Max Lyon Ross’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, American Short Fiction, The Common, The Los Angeles Review of Books,, and elsewhere. His stories have twice been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, and he has led writing courses at New York University, The Loft, and...Read More »


Janine Salinas was a 2016 Disney/ABC Fellow. She was a Staff Writer on the third season of American Crime, selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 10 best shows of 2017. As a playwright she has had works developed and/or produced at: Atwater Village Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles...Read More »


Jonathan was the Co-Showrunner of ABC’s Blackish for its first three seasons, and a Consulting Producer for Season Four. He was also the Co-Showrunner of Happy Endings. He was the Head Writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien for five years. He has written on How I Met Your Mother...Read More »


Austin Smith’s stories and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Threepenny Review, Narrative Magazine, Yale Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and other publications. His first collection of poems, Almanac, was selected by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and published by Princeton University Press...Read More »


Jessica Ciencin Henriquez is a New York City based writer and editor. Her personal essays and narrative journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the NY Times Modern Love Column, Elle, Self, Cosmopolitan and Oprah Magazine, Teen Vogue, New York Observer, Salon, among many others. Jessica holds an...Read More »


Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a San Francisco Moth Host and Storyteller. She is a regular contributor to NPR’s Snap Judgment as well as being an accomplished stand-up comedian who has opened for Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Maz Jobrani and Greg Proops. The SF Weekly named her one of the “16...Read More »


Sam Greenspan is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. Sam spent five years as a producer with 99% Invisible, helping to transform the show from a short bi-monthly project made from host Roman Mars’s backyard into a weekly, feature-length production that routinely earns accolades and tops charts. He left...Read More »


Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS (HarperCollins), 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer +...Read More »


Jenny Meyer Rosen is an improviser, actor, writer and has taught improv for 17 years. She regularly performs long and short form improvisational theater as a company member of BATS Improv at Fort Mason Center. Jenny has performed in Aspen, Improv Olympic (LA), The MET Theater (NYC), The Moth...Read More »


Eliza Smith is a producer at WNYC’s Snap Judgment. In addition to producing nonfiction stories, she is also the fiction editor and adapts work by writers like Manuel Gonzalez, Amelia Gray, and Kelly Link into radio plays. Sometimes, she’ll freelance for publications like The Organist...Read More »


Sophia Kercher is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and editor who writes often about culture, trends, and health. Her personal essays and articles have been published in the New York TimesElleCalifornia SundayVariety, LA WeeklyVultureSalon, and the Los...Read More »


Michael has been writing and producing television for over fifteen years. His credits include the CW’s Jane the Virgin and The Vampire Diaries, ABC’s Revenge and Brothers and Sisters and MTV’s Awkward. While developing he sold two pilots to MTV. Prior to that, Michael cut his teeth on soaps...Read More »


Curtis was a writer/producer on the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. He has since written and produced for Damon Lindelof’s HBO series, The Leftovers, Kurt Sutter’s FX project, The Bastard Executioner and the Netflix original, Narcos. He also recently sold one pilot to FX and another pilot...Read More »


Zach Ayers is a TV Drama and Comedy writer. Starting in comedy, Zach wrote on THE DAILY SHOW and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. FARM. Zach was a Staff Writer for NBC’s STATE OF AFFAIRS and has written episodes of Cartoon Network’s TEAM TOON. He’s an alumnus of the ABC/Disney Writing...Read More »


Louisa Levy is currently staffed on DOUBT, a CBS legal drama starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, which premieres this February. She studied writing and directing at Columbia University and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. After a stint as a tutor and shoe sprayer extraordinaire at...Read More »


Matt Sumell’s short stories have appeared in the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, One Story, Esquire, Electric Literature, Noon, and elsewhere. He is the author of MAKING NICE (2015) which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, was praised as “Sharp and funny…offers up unexpected scenes of deep and sorrowful...Read More »


Smith Henderson’s fiction has been anthologized and published in Best American Short Stories, Tin House, American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. He was awarded a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction, and a 2011 Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell...Read More »


Dara Resnik graduated the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC in 2003, and attached Amanda Bynes to her Peter Stark thesis script, Sydney White, which sold to Universal and Morgan Creek, who released the movie in 2007. Her feature writing credits include 2008’s Legally Blondes, a made-for-DVD spin-off of...Read More »


Samir Mehta is a film and television writer who has written for NBC’s MEDIUM, Netflix’s NARCOS and USA’s currently airing crime anthology series EYEWITNESS. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Film & Television Writing and Production.

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Laura Lacámara is the award-winning author and illustrator of 5 children’s books including “Floating on Mama’s Song / Flotando en la canción de mamá” (Harper Collins), a bilingual picture book that was a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2010 and was a Tejas Star Book Award Finalist for...Read More »


Diana Spechler is a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner who has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, and elsewhere. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Esquire, Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Glimmer Train Stories, New York, Slate, Salon, O, and many other publications....Read More »


Thomas Fuller is the San Francisco bureau chief of The New York Times. He has spent the past two decades in postings abroad, covering the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the expansion of the European Union, rioting in French cities, the Iraq War, two military coups in Thailand, the...Read More »


Casey Miner is host and executive producer of The Specialist, a podcast about work we don’t think about and the people who do it. The show is available on iTunes and Stitcher, and airs on NPR affiliate station KALW. An editor, producer, and teacher, her work has appeared on...Read More »


Julie Caine is Senior Editor of The Specialist, a podcast about work we don’t think about and the people who do it. The show is available on iTunes and Stitcher and airs on NPR Affiliate KALW. Julie is also the managing producer for Crosscurrents, KALW public radio’s award-winning news...Read More »


Tara Schuster is Director of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central. She is currently the Co-Executive in Charge of Production for @midnight with Chris Hardwick, Another Period, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and the upcoming scripted narrative Detroiters. Before joining Development she was the Digital Producer of the...Read More »


Dailyn Rodriguez is a TV writer and producer. She is currently the Co-Executive Producer on Queen of The South, and she was just Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s The Night Shift. She has also written on George Lopez, Freddie, Ugly Betty, Cane, 90210, In Plain Sight, Lie to Me, and...Read More »


Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories (2012 & 2004), Ploughshares, Los Angeles Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Iowa Review, and Glimmertrain. Angela...Read More »


Mia Lobel is an award-winning independent producer, journalist, and educator. She’s worked for media outlets across the country, specializing in creating unique multimedia content for public radio stations, non-profit organizations, museums, and universities. Projects include Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, Slate’s Placemakers podcast, America Abroad – the monthly documentary radio...Read More »


Ryan McIlvain’s short stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Rumpus, Post Road, Tin House, and other venues, and have received honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Ryan is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at...Read More »


Thomas Fenton is a writer whose film credits include Saw IV and I Spit On Your Grave 2. He has sold 12 scripts and has also worked on other Saw films in the franchise. He the author of a graphic novel series called Dominion (Humanoids/DC Comics) and the popular...Read More »


David Iserson began his television writing career on “Saturday Night Live.” Since then, he has zig-zagged between comedies and dramas, serving as supervising producer for USA’s Mr. Robot (WGA award winner), supervising producer for Epix’s “Graves”, co-producer for AMC’s “Mad Men” (WGA award nominee), producer for Fox’s “New Girl,”...Read More »


Davey Kim is a Radio Producer/Sound Designer for Snap Judgment. His work has previously aired on NPR, Marketplace, The World, The Dinner Party Download, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Re:Sound, KCRW’s Unfictional and KPCC. One of Davey’s stories was selected as one of The Atlantic’s 50 best podcast episodes of...Read More »


Tammy Delatorre writes essays, memoir, short stories and flash fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Redbook, Salon, xoJANE, The Rumpus, Vice, Role Reboot, Many Mountains Moving, The Nervous Breakdown, Cleaver Magazine, The Citron Review, Molotov Cocktail, and Perceptions: A...Read More »


Natalie Gergely is transitioning to a Comedy Central writing role. Up until mid-August 2016, she was a Manager, Original Programming and Development at Comedy Central. She got her start in 2011 working for the President of Original Programming and Development at Comedy Central. Natalie watched hits like Broad City...Read More »


Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir PIECES OF MY MOTHER (winner of the “Best Nonfiction Book of 2015” selected by The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association). Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in The New Ohio Review, Brevity, The Huffington Post, Publisher’s Weekly, PBS:...Read More »


Davy Perez was a 2014 ABC Fellow and currently writes on ABC’s Emmy Award winning series AMERICAN CRIME. Davy attended the prestigious Playhouse West Repertory School and Theater after taking his GED. Davy went on to teach drama at the Los Angeles Music & Arts School,...Read More »


Devanshi Patel was a 2014 ABC Fellow. She has written on ABC’s Black-ish and TBS’s Ground Floor. Devanshi cut her comedy chops performing stand up all over clubs in New York City and touring on the east coast. She starting writing scripts and when the first...Read More »


A. Nicole Kelly is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow who received an MFA from the Programs In Writing at UC Irvine, a recipient of an Arlene Cheng Fellowship in Creative Writing, and a Pushcart Prize Story nominee. She has been published by EntreMundos, Selfish, and yr an adult,...Read More »


Blake Charlton’s debut novel, Spellwright, was short listed for the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Debut Fantasy and Kirkus listed second novel, Spellbound, as one of the best books of year. His science fiction short stories have appeared in popular anthologies and his work has been...Read More »


In her career as writer, producer and creative consultant, Karen Hall has worked on numerous series, including The Good Wife, Brotherhood, Judging Amy, Roseanne and Northern Exposure. She has received seven Emmy Award nominations, as well as the Humanitas Prize, the Women in Film Luminas Award,...Read More »


Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Return of the Continuums and...Read More »


Colin Winnette’s short stories, poetry, reviews and other compositions have appeared in various publications, including McSweeneys, The American Reader, The Believer, Playboy, Lucky Peach, Gulf Coast Magazine, and 9th Letter. He was the winner of Les Figues Press’s 2013 NOS Book Contest, for his novel Coyote. He also won...Read More »


K.K. Goldberg’s writing has appeared in the prestigious NY Times Modern Love column and in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Sun, the Gettysburg Review, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Chicago Quarterly Review and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009. A former MacDowell Fellow, she’s the author of The...Read More »


Trish Daly is an Editor at Hachette Book Group, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. Before that, she was an Associate Editor at William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. Trish has worked on a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction books. Forthcoming titles include HIPPIE FOOD,...Read More »


Anita Felicelli’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times Modern Love, Salon, SF Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Juked, Blackbird, Necessary Fiction, Strangelet Journal, and elsewhere. She is also the author of Izzy and Poe, a children’s book about two corgis; a...Read More »


Louise Rafkin is a journalist and essayist who has published pieces in The Washington Post Magazine, Health, San Francisco Magazine, Salon, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the prestigious NY Times Modern Love column. She is the author of several books...Read More »


Porter Shreve is the author of four novels. The Obituary Writer was a New York Times Notable Book. Drives Like a Dream and When the White House Was Ours were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year. And his latest, The End of the Book, published in 2014, was a...Read More »


Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning journalist and author. His first book, a best-selling comedic, coming-of-age memoir called Saltwater Buddha chronicled Jaimal’s running away to Hawaii at sixteen to learn to surf and find enlightenment. It was praised by The Times of London, Publishers Weekly, and selected as one...Read More »


Corey Rosen is an actor, writer and visual effects producer who lives in San Francisco. He is a regular host of The Moth StorySlam series in the Bay Area, and his stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour. Corey began his career writing for Jim Henson Productions...Read More »


Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA and a former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and also a long-time juror of the California Book Awards, sponsored by the Commonwealth Club. His writing has appeared...Read More »


Suzanne Rivecca is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and have appeared in American Short Fiction, New England Review, Fence, Storyquarterly, and the 2008 and 2009 editions...Read More »


Frank Portman is the author of the young adult novel, “King Dork” which was published in April 2006 and is being produced as a film by Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. “King Dork” won an American Library Association award for Best YA fiction. Portman’s second novel, “Andromeda Klein,” was...Read More »


Jill Vice’s current solo show, “Tipped & Tipsy” was praised by critics and audiences for its standing room only performances at the 2013 SF Fringe Festival where it won BEST OF FRINGE. “Tipped & Tipsy” (a solo play developed with David Ford and Dave Dennison) had an extended run...Read More »


Steph Cha is the author of Dead Soon Enough (2015), Follow Her Home (2013), and Beware Beware (2014) published by St. Martin’s Minotaur books. RT Book Reviews gave Dead Soon Enough a 4 star review and said, “Song’s realism, cynicism and penchant for getting herself into bad situations endear...Read More »


Summer Block Kumar writes short fiction, essays, poetry, plays, book reviews and sketch comedy. Her work has appeared in McSweeneys, The Toast, The Awl, The Nervous Breakdown, Trop, The Rumpus, Monkeybicycle, DIAGRAM, PANK, and in many other publications. Her short story “Hospitality” won the 2010 MWA award for short...Read More »


Todd Waldman has developed pilots at Warner Brothers, FOX, and MTV, and sold an original feature entitled “Beat Kip” to Paramount Vantage. Most recently, Todd was show runner and executive producer for the YouTube Red original series “Single By 30.” It is YouTube’s second scripted show ever and will...Read More »


Cathryn Humphris has written for hit TV shows like Supernatural, V, Elementary, Mad Men, and most recently served as co-executive producer for Under the Dome. She won a WGA award for her work on Mad Men.

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Jodi Angel is the author of two collections of short stories. Her first collection, The History of Vegas, was named a Best Book of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her second collection, You Only Get Letters from Jail, (2013), was published by Tin House Books and was named...Read More »


Mac McClelland is an award-winning journalist whose essays and articles have appeared in Wired, Reuters, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, New York, the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Matter, and Sunset, among other publications, and appeared on major national and international media outlets such as C-Span,...Read More »


Anita Chu is a San Francisco based writer and creator of the hugely successful blog Dessert First Girl. Dessert First was nominated for Best Baking and Dessert Blog in Saveur’s First Annual Best Food Blog Awards in 2010. As well, Anita is the author of three cookbooks, Field Guide...Read More »


Sean Russell was on the writing staff of IFC’s Maron and has also written episodes of Scrubs. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Sean’s real education in screenwriting comes from working in the writers rooms of some of the last decade’s best comedies, including Arrested Development, Scrubs,...Read More »


Lisa Jakub is a writer, speaker and retired actor. Her memoir, You Look Like That Girl, was published in June 2015 by Beaufort Books. Her next book, Embrace Your Weird: from Anxiety to Authenticity, will be available summer of 2017. Lisa’s writing has been featured in Newsweek,, Huffington...Read More »


Don Diego is a TV writer who just finished writing on the new Fox show, Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life. Before that, Don wrote on the NBC sitcoms, A to Z, Community and Guys With Kids. Before writing for television, he got his start writing jokes for the...Read More »


Andi Fisher is the creator of Misadventures with Andi, a blog which was named a USA Today Top 10 Food & Travel Blog in 2014. Andi has been writing the blog for seven years which covers travel, food, movies and social media. She is also a travel writer whose...Read More »


Whitney Moss is a professional blogger and the co-creator of and, both well-trafficked websites for parents. Her first book, “The Rookie Mom’s Handbook” was published by Quirk Books in 2008 based on the content from her blog, and a second book, “Stuff Every Mom Should Know” was...Read More »


Mark Lukach has been published in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and Wired, among others. He is currently working on a memoir based on his article “My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward” from Pacific Standard, which will be published by...Read More »


Arree Chung is the author and illustrator of the popular picture book, “Ninja!”, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and has been named one of Amazon’s best books for 2014. “Ninja!” was also named one of NPR’s best children’s books of 2014. “Ninja!, Attack...Read More »


Anthony King is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and performer. He has developed television shows for CBS, A&E & AMC and has written for shows like Broad City (Comedy Central), Playing House (USA), Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix), Best Friends Forever (NBC) and more. He co-wrote the Off-Broadway show, GUTENBERG!...Read More »


Wayne Powers is creator-director and executive producer whose credits include The Italian Job and The Deep Blue Sea. He was the creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Out of Order starring Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, and William H Macy. He has sold 11 TV pilots, 8 movie scripts and...Read More »


Rebecca Parks Fernandez is a writer, editor and consultant. She is currently a principal and editorial director of Parks Fernandez, a Los Angeles based firm, specializing in branding, publicity, and social media. She has worked with several celebrities to launch and maintain digital lifestyle brands and has more than...Read More »


Isaac Aptaker was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he writes for film and television with his writing partner, Elizabeth Berger. The two are currently producers on NBC’s About a Boy and have written for half-hour series such as ABC’s The Neighbors, MTV’s I...Read More »


Rob Luchow began his career as an assistant to a TV literary agent at the Broder Webb Chervin Silberman Agency. From there, he assisted the President of TV at The Mark Gordon Co. working on such shows as GREY’S ANATOMY, CRIMINAL MINDS, ARMY WIVES, and REAPER and transitioned...Read More »


Mike Ellis received his BFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts and an MFA in Screenwriting from AFI. He has sold projects to Disney, Fine Line Films, Savoy Pictures and Destination Pictures. Sony pictures made his first movie, “THE WEDDING PLANNER,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew...Read More »


Liana Aghajanian is a freelance journalist based between Southern California and the United Kingdom with an interest in issues, people and places on the fringes of society. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC, Al Jazeera America and Los Angeles magazine, among...Read More »


Melissa has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Rumpus, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens other places. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, A Tiny Upward Shove,...Read More »


Thao Le is an agent at the Dijkstra Literary Agency and is looking for adult sci-fi/fantasy/horror, NA (new adult), YA (young adult), and MG (middle grade). She enjoys both gritty, dark narratives and fantastically quirky stories. She is also looking for light-hearted, funny, and moving contemporary YAs with a...Read More »


Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ Magazine and...Read More »


Sarah Tomlinson’s personal essays, music criticism, and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Marie Claire, MORE,, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. She has ghostwritten twelve books, including two uncredited New York Times bestsellers. Her father-daughter memoir, GOOD GIRL, is due from...Read More »


Matthew Zinman is a television writer/producer who moved out to California after graduating from Syracuse University. He worked as a production assistant on numerous cancelled shows before landing a gig as the showrunners’ assistant at How I Met Your Mother during season three. By season five...Read More »


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 the ranks,...Read More »


J. Ryan Stradal is the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking, July 2015). In November 2014, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society awarded Kitchens of the Great Midwest first prize in their annual novel competition, and so far, it has been acquired for publication overseas in seven countries....Read More »


Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, Studio 360, The Joy Behar Show and in the book The Moth: 50 true stories. She’s written for ELLE, Refinery...Read More »


Emily Cunningham is an Associate Editor at Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, where she has worked for more than four years. She edits narrative nonfiction, including history, biography, memoir, reportage, science, and more. Recent or forthcoming titles include Jacob Silverman’s Terms of Service, Linda Hervieux’s Forgotten, and Stanley...Read More »


Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book about the motion picture The Sting. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock, and, among other...Read More »


Pat Charles is currently a Co-Executive Producer on The CW show Black Lightning. He has written on Sons of Anarchy for F/X, has been a writer and producer on Bones for FOX, and a writer and supervising producer on Resurrection for ABC and the Marvel / Netflix show...Read More »


Robyn Schneider is the author of the internationally bestselling young adult novel THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, published by HarperCollins, which has been translated widely and has received major critical acclaim as an iTunes Editor’s Pick, a B&N Teen Buyer’s Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Indie...Read More »


Lauren Gussis is the Creator and Showrunner of Insatiable, a dark comedy for Netflix. She has sold 7 pilots total, to the CW, CBS, TNT and HBO. She also wrote on all eight seasons of Showtime’s DEXTER, where over the course of the series she worked her way up...Read More »


Emerlynn Lampitoc joined Disney | ABC Television Group’s (DATG) Talent Development & Diversity team as Coordinator in 2008. Her innovative contributions led to her promotion to Manager, Creative Talent Development & Inclusion (CTDI). Lampitoc oversees staffing of writers and directors specifically for ABC Family and Disney Channel.


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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 Mike...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) will...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 the...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. Pam...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 for...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 publications....Read More »


Jessie Rosen is a writer/producer. Jessie works as a freelance fashion and entertainment writer for E! Online. Jessie’s blog,, was named a Top 25 Blog by TIME magazine and among the Top 100 Websites for Women as well as Top 10 Websites for Millennials by Forbes in 2013....Read More »


A former architectural designer turned blogger, Jenn Fujikawa has been blogging in Los Angeles for over 10 years. Her unique family dinners and geeky baking on the website have been featured on Star, LATimes online, LA Weekly online, io9, Nerdist and most recently on the cover of...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, The...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 “My...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 Atlantic,...Read More »


Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian and writer. Sara has written cover stories, essays, articles and opinion pieces for BUST, xoJANE, Vanity Fair, the Guardian, Playboy, Jezebel, Eater, and Extra Crispy. She’s also written for CNN, the Observer, and MTV News. She is the author of “Real Artists Have...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 Fiction,...Read More »


Chad Snopek is a manager, producer and former agent who represents screenwriters in both TV and Film. His clients include Mark Friedman (Executive Producer, NBC’s “Believe”, co-creator, “The Following”) who has written features for Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller and Sam Jackson, Pablo Fenjves (“Man on a Ledge”) who recently...Read More »


Sam Ernst is the Co-executive producer for HAND OF GOD and 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...Read More »


Scott Reynolds is a television writer who has written for the Fox series The Following, The Showtime series Dexter and the Bruckheimer television series E-Ring. He is a consulting producer on The Following and was a supervising producer on Dexter. Scott was nominated for a Writers Guild of America...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. His...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 and...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. She...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 named...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, Vice, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post,...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 shaped...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 youngest...Read More »


Amber Benson is a writer, director, actor and maker of things. Her latest book, The Witches of Echo Park, was released this January from Penguin. 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...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 adult...Read More »


Christopher Reed has sold 5 original screenplays and written 7 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 become...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 for...Read More »


A seasoned development executive, Nikki Levy is currently the Head of Scripted at Dreamworks TV. She also 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...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 News...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 Up.”...Read More »


Gloria Calderón Kellett is the Executive Producer and Co-showrunner of “One Day At A Time” scheduled to premiere on Netflix on January 6, 2017. She has written and produced on such shows as CW’s “iZombie”, ABC’s “Mixology”, Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”, CBS’s “Rules of Engagement” & “How I Met Your...Read More »


Michael Saltzman is currently a writer on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” He was a writer and Consulting Producer on the multi-Emmy-winning AMC drama, “Mad Men” for two seasons. He has written for numerous TV shows, including NBC’s “Wings,” CBS’s “Murphy Brown,” and NBC’s “The Naked Truth.” He ran “Murphy...Read More »


Nastaran Dibai has written on and executive produced shows such as “Friends With Better Lives” (premiering on CBS on March 31), “Happily Divorced”, “Hope & Faith”, “According to Jim”, “3rd Rock From The Sun”, “The Nanny”, and “Living Single”, amongst others. She was also the showrunner on the Reba...Read More »


Joey Gutierrez has written on and executive produced shows such as “Raising Hope”, “Married with Children”, “Murphy Brown”, “Norm”, “The Drew Carey Show”, and “Yes Dear”, amongst others. A former stand-up comedian, he also wrote many of Jerry’s routines in the early seasons of “Seinfeld”. He was the showrunner...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 sketch...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 News...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 Wake...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 Sundance Channel. ...Read More »


David Nadelberg is a writer, interviewer and producer. He is best known as the creator of “Mortified”, a grassroots storytelling project where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids. Over the course of a decade, he grew “Mortified” into storytelling project that includes stage shows in ten cities, two books, a...Read More »


Greg Behrendt is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book “He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys”, with Liz Tuccillo and later adapted “He’s Just Not That Into You” into a film by the same name. He also co-authored “It’s Called a...Read More »


Tim Minear currently serves as executive producer and writer on FX’s “American Horror Story.” His writing credits include “The X-Files,” “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Zorro” amongst other TV shows. He was also an executive producer and writer on “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Wonderfalls,” “The Inside,” “Drive,” “Dollhouse,”...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 Review,...Read More »


John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor turned award-winning filmmaker. He co-authored the fifth installment of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise with writing partner Craig Specktor and is also the New York Times best-selling writer of the Splatter Punk Classic “The Light at the...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 Angeles,...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 »


Matteson Perry is a performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and a host of the Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles, and a screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. Matteson’s memoir, “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak,...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 Elise’s...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), was one of...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 PGA...Read More »


Natasha Vargas-Cooper has written articles, essays, op-eds and interviews for The Atlantic, GQ, The New York Times, the New Statesman, The Baffler, Buzzfeed, Vice, Gawker Media, among others. She mostly recently worked as a features editor for both Vice Media’s women’s interest site, Broadly, and Last year, she...Read More »


Lauren Weedman is an award-winning comedic actress, playwright and author. She has written and performed 10 solo plays. (“Homecoming”, “Amsterdam”, “If Ornaments Had Lips”, “Huu”, “Rash”, “Wreckage”, “Bust”, “No You. . .Shutup”, “What Went Wrong”, “Tammy/Lisa”). Her first show, “Homecoming” went on to go off-Broadway in NYC. “Bust”, about...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 is...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 fourth novel, “16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART”, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in Summer ’17. Her 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...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 »


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 waiter,...Read More »