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Algonkian Writer Conferences Faculty

    (does not include the majority of faculty at NYC event)

    Ibrahim Ahmad

    Ibrahim Ahmad is senior editor at Akashic Books. He has acquired and edited dozens of titles for the completely independent Brooklyn-based company, which is dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction, general fiction, crime fiction, and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.

    Ken Atchity

    With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over fifteen years in entertainment, Ken Atchity is responsible for launching dozens of books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. As well as being a famed literary agent at AEI, he has produced 26 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "Shadow of Obsession" (NBC), "The Madam's Family" (CBS), "Henry's List of Wrongs" (New Line), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount-- approaching production). His 14 books on writing cover every stage of a writer's career. Based his teaching, managing, and writing experience, he has successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters from the ground up.

    Robert Bausch

    Robert Bausch has taught literature and creative writing at George Mason University, The University of Virginia, and The American University. He is the author of six novels, including ON THE WAY HOME, THE LIVES OF RILEY CHANCE, A HOLE IN THE EARTH, THE GYPSY MAN (winner of the 2003 DLB Award for Distinguished Fiction). His collection of short stories, THE WHITE ROOSTER AND OTHER STORIES won the DLB Award for Distinguished Short Fiction in 1995.

    Robert Olen Butler

    Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels including "The Alleys of Eden," "Sun Dogs," "Countrymen of Bones," "On Distant Ground," "Wabash," and "The Deep Green Sea," as well as six volumes of short fiction including "Tabloid Dreams," "Weegee Stories," and "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain," which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. His works have been translated into nineteen languages. He holds a distinguished Frances Eppes Professorship at Florida State University.

    Kimberley Cameron

    Kimberley Cameron was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and Reece Halsey Paris in 2006. Her associate Elizabeth Evans opened Reece Halsey New York in 2008, and in 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

    Tom Colgan

    Tom Colgan is Executive Editor at The Putnam Berkley Group of Penguin Putnam, Inc. He is a native New Yorker who has worked in the publishing business for seventeen years. He started at Berkley books in 1985 and has worked there ever since except for a five year sojourn at Avon/Morrow. He has worked with authors such as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, Jack Higgins, and Ed McBain. Tom acquires mystery/ thriller/ suspense, so-called "boy books," i.e., Clancy, and nonfiction.

    Elise Capron

    Elise Capron is an agent for the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency--widely regarded as the best on the west coast. Elise is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge, and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. Some of Elise's recent and soon-to-be-published books include Jonathon Keats' "Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology" (Oxford University Press) and "The Book of the Unknown" (Random House), Tiphanie Yanique's "How to Escape from a Leper Colony" (Graywolf), Rikki Ducornet's "Netsuke" (Coffee House Press), Cynthia Barnett's "Blue is the New Green: An American Water Ethic" (Beacon), Ali Liebegott's "The IHOP Papers" (Carroll & Graf),

    David Cole

    David Cole has spent almost 30 years in book publishing with stints in editing, production, publicity, marketing, and management. His company, Bay Tree Publishing, focuses on nonfiction works in the areas of business, personal finance, psychology, health, and current affairs. He is the author of three nonfiction books, including The Complete Guide to Book Marketing. The Founder and first President of the San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival, he also served as an instructor in the University of California Extension certificate program in publishing. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Northern California Book Publicity and Marketing Association.

    Ann Garvin

    Ann Garvin is the author of "On Maggie's Watch" (Berkley Penguin November 2010). She is an award winning short story writer with a host of fiction and nonfiction publications ranging from The Potomac Journal to Health Psychology. A compelling and humorous speaker, Ann is a literary crowd-pleaser.

    Scott Hoffman

    Scott Hoffman's fiction list is about half literary, and half commercial. If your project doesn't fit one of the "established" categories, he might be your guy. He is always on the look out beautifully-written literary fiction, dark novels, SF and Fantasy, as well as heartbreaking memoirs. More about Scott can be found here.

    Lyssa Keusch

    Executive Editor Lyssa Keusch acquires primarily commercial fiction for the William Morrow/Avon imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Her main focus is on rich, textured, thought-provoking commercial women's fiction, contemporary or historical fiction, and high concept, smart thrillers and suspense. She has launched the careers of New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Julia Quinn, with whom she is thrilled to continue to work. Among her other authors are New York Times bestsellers J. A. Jance, Jefferson Bass, Samantha James, and Elizabeth Boyle, award-winners Jamie Freveletti, Sean Chercover, Robin Burcell, and Mary Daheim, and international bestsellers Kathryn Fox and Glenn Cooper.

    Barbara Kyle

    Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Tudor-era "Thornleigh" novels The Queen's Gamble, The Queen's Captive, The King's Daughter and The Queen's Lady, all published internationally, and of contemporary thrillers including Entrapped and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold. Barbara recently signed a 3-book deal with Kensington Books, New York, to continue her "Thornleigh" series. Barbara is passionate about helping writers learn what they need to break into the publishing industry. She has taught her "Writers Boot Camp" for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations. She offers twice-yearly Master Class workshops focused on each participant's first thirty pages. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

    Michael Larsen

    Michael Larsen, together with Elizabeth Pomada, founded the first literary agency in San Francisco in 1972, and since that time they have helped hundreds of authors to achieve successful publication of their books. Recent manuscripts represented and sold to Pantheon, Warner, Berkley, and Tor. Two novel ms were recently selected from Algonkian workshops.

    Jill Marr

    Jill is an acquiring agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, one of the most respected literary agencies in the U.S. Representing an impressive and eclectic client roster, SDLA has helped guide the illustrious careers of many best selling authors in several genres, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See and Diane Mott Davidson and on the non-fiction side, Peter Irons, David Landes, Mike Davis, Chalmers Johnson and Susan Faludi, among others. Jill is interested in commercial fiction, especially women's fiction, multi-cultural fiction, historic fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and horror.

    Taylor Martindale

    Taylor Martindale is a Literary Agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. As an acquiring agent, Taylor is interested in commercial fiction, women's fiction, and multi-cultural fiction, and in particular, YA fiction (gritty contemporary, unique paranormal/urban fantasy). She is looking for engaging and unforgettable characters and stories that stay with you long after you turn the final page.

    Isabella Michon

    Isabella Michon is a former TV and radio producer with more than 20 years of publicity and promotion experience. She has worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors including Deepak Chopra, Clive Barker, Day in the Life series co-creator David Cohen, and Robert Thurman, who Time named as "one of the 25 most influential people". Isabella's bookings include USA, Today, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, The Associated Press, NPR, CNN, The Tom Snyder Show, and the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

    Michael Neff

    Michael Neff is Editor-in-Chief of DEL SOL REVIEW, the founder and director of WEBDELSOL.COM (#10 in the Writer's Digest Fiction Top 50 and the largest publisher of periodical contemporary literature in the U.S.) and the founder and chief editor of ALGONKIAN WRITER CONFERENCES. He is publisher of several national literary magazines at WEBDELSOL including IN POSSE REVIEW, LA PETITE ZINE, 5_TROPE, and DEL SOL REVIEW. His own work has appeared in THE LITERARY REVIEW, NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, MUDLARK, QUARTERLY WEST, PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY, CONJUNCTIONS, AND AMERICAN WAY MAGAZINE ... [more].

    Elizabeth Pomada

    Elizabeth Pomada, together with Michael Larsen, founded the first literary agency in San Francisco in 1972, and since that time have helped hundreds of authors to successful publication of their books. Recent manuscripts represented and sold to Pantheon, Warner, Berkley, and Tor.

    Peter Rubie

    Peter is the President of Peter Rubie Literary Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, he was a book doctor for such publishers as Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, Random House and others, the fiction editor for Walker & Co., a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, a broadcast journalist (BBC Radio News; ITN News), and a print journalist (Fleet Street, London). He represents narrative non-fiction, crime novels, thrillers, science fiction/fantasy, as well as literary novels and children's fiction. Peter has written two novels himself, and his nonfiction book, "The Elements of Storytelling" is known for being one of the best in the business.

    Susan Schwartzman

    Susan Schwartzman has been in the publishing field for more than 20 years. She began her career in book publicity in 1992 as a freelance in-house book publicist, working for major publishers, including Workman Publishing, William Morrow, Penguin-Putnam, Harcourt Brace, Villard, Wiley, Avon Books, Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, Red Dress Ink, New American Library, and Downtown Press. As an independent book publicist, Susan has promoted a wide variety of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction titles. Her business, Susan Schwartzman Public Relations, has provided major media placements for her clients in major media throughout the country.

    Jane Smiley

    Jane Smiley won a 1985 O. Henry Award for her short story "Lily", which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her best-selling "A Thousand Acres" received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a film of the same title in 1997. Her novella "The Age of Grief" was made into the 2002 film The Secret Lives of Dentists. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel" (2005), is a non-fiction meditation on the history and the nature of the novel that roams from eleventh century Japan's Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji to 21st-century American women's literature. From 1981 to 1996, Smiley taught undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. In 2001, Smiley was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Cary Tennis

    Cary Tennis writes's famous SINCE YOU ASKED advice column, which boasts a readership of over half a million readers per month. In an unusual format for advice columns, "Since you Asked" publishes long letters, sometimes of 1,000 words, and equally long responses. The fiction side of Cary attended the masters program in creative writing at SF State and is currently working on an upmarket novel entitled "Burning The Rain Girl." He runs writing workshops in San Francisco and creative getaways on Northern California's Tomales Bay.

    Sally van Haitsma

    A member of the prestigious Castiglia Literary Agency, Sally van Haitsma is actively looking for proposals and her fiction list covers literary and women's fiction, and SF/F as well. Her recent sales include "Silverstein and Me" by Marv Gold (Red Hen Press), "Wesley The Owl" by Stacey O'Brien (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), and "The Leisure Seeker" by Michael Zadoorian (HarperCollins).

    Tina Dubois Wexler

    Tina is actively list building at ICM. Her tastes are eclectic--most types of fiction, nonfiction, and even YA. Recent sales include the first two books in Susan Runholt's mystery series, "The Mystery of The Third Lucretia" and "Rescusing Seneca Crane" (Viking), and commercial fiction sales including Donna Gephart's "As If Being 12¾ Isn't Bad Enough" (Delacorte), Robin Friedman's "The Girlfriend Project" (Walker), Sanjay Patel's "The Little Book of Hindu Deities" (Plume), and many more. Prior to joining ICM over three years ago she worked at the Ellen Levine Literary Agency, Trident Media, and the Karpfinger Agency. She earned an MFA before becoming an agent.

    Gordon Warnock

    From his start as an intern, Gordon has worked his way up to becoming a full agent and an integral part of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. He frequently participates in conferences and workshops and speaks throughout the community. He is an honors graduate with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. Gordon has his eye out for works which will not only thrive in the current market but will also withstand the test of time. He is especially interested in literary, general and upscale fiction, as well as memoir and true crime.

    Paige Wheeler

    Paige Wheeler is the past President of Creative Media Agency and a current partner with Jeff Kleinman in Folio Literary Agency. She is actively seeking new manuscripts for commercial, literary, thriller/mystery, SF, YA, and other genres. An interview with Paige can be [found here]

    Howard Yoon

    Howard Yoon is the Vice President and Editorial Director of the Gail Ross Literary Agency. He also handles foreign rights for the agency. Yoon specializes in editing and developing book ideas with clients. He has more than 14 years of experience as a literary agent, editor, and writer. A list of GRLA literary projects can be found here.



- San Francisco Write to Market -

Ken Atchity, film producer and literary agent, has launched many books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. He will attend the SF Write to Market Conference.

Penny Warner, author of The Connor Westphal Mystery Series, will be a guest author at the WTM. She has had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction. Her books have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries. She will attend the SF Write to Market Conference.

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