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Jessie Cal

USA Today Bestselling Author

David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of six novels, including The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. His work has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Shamus, and Spinetingler Awards as well (the last of which he indeed won), and his second novel, Done for a Dime, was a New York Times Notable Book; Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post described it as “one of the three or four best crime novels I have ever read.” Corbett’s short fiction has twice been selected for Best American Mystery Stories, and a collaborative novel for which he contributed a chapter will be adapted for TV by the producers of Killing Eve for Disney+ in the U.K. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer’s Digest and other outlets. He has written two writing guides, The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and The Compass of Character; has taught at the UCLA Writer’s Program, Litreactor, and at writing conferences across North America; and is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, an award-winning blog dedicated to the craft and business of fiction. For more, see: www.davidcorbett.com

H. R. D’Costa

Author of Sizzling Story Outlines (Voted #1 Plotting Tool)

Susan DeFreitas

MFA in Fiction, Pacific University

Janet Forbes

Published fantasy author, and lead author on the Dark Crystal RPG. Worked for (among others) Jim Henson Company, Kobold Press, Infinite Black. Co-founder of World Anvil worldbuilding and novel writing software, with over 1.5 million users.

Brian Hall

I've published five novels and three nonfiction books with major NYC publishers. I've also taught fiction and nonfiction writing at Colgate University.

Michelle Schusterman

Author of over a dozen middle grade and young adult novels.

Melissa Storm

New York Times bestselling author as Melissa Storm USA Today bestselling author as Melissa Storm, Molly Fitz, and Mila Riggs Keynote - Romance Writers of Australia 2019 Keynote - Romance Writers of New Zealand 2019 Creator and course instructor at Your Author Engine

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