Guest Instructor - May 2018 - 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."
Guest Instructor - May 2018 - Grace Wynter
Grace Wynter is an editor, a writer, and a huge fan of shenanigans. Her blogs—and a few of her shenanigans—have been featured on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, and More.com. She has an MBA in marketing from Georgia State University and an editing certificate from the University of Chicago. Her debut novel, Free Falling, was a 2016 Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award finalist. When she's not writing, she’s helping other writers on her blog, The Writer’s Station.
Her latest project is Storyboard, a podcast that follows two writers as they explore the ways stories shape lives.
Grace spends a lot of time traveling between the Marvel and DC universes, but for tax purposes calls Atlanta, Georgia home. You can connect with her on her blog, The Writer’s Station, and on her author website, ggwynter.com.
Visiting Agent May 2018 - Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. After a successful career in the corporate world, Lisa now follows her true passion for books and writing, leveraging her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing.
Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, idiosyncratic and sympathetic characters, a tangible sense of place and lush world-building, multicultural aspects and international settings, page-turning twists, and emotionally-immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships. She is especially interested in strong female characters, diversity among characters, and stories by #ownvoices authors, marginalized creators, and writers from underrepresented backgrounds.
Lisa only represents book-length fiction. She is seeking to represent upmarket and literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, literary horror, most speculative fiction except paranormal (no demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), romance if an element or part of another genre, and all YA and middle grade fiction genres.
Arianne "Tex" Thompson
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