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“Wendy is smart, caring and infinitely patient, with a natural talent for teaching that comes through in everything she does. Her passion for literature and knowledge of the craft of writing are inspiring and infectious and make her a pleasure to be with. In short, she is a wonderful teacher for children or adults.”


–Claire, mother of a Masters School student

Wendy Fried

Owner & Director


Wendy loves helping people move forward with words. In 2004, she opened Wordcraft Writers & Thinkers where she combines her experiences in education and in the arts to help teens and adults.


Early in her career, Wendy worked for the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City as an assistant literary director, and then as the director of the theater’s professional institute. She also worked as a freelance director and writing coach at that time. In all positions, she collaborated with writers and actors, helping them find their ways from point A to point B to Q and then to Z.


As an English teacher for almost a decade, Wendy helped teens develop their reading, writing, thinking and communication skills. She also immersed herself in the college application process, learning how to best help students share their voices. While teaching, she continued her work with professional writers, developing a strong interest in how people move forward in their writing, the factors that contribute to or deter progress, and in the power that comes from developing the skills, insight, and confidence to tell one's story.

In addition to working with teens and adults, freelance editing and writing, and writing her own fiction (YA is her specialty), Wendy is a wife, a mother of two, and a devoted mediocre tennis player. She loves alt music, dark chocolate, the NY Knicks, and pretty much everything that dips into the bizarre or comedic. She sits on the board of directors of Arc Stages in Pleasantville, NY and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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