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Nora Chassler


I grew up in New York City in the 1980s. I attended St Ann’s High School in Brooklyn, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College, City University of New York, with a BA in English and Film Studies. I’ve had various, some might say 'random' jobs: I worked in a social work office, as a cocktail waitress, as a fashion model; I was a Director’s assistant on a mean-spirited TV show that never made it past the pilot; I was a college English teacher and an English tutor in ESL… I have also written since I was fourteen years old, and in 2002 I moved to the UK to pursue an MLitt in Creative Writing at St Andrews.

These days I write post-literary fiction, aphorisms and pontifications, and teach Creative Writing to children aged three through to eighteen.

I live in Edinburgh with my daughter Frances, my dog Caprica, and my partner, the poet Don Paterson.

I currently teach Creative Writing at George Heriot’s school, and help out with their Literary Club/Magazine, Ink.

I have a unique approach to teaching writing and am available to come to Nursery (yes!), Primary or Secondary classes.

Please visit the teaching page of my website for more information:

About writer's work

My first novel, Miss Thing, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2010.

My second novel, Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space, will be published by Valley Press in March 2015.

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Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

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5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

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Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space

Author(s): Nora Chassler
New York City, 1982. The Martians - Carrie, Eli, their mother Viv and her teenage boyfriend, Arnie - live in a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side.

Miss Thing

Author(s): Nora Chassler
Andromeda, a beautiful teenage girl whose mother has just killed herself, and Sam, a failed thirty-something writer in a miserable marriage, spy on each other across the interior courtyard of their Ne