Guest Instructor - Fall 2017 - Lisa Cron
Lisa Cron is a story coach and the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere) both published by Ten Speed Press.
Her video tutorial Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story can be found at Lynda.com.
Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency.
Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in visual narrative in New York City. Together with author, book coach and Author Accelerator CEO Jennie Nash she runs the online Story Genius Workshop.
Lisa works with writers, nonprofits, educators and organizations, helping them master the unparalleled power of story, so they can move people to action – whether that action is turning the pages of a compelling novel, or taking to the streets to change the world for the better. Or both!
Her literary agent is Laurie Abkemeier at DeFiore and Company.
Visiting Agent Fall 2017 - Caitlin McDonald
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May 2018 Guest Instructor - David Corbett
David Corbett is the author of five novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), Do They Know I’m Running ("a rich, hard-hitting epic"—Publishers Weekly, starred review), and The Mercy of the Night (“Superlative” —Booklist, starred review). His novella, The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell, also appeared in 2015, and his story collection Thirteen Confessions arrived in 2016.
His book on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character (Penguin), has been called “a writer’s bible,” and he’s written numerous articles on the craft and theory of fiction for the New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and numerous other outlets. He has taught at the UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, Litreactor, Book Passage, 826 Valencia, and numerous writing conferences across the US, Canada, and Mexico.
David's article "Sinners, Saviors and Sympathetic Heavies" on developing the character web in crime fiction appears in the July/August edition of Writer's Digest. Great Jones Street has published four of David's stories as part of its free Story Catalog, including 2017's "The Thirteenth Bride of Charlie Barnet" (never before released), and three previously published stories: "Pretty Little Parasite" (selected for 2009's Best American Mystery Stories), "The Axiom of Choice," and "Dead by Christmas."
Visiting Agent May 2018 - Michelle Johnson
To be a writer--
A REAL writer.
You've been writing,
Again and again
And on and on.
Now comes the teacher
And a heart-centered invitation
To "empty your cup"
Of what you "know"
(Or think you know);
Here you are.
So enter this classroom
But with an opened mind--
Hubris, insecurities left behind,
With kindred spirits.
And as we go and as we grow
So too will blossom the work.
Poem by Gail Provost Stockwell, Author, Co-Founder Writers Retreat Workshop