Brendan Deneen is an editor at Thomas Dunne Books (a division of St. Martin's Press/Macmillan), where he acquires young adult novels from the small and quirky (Being Audrey Hepburn) to the big and epic (Conquered Earth). He also launched Macmillan Films, whose first project, the young adult novel Tempest, was quickly pre-empted by the producers of the Twilight movies.
Brendan is a former development/production executive for Scott Rudin and Bob & Harvey Weinstein (Miramax/Dimension Films) and a former literary and film manager, where he closed dozens of publishing and movie deals. He also teaches writing for television and film in the undergraduate school at Hunter College.
Brendan Deneen's Courses
Brendan was funny, smart, and incredibly generous with his time and expertise. He gave honest feedback that helped me solve tough story problems. I started the class with a rough draft and finished with much tighter, more polished pages. -- Mai Nguyen
"If you have the opportunity to take this class, don't hesitate. Your writing and your project will improve exponentially. You'll gain valuable, honest insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and how to prepare it for the marketplace." -- Laura Kogonis
"Brendan's knowledge of the publishing world was invaluable, and the feedback he gave me regarding my novel will definitely help me land an agent." -- Alicia Butler
"Brendan gave focused, insightful feedback. He challenged us to improve our stories and his suggestions resulted in a stronger manuscript. Thanks, Brendan!" -- Jeanne Moran
"Brendan treated us like professionals, giving us feedback he would have given one of his own authors. His critiques were invaluable in helping me re-think my work-in-progress. I felt his authentic wish for us to succeed." -- Lily Garfield