Rebecca Spence is an award-winning writer based on the West Coast. She has written for the Forward, Elle, ARTnews, New York Magazine, Tablet, the L.A. Jewish Journal and JTA.
Rebecca began her journalism career in 1999 covering Holocaust Restitution -- including the Swiss Banks Settlement and Nazi-looted art cases -- for the Forward, and went on to spend ten years as a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.
Since relocating to the West Coast, she has covered everything from a Berkeley-based Jewish medical marijuana collective to the new breed of eco-kosher Jews performing ritual kosher slaughter in their own backyards.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Rebecca has led memoir writing workshops, taught and lectured on Jewish-American fiction, and worked with numerous private clients and publishers as a developmental editor and ghostwriter.
In the spring of 2013, Rebecca raised $16,000 toward the completion of her first novel, which is inspired by her Sephardic Jewish family’s 500-year history in Israel. She has been awarded residencies for her novel-in-progress at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.
Rebecca earned a BA in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington. She is currently at work on her first novel.