Literary Bio

Candy Schulman is an award-winning writer of essays, humor, and articles on health, travel, and food. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s, Rumpus Funny Women, Parents, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Salon, Ravishly, The Writer, Brain Child, Next Avenue, Next Tribe, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She has received Essay of the Year awards from The American Society of Journalists and Authors and Notable Essay Recognition in Best American Essays.

Candy’s essays and humor have appeared in anthologies and textbooks including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Flash Nonfiction Funny, Lost and Found—Stories from New York, A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published, among others.

A Writing Professor at The New School in New York City, Candy leads workshops in creative non-fiction, focusing on personal essays, humor, and memoir. Student work has appeared in leading digital and print publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Candy has taught writing at The Chautauqua Institution, and frequently shares her expertise at writers’ conferenced at the annual ASJA conference and Hunter College. Her readings include Generation Women and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and she has been a guest speaker on NPR and Radio Health.

Born and raised in Brooklyn (before it was hip), she bravely left the borough at the age of 16 for Ohio State University, the first time she traveled west of New Jersey; living in the Midwest illuminated a different world beyond Sheepshead Bay. She earned her M.A. at New York University, briefly meeting John Lennon in Washington Square. She transformed this experience into a published essay—her essay ideas are often close to home.

She’s been writing since fourth grade, when she crafted and illustrated an embarrassing first novel called The Mystery in the Old Mansion. It would be the last time she wrote in that genre. She’s eternally grateful to her writing mentor, Hayes B. Jacobs, for expanding and encouraging her creativity, especially because her parents urged her to become an executive secretary married to a golfer.

Her grown daughter, raised in Greenwich Village, moved to Brooklyn (now that it’s hip). When Candy isn’t writing, she loves long city walks, reading, playing tennis, cooking and dining out, traveling around France, sipping coffee, judging the best ice cream, endorsing the Oxford comma, and feeling proud of her husband and daughter.