Lecturers at the Jefferson Educational Society

Lenore Skomal,

Winner of multiple awards for literature, biography, plays and humor, Lenore Skomal’s catalogue spans many genres. Known for her poetic and moving literary style as well as acerbic wit, her standout writing style has been critically acclaimed. With over 30 years of professional writing experience, she is a playwright with two Off-Broadway productions (BLUFF 2016) (THE EXES 2019), founder and director of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in NYC, former newspaper columnist, and author of 17 published books. An avid theatre producer, she has recently ventured into film producing with indie filemaker Chris Phillips in his latest film This is Where it Ends. Her award-winning biography on the life of Ida Lewis, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER, is being made into a movie by Nico Raineau. Past honors include winning the prestigious New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, Whidbey Island Writers Conference honorable mention for best fiction, the top 10 of the International Writer's Digest Annual Fiction Contest. As a journalist, Lenore won numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards for her humor column--an anthology of which entitled BURNT TOAST won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award and was honored as best in humor category of the Indie Excellence Awards. Her novel, THIRD WILLOW won the prestigious 2014 Eric Hoffer Award's Honorable Mention. Her first novel, BLUFF finished as top finalist in literary fiction category of the International Book Awards 2012. Her adaptation of BLUFF for the stage was a finalist in the Eugene O'Neill and has been adapted to an audio play by the same name, available on Audible. She's a member of the Dramatists Guild, graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute in NYC, member of the National Association of Newspaper Columnists, Society of Professional Journalists, Theater Resources Unlimited, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Communications Group and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.