Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2018 Seattle Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 6.21.52 AM.pngCherry Adair is a best-selling author.

At the 2018 conference, she will be teaching on dialogue as well as romance writing. She will also be doing attendee critiques for romance, general fiction, mainstream fiction, and literary fiction.

Always an adventurer in life as well as writing, Cherry moved halfway across the globe from Cape Town, South Africa to the United States. She settled in beautiful San Francisco, where she started what eventually became a thriving interior design business.

Cherry writes five to seven hours a day, six days a week. When asked why she chooses to write romantic suspense, she says, “Who says you can’t have adventure and a great love life? Of course if you’re talking about an adventurous love life, that’s another thing altogether. Actually I write romantic suspense with adventure because I like to entertain and nothing keeps readers happier than a rapid pulse with a happy ending.”

Learn more about her many published novels here.


Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of His blog during his tenure there, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron.

Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

At the 2018 event, he is teaching classes on what to do before you submit, what to do after you submit, writing nonfiction books, social media & book marketing, and the state of the publishing industry today.


Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 10.40.26 AM.pngJennifer Bardsley is a young adult author.

Jennifer is the author of GENESIS GIRL and DAMAGED GOODS, from Month9Books. She also writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald and blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read.

She is the author of the Blank Slate young adult novel series. Her upcoming YA novel NARCOSIS ROOM will be published by Owl Hollow Press in 2019. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer puts her psychology degree to good use writing fiction. She has a lifelong fascination with mind control, a skill she believes she has mastered. Just don’t tell her kids. Find Jennifer on Instagram @the_ya_gal, on Twitter @jennbardsley, or on Facebook as The YA Gal.

At the 2018 workshop, she will be teaching on writing middle grade and young adult, as well as book marketing.

She will also be critiquing YA and middle grade manuscripts written by attendees.


screen-shot-2015-05-28-at-3-22-28-pm.pngJill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

At the 2018 workshop, Jill is teaching the class “An Agent’s Tips on Writing Thriller and Mystery.”

Jill is interested in: commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, cookbooks, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir. Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, graphic novels, or anything involving unicorns.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.

After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.



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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 critiquing submissions as an add-on element for attendees. The categories she is critiquing include adult fantasy novels, adult science fiction novels, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoir, and mainstream fiction.


Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 11.07.24 AM.pngGordon Warnock is an attending agent at the 2018 Seattle Writing Workshop and a founding agent of Fuse Literary.

In addition to taking pitches in 2018, he is also teaching the speech on how to get a literary agent (and write a good query).

Gordon brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing.

With a zest for fresh, new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.


Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 11.08.24 AM.pngAdria Goetz is a literary agent with Martin Literary Management. At the 2018 workshop, in addition to taking pitches, she is teaching classes on picture book writing and developing characters.

Prior to becoming a literary manager, Adria fostered her knack for developing creative work during her three years as an intern and assistant at Martin Literary & Media Management with Sharlene Martin and Clelia Gore.

Adria is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis. Adria also worked for Washington’s Pierce County Library System for two years.

Adria looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make readers pee their pants laughing, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives.

Adria lives in an old Victorian home in the Seattle area (which she hopes dearly is haunted with a few friendly ghosts) with her high school sweetheart husband Alex and their two darling kittens, Maple and Mulberry.


Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 12.54.30 AM.pngAdam Rakunas is a published novelist of speculative fiction. He has been writing stuff since 1996 and getting paid for it since 2008.

At the 2018 workshop, he is teaching a class on writing science fiction & fantasy. He is also doing critiques for adult sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts.

Along the way to where he is now, Adam has worked as a video game engineer, a fast-food cashier, an IT consultant, a theater usher, a virtual world developer (remember that?), a triathlon race director, a parking lot attendant, and a political engineer. Now he is a stay-at-home parent, which he likes the best.

When the kid’s at school, Adam writes science fiction and fantasy. His debut novel, Windswept, was nominated for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award.