Ellen Meister

I started my career as a copywriter, working on staff and then later as a freelancer. All along, I had dreams of becoming a novelist. That came true in 2006 with the publication of my first book.

I’m now the author of five novels: DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (HarperCollins 2006). Some career highlights include appearances on NPR, being selected for the prestigious Indie Next List by the American Booksellers Association, foreign language translations of my books, and receiving a TV series option from HBO. My nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal blog, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Long Island Woman, Writer's Digest and more.

I teach creative writing privately and at Hofstra University Continuing Education, and also offer editorial and ghostwriting services

As a public speaker, I offer lectures on writing-related topics, and on Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table. I’m also the voice of Dorothy Parker on Facebook.