Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels’ first novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House has been published in translation in four languages. The novel, now under option for film, fights the good fight of being both literary and funny. Daniels’ stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Her background in publishing includes over a decade as a literary agent in New York, as well as serving as the fiction editor for Green Mountains Review. She currently teaches writing at the Spalding University MFA program, and the Community of Writers. Leslie Daniels lives in Ithaca, New York.  www.lesliedaniels.com

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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Michelle Latiolais

Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster; Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles; and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, Santa Monica Review, Iowa Review, Juked, The Kenyon Review, and Northwest Review. Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, was published in 2011 by Bellevue Literary Press.  Her most recent book, She, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton & Company.

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Screenwriter Patricia K. Meyer

Patricia K. Meyer

Patricia K. Meyer, a screenwriter and producer, has written numerous feature adaptations, from dark comedy to true crime drama, for Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and all the major studios. In addition, she has written miniseries and movies-of-the-week, as well as an original drama pilot for CBS. Her ABC 4-hour miniseries based on The Women of Brewster Place, starring Oprah Winfrey, earned an Emmy® nomination and Image Award.  She also executive produced Nora Ephron’s directorial debut, This is My Life, for 20th Century Fox. Meyer earned a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Boston University. Meyer is a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. After ten years teaching screenwriting at the AFI Conservatory, she is now a Clinical Professor and the Graduate Director of two MFA Screenwriting programs at Loyola Marymount University. In 2019 she was named one of the top film educators in the country by Varietyhttps://variety.com/2019/film/features/entertainment-education-report-best-films-schools-for-2019-1203213637/


Megan Fay Raveneau

Megan Fay Raveneau is a staff writer in the writers room for a yet-to-be-announced Netflix adult animation series, where she leads break-out room discussions on character and episode development. Prior to securing that much-coveted position, she wrote on staff for a Disney Junior television series. Megan also has worked as a freelance screenwriter for several years, developing and writing screenplays for various production companies. She also assisted in television development at the Blumhouse production company. After receiving her B.A. in Film Production from Brooklyn College, she earned her MFA in the Writing for the Screen Program at Loyola Marymount University.