San Diego Writers, Ink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We offer classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events at The Ink Spot and other locations throughout San Diego County.
San Diego Writers, Ink, nurtures writers and fosters a literary community by
- Serving as a hub for the literary community
- Promoting literature
- Providing artistic development for writers at all levels, and
- Facilitating artistic collaboration
You can read our San Diego Writers Ink Annual Report 2011 and 2012 for more detailed information.
Programs Director: Kristen Fogle
Media, Marketing and Communications Coordinator: Kim Keeline
Bookkeeper: Linda Lyons
Event and Publicity Assistant: Janene Roberts
Publications Associate: Anthony Bonds
Our Board Officers:
Patrick Stewart, President
Dean Nelson, Secretary
Justin Salas, Treasurer
Kristen Fogle, Programs Director
Kristen Fogle is a freelance editor, writer, instructor, tutor, teaching artist, and theatrical performer/director. Over the last decade she has been the Editorial Director for three national college entertainment publications (Warning, ForUs, and CLIQ). She earned a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and 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. You can find her weekly theatre reviews at www.sdtheatrereviews.com.
Kim Keeline, Media, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Kim Keeline is a freelance writer and publicist who has been working in marketing and social media for several local arts nonprofits. She discovered her love of the field while she was teaching college composition and literature courses and she started pursuing it as she finished her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Southern California. She was awarded a 2012 STAR award from the SD Performing Arts League for marketing and event planning work with the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Her favorite recent freelance gig was as an editor for the second edition of the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture where she not only edited and updated hundreds of articles but also wrote new articles on topics like Google, Twitter, and the film trilogy of the Lord of the Rings. More info can be found at: www.keeline.com/portfolio.
Janene Roberts, Event and Publicity Assistant: Janene 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.
Anthony Bonds, Publications Associate (Since November 2012)
Since 2008, Tony Bonds has worked as a book designer and layout artist with such local organizations as San Diego State University and the non-profit Los Bilingual Writers. He founded the Writers Collective at SDSU, an organization dedicated to publishing a yearly anthology of writing by MFA candidates in creative writing. In 2010, he co-founded the cooperative press Calypso Editions, where he currently serves as Creative Director. Calypso Editions’ books have been praised by the Times Literary Supplement and have appeared on The New Yorker’s Bookbench blog, to name a few highlights. Until earlier in 2012, Tony was the editor for Rainbow Publishers, a San Diego-based children’s book publisher. His role there was to generate new titles and usher each publication through the process of production, from approving the initial manuscript to proofing the final book.
Patrick Stewart (President)
Patrick is the Executive Director of Words Alive, a local nonprofit specializing in the development of literary enhancement programs for large education partners. Prior to this, Patrick has been the Producing Artistic Director for Sushi Performance & Visual Arts, the Executive Director for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC, and the Managing Director for the theatre and performance programs for the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.
In addition to his managerial roles at nonprofit arts and culture organizations, Patrick has maintained a prolific career as a presenter, producer and director of performance and visual art. A specialist in new work and contemporary art, Patrick has led the presentation of regional and world premieres, as well as a rich history of presenting international artists and art work. Patrick has represented the Unite States through a shared cultural exchange program in Australia with the Australian Embassy, is a current committee member for Space 4 Art’s programs, sits on the board of directors of Rebuild Global, and works in close partnership with the region’s cultural community providing curating and creative consulting services.
Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University with distinction, and graduated from the Executive Non-Profit Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy in Washington, DC.
Dean Nelson: Secretary
Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 14 books, mostly on spirituality themes. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and conducts retreats that focus on spiritual depth.
He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest. Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Nelson has interviewed Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Gay Talese, Anchee Min, Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Otis Chandler, Kathleen Norris, Donald Miller, Bill Moyers, Jim Wallis, Chitra Divakaruni, Joseph Wambaugh, James Fallows, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben and dozens of others. Many of those interviews are viewable on the interviews tab of this site and on UCSD-TV’s website. They have been broadcast nationwide.
Nelson came to San Diego from Minneapolis, where he was working as a business writer. He has a Ph.D. in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in literature from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas City. He grew up in Minnesota, is a die-hard hockey player and fan, is married to his college sweetheart, Marcia, and has two adult children, Blake and Vanessa. Visit his website to read more.
Justin Salas: Treasurer
Justin Salas is an associate attorney at the Conway Law Group, Inc. where he practices trusts & estates and taxation law. Justin is a member the California State Bar. He completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, with a B.A. in International Economics, graduating with distinction in Economics and a minor in Spanish. He obtained his Juris Doctor at California Western School of Law.
Award-winning magazine journalist Sandra Millers Younger is founder and master story strategist at Strategic Story Solutions, an international leadership and marketing consultancy that helps entrepreneurs make a difference by discovering the power of their own stories. Sandra is also the author of the new book, The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California’s Epic Cedar Fire.
Sandra’s writing credits range from academic journals to Seventeen magazine. She is a Phi Beta Kappa journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also holds a master’s degree in magazine journalism at Syracuse University, where she studied on a Syracuse Graduate Fellowship.
Sandra and her husband, Bob, moved to San Diego in 1982. For the past ten years, they have lived with their giant Newfoundland dogs in Wildcat Canyon, the area worst hit by the Cedar Fire.
Ellen Yaffa joined the SDWI Board in 2010, having become a regular at Thursday Writers, Dime Stories, and other SDWI activities. An enthusiastic champion of the organization and its mission, Ellen first got involved with SDWI as part of a New Year’s Resolution to explore creative writing as a welcome addition to the organizational writing she had done professionally for over 20 years. Ellen has worked at SAY San Diego since 1996, serving as Development Director since July 2009. Prior to her employment with SAY, Ellen was a communications consultant for school districts and nonprofit organizations. She has published parent handbooks and other materials that have been translated into Spanish and Somali, showing parents how to promote academic achievement. A community leader for quality public education, Ellen has served as campaign consultant to several school board candidates. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an MSW from San Diego State University.
Laurel Corona attended graduate school at the University of Chicago (MA 1972) and UC Davis (Ph.D, 1982). She was both an instructor and an administrator of academic support programs at San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego, and served as dean and then as a full-time professor of English and Humanities at San Diego City College. She also freelanced in the 1990s, writing 17 Young Adult titles for Lucent Books. Her fiction includes PENELOPE’S DAUGHTER from Penguin/Berkley Books and the FOUR SEASONS. You can find out more at her web site, laurelcorona.com.
A former reporter and Assistant Metro Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Susan Gembrowski is currently a research and writing specialist, and a Reservist at Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
Patricia Maas is a professional communications specialist and an award-winning writer, editor, and photographer. Her professional roles have included editing a national publication and serving as communications director of a large nonprofit organization. As creative director for Blue Jay Technologies, she provides Web strategy, graphic design, and custom photography services to select clientele. Patricia holds a BA in literature from the University of California, San Diego.