instructor  Biography
Randall Brown

Randall Brown is on the faculty of Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. He has been published widely, both online and in print, and blogs regularly at He is also the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

Workshop: Flash Fiction

Joe Kulka

Joe Kulka is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator. Joe has illustrated over 20 books for children, five of which he also wrote. He is currently working on his 6th book as both author and illustrator. Joe teaches children’s book illustration at Moore College of Art and Design and at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Workshop: Writing Children's Picture Books

Sheree Bykofsky

Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc., AAR, represents hundreds of authors in all areas of adult non-fiction as well as literary and commercial fiction. Her non-fiction specialties include popular reference, business, health, psychology, poker, spirituality, self-help, humor, cookbooks, pop culture, biography, women’s issues, decorating & crafts, music, and much more. Sheree is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Publishing at New York University and an Adjunct Professor at Rosemont College, and she teaches at conferences around the country, including SEAK’s conferences for doctors and lawyers.

Workshop: Spend the Weekend with a Literary Agent


Anne Kaier’s work, in nonfiction and poetry, appears in The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Apiary, Paradigm, and other venues. Poems and an essay are included in Beauty is a Verb: An Anthology of Poetry, Poetics, and Disability, which is on the American Library Association Notable Books list for 2012. She reviews Fulbright applications and is a 2014 AWP presenter.

Workshop: Tell Your Story

Liz Abrams-Morley


Liz Abrams-Morley is the author of Inventory (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Necessary Turns, winner of an Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence, 2010, Learning the Calculate the Half Life, two earlier chapbooks and numerous published stories and poems. Her poems and stories have been read on NPR. Liz is co-founder/director of Around the Block Writers’ Collaborative.

Workshop: On Longing and Loss - a Poetry Weekend

Charles Holdefer


Charles Holdefer is the author of four novels, most recently Back in the Game. His novel The Contractor was an American Booksellers’ Association “Book Sense Pick.” He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Sorbonne. His fiction has appeared in the New England Review, North American Review and Slice. He also writes essays and reviews.

Workshop: Novel Fundamentals

 Gregory Frost


Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and over 50 short stories of the fantastic—dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Oct/Nov 2013) was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His latest story, “Bedlam,” graces the anthology Out of Tune, edited by Jonathan Maberry. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (Cambridge University Press), and serves as Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College.

Workshop: Crafting Short Stories

 Tawni Waters


Tawni Waters is a writer, college teacher, and gypsy.  Her first YA novel, Beauty of the Broken, was released by Simon/Pulse in 2014. Her first poetry book, Siren Song, was released by Burlesque Press in the same year.  Her work has been published in numerous collections, journals, and magazines, including Best Travel Writing 2010 and Bridal Guide Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Estrella Mountain College in Phoenix, Arizona.  In her spare time, she talks to angels, humanely evicts spiders from her floorboards, and plays Magdalene to a minor rock god.

Workshop: Writing the World for Fresh Eyes: An Exploration of YA Literature

 Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith has published over 100 stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He is the author of two chapbooks of flash fiction, three story collections, three novels, and an essay collection. His latest book COMMUNION, an essay collection from Dock Street Press, was released this past spring. His next book, a study of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, will be published by Ig Publishing next spring.

Workshop: Our Lives in Stories (Memoir)

J.C. Todd

J. C. Todd’s current poems address the dislocations of war. Author of What Space This Body her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, APR, Big Bridge, Wild River Review and elsewhere. She holds fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, and national and international artist colonies. She has appeared in international poetry festivals and edited mini-anthologies of translated contemporary Lithuanian and Latvian poems. A consultant with the Dodge Poetry Festival, Todd teaches at Bryn Mawr College and the (amazing!) MFA Program at Rosemont.  (photo credit: Mark Hillringhouse)

Workshop: Deface? or Reface? Erasures, Excerpts and Eavesdrops (Poetry)