Sera Rivers

  • Award-winning writer with experience in children’s literature and storytelling performances

  • Demonstrated expertise in program design and event planning in the creative arts field, including local conferences, workshops, and community activities

  • Effective communicator, well-organized, and detail oriented in all aspects of workshop instruction, logistics/timelines, social media management, community outreach, and verbal/written communications

  • MFA in writing for children; BA in journalism studies/creative writing

E-mail: writeloudly at me dot com

Work experience
Assistant Director of 50th Reunion Programs, Amherst College


Plans all activities and events relating to post-50th reunion classes; manages volunteers, including recruiting, training, organizing, and motivating class officers; builds and maintains community and campus partnerships and secures resources for events; coordinates communication strategies in collaboration with Advancement Communications; sets, develops, and monitors fundraising goals for post-50th classes; develops donor solicitation plans, proposals, and cultivation to increase financial support of the college.

Managing Editor, Avenue A Books


Center for Responsive Schools


Acquired and edited nine children’s graphic novels and picture books a year; recruited and negotiated work-for-hire contracts for diverse authors and illustrators; created and managed multiple, simultaneous project timelines; guided story development from concept to finished product; directed graphic designer and production team on book design and layout; collaborated with marketing team to promote books via website ads, videos, blog posts, and social media.   

Senior Editor/Writer, Responsive Classroom


Center for Responsive Schools

Researched, edited, and copyedited a variety of print and online products for teacher professional development, including retail books, workshop and promotional materials, blog posts, and articles; worked with writers on content development and established and maintained timelines and deadlines.

Freelance Writer




Researched, traveled, and wrote articles on a variety of topics in the arts industries and special education market (including expert interviews and event/book/conference reviews); publishing credits include A&U Magazine, Demand Studios, Psychology Today, Southwoods Journal, and guest posts on various creative writing and special education blogs/journals.

Writing Instructor/Tutor/Coach

​2007 - 2015



Designed and taught various workshops for adults and children on the craft of creative writing; tutored children on honing composition and writing skills based on assessment of individual abilities; developed individualized strategic plans for adults on career guidance, manuscript development, marketing trends, platform building, and the business of publishing. 



Staff Writer


Channing Bete Company


Wrote educational, medical, and military products for all age levels in multiple formats. 


Marketing Communications Manager


Viscito Financial Services


Implemented marketing plan for independent accounting services firm; managed off-site financial education workshops; coordinated and taught technology education programs; managed social media; wrote and edited press releases/kits and other promotional materials, radio ads, and website content; researched and compiled current financial trends for weekly radio show. 

Development Assistant


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


Managed fundraising databases and donor correspondence; assisted in planning recurring company events, including the annual, nationally televised Enshrinement Ceremonies; liaison to high-profile basketball professionals; wrote and designed communications materials, including the international, quarterly newsletter; supervised college interns.



Simmons College

2011 - 2013

Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children



University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2010 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing/Journalism Studies



Springfield Technical Community College

1997 - 1999

Associate of Science in Television Production/Journalism


Young Adult Novels

Manuscript Critique

Creative Writing Instruction

Freelance Writing/Journalism

Special Education

Technical Skills

Mac and PC

Adobe InDesign

Microsoft Office



Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators


2007–Present: Member & Volunteer


2021 Faculty, NESCBWI Conference


2019 Faculty, NESCBWI Conference


2017/2018 Co-Chair, NESCBWI Conferences


2015–2018: Western MA Kidlit Meet Up coordinator for NESCBWI

NEPR Best of Valley Voices Story Slam


2020 Finalist 


2016 Finalist


2015 Finalist

Book Expo America


2019: Editor

2013–2018: Press 

Special Education
Advisory Committee


2006–2008: Co-Chair,
(Westfield, MA)

2010 - present

2010 - present