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Michelle Wildgen



About Michelle

I have over twenty years of experience as an editor and writer, including 18 years with the award-winning literary journal Tin House, where I had a particular interest in working with new writers of fiction and personal essay, and writing about food and drink. I am especially interested in literary fiction and upmarket fiction as well as memoirs of all stripes. My first novel, You’re Not You, was a NYT Editor’s Choice and was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank; But Not For Long; and Bread and Butter. Other essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and “Modern Love” column, Tin House, Poets and Writers, O Magazine, Real Simple, The Writer, Best American Food Writing, and in anthologies like Death by Pad Thai and Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. My short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. In 2013, with novelist Susanna Daniel, I cofounded the Madison Writers’ Studio, which offers small MFA-level workshops in fiction and nonfiction in Madison, Wisconsin. I've taught at UW-Madison, Aspen Words, the Todos Santos Writers' Workshop, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Tin House Writer's Workshop. You can find out more at or


  • Essay
  • Memoir
  • Non-Fiction
  • Novel
  • Short Fiction

Consulting Services

  • Short Fiction
  • The Novel
  • Manuscript Review
  • Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Remote Sessions
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Rate: $125/hour

Michelle's Works