Paula Derrow has consulted for Good Housekeeping, Dailyworth.com, and is the former articles director of Self, where she edited the "Self Expression" column and published writers including Cheryl Strayed, Jane Smiley, and Julie Powell. She has been published in The New York Times' Modern Love column, SELF, Cosmo, and Woman's Day. She's also worked at Glamour, American Health, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, and Lifetime Television for Women.
Paula is the editor of Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It, a Publisher's Weekly-starred anthology of essays by women about sex in real life.
Paula's course resulted in my being published in The New York Times' Modern Love column. Her suggestions take a personal essay from 'a good idea' to publishable. -- Liza Monroy
"Paula gets to the heart of the personal essay. She inspired me to finish essays I had been toying with in my mind for a long time, and I have submitted my first essay for publication." -- Glenn Michael Gordon
"I was immediately impressed with Paula's style. I wrote a piece shortly after the class that ran in Runner's World. Thanks, Paula!" -- Bill Braine, editor and freelancer
"Paula convinced me that my writing was not only publishable but also worth publishing. With her encouragement and honest critique I placed pieces in The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine. I can't commend Paula highly enough." -- Erica Rex
"Paula has a knack for getting to the essence of an essay and pointing out what a writer can do to make a piece stronger and have a better arc." -- Christine Koubek
"If you want to know how to improve your writing and better your chances of getting published, take Paula's class. I highly recommend it." -- Rebecca Shalomoff
"Paula is an extremely smart, talented, and thoughtful instructor who brings great knowledge and insight to her classes. I acquired invaluable information and tools to better improve my writing." -- Yitta Mandelbaum