Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 1.03.44 PM.pngScott Eagan is the founding literary agent of Greyhaus Literary.

At the 2017 workshop, he is teaching “How to Write and Pitch Romance in Today’s Market.”

Scott specializes in new adult romance, single title contemporary romance (think “old school” Danielle Steel romances that focus on relationships), single title historical romance (any time period, but no Westerns or Civil War), single title paranormal romance (looking for unique and different; no high fantasy please), single title romantic suspense, women’s fiction (i.e., book club fiction). Scott will consider previously published books if they fit the mold of what he represents.

Scott draws on his extensive background in education, writing and literature to assist the writers at Greyhaus. He has a BA in English/Literature, a MA in Creative Writing and a MA in Literacy. Scott is also a writer (done mostly as a hobby) and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America. Outside of his work at the agency, he continues teaching writing on a part-time basis, works as a stay at home dad and continues to be active in community work including assisting the University of Puget Sound Alumni Program. Scott is also a USA Swimming Official so you can frequently find him on the deck of a pool. If not there, you can frequently find him flexing his theater muscles in local community theatre productions.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.06.03 PM.pngSean Fletcher is a writing instructor with Andrea Hurst & Associates.

Sean works with directly with founder Andrea Hurst managing editorial and consulting services for clients, teaching classes, and running general operations for the literary business.

He is a monthly contributor to the Authornomics Blog and Whidbey Life Magazine.

At the 2017 workshop, he is co-teaching the workshop “An Agent’s Guide to Revision and Self-Editing.”

He is also critiquing attendee submissions as an add-on element. The genres he is critiquing include science fiction & fantasy novels for adults, thriller, mystery, suspense, and paranormal.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-25 at 11.47.15 PM.pngAllison Green is the author of a memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me (Ooligan) and a novel, Half-Moon Scar (St. Martin’s).

Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications such as The Gettysburg Review, ZYZZYVA, Calyx, Willow Springs, Raven Chronicles, and Yes! Magazine. She lives and teaches writing in Seattle.

At the workshop, she will be teaching “How to Write and Sell Your Memoir.”

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Camille Griep is the author of the fantasy novels Letters to Zell (47North, 2015) and New Charity Blues (47North, April 2016). Her short fiction and creative nonfiction can be found in journals such as Synaesthesia, Big Truths, Cartridge Lit, and others. The Editor of Easy Street, she is also a senior editor at The Lascaux Review as well as an editor/administrator for Prison Renaissance, an organization fostering mentorship and collaboration between free and incarcerated artists. Dreaming and writing just north of Seattle, Camille resides with her partner Adam and their bulldogges, Dutch and Hippo. She is particularly fond of whimsy, armchair mountaineering, chrysanthemums, and Pinot Gris. Visit her website here.

At the workshop, Camille will be presenting “Crafting Speculative Fiction: Tips on Writing and Pitching Science Fiction & Fantasy,” and “Breaking the Rules of Writing 101.”

She is critiquing submissions as an add-on element for attendees. The categories she is critiquing include adult fantasy novels, adult science fiction novels, literary fiction novels, and any kind of young adult.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.02.41 PM.pngAndrea Hurst is a writing instructor and former literary agent founder of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management.

Andrea works with both bestselling and emerging new authors to help polish their work, obtain publication, increase sales, and build their author brand. She brings over 25 years experience in the industry as a literary agent, developmental editor for publishers and award-winning authors, a bestselling Amazon author, instructor for MFA creative writing programs, and a webinar presenter and for Writers’ Digest.
 
Andrea’s self-published book, The Guestbook, is an Amazon bestseller with more than 1,300 reviews and made to the top ten Kindle Bestsellers, and was named a best-selling self-published title by Shelf Awareness and IndieReader.com.
 
As a literary agent, she selectively represents high profile adult nonfiction and well-crafted fiction to major publishers including the Amazon imprints. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic network, and in the NY Times.

At the 2017 workshop, she is co-teaching the workshop “An Agent’s Guide to Revision and Self-Editing.”

She is also critiquing attendee submissions as an add-on element. The genres she is critiquing include women’s fiction (all kinds), romance, paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, memoir, and historical fiction. Note that Andrea is currently SOLD OUT of critiques for the 2017 event.

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Screen-Shot-2014-01-08-at-1.09.19-PMChuck Sambuchino (chucksambuchino.com, @chucksambuchino) is the former longtime editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (both Writer’s Digest Books). His authored books include Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript; Create Your Writer Platform, which was praised by Forbes.com; and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which was optioned for film by Sony. During his past time at WD Books (through 2017), he oversaw one of the biggest blogs in publishing: the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. He is a freelance editor who has seen dozens of his clients get agents and/or book deals, and he has presented at more than 140 writing conferences and events over the past eleven years.

At the workshop, Chuck will be presenting the session, “Everything You Need to Know about Agents, Pitching, and Queries,” “Your Publishing Options Today,” and more. He is doing query letter critiques over e-mail prior to the event.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.12.28 PMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” and well as “How to Write and Sell Picture Books for Children.”

She is critiquing young adult, middle grade, and chapter book submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 4.01.26 PM.pngIngrid Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. She is a published thriller writer.

Her interest in the PI life and her desire to create a believable PI character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

At the 2017 workshop, she will be teaching “Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction.”

Her published thrillers include Duplicity (Jan. 2017), Brutality, Loyalty, and Identity. She received a Shamus Award nomination for best debut PI novel for Loyalty, as well as a Shamus Award win for Best PI novel for Brutality.

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Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.15.26 AM.pngJessica Bell is the executive coordinator of Writing Day Workshops, which organizes one-day writing conferences. These events take place mostly in the U.S., but can happen elsewhere.

At the 2017 workshop, she will be teaching the workshop “How to Self-Publish Your Book and Do It Right.”

If Jessica could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she spends most of her time in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a 30-something Australian contemporary fiction author, award-winning poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she’s written.

She started as a poet, drawing from her musical background and etching her thoughts and feelings into verse. Those stanzas soon turned into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually into published books. Her literary voice is said to overflow with “lyrical descriptions, unique metaphors, tight dialogue, and an abundance of sensory detail.” She has also been told she has the ability to take a seemingly ordinary three-chord type story and turn it into a main stage event.

In addition to her novels about unique dysfunctional families, poetry collections, and her best-selling pocket writing guides (Writing in a Nutshell series), she has published a variety of works in online and print literary journals and anthologies, including Australia’s Cordite Review, Writer’s Digest, and the anthologies 100 Stories For Queensland and From Stage Door Shadows, both released through Brisbane, Australia’s, eMergent Publishing.

One of Jessica’s proudest moments was when, in November 2013, her poem, Sugar (which was published in a poetry anthology called Women’s Work, edited by Libby Hathorn) was broadcast on ABC National Radio’s Poetica program.

Jessica Bell is the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, and she makes a living as a Book Cover Designer for indie authors, and an editor/writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

As of October 2016, she is the singer of Keep Shelly in Athens.

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