Listed alphabetically by last name. 

Presenter Biography

 

Linda Aronson

Linda Aronson

‘Linda Aronson is one of the great and important voices in screenwriting’  Linda Seger

One of the busiest screenwriting gurus on the international circuit, multi-award-winning scriptwriter, novelist and playwright Linda Aronson is widely regarded as the  leading international expert in how writers can construct film, TV series, games and VR scripts that  don’t fit the conventional linear, chronological one-hero three-act model, but instead, use nonlinearity, flashback, and Pulp-Fiction style multiple fractured storylines.   She shows how films like Pulp Fiction, Inception, Atonement,  21 Grams and many more all work to patterns based on multiplying, fracturing and reconstructing multiple three act structure stories in very specific ways . 

Recently, out of her own extensive TV writing experience, she has been giving masterclasses to senior TV writers in Europe on how to use nonlinear story arcs to encourage binge viewing in long form TV series and talking on future storytelling to games creators.  Her work is endorsed by international experts like Linda Seger, Christopher Vogler and many more.  In the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2017 she and Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey, were billed in a friendly session entitled (tongue in cheek) ‘Clash of the Titans’.

Linda's books on scriptwriting (The 21st Century Screenplay, Screenwriting Updated) are required reading at film schools all over the world (including Tisch at NYU, Berkeley, London University etc)  and are translated into Polish and Czech. She regularly teaches internationally for professional organisations and film schools.  These have included NYU, Columbia, UC at Berkeley, American Film Institute, UK National Film and TV School (NFTS), Goldsmiths’, Great American Pitch Fest, Royal Holloway, London Screenwriters’ Festival, The Script Factory London, BBC TV Drama Writers’ Festival, FAMU (Prague), DFFB Germany, Sources 2 (Berlin),   Netherland Film and TV Academy, CEEA Paris, Swedish Film Institute, Story Film School, Gotland, Sources 2, Finland,  BBC TV Northern Ireland (UK )  Northern Ireland Film Festival, drehbuchFORUM , Austria, Danish National Film School, Norwegian Film Institute, South Africa Writers’ Guild, Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM) Estonia, UTS, RMIT Australia, University of Southern Denmark,  New Zealand Film Commission, Gothenburg Film Festival, UCLA Accredited Screenwriting Intensive, FAS/Screen Training Ireland (Dublin,) London College of Communications, UK) Scottish Screen Academy (Edinburgh UK), City University (London), Northern Film School Leeds (UK), University of Salford (UK)  Warsaw Film School (Poland), Filmpool Nord (Luleå, Sweden), Monash South Africa, , Screen Producers Association of Australia, Open Channel (Australia) RMIT (Australia) Writers Guild, Australia, South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC), DMA (Singapore) and more.

She is also a professional writer of over thirty years' experience with awards as a scriptwriter, playwright and novelist (Kostas, Singles, Dinkum Assorted, Reginka’s Lesson, The Fall Guy, The Young Wife, Butterfly Island, GP etc ). Her young adult fiction (Kelp, A Comedy about Love Seaweed and Rupert Murdoch; Rude Health, Plain Rude, Naturally Rude) is published in nine languages.  She has judged the Emmys and many film and script competitions.  She has also written a very popular ebook on TV writing, Television Writing: The Ground Rules of Series, Serials and Sitcom.  Currently, wearing her writer's hat, she is writing writing/editing/producing new generation emotionally-immersive VR films that marry multiple nonlinear plotlines with a wide range of new VFX digital effects. Her most recent VR project, Ransom, while still only in synopsis form,  was shortlisted in the Virtelio International VR Narrative Film Script Competition in Paris, the world’s first script competition for VR films.

For a video of Linda speaking at the London Screenwriters’ Festival : https://youtu.be/uIMFXGnzz18

 

Diane Auten

Diane Auten

Diane Auten learned the importance of communicating effectively when she earned first her bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in communications studies. Diane has been a full-time college professor for 20 years, author, and consultant in the area of communication. Diane has worked with leaders across a variety of industries including banking, agriculture, real estate, education, law, and more. She also enjoys teaching seminars on helping families communicate better with their children.

Diane is the author of the hysterical book, The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious. It is an adult humor “mom-oir” celebrating all of the fun and mayhem of raising boys. Her relatable parenting stories of raising two sons will keep you in stitches!

Diane has been a guest on over 15 radio shows, both locally and internationally, sharing her expertise on communication and raising boys. Diane has led a variety of seminars related to her book, publishing, and writing.

Diane’s areas of expertise include: writing nonfiction, helping future authors build their platform, helping authors understand the pros and cons of traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid-publishing, and giving advice to someone who is just starting out as a writer/author.

 

Dayna Bennett

Dayna Bennett

Dayna Bennett is a freelance writer and an educator who also serves as an advisor for the Central Coast Writers Conference. She has written numerous articles on education which have been featured in local press and her personal essays can be found on her blog, AllThatIsNext.com. Her recent foray into poetry is currently featured on her Instagram page, Tiny Notes. Her first novel, A Light Left Behind, is a modern romance with hints of the supernatural.

Dayna grew up on the Central Coast and after moving away for school and work, settled back here in the “happiest place in America” to raise her two children. An educator for more than twenty years, Dayna has worked closely with students in the local Chumash Tribe for most of her career, teaching, reading and tutoring students in just about every subject.

Writing has been a lifelong creative expression for Dayna, who loves the magic of words and the enchantment of storytelling. But it wasn't until coming to CCWC five years ago that she found the courage to call herself a writer and persistence to finish her first novel.

 

Kathryn Blanche

Kathryn Blanche

In addition to writing, Kathryn can also be found traveling around the world, working in the theatre, and indulging her love of martial arts and stage combat. Kathryn finds that training in historical fencing as well as stage combat improves her ability to describe fights in her books and clears her mind. She has trained with professionals from Los Angeles to New York, and even as far away as London and Moscow.
She has also hiked through the rainforest of Costa Rica, climbed the Alps in Italy, seen the oldest standing man-made structure in the world, and explored long-silent battlefields in Scotland. While she has spent much of the last few years traveling and writing, she is always looking forward to her next adventure.
When she finally returns home to California, Kathryn often spends her time with family and friends, catches up on the latest sci-fi and fantasy films, and supports local theaters. She owes her love of reading to her father, who introduced her to the fantasy genre when she was six years old, and has constantly had her nose stuck in a book ever since.

 

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

 

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author and of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and Small Gods of Grief, which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry. Her third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008. Sungold Editions published her chapbook Rooms Remembered in 2018. Her fifth collection, These Many Rooms is just out from Four Way Books.

She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have appeared in reviews such as The Washington Post, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Harvard Review, and many others. Garrison Keillor read four of her poems on NPR’s The Writers’ Almanach, and her poems have also been widely anthologized and published in school textbooks.
She is herself the editor of four anthologies: Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars; Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades; Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the Cities; and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences.

She taught at Emerson College, at the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College, and at UCSB, as well as at many conferences such as The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; the Frost Place Poetry Festival; the Palm Beach Poetry Festival; The Santa Barbara Writers Conference; and the Central Coast Writers Conference.
She was awarded a Fellowship at the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and was a Writer in Residence at The Vermont Studio Center as well as at Hamilton College, New York. She was the McEver Chair for Visiting Writers at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia.

She and her late husband, the poet Kurt Brown, completed a book of translations from Flemish poet Herman de Coninck: The Plural of Happiness.

She is a member of the founding faculty at the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College, and offers private mentoring and poetry editing services. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

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.

 

Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel has written for New York Times Magazine and Washington Post among other publications and teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is the author of “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” (Nebraska, 2012), “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back” (Nebraska, 2018) and  “From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union” (Nebraska, 2019). Cengel has been awarded grants from the International Reporting Project, International Women’s Media Foundation, and International Center for Journalists.

 

Andrea Chmelik 

Andrea Chmelik

Andrea Chmelik is a digital marketing strategist and freelance writer. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and local press, and her essays have been featured in online media, including BlogHer and Babble e-books. She has recently completed her first novel. Andrea is an inspirational public speaker, activist, and community organizer.   She has given speeches, led workshops, and been a panelist for numerous organizations, including Ecologistics, Cal Poly Women in Business annual Women in Leadership conference and Change the Status Quo social justice conference. 

Andrea grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, a country that no longer exists. Bearing witness to changing regimes, and both the rise and crumbling of democracy, she is passionate about social activism. In 2016, she co-founded the Women's March San Luis Obispo, a non-profit with the mission of promoting women's rights and civil liberties for all people. As a content creator, Andrea crafts messaging that empowers women, amplifies diverse voices and builds a community of tolerance and empathy, while encouraging positive and peaceful action.

Andrea lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, two kids and two cats. She is passionate about the power of storytelling and finding connections between people from all walks of life.

 

Lisa Coffman

Lisa Coffman

Poet and essayist Lisa Coffman grew up in East Tennessee and currently lives on California’s Central Coast. She has studied and worked in intensely different environments, all of which feed her writing – New York City; Philadelphia; and Bonn, Germany; the remote high-desert of Deep Springs Valley; and the abandoned coal mining town of Glenmary, Tennessee. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Likely, which won Kent State University Press’ Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and Less Obvious Gods, with poems featured in Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and numerous anthologies. Coffman’s non-fiction articles have been published by Oxford American, BBC News, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. Her writing has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry. She collaborated with composer Timothy Melbinger on the six-poem cycle Hymns to Less Obvious Gods, which premiered in spring 2019.

 

Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau

http://www.philcousineau.net or http://www.philcousineau.com   

PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 35 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero's Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, and The Accidental Aphorist.

 

 

 

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne

Award-winning producer and writer, Peter Dunne brings more than three decades of story development, writing and producing to workshops around the world. He served as Vice President of Development for several Hollywood studios before beginning his career as a screenwriter and producer focusing on social change and justice.

Peter has been the recipient of some of the industry’s most prestigious honors including the Emmy Award for “Sybil,” a case study of domestic abuse and multiple personality disorder, the esteemed Peabody Award for Conspicuous Service to Broadcasting for Social Change, Paul Newman Foundation’s Scott Newman Award for Exceptional Television Writing on Substance Abuse, the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo Award for Achievement in Television Drama, the distinguished Kennedy Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Field of Mental Retardation, The Film Advisory Board’s Award of Excellence for Family Drama, and two Media Access Awards.

Peter founded and conducts The Grey Quill Society, a Life Writing Workshop at the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Community in Los Angeles, and publishes their annual literary journal. He has served as Writer-In-residence at The Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in West Cork, Ireland, conducting memoir and screenplay workshops.  Peter also teaches film and television writing at the UCLA School of the Arts Writers' Program, and Antioch University, Santa Barbara, and has led workshops in Creative Writing and Memoir Writing at UCLA, Santa Clara University, and the University of Southern California.

Among the projects he has produced and/or wrote are the mini-series Sybil starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, Rainbow: The Judy Garland Story starring Andrea McArdle (Broadway’s original “Annie”), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG, Melrose Place, Dallas, Knots Landing, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and many others.

Peter is a dual-citizen of the United States and Ireland, a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Irish Writers Union, Pen Ireland, Pen USA, and Pen International.

 

Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna Edwards is a beloved writing instructor, keynote speaker, and best-selling author. Her award-winning novel THIS I KNOW  won over the hearts and minds of readers everywhere and was a Delilah Book Club selection. In her second novel, CLOVER BLUE, Eldonna once again explores themes of otherness and belonging, and the true definition of home. Bookpage describes Eldonna’s writing as “Good storytelling that will pull you in from the beginning and never let go.” She is 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. Her memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION chronicles this life-changing decision. 

“Luminous Stories, Unlikely Heroes.” Eldonna taps into her right/left brain careers as a Realtor and a Massage Therapist to create stories with humor and heart. She enjoys facilitating interactive workshops where participants receive hands-on instruction and support in storytelling, editing, querying, and marketing. Eldonna lives and writes in a tiny pink house on the beautiful central coast. Rep’d by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Assoc.

 

Tori Eldridge

Tori Eldridge

Tori Eldridge is a Honolulu-born writer of mystery, thrillers, and suspense. She holds a 5th degree black belt in To-Shin Do Ninjutsu and has traveled the country teaching seminars on ninja arts, weapons, and women’s self-protection. Her debut novel, The Ninja Daughter, which draws extensively from her own Chinese-Norwegian heritage and ninja experience, releases November 5th from Agora, the new diversity-focused crime fiction imprint of Polis Books. 

Tori’s short stories have been published in Running Wild Anthology of Stories 2, Never Fear-The Apocalypse, Never Fear-The Tarot, and Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2014 issue. Her screenplay The Gift was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship. Tori has also written the non-fiction book, Empowered Living: A Guide to Physical and Emotional Protection. 

Before writing, Tori performed as an actress, singer, dancer on Broadway, television, and film in such productions as Cats, The Love Boat, and Final Fantasy: Spirits Within. She applies her performing skills to podcasting, audiobook recording, and dynamic book reading performances.

Tori is a proud member of International Thriller Writers Organization, Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and Screen Actors Guild. She and her producer husband live in the Greater Los Angeles Area where they’ve raised two sons, hike regularly, and enjoy a remarkably non-Hollywood life.

 

 

Henry Herz

Henry Herz

Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. He wrote MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES (Pelican, 2015; Best Picture Book at SoCal SCBWI Editor’s Day), WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY (Pelican, 2016), MABEL AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS (Schiffer, 2016; Finalist, Foreword Indies Best Picture Book), LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH (Pelican, 2016), CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW (Sterling, 2017), GOOD EGG AND BAD APPLE (Schiffer, 2018), HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican, 2018), ALICE’S MAGIC GARDEN (Familius, 2018),  TWO PIRATES + ONE ROBOT (Kane Miller, 2020), and MATT'S MAGIC SPATULA (Month9 Books, 2020). 

Henry also published the dark fantasy anthology BEYOND THE PALE featuring short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed, Peter S. Beagle, Heather Brewer, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Gillian Philip, & Jane Yolen. 

Henry is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). He participates in literature panels at a variety of convention including San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon. His nonfiction story “Born to Dance” will appear in Highlights for Children magazine.

 Donald H. Hewitt

Donald H. Hewitt

Donald H. Hewitt is a working screenwriter and WGA member with 19 years of industry experience. He is currently writing a mini-series based on a classic novel starring and produced by Sir Ben Kingsley. He has also written extensively in the feature world including credits on Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. Donald has also had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry such as: David Heyman, John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner.

 

Sam Horn

Sam Horn

 

Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert and TEDx speaker, helps people create quality, one-of-a-kind projects that scale their impact for good.  Her work - including POP!, Tongue Fu! and the Washington Post bestseller Got Your Attention? - has been featured on NPR and MSNBC and in New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Readers Digest, INC. 

As Former Executive Director of the Maui Writers Conference, she's helped thousands of people get their books out of their head and into the world where they've made a positive difference for others and a prosperous living for them. A few of her clients include Terry Jones (founder of Travelocity), Betsy Myers (COO of Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign) and Charlie Pellerin (Project Manager for the Hubble Telescope). 

Her speaking clients include Boeing, Intel, Cisco, National Geographic, Accenture, the U.S. Navy, Capital One, NASA, Asian Leadership Conference in South Korea and the U.S. Embassy in London. She was one of the top-ranked speakers (along with Tom Peters, Tim Ferris, Jim Collins) at the INC 500/5000 conference.

Sam has been the Pitch Coach for the British Airways Face2Face competition, and for Springboard Enterprises, which has helped entrepreneurs receive $6.6 billion (yes, that's a b) in funding.

 

Heather Hummel Gallagher

Heather 
Hummel Gallagher 

Heather Hummel Gallagher is a New York Book Festival award-winning novelist of the Journals from the Heart Series.

A former high school English teacher turned novelist and ghostwriter, Heather followed her grandmother’s footsteps with the written word. As a ghostwriter, Heather has penned over a dozen books and counting. Her clients include corporations, politicians, philanthropists, dating coaches, real estate agents, public figures, and business leaders. With experience in both traditional and independent publishing, Heather's diverse background and knowledge of the industry appeals to many authors seeking a qualified ghostwriter.

By personal request from Arianna Huffington, Heather is a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post. Her article titled "Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions" gained remarkable attention in the industry, including reTweets from Publishers Weekly and many quality literary agents.

Television, print, and radio coverage for her clients’ books include: The Today Show and other regional shows, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone.  A contributing author in Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook by David Wogahn, Heather shares her wisdom in a chapter on ghostwriting.

Heather's second career is as a land and seascape photographer. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education.

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Catherine Ann Jones

Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. After playing major roles in over fifty plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler, and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Twelve of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical), The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris) with four Emmy nominations, Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying Shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of writing, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), What Story Are You Living? and Freud’s Oracle are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Based in Ojai, California, she leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Over 50,000 have subscribed

 

 Brenda Knight

Brenda Knight

 Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Paolo Coelho, Marianne Williamson and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Knight was awarded IndieFab's Publisher of the Year in 2014 at the ALA, American Library Association. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, The Grateful Table, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Knight is Editorial Director at Mango Publishing and acquires for all genres in fiction and nonfiction as well as children’s and photography books.   She also serves as President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and is an instructor at San Francisco Writers Conference. 

 Janice Konstantinidis

Janice Konstantinidis

Janice is a poet with a fascination for limericks. She is currently writing her memoir; she enjoys writing short stories.  Janice was born in Tasmania, Australia.  She retired to the Central Coast of California in 2005. 

Some of Janice’s poems have been published in literary magazines over the past several years. She won second place for poetry in the Lillian Dean writing contest in 2014. 

She is currently working on a book of limericks in collaboration with a nature photographer with a specific focus on birds. 

Janice draws inspiration from her past and nature. She has deep regard and sense of the transience of life. 

Janice’s years in a Magdalene Laundry are documented in the book Shaped by Silence, by Rie Croll, ISER Books, 2019, ISBN 978-1-894725-53-8 

Janice’s published articles, poems and artwork include: 

Life in “The Mag”, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, 2013 

The Turning of the Tide, Poem, Sagacious Illumination Literary Magazine, October 2017 

Curtains in the Morning, Poem, Sagacious Illumination Literary Magazine, August, 2017 

Cover Art Drawing, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Friday’s Poems, May 4, 2018 

Swirly Skirt of Skins, Poem, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Friday’s Poems, December 28, 2018 

For Johnny, Eulogy Poem, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Friday’s Poems, April 28, 2017 

Losing My Daughter, Forced Adoptions History Project, National Archives of Australia 

Academic Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Arts 

Bachelor of Letters in English Literature

Graduate Diploma in Education

 

Deborah LeBlanc

Deborah LeBlanc 

Deborah LeBlanc is a multi-published, best-selling author from Lafayette, Louisiana. She is also a licensed death scene investigator, a licensed private investigator, and has been an active paranormal investigator for over twenty-five years. Deborah is currently the house ‘clairsendium’ (clairvoyant, sensitive, medium) for the upcoming paranormal investigation television show, Through the Veil.

She served four years as president of the Horror Writers Association, eight years as president of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana, and two years as president of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter. In 2007, Deborah founded Literacy Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting illiteracy in America’s teens.

For more information, visit www.deborahleblanc.com and www.literacyinc.com

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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 

 

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Danny Manus

Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net), and was ranked in the “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is the author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective” and was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter.” 

His clients include finalists and winners of numerous prestigious contests including the ABC/Disney Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, Nashville Film Festival, and Scriptapalooza. He has worked with almost 2,000 writers and has consulted on produced projects including Strangerlands, starring Nicole Kidman, I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart, and In-Lawfully Yours, starring Marilu Henner. In 2017, he was a Consulting Producer on the TV pilot Millennial Rules, starring Olivia D’Abo. 

Danny has taught seminars and workshops across the country at Austin Film Festival, Producer’s Guild of America, NY Film Academy, LA Film School, Great American Pitchfest, Kansas City Film Festival, Screenwriting Expo, Florida Writer’s Conference, The World Series of Comedy, Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference, Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Las Vegas Writers Conference, The Writers Store, Vancouver Pitchmart, Scriptwriters Network, Sherwood Oaks College, LA Valley College, etc., and to groups in LA, NY, Chicago, Dallas, Idaho, Iowa, Phoenix, Nebraska, etc. He’s also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Film Courage, and popular podcasts including Indie Film Hustle, Sell Your Script, Write Hot, and On the Page. 

Danny is also a screenwriter (hired for two writing assignments in 2016), and was a Development Consultant for Symerra Productions. He was previously the Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (A Cinderella Story) where he sold the family adventure project “To Oz” to United Artists, and was instrumental in developing numerous projects including Sydney White, starring Amanda Bynes and Just Add Water, starring Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Melissa McCarthy, and Danny DeVito.  

Danny was also a Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace), which had a deal with Millennium Films, and the Director of Development for Sandstorm Films, formerly run by writer/director J.S. Cardone, which had a first look deal at Sony Screen Gems and a development deal with Top Cow Comics. He was instrumental in developing a number of films for the company including the #1 Box Office hit The Covenant, as well as 8MM2, and Sniper 3. Danny interned at Columbia Tri-Star in the Television Development department and at 20th Century Fox Casting. 

Danny has taken over 3500 pitches, written over 250 articles on writing for numerous websites and publications including ScriptMag, and has been a judge for PAGE Awards. Raised on Long Island, NY in an amusingly dysfunctional household, Danny holds a B.S. degree in Television with a concentration in Screenwriting from Ithaca College.  You can follow him on Twitter @Dannymanus.

 

Nadine Nettman 

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is the author of the award-nominated Sommelier Mystery series. Her debut novel, DECANTING A MURDER, was a finalist for the Agatha, Lefty, and Anthony Awards. Her second book, UNCORKING A LIE, was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award, and was awarded a Silver Medal IPPY. A California native, Nadine is the vice president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

 

Natalie Obando-Desai 

Natalie Obando-Desai

Natalie Obando-Desai is the founder of Do Good Public Relations and the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Journalism, an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor concentration in Creative Writing. Her work in the PR industry started in 2008 and her love for books and PR transpired into the career of her dreams as a literary publicist. Her passion for pitching and writing has most recently led her to option her own pilot for a television series and attain representation for her writing.

She has been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry and also a judge for several book awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. Natalie is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter and now serves as the organization’s national vice president. She is also the founder and co-host of the podcast, Women of Color Writers.
Natalie is passionate about writing, the literary landscape, media, and making a difference by amplifying marginalized voices through writing.

 

Chantelle Aimee Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. Agora focuses on crime novels that delve into the most important issues of our time—exploring society, economy, politics, culture, race, and gender in unique and different ways—from a roster of diverse authors from varying backgrounds. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she also co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast, and is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

 

Mark H. Parsons 

Mark H. Parsons

Mark Parsons has written primarily non-fiction for several years, penning over two hundred articles for national publications as well as a pair of non-fiction books. 

His first YA novel, ROAD RASH (Knopf/Random House) is a band-on-the-road novel which explores coming into adulthood.  It was named to the 2015 ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, as well as Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list. He has other works of fiction currently making their way through the machinery of the publishing industry. 

“I love the writing process, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction,” Parsons says. “But with this book, I knew I wanted create a work with a young male protagonist, one who’s on his way… but maybe not quite there yet.”

 

Jason Pinter

Jason Pinter

 

Jason Pinter is the Founder and Publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he launched in 2013. He was named one of Publisher Weekly’s inaugural Star Watch honorees, which “recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry.” He has written for The New Republic, Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, Medium, and The Huffington Post, and been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, MediaBistro, Mystery Scene, and more.  

He is also the bestselling author of five novels in his Henry Parker thriller series, which
has over one million copies in print worldwide and has been published in over a dozen
countries, as well as the standalone thriller The Castle, a middle grade adventure novel named Zeke Bartholomew: SuperSpy, and the children’s book Miracle. He has been nominated for the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, RT Reviewers Choice Award, Shamus Award and CrimeSpree Award. Two of his books—The Fury and The Darkness—were chosen as Indie Next selections, and The Mark, The Stolen and The Fury, were named to The Strand’s Best Books of the Year list. The Mark and The Stolen both appeared on the ‘Heatseekers’ bestseller list in The Bookseller (UK). The Mark was optioned to be a feature film.

He was named one of the top writers on Twitter (@JasonPinter) by Mashable and the Huffington Post, and his articles and essays have been covered in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, New York Observer, Baltimore Sun, Salon, and as far as Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. He was born in New York City in 1979 and currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog, Wilson. His next novel, The Broken Woman, will be published in January 2020 by Thomas & Mercer.

 

Monica Piper 

Monica Piper

Monica Piper was a Campfire Girl… in the Bronx.  “You sense your life isn’t normal when you’re sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig.” 

Monica began her career as a high school English teacher. While finding it rewarding, she had to move on. “I couldn’t handle the money and prestige.” She realized her passion was making people laugh. She studied improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with “Sons of the Sunset” in San Francisco. In L.A. she joined “Raisin Brain” at the Comedy Store. She then went solo as a standup and soon became one of Showtime Network’s “Comedy All Stars.” It wasn’t long before she landed her own Cable Ace Award-winning Showtime Network special, “No, Monica, Just You.”  She was nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the top five female comedians in the country. She has opened for Gloria Estefan, Neil Sedaka, Glenn Campbell, the Smothers Brothers, Lucie Arnaz and Tommy Tune. 

Monica was recruited by Ms. Barr, herself, to write on Roseanne, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She went on to write for Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet.  

Monica was now a mother and sit-com hours meant too much time away from her son. She turned to animation and became the head writer and producer of the #1 children’s animated series, Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy. She then developed and wrote series for Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network. 

As a standup, she headlines events for organizations, most recently, The City of Hope, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Brandeis Committee and The Jewish Federation Annual Fundraising Dinner. 

As a keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor, Monica inspires audiences everywhere to lose the stress and FIND the FUNNY in their personal and professional lives. 

Monica is proud to be an artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre of Los Angeles. Her critically acclaimed one-woman play, “Not That Jewish” ran to sell-out crowds in LA, before its hit 200 performance run Off Broadway. She was nominated by the LA Drama Critics Circle for Best Solo Performance. 

Monica also performs for Jewish organizations around the nation with her hilarious and heartwarming biographical blend of standup and storytelling, “Farmisht, Farklempt, and Farblungit!”

 

Zoe Quinton 

Zoe Quinton

Zoe Quinton is a literary strategist, helping authors and companies tell their stories more effectively through editing, consulting, and copywriting. She is proud to have collaborated on ten New York Times-bestselling novels, as well as multiple other publications, both traditional and self-published.  

Zoe is secretly a recovering academic, having received a Master’s degree in international history from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Cruz. 

When she’s not reading, editing, or keeping up with publishing news, Zoe enjoys running, lifting weights, and drinking lots of caffeine. All of these activities are made possible on a year-round basis by her residence in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA, where she grew up, went to college, and is now raising two small people of her own. 

 

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug did most of his growing up on a small ranch in the rural foothills outside Sacramento. He was twelve when he discovered his father’s collection of Ian Fleming’s James Bond paperbacks on a shelf in his parent’s converted garage. What followed was a teenage obsession with the film series and then cinema in general.

Though Doug attended The USC School for Cinematic Arts with ambitions to become a movie director, while there he discovered his affection for writing screenplays. After leaving USC, Doug directed a few educational films, but his sights remained set on Hollywood. After reading some of his first screenplays, Warner Brothers offered Doug a two-year contract—one of the last “paid by the week” studio writer gigs.

In 1989 20th Century Fox hired Doug to adapt Walter Wager’s novel 58 Minutes into the first sequel to the hit franchise Die Hard. In 1990, it was released as Die Hard 2, Die Harder. Around the same period, Doug and his one-time writing partner, Rick Jaffa, garnered national attention when their spec screenplay, Hellbent…and Back was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash Bad Boys (1995), Money Train (1995), and Hostage (2005). In 2004 Doug produced the comedy Welcome to Mooseport. 

While in between movie projects, Doug managed to finish his first novel, Dark Horse. The political thriller was published in 1997 by Avon/Morrow, who released Doug’s second novel True Believers two years later. 

While Doug continues to work in Hollywood developing motion pictures and TV pilots, he finds writing novels provides him the greatest satisfaction and reward. 2011’s The Safety Expert marked Doug’s return to penning novels and is his first modern-day L.A. Noir thriller.

Blood Money  (2013) is the first of Doug’s Lucky Dey Thriller Series. With his “uncanny ability to glimpse into the brutality and instability not only of the criminal mind, but also a darkness in the heroes” (IndieReader), Doug winds readers through a sinister L.A. landscape where unlikely worlds intersect to create a stew of tension and suspense. Lucky Dey Thrillers have continued with 99 Percent Kill, Reaper, American Bang, The Night is Never Black, and Hip Slick and Dead.

In addition to writing for the screen and print, Doug has posted years of his weekly blogs on his website, dougrichardson.com, where he shares personal anecdotes and insight from his thirty-year showbiz career. The first collection of his blogs, The Smoking Gun: True Tales from Hollywood’s Screenwriting Trenches was published in 2015.

While not behind his computer Doug enjoys hitting little white balls towards faraway holes, fine cigars, cooking, and a smooth glass of scotch on the rocks. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and three mutts.

 

Karen Richardson 

Karen Richardson

For the past several years, Karen Richardson has helped authors of fiction and nonfiction navigate the constantly evolving terrain of independent publishing. She is the managing director of the Mentoris Project and the author of Harvesting the American Dream: A Novel Based on the Life of Ernest Gallo. She lives in Southern California with her husband, writer Doug Richardson, and their four-legged crew.

 

Sarah Roahen

Sara Roahen 

Sara Roahen wrote the memoir Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table and co-edited The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. Her articles have appeared in Saveur, Bon Appetit, Tin House, Oxford American, and Garden & Gun magazines, and in/on a host of other magazines, newspapers, books, and web sites. Sara has worked as a writer, editor, teacher, and oral historian for the past two decades, and she has earned a copyediting certificate from UCSD. She currently teaches life-story writing through Cuesta Community College’s Emeritus program and offers private mentoring and editing services in San Luis Obispo and online.

 

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan Rosenfeld is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, most recently How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes, and Write Free.

Her articles, essays, and short fiction have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, AlterNet, DAME, Eating Well, GOOD Magazine, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, Modern Loss, Quartz, The New York Times, Ozy, Pacific Standard,  San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American,  VICE, the Washington Post, and many more. Her book commentaries have aired on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate, KQED radio.

Jordan holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. A former resident of Petaluma, California, she created and hosted the LiveWire Literary Salon there at Zebulon’s lounge and Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, on KRCB radio, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others, which won an NEA Chairman’s grant in 2004.

She is also a freelance manuscript editor and ghostwriter. Jordanrosenfeld.net and @JordanRosenfeld on Twitter.

 

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Andy Ross

I represent authors who write books in a wide range of subjects including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children's books and  commercial and literary fiction.

Authors I represent include: Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Fritjof Capra, Susan Griffin, Erik Tarloff, Daniel Boyarin, Mary Jo McConahay, and Peter Richardson. 

I am eager to work with projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will appeal to a wide readership. In narrative non-fiction I look for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc. I like books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. 

For literary, commercial, and children's fiction, I have only one requirement--a simple one--that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart. 

I am a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).

 Ricky Roxburgh

Ricky Roxburgh

Ricky Roxburgh is a screenwriter of animated television and film. He got his start in New York City’s stand up and sketch comedy scene before venturing into the world of writing for the screen. 

Currently, he is a writer for Disney Channel’s hit, Emmy Nominated animated comedy/adventure show Big Hero 6: The Series. Prior to that, he served as a staff writer for Disney’s Emmy Nominated Tangled: The Series. When Disney launched its first ever Creative Mentorship Program, he was the first writer in the studio chosen to participate and was mentored by Scott Peterson, Story Editor of Disney’s most successful series of all time, Phineas and Ferb. 

He has worked on other franchises like Dreamworks Animation’s Dragons: Race to the Edge, Netflix’s Spy Kids: Mission Critical, and Hasbro’s Micronauts. He also served as screenwriter on the animated feature, Saving Santa, which received worldwide theatrical release with The Weinstein Company and Cinema Management Group. 

Volunteerism is close to his heart and Ricky is proud to serve as a mentor for the Young Storytellers organization, where he works one-on-one with low-income and mentally disabled children to help them find their creative voice.

 

Leslie St. John 

Leslie St. John

Leslie St. John, creator of Prose and Poses, is a self-expression muse, helping people get “unstuck.” Using the modalities of yoga, Qoya, and writing, she helps people unshackle creativity, feel their bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. She earned her MFA from Purdue University and is a certified 500hr RYT. Her writing is published in Elephant Journal, Teach.Yoga, Yoga Revolutionaries, Apersus Quarterly, Oxford American, Rebelle Society, and Verse Daily. When she’s not teaching English at Cal Poly or one of her many yoga classes, workshops, and retreats, you’ll find her writing at a café, hunting vintage shops, or hiking with her dog. More at proseandposes.com

 

Wendy Thies Sell 

Wendy Thies Sell

Wendy Thies Sell is a familiar face on the Central Coast, having anchored the local television news for a dozen years at KSBY and KCOY. 

The veteran journalist has been honored with four Emmy awards, a Mark Twain Award for writing from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, and multiple Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & Television News Association. 

Wendy’s recent work has been published in Wine Enthusiast, Santa Barbara Seasons, Santa Barbara Magazine, Edible Santa Barbara, Edible San Luis Obispo, New Times, and Santa Maria Sun. 

When she is not wandering through wine country in search of her next story, or driving her children to piano lessons and karate class, Wendy, a resident of northern Santa Barbara County, enjoys emceeing auctions and charity events across the Central Coast. 

She is honored to return to the Central Coast Writer’s Conference.

 

Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the long-running Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her first non-fiction book, Hope in the Mail, Reflections on Writing and Life, will be published by Random House in January 2020. 

Van Draanen has also created two short chapter-book series. The Gecko & Sticky books are fun read-alouds, perfect for reluctant readers. The Shredderman books—featuring a boy who deals with a bully—received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit” and became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie. 

 

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is Senior Editor for Script magazine and Writer’s Digest and has a regular column on Script entitled “Balls of Steel” where she chronicles her fearless journey as a screenwriter as well as shares stories of other writers in the trenches. She also writes the “Take Two” column in Writer’s Digest print magazine, giving tips on screenwriting. 

A graduate of Cornell University, she’s written several spec scripts, including an Expo Screenplay Competition Finalist script — the adaption of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal, which also was selected as one of the Top 25 in Tracking Board’s Feature Launch Pad Competition. The 10-hour limited series version of the same project is a PAGE Awards TV Pilot Drama Finalist as well as semi-finalist in Sundance Episodic Labs, and quarterfinalist in both Slamdance and Script Pipeline. The book — an exposé of how slavery didn’t end with the Civil War but was resurrected by businessmen and plantation owners by finding a loophole in the 13th amendment and preserved for seven decades after the Emancipation Proclamation — has already dramatically revised conventional American history. It was a New York Times Best Seller and has been reprinted more than a dozen times. A documentary based on the book appeared on PBS in 2012. This 10-hour limited series is a dark piece of our country’s history that needs to be told. It’s impossible to read this story and not have a better understanding of the racial divide, even today. 

Her writing has been selected as a Creative Screenwriting Expo Finalist, PAGE Awards TV Pilot Finalist, Top 25 Tracking Board Launch Pad, Semi-Finalist Sundance Episodic Lab, Quarterfinalist in Final Draft Big Break, Slamdance and Script Pipeline. She’s also been selected as Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Second Rounder and the DC Women in Film’s Spotlight on Screenwriters.

Twitter is her wheelhouse and where she co-founded ScriptChat, a screenwriting chat for screenwriters to come together to learn… with no ego.  She also co-founded #WritersStrong, where she inspires screenwriters and novelists to get words on the page.

Beyond writing, Jeanne lectures at conferences and events on effective social media use for authors as well as the importance of facing fears, inspiring people to pursue their dreams. Jeanne is available for individual consultations as a “Screenwriter Therapist” to help writers understand what’s blocking them from achieving success as well as consulting with novelists to understand the complexities of Hollywood and adaptations.

Self-described “writer of things,” Jeanne writes anything from blog posts, articles, novels, short stories, screenplays, and beyond. 
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Bryan Young

Bryan Young 

Bryan Young is a podcaster, journalist, filmmaker, and author. As a journalist, he writes regularly for StarWars.Com, Syfy, /Film, Script Magazine, and HowStuffWorks, among others. He's also the founding editor and former editor-in-chief of the geek news site Big Shiny Robot!  

  As a filmmaker, he's written and directed features, short films, commercials, and any other sort of video you can imagine. Most notably, he produced two award-winning documentary feature films, This Divided State (2005) and Killer at Large (2008), which he also co-wrote. 

  As an author, he's written a plethora of fiction and non-fiction. His first published work was co-scripting the comic book Pirate Club for Slave Labor Graphics and a Gamma Rae story for Image Comics.

  Shortly after that, he self-published his first novel, the bestselling and critically acclaimed comedy Lost at the Con, about a drunken political journalist assigned to cover a sci-fi convention against his will.

  After that, he released three novels with Silence in the Library publishing: the sci-fi pulp adventure Operation Montauk, the sci-fi western The Serpent's Head, and the steampunk tale of World War I The Aeronaut. They also published his non-fiction book A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination.

  He is currently hard at work in the Robotech universe, co-writing the new roleplaying game, which includes two short stories in that universe.

  As a podcaster, he hosts two shows. Full of Sith is one of the highest rated podcasts covering the world of Star Wars in fandom and Fauxthentic History takes the fictional history of our favorite geeky stories and pretends they’re real.

  You can subscribe to his short stories on Patreon.

  He is represented by Lane Heymont at The Tobias Literary Agency.

Bryan Young is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, filmmaker, comics writer, and journalist and has written for StarWars.Com, Syfy, /Film, and many others. He's the co-writer of the upcoming Robotech Roleplaying Game. He’s also the president of the Salt City Genre Writers chapter of the League of Utah Writers and lives in Salt Lake City with his family. You can follow him on twitter @swankmotron or contact him by visiting his website: swankmotron.com.