The People

The people of South Gate are the very heart of the unique education you will receive here. South Gate’s instructors are educated writers, published authors, artists, academics, and business people who have joined to create this unique experience.

South Gate's able students represent a new generation of curious and diverse creatives. Their passion to grow and pursue the dream of writing fuels and inspires the school every day.

Class of 2019

Maria Sjöstrand

Maria earned her BFA: Creative Writing (Summa Cum Laude) with a specialty in Popular Fiction from South Gate School. She wrote Saving Hell while studying at SGS, and she is currently working on a second YA novel. Maria’s writing interests lie in fantasy, comedy, character development, and dialogue.

web link

Emilie Sandbye

Emilie earned her BFA: Creative Writing with a focus on Popular Fiction from South Gate School. Her first seven Epic-Fantasy novels are signed with Mellemgaard publisher. The first three are entitled The Newborns, The Facets of the Slum, and The Goddess of the Red Moon. Emilie is currently working on her fifth novel in the same series. Her literary interests are fantasy, literary analysis, character development, gender studies, and worldbuilding.

web link

Samuel Mork Bednarz

Samuel earned his BFA: Creative Writing with a focus on Popular Fiction from South Gate School. While at SGS, he wrote a historical fiction novel entitled Love Your Enemy. Samuel’s interests are popular and literary fiction, philosophy, graphic design, and filmmaking. After graduating SGS, Samuel was accepted into the Noroff School of Technology and Digital Media.

web link

Class of 2020

Jesper V. Nielsen

Jesper's writing focus at South Gate School is epic fantasy, poetry slamming and spoken word performance, translation, and worldbuilding. His first fantasy novel is entitled Soulbound, and Jesper has two books of poetry published: Light in Darkness and Introverted.

Class of 2022

Alicia Schulze-Makuch

Alicia has an interest in graphic storytelling, animation, and screenwriting. Alicia is working on a dark portal fantasy novel and a fairytale collection. Alicia also works as an office manager and illustrator at South Gate School.

web link

Pauline la Petite

Pauline is the founder of the blog www.paulinelapetite.com, where she publishes many of her works, including poetry, lifestyle and health articles, short stories, and more. Pauline is interested in business, blogging, non-fiction and rhetoric and composition.

web link

Trine Heebøll Nygaard

Trine is interested in crime writing, suspense, and thriller. Her first novel is entitled Safe. Trine graduated from theatre high school HF MusT. Her interests also include theatre and sketching.

web link

Class of 2023

E Falcon

E’s projects focus on a mix of genres and mediums with a heavy basis in traditional fantasy. They are working on four novels: The Wieldling, Heroes, Bottled Fate, and Tales of the Broken. E is also writing an audio drama called Days Bygone, and a screenplay entitled IVITSA.

Ioana A. Ionascu

Ioana is interested in horror, thriller, and crime, with special interest in romance and symbolism. Ioana has written a novel, a script entitled Forbidden Love, a script entitled Hedone, and several short stories and flash fiction. Her second novel is a fairytale and is called The Sleeping King.

web link

Annekje Reid

Annekje enjoys writing for young adults, and is currently working on two projects: an alternative fantasy and a historical fiction that takes place during Scotland’s Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Annekje writes poetry and short stories, often with unconventional themes or formats, and she hopes to someday publish a Young Adult novel of her own.

Nikoline Holme

Nikoline is interested in fantasy and worldbuilding but enjoys writing in multiple genres. She also enjoys illustrating her own stories. Nikoline is currently building the world behind a fantasy novel and several short stories.

Instructors

LeAnne Kline Christiansen

LeAnne is the director of South Gate School. She attended Pennsylvania State University where she earned her BA: Communications and MFA (Magna Cum Laude): Creative Writing. She has published short stories and poetry, and is currently working on multiple book projects. LeAnne has worked in Los Angeles in the film and music industries, in production, a motion picture literary department, and advertising and marketing. She teaches Romance, Mystery & Crime, Fairy Tales, Business, Academic Writing, Bullies, Bitches & Bastards, Writing Monsters, Screenwriting, and more.

Sascha Christensen

Sascha attended Aalborg University, earning a degree in Psychology (2011). She won the 2010 Orla Award for Best Young Adult fantasy for her debut novel The Humble Amulet (Den Ydmyge Amulet). She has since published The Unnatural (2010), The Witch's Heir (2011), The Frozen Temple (2012), The Witch's Helper (2014), and The Witch’s Mark (2017). Sascha is currently signed with Lindhardt and Ringhof. She teaches The Perfect Sentence, Story Structure Architecture, Creating Unforgettable Characters, and Polishing Your Work.

Signe Christensen

Signe attended Aalborg University, earning a degree in international studies (BA) and Learning and Change Processes (MA). Signe is currently working on her debut novel, The Divide, as well as the screenplay The Protocol. She teaches Literary Criticism, Business, Practicum, Hero with a Thousand Faces and Fan Fiction.

Leslie Crislip Nielsen

Leslie attended The University of Akron, The Ohio State University, and Ashland University, earning degrees in English Language and Literature (BA, MA), Gender Studies (Cert.), and Writing (MFA). Leslie writes poetry and long fiction, and works as an illustrator and translator. Leslie teaches Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Nature Writing, Text Art, and other workshops at South Gate School.

Guest Lecturers

Steen L. Christiansen

Steen earned his Ph.D. in English at Aalborg University, where he is currently a full professor of Popular Visual Culture. Steen has published books and articles about film, science fiction, and critical theory. Steen teaches Science Fiction, Fantasy, Transmedia, Narrative Complexity, and Literary Theory.

Daniel Vejrgang Nielsen

Daniel attended Aalborg University, where he earned his master’s degree in English and Media Studies. Daniel has taught refugees Danish as a second language. His specialties are comic books, superheroes, rhetoric and presentations, critical reading, Tolkien’s middle-earth, worldbuilding, and Dungeons & Dragons.

Christine Godman

Christine attended Aalborg University where she earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in English and Psychology. Christine is currently working on an epic fantasy series. She teaches English Grammar, Translation Theory, Psychoanalytic Criticism, and Literary Monsters.

Project Advisors

Pia Grønbæk Pedersen

Pia attended Aalborg University where she earned her BA: History and MA: English Language and Literature degrees. Pia has edited a range of academic books and articles, and has professional experience in publishing. She is currently working on a book about UK theatre and society, and a collection of erotic short fiction.

Louise Rams

Louise is a psychologist and Danish non-fiction author who began her writing career in 2010, when she published a book about her year in Vietnam running an eco-friendly B&B with her family. Louise has explored feminist topics in Women’s Desire (2014) and Shame (2017), and has illuminated the creative process in Living a Creative Life (2018) and Write It (2019).

Phillip Stuben

Phillip Stuben, a multi-nominated and 2016 Emmy Award Winner in television is an external examiner at South Gate School of Creative Writing who evaluates the semester project in Transmedia. His credits include: The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hell’s Kitchen, and Temptation Island.

...learn about the Place