Steve Friedman is the author of five books, including the recently published Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love and Lousy Choices in New York City and Driving Lessons: A Father, a Son and the Healing Power of Golf.
His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Outside, Elle, Details, The New York Times, Runner's World, The Washington Post, and New York magazine. It has been reprinted in The Best of Outside, The Bastard on the Couch, Modern Love, The Best American Travel Writing, and eight times in The Best American Sports Writing. His personal essay was the first Modern Love column ever published in The New York Times. View Steve's work at stevefriedman.net.
Steve Friedman's Courses
Steve created a community of writers. I immediately felt comfortable and got feedback that radically improved my writing. He encouraged me to send one of my pieces to The New York Times, and it was published. You can't give a better endorsement than that. -- Carol Vecchione
"Steve's class far surpassed my expectations. He runs his class with humor and plain good sense. He even helped me get my essay published in The Washington Post!" -- Jess Allen
"Steve encouraged in-depth discussion about how we could improve our pieces, what to look out for, and effective editing. The class developed a camaraderie. My writing is definitely better coming out of this class." -- Amy Gordon
"Steve is just fantastic. This is my second class with him. I came out of the class with pieces I plan to fine-tune and pitch." -- Michele Brown
"Steve has the rare ability to write prose that is funny, touching, and profound. He has the even rarer ability to make that gift accessible to his students and inspire them to make leaps in their own writing." -- Jeff Leen, Pulitzer Prize Winner, investigations editor, Washington Post
"I sold a profile piece to The New York Sun that I wrote for Steve's class! I gained constructive criticism and feedback. The class is a great kick-in-the-behind." -- Kerry L. Smith
"Steve makes everyone feel comfortable and encourages honest feedback in a class I looked forward to. I had piece accepted for the Modern Love column in The New York Times." -- Anna Davies
"Steve is insightful, engaging, and challenged us. He honored our personal experiences, but was unyielding in his demand that we craft the story of our experience to serve our readers and not ourselves." -- Jeff Henigson
"Steve was an amazing teacher. His critiques and suggestions were always on the mark. Everyone's work was so much better by the end of class." -- Jenna Kern-Rugile
"Steve gives specific advice on how to take any piece of writing from good to great. He is very knowledgeable about how to make your work better." -- Christina Morgan