Rebecca Spence is a freelance writer and editor based in California. She has written for the Forward, Elle, ARTnews, New York Magazine, Tablet, and the L.A. Jewish Journal, among other publications.
Rebecca began her journalism career as a staff reporter for the Forward, and went on to spend ten years as a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She was a regular contributor to ARTnews, before returning to the Forward in 2007, and later becoming the national Jewish newspaper’s West Coast correspondent.
After two years in L.A., Rebecca left full-time journalism to devote more time to her first novel. Since returning to freelance life, she has covered everything from the country’s first official cannabis seder to the Jewish story behind Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Rebecca has taught memoir writing workshops, lectured on Jewish-American fiction, and worked with numerous private clients as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach.
Rebecca 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. She 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.