Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta, is an award-winning journalist, author, essayist and photographer. A popular, stimulating speaker, she has appeared throughout North America at venues large and small, including corporate meetings and non-profit organizations,schools and universities, conferences and trade shows, book clubs and libraries, as well as on radio and TV.

Sally is the author of numerous books including the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network Book). Her hundreds of features, columns, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of glossy magazines, newspapers and journals. She has traveled on assignments to all the continents (including three trips to Antarctica), and many exotic islands (such as Papua New Guinea and Madagascar), covering a wide diversity of cultures and traditions. As a fine art photographer, Sally is best known for her American Hands project, an ongoing series of narrative portraits of traditional tradespeople.

Sally’s far-ranging experiences flavor her stories and presentations with a sense of wonder and otherliness, plus a healthy dose of common sense.  She has a reputation for stimulating open, honest discussions on subjects such as creativity, the business of writing, storytelling, and the nature of bias and prejudice. (Study Guides for The Winter Boy and Jo Joe are available for teachers and other book discussion leaders.)

Typical audience quotes:

“An eye opener”

“Personable, realistic and your range of knowledge is truly remarkable.”


“It left me wired.”

 “A very positive experience”

“Time went by very quickly.”



The Winter Boy (novel, Pixel Hall Press, 2014)

Jo Joe (novel, Pixel Hall Press, 2012)

The Broken Bottle (short story, “North Atlantic Review”, 2011)


Short Non-Fiction

Hundreds of stories, reviews, features and essays in scores of magazines and journals, including:

  • Popular Science
  • Woman’s Day
  • Writers Unboxed
  • Islands Magazine
  • Parade
  • American Heritage
  • Lear’s Magazine
  • The Robb Report
  • PC Magazine
  • Family PC
  • Exclusively Yours
  • MacWorld
  • Photo District News
  • Madison Magazine
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Showboats International
  • Many others


Non-Fiction Books

“PC Magazine Digital SLR Solutions” (John Wiley, 2006)

“Shooting for Dollars: Simple Photo Techniques for Greater eBay Profits” (Peachpit Press, 2005)

“PC Magazine Guide to Digital Photography” (John Wiley, 2004)

“The Illustrated Digital Imaging Dictionary” (John Wiley, 1998)

“Photo Magic with Adobe PhotoDeluxe” (John Wiley, 1996)

“Digital Imaging for Visual Artists” (McGraw-Hill, 1993)

“The Green Travel Sourcebook: A Guide for the Physically Active, the Intellectually Curious, or the Socially Aware” (John Wiley, 1992)

Awards and Memberships

Member of SFWA and The Authors Guild.

Former chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

The Winter Boy (novel) nominated for the 2015 Locus Award

Jo Joe (novel), a Jewish Book Council Network Book

Recipient of over 36 grants in support of lectures and art exhibits, primarily for American Hands

Recipient of the Computer Press Association’s 1997 Best Feature/Review Award for “Heave-Ho, Silver!” (PC Magazine)

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