Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2021 Writing Workshop of San Francisco.


Heather Chavez is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley’s English literature program and has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and contributor to mystery and television blogs.

She lives with her family in Santa Rosa, California, and is at work on her second novel.

At the online 2021 WWSF, she is providing manuscript critiques as an add-on for attendees.

Her debut thriller NO BAD DEED was published by William Morrow in 2020. Rights have also been sold in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.


Screen Shot 2020-05-10 at 11.40.52 PM.pngTara Bailey is the founder and CEO of Bailey Publishing House.

Tara founded Bailey Publishing House, LLC in 2016. She serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Editor.

At the 2021 online WWSF Writing Workshop, Tara is meeting virtually with writers for add-on manuscript critiques.

Tara is a ghostwriter and author of Dracula of the West Side and Number Seven (2018). She’s the author of the dark comedy play, “Deadbeat” (2017). The play premiered on May 21, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, downtown Pittsburgh. The production was produced by Wali Jamal Abdullah and directed by Kim El.

She was the featured speaker at the Celebration of Reading in June 2017 and Pittsburgh’s Write On: Black Book Expo in November 2017. Along with speaking at book festivals, BPH hosts an annual writers workshop. She’s been a featured guest on WAMO 100 radio programs and Soul Pitt Quarterly wrote an article about her company in Summer 2017 edition. In addition to her commitment to BPH, she is also Editor-in-Chief for a personal care home monthly magazine in Pennsylvania.


Alex Barba has experience as a fiction editor, literary agent, book scout, script doctor, and magazine and nonprofit editor. At the 2021 online WWSF, she is offering add-on manuscript critiques for attendees.

“For the majority of my career I’ve worked on YA and romance stories – first love, love denied, coming-of-age, friendships and adventures, and spicy feminist romance. My main area of expertise is in young fiction fiction in the following genres: contemporary/realistic, rom-com, contemporary (“low”) fantasy, and paranormal fantasy.

What I’m most passionate about is helping to make a good story even better. I enjoy working with writers who are looking to take their work to the next level. I bring a thorough, careful eye to each project and enjoy working with authors in all manner of developmental stages.


Sheri Bestor is a former literary agent, now an author and editor.

At the 2021 online WWSF, she is performing add-on kidlit manuscript critiques for attendees.

An award-winning author, Sheri has 10 books published with another three soon to be released. She has published in a myriad of genres, with the body of her work geared for children.

She has experience as a literary agent and owns a writing services business. Sheri is passionate about supporting writers of all levels on their path to publication. With over two decades of experience and an inspirational approach, she looks forward to helping you with your manuscript.