Faculty for 33rd Annual Summer Workshop (July 14-20, 2018)
Connie Schultz - Keynoter and Sunday Morning Craft Class Instructor
Featuring Keynoter and Sunday Morning Craft Class Instructor, Connie Schultz.Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University's school of journalism. She is the author of two books, including "...and His Lovely Wife," which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. Connie was named the recipient of the 2018 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. To find out more about Connie Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at http://www.creators.com/read/connie-schultz
Sophfronia Scott - Morning Fiction Instructor Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She began her career as an award-winning journalist for Time and People magazines. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004, Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards, and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books, and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, from Paraclete Press.
Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Sophfronia teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Her website and blog are at www.Sophfronia.com
Lynn Powell - Morning Poetry Instructor Lynn Powell’s new book of poems, Season of the Second Thought, won the 2017 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. She has published two previous collections of poetry: Old & New Testaments (winner of The Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award) and The Zones of Paradise. Her nonfiction book Framing Innocence won the Studs & Ida Terkel Award from The New Press in 2010. Her poems have been published in many journals, including Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and Shenandoah, and anthologized in 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day and The Norton Introduction to Literature. Powell has been awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a four-time recipient of Individual Artist Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council (three in poetry and one in nonfiction). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program of Oberlin College, where she is also the Director of Oberlin WITS (Writers-in-the-Schools). She is a native of East Tennessee. https://www.oberlin.edu/lynn-powell
Joe Mackall - Morning Creative Nonfiction Instructor Joe Mackall is the co-founder and -editor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrativeand of the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Prize in partnership with the University of New Mexico Press. He’s the author of the Book-of- the-Month Club selection Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish, which was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and of the memoir The Last Street Before Cleveland. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Brevity, The Washington Post, and on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He’s on the editorial board of the journal Assay and directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Ashland University. He’s currently working on the memoir Grandparents in Paradise: Life in the Face of the Fall.
David B. Coe - Afternoon Fiction Seminar Instructor
David B. Coe, who also writes as D.B. Jackson, is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. His newest project, a contemporary urban fantasy called the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, is being published by Baen Books. All three books, SPELL BLIND, HIS FATHER’S EYES, and SHADOW’S BLADE, are now out and available in a variety of formats. Writing as D.B. Jackson, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. THIEFTAKER, THIEVES’ QUARRY, A PLUNDER OF SOULS, and, DEAD MAN’S REACH have been released, and are available in hardcover, ebook, audio book, and, in the cases of the first three volumes, paperback. Learn more about his work at www.davidbcoe.com
Megan Hart - Afternoon Fiction Seminar Instructor
Megan is the USA Today and New York Times' best-selling author of mainstream ("All Fall Down"), romance ("All The Secrets We Keep"), and speculative fiction ("Beneath The Veil"). In these genres, she has thirty-four published novels to her credit, as well as numerous short stories. Learn more about Megan's many novels and stories at her website, www.meganhart.com
Joe Oestreich - Afternoon Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Instructor
Joe is the author of four books of creative nonfiction: WAITING TO DERAIL (co-written with Thomas O’Keefe, forthcoming 2018), PARTISANS (2017), LINES OF SCRIMMAGE (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and HITLESS WONDER (2012). His essays have appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, and many other magazines and journals. Four of his pieces have been cited as notable essays in the Best American series, and he’s received special mention twice in the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where he chairs the English Department. When not writing or teaching, he can be found playing bass and singing in the Columbus, Ohio-based band Watershed. Learn more at https://joeoestreich.com/
Doug Sutton-Ramspeck (writing under the name Doug Ramspeck) is the author of six collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. His most recent book of poems, Black Flowers, will be published by LSU Press in the summer of 2018. Other recent books include The Owl That Carries Us Away (2017), winner of the 2016 G. S. Sharat Chanda Prize for Short Fiction, and Original Bodies (2014), selected for the 2013 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and published by Southern Indiana Review Press. He is also the author of Mechanical Fireflies (2011), which was selected by Mary Ruefle for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Book Prize, Possum Nocturne (2010) and Black Tupelo Country (2008), which received the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. His chapbook Where We Come From appeared in 2009. His poems and short stories have been published by literary journals that include The Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review. He is a two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Co-editor with Erika Schnepp of the online literary journal Asterism, Sutton-Ramspeck works with student interns to produce a yearly showcase of poetry and fiction by undergraduates across the United States and beyond.
Rebecca Morean is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and screenwriter. Her novels include The Bench, We’ve Got This, (both romance) In the Dead of Winter (mystery), and Azimuths (literary). She writes under her own name as well as the pen names Abbey Pen Baker and R.A. Morean. She has appeared on radio and television and served as president of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. She is both self-published and traditionally published by St. Martin’s Press, Avignon Press, and Escape Publishing (Harlequin). Learn more about Rebecca and her work at http://www.ramorean.com/
Chris Tebbetts - Afternoon Young Writers Seminar Instructor Chris is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series, as well as PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, with James Patterson and illustrator Laura Park; the New York Times bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst; the young adult novel M OR F? with Lisa Papademetriou; and THE VIKING series. His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. He is a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio and currently lives in Hinesburg, Vermont. Learn more about Chris at www.christebbetts.com
T. J. Turner - First Book Speaker T.J. works in the aerospace industry and is a history buff. He is also the president of the workshop's Board of Directors. His first novel, Lincoln's Bodyguard, cleverly re-imagines history (what if President Lincoln had survived the assassination attempt...) The novel was published April of 2015 by Oceanview Publishing, and the sequel, Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard has just been released.Learn more about T.J. at http://www.tjturnerauthor.com/
Visiting Agent - Elizabeth Kracht Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries, historical, and crossover YA. In nonfiction, she is interested in high concept, health, science, environment, prescriptive, investigative, true crime, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, sexuality, spirituality, and animal/pet stories. Learn more about the Kimberley Cameron & Associates agency at http://kimberleycameron.com/
Visiting Editor - Scott Douglass
Saturday Seminar (July 14) Instructors
Ellen Birkett Morris--Morning Instructor: "Paths to Publishing"
Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of SURRENDER (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Thin Air Magazine,The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Alimented, Gastronomica, and Inscape. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Rita Dove Poetry Prize.
Her fiction is forthcoming on Great Jones Street and Lunch Ticket and had appeared in Shenandoah, Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, Sliver of Stone, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Upstreet, among other journals. She is the 2015 winner of the Bevel Summers Prize for her story “May Apples.” Her story “The Cycle of Life and Other Incidentals” was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Press Family Matters short story competition. Morris’s play, Fool Me Once, appeared in Plays, The Drama Magazine for Young People. Her ten-minute play, Lost Girls, was a finalist for the 2008 Headman Award given by Actors Theatre. Lost Girls received a staged reading at Cincinnati’s Arnoff Center.
Morris teaches creative writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, www.DrKoop.com, and www.womensenews.org.
Her essays can be found in trade paperback books including NESTING: It’s A CHICK THING, THE WRITING GROUP BOOK, THE GIRLS’ BOOK of LOVE, THE GIRLS’ BOOK of FRIENDSHIP, in journals The Butter, The Fem and South Loop Review and on public radio.
Her interviews and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Reading Ireland, (Louisville) Courier Journal, Best New Fiction and Authorlink.com.
Morris has an MFA from the Queens University-Charlotte low residency program.
She has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship for her fiction given by the Kentucky Arts Council.