Daniel Grotta & Sally Wiener Grotta


"My photography and my writing inform and strengthen each other, coming, as they do, from the same instinct for storytelling. Capturing the small details, the nuanced gesture, the ambience of the moment and the hidden meaning, in words or pictures, that's what makes me feel excited to be alive. Of course, then I get to manipulate it, to express the essential core... as I see it."
Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author, photographer, digital artist, speaker and journalist... whatever the medium, Sally Wiener Grotta is a storyteller. Many hundreds of her articles, photographs, columns, reviews and features have appeared in scores of major publications, including Parade, Lear's Magazine, PC Magazine, Popular Science, The Robb Report, Islands and many other publications.

Sally has co-authored eight non-fiction books (with Daniel Grotta), including PC Magazine Digital SLR Photography Solutions, which was published by John Wiley. (To find out more about Daniel and Sally's books, please click on WORKS at the top of this screen.) Sally's new novel, Jo Joe, which is set in the same fictional Poconos Mountains village as Daniel's Black Bear, Pennsylvania stories (such as Honor), was published spring, 2013, by Pixel Hall Press, to rave reviews. Another novel, The Winter Boy, will be published in 2014.

A Jewish Book Council Network Author, Sally is a popular speaker who has appeared at numerous conferences, trade shows, schools, and other venues, as well as on radio and TV. Check out the Appearances page on this website, for information about programs she offers, and a sampling of her speaking calendar. To be kept informed about when Sally will be appearing in your area, please fill out our Contact form.

Sally's storytelling extends to her photography, as well. Among her various art projects, she is best known for her ongoing American Hands project, for which she is creating narrative portraits of individuals who are keeping the old trades alive, such as a bookbinder, blacksmith, glassblower, spinner, weaver, and such. Over 300,000 people have attended an American Hands exhibit (so far), and Sally has received more than three dozen grants in support of the project.

A member of American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) and former chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Sally is an advocate for authors' and artists' rights and speaks often on the business of writing.

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For more details about Sally's varied career and extensive credits, please go to the About Sally pages on American Hands and TheWellConnectedWoman

Selected Works

Fiction
A collection of gentle ghost stories with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor.
"Incredibly poignant... The characters and the personality of the town are richly drawn.... It is a great tale. I can't wait to read your next installment." Shawn Newcomer, James V. Brown Library
In this short story, a suburban wife's perceptions of life and self-awareness are irreparably altered when she witnesses a brief but vivid moment of violence in downtown Chinatown.