Marya Brenan’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, Literary Hub, and The Normal School, among others. She is a proud alum of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and The Writers Grotto Fellowship Program. Her 2021 article, “Writing a Novel in Prison. In 30 Days. During a Pandemic.”, appeared in Literary Hub and is centered around community and creative connection.
She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Japanese Language and Literature from Oberlin College. Brenan previously taught middle school and worked as an English Instructional Coach before working as the Director for the Young Writer’s Program at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Brenan writes, works, and walks her dog in Oakland, California. She is currently the Director of Programs at National Novel Writing Month. She believes that writing fiction is a transformative experience, and loves helping people discover the magic of this process. She has written several beautiful, messy novels (one still in progress), and traveled Europe as part of a two-person street circus.
Updated July 2022