Anna Alexander is the award winning author of the Heroes of Saturn and the Sprawling A Ranch series. With Hugh Jackman’s abs and Christopher Reeve’s blue eyes as inspiration, she loves spinning tales of superheroes finding love. Anna also loves to give back and has served on the board for the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America as chapter president and on the committee for the Emerald City Writers Conference.
Christine Dubois is an award-winning writer and editor who has published more than 450 articles in 45 different magazines and newspapers. She teaches writing workshops at North Seattle and Seattle Central colleges and for local businesses. Her warmth, knowledge, and enthusiasm make her a popular instructor.
Together with her husband, she owns and runs TURTLEDOVE WRITERS. Previously she worked as a senior editor for View Publishing at Group Health Cooperative. Other professional experience includes: editor of the western Washington Episcopal newspaper, assignment editor at KING-TV News, and more than 20 years as a freelance writer.
She has successfully tackled writing projects of all types, including newsletters, websites, press releases, brochures, curriculum, scripts, reports, letters, and publicity campaigns.
Dubois has a degree in Communications from the University of Washington and has received numerous awards from professional communications groups for excellence in writing, editing, and photography. She received the Washington Press Association's Superior Performance Award for outstanding professional and community service contributions.
She is co-author, together with her husband, Steven E. Bourne, of “Waiting in Hope: Meditations for Expectant Parents.”
For more information, see www.christinedubois.com.
Once a journalist in New York, A.C. Fuller now writes stories at the intersection
of media, politics, and technology. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct
professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College.
He is the author of seven novels between two series: The Alex Vane Media Thrillers
He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.
Leslie Hall is passionate about writing and about sharing that passion with other writers and would-be writers. She is a well-received instructor at several colleges and other locations around the Pacific Northwest. She has written nine novels and is on the board of Northwest Mystery Writers of America. Leslie is the co-creator of Write Night, a weekly facilitated writing group for all types of writers. In her other life, Leslie is also Certified Administrative Professional with a diverse event planning background-- from volunteer work with educational conferences to corporate training programs and charity fund-raising events. She brings her organizational expertise and fun, up-beat attitude to every workshop she leads.
Mystery writer finishing my first Cozy Mystery series Kat Out of the Bag. My love of writing and reading shows in my Recommended Reads column, syndicated through the Seattle Times. I’m also a Chanticleer Organization Book Reviewer. I’m a freelance blogger, editor, speaker, and catch my exciting mystery author interviews about books and the writing craft on my Podcast - Kendall & Cooper Talk Mysteries on YouTube, iTunes, and KBFG radio 107.3 FM. Learn more on my website wendywrites.org.
Ryan Petty is a former small press publisher living in Edmonds with his wife Melissa and the ghost of their big dog, Chief. Retired from a career in law and economic development, Ryan had the pleasure of serving the City of Tacoma as its Director of Community Development, 2004-2012. These days he writes children’s books and coaches authors interested in business success.
Joe Ponepinto’s latest novel, Mr. Neutron, was published by 7.13 Books in March, 2018. He was the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal that has had selections reproduced in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, Best Gay Fiction, and other notable anthologies. He has had short stories published in Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, Lumina, 2 Bridges Review, and dozens of other literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. A New Yorker by birth, he lived in many locations around the country before coming to the Northwest. He is an adjunct writing instructor at Seattle’s Hugo House and Tacoma Community College.
I began my exploration of narrative structure by choreographing and producing over 50 original dances. During that time I earned an MFA in dance at CalArts and another MFA in screenwriting at UCLA… finally understanding why my undergraduate English professors at UC Berkeley had required me to read Aristotle’s Poetics. This inspired my doctoral dissertation on the ballet class as a lived story. Since graduating with a PhD in theater from UCLA, I have delved deeply into manifold theories of narrative structure. All effective writing arises out of a well-crafted premise that grabs the attention of the reader and flows into an organic three-act structure that sustains functional event sequencing and integrated character development. First drafts can arise from either seat-of-the-pants creative flow or careful planning, but polishing that first draft into a publishable manuscript requires an astute understanding of storycraft. My most recent research project is a quality review of all screenwriting manuals ever published. This lends confidence to my expertise on choosing and using the best resources and tools available for writers. Today’s readers are film-literate from a very early age and have an intuitive grasp of story structure that writers can access and depend on. It’s an architectural design that writers can move into and shape any way they want. No matter which writing genre forms the basis for your professional aspirations, a firm grasp of narrative structure will unlock the door to success.
Wayne Ude is the author of four books of fiction, including the first volume of the fantasy novel The Dark Order: Book 1, Flight. Book 2, The Barren Land, and Book 3, as yet untitled, are due early next year.. His earlier works, Becoming Coyote, a novel; Buffalo and other stories, and Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote, were set in eastern Montana where he grew up. He holds a BA in English from the University of Montana, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MNPL (Master of Non-Profit Leadership) from Seattle University.
Wayne has taught fiction writing and craft for over forty years, including as creative writing faculty at Colorado State University, Minnesota State University at Mankato, Old Dominion University in Virginia, and as the founding director of the low-residency MFA program on Whidbey Island. He's a frequent speaker on fiction and craft at writers' conferences.
Since 1993 he and his wife, writer Marian Blue, have lived on Whidbey Island. Their indoor menagerie has grown to include five dogs (three rescued), two rescued parrots, and a rescued miniature hedgehog with a bad attitude. The outdoor population includes eleven goats with their guard llama, about one hundred assorted chickens and ducks in Marian's egg business, plus two heritage turkeys and a rescued one-eyed gander, also with a bad attitude.
When asked, "can creative writing be taught?" Wayne responds that everyone possesses creativity, and creativity can be enhanced. He believes that exploration of craft is one of the most effective ways to help a writer develop. Just as painting classes emphasize practice while teaching such things as perspective, structure, use of light, writers emphasize practice while teaching characterization, point of view, plot, structure, and so on. In the end, a writer must write and keep writing in order to develop, but exchanging ideas and support with other writers is always helpful. And reading: read, read, read everything you can get your hands on.
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing post-steampunk series "The Clockwork Millennials" published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works of speculative fiction have appeared in Quantum Muse, Ideomancer, 10Flash Quarterly, Eldritch Tales, The Nocturnal Lyric, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. He is an active member of Fairwood Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.