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Presenter Biography

Lisa Abellera

Lisa Abellera

Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She earned her BA in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco.

She is looking upmarket and literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, literary horror, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy, romance if an element or part of another genre, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, young adult and middle grade. Lisa is especially seeking stories by #ownvoices authors, marginalized creators, and writers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays, nor does she represent self-published or previously published books.

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most recently Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin) and the poetry collection Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, The Sun, and numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors. She offers poetry workshops privately in Oakland and online.

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold

M. R. Arnold holds degrees in science, professional writing, journalism and communication. While a master’s student at the the University of Missouri school of Journalism during the mid 80s, a fascination with literary non-fiction led to using the techniques of Wolfe, Capote’ and Thompson in feature assignments which led to selection as one of the top ten student science writers in the nation, and publication of non-fiction in several magazines.

Electing to study for a Ph.D. at the same university Timothy Leary attended, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa provided a wonderful chance to learn as much about research and the effects of communication as it taught about the human condition.

After more than a decade of teaching feature writing at the college and university level, the lure of writing fiction prompted early retirement. Today, once a month critiques for a west coast writing club, NightWriters in San Luis Obispo offers a way to give back to the local writing community. Twice recognized by Writers of the Future for novella length science fiction gave the confidence to begin this book. Monster, the story a Mary Shelley’s early life represents five years of applying the skills of research, magazine feature story journalism and fiction writing.

Often citing that the best ideas occur during daily beach walks makes living on California’s Central Coast a valued aspect of life.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author and of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of  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.  Her next book, These Many Rooms, will be published by Four Way Books in January 2019.

She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have appeared in reviews such as The Washington Post, Georgia Review,  Ploughshares, AGNI,  Askew, Miramar, and many others. Garrison Keillor read four of her poems on NPR’s The Writers’ Almanach, and her poems have also been widely anthologized.

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 poetry at Emerson College, at the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College, and at many conferences such as The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA,  the Frost Place Poetry Festival in New-Hampshire, and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Florida.  

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.

Joshua Corin

Joshua Corin

Joshua Corin writes novels for Random House (most recently Forgive Me) and comic books for Marvel (most recently Spider-Man/Deadpool). He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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

Author Eldonna Edwards’ best-selling memoir LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION chronicles a life-changing decision to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. Her new novel THIS I KNOW recently debuted to rave reviews. Eldonna 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.

A born communicator, Eldonna's warm engaging personality and uplifting style consistently win over the hearts and minds of attendees. Whether it’s writing, 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 traditionally-published author of memoir and fiction, she’s dedicated to helping others learn from her experience and benefit from her successes.

Kate Gale

Kate Gale

Dr. KATE GALE is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review, and she teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction and in the Ashland MFA Program.

She is author of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and Echo Light from Red Mountain in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.

Carly Gelsinger

Carly Gelsinger

Carly Gelsinger grew up in the wild mountains and rivers of Northern California. Today, she teaches memoir writing in Gilroy and runs a small editing business. Her first book, Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith, comes out October 16, 2018.

Rachael Herron

Rachael Herron

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novels The Ones Who Matter Most (named a 2016 Editor’s Pick by Library Journal), Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon (all from Penguin), the Darling Bay and the Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland and she teaches writing in the extension programs at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She’s proud to be a New Zealander as well as a US citizen, though her Kiwi accent only comes out when she’s very tired. She’s honored to be a member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board. 

 Donald H. Hewitt

Donald H. Hewitt

 I am a working screenwriter and WGA member with 17 years of industry experience. I am also a Certified Life Coach. I am currently writing a mini-series based on a classic novel starring and produced by Sir Ben Kingsley. I have also written extensively in the feature world including credits on Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. I have also had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry, such as: John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, David Heyman, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Over the last eight years, I have also been a passionate screenwriting instructor using my extensive experience to guide students to success. Over the last 3 years at least one of my students has finished in the top 3 in the UCLAex screenwriting competition, including last year's winner Johan Ingler, who's script Frankie & Chair is now in production. My screenwriting class has been rated the "Best in LA" by LA Weekly.

Brendan Kelso

Brendan Kelso

BRENDAN P. KELSO writes and teaches his books full time. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and engineering, he used these skills to help the Shakespeare for Kids series sell over 30,000 books since it’s inception. He is now a full-time author, teacher, and mentor around marketing and teaching Shakespeare to kids. He 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 around California. Brendan loves to spend time with his family, Edgar the pig, Pat the cat, 2 goats, 2 ducks, 5 chickens (#’s 9-13), 3 dogs, and a fish named Monster.

 Janice Konstantinidis

Janice Konstantinidis

Janice Konstantinidis lives in Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California. She enjoys writing poetry, memoir and short fiction. Born in Tasmania, Australia, Janice immigrated to the USA in 2005. She draws inspiration from nature and a deep regard and sense of the transience of life. Janice has had her poems published in several literary magazines in the USA.  She finds great joy and comfort in writing poetry.

Her memoir is a work in progress. The basis of this memoir is Janice’s early life as an incarcerated child, who was forced to work in the Catholic system of Magdalene Laundries in Australia. Janice’s Wikipedia page illustrates the complexities of her life as a “Forgotten Australian.” Janice been featured as a guest writer for the Australian National Museum on several occasions.

Other writing may be seen at the Australian National Library. Janice was asked to contribute to a project undertaken by the Australian National Library. Janice’s account of her incarceration was published in the Australian Catholic Historical Society Journal in 2009.

Janice is currently writing a book of limericks. She has a lively sense of humor and is often mischievously guilty of writing several limericks a day. Her poetry, often lyrical, often asks the reader to look deeply into the beauty of nature.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts   - University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Letters - Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education – University of Canberra.

Janice is currently the president of SLO NightWriters, the premier writing organization on the Central Coast of California.

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.

 TJ Mackay

TJ Mackay

Tj Mackay is the Founder and Publisher of InD’tale magazine, the publishing industry’s most trusted publication for independent and small published authors and readers. InD’tale’s premier status was built on the high quality and professional yet personal interest Ms. Mackay is known and famous for.

After carrying a double major in both English and music, TJ started her career as an award winning free- lance journalist. Her warm yet educational articles soon drew the attention of one of the publishing industry’s largest review magazine’s where she was recruited as a professional book reviewer and later promoted to the position of Special Features editor. In that capacity, Ms. Mackay carried the responsibility of interviewing many of the industry’s most influential executives and authors.

While in that position, TJ also realized the extreme need for authors, who do not necessarily fit the “traditional” mold but who exhibit great talent, to find an avenue for success. Thus, the idea for InD’tale magazine was born. In May 2012, after more hard work than she thought possible and more love and support than she ever imagined, InD’tale’s flagship issue was published. Since that time, InD’tale magazine has become a worldwide publication helping tens of thousands of readers discover their favorite books and learn more about the art of writing.

Along with that first issue, TJ and InD’tale launched the first ever awards strictly focussing on the Indie and small published world. Now dubbed, “The Oscars of Indie”, the RONE awards are not only the most prestigious award in the Indie industry but are also the most comprehensive awards in all of publishing today.

In 2015, TJ also launches the first ever InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival sponsored by InD’tale magazine. Held in the fall of each year, InD’Scribe Con focuses on helping, supporting and nurturing authors at any stage of their career while allowing readers the rare opportunity to not only see but actually interact and hang out with their favorite authors.

With all this on her plate, TJ also loves to teach! Her love of people comes through loud and clear in any class or workshop she gives, making her a popular and much sought after speaker. Her training, as well as her vast personal experience working with the greats in the publishing industry allows for a very unique and refreshing take on the writing experience!

Paula Margulies

Paula Margulies

Paula Margulies is an author and the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her fiction and nonfiction, including her book publicity handbook, The Tao of Book Publicity: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Promotion, her debut novel, Coyote Heart, her historical novel, Favorite Daughter, Part One, and her short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. Margulies is a contributor to Author Magazine, the San Diego Examiner, and The Feisty Writer and has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Margulies resides in San Diego, California.

Taylor Martindale Kean

Taylor Martindale Kean

Taylor Martindale Kean is an agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring young adult and middle grade fiction. She is particularly interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices, stories that stay with you, and diverse characters and authors. More than anything, Taylor is looking for character-driven stories that bring the world vividly to life and voices with impact, regardless of genre or category. Her clients include Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Aisha Saeed, and more.

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction. Laurie is also the Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its sixteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: JoyrideBooks.com for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015). Find out more on Twitter.

John Mulhall

John Mulhall

John Mulhall is an award-winning video and event producer, a confirmed geek, and a practicing storyteller. His debut novel, Geddy’s Moon, was published by Blanket Fort Books in February of 2013. It was a #1 horror best seller on Amazon.com and was also named one of the best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. His follow-up novel, Dark and Broken Things, was released in late 2014 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. John is in the process of releasing two new collections of poetry, and is currently at work on two new novels and several short stories. He lives in Newbury Park, California.

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them.  She has visited wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France.  She pairs each chapter with a wine in her Sommelier Mystery Series and her debut novel, Decanting a Murder, was nominated for the Anthony, Lefty, and Agatha Awards. Her second book, Uncorking a Lie, was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, nominated for an Anthony Award, and awarded a Silver Medal IPPY. Her third novel, Pairing a Deception, released in May 2018.

Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California and is the vice-president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Mark Noce

Mark Noce

MARK NOCE writes historical fiction with a passion. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been an avid traveler and backpacker. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. He also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he's probably listening to U2, sailing his dad's boat, or gardening with his family.

His historical Queen Branwen series, BETWEEN TWO FIRES and DARK WINDS RISING, are both available wherever books are sold (via St. Martin’s Press).

Chantelle Aimee Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the Editor of New Wave Crime at Down & Out Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she is the co-host of the Crime Friction podcast as well 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 Guide To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction and served as editor for several anthologies. She is currently editing an episodic thriller, Serial Killer, featuring a variety of authors including Jeffery Deaver, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr and herself. Find her on Twitter.

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson cut his teeth writing movies like DIE HARD 2, BAD BOYS, and HOSTAGE. Between film and TV projects he pens novels, chiefly his Lucky Dey Thriller series.

Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson

Karen’s first book, Harvesting the American Dream: A Novel Based on the Life of Ernest Gallo was published in 2017 as part of the Mentoris Project. She is currently writing a novel based on the life of Congressman Peter Rodino while managing production and distribution for the Mentoris Project. She lives in Southern California with her husband, writer Doug Richardson, their children, and three mutts.

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan E. Rosenfeld is author of five books on writing and three novels. Her latest, Writing the Page Turner, is due out from Writer’s Digest Books in 2019. Others include: Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and the bestselling Make a Scene, recently revised and expanded. Jordan’s freelance work has been published in such places as: The Atlantic, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Salon.com, Scientific American, The Washington Post and many more. Find her on Twitter.

 

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Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz is an instructor in the Cal Poly Storytellers and Bestsellers writer's program and former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. In 2009, he launched 50 Interviews and later adapted his publishing company to provide a full range of consulting, publishing, and marketing services to authors & publishers. Brian is the Founder/CEO of SelfPublish.org and has developed software for authors. He is the author of two books, was featured in Wild Ink: Successful Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market (Prufrock Press), and his YouTube channel has received more than 100,000 views.

Dakota Shane

Dakota Shane

Dakota Shane is a columnist for Inc. Magazine and the co-founder of Arctiphi, a social media agency based in Los Angeles that does more to empower their clients and community. Dakota has spoken at marketing and writing conferences all around the United States and Canada on content marketing topics. In 2017, he was the No. 2 writer on Medium.com for social media, alongside Gary Vaynerchuk. His work has been read by over 1.5 million people around the globe, and recognized by industry leaders. Through his writing, Dakota strives to inspire his readers, clients, and associates to reap all the benefits social media and content marketing has to offer them.

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 holds an MFA from Purdue University and is author of Beauty like a Rope and Art of Letting Go. Her writing is published in Apersus Quartery, Oxford American, Indiana Review, Verse Daily, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal, and Teach.Yoga. She is a certified 500hr yoga teacher, studying with Tias Little and Noah Mazé. When she is 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.

 Michael Stackpole

Michael Stackpole

 Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning novelist, editor, screenwriter, graphic novelist, game designer, computer game designer and podcaster. The author of over fifty published novels, he’s best known for his New York Times bestselling novels I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He has written many tie-in novels, as well as original novels, and has both published traditionally and self-published. 

Michael Tabb

Michael Tabb

 Michael Tabb is a working screenwriter, decade-long current and active member of the WGA (the Writers Guild of America, West is the Hollywood screenwriters’ union), a multiple-award-winning screenwriting educator, and author of a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay. His new book, Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide To Generating Stories, explains the secret of how he develops great, cohesive script ideas.

He has been paid to write feature films in almost every genre imaginable, including: action, comedy, drama, psychological thriller, crime/heist, science-fiction/fantasy, musical, swashbuckler, western, sword and sandal, war epic, children’s animation, and horror. Michael has been asked to adapt many different types of products into feature film screenplays, including: toys, novels, comics, plays, short stories, classic literature, and self-published manuscripts. These include the works of Robert E. Howard, William Shakespeare, Homer, and comic-book icon Stan Lee.

Michael most recently wrote two screenplays for Universal Studios and is rewriting one for Mystery Road Films. His latest collaboration has been developing a new one-hour television pilot with Producer Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, Tombstone, Syfy’s new series The Expanse), fellow writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, The Huntsman films, and Disney’s 2018 Academy-Award-nominated film, Beauty & The Beast), and Director Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, TV’s Flash and Green Arrow), taking his first steps into television.

He has developed feature film projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, Mandeville Entertainment, Intrepid Pictures, Paradox Studios, Producers Lawrence Bender, Branko Lustig, Paul Schiff, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh, Director Mike Newell, and actor/producer Dustin Hoffman.  He also served as a reader and script analyst for Alcon Entertainment for three years after college.

To give back to his fellow writers, Michael serves on the WGA’s Writer’s Education Committee, formally served on the New Members’ Committee, co-created the screenwriter’s union’s first ever Mentor Program, and has assisted the Writers’ Guild Foundation Community Outreach Program by guest instructing on his craft to underprivileged youths in the Los Angeles area. He has lectured on screenwriting at The Screenwriters World Conference, east and west coast writer conferences, Florida State University, UCLA, and USC, invited by friends, instructors, and associates. He is a multiple-award-winning, graduate-level, online professor of screenwriting at Full Sail University. Michael has spoken on and moderated web-casts and industry panels for San Diego’s Comic-Con International, local Los Angeles film festivals, film schools including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Writers’ Guild of America, West.

He takes great pride in his mentorship of bright writers of all ages. In fact, it's for them he originated the column in Ingénue Magazine about the business of screenwriting entitled “Script Notes,” which was picked up by Script Magazine (a subsidiary of Writers Digest). These columns served as the foundation for his book, now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. One of the top film industry and educational publishers in the world, UK’s Taylor and Francis/Routledge Publishing’s cinematic arts division, Focal Press, recently released his book, Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide To Generating Stories.

Michael was a co-founder of the scripted web-series site made for Hollywood professionals, especially WGAW members, www.strike.tv.  His education includes two years as a USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Film and Television, professional screenwriting program.

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.

Jeanette Trompeter

Jeanette Trompeter

 Jeanette Trompeter has been telling stories for decades as a television journalist.    She started her career right here in San Luis Obispo at KSBY-TV, the NBC affiliate serving the Central and South Coast.     From here, Jeanette went on to the CBS stations in Des Moines, Iowa and Minneapolis, Minnesota.   She has earned multiple Emmy awards for her writing we well as a couple of Edward R. Murrow awards and various honors by the Associated Press and National Association of Broadcasters.     

Jeanette returned to the Central Coast in 2010 to finish out her television news career, leaving KSBY two years ago to pursue a “second chapter”.    Today, Jeanette is using her writing skills to help clients zero in on their best stories as a business consultant focusing on marketing and public relations.   As a life-coach, she helps individuals identify the often inaccurate stories they tell themselves that keep them stuck.   Change the story, change your life.

She’s here this year as a moderator and a participant of the symposium, as Jeanette is also a freelance writer who dreams of writing a great book herself one day!

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette 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 book, Slavery 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. Follow her on Twitter.