With an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a background in teaching and program management, Claire has over ten years of experience motivating fellow writers and communications professionals to approach storytelling with confidence and passion.


about claire

Photo by Courtney Allen.

Photo by Courtney Allen.

Claire Campbell received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked over a decade in teaching, communications, and program development for nonprofits including ENACT, Learning Leaders, Legal Outreach, and the Whole Kids Foundation. She has taught writing to students of all ages, including college writing students, NYC and AISD public school students, and adult writers suffering from early memory loss. Before taking on the role of Program Director at the Writing Barn, she studied at the Barn with Matt de la Peña, A.M. Jenkins, and in private instruction with founder Bethany Hegedus. Claire teaches regularly with the Badgerdog Program through the Austin Public Library Foundation.

I entrusted my writing to Claire because of her literary experience and enthusiasm for my work. Her input on my novel—both encouraging and critical, broad and specific—was invaluable. In addition to helping me see both the strengths and weaknesses of my work, she empowered me with confidence as I started on revisions.
— Heather Harwood, YA writer
Claire was fantastic! She led the discussions and directed us exactly where we needed...Perfect balance of lecture, writing time, prompts, and discussion.
— Writer Reboot Attendee

I trust Claire with my writing completely. She has the rare gift of being able to offer feedback that not only improves my work but makes me feel confident and comfortable. I’ve seen her do this for many other writers over the years. She brings out the best of everyone she works with.
— Alison Bach, fiction writer
This was such a revelatory experience, it was a reboot in every way. A deepening and reawakening of things that had been lulled for some time...such deep bows of gratitude for Claire and her brain baby of this retreat. So so needed.
— Writer Reboot Attendee
Claire is a huge talent who focuses in on key points and brings in important strategies that will strengthen your writing. After working with her, I left with detailed helpful notes about how to improve my prose and shape my stories. You will find her to be a delight to listen to and work with on your writing.
— John W. Creswell, PhD, writer, consultant, academic
Claire was amazing. Great energy and still created space for others to occupy and explore. The session was well organized and filled the time appropriately.
— Write NOW Attendee