Jerry grew up in Chicago as a serious south side juvenile delinquent with a dream to be a gas station attendant. He tried college and fell in love with learning taking lots of speech and literature and writing courses. He spent two years in the Army as a personnel psychologist and the head of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Players, producing and directing plays for the small military population and the larger surrounding civilian community. After the Army, he took a job as a social worker and court officer, working with street gangs in Chicago. Jerry taught creative writing at Northwestern University for ten years, and wrote Immediate Fiction (St. Martin’s Press) a five start Amazon bestseller. It has been translated into Chinese and is a bestselling writing book in China. Jerry created The Writer’s Loft, Chicago’s most successful writers workshop for the last twenty years and Working with Difficult People seminar for Crain’s Communications and De Paul University Business School.