Nancy Conyers truly believes in a wider world. She has lived in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Ann Arbor, Dallas, NJ, CT, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Santa Fe, Modena, Italy and Malmo, Sweden.
She did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She is a member of Antioch’s Alumni Advisory Board for Lunch Ticket, Antioch MFA Program’s online literary journal. She was previously the assistant director of the Wharton Executive MBA Program and was the lead instructor for the Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) in Dallas, Texas teaching creative writing workshops to students and teachers in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). While teaching in Dallas, WITS received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for curriculum development and Nancy Conyers helped design and teach in a longitudinal study to track the writing progress of the students in the Lakewood neighborhood schools. She also trained other WITS instructors.
Nancy Conyers has been working with students and their parents for over fifteen years as an educational consultant and is a cofounder of the East West Educational Consulting Company. Using her experience in admissions at the Wharton School and experience teaching writing, Nancy helps students gain entrance into the top boarding schools, universities and graduate schools in the US. Her approach is to work with each applicant to bring out their own true essence in the answers to their essay questions, thereby enabling them to stand out in the admissions process.
While living in Shanghai, Nancy created the Let Your Dogs Out! Writing Club for Kids at the Shanghai Community Center and So, You Want to Write, the Shanghai Community Center’s creative writing class for adults.
Nancy has been a long-time participant in the Shanghai International Literary Festival interviewing Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones in addition to many other authors. She has also led writing workshops for the Shanghai Lit Fest including collaborating with Deborah Slater, founder of the Deborah Slater Dance Theater of San Francisco, on creating characters through movement and writing exercises. In 2008, she was chosen as a featured reader for Out Loud! a literary reading series for emerging writers in Shanghai, and in 2010 she was one of the emerging writers chosen to participate in the Literary Death Match at the Shanghai International Literary Festival.
Nancy truly believes in the old adage that the more no’s you receive the closer you are to the yes’s. In addition to a pile of rejections she has had stories and essays published which you can read on the Publications page of this website. She is also, once again, revising and rewriting her novel A Walk In The Mist.