Bruce Rettig

Writers Workshops Participant, '12, and '15

He won first place for his memoir, Refraction, in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 2017 Literary Contest. Over six hundred pieces were submitted to twelve contest categories, and final winners were announced at the conference and awards dinner in Seattle. PNWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to authors and the development of writing talent from pen to publication through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, vital writer community. Rettig’s memoir was workshopped at the 2015 Community of Writers Workshop. His website is
Attended with the help of The Carlisle Family Scholarship

Vickie Vértiz

Writers Workshop and Poetry Participant, '15

She recently published Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, her second collection of poetry with the University of Arizona Press, Camino del Sol Series. In 2016, she was selected by Natalie Diaz as the Poetry Center resident at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She continues to write essays on Los Angeles arts and community development for KCET.,,
Attended with the help of The Lucille Clifton Scholarship, Ancinas Scholarship

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Poetry Participant 2015

She was recently awarded the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Rosenberg Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her chapbook, Ordinary Misfortunes, winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize, was published by Tupelo Press this July, and her first full-length poetry collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, will be published by Ecco Books in September 2018.
Attended with the help of WC&C Scholarship

Mary Kuryla

Writers’ Workshop Participant, '10.

Her collection Freak Weather: Stories was selected by Amy Hempel for the 2016 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was published by University of Massachusetts Press in November, 2017. This Fall, 2017, her short stories appeared in Shenandoah and The Denver Quarterly.
Attended with the help of The Thomas P. Jones Scholarship

Alia Volz

Writers Workshop Participant, '11, '14

Her essay “Snakebit,” originally published in The Threepenny Review, has been selected for The Best American Essays 2017, guest-edited by Leslie Jamison. Available at a local independent bookstore near you in October.
Attended with the help of Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship, Oakley Hall III Fiction Scholarship

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.


Elana K Arnold

Writers Workshop Participant '95,'98

Her novel What Girls Are Made of has been longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

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.  


Laurie Ann Doyle

Writers Workshops Participant, '09, '14

Laurie Ann Doyle’s new book of stories, World Gone Missing, was published by Regal House press in September 2017.

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshops Participant, '11, '12, '14, '16

Her debut memoir Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home was published by Moxie Road Productions on September 19, 2017. Originally conceived as a cognitive science primer, Spinning is a memoir that weaves the story of micro preemie twins with chronicle of the untimely end to Janine’s career as an international ballet dancer.
Attended with the help of George Pascoe Miller (2011 ), Carlisle Family Foundation (2012), Dirk Eshleman (2014)

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.

Judy Bebelaar

Poetry Workshop '08, '10

Her non-fiction book, And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, co-written with fellow teacher Ron Cabral about the students they knew who were sent to San Francisco’s Opportunity High by Jim Jones in 1976, will be published by Sugartown Publishing in the fall of 2017.

Thomas Allbaugh

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

His first novel, Apocalypse TV, will be published by eLectio Publishers in early October, 2017.

Alice Anderson

Poetry Workshop Participant '92, '93, '08

Her new memoir, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away, was published by St. Martin’s Press in August, 2017.

Jeff Solomon

Poetry Participant '00, Writers Workshop Participant '92

His book So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein was published in May 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.
Attended with the help of UC Irvine Scholarship

Lucy Biederman

Poetry Participant, '11

Her book The Walmart Book of the Dead won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Collection Award and will be published later this year.