Scott Anderson has been teaching screenwriting since 1993, beginning at U Mass - Lowell and currently at Emerson College where his "Business Of Screenwriting" course was the first ever offered at the college level. He was the director of the acclaimed screenwriter's workshop The Harvard Square Scriptwriters for 14 years and is currently the Creative Director for Johnston Media LLC. Through his Imaginary Forests writing service he has helped numerous writers overcome writers block, finish books and publish them.  His website is www.imaginaryforests.com.

 

M.L. Archer was born in Los Angeles, kid number four in a family of six.  One of her favorite activities in those days included swapping stories with her friends. She learned all sorts of tales ranging from; ’I Want My Golden Arm,’ to ‘The Lady in White.’ Later, she studied violin, played as an orchestra musician, performed at many weddings and events and taught a number of children and adults how to also play the violin. In the process of doing this, she managed to see New York City from the top of the World Trade Center, hitch-hike across the country, climb the El Capitan mountain range in New Mexico and have a sword fight with a witch. Archer is rarely bored.  She returned to her first love after her boys were born and wrote a story for her oldest son called, Danny Doc Dilly and the Dangerous Duck, and with her youngest son in mind, a story called The Calling of Mike Malone, both published by MuseItUp. This fall they will publish her third novel, Specter.  She currently lives in south Florida, the kids live near and she has a talking parrot who insists he is a “good bird.”

 

Brittany Bogan's first serious literary endeavor was at Sacramento City College, where she was elected Editor-in-chief of the college's literary journal. 2012's Susurrus explored dichotomies of every kind, good vs. evil, dark vs. light, emotional vs. stoic, death vs. rebirth. From there, she transferred to University of California, Davis and went on to receive Higher Honors in English Literature and a minor in Medieval Studies. While at UCD, Britt was accepted in to the Honor's Thesis Program, a multi-semester, research-intensive undergrad thesis writing program. Her paper, entitled "Expanding the Scope of ‘Gendered Violence’ in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling," sought to dissect how violence in "The Changeling" was used against various genders and how such violence was characterized depending on the perpetrator's gender. Britt is currently pursuing a career in professional editing, working out of the California Bay Area.  

 

Paula Andrea Bolander hails from the Southside of Chicago and proudly reps her Chicagoan and Chicana roots on every platform. A writer, musician, and general creative enthusiast, Paula Andrea loves exploring and connecting through words, movement, visual art and sound. Paula Andrea is a recent graduate of UW-Madison's First Wave Program, where she received a full tuition scholarship for poetry. Paula Andrea has published several zines and is the co-author of "Where Sea and Sky Meet". Currently, Paula Andrea is in the process of writing her newest theatre production, CORE, which encompasses original poetry, dance, and music, set to debut at the Chicago Hip Hop Theatre Festival June 2016.

 

Susana Borosic is an educated writer with an Honours Specialist degree in Literature and Critical theory from the University of Toronto, Canada. Professional experience in corporate communications has lead her into the field of content writing and editing, but her passions continue to be writing poetry and volunteering with internationally acclaimed film events. She is absolutely thrilled to explore new creative works and share ideas with up-and-coming writers as a judge with NYC Midnight.  For company information and her latest work, please visit susanaborosic.com.

 

Sam Collier is a Chicago-based playwright, poet, and theater artist. She has taught writing at Cornell College, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers Project, Combined Efforts Theater, and Young Playwrights Theater. Her work has been produced and/or developed by The Make Ready, PTP/NYC, New Ground Theater, Horse & Cart, Theater Nyx, and NTI Theatermakers. Her poems have been published in Prompt Press, Guernica, Pure Frances, and Broad!. She holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa, where she was also a 2015-2016 Provost's Visiting Writer.

  

A writer and manuscript editor based in New Zealand, Michelle Elvy edits at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and Blue Five Notebook and is the chair of NZ's National Flash Fiction Day. She is Assistant Editor of the Best Small Fictions series (Queens Ferry Press 2015, 16, 17), was an associate editor of Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton 2015) and has guest edited at Smokelong Quarterly. This year she’s also judging the Bath Flash Fiction Award. In past lives she’s been a software company exec, historian and sailing instructor. She's also been a Watson Fellow, Fulbright scholar and Pushcart nominee. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and travel stories have been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. Michelle currently spends much of her time working with other writers, coaxing stories of all kinds to the written page and publishable form, and making her way through East Africa aboard her 43’ sailboat and home of twelve years, Momo. More about her work as an editor here.  Or: TwitterFacebook.

 

Zoë Fay-Stindt, a French-North Carolinian hybrid, has been published in a range of online and print magazines, including Gauge, Concrete Literary Magazine, JASPER Academic Journal, and Coup d'Etat. During her time earning a B.A. at Emerson College, she was editor in chief of both The Common Voice and Concrete Literary Magazine. Since then, she's led several creative workshops, including "The Lyric I" at the 2016 Austin International Poetry Festival, and, when she’s not interning at A Strange Object press, she works as a freelance writer/editor and the founder/sole contributor to The Floating Zo poetry blog.

 

Bridget Fitzgerald is an actress, comedienne, and model. Lead and creator of SAG-AFTRA web series SmileyBridgeTV, The Admin (Three Cities Film Fest), sitcom Musie (Time Warner), and dramedy "Save the Date" (Twin Falls Film Fest). Sketch performer and writer for the National Lampoon podcast heard by over half a million listeners each month plus a contributing writer to AllDay.com, Poplyft.com, DailyInspire.com, Huffington Post, and satirical articles at NationalLampoon.com. Rock on!

 

Carissa Halston's award-winning short fiction has appeared in Willow Springs, Fourteen Hills, The Massachusetts Review, The Collagist, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boston where she runs a small press, Aforementioned Productions, edits a literary journal, apt, and is at work on a novel called Conjoined States and a short story collection called Emergency Exit.

 

Andrew Henderson: In addition to being an ardent fan of weird fiction, Andrew is a natural born Storyteller, and produced & published comic / video game / app / screenwriter / novelist, with extensive experience in a multitude of genres and mediums. At current, he has an award-winning Sci-Fi/Thriller feature, ALTERNATE REALITIES, (Tom Sizemore, Christopher Judge) which premiered last year, and is now available on DirecTV, Time Warner, Amazon, etc. Released last Fall, Andrew has an on-going interactive mobile story/game, LUCK OF THE IRISH, which is available on the iPhone/iPad/Android app, EPISODE, from Pocket Gems. The game received 15,000 plays within two days of release, and has since been played over 500,000 times across the globe. Last February, his ongoing comic, NOCTUA, was picked up by Canadian Publisher, Underbelly Comics. He also has a three-arc Space Opera comic, KRISTARELLA, available both online and in-print, from QEW Publishing. Earlier this Spring, Andrew's French Sci-Fi Graphic Novel, SEUL SURVIVANT (SOLE SURVIVOR), released in hardback across Europe from publisher Humanoids Publishing. In 2013, he wrote the proof-of-concept short for RAIDER: ORIGINS in anticipation of Crystal Dynamic's new Tomb Raider video game, which they subsequently used as part of their digital marketing campaign. Andrew has had articles published by the Health/Humor site, DAILY SYNDROME, in addition to FLAUNT MAGAZINE, ROTTEN TOMATOES, and The AFI.

 

Katharine Henner is a writer and director based in New York. She is the writer and director of the film novella No Man's Land, currently available to watch on iTunes. She wrote and directed the cult series, Nights in UltraViolet with her writing partner Matt Cook. The series was featured in Vulture, Gothamist, Portable TV, and other media outlets. Her play, The Brighter the Star was recently selected out of over 1,500 applicants around the world to be one of 30 finalists for the Samuel French 40th Annual Off Off Broadway Festival. Her short stories have been published in the Bushwick Review and performed in various festivals in New York. She received her Masters Degree in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.  Learn more at katharinehennerwrites.com

 

Alessa Hinlo hails from the Washington D.C. area. Born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia, she writes stories that reflect the push and pull of conflicting cultures and feature people who fall into the spaces between. After many years working in biological research, she recently left the field to pursue a writing career. Her short fiction has been featured by REUTS publications and in The Sea is Ours, an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. Follow her on Twitter @alessahinlo or visit her website to learn more: http://alessahinlo.com.

 

A multifaceted writer, publisher and story performer, Laura McHale Holland has released the flash fiction collection, The Ice Cream Vendor's Song, and the award-winning childhood memoir, Reversible Skirt. Her stories have appeared in such anthologies as Every Day Fiction, Wisdom Has a Voice, Vintage Voices and My Gutsy Story. Her articles have been published in NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. Previously, Laura was a featured teller at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, the Lake Tahoe Storytelling Festival and numerous schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her play Are You Ready? was produced in the Sixth Street Playhouse 2014 Passport to the Plays festival. Laura is currently editing Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, an anthology that includes perspectives from every continent except Antarctica. To connect with Laura, visit http://lauramchaleholland.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter and read a multitude of short shorts, true and untrue. 

 

Melody Hughes, a writer and educator in NYC, invests her creativity in empowering high school students through literacy enrichment. As a lifetime bibliophile and staunch word-lover, she teaches students to connect to their writing and recognize the power of their voices. When she’s not reading student work, Melody writes fiction, humor, poetry, and comics. Previously, she served on the submissions board for Opus literary magazine, wrote and edited for a news publication called The Anchor, and managed acquisitions at a publishing internship with Seven Stories Press. Melody holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hope College and an M.A. in education from Brooklyn College; she foresees a long, beautiful friendship between her writing self and teaching self. She anticipates your story submissions with great enthusiasm: write on, writers!

    

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College and NCCU; a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective (CAAWC); and a member of the Carl Brandon Yahoo group.  She was a featured panelist of the Octavia Butler Arts and Activism (2013), and the Florida A&M Black to the Future (2014) celebrations.  Valjeanne is the author of eight books: Voyage of Dreams: A Collection of Otherworldly Stories; Immortal; Immortal II: The Time of Legend; Immortal III: Stealer of Souls; The Switch II: Clockwork; Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds; Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective; and Colony: Ascension: An Erotic Space Opera. In addition, her writing was featured in 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction.  Her stories have been published in Reflections Literary and Arts Magazine; Steamfunk!; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology; Genesis Science Fiction Magazine; PurpleMag; Griots II: Sisters of the Spear; Possibilities; and The City.  Her novella, The Switch (Book I of The Switch II: Clockwork) was also nominated for the best ebook novella of 2013 (eFestival of Words); and her short story Awakening has been published as a podcast by the District of Wonder's Far Fetched Fables.  Her poetry has been published in Drumvoices Revue; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South; Revelry; and Liberated Muse: How I Freed My Soul Vol. I.  Valjeanne is also one of the screen writers for 7Magpies, a horror anthology film showcasing black female writers, created by Lucy Cruell (in production). 

   

Patricia La Barbera, MFA, is an author and editor. She's an active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She’s also the organizer of the Sarasota Editors Association. Various magazines and anthologies have featured her work. The first three books in her paranormal romance series, The Wolf’s DaughterThe Wolf’s Revenge, and Wolf Slayer, have release dates from February 2013 through April 2013. She lives in the Sarasota, Florida, area with her husband.  Learn more at patricialabarbara.com.

 

Richard Larson writes short fiction (mostly of the darkly fantastic variety) and criticism, frequently reviewing books for Strange Horizons and film for Slant Magazine. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines including Subterranean, ChiZine, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction, as well as the anthologies Beyond Binary and Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. A new story will also appear later this year in Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (Prime Books). He is a member of SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he's been a first reader for a variety of literary journals including Electric Velocipede, a maagzine of weird fiction. Born and raised in St. Louis, he now lives in Brooklyn. He works for NYU's Expository Writing Program, and he's also currently pursuing an MFA at the NYU Writers Workshop in Paris. Visit him online at http://rlarson.net or on Twitter @LarsonRichard.

   

Keely 'Poi' Majewski is a writer, editor, and blogger living part time in Pasadena, California and South West Florida. Keely's work developed over time with a strong background in creative writing for YA and children's fairy tales. The first published novel called Huberi catapulted personal productivity and innovation into overdrive when it came to writing, allowing Keely to branch out in many directions from journalism to pop culture blogging. Moving forward a few years after graduating from a specialized art academy for the fine arts in SWFL, the quest to begin an online publication became the main goal, GOLDEN BOY PRESS was born. With the help from Zane 'Zab' Brown as editor for the online underground arts magazine, that focuses on music, writing, influential people, and art, the duo has made a memorable impact on the 500+ contributors that have taken part in the GBP journey. Still working hard on GBP for almost 3 years now, she hopes to continue growing the brand and influencing the creative industries. Keely has also reconnected with her creative writing passion working on her newest novella during the past year, while also working as a writer and editor for The Talko, REVITA5, and a Freelance Copywriter.

 

Elisabeth McAvoy lives in Jackson Heights, New York, with her husband, 133,000+ other people, and her beloved cat. After graduating from Barnard College with a focus in English literature and art history, Elisabeth combined her love of writing and art in a position as research editor at Artforum magazine. One thing led to another-- and she ended up spending a few months taking creative writing classes in far-flung Buenos Aires. Most recently, she worked in the publicity department of a literary publisher in Manhattan; lunch breaks, weekends, and evenings were spent writing. Her short stories have been published in fields and Laundray Literary.

 

 

 Although a native of Chicago, Jana McBurney-Lin lived half her adult life in Asia. (Japan/Singapore). She hadn't planned on being a writer. However, one day she heard a story so captivating—about a lone female Japanese Diet member whose biggest struggle was using the restrooms, as there were none—that she wanted to share it....with everyone. She enjoyed the writing so much, she continued doing fictional stories as well as non-fiction articles for magazines journals, and newspapers in seven countries. She also worked as an editor at ALC Publishing in Tokyo. During all this time, she met her husband, a native of southern China. One year, while in his village she again came up against a story so compelling—that a house with no male is a real problem—she needed to share it, this time in something longer than an article. Her first novel, My Half of the Sky (KOMENAR Publishing, 2006), received numerous awards, including Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, National Booksense Pick of the Month and Forbes Book Club Pick. “Your book reminds me of old Korea,” a gentleman at a conference said to her in 2007. “Will you help me tell my story?” Captivated by his upbringing in Seoul, Korea during WWII, Jana turned her sights towards co-authoring Blossoms and Bayonets: a tale of Love, Faith and Courage under Japanese occupation. (Redwood Publishing, 2012.) The book is currently pending an award from the National Historical Society and, according to author and previous resident Clifford Garstang, is a harrowing tale, and one definitely worth reading. Jana currently lives with her husband and four children in Los Gatos, California. She served as President of the California Writers Club for five years, started the first-of-its-kind Jack London Writers Camp for Kids in 2001, speaks at conferences and workshops on the craft of writing, and happily mentors aspiring writers. You can follow her thoughts on writing at her website.

 

Carole McDonnell holds a BA degree in Literature from SUNY Purchase and has spent most of her years surrounded by things literary. Her writings appear in various anthologies including but not limited to, “So Long Been Dreaming: Post-colonialism in science fiction,” edited by Nalo Hopkinson and published by Arsenal Pulp Press; Fantastic Visions III" anthology published by Fantasist Enterprises; “Jigsaw Nation” published by Spyre publications, “Griots: A Sword and Soul anthology,” edited by Milton Davis and Charles Saunders, “Steamfunk,” edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade, and “Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs: writings by mature women of color.” Her reviews appear in print and at various online sites including, “Fantastic Stories of the Imagination” edited by Warren Lapine and published by Wilder Publications. Her novels are the Christian speculative fiction, Wind Follower, the alternative world novel, The Constant Tower, and the paranormal chicklit novel, My Life as an Onion. Her collection of short stories, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction, is available on kindle and several stories can be read or listened to online. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, sons, and a great pitbull wannabe named Hemotep.

 

Maria Montemayor is a writer from Scarborough, Ontario. Her short fiction stories have been published by Polar Expressions Publishing, Akdaan Anthology, Nelson Education, and Young Voices. Her articles have been featured in The Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter, Global Sisters Report, Ignitum Today, Kiwanis International, and Her City Lifestyle. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in English and Political Science from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.

 

Gabriel Robinson is a writer and freelance editor, originally from West Virginia. As a kid she read everything she could get her hands on, especially myths, fairy tales, and science fiction; she wrote bad stories and got other kids to act in her terrible plays. At Bard College she majored in comparative religions. She later earned a Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago with a dissertation about bullfighting and Catholicism. Her storytelling interests range across different media. She’s been an associate fiction editor for the Chicago Review and senior researcher for a film about the development of evolutionary theory. Her graphic short story, “The Red Calf,” was published in the horror anthology Hellbound II. She won a NewEnglandFilm.com fellowship to attend the Stowe Story Lab in 2015, and in 2016 completed her first screenplay, The Soldier Nun, which placed fourth in the Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Competition. She is a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, and lives in Cambridge, MA with her partner and two-year-old son. 

Robert Rogers: I’ve called cities from Honolulu to NYC home. Taught at schools, farms, and museums. Worked jobs from acting to writing. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and have spent the past fifteen years writing and editing fiction, screenplays, and textbooks. I write, bike, and love through life sharing discoveries with friends gathered along the way.

 

Naben Ruthnum writes literary and crime fiction, and also does the monthly Crimewave review column at the National Post. His work has appeared in Event, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He's currently based in Toronto, where he continues to write journalism and fiction. He is the winner of the 2013 Journey Prize. His Twitter is @NabenRuthnum.
 

Ariele Sieling is an author, an editor, and a member of Independent Publishers of New England. She is author of the light science fiction series, The Sagittan Chronicles, and the children's book series, Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep. She also offers coaching and publishing support for those pursuing the art of independent publishing, and has worked on dozens of books. She lives in NH with her three cats. 
 

Erica Sparks is a short fiction writer and poet in Brooklyn, NY. An Austin native, she studied poetry and journalism at UT, where she enjoyed the burgeoning independent film scene. Her work has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Daily Texan, The Horn and Luna Luna magazine. She has participated in a short film contest for the Alamo Drafthouse, a much-beloved staple for rising filmmakers and SXSW screenings.

   

Hayley Stone is a writer who lives in Rocklin, California. She recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in history—a subject she believes offers a wealth of story inspiration as well as a powerful look into what makes us human. While at CSUS, she had the pleasure of studying under award-winning poet, Joshua McKinney, who introduced her to a love of poetry, and taught her the value of precise language. Her poem, “Cinderella Comes Out of Egypt,” was published in the 2014 Calaveras Station Literary Journal. With an eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, she has contributed to manuscripts such as The Paper Magician series (47North) by Charlie N. Holmberg, and Inconceivable (Curiosity Quills) by Missy Shelton Belote due out this summer. Hayley is currently on submission for her own sci-fi novel, Machinations. She loves hearing from fellow writers and readers. Tweet her @hayley_stone or check out her website: hnstoneauthor.com.

 

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) and Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015).  His poems have appeared in many publications, including Commonweal; Miramar; North American Review; Rattle; Sunken Garden Poetry, 1992-2011 (Wesleyan University Press, 2012); and upstreet.  He is guest editor of the summer 2017 issue of Blue Lyra Review
 
Mary Trainor-Brigham, M.A. is the author of DEEP CINEMA, Film as Shamanic Initiation, and a Scribe~for~Hire, Writing Consultant and lecturer based on the tenets of that work. The book was included in the swag bag of the Los Angeles inaugural event of GATE: Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. She has been a Film Critic for 15 + plus years and her column was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when she worked for the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts. A lifelong fascination with Indigenous cultures has accrued over the decades, culminating in a M.A. and development of workshops which she facilitates nationally and internationally. Currently she and her husband, Ciaran, are designing a Mersapien Sea Chapel in order to have a site where people can be restored to enchantment and their Indigenous Souls. Mary's clients mainly include, but are not limited to, screenwriters, as her Deep "C" insights can be applied to any great story.

 

Oubria Tronshaw is a native of Chicago. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. Currently, she runs a website called marrowwomen.com,  where she posts the transcripts of anonymous interviews between her and other women. She has a print collection of interviews called Marrow Women Vol 1, available on Amazon. She thinks everyone has a story that can help someone else, and it is healing time. She is married with four children, and is experiencing an intense bout of wanderlust. She can be found finding herself, and lives mostly in her mind.
   
Laura Trunkey’s first book of short fiction, Double Dutch, is forthcoming from House of Anansi in 2016.  Her fiction has previously been published in journals and magazines across Canada, and was included in the bestselling collectionDarwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow.  Her midgrade novel The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier, was a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens.  Laura’s non-fiction has garnered two National Magazine Award honourable mentions, and been anthologized in the book Hidden Lives. Laura has a Post-Graduate Certificate from the Humber School for Writers and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
 

Sarena Ulibarri
teaches creative writing at CU Boulder. Her flash fiction has appeared in magazines such as Monkeybicycle, Bartleby Snopes, Liquid Imagination, and decomP magazinE, and her longer fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Birkensnake, The First Line and elsewhere. She has been awarded the Thompson Award for Western American Writing twice, as well as the Western Regional Honors Council Award for Poetry and an honorable mention in the Alibi's Appallingly Short Fiction Contest. She is primarily a speculative fiction writer, with a special love for science fiction and magic realism.

 

Ryan Uytdewilligen, a Canadian born writer, studied Broadcast Journalism at Lethbridge College which led to several years as a reporter, freelance writer and blogger, On Air Traffic News Anchor, Media relations for the Vancouver International Film Festival, and a copywriter for various radio stations. He made the move to Vancouver in 2014 to pursue creative writing, studying film and television at Vancouver Film School.  Ryan sold his first screenplay in 2015 to Look to the Sky Productions. The script is currently in development and led the company to hire Ryan to write two separate scripts for development. In 2016, Ryan published two books – the first a nonfiction film history called 101 Most Influential Coming of Age Movies through Algora publishing. His second book and first fiction work was released in mid September, a young adult novel called Tractor through Sartoris Literary.  Ryan continues to write screenplays, novels, and nonfiction works. He has also written and produced two short films, Tea Time (2014) and Even the Devil Swiped Right (2015).

   
Sarah Varnam is a writer, editor, and artist from Toronto. She is the founder of The Quilliad Press and editor-in-chief of The Quilliad, a Canadian literary and arts journal. Her creative writing has been published in Third WednesdayPoetry Nook, and Chrysalis, among others, and she recently received a Writers' Reserve grant from the Ontario Arts Council for her poetry manuscript, Evening BITE.
 
Melissa Wiley is a freelance writer living in Chicago. Her creative nonfiction typically pairs small stories asking big questions with arcane research and has appeared or is forthcoming in literary magazines including DIAGRAM, Superstition Review, Prick of the Spindle, Tin House Open Bar, Stirring: A Literary Collection, PANK, Poydras Review, Gravel, Pinball, Eclectica Magazine, Gone Lawn, Split Lip Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Beetroot Journal, Specter, Lowestoft Chronicle, Midway Journal, Pithead Chapel, Great Lakes Review, and pioneertown. Her writing about her travels in Lapland has also been anthologized in Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place, and she serves as assistant editor for Sundog Lit.

Michael Wilson is the author of Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words Long, and is the creator of the JumpStart Jars (Jars filled with over 2,100 color-coded words, writing prompts and inspiration; Check out flashwriting.com for more information). He wrote the popular Flash Writing feature for the flash fiction journal flashquake. Michael's blog at flashwriting.com features writing prompts, writing-related book reviews, articles of interest to writers and other creative thinkers. Michael is also an accomplished writing instructor, teaching creative writing and creative thinking classes for over a decade. He earned a BA (with Honors) in English from Ohio University, and has been a featured guest speaker at the Thurber House, the Western Reserve Writers Conference, the Columbus Writers Conference, and at many other venues. Michael is available for coaching, manuscript critiques, writer’s group facilitation, and customized writing or creativity training. He can be reached via email at michael@flashwriting.com. Follow him on Twitter @flash_writer for interesting writing tips, prompts, quotes and author facts.
 
Crystal Wood is a Toronto-based writer working in television, film and theatre. She has a degree in English literature and studied television writing at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, founded by Norman Jewison. She’s worked in the writing department on the CanWest Global television shows Falcon Beach and Inside the Box, and for the web series Tights and Fights. She has been the recipient of the Banff Media Festival CTV National Fellowship and the Screenwriter Mentorship Award at the WIFT-V Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Crystal also wrote the short film The Morning After, which screened at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. For the stage, Crystal has had her plays presented by Steady State Theatre, the InspiraTO Festival, New Ideas Festival, Lab Cab Festival, and Short Short Play Festival in Toronto, and FemFest in Winnipeg. Her fiction has been published in Freefall literary magazine, and she was a top-12 finalist in the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition.

Brian Woodruff's time living in Japan and China brings him a cross-cultural awareness and a sense of the sweep of histories which crops up in unexpected ways in the realms he fashions. He recently published Modern Philosophy and Other Absurd Stories, an anthology which explores wonderful realities, both distant and familiar, populated by strange characters living unusual lives. Born and bred in Montreal, he now calls Vancouver home. Brian lives in a fantasy world; correction, he lives in many fantasy worlds of his own creation, which find their outlet through his flying fingers as narrative experiences, marketing campaigns, university curricula, film and television, and virtual reality experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 



 

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