Christopher Upham

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff Screenwriting

Christopher Upham’s first novel, Daktoum has been published by Cereus Press and is available in all major outlets. Based on Upham’s experience as a medic in Vietnam, Daktoum explores the effects of trauma on masculinity when diverse young Americans are abandoned by their own government on a remote jungle fire base.

Eva Benedikt

Screenwriting participant '10

Her feature film, El Ganador (The Winner) was awarded Best Small Budget Film in the 2022 Symbiotic Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine), and Official Selection (2022) of Oaxaca Film Fest, Iconic Images Film Festival (Lithuania) and Anatolia International Film Festival (Turkey). In 2021 El Ganador was a finalist in Blue Star International Film Festival (Brazil) and an award winner in the United Latino International Film Festival (USA) in 2019. She is the writer, producer, and director.

Ruth Kirschner

Writers Workshop Participant '01

Her play Whippoorwill is being produced by Centenary Stage Co, March-April 2022, winning the Women Playwrights Series Susan Glaspell Contest. Her most recent play, The Field, has been nominated for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Juliana Roth

Screenwriting Workshop participant '17

Her new short film Final Curtain Call, on Radio City Music Hall’s Chief organist Ray Bohr, is in post-production.
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

A.W. “Tony” Scott

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '12

His satirical short film “Representation Matters?” was named “Best Short Film” at the Atman Film Festival in Los Angeles on 10/31/21. The film also garnered nominations for “Best Script”, “Best Actor”, and won for “Best Actress” at the Atman Film Festival. The film has also been screened at the Buenos Aries Film Festival and Osaka International Film Festival, and several other festivals in the United States, earning nominations for “Best Film”, “Best Script” and “Best Director”.

A.W. “Tony” Scott

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '12

He and his writing partner Jean Su’s pilot script “Leading Edge”, an Asian female-led one hour drama television series set in Silicon Valley, was named “Outstanding Drama Pilot” at the Catalyst Story Institute 2021 Content Festival (formerly ITV Fest) for television and web series content.

Tim Wendel

Writers Workshops Participant, '86-89; Screenwriting, '05

His new novel, Escape from Castro’s Cuba, will be published by University of Nebraska Press in March,2021, with endorsements from Daniel Silva, Jane Leavy and former big-league pitcher Luis Tiant. Escape is a sequel to his award-winning novel Castro’s Curveball.

Diane Wolff

Writers Workshop Participant '83; Screenwriting Workshop participant '84

She will be giving a talk on her new book Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde: The Mongol Khans Conquer Russia for the Virtual Speakers Series of the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulan Batur.

This is the first book in her Silk Road Series, about the successors of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan). The other books in the series are forthcoming.

Evan I. Schwartz

Screenwriting Workshop participant '12

His debut novel, Revolver, will be published in 2021 by the Concord Free Press.

Josh Folan

Screenwriting Workshop participant, '13

His new cynical indie filmmaking case study joint, Still Filmmaking, the Hard Way, is available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and all the other places humans read things.

Nancy Kelly

Screenwriting Workshop participant '83, '00; Writers Workshop participant '06, '16

The new digital restoration of her film, Thousand Pieces of Gold, enjoyed several screenings at the Rafael Film Center in November, 2019. 

David Corbett

Writers Workshop participant '88, '89, 91, '99; Screenwriting Workshop participant '01

His new book, The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, and TV,  was published in November, 2019, by Writer’s Digest Books.

Mark Coggins

Writers Workshops Participant, '96; Screenwriting Program Participant, '01

His newest, The Dead Beat Scroll, the seventh novel in the August Riordan crime fiction series, was recently released from Down & Out Books.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop '13

Her screenplay Wonder Drug has advanced into the Semifinal Round of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, one of only 149 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round. During the Semifinals, four Academy members, drawn from a variety of branches, will read Wonder Drug. From 10 to 15 Semifinalists will be selected as Finalists. All Semifinalists will be included in the Nicholl contact list that is forwarded in the fall to agents, development executives, managers, and producers who request it.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop participant '13

Her scientific drama Wonder Drug advanced to the quarterfinals in the prestigious 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, one of only 365 entries to emerge from the First Round (out of 7,302 scripts entered). Wonder Drug, a Sloan script at the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab, was also a Bitch List honoree and “Featured Script” on the Black List website. In more Nicholl news, Caitlin’s thriller A Native Land placed among the Top 10% of all entries in this year’s competition. Semifinalists will be announced in August.

Sheldon Gleisser

Screenwriting Participant '14

His short story “The Money Shot” was published in the latest issue of the literary magazine Rosebud, issue #65.

David Corbett

Writers Workshop participant '88, '89, '91, '99, Screenwriting Workshop participant '01

His latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday, has been nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. The winner will be announced on March 30th at Left Coast Crime in Vancouver, BC.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop '13

Her crime thriller screenplay A Native Land has been named an Official Selection at the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival. It has also advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Caitlin is represented by Barry Krost of Barry Krost Management (BKM).

Lex Williford

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '97, '04

His novella, Balsa and Tissue Paper, is forthcoming as an ebook and in the forthcoming 2019 Solos issue of Ploughshares.

Owen Prell

Screenwriters Participant '02, '04; Screenwriters Panel (various)

His debut novel, Chance to Break, was published in 2018 in both U.S. (North Loop Books) and U.K. (The Book Guild) editions. The next author event will be a reading at Depot Bookstore in Mill Valley on November 30.

Kevin Conder

Screenwritng Workshop participant '10; Poetry Workshop Participant '05

He was selected by the Erbacce Contest as the Featured Poet for May 2018. His poetry collection Beautiful Enough to Burn was recently published by Erbacce Press UK, 2018.

Marlene Shigekawa

Screenwriters Workshop Participant '06, '12

Her documentary film, For the Sake of the Children, will be screened in San Francisco on February 24 at the New People Cinema as well as in Los Angeles. Prior screenings have taken place at venues throughout LA , at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and at the University of Montana.

David Corbett

Writers Workshop Participant '88, '89, '91, '99, '01

His latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, will be published in 2018 by Black Opal Books. His writing guide, The Art of Character, recently has been purchased for publication in Spain and China. His short story, “Rusty Cage,” appeared in the anthology Just to Watch Them Die, premised on the songs of Johnny Cash. He is a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest, a regular contributor to the blog Writer Unboxed, and continues to provide his fiction workshops at the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference in Mexico (and other conferences), as well as at Book Passage in the Bay Area (where he is co-chair of the annual Mystery Writers’ Conference), and online at Litreactor.

Christopher DeWan


His short story “The Atheist of Dekalb Street” was selected for this year’s Best Small Fictions anthology, edited by Amy Hempel and now available from Braddock Avenue Books.


Diana Fuller

Diana Fuller is producing the film, Once Was Water, directed by Christopher Beaver. Once Was Water is a lively solutions-oriented documentary that tells the story of how the driest city in America, in the middle of the Mojave desert, leads the way in sustainable water conservation.  


Erich Stonestreet

Screenwriters Workshop Participant, '06

Erich Stonestreet colonized Mars in the comedy sci-fi short The Americano, produced for the 2017 NASA film festival.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Program Participant, '13

Caitlin McCarthy’s scientific drama, Wonder Drug, made the 2017 Bitch List. This annual list spotlights the best unproduced screenplays that pass the Bechdel Test and feature strong female characters. Wonder Drug, a Sloan script at the prestigious Hamptons Screenwriters Lab, is in development with producers Pascal Borno and Anton L. Nel.

Joan Baranow

Poetry Participant, '11,'08,'06,'03,'01,'99,'97,'93,'92,'91,'90; Screenwriting Participant, '98

Joan Baranow’s poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East, Forklift, OH, and Spillway. Her poem, “Believing,” received an Honorable Mention in the Tor House poetry contest. As editor with Wolf Ridge Press (founded by her husband and poetry alum David Watts) she issued their seventh poetry title, Breath Enough, by Vivian Teter. This summer she will launch a new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Dominican University. In addition to the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, the program offers an optional track in Narrative/Poetic Medicine.

Sara Baker

Writers Workshop Participant, '91; Screenwriters Workshop, '95

Sara Baker’s debut novel, The Timekeeper’s Son, has been published by Deeds Publishing. Set in the New South, The Timekeeper’s Son explores middle-aged grief and youthful yearnings, the price of hidden disabilities and wounds, and the claims and limits of community. Sara Baker’s short fiction has been published most recently in Confrontation, Cleaver, H.O.W. Journal, and the China Grove Journal.


Regina Louise

Writers Workshops Participant,'01,'14, Screenwriters Workshop, '02, Staff

Regina Louise’s essay, “I was Adopted at–41,” was recently published by Narratively, and was then picked up by the BBC World News and the interview aired on Outlook “30 Years Looking For Mum.” Her essay, “Milk Vat,” was recently published in Black Clock Journal. Regina is currently working on the first release of the nonprofit publishing company she’s founded: Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Case History of Love, Luck & Self-Determination. It is the followup to her ’03 memoir, Somebody’s Someone.

Christopher DeWan

Screenwriting Participant, '14

Christopher DeWan’s short story collection, Hoopty Time Machines, was announced as one of the “most anticipated books of 2016” by John Madera of Big Other. The book will launch on September 21 at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, with other events to follow later in the fall. It is currently available for preorder from Atticus Books.
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Wendy Gordon

Screenwriting Workshop, '99

Wendy Gordon’s debut novel, Wrong Highway, was published in June, 2016. Wrong Highway was the #2 best seller at Powell’s for the week of June 22.

Danielle Renfrew Behrens

Screenwriting, Staff

Danielle Renfrew Behrens was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Documentary branch.


Amanda Micheli

Screenwriting Participant, '09

Amanda Micheli was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Documentary branch.

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David Corbett

Writers Workshop Participant, '88,'89,'91,'99, Screenwriting Participant, '01

David Corbett’s latest novel, The Mercy of the Night, was published in April, 2015 by Thomas & Mercer.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Program 2013

Caitlin McCarthy’s spec for “The Good Wife” has reached the finals at the 2015 Austin Film Festival in the “Teleplay – One-Hour Spec” category. The winner will be announced on October 31. Also, “Women and Hollywood” nominated Caitlin for the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive. Additionally, Caitlin’s spec for “Elementary” made the quarterfinals of the Final Draft Big Break writing competition; the semifinalists will be announced in October. Lastly, producer Anton L. Nel is attached to Caitlin’s feature screenplay Wonder Drug.

Carol Lee Hall

Screenwriters Workshop, '11

Carol Lee Hall became a Grand Prize Winner in the New York Screenplay Contest for her television concept based on Shelley Adina’s young adult steampunk adventure novel series Magnificent Devices. She and Shelley won cash, software, and an award certificate.


Mark Coggins

Writers Workshops Participant, '96; Screenwriting Program Participant, '01

Mark Coggins published No Hard Feelings, the sixth novel in the August Riordan crime fiction series.