2018 Volunteer Directory

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Adair Spence

Adair Spence

I am a middle school History and Journalism teacher in the East Bay. I enjoy my time running around with my husband and two kids (age 1 and 3). Books and TV shows that were produced with a teenage audience in mind are my favorite escapes when I have downtime. I enjoy writing within the contemporary young adult genre and wish I had more time to do so.


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


Anatol Felsen

Anatol Felsen

I'm a 13-year-old 9th grader at Larchmont High School in Los Angeles. I have one self-published book on Apple's iBookstore, "Ms. Devlin Must Die!" released by my father's company, BookBaby. I play piano and make steampunk objects in my free time.

Website: http://www.anatolfelsen.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anatolfelsen


Arthur Klepchukov

Arthur Klepchukov

Art writes literary and speculative fiction from numerous cafes and the occasional park. His writing appears or is forthcoming in Third Wednesday, the Shut Up & Write(!) Zine, and Writer Unboxed. He completed The Lemon Tree House Residency for Writers in Tuscany and loves hosting writing meetups. Follow Art’s writing journey at @ArsenalOfWords on Twitter.

Website: http://arsenalofwords.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arthurk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArsenalOfWords


Bethany Helsel

Bethany Helsel

Bethany is a Bay Area native. She’s an aspiring Young Adult fantasy writer, and currently editing her first manuscript. When she’s not writing, her fingers are wrapped around a YA novel while drinking a chai.

Twitter: twitter.com/bmnhelsel


Brian H Felsen Felsen

Brian H Felsen Felsen

Brian Felsen (Director, Producer) is a multimedia artist who also has run some of the largest companies serving independent artists. His feature films are COUP (DARBE), an award-winning documentary about the Turkish military coups d’état, and The Oil Wrestler, a documentary about Turkish oil wrestling. From 2014-2015, Felsen was President of AdRev, the leading YouTube music administration service and Content ID Network Partner. He was also President of CD Baby from 2008-14, the world's biggest online distributor of independent music. He also founded BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of authors and publishers to hundreds of digital retailers and libraries. Other previous activities include founding and running one of the la

Website: http://www.brianfelsen.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brianfelsen


Brooke Beauchemin

Brooke Beauchemin

Brooke has been a volunteer for the SFWC since 2010. She lives in San Francisco and is currently having a love affair with NYC. The human in her wants peace in our world. The spouse in her found one who is friend, lover, and partner. The parent in her raised two children to adulthood. The writer in her aspires to complete & publish her speculative fiction series. The businessperson in her loves new ventures. The traveler in her takes the long way, scenic routes, winding country roads, and off-the-beaten path. The chef in her has been well-known for soup.

Website: http://www.brookethecook.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brookecooley/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brookebooking


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


Caroline Smadja

Caroline Smadja

Volunteering for the SF Writers' Conference was one of the highlights of this past year. To me, that was the most vibrant, productive, hands-on writers' conference I'd ever attended and I'm looking forward to my second year as a volunteer. I'm a French-born writer of fiction, poetry and non fiction, I returned to San Francisco in 2014 ago after years overseas and am looking for ways to make a contribution and take an active part in the local and national writers' community and literary scene. My work has been published in literary magazines in the US, France, Canada and South Africa, as well as in two anthologies published by Seal Press and SUNY Press respectively. I'm an MFA graduate from Pacific University, OR, am a teacher s


Cat Miller

Cat Miller

As a performing arts teacher to children - most of my stories have been introduced into the world via a cafeteria stage full of third graders with questionable acting skills. I've written a few articles and blogs, but am mostly interested in getting my middle-grade, fantasy based tales onto the page.


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


Catherine Bator

Catherine Bator

Catherine Bator has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and is working on a novel set in 1929 Hollywood. She has published short fiction in the Coachella Review and Tertulia Magazine.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.bator


Colleen Riordan

Colleen Riordan

Colleen Riordan writes fiction and nonfiction. Originally from the Midwest, she has bounced from coast to coast, using a variety of styles and media to tell her stories. Colleen’s nonfiction articles highlight incredible people who are challenging the status quo and creating innovative solutions in their industries. In her fiction, she enjoys writing political intrigue, subverting tropes, and exploring the meaning of family. Colleen is a recipient of the Young Adult Writer Mentorship from the Wisconsin Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Her work has appeared in Edible Door, You Magazine, and Fox Cities Magazine. She is the former editor of the Wisconsin SCBWI Blog about the craft and business of writin

Website: http://cmriordan.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleenmriordan/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colleen.m.riordan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/olivewildly


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


David Pennington

David Pennington

David T. Pennington is the author of The Peer Through Time Chronicles, a science fiction series about two families, over several generations, trying to control an unpredictable time portal. The author's associate's degree in computer programming helps pay the bills, while his bachelor's degree in psychology informs his writing. His love of fiction, mainly mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, is balanced by his fascination with books on futurism, theoretical physics, and cosmology.

Website: http://davidtpennington.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.pennington.90
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidtaj68


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


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


Deborah 'Jordan' Bernal

Deborah 'Jordan' Bernal

Deborah 'Jordan' Bernal is the author of The Keepers of Éire, a dragon fantasy that encourages adult readers to let their imaginations take flight. Love of fantasy inspires her to write and publish through, Dragon Wing Publishing, her independent press. The Keepers of Éire is the 2104 Global Ebook Gold Award Winner and the Bella Online Gold Award Winner. In 2017, Jordan released a YA edition of The Keepers of Éire, and her middle-grade spin off novel, Reluctant Paladin. She has been a member of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch since 2010, and served as president from 2014-2016. Jordan enjoys reading, traveling, photography, and her Pomeranian, Roarke. Follow her at http://www.jordanbernal.com. and www.1dragonwriter.wordpress

Website: http://www.jordanbernal.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/deborah-bernal/30/a9a/510/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writerJordanBernal?ref=hl
Twitter: http:// twitter.com/JordanBernal4


Denise Larson

Denise Larson

I worked as an actress, theater director, playwright , producer and administrator in the satirical women's theater company, Les Nickelettes, in the '70s & '80s. Switching gears, motherhood led to me to a 20 year career as a preschool teacher and then center director for San Francisco Head Start. I retired three years ago and began writing about my experiences in the free and heady days of the seventies underground theater in San Francisco My memoir is titled: "Anarchy In High Heels: My True Adventures in Les Nickelettes - offbeat '70s feminists camping it up in Rhinestones, fishnets, and glitter." Les Nickelettes were ahead of their time as an all-women group known for raunchy female humor.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denise.larson.940


Ed Kressy

Ed Kressy

Ed Kressy was a methamphetamine addict for 11 years (he has been clean for ten). His work has appeared in SoMa Lit, the San Francisco City Star, and Vox. Ed lives and works in San Francisco. The 2018 Writers Conference is his tenth as a volunteer.

Website: http://www.access-self-defense.com


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


Ellie Provost

Ellie Provost

Ellie is a prolific aspiring fantasy writer. If you can find her on Wattpad you're in for a treat, but she's nor sharing her pseudonym here.


Eloise Hamann

Eloise Hamann

Eloise Hamann loves to imagine and longs to live in a world filled with justice and fun puzzles. Passion for puzzles led her to become a mathematician, and passion for imagining and justice led her to writing and political activism after retiring from San Jose State University. As an academic, she wrote professional articles, contributed to newsletters, drafted memos on behalf of better education and university policies. As a political activist, she penned flyers and brochures advocating for causes. As a volunteer for Child Protective Services, she wrote The Foster Princess. She describes her 1st novel, Inhabited, as Stephen King meets Garrison Keillor. Her 2nd novel involves a civilization, which lives under the sea floor.

Website: https://ewritessite.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: http://Eloise Hamann
Facebook: http://Eloise Hamann
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eloisehamann


Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

I am a nineteen-year-old aspiring author looking to fulfill my dreams of sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world. I am currently working on my first thriller/suspense novel and look forward to meeting other fellow authors as well.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eawilsonn


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


Francoise Devresse

Francoise Devresse

Françoise is teacher of Communication and Sensuality. She has a unique European education with a degree in Education and a Masters in Philology and Linguistics from l’ Université de Liege, Belgique.


gabriella seatris

gabriella seatris

Social Media Marketing Consultant, Entrepreneur and aspiring novelist.

Website: http://walkinmycloset.xyz


Gina L. Mulligan

Gina L. Mulligan

Gina is the author author of two historical novels, REMEMBER THE LADIES and FROM ACROSS THE ROOM, and the non-fiction DEAR FRIEND. She's participated in the San Francisco LitQuake and the SDSU Writers Conference and is a member of the CWC and Writers Coffeehouse. After her own diagnosis, Gina founded Girls Love Mail, a charity that collects handwritten letters of encouragement for women with breast cancer. Girls Love Mail has 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


Ginger Testerman

Ginger Testerman

I am currently writing a creative non-fiction book on sex education told from my personal experience and the viewpoints I was raised with in my community upbringing. Born in San Francisco, I’ve split my time between this urban metropolis and the family farm in Siskiyou County. I was homeschooled until I was 15 when I started college. I studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and I spent my last semester of university studying at Pembroke and King’s colleges at the University of Cambridge, graduating in the spring of 2011. I was raised communally and feel passionately about both researching and spreading information about human sexuality.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginger.testerman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/geetesterman


Hope Casareno

Hope Casareno

I'm a writer of short stories, alternative history, and sci fi. In addition to creating new worlds, I'm a professional cat wrangler and a student of Anthropology and Social Change. I would love to hear about your work too.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hopecasareno
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hope.casareno
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katmananda


Ivy Ge

Ivy Ge

Ivy Ge is an experienced clinical pharmacist by training and a passionate writer at heart. She has dual board certifications in pharmacotherapy and critical care medicine. She has published professionally in health science topics and presented research findings at national conferences. She is currently working on a literary fiction novel, The Stranger’s War, a story about a young widow's journey to Colombia to save her late husband's illegitimate son. When Ivy is not working, she enjoys yoga, skiing, horseback riding, and travel.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ivy-g-46447843


Jacob Richardson

Jacob Richardson

Currently residing in San Francisco, Jacob is actively searching for an agent to represent his debut novel Donor, a thriller about one man's journey into the black market organ trade. In addition to the novel, Jacob is working on completing his fifth original screenplay. Previous stories and articles of Jacob's have been published in a variety of print and online magazines. Professionally, Jacob works as an editor, copywriter, ghostwriter, proofreader, and blogger.

Website: http://www.jacobrichardson.net


Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline (Jackie) Williams is a Johns Hopkins University graduate, and currently editing her YA, urban fantasy manuscript. When she's not sweating over plot structure and character arcs, Jackie writes for her blog, What We Know discussing Black Women culture and identity. She resides in San Mateo, California.

Website: https://medium.com/we-know-what-we-know
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-williams/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackie.williams.129357
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jwilli_14


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


joyce brady

joyce brady

I am a retired college instructor and have also worked as a nurse, art gallery director, photographer and symbolic consultant. My poems and essays have been published in anthologies and psychology journals; Spring91 A Journal of Archetype and Culture : Women's Voices. I am a resident of San Francisco, since 1978, transplanted from New York City.


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


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


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


Karen McCoy

Karen McCoy

I write young adult fantasy and love to read. Outside my librarian career, I've written full-time since 2008, including reviews for Library Journal and Children's Literature. 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. I maintain a blog, The Writer Librarian, https://thewriterlibrarian.blogspot.com/, where I've interviewed Scott Westerfeld, D.J. MacHale, Victoria Schwab, Andrew Smith, A.S. King, Grace Lin, and countless others. Currently, I work as a Writing Specialist at University of California Davis.

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


Kathleen Orosco

Kathleen Orosco

Teacher/intervention specialist teaching children who have Autism throughout Oakland Unified School District. Alameda Sun, October 2015 published ghost story "Ghost At Twin Towers". 10 chapter book in progress


Katie Creegan

Katie Creegan

I’ve written a children’s book about a polar bear who copes with climate change, and a novel for young adults. Both are in the editorial phase. In the novel, three young teens from rough beginnings are in competition for a coveted life-changing scholarship. With brains and courage they face parental addiction, betrayal, poverty, homelessness, and even death while they grow in friendship and struggle to hang onto their dreams. Magic and mysterious events change their lives with the most unexpected twists and turns. A medicine man, his assistant and powerful arrowheads are woven into this mysterious story that touches on serious, real-world problems including illegal immigration and deportation. In my day job I’m a Sr. Solutions pr

Website: http://www.connectcpm.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/katiecreegan


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


Kristine Mietzner

Kristine Mietzner

Current project is editing a World War II prisoner of war memoir. Also writes travel tales, fiction, and memoir.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/preview?locale=en_US&trk=prof-0-sb-preview-primary-button
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristine2770


Lia Smith

Lia Smith

From 1980-1994, Lia Smith published short stories in national magazines ("Ms." and "Seventeen), and literary journals ("Sequoia," "Fiction," "Other Voices," "Bamboo Ridge"). She is looking for a publisher for "Modine," a novel about a band of homless men in San Francisco, and currently working on a new novel, "The Perfect Wife."

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lia-smith-50992277/


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/


Lisa Renee Johnson

Lisa Renee Johnson

Lisa Renee Johnson is a bestselling fiction writer who loves weaving suspenseful tales. She also leads personal and professional development workshops and training programs that teach individuals to shine in life and their book business. Lisa is a closet mixologist and loves red velvet cupcakes. A lover of the written word, she is the CEO of Brown Girl Press, an independent publishing company that mentors authors, writers and coaches through the self-publishing process. A true sunshine girl at heart, Lisa Renee was born in Florida, reared in Texas and now resides in Northern California with her family. Lisa Renee inspires individuals to shed their excuses, live life out loud, and to define success and happiness on their own terms.

Website: http://www.lisareneejohnson.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=144469397&trk=spm_pic
Facebook: http://Www.facebook.com/iamlisareneejohnson
Twitter: twitter.com/Iamlisarjohnson


Margie Yee Webb

Margie Yee Webb

Margie Yee Webb, author/photographer, CAT MULAN'S MINDFUL MUSINGS: INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION FOR A WONDERFUL LIFE gift book (awarded Certificates of Excellence, Cat Writers’ Association); co-creator, NOT YOUR MOTHER'S BOOK . . . ON CATS (awarded MUSE™ Medallion, CWA); and contributor, DEAR FRIEND: LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT, HUMOR AND LOVE FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER. She serves as Speaker Coordinator and Membership Chair for Gold Country Writers; and belongs to Capitol Region chapter of The Writers Coffeehouse, a national networking group. With director Emmanuel Itier and executive producer Sharon Stone, Margie is one of the producers of inspirational films FEMME: WOMEN HEALING THE WORLD (2013), THE CURE (2018), and WE THE PEOPLE (2018).

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/margieyeewebb
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MargieYeeWebb


Maria Dudley

Maria Dudley

I am both a writer and a writing teacher. Reading and writing are the two subjects that I am most excited about, and I love teaching them to children. I have been a credentialed teacher since 1992 and received my BA in English from UC Berkeley in 1990. Since then, I have been teaching in a variety of places (schools, community centers and homes) and to a variety of ages.

Website: http://mariadudleywriting.blogspot.com/


Marianne Barisonek

Marianne Barisonek

Author of "Cause and Effect: Understanding Chernobyl". Aspiring novelist and long-time software developer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marianne.barisonek


Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

I am an avid reader and writer. Women's fiction and family dynamics are my interests. I am currently editing my second book, Weavery, that is YA.

Facebook: http://Mary Rudometkin-Murphy


Maryjean Ballner

Maryjean Ballner

Author - "Cat Massage" & "Dog Massage" Published by St. Martin's Press DVDs, International Speaker, Workshops

Website: http://catmassage.com


Megan Clancy

Megan Clancy

Megan A. Clancy is a writer of literary fiction. She has a BA in English from Colorado College, a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She loves travel and has lived and worked in Australia, Nepal, and the United States. She lives with her husband in California.

Website: http://www.meganaclancy.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mclancyauthor


Monica Lara

Monica Lara

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mlara24/

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 musical, "Hello to Life!" Her art has been shown in local galleries and on the KVIE art auctions. Her photo, "Supermoon," won the Juror's Award in Fine Arts at the California State Fair, 2017.

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


Nancy Juliber

Nancy Juliber

I am a Emmy award-winning Writer, Producer and Director here in the Bay Area, currently working on a novel entitled "My Truth Can Fly" I also teach at The Academy of Art University and am on the faculty of The New York Pitch Conference with Algonkian Writers.


Natalie Sancimino

Natalie Sancimino

I'm a native San Franciscan passionate about food, reading, writing, and Pinot Noir.

Website: http://www.therosythorn.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliesancimino/


Patrick Meyering

Patrick Meyering

Patrick Meyering is an Investigative writer. He produces public policy pieces for local newspapers. Patrick is currently working on a book about local city councilmembers taking money from real estate developers and then voting to grant deviations from the city building limitations to allow the developers to build high density projects. In his writing, Patrick strives for polished content delivered in an original voice. He enjoys traveling and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.

Website: https://sunnyvalenews.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-meyering-8990171


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


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


Praveena Raman

Praveena Raman

A Medical Communications professional, enjoys writing about travel, culture and science - special interest: National Parks

Website: http://www.praveenaraman.com


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


Richard La Rosa

Richard La Rosa

I'm a writer currently living in Santa Rosa, California.

Website: http://www.336journal.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.larosa


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


Robin Somers

Robin Somers

Award winning poet and fiction writer, Robin Somers is currently finishing up the second in a series of farm-mysteries. A former journalist and reporter for a daily newspaper, a high school English teacher and Lecturer in Writing, UC Santa Cruz, her micro-press Somersault Studios (which she co-owns with sister/painter Marti Somers, printed her collection of poetry titled Backyard Burning and the chapbook, A Poet Must Be Lightning. (www.robinsomers.com).

Website: http://www.robinsomers.com
LinkedIn: http://rsomers@ucsc.edu
Facebook: http://Robin Somers
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobinSomers6


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


Ruth Gibbs

Ruth Gibbs

Ruth C. Gibbs is an anthropology student and aspiring author of fantasy living in North Texas. An avid folklore enthusiast, many of her stories involve and include lore from Russia, Germany, and the British Isles. She hopes to become a professor of Folklore and earn her PhD in Anthropology.

Website: http://ruthcgibbs.tumblr.com


Sara Geber

Sara Geber

Prior to reinventing myself as a retirement and transition coach, speaker, and author I was a management or organization consultant, working and living in Silicon Valley. Now I live in Santa Rosa, CA with my husband and pooch. I have a passion for helping Solo Agers plan for a fulfilling and secure retirement. My book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is coming out in Spring, 2018.

Website: http://www.LifeEncore.com
LinkedIn: http://Sara Zeff Geber
Facebook: http://facebook/lifeEncore
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lifeencore.com


Scarlett Shepard

Scarlett Shepard

Scarlett Shepard is an activist, writer, and media producer. She has gone from aspiring artist to founding a film festival, co-hosting a radio show, and becoming a film director, as well as a trusted mentor. Scarlett Shepard writes mystery, comedy, supernatural phenomena, and non-fiction. Her passion for creative writing has returned with a vengeance, and she’s working on three e-books for 2018.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scarlettshepard/
LinkedIn: http://


Sheila Bali

Sheila Bali

Sheila Bali, historical fiction writer, is soon to complete her novel, Swans and Cranes, based on a family’s escape from the iron grip of post–WW II Russia during the turbulent 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The book focuses on a young girl’s experiences as her family’s world is uprooted, forcing them to flee their home and country to save their lives. Sheila holds a Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University, plus two graduate degrees from McGill University in art education and special education. She now lives in San Francisco Bay Area of California and paints with colorful words. Sheila is a member of CWC Tri-Valley Branch.

Website: http://www.sheilabali.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sheila-bali/49/bb0/50a
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Csilla.Bali
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sheila_bali


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


Susan diRende

Susan diRende

I am an author, artist, and filmmaker on the road for the last three years. I have had both fiction and nonfiction books published as well as exhibitions of artwork in the US, Europe, and NZ. In January I will be at the Borrego Springs Film Festival in CA for a screening of my short films. Before taking up the vagabond life, I lived in LA and founded the Broad Humor Film Festival for comic movies by women.

Website: http://susandirende.ink
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusandiRendeAuthor/?ref=bookmarks


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


Tessa Bertoldi

Tessa Bertoldi

Full-time Technical Writer, avid reader, author, beekeeper and sustainable gardener. My busy life competes with my love of writing and there is never a dull moment. Member of CWC Redwood branch, and published in the anthologies "Inspire Joy" and "Inspire Love". Currently working on a sci-fi and a romance novel. Born in SFO, I live in the Bay Area with all its delights! I enjoy NaNoWriMo and am the Solano County Municipal Liaison. Facilitator for the Solano County Writer's Group.

Website: http://www.tessabertoldi.wordpress.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tessa-bertoldi/27/686/438/


Tessie Tennyson

Tessie Tennyson

The Bay Area has been my home for the past five years, though it feels like I've lived here all my life. Teaching was my first career, and now writing is my passion, second only to being a grandmother of three. I've published one novel and am working on several other projects. I regularly invent day trips to experience whatever points of interest my new friends here recommend. I enjoy meeting new people and I love the outdoors, particularly hiking, camping, and rafting rivers. I live with two big black dogs, Kokopelli and Dasher, who take me for walks.

Website: http://www.maisietennesen.com


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

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