Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2020 Writing Workshop of San Francisco.


Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 11.39.32 AMHeather Chavez is a published thriller author. Her debut novel, NO BAD DEED, which has been praised by Lee Child (the Jack Reacher series), comes out from William Morrow in early 2020.

At the 2020 SF event, Heather is teaching on how to write awesome mystery & thriller writing, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

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

Currently, she’s employed in public affairs for a major health care organization where she writes human interest stories. She lives with her family in Santa Rosa, California, and is at work on her second novel.


Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 1.04.33 PM.pngEmma Sector is a literary agent with Prospect Agency.

At the 2020 SF workshop, she is teaching on picture book writing. She is also meeting with attendees for one-on-one pitches.

She is seeking: “I’m open to middle-grade and YA of all types, but I’m especially drawn to fantasy adventure, magical realism, and historical fiction. I love picture books with big ideas and few words and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters.”

“Reading has always been a certain kind of magic for me. As a kid, I was sure I could make things move with my mind like Matilda and I waited patiently for my Hogwarts letter to arrive when I turned eleven. As an adult, I’ve shifted my magical studies a bit. Now I help these wonderful things we call books come into the world, and it’s almost as amazing as moving things with my mind. I majored in English at the University of Vermont and moved to New York City just a week after I graduated for my first job in publishing, an internship in Hachette’s advertising and promotions department. When the summer was over, I knew I had found my people. I worked for Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division for the next six years, first in marketing and later in editorial. Then I moved west to California in 2017 where I was a freelance editor while working as a publicist for an independent bookstore. Now, as a children’s book agent with Prospect, I use all my past publishing experiences to help new authors and illustrators develop their work and find their editorial match.”