Leanne Phillips is a writer, book coach, and editor specializing in creative work. She is especially interested in literary fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction, the horror, crime, and thriller genres, young adult fiction, memoir, and essays.

Leanne earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (fiction/creative nonfiction) from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Leanne’s undergraduate English literature studies included women’s fiction, the fiction of fallen women, text-image interaction in literature, and the novels of Jane Austen. Her history minor research included the history of science fiction and the history of witch hunts.

Photography by Trey Burnette

Leanne is currently working toward book coaching certification and is enrolled in the University of California at San Diego extension copyediting certificate program. She continues her writing education through UC Riverside Palm Desert residency lectures as an alumna; through various online lectures, courses, and workshops; and through completing writing masterclasses with writers including Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Judy Blume, and Walter Mosley.

In addition to her work with individual writers, Leanne is a Fiction Editor for Kelp Journal and is the Books Editor for GXRL. She was formerly the Multimedia Editor, Books Editor, and Lead Copyeditor for The Coachella Review and was formerly a Fiction and Poetry Editor for Byzantium. For more about Leanne’s work as a writer, visit leannephillips.com.