Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2019 Seattle Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2018-12-17 at 2.26.49 PM.pngJason M. Hough (pronounced “Huff”) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World, which Publishers Weekly said is “a thrilling action rampage that confirms Hough as an important new voice in genre fiction.” In a former life he was a 3D artist, animator, and game designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others). He has worked in the fields of high-performance cluster computing and machine learning, and holds a patented invention related to location-based content licensing.

At the 2019 Seattle event, Jason will be teaching on writing great sci-fi & fantasy, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

Jason’s latest novel, Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising, released on March 21, 2017 from Titan Books. The book is co-written by K.C. Alexander.

He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, two young sons, and a dog named Missbuster. When not writing, reading, or playing with his kids, he spends his time exploring virtual reality or trying to coax his 3D printer into doing something useful. Jason is represented by Sara Megibow at KT Literary Agency and by Jerry Kalajian at IPG (for Film/TV). He is a proud member of SFWA (Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and ITW (International Thriller Writers)


Screen Shot 2018-12-24 at 8.53.57 AMBoyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. Boyd is the author of many thriller novels. You can see all his books here.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, he is teaching on thriller writing and critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

He started his career working on NASA’s space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft’s Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.


Screen Shot 2019-01-22 at 1.50.02 PM.pngAmanda Hosch loves writing, travel, and coffee. She lived abroad for almost a decade, teaching English as a Foreign Language. A fifth generation New Orleanian, Amanda now lives in Seattle with her husband, their two daughters, and a ghost cat. When not writing, she’s a reading tutor for elementary school kids or volunteering at the school library.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Amanda is teaching on writing awesome young adult and middle grade novels. She is also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on for attendees.

Her kidlit novel, MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING, was praised by School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, and YA Books Central.


screen shot 2019-01-23 at 10.44.07 amHer Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of hot, humorous romance. With over 45 titles, her books range from historical to contemporary to paranormal romance.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Sabrina is teaching on romance, and also doing manuscript critiques as an add-on element for attendees.

Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests.

Represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency, Sabrina is a 2017 Rita Nominee for Susana and the Scot.


Screen Shot 2019-01-23 at 10.58.44 AM.pngLori A. May is the author of six books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life (Bloomsbury) and The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students (Continuum).

She writes across the genres and her work may be found in publications including The Atlantic, Brevity, Canadian Traveller, Midwestern Gothic, Time Out, and Writer’s Digest.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Lori is teaching on memoir writing and nonfiction writing, and is doing critiques as add-ons for attendees.

As a freelance editor, Lori has worked with Kaylie Jones Books (an Akashic Books imprint), Creative Nonfiction, and other presses and journals. Lori also teaches in the MFA program at the University of King’s College-Halifax. A frequent guest speaker across North America and a roadtrip aficionado with a penchant for coffee, Lori writes and lives in the Pacific Northwest.


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Shannon Anderson is a published children’s picture book author. At the 2019 Seattle workshop, she is doing picture book critiques.

Unlike some other critiquers listed here, Shannon will not be at the Seattle event to meet with writers personally. Instead, she will be available for 10-minute Skype meetings (along with an e-mailed written critique) for each attendee submission.

Shannon will get your picture book in advance and critique the work. (1,000 words, maximum; submissions can include illustrations or not.)

Shannon is an award-winning children’s book author, teacher, and national speaker. As the Regional Advisor for the Indiana Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she loves to help aspiring and published authors on the path to publication.  You can learn more about her at her website.


Screen Shot 2018-12-24 at 9.06.54 AMKimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary, and a co-coordinator of the 2019 Seattle Writing Workshop.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, she will be teaching on revision & self-editing

A graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program, Kimiko worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent. She partners with aspiring and published authors alike, enjoys well-worn library books, and is always up for a game of Scrabble. She loves projects that reimagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism.


screen shot 2019-01-23 at 11.17.38 amRachel Letofsky is a literary agent at CookeMcDermid.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Rachel is meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches, and also teaching on best submission practices.

Rachel is a graduate of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined what was then The Cooke Agency in 2010. She frequently travels throughout North America to writers’ festivals and literary events to moderate panels, take part in quick-pitch sessions, and host workshops for authors. Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres.

She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. She also has a natural soft spot for exquisite literary fiction. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky, life affirming or mind blowing. When not travelling or reading for pleasure or work,

Rachel loves spending time with her family, inventing new recipes under the strict supervision of her cat, Mimsy, planning for the upcoming alien/zombie invasion, and swimming in lakes and oceans as much as possible. She is on Twitter at @rachelletofsky.


Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 10.45.55 PM.pngClelia Gore is a literary agent at Martin Literary Management.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Clelia is meeting writers for one-on-one pitches. She is also teaching on picture book writing.

Clelia acquires picture book, middle grade and young adult books. She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele. With apologies, Clelia is no longer accepting new adult fiction queries at this time.

It was when Clelia first read Charlotte’s Web in the first grade that she got hooked by the magic of books. Her love of children’s books carried through adulthood and she is delighted to dedicate her life to bringing quality books and stories to young (and whimsical adult!) readers.

Clelia is originally from the suburbs of New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston College. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and practiced law as a corporate litigator in New York City.

In 2011, she decided to dedicate her career to books and reentered graduate school at Emerson College, where she received a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. While she was studying publishing and taking creative writing courses at Emerson, Clelia gained firsthand experience in the publishing industry working in the children’s book division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in academic books at Oxford University Press. She also taught academic writing and research courses to freshman students as a graduate student faculty member at Emerson College.

Clelia attends writing and publishing conferences. She also sits on the board of directors for Poetry Northwest magazine. In 2017, she was named one of Publishers Weekly Star Watch honorees.


Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.49.19 PM.pngGordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and Editorial Director of Short Fuse Publishing. He represents fiction and nonfiction writers.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Gordon is meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches, and also teaching on Publishing Options Today.

He 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.

“I’m looking for large-platform projects in which the book represents something bigger than the book itself, of which you are the expert, the one best fit to bring it to the page. I prefer to work with socially-responsible books that raise new issues or illuminate common issues in new ways. I love books with strong charity tie-ins and celebrities coming together to promote a good cause on a large scale.”


Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 1.17.41 PM.pngLaurel Symonds is a literary agent with The Bent Agency.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Laurel is meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches. She is also teaching on worldbuilding for writers.

She is seeking young adult fiction (all kinds), middle grade fiction (all kinds), chapter books, and picture books (both text only and author-illustrator work). She also seeks excellent illustrators and children’s nonfiction.

She does not want pitches for graphic novels or any kind of books for adults.

“I began my publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City. In the past decade, I have also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. What I love about agenting is being the author’s number one cheerleader through all these parts of the publication process.”


Screen Shot 2019-01-23 at 11.35.10 AM.pngJason Brick is a professional writer, martial artist, travel addict, and dad whose work has been published across multiple genres and formats.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Jason is teaching on platform building and selling books. He is also offering critiques for attendees as an add-on element.

He has contributed over 3,000 articles and short stories to print magazines and online sites in topics ranging from home improvement, to health and wellness, to cocktail recipes, to small business management. Some of Jason’s top-level corporate clients include Black Belt and Thrillist magazines, American Express, Intuit, and

Jason has ghost-written more than 20 books and ebooks for corporate and private events. All five volumes of his Random Encounters series were simultaneously in their category top 10 on Amazon in early 2016.

He is also an accomplished speaker, and frequently travels to host workshops and deliver lectures at various writer’s conferences and festivals. When not writing, he studies jujitsu, capoeira, and kenpo karate, cooks, travels, and spoils his delightful wife and two fine sons. He lives in Oregon.


Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.07.57 AM.pngAdria Goetz is an associate literary agent with Martin Literary Management.

At the 2019 Seattle workshop, Adria is teaching on query letter writing, and also meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.

She primarily represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, and is open to submissions for quirky gift/coffee table books, graphic novels, Christian devotionals, and adult nonfiction for the general market.

Her mission statement indicates that she 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 take the reader on an adventure, that uncover fascinating stories from history’s footnotes, that explore issues of faith, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, 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 is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis.

Recently, Adria was proud to represent THE COMPENDIUM OF MAGICAL BEASTS (Running Press), RICE FROM HEAVEN (Little Bee), NOTHING (Worthy Kids/Ideals), and HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS (Yellow Jacket).

Adria lives in an old Victorian home in Tacoma, WA with her husband Alex and their two darling cats, Maple and Mulberry.