Robyn Ringler graduated from the
University of Tampa MFA in Creative Writing program in June 2015 and received
the “Outstanding Graduate Award” for academic excellence and service. Her
collection of short stories, Occupational
Hazards, was completed as her thesis. Ringler’s work has appeared in Scoundrel Time (an online literary
journal), Heavy Feather Review, and Yellow Chair Review; in the anthologies Women’s Letters: America from the
Revolutionary War to the Present and Stories
of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies; on NPR andMartha Stewart Radio. Ringler holds
degrees in nursing and law and owns East Line Literary Arts in upstate New York
through which she teaches creative writing to all ages.
Over the years, Robyn has "changed hats" several times. She graduated from Duke University's School of Nursing in 1979 and worked as a medical/surgical and cardiac nurse at the George Washington University Hospital. In 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was shot, Robyn was assigned to be his evening nurse for 10 days until he was well enough to return to the White House.
In 1987, Robyn graduated from Hofstra University Law School. She worked as a defense attorney at the Friedman, Hirschen, Miller law firm in Schenectady, then spent over 10 years as a stay at home mom, Girl Scout leader, political activist, and writer.
Over the years, Robyn's articles have been published in the Albany Times Union, Newark Star-Ledger and have been sent out over the New York Times wire. She wrote regularly for Nursing Spectrum and has contributed to the Philosophical Mom webzine and other publications. She has been interviewed on WAMC's The Round Table and the nationally syndicated radio program 51% and has read essays on both programs, as well as Martha Stewart Radio.
Robyn's Letter to Al Pacino appears in the anthology Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler and published by Dial Press. Her essay Dissection was published in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, edited by Sayantani DasGupta and Marsha Hurst and published by the Kent State University Press.
Locally, Robyn published a small book about the history of the Susan Odell Taylor School in Troy. At The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, she curated highly successful nights of readings as part of The Memoir Project for several years; she also moderated a panel discussion following a theatrical reading based on Barbara Ehrenrich's Nickel and Dimed.
Robyn is dedicated to teaching The Joy of Writing to all ages, privately or in class settings. She has taught homeschoolers for many years and after school programs in the public schools. She frequently teaches an adult writing class in the mornings and/or evenings. And her services include editing books during or after the writing process; helping you navigate the publishing system--writing query letters or preparing a package to send to potential publishers; navigating the self-publishing world; guiding you through creative ways to publish via contests or other avenues; and guiding you through marketing and publicizing your book. She would love to meet you!