Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2019 Writing Workshop of San Francisco.


Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 11.10.57 PM.pngCody T Luff’s forthcoming novel, Ration, will be released by Apex Book Company in 2019.

At the 2019 Writing Workshop of San Francisco, Cody will be teaching sessions on science fiction and fantasy, as well as crafting characters. He will also be offering manuscript edits for attendees.

Cody’s stories have appeared in Pilgrimage, Cirque, KYSO Flash, Menda City Review, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, and others. He is fiction winner of the 2016 Montana Book Festival Regional Emerging Writers Contest and served as editor of the short fiction anthology Soul’s Road. Cody completed an intensive MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He teaches at Portland Community College and works as a story editor. Cody grew up listening to stories in his grandfather’s barbershop as he shined shoes, stories told to him at bedsides and on front porches, deep in his father’s favorite woods, and in the cabs of pickup trucks on lonely dirt roads. Cody’s work explores those things both small and wondrous that move the soul, whether they be deeply real or strikingly surreal.


Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of His blog during his tenure there, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron. Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

Along with teaching at the 2019 SF event, Brian is offering query critiques for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-06-13 at 9.59.44 PM.pngSusan Alice Bickford was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Central New York, the setting for many of her thriller and suspense stories. After she discovered computer graphics and animation, Susan moved from New York City to Silicon Valley, where she became an executive at a leading technology company. She now works as an independent consultant, and continues to be fascinated by all things high tech.

A SHORT TIME TO DIE was released by Kensington Publishing in 2017 and was nominated for Best Debut Novel at Left Coast Crime. DREAD OF WINTER will be released in November 2019.

At the 2019 SF workshop, she is teaching on mystery/thriller writing, and also offering critiques for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-06-19 at 12.07.27 PM.pngAdrienne Bell is the author of over a dozen action-packed romances including the bestselling contemporary Second Service series and the Exiles of the Realm paranormal series.

Her love of story structure led her to create Plot MD, a system for crafting compelling stories. She also is the co-host of the weekly podcast The Misfit’s Guide to Writing Indie Romance with Eliza Peake.

Adrienne lives with her husband and sons on the far edge of the San Francisco Bay Area where she spends her downtime reading, binge watching nerdy television, and scrolling through Disneyland fan sites.

At the 2019 SF event, she will be teaching on Crafting an Irresistible Romance as well as Before You Hit Publish: Your Checklist for a Successful Start in Self-Publishing. She is also offering critiques for attendees.


Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 11.22.22 AMTerry Shames writes the best-selling Samuel Craddock mystery series, published by Seventh Street Books. The books have been finalists for multiple awards, winning the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery and an RT Reviews Critics award for Best Contemporary Mystery of 2016.

She has twice been named one of the top five Texas mystery writers. Her latest is A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, April, 2019.

Terry lives in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of MWA and Norcal Sisters in Crime.

Terry will be teaching a session on building your novel after the initial idea.


Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 9.09.12 PM.pngLaurie McLean is a literary agent and founder of Fuse Literary. She spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco.

Though she is closed to unsolicited e-mail queries, she is happy to take pitches from attendees at the 2019 SF conference. She is also teaching a speech on marketing your book.

At Fuse Literary, Laurie specializes in middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.).

She does not handle nonfiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels.

Following her stint as the CEO of a successful Silicon Valley public relations agency bearing her name, Laurie was able to switch gears in 2002 to immerse herself in writing. She penned three manuscripts before deciding that the life of a literary agent was her destiny. Laurie has been writing professionally since high school–first as a journalist, then as a public relations agent, finally as a novelist. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York and a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism.

Laurie’s clients include the New York Times and international bestselling YA author Julie Kagawa, epic fantasy bestseller Brian D. Anderson, award-winning steampunk and fantasy author Pip Ballantine, and the award-winning Linda Wisdom, who has had more than 100 romance novels published in her career.