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Karen Lewis, Executive Director (director@mcwc.org) returns to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference as Director, after having been on the MCWC Board during 2007-2010. Her prose and poetry appear in literary journals like Iron Horse, Instant City and Literary Mama, anthologies, and in children's magazines. She has received multiple awards from the California Arts Council/Artists in Schools program. She served on the board of California Poets in the Schools for 3 years during a strategic organizational transition. Karen believes in the power of literary arts to build community on many levels.

Barbara Lee, Registrar(info@mcwc.org) has been the MCWC Registrar since 2005 after joining the board in 2003. As well as being a writer she worked for the Polaroid Corporation, as a hotel concierge and owned an interior design business.

Henri/etta Bensussen retired in 1999 from Stanford University Press, where she learned the elements of proofreading. Her poems and stories have been published in various journals and anthologies. She joined the board in 2013 and manages the blog. A chapbook of poems, "Earning Colors" was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press.

Susan Bono, is a teacher, writer and freelance editor living in Petaluma, CA, where chickens cackle just outside her office. She edited and published Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative from 1995 until 2014.

Maureen Eppstein has worked as a journalist and for twenty years wrote and edited administrative documents at Stanford University. Her poetry has won many awards including a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. She has published three poetry collections, plus fiction and memoir. She joined MCWC in 2004, was interim co-director in 2005, and executive director from 2010 until 2013. She was also the Acting Executive Director during 2014.

Tony Eppstein is an award winning nature photographer. On moving to Mendocino in 2000 he started a graphics design business. In 2006 he started to administer the MCWC website and to do other graphics work, joining the board in 2008.

Kate Erickson has been a financial consultant since 1985. She is also on the board of the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation and has worked as a volunteer with the Fort Bragg Unified School District. She joined the MCWC board in 2010.

Amie McGee works for Cypress House, independent publishers since 1986, helping writers of all levels journey along their paths. She is the Treasurer for the CWC Writers of the Mendocino Coast and was the editor of their 2014 Anthology, Upwelling.

Ginny Rorby, a retired Pan Am flight attendant, is the author of 4 novels for Young Adults, Dolphin Sky, Hurt Go Happy, which won the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, The Outside of a Horse, and Lost in the River of Grass, a 2012 / 2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominee.

Linda Rosengarten has been involved in non-profit work since 1974 as a board member, program developer, and executive director, and also as a consultant. She moved to the Mendocino Coast in 1981, has held various jobs in the non-profit sector and other posts, including a twelve year stint as a local school board member. Linda owned and operated a local bookshop for several years, selling it in 2010 so that she and her husband can focus on one business between them – Hock Tools, a small independent tool company manufacturing high quality hand tools for woodworkers.

Fran Schwartz was a French teacher and print production director before moving to the Mendocino Coast in 2005. She published a memoir in Woman's World, and writes memoir and creative nonfiction.

Nona Smith has been a social worker, a teacher, and the executive director of a Bay Area business improvement district before moving to Mendocino in 2007. She is an active member of the Mendocino Community Library and the current board president of MCWC. Her memoir, STUFFED, Emptying the Hoarder's Nest was published in April 2014.

Norma Watkins has a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She teaches creative writing at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. Her memoir, The Last Resort, won a gold medal in 2012, for best non-fiction published in the South by an independent press.



MCWC board members put in over 1600 volunteer hours each year to make sure participants have a quality experience.

As well as hosting the summer writers conference, we partner with community service organizations to sponsor writing workshops.


You'll recognize us at the conference by our red staff Tee-shirts.



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