Steve Friedman

Steve Friedman
Steve Friedman's work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Outside, Elle, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and New York magazine. His writing 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. He is writer at large for Backpacker, Runner's World, and Bicycling. Steve has two books coming out this spring, 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. View Steve's work at

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Steve created a community of writers. I immediately felt comfortable sharing my work and got honest feedback that radically improved my essay writing. Steve 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 workshops with humor and just plain good sense. He even helped me get my first major clip -- an essay published in The Washington Post!" -- Jess Allen

"Steve encouraged in-depth discussion about how we could improve our pieces, what red flags to look out for, and effective editing. The class quickly developed a camaraderie and a genuine desire to help improve each other's work. 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 2-3 pieces I plan to fine-tune and pitch." -- Michele Brown

"Steve has the rare ability to write effortless 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 great 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, which helped me fine-tune the piece and make it more marketable. The class is a great kick-in-the-behind." -- Kerry L. Smith

"Steve makes everyone feel comfortable immediately, which encourages honest feedback, close reading, and 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 the eight weeks." -- Jenna Kern-Rugile

"Steve really 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