Our Staff

David J Dent, Author, Professor and Creator of Write for the Future Coaching Method

David J Dent is a writer and Associate Professor of Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He has been teaching journalism and nonfiction writing at NYU for 20 years and has twice won the university’s Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Education. He created the curriculum and instructional method of Write for the Future based on his years of writing and teaching writing in which he created a variety of courses. He has trained Write for the Future associate coaches in the techniques that use the tools of journalism to help high school seniors grow as writers while crafting strong admissions essays This method is also the basis of the Write for the Future program that turns the college admissions essay into an intellectual coming of age moment of self discovery. Write for the Future has expanded its programing to include creative writing and coaching for middle and high school sutdents. David is detailing the method in a forthcoming book, The Best Essay of Your Life, to be published by Random House. The book includes essays and interviews with admissions directors at leading schools. He has also conducted writing workshops in many places, including Martha Vineyard, MA, Rome, Italy and Shanghai, China. He is the author of In Search of Black America, a New York Times Notable Book of 2000 and has published articles in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Essence, The Washington Post, Inc, and many others. David is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University graduate School of Journalism.


Valerie P Dent, Founder and Director of Write for the Future

Valerie P Dent, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia University School of Law, has worked as an attorney, teacher and businesswoman. As Co-Founder and Director of Write for the Future, she overseas the administrative and business development components of the organization. She also works as an attorney for a major economic development organization in Harlem.


Julian Beale, Program Manager and Administrative Assistant

Julian Beale graduated from NYU in 2009 with a major in psychology. At NYU, he was part of the research team that studied the neural mechanisms of prejudice and stereotyping. He was also a Teaching Assistant who led recitation sessions in Introduction to Psychology. Julian also worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center as a Research Assistant on studies relating to autism. In his spare time he writes and performs music as a member of two bands, in which he plays keyboard, guitar and sings.