Faculty for 29th Annual Summer Program (July 12-18, 2014)

Keynoter and Sunday Morning Creative Writing Craft Class

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of five books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". It was named on many “Top Non-fiction Books of 2011” lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Esquire magazine. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and he is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

His newest book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013. Learn more about him at www.andredubus.com

Morning Classes>

Morning Fiction Instructor—Tara Ison

Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List (Scribner), A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the "Best Books of Summer" in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013. Her forthcoming books are Reeling Through Life, a collection of essays, and Ball, a short story collection, from Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press..

Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Publisher's Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult movie Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women's Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists' Fellowship Award.

Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert's MFA in Creative Writing program. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University. Learn more about her at www.taraison.com

Morning Poetry Instructor—Chris DeWeese

Chris DeWeese's first book of poetry, The Black Forest, was published in 2012 by Octopus Books. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines including Boston Review, Fence, FIELD, and Tin House. Currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Wright State University, DeWeese has also taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and Smith College. Learn more about him at infiniteowls.blogspot.com

Morning Creative Nonfiction Instructor—Matthew Goodman

Matthew Goodman is the bestselling author of three books of non-fiction: Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World (Ballantine Books, 2013); The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York (Basic Books, 2008); and Jewish Food: The World at Table (HarperCollins, 2005). Matthew’s books have been Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Indie Next “Great Reads,” and Borders Original Voices selections, and a finalist for a Goodreads Choice Award. His book Eighty Days was a New York Times and Indie Bound bestseller, and has been translated into eight languages. His essays, articles, short stories, and reviews have appeared in The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Salon, the Village Voice, the Forward, Bon Appetit, and many other publications, and have been cited for Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Story anthologies. Learn more about Matthew at www.matthewgoodmanbooks.com.

Visiting Agent and Editor

Nathan Roberson has been an editor with the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, for six years. In that time, he has worked on titles across numerous genres, ranging from crime fiction, thrillers, and genre fiction, to memoir, narrative non-fiction and history, to self-help and business. Some notable titles he’s worked on include Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer Prize-winning The Black Count, Paul Collins’ Edgar-nominated Duel With the Devil, The New York Times bestselling memoirs of Condoleezza Rice, Rosalind Wiseman’s bestselling book on modern boyhood Masterminds and Wingmen, the internationally bestselling thrillers of John Verdon, and The New York Times bestselling memoir The Buy Side by Turney Duff. Prior to his arrival at Crown, Nathan worked with the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, HarperCollins, and Kaplan Publishing. He attended New York University, where he studied English and Creative Writing.

Hannah Brown Gordon, Literary Agent at Foundry Literary & Media, represents absorbing and compelling writing, both fiction and nonfiction, and is seeking to represent authors across many genres. She is especially interested in stories and narratives that blend genres, including thriller, suspense, historical, literary, speculative, memoir, pop-science, psychology, humor, and pop culture. She enjoys the creative process of working with writers and collaborating closely with them throughout all stages of their careers. Hannah graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Creative Writing and English Literature and then began her publishing career at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

First Book Speakers—Julie Moore and Mardi Link

NOTE:First Book Speakers are AWW past participants who have gone on to publish book length fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction. They return to share the stories of their journeys and how AWW helped them along their path to creative success and publications.

Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom, her first full-length book of poetry, which was published by WordTech Editions in June 2010, and Election Day, a chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press in 2006. Her poetry has also been published in several anthologies and many literary publications. Learn more about her at www.juliemoore.com

Mardi Link's first book, When Evil Came to Good Hart, was published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press and spent four months on the Heartland Bestseller List. Her second book, Isadore's Secret, was published in 2009 also by the University of Michigan Press, and chronicles the mysterious disappearance of a Felician nun from her convent in 1907. It was named a Michigan Notable Book, a Great Lakes Great Read, and also spent several months on the Heartland Bestseller List. Her most recent book is a memoir, Bootstrapper, published by Knopf. Learn more about her at www.mardilink.com

Afternoon Seminars

Afternoon Fiction Seminar (Novel Length)—Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron made a splash writing suspense with Never Tell a Lie published by HarperCollins in 2009. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” USA Today: “You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.” It was nominated for multiple awards, including the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was adapted for film as And Baby Will Fall for the Lifetime Movie Network. Her newest book is There Was an Old Woman published by William Morrow and recently nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award for Suspense from the Mystery Writers of America. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style (Writers Digest Books) received rave reviews and was the first how-to-write book nominated for the Edgar Award.Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Afternoon Fiction Seminar (Novel Length)—Katrina Kittle

Katrina is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals, all with HarperPerennial. The Kindness of Strangers was a BookSense pick and the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Early chapters from that novel earned her grants from both the Ohio Arts Council and Culture Works. The Blessings of the Animals was an Indie Next pick (August 2010), a Midwest Connections pick (September 2010), and chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of ten Great Group Reads for National Book Group Month (October 2010). She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville. Katrina’s first tween novel, Reasons to Be Happy, was published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in October 2011. Learn more about Katrina at www.katrinakittle.com

Afternoon Fiction Seminar--Short Fiction Focus—Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections—The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You and Other Stories—both published by The University of Nebraska Press. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, The Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. She had held fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, UCross, and The Vermont Studio Center. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Wright State University and serves on the Antioch Writers' Workshop Board of Directors.

Afternoon Poetry Seminar—Marly Youmans

Marly Youmans is the author of five novels: LITTLE JORDAN (David R. Godine, Publisher, 1995); CATHERWOOD (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996); THE WOLF PIT (FSG, 2001, The Michael Shaara Award); and VAL/ORSON (UK: P. S. Publishing, 2009); and A DEATH AT THE WHITE CAMELLIA ORPHANAGE (Mercer University Press, 2012, The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction.) In addition, she has published two Appalachian fantasies for young adults, THE CURSE OF THE RAVEN MOCKER (FSG, 2003) and INGLEDOVE (FSG, 2005). Her poetry collections are: THALIAD, an epic adventure in verse from Phoenicia Publishing of Montreal, 2012; THE FOLIATE HEAD, from Stanza Press (UK, 2012); THE THRONE OF PSYCHE (Mercer University Press, 2011); and CLAIRE( Louisiana State University, 2003). She also has several novels due out in the near future: GLIMMERGLASS and MAZE OF BLOOD from Mercer. A reprint of CATHERWOOD will appear soon as well. She is a native of the Carolinas currently living in a snowbank in Cooperstown, New York with her husband and three children. Learn more about Marly at thepalaceat2.blogspot.com

Afternoon Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Seminar Instructor—Eileen Cronin

Eileen Cronin grew up in Cincinnati during the 1960s and 70s, when television was still new and children used their imaginations to create games, plays, and other entertainment. Her family, with its eleven athletic and engaging kids, lived in a neighborhood packed with other Catholic families. As Eileen was a middle child, she learned quickly that she needed to compete for a place in the crowd. This task was complicated by the fact that she was born, inexplicably, with legs that ended at about the knee. Eileen found her place among friends in an all-girl Catholic high school with whom she enjoyed parties, dating, and inventing pranks. Her favorite memories include skinny dipping on summer nights with girlfriends and imagining herself an elusive mermaid. Through poetry and short story writing, Eileen found her voice. Eileen's fiction has been published in literary magazines; she's won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s competition and the Washington Writing Prize in short fiction. Her essays have also been published in literary journals, and one of her personal essays was published as a notable essay in Best American Essays. Her debut memoir, Mermaid, about her struggles through “the eyes of a mermaid,” was published in 2014 by W.W. Norton & Co. to great acclaim, and was listed in the February issue of Oprah's "O" magazine as one of "10 titles to pick up now." Learn more about Eileen at http://www.eileencronin.com/

Getting Started with Fiction or Creative Nonfiction (No Manuscript Required) Instructor—Gayle Brandeis

Gayle is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt). She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011. Gayle's poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon.com, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award. Gayle holds a BA in “Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation and Healing” from the University of Redlands, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University. Learn more about Gayle at www.gaylebrandeis.com

Young Writers Program—Mike Mullin

Mike is the author of the acclaimed Young Adult novel Ashfall, named as a top Y.A. novel of 2011 by NPR and Kirkus reviews and Ashen Winter. Learn more about his novels at www.ashfallbook.com. During high school, Mike Mullin served as a Congressional Page for the Honorable Andy Jacobs, Jr. and later spent a year in Brazil as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. He paid his way through college working full-time for Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, graduating in three and a half years with a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin American Studies and Economics. He spent two years computerizing Kids Ink’s operations and opening a new store, then returned to school to earn a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. While studying for his Masters, Mike worked as a reference assistant for the IU library.

After graduation, Mike worked in brand management for Procter and Gamble, marketing Pampers diapers. Later, he moved to Spectrum Brands, where he founded the Terminate brand. After Spectrum, Mike launched his own remodeling company. In addition, he has continued to work for Kids Ink as a consultant and part-time helper during his various other careers.

Mike wrote his first novel in elementary school and has been writing more or less non-stop ever since. Ashfall is his first published novel. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats.

Saturday Seminar Instructors

Morning Session for All Attendees on Getting Inspired, Setting Goals and Staying Motivated, led by Gayle Brandeis

Gayle is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt). She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011. Gayle's poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon.com, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award. Gayle holds a BA in “Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation and Healing” from the University of Redlands, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University. Learn more about Gayle at www.gaylebrandeis.com

Leaders of Afternoon Breakout Sessions, "Conversations with Writers on Lessons Learned."

Wendy Hart Beckman—focus on nonfiction freelancing and writing for regional presses: Wendy's seventh book, "Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati," was published in May 2014. She has published nearly 300 articles in print and online publications, and has received a baker’s dozen of awards for her writing, editing and desktop publishing. Her articles have been published in Writer’s Digest, Cincinnati Magazine, M.D. News Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a history of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing, due out this fall, and is completing her first novel.
Beckman’s bachelor’s degrees are in geology and natural science/technical communications from Virginia Tech and the University of Cincinnati, respectively. She has a master’s degree in English—with a concentration in editing and publishing—and a graduate certificate in professional writing from UC.

Grace Curtis—focus on poetry: Grace Curtis’ chapbook, "The Surly Bonds of Earth" was selected by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Stephen Dunn as the 2010 winner of the Lettre Sauvage chapbook contest. Her book, "The Shape of a Box" will be published in 2014 by Dos Madres Press. Grace has had prose and poetry in such journals as The Chaffin Journal, Red River Review, The Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, Scythe, Clockwise Cat, Dark Lady Poetry, Phoebe Journal and others. She works for The Antioch Review. Her blog is www.N2Poetry.com.

Tim Waggoner—focus on science fiction/fantasy/horror: Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggoner.com.

Cyndi Pauwels—focus on mystery: Cyndi’s short fiction has appeared in Mock Turtle ‘zine, Over My Dead Body!, The View from Here (UK), and other journals. She has published a non-fiction book, Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History (2008), and two anthologized personal essays through Sugati Publications’ Reflections from Women series. When she’s not immersed in writing her next novel, Cyndi is an adjunct at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, teaching freshman composition. Her debut novel Forty & Out will be released in September by Deadly Writes Publishing.

Kristina McBride—focus on Young Adult fiction: Kristina McBride is a former English teacher and yearbook advisor. She has published two novels for young adults - "The Tension of Opposites" (May 2010) and "One Moment" (June 2012). Her third novel for young adults, "A Million Times Goodnight," will be released in the fall of 2015. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at http://www.kristinamcbride.com

Leslie Pearce Keating—focus on self-publishing and column writing: Leslie Pearce-Keating is a writing professor at Ohio State University and a fourteen-year columnist for The Daily Record of Wooster, where she has written over 750 weekly columns. Leslie has also written features for AKC Gazette and AKC Family, the latter winning a prestigious Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers of America. This past fall, Leslie self-published a memoir called Hannah’s Memory Box about her therapy dog that helped her through the death of her father and her daughter’s struggle with Lyme disease.