Liz Beaty is a Juris Doctor with a Master's Degree in Anthropology who lives in Ojai, California. She is an avid reader who loves to learn. Liz invites you to join her Reading for Writers 'Book Group' where you will read best selling novels and hone your writing skills through imitation.|
Currently teaching: Let Cheryl Strayed's Wild Serve As Your Guide In Writing Memoir
Sheila Bender is the founder and publisher of Writing it Real, a web community dedicated to helping those who write from personal experience. Her newest books include Writing Personal Essays: Sharing and Shaping Personal Experience, Writing in a Convertible, Sorrow's Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, Creative Writing DeMystified, the memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief and the poetry collection Behind Us the Way Grows Wider. She teaches on line and in-person at venues across the West.
Currently teaching: Finding Deeper Meaning in Your Writing
Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). She was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a Bronze Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Talent.
Goodwin's work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Inspire Me Today; Caregiver Village; Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach here at Writer Advice.
Her memoir about getting married for the first time at 62 has been picked up by Koehler Press and will be out in early 2018, but she always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. Visit her website and her blog.
Currently teaching: Independent Study Program, Session 1 & Independent Study Program, Session 2.
Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past 7 years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.
Currently teaching: Crafting Scenes for Your Stories
Cyndi Lloyd is passionate about reading and writing, especially haiku which has brought her much emotional healing. Her writing has been published in the Salt Lake Tribune and sine cera anthologies, and her short story placed in the June 2013 Writing It Real contest. Her Japanese-form poems appear in various worldwide publications, including The Bark, cattails, Chrysanthemum, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Presence, Shamrock, and tinywords. Her poems also appear in the following anthologies: Haiku Society of America's Member Anthologies, Haiku North America's 2017 Anthology, Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku (Ed. Robert Epstein); Write Like Issa: a haiku how-to (Ed. David G. Lanoue); They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku (Ed. Robert Epstein). Cyndi is the former editor-in-chief of the 2012 ellipsis...literature & art — and earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in English from Westminster College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi. She's been a long-time volunteer tutor with Literacy Action Center, working with adult learners, and a volunteer mentor for a DiverseCity Series writing group through Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center. Cyndi lives in Riverton, Utah with her husband and their dog, and loves being in nature where she enjoys hiking and taking photographs.
Currently teaching: Haiku for Health: How the Ancient Practice of Haiku Connects Mind, Body, and Spirit (Part A)
Stephanie Long holds her J.D. from the accelerated two-year program at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and her B.A. in Philosophy from California State University Northridge, having taken special interest in existentialism and moral philosophy. She has volunteered for community literacy programs teaching underprivileged children lifelong skills in reading and writing; acted as a student teacher moderating and critiquing oral presentations for law students; and served as Student Editor for the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law. An avid reader since early childhood, she loves fiction and short story. She is passionate about the written word and a firm believer that learning is a lifelong pursuit. She is an active participant in animal rescue and has four naughty dogs tearing up her house.
Currently teaching: My Dog's Naughtier Than Your Dog: Favorite Pet Stories.
Katherine McCord's two books of poetry are Island and Living Room. Her third book, My CIA, is a memoir that was named a top ten 'Great' book of 2012 by R.A.L.P.H. and added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television's An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by MICA's MFA in Curatorial Practice, December 2013. Katherine has published widely in literary journals such as APR. She has an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Creative Writing. Her most recent book is Run Scream Unbury Save which won the Autumn House Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Michael Martone.
Currently teaching: Found Poetry to Found Prose.
Born in Minnesota to a Mexican Mother and German American father, Lorraine Mejia became a marathon runner, artist, editor, librarian, educator, poet, author, and storyteller. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a MLS in Youth Librarianship. Lorraine's poems have won several awards, and have appeared in anthologies such as Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets of the Midwest and in literary journals including Willow Spring, Inkwell, and Calyx. Lorraine conducts her Wild Woman at My Door Women's Writing Workshop, inspired by her book Wild Woman at My Door, for groups of women to help them reconnect with their authentic selves. She has taught poetry classes to children, teens, and adults all around the country. Visit her website.
Currently teaching: Poetry for the Truly Terrified.
Ginger Miles is an award-winning independent writer and producer of nationally distributed programs on National Public Radio and PRI. Her work is in two permanent collections: the Museum of Television and Radio, New York City, and the Center for American History at the University of Texas/Austin. Visit her website.
Currently teaching: Writing for the Spoken Word: Podcast and Print.
Naomi Sandweiss' research and writing have taken her from Taos, New Mexico, to Venice, Italy and many places in between. Her publications include Jewish Albuquerque: 1860-1960, in which she used more than 200 historic images to illustrate the city's fascinating Jewish history. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications; shes taught University-level writing and communication courses and is currently working on a novel set in 17th c. Venice. Naomi enjoys exploring nature and the outdoors in her home state of New Mexico. Visit her website.
Currently teaching: Nature of Your Life: Spring and Early Summer.
Andrea Simon is the author of the historical novel, Esfir is Alive, the memoir Bashert: A Granddaughter's Holocaust Quest, as well as several published stories and essays. She is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the winner of the Ernest Hemingway First Novel Contest, two Dortort Creative Writing Awards, the Stark Short Fiction Prize, the Short Story Society Award, and the Authors in the Park Short Story Writing Contest. Esfir is Alive was a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and won a 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Andrea holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York where she has taught writing. She is also an accomplished photographer, and lives in New York City. Visit her website and her art website.
Currently teaching: If I Had a Hammer: How to Build a Short Story from the Ground Up.