Jewish Journal


May 8, 2013




Rebecca Spence is a writer and editor based in California. She has written for the Forward, Elle, ARTnews, New York magazine, Tablet, and the L.A. Jewish Journal, where she is a contributing writer.

After two turns as a New York staff writer for theForward, Rebecca moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to open the legendary Jewish newspaper’s West Coast bureau. In L.A., she began work on her first novel, The Color of Brass, and two years later, she left full-time journalism to devote more time to her fiction.

Since 2009, Rebecca has worked with numerous private clients as an editor and writing coach. She has taught and lectured on Jewish-American Fiction at Bay Area synagogues and JCC’s, and led Memoir workshops at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley.

During her New York years, she produced the award-winning independent documentary, “Alice Neel,” about the late, great painter.

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, with a focus on Middle East politics, from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.

She divides her time between Berkeley and Topanga Canyon, CA, where she lives in the Santa Monica Mountains with her amazing cat, Marvin.

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