The People

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.

Class of 2019

Maria Sjöstrand

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.

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Emilie Sandbye

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.

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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.

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Class of 2020

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.

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 Creative Writing School.

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Pauline la Petite

Pauline is the founder of the blog, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Rina M. Steen

Rina has an interest in writing fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, and romance in the Young Adult genre. She also works with poetry and short stories, often with unconventional themes and formats. Rina is currently working on the poetry collection stitches, and a YA Dark Fantasy novel.

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.

Class of 2024

Kyrstna Tomek

Kyrstna is interested in literary fiction and poetry. She is currently working on two novels: Carbon Copy and Act of Contrition, and the poetry collection Lost and Found in Translation. Her interests include foreign languages and music theory.

Emil E. Bulut

Emil focuses on screenwriting, and prefers genres with dark themes such as Nordic Noir and science fiction. They are working on a pilot script for a post-apocalyptic drama, which subverts many fantasy tropes. Emil has also written and directed several short films, such as Anxiety.


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 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 Creative Writing 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.

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.

Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

Victoria is the author of more than fifteen 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.

Dennis Friedrichsen

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.

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 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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