Dawn Raffel is the author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney (July 31, 2018) the extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies--by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City.Her illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and previous books include a critically acclaimed novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division.
Her writing has been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, New Philosopher, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conjunctions, Black Book, Open City, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Arts & Letters, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently The Best Short Fictions 2016 (selected by Stuart Dybek) and The Best Short Fictions 2015 (selected by Robert Olen Butler).
She was a fiction editor for many years, helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she served as Executive Articles Editor for seven years, and subsequently held senior-level "at- large" positions at More magazine and Reader's Digest. In addition, she served as the Center for Fiction's web editor. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, the Center for Fiction, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania.
She currently works as an independent editor for individuals and creative organizations, specializing in memoir, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches embodied creative writing.
Talks and Topics
- The Strange Case of Dr. Couney Multi-media Presentation
- Tales from the Midway: Jaw-Dropping Cultural Milestones
- Five American's World's Fairs that Helped Shape the 20th Century
- How Our Objects Tell Our Life Stories
- How to Write a Memoir Using Your "Stuff" - a Workshop
- How to Get Your Manuscript Out of the Slush Pile
- Micro-Fiction and Micro-Memoir Workshops
- Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice
- Six Essential Tools for Digging Into the Past
Check Dawn's Availability
Previous & Upcoming Events:
- Aug 6, 2018: Scribblers on the Roof - New York, NY
- Aug 11, 2018: "Ask the Expert" - Coney Island Museum, NY
- Aug 13, 2018: Franklin Park Reading Series - Brooklyn, NY
- Sep 6, 2018: Harold Washington Public Library - Chicago, IL
- Oct 25, 2018: Ocean State Writers Conference - Univ of Rhode Island
In the News:
- "How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies" - Publisher's Weekly (May 2018)
- "The Child Hatchery of Coney Island" - The Atlantic (Oct 2015)
- "Writing a Memoir is a Strange Psychological Trip Through Your Past" - The Cut (Apr 2017)
- "The Accidental Memoir" - Caroline Leavitt (June 2012)
- "Further Adventures in the Restless Universe: Cool Book Video" - Huffington Post (Mar 2010)