Joan Motyka, contributing editor, honed her editing and writing skills during a 25-year career at The New York Times, where she also served as a writing coach, director of newsroom training and recruiting editor. She was educated by Polish nuns in what is now the epicenter of hipster Brooklyn and survived by dreaming up episodes of The Twilight Zone. She then went on to write for many sections of The New York Times, including the Book Review, Travel and Business, as well as for The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and Business Week. She is a now an editor of The Westchester Review, a literary journal; a teacher of memoir writing, and a board member of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. She holds a B.A. in journalism and American studies from Syracuse University.