Fletcher Wortmann grew up in Winchester, MA, a small town north of Boston. He demonstrated an interest in words and writing from a young age, writing and illustrating short stories during elementary school and founding a high school Writers’ Club that sponsored workshops and coffeehouse readings. It was during a summer he spent at the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University that Fletcher discovered his passion for creative nonfiction.
After graduating from high school in 2005, Fletcher entered Swarthmore College. Following his sophomore year, he was diagnosed with crippling Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His particular variant of OCD, which was active from early childhood although never diagnosed, was characterized by runaway intrusive thoughts with no visible compulsions. After receiving extensive treatment at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, Fletcher returned to Swarthmore and went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 2009, writing his senior thesis on the evolution of the superhero in American culture.
While at Swarthmore, Fletcher wrote weekly columns for the Swarthmore Phoenix and published fiction in the Swarthmore literary magazine, The Night Café. It was a series of columns that he wrote for the Phoenix that formed the skeleton of Triggered.
Fletcher has been employed as a college Writing Instructor, "Party Associate," SAT Tutor, record store clerk, and farm-stand hand and has contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, PsychologyToday.com and Cracked.com. He lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA and is working toward his MFA in Creative Writing at Temple University. Fletcher also performs with the New York/Philadelphia-based sketch comedy group The Disappointments. He remains cautiously optimistic.