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Meet Our Instructors

Kimberly Garts Crum, MSW, MFA enjoyed a social work career before she became a creative writer. Now, she is the sole proprietor of Shape & Flow Writing Instruction, a studio located in a repurposed slaughterhouse. There, she teaches memoir and personal essay to aspiring writers who want to tell true stories, for posterity or publication. Kim is the past president of Louisville Literary Arts and the current director of Women Who Write. She is co-editor of the literary anthology, The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation. She is working on the final draft of a segmented memoir titled, Slouching Toward Self-Actualization. 

Creating a (quirky) narrator/character in memoir and essay

Kimberly Crum

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Lynnell Major Edwards is the co-founder of Louisville Literary Arts and its annual Writer’s Block Festival. She is a poet and educator. Her publications include This Great Green Valley (Broadstone Books, 2020), the chapbook Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop (Accents, 2014) and three collections of poetry— Covet (October, 2011), The Farmer’s Daughter (2003) and The Highwayman’s Wife (2007), all from Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in Poets Against the War; Raising Our Voices: Oregon Poets Against the War; and numerous literary journals including: Poems & Plays, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East, and Dos Passos Review. She is Associate Programs Director and Professor of English with Spalding's School of Creative and Professional Writing. lynnelledwards.wordpress.com

Docu-poetics: Putting the Past to Work in Your Poems

Lynnell Edwards

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Teri Foltz is a playwright from Northern Kentucky. Her short plays have been produced in NYC, San Diego, Memphis, Louisville, Bonita Springs, Cincinnati, and Ft. Thomas. Teri loves the restrictions of the 10 Minute Play and has recorded readings of 32 of her plays on youtube titled Teri’s Play DateHer first full-length play "The Faculty Lounge" has been produced in Covington, Ft. Thomas, and Chicago. Her second full-length play "Incorrigible" won the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest in 2017 (Kentucky Theater Association) and will be produced in Cincinnati in February 2021 (Centerstage Players). She taught English, Theater, and Creative Writing classes for 32 years. 

Teri's Play Date: How To Write a 10 Minute Play

Teri Foltz

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Amy M. Miller serves as Executive Director of Louisville Literary Arts. Prior to her involvement with the organization, she worked as a bookseller, grant writer, college professor, freelance writer, and literacy instructor. She holds an MA in English from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. She writes for both children and adults, with essays published in Salon, Hippocampus Magazine, [PANK], The Louisville Review, MOTIF, Under The Gum Tree, and Air: A Radio Anthology. Her writing awards include Honorable Mention in the 2018 Flyway Journal "Notes From the Field” contest and the 2017 Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Prize. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two children.

Introduction to Writing Lyric Essays

Amy Miller


Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery and numerous other humorous works of genre fiction from mystery to horror. He is a three-time Goodreads Choice Award nominee and a two-time finalist in the Humor category. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz.

Writing in Distracting Times: Strategies to Boost Your Word Count

Andrew Shaffer


Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She represents narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction for adults and YA readers. Alice previously worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content. She spends her weekends hiking with her husband and two sons.

The Elusive Literary Agent: How to Find and Secure Your Publishing Representative

Alice Speilburg


Katerina Stoykova is the author of several award-winning poetry books and the Senior Editor of Accents Publishing, where she has selected, edited, and published close to 80 poetry collections. Katerina hosts Accents - a radio show for literature, arts and culture on WRFL 88.1 FM. She acted the lead roles in the award-winning narrative films "Proud Citizen" and "Fort Maria", both directed by Thomas Southerland. A bilingual author with many interests, Katerina focuses on living life to the fullest and being 100% true to herself.

Bigger Than They Appear: How to Write Very Short Poems

Katerina Stoykova


Katy Yocom was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, was named a Barnes & Noble Top Indie Favorite, and is currently a finalist for other awards. In researching the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Katy was a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. She has written for Newsweek, Salon, LitHub, American Way (the American Airlines magazine), The Louisville Review, Terrain.org, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Spalding University, she lives in Louisville and serves as associate director of the low-residency graduate programs of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.

Creating Fictional Characters from Real Life

Katy Yocom


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