Rachel Sherman, MFA

Creative writing, Fiction
Columbia University


  • Teaches college classes in creative writing
  • Published author of books, short stories, and articles
  • Presents private writing workshops


Rachel Sherman is a former writer for The Balance Careers covering fiction writing.

Sherman currently serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and as adjunct faculty at Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences, where she teaches undergraduate creative writing classes. She also teaches writing workshops for Ditmas Writing Workshops.

Her first book, "The First Hurt," was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, "Living Room," was released in 2009 to broad critical acclaim. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications and websites.


Sherman earned her M.F.A. in Fiction at Columbia University, New York, and her B.A. in English Language and Literature/Letters at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.