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Literary Bio

Candy Schulman is an award-winning writer of essays, humor, Op-Eds, and articles on health, relationships, travel, and food. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Longreads, AARP, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s, Rumpus Funny Women, Parents, Travel & Leisure, Glamour, Salon, Ravishly, The Writer, Next Avenue, Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere. She has received Essay of the Year awards from The American Society of Journalists and Authors and Notable Essay Recognitions 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 taught writing at The Chautauqua Institution for 10 summers, and frequently shares her expertise at the annual ASJA conference and Hunter College. Her readings include Generation Women and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. 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 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. When Candy isn’t writing, she loves long city walks, reading, playing tennis, cooking, traveling around France, sipping coffee, judging the best ice cream, endorsing the Oxford comma, and feeling proud of her husband and daughter.

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