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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.

Our Mission:

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.

Our Staff:

Executive Director: Kristen Fogle

Marketing, Membership and Communications Director: Kim Keeline

Administrative Assistant: Susan Moon


Our Board Officers:

Patrick Stewart, President

Dean Nelson, Secretary

Board Members:

Jen Coburn

Margaret Dilloway

Rich Farrell

Hunter Gatewood

Susan Gembrowski

John Van Roekel

Staff bios:

Kristen FogleKristen Fogle, Executive 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. In 2014 she earned a Non-Profit Management certificate from Brandman University.

KiminBlue-profilepicKim Keeline, Membership and Communications Director email
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 this 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. In 2016 she was awarded Volunteer of the Year for the local chapter of Sisters in Crime, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Her favorite 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:

Susan Moon, Administrative Assistant
Originally from the Bay Area, Susan moved to SD in 2011. She trained as a nursing assistant, and was a resident assistant at a drug rehab and alcohol treatment center. In addition to her work at SDWI, she is the project manager for a small start up company.




Board Bios:

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.

Jen Coburn

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post. Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.
Margaret Dilloway
Margaret Dilloway is the author of the middle grade fantasy novels Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters and Xander and the Dream Thief (Disney-Hyperion); and the women’s fiction novels How to be an American Housewife, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, and Sisters of Heart and Snow. An upcoming realistic middle grade novel, Summer of a Thousand Pies, will be published by Balzer + Bray in early 2019. She is the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Award for Children’s Literature and the ALA Literary Tastes Award for Best Women’s Fiction.



Rich Farrell

Richard 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.

Hunter Gatewood
Bio Coming Soon

Susan Gembrowski
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.

John Van Roekel 

John is long-time active member of SDWI, having participated in dozens of classes and workshops. He is the author of two books of historical fiction, Braver Deeds and Prisoner Moon. His third, Lorenzo’s Assassin, will be published in early 2016. He has also edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel and made them available

John was a software engineer for forty years before retiring in 2012. He worked for a number of computer companies, including Sony for eleven years. He still likes to keep his hand in and released an iOS game in 2015 called Walkers 3D.

For more information about John and his books, see