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Did you take a class awhile ago by “That One Guy, He Was Great, What Was His Name?” Or maybe you’re interested in taking a class and want to read up on the possibilities? Peruse our library of talented instructors.


Mark A. Clements

markclementsMark A. Clements has published four novels (one a Theodore Geisel “Best of the Best” award winner with the San Diego Book Awards). He has been leading read and critique groups at the Southern California Writer’s Conference since 1989, and at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference since its inception. He believes that the best results come with a group managed with loose reins, humor, and an emphasis on the positive.

Carlos de los Rios

Carlos de los Rios is a working screenwriter and producer who has written acclaimed films for Academy Award winners Lauren Bacall, Harvey Fierstein, Elliot Gould and others.  Carlos has worked on over 30 films and has written and/or produced 7 films.  Carlos lectures throughout California and is a sought after script doctor, writing coach and story consultant.

Margaret Dilloway

margaretMargaret Dilloway is the author of The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, Winner of the American Library Association’s Literary Tastes for Best Women’s Fiction; How to Be an American Housewife; and the upcoming Sisters of Heart and Snow, all from Putnam Books.


Anna DiMartino

annadimartinoAnna DiMartino is a writer, artist, educator, and mother of two. She holds a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz, and is finishing the last semester of her MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific University. She is also the director of a non-profit preschool in Mission Hills. Anna’s writing has appeared in The Cancer Poetry Project 2; A Year in Ink, Volume 6 (San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology); Serving House Journal, volumes 8, 10, and 12, and in Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life by Duff Brenna.

Lara Eisenberg

Lara pic websiteLara began her studies in Eastern healing practices specifically yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in 1999. In 2001, she graduated from Columbia University where she received dual masters degrees in Psychological Counseling. She continued on to complete a three year trauma healing program resulting in a Somatic Experiencing Certification. Over the past 14 years, Lara has worked privately, and with schools and non-profits as a Bilingual School Counselor, Holistic Wellness Professional, Educator and Yoga and Meditation Instructor.  Lara’s mission is to assist others in restoring the natural harmony that exists between mind, body, and spirit, and deepen the relationship to their bodies, internal sensations, emotions, thoughts, and spirituality. She is committed to encouraging people to utilize their art form to find their authentic voice and foster intimacy, hope, and inspiration for others. Lara owns Body Mind Wellness working as a wellness consultant, educator, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Rich Farrell

Close Up RichRichard Farrell is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has worked as a high school teacher, a defense contractor, and as a Navy pilot. He holds an MFA from the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared in Hunger Mountain, A Year in Ink, upstreet, New Plains Review, Descant (Canada) and Numéro Cinq. He lives in San Diego.


Heather Fowler

heatherfowlerHeather Fowler is the author of the story collections Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental IllnessThis Time, While We’re AwakePeople with Holes; and Suspended Heart. Fowler’s work was named a 2012 finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in Short Fiction. She received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her stories and poems have appeared in: PANKNight TrainstoryglossiaSurreal SouthFeminist StudiesThe Nervous Breakdown, and others. Please visit her website:


Marni Freedman

Marni-Cropped HeadshotMarni Freedman is a produced, published and award winning writer. After graduating as an award winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles.  She worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and other film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency.  One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for a “how to” book series and is currently in demand as a book editor and script doctor.  Currently, around San Diego, you can find Marni teaching writing workshops at San Diego Writers, Ink, UCSD Extension and running the popular San Diego Screenwriter’s group, The Writer’s Circle.

Maelyn Gandola

Maelyn.8564.FB (2)Maelyn Gándola is a yoga instructor, playwright, and actress. Fusing a vibrant and graceful intensity with compassion, Maelyn brings a grounded and inspired energy to her classes. A lifelong student of breathwork, movement, and dance, she began practicing yoga a decade ago as an author and actor searching for authenticity on page and the stage. The healing and physical empowerment she discovered each day as she returned to her mat encouraged her not only to continue her personal practice but to become a teacher as well. Maelyn recieived her 200-hr certification in 2013. Drawing upon her rich background as a performing artist and director, Maelyn seeks to awaken and catalyze a joy-filled journey of play and expansion – celebrating the unique strengths of each student. Maelyn is also available for private instruction and workshops.

reg e gaines

regegainesreg e. gaines has facilitated his popular, “Is Poetry Theater?” workshops during various residencies including, The University of Southern California, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Windward School, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Voz Alta Project Gallery, The World Stage, Beyond Baroque, Farleigh Dickinson University, Rosa Parks Performing Arts Academy, Passaic County Community College, Montclair Public Library, and Scratch DJ Academy, which he co-founded with Jam Master Jay and Rob Principe.

Laurie Gibson

Laurie GibsonLaurie Gibson, the San Diego editor who’s served more than 150 first-time authors during her career. She’s also edited or proofread well over 250 books for numerous publishers, including recent editions of novels such as The Color Purple and the writing of musician Jimmy Buffett and business guru Brian Tracy. For several years, Laurie taught editing for the Extension programs at both UCSD and UCLA.

T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood is the author of eight novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. TWO RIVERS was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards in 2009, and GRACE won the same award in 2012. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. Her eighth novel, BODIES OF WATER, was released last fall. She teaches creative writing at for San Diego Writers, Ink and online for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also an aspiring photographer. More information on T. Greenwood can be found at her website:

Jill G. Hall

jillJill G. Hall is an artist, writer and owner of Inspirations Gallery. Her poetry has been published in A Year in Ink Vol. VI and VIICity WorksServing House Journal and Wild Women Wild Voices. She is a past president of San Diego Writers, Ink, currently chairs The Creative Catalyst Program at the San Diego Foundation and facilitates Artist Way and creativity workshops. She holds an Ed.D. from Northern Arizona University and a masters degree from the University of San Diego.

Kim Keeline


Kim Keeline is a college teacher of 15 years who then went on to be a writer, web designer, and marketing professional.  She was once hired by a military contractor for a year to make PowerPoint slides for presentations which were presented to high-level officials in Washington, D.C.  In addition, she has presented at numerous academic conferences, as well as local venues like retirement homes, on a wide range of topics. She is also the Communications and Membership Director here at SDWI, so you may see her around at events–come say hi!

Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler has published multiple short stories in print anthologies and magazines.  Her vampire short story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award and has been reprinted in the Dead Souls anthology by Morrigan Books.  After meeting Ray Bradbury she took up his challenge to write 52 Short Stories in 52 Weeks and one of the stories grew into her novel, Moonlight, became a finalist in the Kensington/RT Writing with the Stars contest. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Fantasy-SciFi-Horror and the Hearts Through History for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Jennifer Lane

jenniferlaneJennifer Lane received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and her BA with a focus in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum); The Seer and the Witch (nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival 2013, Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Sue Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award, a Semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference);Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.)and Convergence (premiered at the soloNOVA Festival); Her short plays have been workshopped with Anne Bogart, and performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, LiveGirls! Theatre, the Culture Project Women Center Stage Festival, and at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. Jenny is the Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and a Teaching Artist with the Playwrights Project. For more information, visit

Thomas Larson

Journalist, critic, and memoirist, Thomas Larson is the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart DiseaseThe Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. He is a staff writer for the San Diego Reader. He teaches in the MFA Program at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. Larson lectures on his heart disease and holds writing workshops for medical professionals and patients throughout the United States; his essay-series, “The Social Author,” is running at Guernica. His website is

Jim Moreno

jim-morenoJim Moreno serves on the Program Committee of Writers’ Ink, He is on the Advisory Board of the Poetic Medicine Institute and was the Poet in Residence for the Juvenile Court & Community Schools. Jim has taught as a guest poet at California State University, Long Beach, Southwestern College, Magee Park Poets, CalSAC Statewide Conference, the Buddhist Churches of America Annual Conference, St. Elmo’s Village (both in Los Angeles), the Crossroads Foundation (via grant from the Poetic Medicine Institute in Palo Alto), area high schools and Indian reservations. Moreno is the author of Dancing In Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007), and two cd’s reversing the erased: exhuming the expunged, and A Question From Love. He has been published in City Works, The Langston Hughes Poetry Anthology, The Magee Park Poets Anthology, Tidepools, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and others. Jim is the host of the 2 Open Mic­Jihmye at the Cafe Cabaret on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.  Jim won first place for nonfiction in the Living Authors’ Society inaugural contest in 1994.

 Mary Lee Moser

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Mary Lee Moser, a lifelong journal writer, is a Certified Instructor for Journal to the Self® and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. Mary Lee has a Masters Degree in Psychology, and a Certificate in Art Therapy from the New England Art Therapy Institute; she is also credentialed by UCSD as an Adult Activity Leader. Since 1994, she’s taught expressive arts in colleges, corporate settings, and hospitals. Mary Lee is a frequent presenter at conferences, including the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, and SoulCollage® Facilitators’ Retreats, most recently in Carcassonne, France and Carefree, Arizona. She is the founder of “Create Today”™ Journal Workshops and Books.

 Mark O’Bannon

Mark O'BannonMark O’Bannon is an American novelist and game designer best known as the author of the fantasy series, “Shadows and Dreams.” O’Bannon has studied writing and marketing techniques extensively, and has read over 200 books on the subjects. O’Bannon has been conducting workshops, seminars and panels for authors on writing and marketing since 2007.  O’Bannon is an advocate of Self-Publishing and teaches workshops to aspiring authors on how to publish, market and promote their work. O’Bannon is the CEO of Shadowstar Games, which publishes the Interactive Storytelling Game (a Pen & Paper Role Playing Game), “Fantasy Imperium.”  Born in San Diego, California, O’Bannon is the grandson of the famous aviation pioneer, Reuben H. Fleet (who acquired the Wright Brother’s airplane company Dayton-Wright along with Gallaudet Aircraft and formed Consolidated Aircraft, the makers of the famous B-24 Liberator bombers and the PBY Catalina flying boats from WWII).

Laura Preble

Laura Preble is the award-winning author of the young adult series, Queen Geek Social Club (Penguin/Berkley Jam), which includes the novels Queen Geeks in Love and Prom Queen Geeks, and OutShe has also won a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize, and has been published in North American Review, Hysteria, and NEA Today. Her website is

Tania Pryputniewicz

taniaA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania Pryputniewicz is the Managing Poetry Editor of The Fertile Source. Her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press, 2014. New poems are forthcoming online atChaparral, Poetry Flash and Soundings East. Co-founding blogger for Mother, Writer, Mentor, Pryputniewicz teaches writing, blogging and tarot workshops for MWM, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Story Circle Network, and San Diego Writers, Ink. She is newly relocated to Coronado Island with her husband, three children, one blue-eyed Siberian Husky and two tubby housecats. She lives on line at

David Raines

davidrainesDavid Raines is a local writer, actor and filmmaker who earned his BA in Art from San Diego State University. He is a former screenwriting instructor for The Writing Center, forerunner to San Diego Writers Ink. His work includes the science-fiction screenplay Fallout; the novella Red Line, and short stories for San Diego Writers Ink’s and A Year in Ink anthology. He is the host of DimeStories San Diego three-minute open mic event. He also hosts a podcasts on his website, as well as movie reviews and articles.

Anne Randerson

Anne Randerson photo 1Anne Randerson is the founder of Cross Cultural Horizons, an intercultural communication training company. She is also a university lecturer, with Master’s and PhD degrees in Human Life Studies. Anne has published numerous articles and stories about her 25 years as an expatriate in Europe and Japan. Before relocating to San Diego, she taught creative writing courses at the American Women’s Club of Brussels and the European Commission. She is a founding member of Caravan Press. Photos from Anne’s book, Scenes of Japan, have been exhibited at the Japanese and American Embassies in Brussels, Belgium.

Judy Reeves

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other anthologies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards.Her latest book is Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her website is She blogs at

Caitlin Rother

Caitlin Rother head, by Shaun Boyte, cropped

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored ten books, ranging from true crime to memoir to crime fiction. Her next book, THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER, due out in November 2015, chronicles the story behind the Steven DeMocker murder case in Prescott, Arizona. Her latest narrative non-fiction release, I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, tells the story behind the murder of Newport Beach multimillionaire Bill McLaughlin by his femme fatale fiancee and her NFL-linebacker lover. That book, as well as an updated version of her only novel, NAKED ADDICTION, set in La Jolla and PB, were both released in 2014. The Los Angeles Times described her controversial LOST GIRLS as “a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator [John Gardner]. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.” Rother, a two-time San Diego Book Awards finalist, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 19 years before deciding to write books full-time. Her work has also been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and the Huffington Post. Rother has appeared more than 100 times on TV and radio on shows including Nancy Grace,Snapped, many Investigation Discovery programs, Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record, XM Radio, America at Night and various PBS affiliates. She also works as a writing coach and research/publishing consultant. For more information, please visit her website,

Jennifer Silva Redmond

jennifersilvaredmondLong-time editor-in-chief and acquisitions editor at award-winning Sunbelt Publications, Jennifer Silva Redmond is now a publishing consultant and editor, as well as a popular instructor and speaker.  Her essays, articles, and fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines, and books; she teaches at the Southern California Writers Conference, San Diego Writers, Ink, was prose editor for A Year in Ink vol 3, and co-founder of the critically acclaimed “Sea of Cortez Review.” Her latest role is independent film producer at WorkWithMeFilms; the original screenplay “El Camino” (her third script co-written with husband Russel Redmond) is in pre-production. She is always looking for “great new stuff” and has a wide circle of agents, editors, and publishers with whom to share marketable fiction and non-fiction. More information, a list of edited books, and client testimonials can be found at

Kate Sayre

kateKate Sayre holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Florida, a nationally-ranked creative writing program. She has taught Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Florida, Texas State University, and Miami University in Ohio. Before becoming a writing teacher, she taught English as a second language in France, the Czech Republic, and Taiwan. She recently moved to San Diego, where she teaches and works as a freelance writer.

Kevin Six

KevinSix-150x188Kevin Six is a co-founder of New Play Cafe, a production company that combines short plays with good food. He was the 2009-11 Playwright in Residence at Swedenborg Hall and his play Love, Unrequited, in Three Galleries was the 2008 winner of The Scripteasers’ Script Tease of Short Plays, and performed in Valdez Alaska in 2013. His play The Cake Women was published in 2008 in Smith and Kraus’ The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2007 he has had monologues published in five collections – including a high school text book.

Marivi Soliven

mariviphotoMarivi Soliven has authored 16 books and  taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines and  the University of California at San Diego.  She drafted her first novel during Nanowrimo 2008. Under its original title, In the Service of Secrets, the unpublished  manuscript  won the Grand Prize for the Novel in English at the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. Retitled The Mango Bride, it was published by Penguin Books in April, 2013.    Spanish and Filipino translations as well as a film adaptation of the novel are in development.

Clayton Truscott

head-shot-ctruscottClayton Truscott is a South African travel, surf and fiction writer. He was the senior writer and editor at Essential Travel Magazine from 2009 to 2012. He currently works as a content director for a marketing agency in San Diego and continues to write articles for select clients. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture & Communications. For more information, you can follow him on

Emily Vizzo

emilyEmily Vizzo is a San Diego writer and educator. A Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA graduate, she was an August 2013 resident at the Vermont Studio Center and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2010 participant. Her work has appeared in FIELD, North American Review, Ellipsis, and Jet Fuel Review; her essay, “A Personal History of Dirt,” was listed as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. A San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow, Emily serves as assistant managing editor with Drunken Boat, volunteers with Poetry International, and reads for Hunger Mountain. Her journalism has been published in the Los Angeles Times and other national platforms; she currently teaches yoga at the University of San Diego.

Carla Walter

Carla Photo in black dressCarla Walter, PhD is a 2014 Margaret Fuller Universalist Unitarian Woman’s Federation Grant Recipient in support of one of her current nonfiction projects, “Dancing in the Spirit of Recovery.” Carla earned her doctorate from the University of California, Riverside. A long time supporter, member, and SDWI enthusiast, Carla has written and sold four nonfiction books spanning the arts, economics, and marketing arenas.

Tim West

timwestTim West has been a San Diego-based  theatre artist for more than 25 years. He is a noted actor with 40+ area professional credits in theatres from Lambs Players to ion. As a playwright, he has had more than a dozen of his plays produced, including multiple works commissioned by both Scripps Ranch Theatre and Sledgehammer Theatre, as well as one by the San Diego Zoo. He has taught writing for general audiences at Cygnet Theatre and the resident ensemble master class at Sledgehammer as well as for the talented kids of San Diego Junior Theatre, kids building skills at San Diego City Schools, and adult speakers of English as a Second Language. These techniques are universally effective in freeing the writer’s voice in each of us. Tim draws from a variety of sources, but his techniques are based primarily in the communal work of Obie Award winner Deb Margolin, with whom he studied the Audrey Skirball- Kenis Foundation in Los Angeles. Tim is a graduate of San Diego State University.

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Selection of Instructors who have worked for us in the past:

Sydney Brown

Sydney Brown is the Co-Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Grossmont College where she has been teaching creative writing for over ten years. Currently she facilitates a popular poetry-writing workshop. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Sonoma ReviewSouthern Anthologytwo girls reviewHawaii Pacific ReviewredSunshine/NoirHOW2: Contemporary Innovative Writing Practices by Women, and Hunger and Thirst.

Sydney believes that most writers need other writers for inspiration, constructive criticism, and camaraderie; she looks forward to working in The Ink Spot’s intimate setting with a small group of serious poets.

Christopher Canaan

Christopher Canaan won an Emmy with Michael Mann for the mini-series, “Camerena: Drug Wars.” He has written and produced movies and mini-series for CBS, NBC, ABC, The Family Channel, Fox, USA, Show Time, Hallmark and Starz Encore, including “Cries Unheard,” with Hillary Swank, “Robinson Crusoe,” starring Pierce Brosnan, and Dashiell Hammett’s “The House On Turk Street,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. Additionally, he has scribed “Gabriel’s Fire,” starring James Earl Jones, and was co-creator of the CBS series, “Walker Texas Ranger.” His screen adaptations include the works of works of Elmore Leonard, Anne Rice and Robert Ludlum. In summer 2008 The Lifetime Network aired his current film, “Little Girl Lost.” Canaan holds an MFA in Theater from University of California San Diego. He has performed in regional theater at the Old Globe Theater, the Los Angeles Music Center and the professional repertory companies at Tulane University in New Orleans, Dartmouth College, and Tufts University. For the last several years, Canaan has taught screenwriting for the Writers Program at UCLA Extension and lectured at various universities, including University of California, Berkeley and California Lutheran University. Canaan is a member of the faculty at the Academy of Cinema in Athens, Greece where he taught the Michael Chekhov Technique and creative writing. He currently teaches screenwriting for National University.

Lisa Fugard

Lisa Fugard is the author of Skinner’s Drift, a NY Times Notable Book of 2006, a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Award, and the runner up for the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  Her short stories have been anthologized and featured on “Selected Shorts on NPR.  She has written numerous travel articles and book reviews for the New York Times, and is the recipient of a 2009 fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Steve Kowit

Steve Kowit was born in Brooklyn and moved to San Diego over twenty-five years ago, where he teaches at Southwestern College. He earned his BA from Brooklyn College, his MA from San Francisco State College, and his MFA from Warren Wilson College. In addition to authoring several books of his own poetry, he has edited a poetry anthology, The Maverick Poets; written several works on the subject of writing poetry, including the highly praised In the Palm Of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He is distinguished by his many awards for poetry, some of which include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award. His collection of poems, The Dumbbell Nebula, was a San Francisco Chronicle’s Notable Book of the Year, and his most recent books of poems, Gods of Rapture and The First Noble Truth have attracted rapt attention and praise from reviewers.

Janene Roberts

janene-robertsJanene Roberts has planned media for top ad agencies in San Diego on projects for companies like Metabolife, The San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Omni Hotels, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, National City Mile of Cars and a long list of others.  She self-published a guide to wineries and promoted it herself with sales and distribution of over 5,000 copies–all with little or no promotional budget.  She was a part-time staff member of San Diego Writers, Ink and can often be found at food and wine events, playing volleyball at Mission Bay or hovered over her computer at coffee houses around town working on her memoir.

Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland is a veteran of the Navy and the author the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch of Giving the Finger. His novel, Forest of Fortune, which draws from his experience working at a SoCal Indian casino, will be published in August by Tyrus Books. Ruland is a freelance book reviewer for San Diego CityBeat and the Los Angeles Times. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Esquire, Granta, HobartOxford American and Razorcake. His work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Reader’s Digest Life Stories Contest. He runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its tenth year.

Tom Spanbauer

Tom Spanbauer is the author of four novels including In the City of Shy Hunters, and the beloved classic, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon. Tom’s most recent novel, Now is the Hour, was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist and Publishers Weekly chose it as one of the best 100 books of 2006. About Now is the Hour, Natalie Goldberg said, “There is no one like Tom Spanbauer writing in America. I dare you to read this and still hold onto the old way you see the world.” A new edition of Tom’s first novel, Faraway Places, has recently been released by Hawthorne Books.