Meet Your Instructor


Ellen Birkett Morris

Surprising, Yet Inevitable: Finding an Effective Story Ending

Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of the short story collection Lost Girls (2020) and Surrender, a poetry chapbook. Her work has appeared in journals including Shenandoah, Antioch Review, South Carolina Review and others. She was a finalist for the 2019 Rita Dove Poetry Prize, semi-finalist for the Story Quarterly Prize, and winner of the Bevel Summers Prize for fiction given by Shenandoah. Morris has an MFA from Queens University-Charlotte.

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Tony Brewer

The Occasional Poem

Tony Brew is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival and his books include: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, Hot Type Cold Read, and Homunculus. He also has work in the anthologies And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has made numerous recordings for The Linen of Words on WFHB community radio and The Poets Weave on WFIU public radio. He co-founded the first poetry slam in Indiana in 2001 and competed, coached, and toured with a team until 2006. Tony has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.

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Susan E. Lindsey

The Devil's In The Details: Research for Nonfiction Writers

Susan E. Lindsey is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state and enjoyed a 20-year career in corporate communication before she launched Savvy Communication, an editing business, ten years ago. She is the author of

Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia, and a coauthor and editor of Speed Family Heritage Recipes, a historical cookbook of recipes from the Speed family who built Farmington Plantation in Louisville. Lindsey has also published several essays and short stories.


Keith McGill

Beginning Monologue Writing; Found Poetry

Keith McGill is an actor and director, most recently having directed "Ghost" for Stage One Children’s Theatre. Keith also acted in STAGE ONE’s production of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," and he has appeared as Bob Bradley in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." He is also a free-lance teaching artist for Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC), Actors Theatre, and ArtsReach, among others. As a playwright, Keith created "Nation In Crisis," an educational one-person presentation of major moments in the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently working on another one-person piece—"Laundry On New Year's Day." Keith is also a facilitator with Shakespeare Behind Bars and a stand-up comedian, performing in clubs and theatres across the country.

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Angela Mitchell

Giving the Devil His Due: Building Multi-dimensional Bad Guys

Angela Mitchell is the author of the story collection, Unnatural Habits & Other Stories (WTAW Press). Her fiction has been featured in a variety of literary journals, including Colorado Review, where her story “Animal Lovers” was awarded the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction; more recent work has been included in The Best Small Fictions 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books). Mitchell has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and serves as the fiction editor for NELLE. An eighth generation native of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, she now lives in St. Louis with her family.

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Tim Waggoner

Level Up: Techniques for Improving Your Novel

Tim Waggoner has published close to fifty novels and seven short story collections in the fields of horror, dark fantasy, and media tie-ins. He has won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Scribe Award, and the Splatterpunk Award. Tim is a professor of composition and creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, OH. 

Katy Yocom

How You Make Me Feel: Writing Emotion in Fiction & Nonfiction

Katy Yocom was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, the First Horizon Award, and the Micro Press Award and was named a Barnes & Noble Top Indie Favorite. To research the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. The book’s release made the front page of the Jaipur Times. 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,, 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.


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