Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is the author of White Oleander, Paint It Black, and two novels on the Russian Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Black Clock, Los Angeles Noir, Room of One’s Own, Black Warrior Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, and Real Simple. She has taught at the USC Master of Professional Writing Program, the UCLA Writer’s Program, the Esalen Institute and Pomona College. Her essay on writing from the senses appears in Writer’s Workshop in A Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. Her online writing talks, Writing Wednesdays, are available on Facebook and Youtube. www.janetfitchwrites.com

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the national bestseller, A River of Stars, and Deceit and Other Possibilities, a NYT Editors’ Pick. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. She has filed stories from China, Burma, South Korea, Panama, and Ecuador, and her work appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among other publications. She teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and elsewhere. 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 founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and founder of the LARB Publishing Workshop, LARB Radio Hour, and LARB Books. He is the American Book Award-winning author of Born Slippy: A Novel, Aimlessness, And the Monkey Learned Nothing, Drinking Mare’s Milk, Crying, Doing Nothing, and other books, and has published over a hundred pieces in journals, magazines, newspapers, and collections, and has written for TV and film. He has taught at Iowa, Stanford, CalArts, and Copenhagen, and is now Distinguished Professor and Chair at UC Riverside’s Department of Creative Writing. https://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/tom-lutz/

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