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Workshop Leaders and Speakers


Robert Bidinotto


Sandra Bowman


Tom Coyne


Vonnie Winslow Crist


Barbara Esstman


Gregory Frost


Harford Writers Group


McKay Jenkins


Cruce Stark


Marcia Talley


Ben Yagoda


Bob Yearick

 

 

Robert Bidinotto

 

Already an award-winning journalist and editor, Robert's debut novel, HUNTER: A Thriller, became a Wall Street Journal “Top 10 Fiction Ebook” bestseller and was selected as the #1 Kindle “Editors’ Pick.”  More than 50,000 copies of the book sold in just 35 days.  Robert’s long journey to writing best-selling fiction grew from his life-long work as a nonfiction author, investigative journalist, essayist, reviewer, and editor. For eight years, he specialized in true-crime investigations as a Staff Writer for Reader's Digest. Since then, Robert has published two nonfiction books on crime: Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility (with a Foreword by John Walsh of the "America’s Most Wanted" television show), and Freed to Kill, a compilation of horror stories arising from failures in the criminal justice system.
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Sandra Bowman

 

Sandra is the Marketing Director of Intrigue Publishing. She came to Intrigue with over 5 years of experience in marketing. As a published author of 2 novels and currently working on a mystery, Sandra has shown that she has what it takes to bring authors along in the world that she calls "Author ville." She actively participates in local events that encourage young people to use their creative minds to weave a story.
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Tom Coyne

 

 

Tom has turned his passion into an NBC Sports Network television show, a film projects and published books.  He was the host and writer for two thirty minute episodes of NBC Sports Network’s Golfing the World television series.  He wrote the screenplay for A Gentleman’s Game, based on his 2001 novel, and is the author of three non-fiction books, A Course Called Home, coming in 2015 fromSimon & Schuster; the The New York Times Bestseller A Course Called Ireland (Gotham/Penguin Books, March 2009) and Paper Tiger: An Obsessed Golfer’s Quest to Play with the Pros (Gotham/Penguin Books, June, 2006) a USA Today recommended title. He was even the subject of a $400 “Jeopardy” game show question in 2010 (no one won the $400).  Tom is currently Assistant Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing.
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Vonnie Winslow Crist

 

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Vonnie’s writing has won numerous awards including a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Writing Award and two Honorable Mentions from L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future. Her poems have appeared in over 100 publications and she has also published a young adult novel, the The Enchanted Skean (Mockingbird Lane Press); two short story collections, The Greener Forest and Owl Light (Cold Moon Press); and a children’s book Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales (VRGroup). She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Letters & Art Member of the National League of American Pen Women, Broad Universe, and Maryland Writers Association.
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Barbara Esstman

 

Internationally published and acclaimed author Barbara Esstman is the author of The Other Anna and Night Ride Home, both published in the United States by Harcourt Brace and Harper Perennial, as well as in numerous translations by Bertelsmann and twelve other foreign presses. Both novels were adapted for film by Hallmark Productions. Esstman has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Maryland Commission for the Arts. She does private editing for clients writing fiction and memoir, and teaches creative writing at universities in the Washington, DC area, as well as at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Gregory Frost

 

 

Greg serves as fiction workshop director for Swarthmore College and is a writer of best-selling fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.  His latest is the theYA-crossover duology Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet (Del Rey), voted one of the best fantasy novels of the year by the American Library Association. His previous novel was the historical thriller, Fitcher’s Brides (Tor), a finalist for both the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards for Best Novel. He has published over fifty short stories as well. Publishers Weekly called his short story collection, Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories, “one of the best of the year.”  Frost has been a finalist for every major award in the fantasy genres.
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Harford Writers Group

 

 

About a decade ago, a small group of Harford Community College students who had just completed the creative writing course decided to meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas and provide support as they pursued their passion for writing. Initially, the Harford Writers’ Group (HWG) members met at each other’s homes but decided to open the meetings for other aspiring writers to join and selected a place easily accessible to the public. Each month, the meetings became a place where members could share excerpts from works in progress; exchange tips and information; discuss conventions such as character, plot, narrative, and tone; find support and encouragement to submit their work for publication; and, learn to deal with rejection (which can devastate a writer’s confidence). Sharing their experiences encouraged the group members to use rejection as a positive tool to improve their work through revision.

Today the group numbers more than 30 members and the format has expanded to include occasional speakers to educate the members in how to write more eloquent prose and poetry. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Tudor Hall (Headquarters for the Center for the Arts), Bel Air; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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McKay Jenkins

 

 

Writing about people and the natural world for 25 years, McKay is the author of 4 books published by Random House, including What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World (2011), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment. His other books are Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness, Murder and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic, 1913 (2005); The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler's Europe (2003); and The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone (2000). Jenkins is also the current Tilghman Professor of English at the University of Delaware.
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Cruce Stark

 

Retired Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Delaware (from 1969-2007), Cruce is the author of the novel Chasing Uncle Charlie (Southern Methodist University Press, 1992) and numerous criticisms and reviews. A regular on the Delaware literary scene, Cruce has taught the finer points of creating good fiction to thousands of students and hundreds of aspiring writers.  He has served and worked with various literary groups throughout the years, including the Delaware Humanities Forum, The Delaware Division of the Arts, The Diamond State American Pen Women, and the Maryland Arts Council.

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Marcia Talley

 

 

The author of six books featuring Hannah Ives, Marcia is also a winner of the Malice Domestic writing grant and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel (Sing it to her Bones, Dell, 1999). She won an Agatha and an Anthony Award for her short story Too Many Cooks and an Agatha Award for her short story Driven to Distraction. She is the editor of two mystery collaborations, and her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her latest Hanna Ives mystery, Dark Passage (Severn House), is being released this month.
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Ben Yagoda

 

Ben teaches English, journalism, and writing at the University of Delaware, and is the author, coauthor or editor of nine books including his most recent How Not to Write Bad (Riverhead Trade, 2013) and Memoir: A History (Riverhead, 2009). In addition, he has written about language, writing and other topics for Slate.com, the New York Times Book Review and Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and many other publications.
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Bob Yearick

 

Bob spent 34 years with the DuPont Co. as an editor and writer before retiring in 2000 to become a full-time freelancer. His sports/suspense novel, Sawyer, was published in 2007. He is the former associate editor and now contributing editor of Out & About Magazine, where his column, “The War on Words,” appears monthly. The columns were collected into a book by the same name in 2011.

 He also writes frequently for Delaware Today and other publications. He has won the Out & About short story contest, and has won several first-place awards in the annual Delaware Press Association writing contest. He is on the board of the Delaware Literary Connection and is a member of the Delaware Press Association.
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