Listed alphabetically by first name.

Aaron Metchik 

Aaron Metchik

Aaron Metchik is a writer, actor, director and teacher.  After attending UCLA film school, Aaron optioned his first screenplay to Warner Bros Studios and more recently sold a screenplay to Gold Circle Films (producers of Pitch Perfect.)  Aaron also wrote, directed, and acted in an independent feature film, "10 Years Later.”  Using many of the techniques Aaron will teach in his workshop “How to write a screenplay you can produce yourself,” Aaron attracted multiple recognizable actors to play leading roles in "10 Years Later," shot the movie in his home town here in the central coast, and got dvd, television, pay per view, and streaming distribution through Indican Pictures.  Aaron is currently the head instructor at Actor’s Edge in San Luis Obispo, where he teaches Acting for Film & Television classes and connects central coast actors with major los angeles casting directors and talent agents.

https://youtu.be/9mTiA0aanzk

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

 Bill Evans is a 45 year broadcast veteran who has turned writer. His first novel, Murder at Broadcast Park, will be released in October, 2017 by Koehler Books. His second book will be out in 2017 first quarter. Both books are being considered for TV Movies.  

Brian Talley

Brian Talley

Brian Talley is a third generation farmer and second generation winegrower born and raised in Arroyo Grande.  While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine.

Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms.  He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms.  Brian is recognized as a leader in the local wine industry and was cofounder of the World of Pinot Noir, serves as President of the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association and been recognized by both Robert Parker and the local wine industry as a Wine Industry Person of the Year.  Most recently he wrote a farm to table cookbook, Our California Table, Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family, scheduled for release in March 2017.

Brian loves cooking, wine and travel as well as running, cycling and golf.  He lives at the edge of Talley Farms with his wife Johnine and daughters Elizabeth and Olivia.

https://youtu.be/yEKoDquN0XA

Brendan Kelso Brendan P. Kelso

BRENDAN P. KELSO came to writing modified Shakespeare scripts when he was taking time off from work to be at home with his son. “It just grew from there”. Within months, he was being asked to offer classes in various locations and acting organizations along the coast of California. Employed as an engineer, Brendan never thought about writing. But, he has always believed, “the best way to learn is to have fun!” Brendan makes his home on the central coast of California and loves to spend time with his wife, son, Edgar the pig, Pat the cat, 2 goats, 3 ducks, 6 chickens (#’s 8-13), 3 dogs, and a fish named Monster.

https://youtu.be/YUD0ADL6KsU

Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber

Carlisle Webber refused to major in English in college because she didn’t think there was anything fun to read on the required lists. No Stephen King? No R.L. Stine? No thanks!

After college, she took her love of commercial, middle grade, and young adult fiction to the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, where she earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences. She worked as a public librarian for years before deciding to move to the business side of publishing. She attended the Columbia Publishing Course and holds a Professional Certificate in Editing from UC Berkeley.

Carlisle is looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent for you. She is seeking all genres of MG and YA and in the adult realm, she wants mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, women’s fiction, and pop/general fiction.

Chantelle Aimee Osman 

Chantelle Aimée Osman

 Chantelle Aimée Osman is a literary consultant and former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews. A freelance editor specializing in mystery/suspense/thriller, science-fiction and fantasy, she is also an instructor with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guide To… and has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, Serial Killer, featuring authors Jeffery Deaver and Eoin Colfer.

https://youtu.be/mB0ed4VQYFU

Cindy Neuschwander

Cindy Neuschwander

 

Cindy Neuschwander is a native Californian born in San Diego.  She graduated from Willamette University with a BA in International Studies and also earned an MA from Stanford University in Education.  Cindy currently lives in San Luis Obispo, CA.  She is a part time math intervention teacher, working at a public school with third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.

In addition to her teaching, Cindy is the author of 16 published picture books with mathematical themes.  She has written: Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream (Scholastic, 1998), 88 Pounds of Tomatoes (Scholastic, 2001), The Chocolate Champs (Scholastic 2002), Mummy Math (Henry Holt, 2005), Patterns in Peru (Henry Holt, 2007), Pastry School in Paris (Henry Holt, 2009), Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (Charlesbridge, 1997), Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (Charlesbridge, 1999), Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (Charlesbridge, 2001), Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (Charlesbridge, 2003), Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (Charlesbridge, 2006), Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens (Charlesbridge, 2009), Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map (Charlesbridge, 2012), Sir Cumference and the Battle of the Bakers (Charlesbridge, 2014), Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle (Charlesbridge, 2015), Sir Cumference and the Fracton Faire (Charlesbridge, 2017).

Cindy first began writing books in 1994.  She had used math literature in her classroom in the early 90’s and liked the results.  She wanted to use more books but found there were not many available so she began writing her own.  Scholastic, Henry Holt, and Charlesbridge publish her books.

Cindy hated math as a kid when she did not understand what was being taught and she loved it when she “got it.”  She hopes that her stories will help students see math in another way that might help them remember and understand it. 

When she is not teaching or writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband, Bruce, for 44 years. They have two wonderful sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, two terrific grandsons and three fabulous granddaughters. Bruce and Cindy love to train and hunt with their Gordon Setter, Pearl. Cindy also loves to travel, bike ride, walk, and swim. She and her husband are Christians who are active in their local church.

https://youtu.be/Ty9kYkb-88s

Dakota Shane

Dakota Shane

 

Dakota is a social media consultant, Inc.com columnist, and Top Writer on Medium.com who covers topics in social media. He is also the cofounder of Arctiphi, a social media agency specializing in Medium.com and Facebook Advertising.

His work has been read by over 600,000 people around the globe, and shared by industry leaders by the likes of Tyler Winkelvoss, Joel Gascoigne, Marsha Collier, and more.

Additionally, in 2016, Dakota was the #3 Top Writer on Medium.com in the Social Media category, alongside the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk.

Through his writing and work at Arctiphi, Dakota strives to make social media simple and enable his readers and clients to reap all the benefits these platforms have to offer them.

https://youtu.be/QLbovyl4EIM

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson’s movie credits include Die Hard: Die Harder, Bad Boys, and Hostage. As a novelist, he’s penned six suspense thrillers, his most recent are American Bang, Reaper, 99 Percent Kill, The Safety Expert, Blood Money. Doug also posts a weekly blog and in 2015 published the first collection titled The Smoking Gun.

Though Doug Richardson was born in Southern California, he grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then- Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.

Doug attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.

Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS, MONEY TRAIN, and HOSTAGE. His motion pictures have collectively grossed over a billion dollars in domestic and international revenue.

In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, DARK HORSE, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, TRUE BELIEVERS. More recently, he’s returned to authoring the Lucky Dey L.A. crime noir thrillers AMERICAN BANG, REAPER, 99 PERCENT KILL, THE SAFETY EXPERT, and BLOOD MONEY. In December 2015, he also published THE SMOKING GUN, the first in a collection of essays from his popular blog.

Doug also manages his own website and widely read blog at dougrichardson.com

Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.

https://youtu.be/NURMXWIELIg 

Ed Cobleigh

Ed Cobleigh

Ed Cobleigh's vivid writing is inspired by his experiences as a combat fighter pilot with the US Air Force, US Navy, Royal Air Force, Imperial Iranian Air Force, and French Air Force.  He also served as an Intelligence Officer, working with the CIA, FBI, and MI6.  Ed enjoyed a 25 year career in International Marketing, attending numerous international air shows such as the Paris Air Show and Farnborough Air Show.  He has visited 50+ countries in various capacities, and the city of Paris 50+ times. He has lived for a time in Thailand and Scotland.  Detailed, first-hand knowledge of fighter planes, intelligence operations, and France finds its way into his books.  His memoir, War for the Hell of It, went to #1 on the Amazon bestseller list and his literary aviation novel, The Pilot: Fighter Planes and Paris, is garnering laudatory reviews.  His current project is a creative non-fiction bio of Roland Garros.

Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna Edwards

A former journaling instructor, Eldonna Edwards’s memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION chronicles a life-changing decision to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. She's also the subject of the award-winning documentary "Perfect Strangers" that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. She recently signed a two-book deal with Kensington. Her debut novel THIS I KNOW is forthcoming in May of 2018. 

Whether it’s editing, finding an agent, negotiating a deal or marketing your book, Eldonna’s lively workshops are designed to engage participants in all aspects of the writing process. As both a self-published and trade published author, she’s dedicated to helping others learn from her mistakes and benefit from her successes.

https://youtu.be/P3O32OQPGEI

Greg Fields

Greg Fields

Greg Fields is the author of Arc of the Comet, a lyrical, evocative examination of promise, potential and loss, published by Koehler Books and set for release in September 2017. Arc of the Comet explores universal themes in a precise, lyrical style inspired by the work of Niall Williams, Colm Toibin and the best of Pat Conroy, who had offered a jacket quote for the book shortly before his death last year.

With a growing reputation as an articulate voice of the human condition, Greg Fields is also the co-author with Maya Ajmera of Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development from the Grassroots. He has won recognition for his written work in presenting the plight of marginalized young people through his tenure at the Global Fund for Children, and has had articles published in the Harvard International Review, as well as numerous periodicals, including The Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

He has presented at and participated in numerous symposia focusing on international development, including Stanford University’s Global Philanthropy Forum, The Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award seminar, the Synergos Institute’s University for a Night at the United Nations, the International AIDS Conference and the European Foundation Centre’s general assembly. He has also been an invited participant at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. Since 2009 he has taught writing and nonprofit management at the Johns Hopkins Schools for Advanced International Studies

Greg holds degrees from Rutgers College and the University of Notre Dame. He lives with his wife Lynn and their son Michael in Manassas, Virginia.

https://youtu.be/4FQSYdHwN7w 

Jamie Lewis

Jamie C. Lewis

Jaime Lewis is a food, drink and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Life & Thyme, Darling, Vegetarian Times, The Clever Root, Coyote & Oak, Edible Santa Barbara and others. She is the managing editor for Edible San Luis Obispo Magazine and a columnist for 805 Living Magazine and SLO Life Magazine. When not writing editorial, she helps businesses, large and small, tell their story. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

https://youtu.be/1Wmdvt_E64g

Jay Asher

Jay Asher

Jay Asher‘s debut YA novel, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, is a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. In 2017, it was released as a Netflix original series. His two other YA novels are THE FUTURE OF US and WHAT LIGHT. His first graphic novel, PIPER, will be released later this year. His books are published in 40 languages.

Jean Steel

Jean Steel

Born the eldest of five children, Jean Steel spent her formative years in Africa and Asia. That decade on unfamiliar, foreign soil helped her to cultivate the confidence, strength, and resilience many of us work a lifetime to achieve. A born communicator, Jean’s many interests developed into her career path. She earned her Master’s Degree in Wellness Mind/Body Health and has been speaking and teaching across the nation for more than 20 years. The founder of Happy People Win, a wellness training and speaking firm, Jean has also authored two books—“I’d Like to Run Wild!: A Wellness Action Guide” and “Need Change? Customer Service Tips to Grow from Good to Great.”

https://youtu.be/UytNsnbFMY0

Jeanne Bowerman

Jeanne Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and on Stephanie Palmer's list of "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers." She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote a Tracking Board Top 25 Launch Pad Competition selected script, the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bookSlavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. The 10-hour limited series version of the same project was recently selected as PAGE Awards TV Drama Pilot Finalist as well as a Sundance Episodic Lab semi-finalist. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writers on how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace - a screenwriter's therapist. More information can be found on her website.

Follow @jeannevb on Twitter.

Long Bio: http://jeannevb.com/about-2

Jenna Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is an author local to California’s Central Coast.  She uses her background in Celtic mythology to develop the worlds and characters featured in her Legend of Oescienne (epic fantasy) and Otherworld (young adult paranormal) series.

Jenna has written eleven novels, four novellas, and five short stories featured in three different book collections.  Her novels Lorehnin, Faeborne, and The Legend of Oescienne - The Ascending, have won medals in multiple categories (young adult paranormal, young adult romance, young adult fantasy) in both the Readers’ Favorite and New Apple Book Awards.

To contact Jenna and sign up for her newsletter, visit: http://www.jennaelizabethjohnson.com

https://youtu.be/SExu7FX4vt8

Jim Gregory

Jim Gregory

Jim Gregory’s specialty is local history, especially the history of southern San Luis Obispo County. His first book, World War II Arroyo Grande, profiled his home town before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took two local sailors’ lives and led to the internment of hundreds of local Japanese-American farmers and their families. His second book, Patriot Graves, a finalist in the 2017 Indie Next Generation book awards, addresses the battlefield experiences—including Antietam, Gettysburg, Missionary Ridge, Sherman’s March to the Sea and The Wilderness-- and the postwar lives of the Civil War generation. Among them are fifty-two Union Army veterans buried in the Arroyo Grande cemetery. His next book is entitled San Luis Obispo County Outlaws: Desperados, Vigilantes, and Bootleggers, and he has begun research on a fourth, a history of aviation on the Central Coast. Jim grew up in the Upper Arroyo Grande Valley, an area marked by both its rich soil and the richness of the contributions of immigrants from Mexico, the Philippines, Japan and the Azores. He attended a two-room country school and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School. He studied history and journalism at Cuesta College and at the University of Missouri and later received his teaching credential from California Polytechnic State University. He was an editor and reporter before he began a thirty-year teaching career at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo and at Arroyo Grande High School, where he was named his district’s Teacher of the Year in 2010; he now teaches a seminar in writing for young people at the Cuesta College Writers’ Conference. Gregory lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher at St. Joseph High School in nearby Santa Maria, and his sons John and Thomas. The family also includes a Basset hound, two Irish Setters, a platoon of cats and one tortoise named Lucy. 

https://youtu.be/gTrqcUOuWn0?list=PLDCRlPsz4wxBRAsVXxuu--wqOHFLtLEzB

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His YA space travel novel, Mars One, is in development for film; and his Monk Addison short stories and V-Wars shared world vampire apocalypse series are being developed for TV. He is the editor of many anthologies including the X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Nights of the Living Dead (co-edited with zombie genre creator George A. Romero). His comics include Captain America, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Bad Blood, Black Panther, Punisher, Marvel Zombies Return, and more. His Rot & Ruin novels were included in the Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues was named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium. A board game version of V-Wars: A Game of Blood and Betrayal was based on his novels and comics. He was a featured expert on the History Channel’s Zombies: A Living History and True Monsters. He is one third of the very popular and mildly weird Three Guys With Beards podcast. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo. www.jonathanmaberry.com

Ken Sherman

Ken Sherman

 

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company was established in 1989, and handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights.

An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since graduating from the University of California-Berkeley with a major in psychology, Ken has returned numerous times to the classroom to teach his course, “The Business of Writing for Screen, Television and the Publishing Worlds,” at both USC and UCLA. He also co-taught a screenwriting class for many years at the Eugene International Film Festival.

Ken maintains strong community involvement as well, serving as an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, is a charter member of the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles (BAFTA), and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Science and the International Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.

https://youtu.be/25fYX55psik

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives won the Pleiades Press contest. His first book of poems In the Evening of No Warning earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His most recent chapbook The Wanting won the Five Oaks Press contest. Kevin’s poetry appears widely in such journals as The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he publishes criticism in many venues, including The Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches the Rainier Writing Workshop. His website is: http://kevinclarkpoetry.com

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of 7 poetry collections, 2 novels, 2 story collections, and 2 books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). She recently collaborated on a chapbook, The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol Press) with poet Brittany Perham. Addonizio also has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, a companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits, featuring woodcuts by Charles D. Jones. She teaches and performs internationally.

https://youtu.be/S5jUiFKpsAc

Lisa Abellera

Lisa Abellera

Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing. She is excited to develop talented authors and help advance their careers.

She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships.

She is seeking upmarket fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, YA and middle grade. Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays.

Marilyn Atlas

Marilyn Atlas

Marilyn R. Atlas is a producer/personal manager representing actors/writers. Among her credits are Real Women Have Curves for HBO, (Sundance Audience Award) and A Certain Desire, starring Sam Waterston. The Choking Game based on a YA novel for Lifetime aired in Summer 2014.

She has set up client projects Untitled Posse Pilot to ABC Family, The Fabulous Fernandez Sisters to ABC, and Bitterroot to Hallmark. She has sold first-time authors’ debut novels Chasing the Jaguar to HarperCollins, Hungry Woman in Paris to Grand Central Publishing, the Ave Maria Bed & Breakfast to Hachette Publishing, and The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole to Sourcebooks. She has long been committed to diversity and promoting underrepresented voices.

Mary Moore

Mary C. Moore

Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron & Associates since 2012. She is open to all fiction but primarily seeking fantasy, upmarket “bookclub” fiction, thrillers with female protagonists, stories from marginalized voices, and young adult. She is not looking for picture books or nonfiction.

Mary LoVerde

Mary LoVerde

International Work-Life Balance Expert: Mary LoVerde, MS, ANP has travelled from Bangkok to Biloxi sharing her innovative strategies for staying connected to what matters most. She has published four books in three languages and has appeared four times on “Oprah”, a “20/20” special on stress, and was featured on “ABC World News Tonight”. Her blog is read in 35 countries. Her original work is published in the Wall Street Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Ladies Home Journal. She served on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 15 years as the Director of Hypertension Research Center.

She has been an employee, an employer, and an entrepreneur, making her realistic about the challenges of long hours, family commitments, crazy travel, and the desire to have a life that includes sleep.

https://youtu.be/vSzuY-ZulN4

Mary Weber

Mary Weber

Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). A high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is kindness, social justice, and helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic Book Fair, and her novels have been endorsed by New York Times bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, Shannon Messenger, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary’s fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY. {Facebook: marychristineweber, Twitter @mchristineweber, Blog: maryweber.com, Instagram: MaryWeberAuthor}

https://youtu.be/2Konm-Hllpo

Matthew Woodman

Matthew Woodman

Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield and is the poetry editor for Southern Pacific Review. He also edits and coordinates an annual themed reading and chapbook of poets from California's Southern San Joaquin Valley; the 2017 theme was “Writing/Reading Work.” His poems have been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and his fiction and poetry have appeared in such journals as The Moth, Fourteen Hills, Hawai’i Review, The Tishman Review, and Sierra Nevada Review.

Michael Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning novelist, editor, game designer, computer game designer, screenwriter, graphic novelist and podcaster who has had published over 50 novels. He is best known for his work in the franchise universes of Star Wars, BattleTech and World of Warcraft. He teaches writing in conjunction with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

https://youtu.be/Td2mz9C0pNc

Mindy Conde

Mindy Conde

With a Master's degree in Literature and a lifelong passion for the written word, Mindy is in her element as an editor for TheCrimsonQuill.com, which she runs alongside friend and business partner, Natalie McDermott. She loves working with authors to help them perfect their manuscripts and turn those tricky passages into masterpieces. Mindy's favorite thing about books is their ability to transport us somewhere new and exciting, to witness a new world or get to know a fascinating character. Editing allows her to be a part of that creation and to use her education and expertise to help authors reach their highest potential. Meeting new authors and seeing the worlds they create and the characters they craft is the best part of editing for her, and she can't wait to meet even more creative minds at this year's CCWC.

Even though she generally has her head in a book, Mindy does come back to reality on occasion, and loves that she is able to do so on the Central Coast. After graduating from Cal Poly, Mindy and her husband didn't want to leave the area and now call the Central Coast their home. She lives in the lovely, and often foggy, little town of Los Osos with her husband, cat, and piles and piles of books. When she's not reading or editing, Mindy enjoys local wine tasting, baking, and hiking the many beautiful areas the Central Coast has to offer.

Natalie McDermott

Natalie McDermott

Natalie’s love for the written word began in the first grade, and it simply never stopped flourishing; her family was not surprised when she received her Master’s in Literature, since seeing her with her nose in a book was not uncommon. Since she now runs TheCrimsonQuill.com with her friend and business partner Mindy Conde, this sight is still not uncommon, except now she has a red pen in her hand (truly, she edits by hand). As an editor, Natalie’s passion for the written word has grown exponentially, as she thoroughly enjoys helping authors with their craft. She lives in Burbank with her husband and small dog, and she dreams of the Central Coast.

Natalie Obando-Desai

Natalie Obando-Desai

Natalie Obando-Desai is the founder of Do Good Public Relations Group and Do Good Publishing. She is the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book and has spent nearly a decade as a literary publicist. Natalie has been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry. She is a judge for several book awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association and she is also the current President of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter.

Paul Scheuring

Paul Scheuring

PAUL SCHEURING was born in Aurora, Illinois. He grew up in Davis, California and attended the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Scheuring's first produced film project was the Vin Diesel picture, A Man Apart (co-written with Christian Gudegast). After that he went on to write and showrun the hit TV Drama, Prison Break from 2005 to 2009 now back on FOX.

Prison Break received the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Drama in 2006, and has been nominated for a string of awards since its inception such as the Golden Globe, the People's Choice Award, and multiple Teen Choice Awards.  

He subsequently directed The Experiment, starring Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker and has several other film and television credits.

Scheuring published his first novel, The Far Shore, in March 2017.

https://youtu.be/FB-2IIDXf6Y

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne

Award-winning producer and writer, Peter Dunne brings three decades of experience in story development, writing, and producing to his workshops. He served as Vice President of Development for three Hollywood studios before beginning his career as a screenwriter and producer. Among the many projects he has produced and/or written are such classics as the extraordinary mini-series Sybil starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG, Melrose Place, Dallas, Knots Landing, Nowhere Man, Eight is Enough, Police Story, and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

His honors include the Emmy Award, the George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award for Conspicuous Service to Broadcasting, the Scott Newman Award for Substance Abuse Awareness, the distinguished Kennedy Foundation’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Field of Mental Retardation, the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo Award, The Film Advisory Board’s Award of Excellence, and The Media Access Award, among others.

Aside from teaching film and television writing at UCLA, Peter has lectured extensively on Creative Writing and Memoir Writing. He founded and conducts The Grey Quill Society, a weekly Life Writing Workshop for the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Community in Los Angeles, and is Founding Editor of their semi-annual publication, The Grey Quill Society Review. His seminal book Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot, published by Quill Driver Press, is now in its fourth printing.

https://youtu.be/1IcJMYLwgq4

Raymond Mullikin

Raymond Mullikin

Raymond Mullikin is a writer, illustrator and credentialed educator. He has published writings/illustrations through books, magazines, newspapers, video games, apps, and e-cards. One of his earliest notables being "The World of Weralt" a fantasy graphic novel he wrote when he was 16 years old. He is the creator of the 2 Many Parakeets, Attack of the Fantasy, Quackup, and Raytoons books.

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Ross Brown

Ross Brown

Ross Brown is the Program Director for the MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He began his writing career on NBC’s award-winning comedy “The Cosby Show” and went on to write, produce and create comedies for ABC, CBS and The WB. He is the author of the book Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet. His full-length plays Hindsight and Trapped have had staged readings at The Pasadena Playhouse and The Barter Theater in Virginia. His short plays have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago and Minnesota. Prior to his writing career Professor Brown worked as an assistant director on feature films including National Lampoon’s Vacation.

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Tom Schulman

Tom Schulman

Tom Schulman graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Philosophy. He studied at the USC Graduate School of Cinema, the Actors and Directors Lab, Los Angeles, and with director Joan Darling. He directed the Actors’ Studio, West production of “Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker.”

Tom wrote “Dead Poets Society” for which he received an Academy Award. He also wrote “What About Bob?”, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “Medicine Man”, and “Holy Man”. He wrote and directed “Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag”. He was an executive producer on “Indecent Proposal” and “Me, Myself and Irene”. He was the writer/ producer of “Welcome to Mooseport”. He co-wrote and co-produced “The Anatomy of Hope”, a pilot for HBO.

Tom served on the board of directors and then as vice president of the Writers Guild of America, West. Tom served on the board of directors then as the president of the Writers Guild Foundation. He is currently on the advisory board of Humanitas.

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