The Launch Lab | Experts

Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the nonfiction parenting guide, Negotiation Generation (Penguin). In addition to teaching at Grub Street, Lynne teaches in the graduate program of family studies at Wheelock College. She is the family life contributor for Boston’s Fox Morning News and writes for The Writer magazine, Parenting magazine, andPsychology Today. For more about Lynne’s work, visit her website, or her blog, Field Guide to Families

Katrin Schumann is the co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children and Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too. She has been featured on the Today show, Talk of the Nation and in The Times, as well as other national and international media outlets. Current works-in-progress include a novel of psychological suspense, a book on parenting strategies that can make or break affluent children, and ongoing editorial work for editors, agents and writers. For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and a local women’s prison. She helped design and run GrubStreet’s innovative program for debut authors, "The Launch Lab." Before going freelance, she worked at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Schumann has been granted multiple fiction residencies. For more info, check out her website join the conversation on Twitter: @katrinschumann

Past Visiting Experts

Jane Friedman is the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review and teaches digital publishing at the University of Virginia. Before joining VQR, Jane was the publisher of Writer’s Digest and an assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. She has served on panels and advisory boards for a range of nonprofits, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and has spoken at industry events such as BookExpo America, SXSW, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Since 2008, she has kept an award-winning blog focused on helping writers succeed in the business of their art. Learn more at

A journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and geek, Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews regularly in The New York Times, Boston Globe,, and Christian Science Monitor, and has published hundreds of articles in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide, including Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today Washington Post and Fodor's travel guides. He is a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, former bicycling culture columnist for the Boston Globe, and is the film columnist for Art New England. He is a core contributor to the blog "GeekDad" at and his blog "Geek Pride" is seen regularly on He also writes for blogs at's Globetrotting;;, and As a poet, he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize, and has published poems in Poetry, The Southern Review, The North American Review, Exquisite Corpse and several anthologies. He is co-founder of Grub Street's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), volunteers as a guest speaker in the Boston Public Schools and teaches creative writing workshops at Grub Street, Emerson College, Media Bistro and, for younger students, in schools and community centers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Grub Street. Follow Ethan’s adventures at

Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is also a frequent contributor to theHarvard Business Review and Forbes. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press andFortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank. She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and more. She frequently appears in worldwide media including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and MSNBC. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter @dorieclark.

Rosie Sultan won the PEN Discovery Award for fiction and was the recipient of a fellowship at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received her MFA from Goddard College and has taught writing at Boston University, The University of Massachusetts, Grub Street Writers, and Suffolk University. The Washington PostBooklist, and The Library Journal have praised her work, and her novel is an American Library Association book club pick for 2012. 

Taryn Roeder has worked in book publicity for 15 years and currently is the Assistant Director of Publicity at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Bestselling authors she's worked with include Jonah Lehrer, the late Anthony Shadid, Peter Schweizer, Justin Torres, and Temple Grandin. Taryn previously served as the Publicity Manager at Island Press, and has worked at Warner Books, the Vineyard Gazette, and the Boston Book Review. Taryn has a BA in English (Creative Writing) from Barnard College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Maryland College Park. 

Michelle Toth works as an executive coach and leadership development director for D.E. Shaw. Her first novel,Annie Begins, was published on April 4th, 2011 by (sixoneseven) books. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Harvard Business School. 


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