Chandra Hoffman

Instructor in Writing

Chandra Hoffman is a novelist and professor of English/Literarture at Bryn Athyn College. Her debut novel, Chosen, was published by HarperCollins and translated into several languages. Chandra’s work has appeared and been reviewed in New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. She writes about everyday scenarios, shining a light on the complexities of the human condition through realistic characters. She is passionate about challenging students to find their voices, critically read and creatively write.

Education

  • M.F.A., Antioch University
  • B.S., Cornell University

Accomplishments

  • Publications
    • 2013 – Article: Breaking a World Record, Huffington Post
    • 2012 – Blog series: La Vida Tranquila, Huffington Post
    • 2012 – Article: Homeschooling in Honduras, Honduras Weekly and San Diego Reader
    • 2012 – Article: It’s TIME to Talk About Breasts, Huffington Post
    • 2010 – CHOSEN, A Novel HarperCollins, Hardcover (subsequent publications in paperback and in various translations, 2011-2015)
    • 2010 – Article: From Cornell to Romanian Orphanage, Huffington Post
    • 2010 – Article: Why I am Home-Schooling This Fall, New York Times
    • 1998 — Jesse Now and Then, Morris Publishing
    • 1995 — Cornell Daily Sun Short Story contest
  • Activities
    • 2012 – present: Utila Creative Writers (Founder/leader of multilingual creative writing class with publication history in Isla de Utila, Honduras)
    • 2010 – present: Visiting Author at over 50 book clubs, libraries and high schools
    • 2007 – 2012 Bryn Athyn Creative Writing Workshop/Creating In Community (Organized, co-taught community-based creative writing weekend workshops; an introduction to three genres and diverse applicable exercises. Developed an ongoing program for community members to gather and pursue their creative craft together.)
    • 2004 – present — Visiting Artist, Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools (Implemented creative writing techniques connecting ninth graders with meaningful totems within a broader fine arts curriculum. Partial/full day workshops.)
    • 2003-present — Senior Mentor, Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools (Annual mentor and panelist for creative writing and event planning students)
    • 1999 — Philadelphia Writers Conference (Presenting participant)
    • 1996 – Bread Loaf Writers Conference (Presenting partcipant; mentoring sessions with Anne Lamott, Richard Bausch and Andrea Barrett.)

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Inspiring social awareness, charitable living and passion for literature, music, creation and organic gardening in children
  • Running
  • Chicken farming
  • Natural horsemanship

Courses Taught