Denise Santomauro

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Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has worked with writers across genres and styles of writing, everything from secret society mysteries and sweeping fantasies to thoughtful contemporary stories and heart-wrenching memoirs. As an educator, she has taught fiction, personal essay, poetry, and playwriting, and explored the performing arts with young people as a way to help them tell their stories. In her own writing, she has developed plays and scenes for young people, written middle grade and young adult novels, contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, and performed her own personal essays at live lit events around Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Student Feedback for Denise

Denise’s knowledge and experience come through in subtle but effective reframing techniques that helped me sidestep my own doubts and find new excitement for writing. Holly Chaille

Denise was phenomenal to work with. What a kind and patient human being with incredible knowledge and a real heart to help writers grow. Britt J. Benson

Denise is a wonderful mentor who provided tools and actionable steps to enable me to see the heart and voice of my story. Anonymous

Ever had one of those stories you’ve looked at a thousand times and rewritten a hundred ways? Ever decided that your narrative is so far down the rabbit hole there is no hope? I’m here to tell you there is hope and comes to you as Denise Santomauro. She can see the story’s thread through the royal tangled mess you’ve made of it. Denise has a clear vision, a love of language, and spot-on critique. She’ll get you untangled. She’s wonderful! J.A. Cameron