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Whitney received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. She is represented by Julie Barer at The Book Group. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, is forthcoming from Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019. 

Recognitions include:

Virginia Center For the Arts Residency
St. Botolph Emerging Artists Grant 2015
2014 Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellow
Loren D. Milliman Fellowship for second year of graduate study
Gerberding Fellowship for study in Rome
Adelphic Scholarship for Wesleyan Writers’ Conference

Whitney serves on the organizing committee for the Arlington Author Salon, a quarterly reading series in Arlington, MA. The series regularly attracts 50-100 people, and past featured authors include Margot Livesey, Richard Hoffman, Celeste Ng, Michael Blanding, Steve Almond, Michelle Hoover, Ron MacLean, Reggie Gibson, Val Wang, Lisa Borders, and many more. In 2018, the series was awarded its third annual Arlington Cultural Council grant, which enables the committee to pay the presenting authors honoraria for their work. 

Whitney teaches fiction writing workshops in the greater Boston area and is available for editorial consultations on short stories, novel writing, and memoir. To find out more or to work with Whitney on your writing, please email her at whitney@whitneyscharer.com