Cathy Alter, Adjunct Faculty
Cathy Alter, a primary faculty member of M.A. in Writing Program, teaches various nonfiction courses, including Nonfiction Techniques, Magazine Style and Substance, and Writing the Memoir and Personal Essay. She is a popular author and writer whose feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Atlantic.com, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Self, McSweeney’s, Six-Word Memoir, Urbanite, and The Washington City Paper. Her book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004 and her memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over, was released in July 2008. She has appeared on television and radio programs such as “The Today Show,” “PBS Author Author,” and NPR. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at literary events, including Fall for the Book, American Independent Writers, The Baltimore Writers Conference, The Gaithersburg Book Festival, The F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, the Bethesda Literary Festival, and Conversations & Connections. Cathy received a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.
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