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Our Instructors

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.



Brenda Adelman 

Brenda Adelman has performed in three countries, across the United States and for over 11,000 people. Her audiences are as diverse as women prisoners, youth-at-risk, theatres worldwide and for the US military. She’s been interviewed on NPR and FOX-TV Morning News. Her one woman show, My Brooklyn Hamlet, was named one of the BEST of the Fest by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival and was a Critics pick for both The Orlando International Fringe Festival and The San Diego International Fringe Festival. She is the creator of How to Create,Promote and Profit with a One-Person Show, her signature online video training program available to actors/singers/poets/ around the world. More info here.

Ann Bancroft


Ann Bancroft fell in love with the Amherst Writers and Artists method because of the way it supports writers in finding and telling the stories they may not know they need to write. She got her AWA certification in Chicago and has led groups in Sacramento and Coronado as well as at SDWI. Ann began writing fiction after a career in journalism and political communications. She was a staff writer for the “San Francisco Chronicle” and the Associated Press, and wrote editorials for “The Sacramento Bee.” Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the “Los Angeles Times,” “Sacramento Magazine,” and “California Lawyer” magazine. She has taught journalism at California State University, Sacramento and American River College. She has been a ghostwriter, a speechwriter, and a communications director for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. After taking early retirement, she began writing what she wanted — personal essays for Open Salon, short stories and her first novel, “The Oakland Mets”. An excerpt of that novel was published in the tenth edition of “A Year in Ink.”

 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.


David Coddon

david coddonDavid Coddon is a writing instructor and a longtime voice on the San Diego arts, entertainment and cultural scene. The former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Currents Weekend” and “Night&Day” sections, he wrote a popular column on the arts, “For What It’s Worth,” and chronicled in particular the glitter and impetuosity of the film industry. He is now a contributor to a number of Southern California publications, both online and in print, and is the regular theater critic for San Diego CityBeat magazine. He possesses an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California. He has taught either non-fiction or creative writing for 19 years at institutions including UCSD Extension, San Diego State and San Diego Mesa College, where he is adjunct faculty.

Molly Larson Cook

Molly Larson Cook is an award-winning writer and writing coach. Most recently, she received the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, and her winning poem is included in the 2016-2017 San Diego Poetry Annual.  Molly was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference in Oregon where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She’s published a number of magazine and newspaper pieces and has taught writing and literature in universities on both coasts and in workshops for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island in Washington. She agrees with author Louis Auchincloss that a writer’s life is his or her capital, and she’s tried to gather as much of that capital as possible.  Molly’s jazz novel, Listen, was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, On Our Way to Somewhere, in 2002. She is currently engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego.  Molly blogs about jazz and art at and and on personal/political topics at


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.


Mona de Vestel


Mona de Vestel is the award-winning author of the novel “One-String Guitar”—semifinalist for the VCU First Novelist award and memoir “King Leopold’s Daughter”finalist for Restless Books Immigrant Prize. Mona has taught writing at the State University of New York for many years and is ghostwriting books for several prominent clients. For more information, please visit her website:


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.

Maggie Espinosa

Maggie_@_Paris_cafeAward-winning travel journalist, Maggie Espinosa, has a passion for exploring the globe and sampling the world. She amasses the indigenous qualities of a destination and unfurls them into colorful, alluring stories. Working in print, radio, television and social media, Espinosa’s travelogues encompass all mediums. Coverage includes national and international publications, syndicated radio interviews, and travel reporting on XETV Channel 6. She authored a pet-friendly travel guide – The Privileged Pooch, Luxury Travel With Your Pet in Southern California. Her second book – On A Mission – is slated to publish in August 2015. It profiles Espinosa’s 800-mile walk to visit California’s 21 missions. Yup, walk! Loco! She’s danced with Kuna Indians on Panama’s San Blas Islands; slumbered in Japanese Ryokans; lived on St. Croix; traipsed the City of Light for six weeks with her bichon frise pup; swam with nurse sharks in Belize; sat among millions of Monarch Butterflies at their wintering grounds in Michoacan, Mexico; mushed a team of Huskies in Fairbanks, Alaska; explored the Venezuelan Rain Forest; scaled Mt. Whitney; straddled the equator in Ecuador on her way to the Galapagos Islands; sampled limpet sea snails in the Azores; rode the Amtrak train across America; led group tours through Baja’s Guadalupe Valley wine country; and the list goes on. Through the years Espinosa’s taught travel writing at Grossmont College, and was a guest lecturer with Celebrity Cruises. She thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the attendees and teaching them how to break into the travel writing industry.

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.


Cornelia Feye

Conelia Feye, authorCornelia Feye received her M.A. in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. After living in New York for five years, where she was a museum educator at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island, she moved to California. She taught Eastern and Western Art History at colleges in San Diego and she has been the School of the Arts and Arts Education Director at the Athenaeum, Music & Arts Library in La Jolla since 2007. In the 1970s she traveled around India, the Middle East, and South America for seven years and her various adventures on the road have found their way into her writing. Her novel, Spring of Tears, an art mystery set in France, was published in 2011 and won the San Diego Book Award for the mystery category. Her publications include art history essays and reviews in English and German. Her second mystery House of the Fox is set in Anza Borrego desert and San Diego. For more info go to:


Kristen Fogle

Kristen FogleKristen Fogle is the Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink. She is a freelance editor, writer, instructor, tutor, teaching artist, and theatrical performer/director. She earned a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and a MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (teaching emphasis) from San Diego State University. She also recently received a Teaching Artist training certification from Young Audiences San Diego and a Non-Profit Management certificate from Brandman University.


Traci Foust

Traci Foust’s
first memoir Nowhere Near Normal was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011 and was featured in Marie Claire magazine, NPR and MSNBC Today. Reviews and interview have appeared in many magazines/journals including: San Francisco ChronicleSan Diego Union TribuneVIVA Magazine, KGO News Talk San Francisco, NPR Houston Public Radio, NPR “Tell Me More”, Good Morning San Diego CW 6, The Jim Bohannon Show and MSNBC’s TODAY Health. She’s a regular contributor to the online magazineRole Reboot.Org which holds a readership of <330,000 (Feedback Media Kit-April, 2016) and my essays have appeared in several anthologies including THE TRUTH OF MEMOIR (Writer’s Digest 2014) Other work has appeared in The Southern ReviewPBS’s Emery’s JournalThe Nervous Breakdown, and Apalachee Review.

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.


Pamela Garvey

Pamela Garvey is the author of the collection of poetry Seven Miles Deep (Five Oaks P, 2017). Her poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire,Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry Review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow (2River Press, 2013), and Fear (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition. Her one act plays have been performed at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and St. Louis Community College, where Garvey is professor of English. She is currently working on a full length play entitled The Piddlings.

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.



Martin Gomez 

Martin Gomez is a film and television writer from Los Angeles, CA. He received his bachelors degree in screenwriting from Cal State University, Northridge. To date, he has written nearly a dozen feature-length screenplays, created two television shows, and has written over twenty short films, many of which have been produced. His projects have placed in several of the top international screenwriting competitions and his recently optioned feature-length supernatural thriller, FIRE IN THE WALLS, is in development and hopes to go into production by the end of the year.


Adam Greenfield

Adam Greenfield is a San Diego based podcast producer and writer. He is currently working with Voice of San Diego on a majority of their network of podcasts and has spent time creating several podcast series for MIT and the High Tech High school system here in San Diego. His personal podcasts, when time permits, are “Gutter Talk,” an interview style podcast with comic book creators, and “42 and Counting,” an autobiographical dive into what makes Adam and others like him tick. Adam has also published a book of poetry, “Regarding the Monkey” (Puna Press, 2015), and hosts a monthly open-mic poetry night, Verbatim Poets Society, at Verbatim Books in North Park on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood‘s eleven novels have sold over 250,000 copies. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, Christopher Isherwood Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Her novel Bodies of Water was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist; Two Rivers, Grace, and Where I Lost Her were each named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and Where I Lost Her was a Globe and Mail bestseller in 2016. Her twelfth novel, Rust & Stardust — a fictional rendering of the true crime which inspired Nabokov’s Lolita, will be published in August 2018. Greenwood teaches creative writing at San Diego Writers, Ink and online for The Writer’s Center. She lives with her husband and two daughters in San Diego, CA. More information can be found at and

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.

Garr Kuhl

Garr Kuhl is a novelist, playwright, and award winning short story writer. He has written for television and newspapers and is a past member of the board of The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. He has dedicated his career to all those who rally round the rich, invigorating freshness of imagination.



Seretta Martin

Seretta Martin, author of Foreign Dust Familiar Rain and Overtaking Glass (forthcoming), is the managing editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual and founding co-editor of Synesthesia Literary Journal. She is a Philip Levine Prize and Washington Prize semi-finalist. Her publishing credits include Serving House Journal, Web Del Sol, Poetry International, Margie, Modern Haiku, A Year in Ink and San Diego Poetry Annual. She teaches poetry at San Diego Writers Ink, California Poets in the Schools and the Border Voices Poetry Project and has hosted the New Alchemy Poetry Series for 16 years. Seretta holds an MFA from SDSU.


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).

Daniel Primbs

Daniel Primbs, as an economist and teacher, decided to take his love of books into publishing, focusing on development editing and designing aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly e-books.




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


Lydia Real


Lydia Lea Real is a local actor, teaching artist, and co-founder of The Poolhouse Project, a group dedicated to elevating artists in the San Diego community. She has ten plus years of stage experience, as well as 15 plus years of training and development experience. As a former training specialist in the service industry, she has facilitated classes, workshops, and seminars on leadership skills, communication, business management, and personal development. Lydia is a certified theater teaching artist with Arts for Learning San Diego, an Affiliate of Young Audiences. In addition, she has taught with Playwrights Project, Olney Theater Company, National Players, and Fells Point Corner Theater. Lydia has a BA in Psychology from The College of Notre Dame and a BS in Theatre Arts from Towson University. Lydia is also a certified holistic healthcare practitioner and has extensive training with Success Mastery programs.

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


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

Ron Salisbury

ronsalisburyRon Salisbury is a writer living in San Diego where he continues to publish, write and study in San Diego State University’s Master of Fine Arts program, Creative Writing.  Publications and awards include: Eclipse, The Cape Reader, Serving House Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Spitball, Soundings East, The Briar Cliff Review, Hiram Poetry Review, A Year in Ink, etc; Semi Finalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – 2012, Finalist for the ABZ First Book Contest – 2014, First Runner-up for the Brittingham and Pollak Prize in Poetry – 2014, Winner of Main Street Rag’s 2015 Poetry Prize, Miss Desert Inn to be published November 2015.

Gerardeen Santiago
Gerardeen Santiago brings over twenty-five years of experience from The McGraw-Hill Companies, Worth Publishers (Macmillan Learning), Scholastic Inc., and medical education and communication. She is honored to have been part of the McGraw-Hill team to win CODiE awards for educational web-based books. Gerri earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology (neuroscience) from Columbia University in the City of New York, while simultaneously jump-starting her career in publishing.
Cathy Scott
Good Day LA AvatarCathy Scott, a Los Angeles Times bestselling author, investigative journalist and blogger for Psychology Today, has written 11 books. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, New York Post,George magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and Reuters. Best known for penning The Killing of Tupac Shakur and The Murder of Biggie Smalls, she taught journalism for five years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas until she left to report on the largest animal rescue in US history in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, resulting in the book Pawprints of Katrina. Her latest books are Unconditional Honor, The Millionaire’s Wife and Murder in Beverly Hills, which won a silver award byForeword magazine’s Best True Crime Books of the Year 2013. She also wrote theFreeway Rick Ross autobiography, released in 2014. Her most recent TV appearances include Investigation Discovery, Vanity Fair and A&E.
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.


Amie Whittemore

unnamedAmie Whittemore is a poet, educator, and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poems have appeared in “The Gettysburg Review,” “Smartish Pace,” “North American Review,” and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming from Autumn House Press.




Sandra Millers Younger


Sandra Millers Younger grew up in the South where people still swap stories over fried chicken, apple pie and sweet tea. At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Syracuse University, where she earned degrees in English and journalism, Sandra studied stories—what makes the great ones great, how to find them, and how to share them in powerful ways that make a difference in the world. She’s since told thousands of stories as a journalist, culminating in her Amazon best-selling book, The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California’s Epic Cedar Fire. Now an internationally known resilience expert, Sandra shares her “ComeBACK Formula: Five Steps to Transform Crisis into Opportunity and Loss into Legacy” as a speaker, workshop leader and media guest. Most recently, she was featured in the 2017 Dateline special, “Inferno.”  Visit her online at


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

Luke Dani Blue

luke daniLuke Dani Blue’s short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills and Midnight Breakfast, among others. She was the winner of the 2015 Nelligan Short Fiction Prize and was a recent A Room of Her Own Foundation fellow. She taught creative writing at San Francisco State University before founding San Diego’s Wayward Writers, where she now leads fiction, memoir and poetry classes. In fall 2015, she will also be teaching for PEN Center USA. More about her at:

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.

Helen Chang

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Helen Chang is a bestselling ghostwriter and the CEO of Author Bridge Media, which has assisted more than 300 authors to write and publish their books for more credibility, revenue and raving fans.  Her clients include Michael Gerber of The E-Myth Book series, Dani Johnson of ABC’s Secret Millionaires and Scott McGillivray of HGTV’s Income Property.  She may be reached at

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.


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.

Libby Flores

flores_libbyLibby Flores was chosen as one of eight writers in the United States to receive the PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2008. Her short fiction has appeared in Post Road Magazine, The Rattling Wall, and Circa Magazine. She was recently a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Story Contest and in Gigantic Sequins 4th Annual Flash Fiction Contest. Her short short story “Fifty-Fifty Chance” will be published in FLASH: The International Short-Short Story Magazine Issue 8.2. She is the program manager for PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices Fellowship and PEN Craft Sessions. Libby holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.

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:


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.

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.

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 received 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.


Lisa Monaco Gonzales

Lisa headshotLisa Monaco Gonzales has 20 years of corporate experience from her former career in sales, marketing, and training, working for Fortune 500 companies such as Qualcomm and Verizon. Her second chapter in life began a few years ago when she authored the best-seller, Unbreakable Spirit, with several others. From there, she established her publishing company, SoGo Creation, and decided to publish her own children’s book, which she wrote as a child, called Jesse’s Dream. Her purpose was clear, to teach children how to write and illustrate books and then publish them. She believes there is no time like the present. Why wait to become a published author and illustrator when you have that opportunity as a child? Her program Publish My Book™ is flourishing at many schools and camps across San Diego county. San Diego Writers, Ink is proud to offer this program for your children to experience.

Kirsten Imani Kasai

0-2Kirsten Imani Kasai, MFA is the author of four novels: Ice Song, Tattoo, The Book of Blood Magic and Private Pleasures; a short fiction/poetry collection Rhapsody in Snakeskin and a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction, poetry, essays and articles have appeared in numerous print and online publications in the USA, Canada and Romania. Kirsten is the co-founder and editor of Body Parts Magazine, a journal of provocative horror and speculative fiction. An award-winning writer and editor with a decade in print and online publication management, she’s served the literary community as a book and writing coach, speaker/presenter, and as an editor and critique group leader connecting with learners through one-on-one coaching online, in person and via email/phone, lectures, workshops and panel discussions. An avid proponent of the need to support literary citizenship and advocacy in the writing community, she’s dedicated to guiding writers toward the fullest expression of their voice and work.

Courtney Kilian

CKilian-PhotoCourtney Amber Kilian received her MFA from UCSD. Her work appears in the anthologies, California Prose Directory: New Writing From the Golden State and Ancestors, Place, and Memory… Our Stories Will Never Die. She was recognized in MARY as their New Voice in Nonfiction and by A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments as their fiction contest winner. She writes on mindfulness and writing on her blog, Om & Ink. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and she has received travel grants to do research for her writing in Spain. She loves yoga near trees, teatime, floating in the Pacific, and working with others to inspire their creativity. She teaches yoga, creativity, and writing in the San Diego area. To learn more about her work or working with her, visit and follow her @CAmberKilian.

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.

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

 Rachel Moore

Rachel MooreRachel Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She worked as a newspaper copy editor for 14 years, most recently with the San Diego Union-Tribune staff that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Rachel shifted careers in 2010 and is now an MFT Registered Intern. She sees clients in private practice at the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma in San Diego. Rachel’s speciality is helping writers, artists, and musicians overcome creative anxiety and rediscover their joy. For more information, please visit her website:
Matt Phillips

Philllips_Matt-150x150Matt Phillips lives in Normal Heights. His books are Three Kinds of Fool, Bad Luck City, Redbone, and the forthcoming Accidental Outlaws On Purpose. He has published crime stories across the web at Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Out of the Gutter, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Manslaughter Review. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas-El Paso.


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


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.

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond has been a writer, editor, and teacher for more than twenty years. Her short story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Originally published by Eastern Washington University Press, the book has been reissued in an expanded edition by Press 53. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, from American Literary Review to the Los Angeles Timesmagazine, and she writes for such publications as The Writer as well as on her blog, Remembering English (www.midgeraymond. com/blog), which features a new writing prompt every week. Her new book, Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life will be published in May, 2012. Visit Midge online at

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.

Caitlin Rother

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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,

Jim Ruland

Jim Rulandis 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.

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.

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.

Barbara Tomeo

Barbara Ann, a lifelong journal writer, is a certified SOULCOLLAGE® facilitator. She holds a Masters Degree in School Counseling from NYU and a Masters Degree in the Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University. While teaching at the high school level in New York City Public Schools, she inspired her students to journal and create their own Memory Books. Barbara Ann is currently an Elementary School Counselor, who loves to incorporate journal writing, art, music and play into the curriculum.

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.

John Vorhaus

johnJohn Vorhaus is the author of the comedy-writing classic, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, plus Creativity Rules! the little book of SITCOM, seven outstanding novels, and too damn many poker books to count. An accomplished scriptwriter and screenwriter, with credits stretching back to Married… with Children, he is also an international creative consultant, and has taught and trained writers in 32 countries on five continents (at last count). Those who have caught John’s past presentations will tell you that a day with this enlightening and empowering instructor is simply not to be missed. John tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact, and secretly controls the world

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.





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