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."
After a life long obsession with books, a career in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers, and a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, Michelle Johnson is now in her fifth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike.
The face of publishing is ever-changing, and bending and shifting with the times and staying ahead of the curve are key for Michelle and her agency, Inklings Literary Agency. Michelle is actively seeking books with diversity, and authors with diverse backgrounds. She's a strong advocate for equality across the board.
She loves books that are like watching a train wreck you can't look away from, characters that leave you feeling like you've just lost a friend because the book is over, and plots that she can't predict at every turn. She especially loves books that make her think about something in a new way, but without preaching. Michelle also loves to laugh and loves dark, smart humor.
Visiting Agent May 2018 - Michelle Johnson
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