, Literary Mama, The Manifest-Station, Marin Magazine, Medium (Human Parts), Modern Loss, The New York Times, Ozy, Paste, Pindeldyboz, Publisher’s Weekly,  Purple Clover, ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Smokelong Quarterly, Spoiled Ink, Summerset Review, Stir Journal, Void magazine, the Washington Post, 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.

JUST PUBLISHED:  A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting & Productive Writing Practice (WRITER’S DIGEST BOOKS) and you can now PRE-ORDER  Writing Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme (Fall, 2015), written with with Martha Alderson, “The Plot Whisperer.”

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, May 1-3 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.