Lori Rader-Day - Morning Fiction Instructor Lori Rader-Day, author of The Day I Died (forthcoming 2017), The Black Hour, and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and is the president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Learn more about Lori at www.loriraderday.com
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Kathy Fagan - Morning Poetry Instructor Kathy Fagan’s latest collection is Lip (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2009); her new book, Sycamore, is scheduled to appear with Milkweed Editions in March 2017. She is also the author of the National Poetry Series selection The Raft (Dutton, 1985), the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (Univ of North Texas, 1999), and The Charm (Zoo, 2002). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, FIELD, Narrative, The New Republic, and Poetry, among other literary magazines, and is widely anthologized. Fagan is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Frost Place, Ohioana, and the Ohio Arts Council. The Director of Creative Writing and the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, she is currently Professor of English, Poetry Editor of OSU Press, and Advisor to The Journal. Learn more about Kathy at www.kathyfagan.net
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Matthew Goodman - Morning Creative Nonfiction Instructor Matthew Goodman is the New York Times-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 many 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
Tim Waggoner - Afternoon Fiction Seminar Instructor
Tim Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer's pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. Overall, he has published close to thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and formerly taught in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal. Learn more at www.timwaggoner.com
Crystal is the author of Blackberries, Blackberries , winner of the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and Water Street , a finalist for both the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her third book, a novel, The Birds of Opulence was released in March 2016 by University of Kentucky Press. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the recent winner of the 2008 Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage Magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the promotion of activism and feminist artist expression. Crystal served on the creative writing faculty for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts from 1997-2001. She was also a featured writer/teacher on the documentary "Coal Black Voices" (2001), "GED Connections" (2001) and “James Still’s Legacy” (2003) film series produced by PBS Kentucky Educational Television. Recently named Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College where she teaches writing and literature, she is also a faculty member in the brief residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. She and her partner artist & poet Ron Davis, own The Wild Fig Bookstore in Lexington, KY. Learn more at www.crystalwilkinson.net
Susan Pohlman - Afternoon Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Instructor
Halfway to Each Other is her first book and winner of the Relationships category and runner-up in the Memoir category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards. She is presently working on a second memoir, A Time To Seek. She has written six short films. The Misadventures of Matilda Mench won best screenplay in the 2010 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project and the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best Independent Fiction Short. The Pen won best screenplay in the 2011 Baltimore 48. Learn more about Susan at www.susanpohlman.com
Julie L. Moore - Afternoon Poetry Seminar Instructor
Julie L. Moore is the author of three books of poetry: Particular Scandals, published in The Poiema Poetry Series by Cascade Books in 2013; Slipping Out of Bloom, published by WordTech Editions in 2010; and Election Day, a chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press in 2006. Her poetry has also been published in several anthologies, including Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio from Ohio University Press (ed. Neil Carpathios), Becoming: What Makes a Woman from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Gender Programs (ed. Jill McCabe Johnson), and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting from City Works Press (eds. Alys Masek and Kelly Mayhew). Learn more about Julie at https://julielmoore.com/
Jamey Dunham is the author of The Bible of Lost Pets (Salt Modern Poets) and co-author of An Introduction to the Prose Poem. He is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.
Kristina McBride - Afternoon Young Writers Seminar Instructor Kristina is the author of the young adult novels The Tension of Opposites and One Moment and most recently, A Million Times Goodnight. Her next novel is scheduled for publication, The Bakersville Dozen (Summer 2017). Kristina is an adjunct instructor of creative writing at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University. She also does manuscript consulting through The Write Sisters (www.writesistersconsulting.com) and frequently presents at book festivals and writing workshops. Learn more about Kristina at www.kristinamcbride.com
Janet Irvin - First Book Speaker Janet Irvin’s novel DARK END OF THE RAINBOW won the Jeremiah Healey Mystery Fiction Contest at the Key West Mystery Writers Fest. Sandra Balzo, author and fiancé of the late Jerry Healey, made the announcement on August 15, 2015 during the conference. The award includes a bobblehead of Healey, an expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Fest and a publishing contract with http://AbsolutelyAmazingEbooks.com. Learn more about Janet, who writes as J.E. Irvin, at janetirvin.wordpress.com
Visiting Agent - Kari Sutherland Kari Sutherland joined the Bradford Literary Agency in 2017 after a decade of experience in publishing from the editorial side. Previously a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, she has worked with bestselling and critically acclaimed authors on projects such as the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. With her editorial insight and experience with the entire publishing process, Kari is passionate about helping to polish each manuscript and equip her clients for success.
Open to genres from picture books through adult, Kari is most interested in finding stories full of heart; ones that carry readers to faraway places or deep into a character’s mind; action-packed page-turners that surprise her; dark dramas with touches of humor; and, above all, a voice that leaps off the page. She is actively seeking diverse voices across all genres.
Kari is not seeking: horror, romance, erotica, memoir, cookbooks, business, spiritual/religious, poetry, or screenplays.
Visiting Editor - Kevin Morgan Watson
Kevin Morgan Watson founded Press 53 in October 2005 and serves as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief with a special focus on Short Fiction and Poetry. As a publisher, he has worked with writers ranging from first-time published authors to winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He has earned awards in both short fiction and poetry, but no longer writes for publication. Kevin also serves as an advisor for student adaptation of short stories to screenplays with the screenwriting faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more at www.press53.com
Jessica Strawser--Morning Instructor: "10 Best Writing Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Interviewing Bestsellers"
By day, Jessica Strawser is the editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication for aspiring and working writers since 1920. By night, she is a fiction writer with a debut novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU, forthcoming in March 2017 from St. Martin’s Press and another stand-alone novel to follow in 2018. And by the minute, she is a proud wife and mom to two super sweet and super young kids in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Her diverse career in the publishing industry spans more than 15 years and includes stints in book editing, marketing and public relations, and freelance writing and editing. She blogs at WritersDigest.com and elsewhere, tweets fairly regularly @jessicastrawser, enjoys connecting on Facebook, and speaks at writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her. Learn more about Jessica and her work at www.jessicastrawser.com
Trudy Krisher--Afternoon Instructor: "Compelling Characters--Whether Real or Made Up!" Trudy Krisher has a reputation as a talented writer who does not hesitate to explore sensitive issues. She grew up in the South like her heroines Maggie, in "Spite Fences," and Pert, in "Kinship." Her most recently published books are the nonfiction book, "Fanny Seward, A Life," and the children's book, "An Affectionate Farewell." Trudy has won many awards for her writing. They include Best Book for Young Adults selections of the American Library Association; International Reading Association Award; The Jefferson Cup Honor Book of the Virginia Library Association; Parents’ Choice Honor Book; Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award; Amelia Bloomer Project Recommendation; Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year; and Capitol Choice Book. Learn more about Trudy at www.trudykrisherauthor.com
Dave Essinger--Afternoon Instructor: "Ready, Set, Action: Writing Scenes (and Knowing When to Use Which Type of Narrative Form)" Dave is the author of the forthcoming debut novel, "Running Out," inspired by his own running experience. The novel will be published June 2017 by Main Street Rag Publishing. He is also the editor of Slippery Elm Literary Journal at The University of Findlay, where he is an Associate Professor of English. Dave has published short fiction and nonfiction in a variety of literary journals. Learn more about Dave at his website, dave-essinger.com.
Jeffrey Marks--Afternoon Instructor: "Setting & Senses--Using Compelling Imagery to Bring Your Setting--and Your Writing--to Life!" Jeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer. After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice. That biography ("Who Was That Lady?") encouraged him to write mystery fiction. He began a series of novels set after the Civil War in the area where he grew up. He also began a contemporary mystery series. The first novel in that series won The Malice Domestic Grant. He has continued to write about the authors he read while growing up. His works include "Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s," and a biography of mystery author and critic Anthony Boucher entitled "Anthony Boucher." It was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony. Learn more about Jeffrey at http://jeffreymarks.com/