Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2018 Michigan Writing Workshop.

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Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 12.41.42 AM.pngLinda S. Glaz is a literary agent with Hartline Literary.

At the 2018 workshop, she will be teaching a workshop on Romance Writing as well as a session on How NOT to Get an Agent.

Linda is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, has been a proofreader for two publishers, an editorial assistant to for Hartline becoming an agent four years ago.

She has worked as a professional reviewer for a romance site, and just loves anything to do with books. She’s extremely active in the judging community and speaks at conferences nationwide. She is also a member of AWSA, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association which takes her speaking from libraries to ladies teas, churches, and conferences.

Linda understands writers, because she is a writer.

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Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 11.14.03 PM.pngEric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent with P.S. Literary.

At the 2018 workshop, he is teaching the workshop “Social Media 101: Understand the Basics of Getting Online, Building a Readership, and Marketing Your Books & Yourself.”

His first humor book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, was published by Quirk Books in December 2013, and was an Amazon 2013 Best Book of the Year selection in Humor, as well as a Best of the Year pick by PopSugar and Wired’s GeekDad. His debut Young Adult novel, Inked, published with Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark in January of 2015. The sequel, Branded, was published in May 2017. His next novel and first print Young Adult book, The Girl and the Grove, will be out with Flux in May 2018.

You can listen to him twice a month on Book Riot’s HEY YA podcast, co-hosting with Kelly Jensen. Along with Facebook designer Tim Quirino, he co-founded of Geekadelphia, a hyperlocal blog in Philadelphia, covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love. In 2011, he co-founded the Philadelphia Geek Awards with the Academy of Natural Sciences, a ceremony honoring local geeks. He’s since handed off the blog and the show to his friends back in town.

Eric holds a B.A. in English from Kean University and an M.A. in English from Arcadia University, two schools he adores. He uses those fancy degrees to teach composition and mentor MFA students at Arcadia University. He’s taught at a number of colleges, including Peirce College, Holy Family University, and Montgomery County College. His Mom keeps his degrees hanging in his childhood home, and won’t give them back.

Before he became a literary agent with P.S. Literary, Eric could be found at Quirk Books, an indie publishing house in Philadelphia. Here he had the honor of working with a number of awesome people, New York Times bestselling authors, and scores of wonderful books, like William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Last Policeman series, and the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies series.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of WritersDigest.com. 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.

At the 2018 event, he is teaching classes on what to do before you submit, what to do after you submit, writing nonfiction books, social media & book marketing, and the state of the publishing industry today.

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Screen Shot 2017-12-14 at 12.37.04 AM.pngHeather Maclean is a New York Times best-selling author and editor of 15 books. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, Fox Business Network, ParentsTV and Sirius’ “Dr. Radio.”

At the 2018 workshop, she will be teaching on writing young adult and middle grade fiction. She will also be critiquing manuscripts for YA and MG authors.

In 2017, her YA thriller Toward a Secret Sky was released by Blink.

After graduating from Princeton University, Heather began her career at Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Pregnancy magazine, NY Metro Parents magazine, as well as newspapers around the country.

Heather is also a former Disney executive. She launched several of the company’s first, award-winning websites, and holds the distinction of being the first person to ever answer Mickey Mouse’s email. When not castle hunting in her husband’s native Scotland, Heather fills her days with her two beautiful daughters, Hunter and Hadley, and dashing son, Gavin.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 7.53.13 AMSteve Bein (pronounced “Bine”) is a philosopher, traveler, translator, and award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Writers of the Future, and in international translation. His Fated Blades novels have been met with critical acclaim. Find all of his published speculative fiction on Amazon here.

At the 2018 workshop, Steve will be teaching on how to write great science fiction and fantasy. He will also be critiquing sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts for attendees.

Steve was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. His first career as a perpetual student took him to universities in Illinois, Germany, Japan, and Hawai‘i. That all culminated in a PhD in philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Today Steve teaches philosophy at the University of Dayton, where he is a specialist in Asian philosophy.

His other academic interests include bioethics, which led him to a short stint as a visiting researcher at the Mayo Medical School, and environmental philosophy, which led him to see polar bears in Canada and penguins and seals in Antarctica. His more recent travels have taken him to wildlife preserves across southern Africa and to the mountains and jungles of Peru.

Steve is a nature photographer, rock climber, mountaineer, SCUBA diver, skier, and avid traveler, and he enjoys just about anything he can do outdoors. He has dabbled in a wide range of martial arts (about twenty-five others at last count) and he holds black belts in two American forms of combative martial arts. These days he has slowed down considerably, and is doing more yoga than anything else.

Steve lives in Dayton, Ohio with his partner Michele and their rescue dog, Cocoa.

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Bethany Morehead is a literary agent with Hartline Literary. She is also an author, a blogger, and a wife.

At the 2018 workshop, she will be teaching a class on social media. She will also be meeting with attendees one-on-one for pitches.

When not cuddling with her fur-baby and typing up her next blog, she is actively and passionately helping other writers’ dreams come to life. As a Jr. Agent at Hartline Literary Agency, she loves helping others’ get their work noticed by publishers and traveling to conferences — holding appointments and teaching.

Learn more about Bethany’s interests as an agent here.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 10.07.34 AM.pngCyle Young is a literary agent with Hartline Literary.

At the 2018 workshop, he is teaching a class on revision and self-editing. He is also meeting with attendees for one-on-one pitch meetings.

Cyle is a multiple-genre award-winning author. Winner of over twenty writing awards, he considers himself a “binge writer” and routinely scribes 30,000 words in a weekend. His book Belly Buttons and Broken Hearts released with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2013.

Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful nonfiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry. He serves as managing editor of almostanauthor.com, a website devoted to helping aspiring writers become published authors, and is also a monthly contributor to the parenting website, just18summers.com, and the writing website, thewriteconversation.blogspot.com.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.02.53 AMShannon Anderson is an award-winning children’s book author and third grade teacher. She is the regional advisor for the Indiana Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is on the executive board for the Indiana State Reading Association, and is a frequent presenter at teaching and writing conferences.

At the 2018 conference, she will be teaching on writing children’s picture books. She will also be doing picture book critiques for attendees.

She loves teaching, presenting, writing, and running very early in the mornings. Shannon and her police chief hubby have two daughters and live in Indiana.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.45.04 AM.pngKara Leigh Miller is the Editorial Director for Anaiah Press, a small, independent Christian fiction publisher, and a former literary agent. Prior to working with Anaiah, Kara worked as a copy editor then senior editor within the secular romance market for various small presses. Additionally, she has a growing list of highly-satisfied freelance editing clients. She’s a PitchWars mentor and part-time editor for The Choppy Shop, a pop-up editorial service specializing in query and first chapter critiques to prepare writers for querying. 

At the 2018 workshop, she is critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara began her venture into the publishing world as an author back in 2010.

Being an avid reader of all genres and categories, Kara has a soft spot for books that will knock her legs out from under her and gut punch her with emotion. She strives to evoke that sort of emotion with her own books.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.44.46 PM.pngWeam Namou is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 12 books, a speaker, journalist, and filmmaker. She is also vice president of Detroit Working Writers, a 117-year-old professional writing association, and an ambassador to Arab America. Her book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award and three of her memoir book series received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly. Currently, she is working on a feature film.

At the 2018 conference, she will be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

Namou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award from Erootha, a local arts organization.

She is a certified Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, a Sikkim Guardian, an ordained minister, and a graduate of best-selling author Lynn Andrews’ 4-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art.

 

 

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