Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, translated into 24 languages and  made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, a national bestseller, was made into a 2017 feature film, written and directed by Amber Tamblyn. Her most recent books are a duet of novels set during the Russian Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Los Cathedral.  She leads weekend writing intensives through the Community of Writers, and is longtime staff at the Summer Workshops, which she herself attended as a young writer. www.janetfitchwrites.comwww.janetfitchwrites.com

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the national bestseller, A River of Stars, and Deceit and Other Possibilities, a New York Times Editors Pick. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, her honors include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Steinbeck Fellowship, among others. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program, San Francisco Writers Grotto, and elsewhere. Her novel, Forbidden City, is forthcoming. www.vanessahua.com

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Dylan Landis

Dylan Landis is the author of a novel, Rainey Royal, and a collection of linked stories, Normal People Don’t Live Like This. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Bomb, the Santa Monica Review and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2014, and her personal essays in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and the anthology What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About. She attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 2001, and has returned several times to teach. https://www.dylanlandis.com/

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Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz is the American Book Award-winning author of eleven books and the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. His most recent books are Born Slippy (2020), a novel; Aimlessness (2021), a lyrical-philosophical essay on blundering about as method; and The Kindness of Strangers (2021), the third book in his travel trilogy, He is finishing up a collection of photographic portraits with micro-essays, and working on a new novel and a book about violence along the aridity line.
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