2018 Volunteer Directory

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Eric Bratcher

Eric Bratcher

I'm a former entertainment journalist and current videogame consultant and writer of outlandish-yet-heartfelt tales for the twelve-year-old in all of us. I live in the SF Bay Area with my lovely wife, Kim, and a fabulously cuddly pig named Bacon. I laugh and smile a lot.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/eric-bratcher/1/825/6b0/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eric.bratcher.75


Rhett Burden

Rhett Burden

East Coaster. DUKE fanatic. Personal and Professional Development Junkie. Author. I'm the author of two professional development books and several children's picture books entitled: "Brother, Please A Guidebook to Life and Leadership, Tools for the Sane, Advice for the Crazy," "MISTAKES My Pencils don't come with erasers, just life lessons," and "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be, Super Rich, Super Smart, Super Healthy"

Website: http://www.royallymelanated.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhettburden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhett.burden
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhett_Burden


Simona Carini

Simona Carini

Simona Carini is a poet, nonfiction writer, award-winning food writer, photographer and blogger. Originally from Italy, she lives in Northern California with her husband and works as an academic researcher in Medical Information Science.

Website: http://www.simonacarini.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BricioleBlog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonaBriciole


Paula Chinick

Paula Chinick

Paula Chinick, owns and operates an Indie publishing company--Russian Hill Press with a dozen authors ranging from romance to poetry. She has published two novels in her RED ASSCHER WWII spy thriller series, "Living in Fear" and "Living in Turmoil." And is currently working on the third, "Living in War." She is also a member of CWC Tri-Valley Writers.

Website: http://www.russianhillpress.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulachinick
Facebook: http:// https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Asscher/428716547238334?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Red_Asscher


Amanda Clay

Amanda Clay

Amanda J. Clay is the Amazon best-selling author of YA and Adult romance and suspense. A California native, she currently resides in Denver, CO. When she's not writing, she spends her time plotting world adventures.

Website: http://amandajclay.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandajclaybooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amandajclay


Peter Dudley

Peter Dudley

Author of urban fantasy LIFELIKE as well as the post apocalyptic trilogy that begins with SEMPER, continues with FORSADA, and finishes with FREDA, Peter writes stories for teens and adults with a sense of adventure or a sense of humor. He rarely uses his Electrical Engineering degree from UC Berkeley these days; instead, he works in corporate social responsibility, running the nation's largest workplace charitable giving campaign (which raised $85 million for charity in 2017). In his career, he's worked on the B-2 bomber, the first PDA, and the first smart phone. A Connecticut native, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats, and he's the proud parent of two grown children: A transgender woman, and an Eagle Scout. C

Website: http://www.peterdudley.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdudley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peterdudley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dudleypj


Tara Farquhar

Tara Farquhar

Tara Farquhar writes fiction, memoir and poetry. She received an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. Tara explores the ideas of love, fear and loss in her writing. In particular, she writes about women’s struggles as they seek strength, courage, self acceptance, vulnerability and balance.

Website: http://www.thepennedartist.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarafarquharauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepennedartist


Lindajoy Fenley

Lindajoy Fenley

As a former journalist in US and Latin America, I've lived a third of my life abroad. I continue to write, travel and work with musicians.

Website: https://lindajoyfenley.wordpress.com/about/


Craig Franklin

Craig Franklin

I recently retired after 37 years as a TV news cameraman, producer, writer. Just finished my first novel about a naive investigative journalist risking his life to expose mobsters controlling the Japanese tourist industry in San Francisco in 1994 (loosely based on real events). I'm also working with my daughter on a modern version of "Sleeping Beauty," a novel, wherein the princess gets to be the hero of her own story.

Website: http://craigfranklinwriter.com


Jennifer Gerhart

Jennifer Gerhart

I write adventurous and fantastical stories often geared towards children and young adults, and I love reading. Some of my favorite authors are Ursula K. Le Guin, Roald Dahl, and Philip Pullman. I studied literature and anthropology and the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated in 2009. This past November, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time (and won)! I am excited to get more involved in the writing community and build my platform.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.cole.77715


Elisabeth Kauffman

Elisabeth Kauffman

Elisabeth Kauffman is an author, an editor, a book coach, and an artist. She is an avid bird watcher and a vegetarian. She grew up reading Mary Stewart, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the like, and never lost her love of stories. Now she writes fantasy fiction, and runs a freelance editing business called Writing Refinery, where she edits novels for independent clients as well as publishing companies, and coaches writers to be their best creative selves.

Website: http://www.writingrefinery.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/writingrefinery
Twitter: twitter.com/writingrefinery


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Julaina Kleist-Corwin teaches creative writing and writes non-fiction, women's fiction, multidimensional novels, and YA. She has won several first place awards in short story contests. Her work is published in The California Writers Club Literary Review and Harlequin's Christmas collections. Her anthology, Written Across the Genres, is available on Amazon as well as her #1 Amazon best seller, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans. Check out her Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clfyb/ . She lives in northern California with her husband and Russian Blue cat.

Website: http://timetowritenow.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/julaina-kleist-corwin/16/9a7/26a
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulainaKleistCorwin/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JulainaC


catherine kornreich

catherine kornreich

I am passionate about everything creative. From writing to illustrating to thinking, anything that gets the creative juices flowing gets me excited. I've been a graphic designer for almost forty years, and am now focusing more on writing and illustrating about my travels.

Website: http://kdadesign.com
Facebook: http://catherine “kiki” kornreich


David Lettis

David Lettis

David is a former journalist for the Orange County Register and the Motley Fool. He spends his time writing novels and screenplays, most recently focusing on dark comedy, and loves to explore new genres. He's an avid runner, a proud science-fiction nerd, and believes the 49ers are truly on the verge of great things. He currently works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and lives in the East Bay with his fiancee and their large Shepherd/Ridgeback mix, Rusty.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-lettis-88796b4/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveLettis


Robin Levin

Robin Levin

This will be my sixth year as a volunteer at the San Francisco Writer's Conference. I am a retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I have published five books on Ancient Rome, The Death of Carthage, Maximus, Warts and All, Sempronia the Sister of the Gracchi, In the Wake of Hannibal, and The Last Carthaginian and have co-published Dialogue Between a Christian Believer and a Non-Believer with Noelle Shepperd. I have a work in progress on the Life of Scipio Africanus called You Won't Even Have My Bones. I live in San Francisco and have a BA from U.C. Berkeley in Anthropology and Zoology.

Website: http://gravatar.com/robinelevin


Robb Lightfoot

Robb Lightfoot

Robb Lightfoot is a humorist, teacher and publisher who lives and works in Northern California. His fourth book, "Problem Child - The View From the Principal's Office" is available on Amazon. It's first in the series of Improbable Tales From A Hyper-Active Childhood.

Website: http://www.orsoitseems.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/robblightfoot/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robb.lightfoot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robblightfoot


Judy Lussie

Judy Lussie

Judy Lussie writes multi-cultural romance fiction. She is the author of Second Time Around, a novel published in 2018. Her novella, Lake Biwa Wishes, has been published in 2016. She began writing after her retirement as the Technical Information Department Head from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her love of reading and church activities led to her being asked to write devotionals for These Days Magazine. Her short stories have been included in three CWC Tri-Valley Branch’s anthologies. Other short stories have been included in several Las Positas College Anthologies, and in Word Movers, and TIDES, anthologies of Creative Writings by Seniors, Oakland, CA. She is owner/proprietor of Sursum Corda Press LLC. Judy is a member o

Website: https://accessibletravelblog.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/judy.lussie


Karen McCoy

Karen McCoy

Outside my librarian career, I've written full-time since 2008, including reviews for Library Journal and Children's Literature. In the past year, I've sold nonfiction articles to The Write Life, and in January 2012, I sold a feature article to School Library Journal entitled, "What Teens are Really Reading." I also contributed a chapter to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, published in February 2014 from Penguin Random House. I have experience as a book buyer for teen and children's books for a 28-library system, and maintain a blog, The Writer Librarian, https://thewriterlibrarian.blogspot.com/, where I've interviewed Scott Westerfeld, D.J. MacHale, Traci Chee, Victoria Schwab, Andrew Smith, A.S. King, Grace Lin, and countl

Website: http://www.karenmccoy.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-mccoy-3bb81611a/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writerlibrarian
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterLibrarian


Kristina Meister

Kristina Meister

I am an author of YA/scifi, a cos-player, and an ambulothanatophobic (fear of the walking dead). It's not a huge deal. I cope. The swords help.

Website: http://www.kristinameister.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kristina.Meister
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristinameister


Carmen Micsa

Carmen Micsa

Born and raised in Romania, Carmen Micsa moved to America in 1995. She earned a BA and MA degree in English (Creative writing) from Sacramento State University. Besides writing, Carmen Micsa enjoys being a mother to her two beautiful children Alex and Sophia. She owns her own real estate company and prides herself for being organized and efficient in leading a balanced life. Carmen Micsa just published Change Your Grip on Life through Tennis in Dec. 2016 through Wistful Press. She also writes short fiction, travel articles, and picture books. Carmen also completed four marathons and qualified to run the Boston marathon at this year's California International Marathon.

Website: http://www.carmenmicsabooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmicsa


Gina L. Mulligan

Gina L. Mulligan

My writing work began with freelance stories for local and national magazines. I'm the author of two historical novels, REMEMBER THE LADIES and FROM ACROSS THE ROOM, and the non-fiction DEAR FRIEND. I've participated in the San Francisco LitQuake and the SDSU Writers Conference, and am a member of the CWC and Writers Coffeehouse. After my own diagnosis, I founded Girls Love Mail, a charity that collects handwritten letters of encouragement for women with breast cancer. We've collected over 130,000 letters with the help of national media coverage from The Steve Harvey Show and The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

Website: http://www.GinaMulligan.com
Facebook: http://Www.facebook.com/girlslovemail
Twitter: https://twitter.com/girlslovemail


Venkat Raman

Venkat Raman

I am a Direct Response Copywriter specializing in helping B2B companies boost their revenue through Content Marketing. My services include writing articles, case studies, white papers, press releases, email promotions, newsletters and more. I have over 30 years of experience as a software engineer and hence I focus my efforts on software companies as a content marketing consultant. I like to write from time to time. It is great fun to volunteer at the SF Writers Conference and meet fellow volunteers and help with the technology.

Website: https://ramancopywriting.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pvraman
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/venkat.raman.9277583
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramancw


Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds was born in Northern California, raised in between Texas, and San Diego. She attended college in Northern California where she majored in Nursing. Debbie developed an early love for reading, and fostering it, by reading everything she could get her hands on. This love developed into a desire to write. She spends most of her time working as a Registered Nurse and the remainder of it, writing. She currently resides in Northern California with husband and children; where she enjoys running, traveling, and watching movies. Writing her first young adult novel entitled, “Shadows” which addresses many challenges that face teens today, like family life. Debbie was adopted at a young age and enjoys sharing her experience with p

Website: http://www.debbierreynolds.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/debbie-reynolds-ca-book-club/72/39/760/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/debbierreynolds


Julie Royce

Julie Royce

I have self-published a legal thriller, PILZ, authored two travel books, Traveling Michigan’s Thumb and Traveling Michigan’s Sunset Coast (Thunder Bay Press), and in 2017 published Ardent Spirit, a historical fiction novel that recounts the life of Native American fur-trader, Magdelaine LaFramboise. I also enjoy writing short stories and have had several published in magazines, collections and anthologies.

Website: http://www.jkroyce.com


Nanci Lee Woody

Nanci Lee Woody

Before Nanci Lee Woody wrote her prize winning novel, "Tears and Trombones," she was an instructor, textbook author and Dean of Business at American River College. "Tears and Trombones" won an Independent Publishers (IPPY) medal in 2015 for "Best Fiction in the Western Pacific Region" and a Silver Medal and five-star review from Readers Favorite in 2017. Her short stories and poems have been published in the CWC Literary Review, the Sand Hill Review, Carry the Light Anthologies, the Fault Zone, and online. She wrote the book and lyrics for the original musical, "Hello to Life!" produced in Sacramento. Her drawings and photographs have been shown in local galleries and on the KVIE on air annual fund raising auctions. Her photo, "Supermoo

Website: http://nancileewoody.com
LinkedIn: http://Nanci Lee Woody
Facebook: http://Nanci Lee Woody
Twitter: nancilee1

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