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photo of A.C. FullerA.C. Fuller

Once a journalist in New York, A.C. Fuller now writes fiction 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 also the creator of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, which ran from 2014 to 2016 and was consistently one of the top independent writing podcasts in the country.

In addition to NYU, A.C. has taught writing for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Write in the Harbor Conference, the Royal City Literary Arts Society, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, and many local libraries. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle. 

photo of Bob BalmerBob Balmer

Bob Balmer's first humorous essay was published in the Oregonian in 1992.  His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, ZYZZYVA, Oregon Coast Magazine, Golf Weekly, The Eugene Weekly and Willamette Week.  It has aired on the radio shows The Savvy Traveler and MarketPlace as well as on Oregon Public Radio and Television.  He has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University, and he attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College.  He recently returned from taking Improv and sketch writing classes at Second City Comedy in Chicago.  He has led humor writing workshops at The Write on the Sound Conference, The Hoffman Center for the Arts, Mary's Woods Retirement Center, The Oregon Council Teachers of English student writing Festival and is slated to lead a workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in June of 2019 and for The Writers Colony.

photo of Cathy WarnerCathy Warner

Cathy Warner, MFA, has lead writing workshops for almost 20 years, most recently at Western Washington University and Tacoma Community College. Author of two books of poetry Home by Another Road, and Burnt Offerings, she has received the Steinbeck and SuRaa fiction awards, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. Her fiction, short memoir, and essays have appeared in dozens of print and online journals and several anthologies. In addition to teaching, writing, and editing, Cathy is a home renovator, real estate broker, and enjoys nature photography. Find her at cathywarner.com.

photo of Connie ConnallyConnie Connally

Connie Hampton Connally has loved music and the written word most of her life, and many of her adult years she's spent working in those fields. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing. She's worked as an editor, taught high school English and elementary music, and written fiction and non-fiction. In 2018 her first novel was published--The Songs We Hide, a story of two singers in communist Hungary. Connie is currently writing another novel set in Hungary.  

photo of Corbin LewarsCorbin Lewars

Corbin Lewars, M.Ed. has been teaching writing for twenty years at universities, the Richard Hugo House, prisons, national writing conferences and Swedish Cancer Institute. She works as a developmental editor and writing consultant based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. She was the publisher of the zine Reality Mom for eight years, the editor of Verve, a Seattle women's magazine, for two and has edited several anthologies including Just a Little More Time. Her essays have been featured in Mothering, the Seattle PI and several writing anthologies. She is the author of four books including Creating a Life, which was nominated for the Washington State and PNBA Book Awards. Learn more about Corbin at corbinlewars.com.

photo of Jennifer HauptJennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt is the author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (April 2018) and co-author of I'll Stand by You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World. Haupt's essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah MagazinePsychology TodayThe Rumpus, Spirituality & HealthThe Sun, and elsewhere. She teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, and writing conferences and workshops around the country. She is currently working on a fiction/memoir hybrid.

photo of Jerry GuarinoJerry Guarino

Jerry Guarino is an author and screenwriter.  His nearly 100 short stories have been published by magazines in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain.  He has published one novel, The Da Vinci Diamond, a detective story.  He is an editor for Flash Fiction Magazine.  

 

photo of Joseph PonepintoJoseph Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto has published two novels. The latest, Mr. Neutron, was published by Brooklyn’s 7.13 Books in 2018. He edits a literary journal named Orca, and was the founding 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 stories published in more than forty literary journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Lumina, and Fugue. He has an MFA in creative writing, and teaches at Seattle’s Hugo House writing center.

 

photo of DL FowlerDL Fowler

DL Fowler transports readers into his characters’ inner worlds. His biographical novel, Lincoln Raw, considered one of the most unique works on Lincoln’s life, is curated by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

When not crafting his own stories, Fowler teaches Psychology of Stories at Tacoma Community College, a course focused on leveraging psychology and language to embed readers in vicarious, visceral experiences. After graduating from University of Southern California with a BA in Humanities, he served as a linguist in the US Air Force. Later he pursued a career in finance and now lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.

 

Ryan Petty

Ryan Petty writes business books for writers, personal finance books for everyone, and children’s books for those old enough to walk but not to drive a real car. As a young man he studied Creative Writing at Princeton under Jerzy Kosinski and Anthony Burgess, and was for many years the proprietor of Austin, Texas-based Cold Mountain Press. He retired in 2014 from a career in economic development to become the part-time professional writer he always meant to be.

photo of Wayne UdeWayne Ude

Wayne Ude's books include the three-volume fantasy novel The Dark Order (Book 1: Flight appeared in fall 2018. Book II: The Red Forest should be out by Write in the Harbor, and Book III: Brightsong in 2020.; Other books include Becoming Coyote, a novel; Buffalo and other stories; and Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote (ages ten and older). He's a frequent speaker at writers conferences. He and his wife, writer Marian Blue, live on Whidbey Island, Washington, with five dogs, two parrots, a llama, assorted goats, ducks, chickens, two heritage turkeys, and a gander with a bad attitude.

About writing: some ask whether craft and writing can be taught. Wayne replies that everyone possesses creativity, and creativity can be enhanced by exploration of craft.

photo of Wendy KendallWendy Kendall

Writer of Cozy Mystery series Kat Out of the Bag and Middle Grade Mystery series Silly Peppers. I’m a blogger, editor, speaker, and columnist - Recommended Reads column, syndicated with Seattle Times, and Kids Are Bookin’ It, and a Chanticleer Book Reviewer. Catch exciting author interviews on my Podcasts – A Novel Talk and also Kendall & Cooper Talk Mysteries on YouTube, iTunes, and KBFG radio 107.3 FM. Visit my website wendywrites.org

photo of Avis AdamsAvis Adams

Avis M. Adams, a Pacific Northwest native, writes YA, middle grade, picture books, and poetry. She has been a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest twice, in the picture book and YA categories. She had published many poems, has won several poetry awards. Her chapbook, Quilcene, was released from Finishing Line Press in June 2019. She is an English Instructor at Green River College in Washington State, where she teaches writing, creative or otherwise.