“It was impressive, informative, and fun to listen to this charismatic woman speak.” — Literary Society of the Desert

Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published by Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019, and is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries. She lives with her husband and daughter in Arlington, MA.

Whitney has been awarded the Virginia Center For the Arts Residency, the St. Botolph Emerging Artists Grant 2015, the 2014 Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship, the Loren D. Milliman Fellowship for second year of graduate study,and the Gerberding Fellowship for study in Rome
Adelphic Scholarship for Wesleyan Writers’ Conference.

Whitney teaches fiction writing workshops in the greater Boston area and is available for editorial consultations on short stories, novel writing, and memoir.

Whitney's Featured Titles

The Age Of Light

Little, Brown and Company |

One of the Best Books of the Year: ParadeGlamourReal Simple, Refinery29, Yahoo! Lifestyle. “A startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman’s self-transformation from muse to artist.” –Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

“I’d rather take a photograph than be one,” Lee Miller declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. As they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee’s life forever.

Lee’s journey of self-discovery takes took her from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from inventing radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it’s possible to stay true to herself while also fulfilling her artistic ambition–and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.


Getting to Truth Through Fiction: Historical Fiction About Real People


Claiming Your Identity as an Artist: Women Artists and Writers


Bringing the Past to Life

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Boston Globe Bestseller
Barnes & Noble New Writers Pick
Indie Next Pick

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Massachusetts Center for the Book | Must Read Long Lists Announced

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