Founder and Director
Suzanne Zweizig holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied composition pedagogy and literature and was named a Ford Foundation Writing Fellow for helping to pioneer a writing-across-the-curriculum course for incoming freshman. She also received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida where she was awarded the Marjorie Kenan Rawlings Fellowship and won a prestigious university-wide teaching award for her poetry-writing course.
As a graduate student and professor, Suzanne had over 10-years’ experience teaching literature and writing (Creative Writing, Composition, Scientific Writing, Business Writing) at the university level before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005. Since then, she has tutored writing at private and public schools in the Washington D.C. area, working especially with the Maret School where she developed summer writing workshops and writing clinics for upper school students. Suzanne has also worked as a professional writer in the business, nonprofit and government sectors, including as the Communications Manager at the Embassy of Switzerland, and as the Director of Scientific Publications at Conservation International.
An award-winning writer and life-long student of writing herself, Suzanne draws extensively on her own experience to relate to her students, passing on the tools, lessons, strategies and writing that have inspired her. Her poetry and prose have been published nationally and internationally, winning recognition and support from places such as The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, The Nation/Discovery Prize and the Washington D.C. Commission of Arts and Humanities.
Laura Scalzo is the author of two novels, The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass, praised as “lyrical and insightful,” and American Arcadia, “a gorgeous riff of a New York City novel.” Her shorter work has appeared in various literary magazines including Had, Ellipsis Zine, Reflex Fiction, and the Grace & Gravity Series. She was a 2023 Chautauqua Writer-in-Residence and is a 2024 recipient of a DC Arts Grant. She is a graduate of Syracuse University after which she held a variety of jobs including waitress, office temp, copywriter, Eurodollar broker on the Japanese Desk, and energy commodities derivatives broker. She’s lived in Washington, DC for 20 years where she and her husband raised their two children. Find out more about her Fiction Writing Camp here.