Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2019 Michigan Writing Workshop.



Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of His blog during his tenure there, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron. Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

Along with teaching at the 2019 Michigan event, Brian is offering query critiques for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-01-06 at 4.34.39 PM.pngSteven Piziks is a published author.

At the 2019 Michigan workshop, he will be teaching on writing sci-fi and fantasy that sells. He is also offering manuscript critiques for attendees.

Steven was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but he moved around a lot. Currently he lives with his family near Detroit. He’s also lived in Wisconsin and Germany, and has spent extensive time in Ukraine. So far, he’s written more than two dozen novels and over fifty short stories and essays. Since he was born with a last name no one can reliably spell or pronounce, he usually writes under the pen name Steven Harper.

When not writing, he plays the folk harp, lifts weights, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. Visit his web page at


Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 6.06.53 PM.pngErin Bartels is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between. Her debut novel, We Hope for Better Things, is scheduled to be released in January 2019 from Revell Books, followed in September 2019 with The Words between Us, the manuscript for which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine.

At the 2019 Michigan workshop, Erin is teaching sessions on writing your setting, and how to understand traditional publishing. She is also offering add-on critiques.


Screen Shot 2019-04-01 at 10.36.35 PM.pngLisa Rose‘s chapter book series debuted this summer and is published by Rourke Educational Media. It is called Star Powers and is about a second grade girl who wants to be an astronaut and uses a wheelchair.

Her first picture book Shmulik Paints the Town (Kar-Ben Publishing 2016) was a PJ Library Selection in May 2016. It was sent to over 26,000 homes in North America. Lisa has toured around the country and met many of these families. She has e-picture books published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ( and Amazon’s app called Amazon Rapids designed for at risk readers. Currently, she has four upcoming picture books: A Zombie Vacation (Apples & Honey Press); Senor Saguaro King of the Desert (Little Fig Press); The Singer and The Scientist (Kar-Ben Publishing); and Ready Readers: Playing and Learning Together (Rourke Educational Media, 2019)

Lisa founded the Missing Voice Picture Book Discussion Group, whose mission is to highlight new picture books featuring diversity and little-known subjects on a monthly basis. She has hosted award winning authors such as Matt de la Pena, Lesléa Newman, Debbi Levy, and Carole Boston Weatherford.

Lisa is a mother of a visually-impaired child and a fierce advocate for inclusion. Please check out her website to learn more.

At the 2019 Michigan event, Lisa will not only be teaching on writing picture books, but she’ll also be offering picture book manuscript critiques for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-01-29 at 11.22.54 AM.pngAliza Mann is a published romance author.

At the 2019 Michigan workshop, Aliza will be not only be teaching on romance writing, but she will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

There are people who love being in love. Then there are people who love everything about love, from cute-meet to falling to failing and ultimately, the happily ever after. Those people, like Aliza, grow up to be romance authors. It is no surprise that Aliza decided to write romance since she grew up reading, library card at the ready, every chance she had. The writing part just took a while since she obtained a business degree and worked her way up to a leadership role in Healthcare. Romance, though, is where her heart lies.

In 2011, she decided to take those dreams seriously, launching her writing career. Since that time, she has written many books in the urban fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary subgenres of romance. In addition to her love of writing, she enjoys reading, Netflix marathons, golf, and yoga. She has three children, including her son-in-law, and will have her first grandchild very soon. She shares a home in Michigan with her very own handsome knight, or in contemporary terms – engineer, and a college student who only comes home for laundry services and to eat something made on an actual stove. She wouldn’t have it any other way.


Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 5.37.03 PM.pngJacqueline Lipton is a literary agent with Storm Literary Agency, law professor, and the director of Authography LLC, a company dedicated to helping authors and artists with legal and business issues.

She writes fiction and law books, and holds an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as a Ph.D. in law from Cambridge University. She loves reading and writing speculative fiction and is the mother of three children and (apparently) three cats. She has written over half a dozen academic legal books, and her new book, LAW & AUTHORS: A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS is forthcoming from University of California Press.

At the 2019 workshop, she is teaching on copyrights, contracts and legal issues for writers. She will also be meeting with writers one-on-one to take pitches.


Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 3.18.37 PM.pngChelsea Bobulski is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in history.

Her debut novel, The Wood, was called, “a provocative debut” by School Library Journal. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and now lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Her sophomore YA novel, REMEMBER ME, will be published by Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan on August 6, 2019.

At the 2019 Michigan workshop, Chelsea is teaching sessions on publishing young adult & middle grade novels as well as best strategies for finishing your book. She is also offering add-on manuscript critiques.


Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 12.41.18 AM.pngBethany Morehead is a literary agent with Hartline Literary.

At the 2019 Michigan workshop, she is taking one-on-one pitches from attendees, and also teaching on query letter writing.

She is seeking: children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, romantic fiction, and speculative fiction (sci-fi and fantasy).

Bethany is also a quirky millennial and award-winning author. She is deeply in love with Jesus, her hubby, and puppy. You will find her sipping on sweet tea sharing her deepest feelings with a pen to paper, rather than speaking them. Though introverted, she loves meeting and connecting with new people-especially while playing “nerd-tastic” board games.


Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 5.12.52 PM.pngElizabeth Kane Buzzelli is a writer, because she writes: daily, monthly, yearly. Her thirteenth mystery novel, And Then They Were Doomed, will be published by Crooked Lane Books this summer.

Her Emily Kincaid series was published by Midnight Ink, and the fourth in this series, Dead Dogs and Englishmen, was named one of the best mysteries of the 2012 by Kirkus. A new Emily Kincaid novel will be out next year from Beyond the Page Publishing. She taught writing at Skidmore College and now teaches in the extended Ed program at Northern Michigan College. Agented by: Jessica Faust, Bookends Literary.

At the 2019 Michigan event, Elizabeth will be teaching a course on mystery/crime/thriller/suspense writing. She will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.