Denise Kiernan, the featured writer of the Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium and Asheville, N.C. resident, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University. Kiernan started
out in journalism and has had work published in The New York Times, The Village Voice and The Wall Street Journal among others. Kiernan was also the head writer for the television game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” during its first season.
Keirnan has also authored several books and worked as
a ghost-writer for a number of athletes, entrepreneurs and actresses. Kiernan’s most recent book, “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” was released in 2013 and recounts
the story of the women who started their working lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn., a secret, government- built town created as part of the Manhattan Project effort
to build an atomic bomb. Many of those women had no idea
that they were working on fuel for a nuclear weapon. Kiernan recounts the experiences of factory workers, secretaries and low-level chemists in a
town that housed at its peak 75,000 people trained not to talk about what they knew or what they did. She combines their stories with detailed reporting that provides a clear and compelling picture of this fascinating time.