The people of South Gate Creative Writing School 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.
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.
Johanna is interested in horror, crime, romance and symbolism. She has written a novel entitled Forbidden Love, a script entitled Hedone, flash fiction, and several short stories. Her second novel is a fairytale-retelling of The Sleeping King. Her horror short stories have appeared in The Horror Zine.
Rina M. Steen
Rina writes young-adult fantasy and sci-fi, with a focus on romance. She also writes poetry and short stories, utilizing unconventional themes, formats, syntax, and perspectives. Rina’s poem Growing Pains was published in The Crucible Literary Magazine, and her short story Plastic Lies was featured in Liquid Imagination. She is currently working on a poetry collection titled stiches, a YA dark fantasy novel, and an adult rom-com.
Emil E. Bulut
Emil is a screenwriter who explores the dark and mundane aspects of humanity. They are working on a pilot script for a post-apocalyptic drama, which subverts fantasy tropes. Emil has written and directed several short films, such as STEPS.
Chiara focuses on screenplays and short stories in multiple genres. Their latest work was writing and directing a short film called The Real Story of Lemon Boy. Chiara is currently working on a new collection of short stories entitled Andrea.
Matt focuses on complex storylines that mix traditional and dark fantasy, sci-fi, cosmic horror, and philosophical elements. He is currently working on three novels in his Fragments series: Mirror of Blue and Gold, Curse of Greed, and The Purge.
Noa is passionate about screenplay writing, with a focus on sci-fi and psychological thrillers. He is currently working on a script entitled Down by the Water´s Edge. Noa is also currently helping with the production of a TV show called Dear Oliver and is building the world behind an animated film set in a Norse-Steampunk setting.
Ophelia focuses on screenplays and graphic storytelling in multiple genres, emphasizing controversial topics through comedic horror. Her current work includes screenplays for an animated tv series and a live action drama. Her primary project is the pilot episode for a TV series called The Ray Sisters. Other interests are puppeteering and theatre.
Pauline la Petite
Pauline’s projects include an adult coloring book/poetry collection and a taboo-breaking self-help book for young women. Her writing focuses on non-fiction and poetry. Her poem Hey, du was published in the German encyclopedia Frankfurter Bibliotheken 2021. Pauline works as a freelance copywriter, journalist, editor, and conceptor. She has worked with Neoh, Lukas Dürnegger, NEUNZIGGRAD, and Stanglwirt, and writes for the magazine OMNIpages.
Trine Heebøll Nygaard
Jesper V. Nielsen
Jesper's writing focus at South Gate Creative Writing 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.
Maria earned her BFA: Creative Writing (Summa Cum Laude) with a specialty in Popular Fiction from South Gate Creative Writing School. She wrote Saving Hell while studying at South Gate, and she is currently working on a second YA novel. Maria’s writing interests lie in fantasy, comedy, character development, and dialogue.
Emilie earned her BFA: Creative Writing with a focus on Popular Fiction from South Gate Creative Writing 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.
Samuel Mork Bednarz
Samuel earned his BFA: Creative Writing with a focus on Popular Fiction from South Gate Creative Writing School. While at South Gate, 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 South Gate, Samuel was accepted into the Noroff School of Technology and Digital Media.
LeAnne Kline Christiansen
LeAnne is the director of South Gate Creative Writing 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 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 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 Creative Writing School.
Victoria is the author of more than twenty books, a top writer on Medium, instructor, and consultant. With a Ph.D in electronic engineering, Victoria has background in semiconductor physics, information technology, and business development. Victoria came up with the term Self-Gamification, a playful self-help approach that brings anthropology, kaizen, and gamification together to improve quality of life.
Amalie attended Aalborg University and Bemidji State University, and has an MA in English and Cultural Studies. She writes fantasy for adults and young adults a la Brothers Grimm meets Studio Ghibli. She teaches Business, Practicum, Workshops, and more.
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. He did his MA thesis on narrative discontinuity in comic books. Daniel's specialties are comic books, superheroes, rhetoric and presentations, critical reading, Tolkien’s Middle-earth, world building, and Dungeons & Dragons.
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.
Silke Wadskjær Mølgaard
Silke is an online content creator and book reviewer who founded the Instagram page Silkreads in 2015. She writes reviews in collaboration with a range of international publishing houses, and has produced social media campaigns for companies such as Lego and Daniel Wellington. Silke teaches Social Media, and is currently completing her BA and MA degrees in English and Cultural Studies at Aalborg University.
Dennis is a PhD student at Justus Liebig University in Germany where he works with worldbuilding and atmospheres in speculative fiction. He wrote his MA thesis on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion at Aalborg University, and is particularly interested in fantasy literature and fictional worlds. Dennis has taught courses on academic writing, literary theory, worldbuilding in fiction, and on authors such as Tolkien, Lovecraft, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
Anne Bettina Pedersen
Anne has a BA in English and an MA in American Studies from University of Southern Denmark, where she has also worked as an Assistant Lecturer. She has taught Creative Writing at AAU and has published articles on Twin Peaks and on Toxic Motherhood, Death, Gender, and Autophenomenography. Anne is working on her Ph.D. thesis We Wet Your Wounds with Kisses and Tears: An Examination of the Obsession with Sylvia Likens and the Trope of the Beautiful Dead White Girl at Aalborg University.
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 theater and society, and a collection of erotic short fiction.
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, a multi-nominated and 2016 Emmy Award Winner in television is an external examiner at South Gate Creative Writing School who evaluates the semester project in Transmedia. His credits include: The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hell’s Kitchen, and Temptation Island.
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