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

Current​

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

​2016-2019

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

​2015-2017

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

​2007-2014

Online/Print

 

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, thalo.com and guest posts on various creative writing and special education blogs/journals.

 
Writing Instructor/Tutor/Coach

​2007 - 2015

Self-Employed/YMCA

 

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

​2013-2014

Channing Bete Company

 

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

 

 
Marketing Communications Manager

​2008-2009

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

​2004-2008

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.

Education

 

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

Specialties

Young Adult Novels

Manuscript Critique

Creative Writing Instruction

Freelance Writing/Journalism

Special Education

Technical Skills

Mac and PC

Adobe InDesign

Microsoft Office

Scrivener

Affiliations

SCBWI

2017/2018 Co-director of NESCBWI Annual Spring Conferences

 

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

2007–Present: Member & Volunteer, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)

 

NEPR Best of Valley Voices Story Slam

2020 Finalist (Live stream event, Jan 16, 2021)

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