The Writer’s Wallet

Wednesday April 19, 2017
07:00 pm

Tags: Event







Last but by no means least in our Emerging Writers series was a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice were Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). This event was moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.


This event was presented in partnership with The Authors Guild and Electric Literature. Learn about The Authors Guild's Emerging Writers membership here.


Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful. In 2015, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, and was a Narrative Under 30 finalist. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian, New World Writing, Narrative, and Guernica. She has published nonfiction in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, BookforumRolling Stone, Grantland, Vice, The GuardianVQR, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her column 'Body Language' appears in Catapult. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.


Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional with 13 years experience, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, panels organizer for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and social media director and writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. She is the editor of the forthcoming short story collection Everyday People: The Color of Life with Atria Books. And she has contributed articles and reviews to, The Billfold, and Bustle as well as other online publications. ​


Amanda Clayman is a financial therapist who helps people bring money into balance. She founded the Financial Wellness Program for national arts non-profit The Actors Fund, where she pioneered a cognitive-behavioral approach to financial education. She also runs seminars and groups for corporations and is the author of several courses for, the online learning arm of LinkedIn. For more visit


Benjamin Samuel is Editor-at-Large at Electric Literature, and Co-Founder of its weekly fiction magazine Recommended Reading. He has an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, and his writing has been published by McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Atticus Books, The LA Review of Books, Flavorwire, Publisher's Weekly, and elsewhere. He tweets as @benasam.