Our Teachers


Elizabeth Perlman

Founder & Executive Director

Elizabeth created this organization because it was what she wanted and needed when she was a teen:  a safe place to write, speak and be heard. Even after nine years of leading workshops and developing curricula, Elizabeth continues to be inspired (and often moved to tears) by the wisdom, depth, and raw, world-changing courage of young writers.

Elizabeth has a BA in Media Arts & Film and a Masters in Transformative Arts, the study of creative expression as a tool for personal growth. She is also a certified Group Leader in The Amherst Writing Method. Before launching the Intuitive Writing Project in 2013, Elizabeth worked for over ten years as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising industry.


Elizabeth lives in her favorite city, Oakland, California, where she loves to run in the redwoods and write for hours and hours, ideally (like the Brontë sisters) by candlelight, scribbling with pen on paper. Elizabeth is currently working on a book about The Intuitive Writing Project. You can reach her at elizabeth@intuitivewritingproject.org.


Gretchen Cion

Creative Writing Teacher

Gretchen is a writer and an educator who has been bringing the magic of creative writing to students for over twenty years. She has taught as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist and writer in residence, working with both children and adults. She is grateful for the way in which her students inspire and inform her own writing.

She holds a B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. in Education from Hunter College in NYC. While in NY, she was involved with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Thanks to her profession as an educator, she has written countless stories to help teach the craft of writing. Gretchen is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at San Francisco State University.

When she is not writing, she can be found compiling the perfect mixes for her rise-and-shine dance parties or practicing her Italian as she stretches toward becoming a polyglot. Gretchen lives in Berkeley with her artist husband and their two wildly cool boys. You can reach her at gretchen@intuitivewritingproject.org.


Melissa Quiter

Director of  Programs & 
Senior Teacher

Melissa has been with us since 2014, launching both our Middle School Program and our first online publication, The Intuitive Voice, for which she served as our first Editor-in-Chief. She was also the driving force behind the publication of our first printed anthology, Declare What You Know To Be True, and continues to manage our publishing department as the Editor-in-Chief for each of our annual anthologies.


Before coming to the Intuitive Writing Project, Melissa spent ten years teaching high school Journalism and World History at Miramonte High School, where she brought their student newspaper,The Mirador, to national prestige. Earlier in her career, Melissa worked as a journalist at The Sunday Times in London. She also worked as an international trip leader, a writing tutor, a rock climbing teacher and a yoga instructor. Melissa has a BA in Journalism from Boston University.


As the busy mother of three small children, Melissa is always happy for those small moments when she gets to work on her own writing! You can reach her at melissa@intuitivewritingproject.org.


Anne Marie Feld Lowell

Creative Writing Teacher

Anne has worked with words for as long as she can remember. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Babycenter, Great Schools and Edutopia and her essays have been published in The Mommy Wars, Because I Love Her, and Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss and Redemption. She’s also worked as a staff writer and editor at Netflix and the San Francisco Food Bank.


Since 2014, she’s run the school library at Glorietta Elementary. She loves children’s literature and writes a monthly column sourcing the best books for elementary and middle schoolers for Mindful Littles.


In her spare time, you can find her reading graphic novels meant for elementary schoolers, tinkering with a middle grade novel set on a kid’s cooking show, or volunteering at The Prisoner’s Literacy Project. You can reach her at



To listen to a recent interview of Elizabeth, click the above image.