Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher, and writing practice provocateur who has written four books on writing. Her work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies and on the spoken word compilation First Friday: Year 3. She has edited several books and chapbooks, including Brown Bag Anthology, a collection of writings from the first five years of her writing practice groups at The Writing Center, a nonprofit literary arts organization, which she cofounded. In addition to leading writing practice groups, which she has done for over seventeen years, Judy holds private workshops, teaches at University of California San Diego Extension; San Diego Writers, Ink; and writing conferences internationally. She is a regular speaker at the Southern California Writers Conferences, where she is especially known for her lively, late-night Rogues read-and-critique workshops. In 2004, she cofounded San Diego Writers, Ink, with a committed group of volunteers, and served as its executive director.
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