Presenters and Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2018 Writing Workshop of San Francisco.


Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 11.22.22 AM.pngBerkeley writer Terry Shames is a mystery author. At the 2018 SF workshop, she will be teaching on writing mysteries & thrillers, how to rewrite and edit your work, and is also critiquing mystery / thriller / crime manuscripts for attendees.

Terry returned to her Texas roots for the setting of her critically acclaimed, best-selling Samuel Craddock series. Short-listed for numerous awards, the series has won the Macavity Award for A Killing at Cotton Hill, and the RT Review Critics Award for Best Contemporary Mystery of 2016 for The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake. MysteryPeople has twice named Shames one of the top five Texas mystery authors. (Find all her books here.)

She has an MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a frequent speaker at mystery workshops. She a member of Mystery of America and is on the board of Norcal Sisters in Crime. Her seventh novel, A Reckoning in the Back Country was released in January 2018.


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.

At the 2018 SF event, he is teaching classes on what to do before you submit, what to do after you submit, writing nonfiction books, voice and writing well, and the state of the publishing industry today.


Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 11.49.12 AM.pngJennifer Fosberry is a published picture book writer.

At the 2018 SF workshop, she will be teaching on picture book writing and also doing picture book critiques for attendees.

Jennifer is a science geek turned children’ book writer. After working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area to read, write, and try to get out of housework.

She lives with her husband and three children and her little dog, too. Find all her books here, including her newest title, Isabella: Girl in Charge.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.12.28 PMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction.”

She is critiquing young adult and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.


Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 12.07.01 PM.pngRachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novel The Ones Who Matter Most (named an Editor’s Pick by Library Journal), as well as more than twenty other novels and memoirs.

At the 2018 SF workshop, she will be speaking on how to write romance, speaking on how to write memoir, and also critiquing women’s fiction, romance, and memoir for attendees.

Her latest nonfiction is Fast-Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland and she teaches writing in the extension programs at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She’s proud to be a New Zealander as well as a US citizen, though her Kiwi accent only comes out when she’s very tired. She’s honored to be a member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board.

She is currently a Writer in Residence at Mills College.


Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 10.53.27 AMCaitlin Seal is a writer and compulsive reader living in Northern California. At the 2018 SF workshop, she will be teaching on writing science fiction and fantasy, and also critiquing adult sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts from attendees.

Caitlin graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Politics and Economics, and quickly learned that she preferred making up her own governments to working with real ones.

She started writing when she was six and her parents were kind enough to encourage her even though her stories involved things like haunted jukeboxes luring people to their deaths. When not writing she GMs tabletop games, practices aikido, and hunts for portals in old wardrobes.

She writes Fantasy and Science Fiction and is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Her first novel, TWICE DEAD, will be published by Charlesbridge Teen in Fall 2018.