Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop.

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Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 8.45.10 PMChelsea 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, was published by Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan on August 6, 2019.

At the 2020 Michigan workshop, Chelsea is teaching sessions on publishing YA/MG novels as well as best strategies for finishing your book. She is also offering add-on manuscript critiques.

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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.

He is the coordinator of the 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop. At the event, he is teaching a class and also offering query critiques as an add-on element for attendees.

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 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.

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Screen Shot 2019-05-29 at 10.26.27 AMBibi Lewis is a literary agent with The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

At the 2020 Michigan event, Bibi is teaching on query letter writing. She is also meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.

She is seeking: “I am currently looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture books, as well as Commercial and Upmarket Fiction. In all genres I am looking for contemporary realism, fantasy, mysteries, historicals and lots of humor. I have a soft spot for heists and sleuths (and would especially love to see a new YA Harriet the Spy or Veronica Mars!) as well as twisty thrillers. On the Adult side, I am looking for anything smart, sharp and witty — but specifically for Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers. Well-developed characters are a must. I always welcome diverse narratives, including but not limited to LGBTQ or minority voices.”

Bibi manages subsidiary rights for the agency in addition to her duties as an agent and general office manager.

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Screen Shot 2020-01-16 at 8.21.36 AMSarah Zettel (aka Darcie Wilde) is an award-winning, bestselling, multi-genre author based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Across her 30+ year career, she’s written 35 novels, most recently A MOTHER’S LIE and AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW, the third in her Rosalind Thorne mystery series (written as Darcie Wilde). See all of her books here.

When not writing, Sarah cooks, hikes, embroiders and still moms her son, even though he is heading off to college real soon now.

At the 2020 Michigan conference. Sarah is teaching three different speeches.