MYRIAM GURBA - MASTER CLASS
Myriam Gurba’s most recent book, Mean, a work that is part true-crime, part ghost story, and part personal history, was a finalist for the 2018 Judy Grahn Award as well as a New York Times editors’ choice. Her first book, Dahlia Season, won the 2008 Edmund White Award. Her personal essays have been published in TIME and The Paris Review and she has written art criticism and historical monographs for KCET. She is too superstitious to share what she is currently working on.
INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS - NOVEL
Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.
SHOBHA RAO - SHORT FICTION
Shobha Rao is the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, and the novel, Girls Burn Brighter. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco, and is currently the 2018 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow at The New School in New York City.
MITALI PERKINS - MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT
Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (Walter Dean Myers Honor Award, nominated for a National Book Award), Rickshaw Girl (New York Public Library's Top 100 books for Children in 100 Years), Bamboo People (American Library Association’s Top Ten Novel for Young Adults) and Tiger Boy (Charlotte Huck Honor Award, South Asia Book Award, Neev Best Young Readers Book Award.) She has been honored as a “Most Engaging Author” by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a “Literary Light for Children” by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the Bay Area with her family. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
JEANNIE VANASCO - MEMOIR
Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Believer, The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, and on NewYorker.com, and her essays have twice been named notable selections in Best American Essays. Her poetry honors include an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. Her second memoir, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl, will be published by Tin House Books in the fall of 2019.
VICTORIA CHANG - POETRY
Victoria Chang’s latest book of poems, OBIT, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her previous, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch’s MFA Program.
ISMAIL MUHAMMAD - NONFICTION
Ismail Muhammad is a novelist and critic based on Oakland, California. His work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, Catapult, Bookforum, The Nation, and other publications.
NINA SADOWSKY - SCREENWRITING
Nina Sadowsky is a screenwriter, film producer, novelist and entertainment lawyer (in recovery). Her first novel, Just Fall, is now in development as an original series for STARZ. Her second novel, The Burial Society, was published in January 2018. She has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations for such companies as The Walt Disney Company, Working Title Films, and Lifetime Television, and serves as adjunct faculty at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts program, teaching both writing and producing.
CHARLOTTE GULLICK - EMERGING WRITERS
Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. In May 2016, she graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her first novel, By Way of Water, was published by Blue Hen Books/Penguin Putnam, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Pembroke, Pithead Chapel, and the LA Review. Her other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.
JANE FRIEDMAN - PUBLISHING BOOTCAMP
Jane Friedman is an established authority on the publishing industry. The co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, Jane is also a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses. Jane has delivered many presentations on the digital era of authorship. She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, and has held positions as a professor of writing, media, and publishing at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia.
ANDREW KARRE, EDITOR
Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers. Over the course of his career, he’s had the pleasure of publishing debut novels by A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater, E. K. Johnston, and many other award-winning authors. Books he’s edited have earned the William C. Morris Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Michael L. Printz and Coretta Scott King Honors, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award. He lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.
DUVALL OSTEEN, AGENT
Duvall Osteen is a literary agent at Aragi Inc., where she’s had the opportunity to work with a long list of distinctive authors, including Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat, Denis Johnson, and Anne Carson. She represents fiction, narrative non-fiction, and graphic novels. Her literary interests include writing rooted in place, especially the South, multigenerational storytelling, music, literary suspense, and humor. Duvall holds a Master of Arts in Southern Cultural Studies from the University of Mississippi.
SUMMER DAWN LAURIE, EDITOR AND BOOKSELLER
Summer Dawn Laurie is a bookseller and editor who began her publishing career in 1997 at Chronicle Books for Children before joining Tricycle Press and working her way up to Senior Editor. She has worked on more than 50 published books across varied genres. Summer is now the children’s specialist for Books Inc; the chair of the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ Association (NCIBA) Children’s Alliance; the producer of children’s and teen programming for Litquake; and a freelance editor.
KERRIE FLANAGAN - PATHS TO PUBLISHING
Kerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, publisher and accomplished freelance writer with over 18 years’ experience. Her new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing, will be released in July of 2018. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications including Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, The Writer’s Market and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She has also self-published seven books under her label, Hot Chocolate Press.
GABRIEL TALLENT - PATHS TO PUBLISHING
Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received a BA from Willamette University with a focus on eighteenth-century literature. After graduation he spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and attended the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference as an Under-25 scholar. His debut novel, My Absolute Darling published in 2017, was hailed as a masterpiece by Stephen King.
NORMA WATKINS - PATHS TO PUBLISHING
Norma Watkins grew up in Mississippi and studied writing with Eudora Welty. Her memoirs, The Last Resort and That Woman from Mississippi tell the story of civil rights struggles and growing up in a time when neither blacks nor women had power. She is professor emerita at Miami Dade College where she held an endowed chair, and teaches creative writing for Mendocino College.