Craig Gerard grew up in Long Island, New York and attended Syracuse University where he graduated with a degree in Television, Radio and Film. He started as the writer’s production assistant for the first season of “How I Met Your Mother” and was able to rise through...Read More »


Robbie Fox has sold over 60 projects to the major studios and has written over 12 produced films. His entree into Hollywood was writing and directing “The Great O’Grady”, an award- winning short for Columbia Pictures and Showtime. His original screenplays include “So I Married An Axe-Murderer” with...Read More »


Amelia Gray is the author of “AM/PM” (Featherproof Books) and “Museum of the Weird” (FC2), for which she won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. Her first novel, “THREATS”, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), was long listed for the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Her collection Gutshot (FSG)...Read More »


Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including her first book, “Conversations with the Fat Girl”, which has been optioned for series by HBO. “Conversations with the Fat Girl” became an international bestseller its first week in publication, as well as hitting Number 1 on...Read More »


Pam Murphy is a writer, actor and comedian who has been performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in NY and LA since 2003. You can currently see Pam perform every Friday night at the UCB Theatre with You’re F’ed Up Family and in various other shows....Read More »


Ron Koertge is an award-winning author of over 19 novels and 16 books of poetry. Ron’s poetry has been included twice in The Best American Poetry. He won multiple ALA awards for his YA fiction and has gotten several Booklist started reviews. He also received the P.E.N. prize...Read More »


Rebecca Frazier is an Executive Editor for Disney Publishing Worldwide specializing in new IP. In the past, she was an Editorial Director for Hachette’s Children’s Books. As well, she has worked as an Editor for Simon and Schuster, and an associate editor for Golden Books at Random House.

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Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of the memoir “Driving With Dead People”, described by Newsweek as “unforgettable,” christened by Glamour as “a classic,” and deemed “irresistible” by the Washington Post. Monica has also written articles and essays for Psychology Today, Parents, Parent Guide Magazine, amongst other...Read More »


Jessie Rosen is a writer/producer and founder of the blog Rosen launched 20-NOTHINGS in 2007 and continues to write twice weekly. Her blogging has led to assignments for publications such as Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and AOL, as well as appearances on programs such as NPR...Read More »


Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her essays and articles have also appeared in Modern Love: Tales of Love and Obsession, Behind the Bedroom Door, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Self, Jane, Elle, Elle UK, Marie Claire, Psychology Today, The Medium, xoJane,...Read More »


Rose Abdoo is an actress who has appeared in many popular TV shows including “Shameless,” “The Comeback,” “Castle,” “Psych,” “Happy Endings,” “Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Mentalist,” and “Bunheads.” As well, she’s appeared in films such as “The Guilt Trip,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Good Night, Good Luck,” “Forty-Year-Old Virgin,” and...Read More »


Guest instructor Marc Cooper is an award winning journalist, author and professor who has reported on politics and culture from across the country and around the world for four decades. His articles, interviews and essays have appeared in dozens of publications ranging from The New Yorker, The...Read More »


Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian and author of the books “Great” and “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom” from William Morrow (a division of Harper Collins), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. Sara has sold Agorafabulous to a major cable...Read More »


Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press, and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, which will be published by Riverhead/Penguin on July 10th. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean...Read More »


Chad Snopek is a manager, producer and former agent who represents screenwriters in both TV and Film. His clients include Pablo Fenjves (“Man on a Ledge”), and Mark Friedman (Executive Producer, NBC’s “Believe”). His clients have written films for Pixar, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, New Line, Disney, MGM, Miramax,...Read More »


Sam Ernst is the co-creator/executive producer of SyFy Network’s HAVEN, based on a book by Stephen King.  Haven is currently in production on Seasons 5 and 6.  Sam has been on staff for THE DEAD ZONE, which aired for 5 seasons on the USA network.  He’s currently consulting...Read More »


D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, he has published 20 books he wrote from scratch and another 14 that have been published as novelizations or spin offs of his TV shows and book series....Read More »


Eric Beetner is the author of “The Devil Doesn’t Want Me,” “Dig Two Graves”, “White Hot Pistol,” “The Year I Dies Seven Times,” “Stripper Pole At The End Of The World,” ” Split Decision,” and “A Mouth Full Of Blood.” He has published over 60 short stories online...Read More »


Heather Anne Campbell is a writer and voice actress for FOX’s ADHD, and is the newest cast member of CW’s Whose Line is it Anyway. Her credits include Saturday Night Live and Drew Carey’s Improv-a-Ganza, Incredible Crew on Cartoon Network, MADtv, Boom Chicago, and The Groundlings Sunday Company....Read More »


Rachel Bloom is a comedian who has written for Robot Chicken, Allen Gregory, and The People’s Choice Awards. Rachel sold a musical sitcom to Showtime called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and is currently developing it with Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, All American Girl). She has also been...Read More »


Anna David has written for The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women’s Health,...Read More »


Bob Carlson an award winning audio producer, musician and broadcaster.  He’s the host and producer of UnFictional, a weekly program of unusual stories and compelling personal documentaries airing on KCRW radio, and podcast on During his long career at KCRW, he served as director of production and...Read More »


Daisy Eagan has written and performed three one-woman shows, “Still Daisy After All These Years”, and “Daisy Eagan:  F@*K Off.  I Love You.”, and, most recently, “One for my Baby.” Her shows have played to packed houses in New York City and Los Angeles. Daisy Eagan is the...Read More »


Amber Benson is a writer, director, actor and maker of things. She wrote the five-book Calliope Reaper-Jones urban fantasy series for Penguin and the middle grade book, Among The Ghosts, for Simon and Schuster. She co-directed the Slamdance feature, Drones, and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series,...Read More »


Taylor Martindale is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. She began agenting with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies. Taylor is looking for young...Read More »


Christopher Reed has sold 5 original screenplays and written 6 other screenplays under contract to various studios including Sony Pictures and Nickelodeon with his writing partner, Cynthia Carle. Chris’s screenwriting career began at Disney Feature Animation where he wrote the feature screenplay, JAGUAR, a concept that would later...Read More »


Jason Grote’s television writing credits include “Mad Men,” “Hannibal,” and “Smash.” As a playwright, his work has been produced and developed at Lincoln Center, Sundance, The O’Neill, Playwrights’ Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, New York Theater Workshop, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, The Denver Center, Center Theatre Group, BAM, UCLA’s Center...Read More »


A seasoned development executive, Nikki Levy served as Vice President of Wedge Works, a feature film production company with a deal at Fox Animation where she developed the animated film, EPIC. Prior to that, she was Director of Development at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment where...Read More »


Marc Ambinder is an American editor and journalist, editor-at-large of The Week, a contributing editor at GQ and at The Atlantic. Until December 31, 2011 he was the White House correspondent at the National Journal. He previously worked at ABC News and was chief political consultant to CBS...Read More »


Robia Rashid was a writer/producer on the hit CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” for four years. Her first writing job was on NBC’s “Will and Grace” and she’s written on shows such as “Camp,” “The Loop,” and “Aliens in America.” She also co-wrote the movie “Fired...Read More »


Gloria Calderón Kellett is currently a writer on iZombie. Before that, she was a supervising producer and writer on the ABC series “MIXOLOGY”, a writer and co-producer on the CBS series, “How I Met Your Mother” for three seasons, during which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding...Read More »


Dan Gregor is currently a writer on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother”. He’s previously written for E! “TV Wasteland” sketch project, and Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV”. He’s written and sold six pilots for NBC, ABC, Fox, CW, FX, and based off his long running Upright Citizens Brigade stage...Read More »


Cole Kazdin’s is a three-time Moth GrandSLAM champion and storyteller in Los Angeles. Cole tells stories all over the country, and tours with the The Moth’s Mainstage. Her essays and stories have been published in The New York Times Modern Love column, Salon, Yoga Journal, Smith Magazine, ABC...Read More »


Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt is the co-author of “It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken”, “It’s Just a F***ing Date” with her husband Greg Behrendt. Along with collaborating with her husband Greg Behrendt on “He’s Just Not That Into You”, she also produced “The Greg Behrendt Show” and “Greg Behrendt’s...Read More »


Neil Katcher is a writer and producer. He is currently the Executive Producer of “Mortified“, a grassroots storytelling project where adults share the strange and embarrassing things they created as kids. He is the producer of feature-length documentary, “Mortified Nation” and co-creator of “The Mortified Sessions” on...Read More »


Nathan Deuel is an award-winning journalist and former editor of Rolling Stone and The Village Voice. He has contributed essays, fiction, and criticism to Harper’s, GQ, The New York Times, The New Republic, Financial Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Bon Appetit, The Paris Review, Salon, Slate, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism...Read More »


Francesca Lia Block (author of the “Dangerous Angels” series) is renowned for her over 30 ground breaking novels. Her postmodern, magic-realist tales transport readers through the harsh, gritty landscapes of contemporary life to transcendent realms of the senses where love is always our saving grace. Born in Los...Read More »


A recent recipient of two Macdowell Fellowships and the Launchpad space science workshop, Cecil Castellucci is the award-winning author of six young adult novels, three graphic novels, and one picture book, “Grandma’s Gloves,” which won the California Book Award Gold Medal for juvenile literature. Her works include “Boy Proof”...Read More »


Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller and author and winner of the Moth Grand Slam. She has appeared as a regular sketch performer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and hosts the sex-themed storytelling show, “Stripped Stories”. Her memoir “Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” was...Read More »


Dedi Felman has worked in publishing for over a decade. She began her career at Oxford University Press, where she became an executive editor in charge of the social sciences. She subsequently worked as a senior editor at Simon and Schuster and at Henry Holt/Times Books. Her authors...Read More »


Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency–proclaimed by the LA Times and Newsweek as “the most powerful literary” agency in the West. They represent bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, such as Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Maxine Hong Kingston, and many more. Some of...Read More »


Maureen McHugh has written two collections of short stories and four novels, including “China Mountain Zhang” which was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula award and won the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Her latest short story collection, “After the Apocalypse” (Small Beer Press),...Read More »


Victor Levin has written for numerous TV shows, including AMC’s “Mad Men”, NBC’s “Mad About You,” which he ran in its final two seasons, HBO’s “Dream On” and that network’s “The Larry Sanders Show.” He has shared Emmy nominations for Mad Men, Mad About You and Sanders, and...Read More »


Natasha Vargas-Cooper is a journalist whose essays and articles have been published in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian,Wall Street Journal, GQ, The New Republic, Out, Spin, The New Statesman, New York Magazine, The Telegraph, Los Angeles Magazine, BookForum, Russia GQ, The Morning News,...Read More »


Lauren Weedman is an award-winning comedic actress, playwright and author. She has written and performed 8 solo plays. (“Homecoming”, “Amsterdam”, “If Ornaments Had Lips”, “Huu”, “Rash”, “Wreckage”, “Bust”, “No You. . .Shutup”). Her first show, “Homecoming” went on to go off-Broadway in NYC. “Bust”, about her work in...Read More »


Brett Paesel’s stories, essays, and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,, More magazine, Self, Family Fun, amongst other publications. In addition, she was a contributing editor to Parents and Wondertime (where she was also a beauty and wellness columnist). Brett...Read More »


Erin Aubry Kaplan is an award-winning essayist, journalist and columnist who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992. She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times, and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly columnist the first black...Read More »



Lauren Strasnick’s debut novel, “Nothing Like You” (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2009), was a RWA RITA award finalist in two categories, Best First Book and YA Romance. Her second novel, “Her and Me and You” (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2010), was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. “Then You...Read More »



Rob Gokee is the author of the “In the Belly of the Fail Whale: How Twitter Changed My Life In One Year” an autobiographical account of his life as a film and television composer, and how drastically his life changed over a 12 month period by marketing...Read More »


Brian Finkelstein is a regular performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the host of the LA Moth Story-slams. He has performed his 8 solo shows to packed houses in a variety of venues from the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen to...Read More »


DC Pierson is a comedian, author, and actor. His first novel, “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To” (Vintage Contemporary) won an Alex Award for adult books with special appeal for teen readers from the American Library Association. His second book, “Crap Kingdom” was published March...Read More »


Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have...Read More »


James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of “Plot & Structure”, and thrillers like “Deceived”, “Try Dying”, “Watch Your Back”, and “One More Lie” (International Thriller Writers Award finalist). Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated...Read More »


Ben Loory’s fables and tales have appeared online and in print in journals of all shapes and sizes, including Gargoyle Magazine, Pank, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Antioch Review, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, The Rattling Wall, Quick Fiction, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. They have also...Read More »


BJ Robbins opened her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multi-faceted career in book publishing, first in publicity at Simon & Schuster and later as Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt. Her agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial, and general...Read More »


Award-winning travel writer Eric Hiss regularly navigates the world in search of unexpected and enlightening stories. In a career spanning nearly two decades, he has contributed to dozens of publications and websites, including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Los Angeles Times, Delta Sky, Los Angeles...Read More »


Having sold or been hired to write over 50 film and TV projects for six figure fees, Peter Iliff has written under contract for nearly every major studio and TV network in Hollywood. He broke into Hollywood’s A-List while working as a...Read More »