It was 2003. In a noisy restaurant in the theatre district of Boston, three MFA students met regularly to give each other feedback. Somewhere between attending class and sharing brick oven pizzas, they began to realize how important their small community might be. In the next decade, international borders, teaching careers, marriages, and the birth of five children would separate them and challenge the space, mental and physical, they had for writing. Through digital connection and occasional visits to each other’s homes and writers' retreats, the three friends were able to remember that one of the most precious resources for writing is an honest, supportive community of writers. 

Michelle's first book signing brought the friends together again in Mystic, Connecticut in 2014. Once again over a meal, they found inspiration, camaraderie, and the ambition to keep pursuing the writing life. That day, the idea of L'ATELIER was born. We are now four years into the project and more excited than ever.

Laura McCune-Poplin teaches writing and literature at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She published her YA novel, False Friends and Other Cognates in 2014. She won the Dialogue New Voices Award for New Writers, Fiction: Excellence in Category in 2004 and her short stories took second and third place in the Irreantum Short Fiction Contests of 2011 and 2006. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Dialogue, Irreantum, Nervy Girl, Exponent II, and in the short story anthology Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction. She writes a children’s storytelling blog, Last Night’s Story, and is currently working on her next novel.  She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005. 

Laura McCune-Poplin teaches writing and literature at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She published her YA novel, False Friends and Other Cognates in 2014. She won the Dialogue New Voices Award for New Writers, Fiction: Excellence in Category in 2004 and her short stories took second and third place in the Irreantum Short Fiction Contests of 2011 and 2006.

Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Dialogue, Irreantum, Nervy Girl, Exponent II, and in the short story anthology Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction. She writes a children’s storytelling blog, Last Night’s Story, and is currently working on her next novel. 

She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005

Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her novel Fog Island Mountains (Tantor, 2014) won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction and Audible . She has translated two novels by C. F. Ramuz: Beauty on Earth (Onesuch Press, 2013) and What if the Sun... (Onesuch Press, 2016) as well as work by Claude Cahun, Laure Mi-Hyun Croset, and Julia Allard Daudet. Her poetry, short fiction, translations and criticism have appeared in various journals including The Kenyon Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Quarterly Conversation, PANK, Two Serious Ladies, Spolia Mag and The Rumpus. She is the Translations Editor for Necessary Fiction and runs a literary blog called Pieces (www.michellebailatjones.com). She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005. 

Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her novel Fog Island Mountains (Tantor, 2014) won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction and Audible . She has translated two novels by C. F. Ramuz: Beauty on Earth (Onesuch Press, 2013) and What if the Sun... (Onesuch Press, 2016) as well as work by Claude Cahun, Laure Mi-Hyun Croset, and Julia Allard Daudet.

Her poetry, short fiction, translations and criticism have appeared in various journals including The Kenyon Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Quarterly Conversation, PANK, Two Serious Ladies, Spolia Mag and The Rumpus. She is the Translations Editor for Necessary Fiction and runs a literary blog called Pieces (www.michellebailatjones.com).

She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005

Sara Johnson Allen is an Associate Professor at Endicott College near Boston. Her academic interests include the role communities and physical space play in the creative process, using service learning in the classroom to foster personal growth and civic engagement, and the dynamic relationship between media and culture.  Her fiction has appeared in Harpur Palate, Redivider, Byline Magazine, and The Bangalore Review. Her work was submitted to Best New American Voices in 2006. She was awarded the 2018 Marianne Russo Award for Emerging Writers by the Key West Literary Seminar for a novel-in-progress. She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005. 

Sara Johnson Allen is an Associate Professor at Endicott College near Boston. Her academic interests include the role communities and physical space play in the creative process, using service learning in the classroom to foster personal growth and civic engagement, and the dynamic relationship between media and culture. 

Her fiction has appeared in Harpur PalateRedivider, Byline Magazine, and The Bangalore Review. Her work was submitted to Best New American Voices in 2006. She was awarded the 2018 Marianne Russo Award for Emerging Writers by the Key West Literary Seminar for a novel-in-progress.

She received her MFA from Emerson College in 2005.