Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2019 Kentucky Writing Workshop.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of WritersDigest.com. 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 book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in 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.

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Screen Shot 2018-12-24 at 10.51.00 AMSara O. Thompson is a published novelist.

At the 2019 KY workshop, she will be teaching on how to write great science fiction and fantasy. She will also be critiquing attendee manuscripts.

Sara’s first attempt at a book was prepared on a Remington typewriter and bore a suspicious resemblance to a famous novel whose title rhymes with ‘Gourd of the Spies.’ Since then, she’s written diaries, advertising copy, and a lot of poetry, besides short and long fiction. Her accolades are so minor they bear no mention here, except to say that she once received five sessions with a life coach as a prize for winning an essay contest. In her spare time, she performs improv comedy, tells stories on stage, and loves ballroom dancing.

Sara lives with her husband (who is an ICU nurse) and their twin sons. Her debut novel Muddy Waters is book one in the Otherwhere series.

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Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 8.48.00 AM.pngGail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris.

Gail is the author of the Aladdin/S&S middle grade novels OUT OF TUNE, BREAKING THE ICE, the YOU’RE INVITED series (co-authored with Jen Malone), and BEST.NIGHT.EVER. (co-authored). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins). You can find her online at gailnall.com and on Twitter as @gailecn.

At the 2019 KY workshop, Gail is teaching on how to write awesome middle grade and young adult, and also critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

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Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.02.47 PM.pngTiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin’s Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky’s Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women’s suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.

At the 2019 KY workshop, she will be teaching on romance novel writing and the romance market. She will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

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Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.22.38 PM.pngRobert McClure read pulp fiction as a kid when he should have been studying but ultimately cracked down enough to obtain a B.A. in criminology from Murray State University and a law degree from the University of Louisville. He gained his first glimpses into the criminal mind while working with the justice system in college and still cannot avert his eyes.

He is now an attorney and writer who lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. His novel Deadly Lullaby was a finalist for the 2015 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Original eBook.

His short stories have appeared in Hardboiled, Thug Lit and Plots With Guns, and his first published story, “Harlan’s Salvation,” seen in MudRock Stories & Tales, placed in the “Other Distinguished Stories” category of Best American Mystery Stories 2005. His story “My Son,” originally published in Thug Lit, Issue 28, was one of twenty reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories 2009.

At the 2019 KY workshop, he is teaching on writing mystery & thriller, and doing critiques for attendees.

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Screen Shot 2019-01-11 at 1.42.50 PM.pngAndrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, the parody Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, and numerous other humorous works of fiction and nonfiction. He is a two-time Goodreads Choice Award nominee and one-time finalist in the Humor category.

Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and studied comedy writing at Chicago’s famed The Second City. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz. He teaches and mentors writers at Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

At the 2019 KY workshop, Andrew will be teaching on humor writing and self publishing. He will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

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Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 4.33.35 PM.pngAmanda Driscoll was born and raised in Louisville and currently resides in Prospect. Like any good Kentucky-born girl, she grew up drawing horses. Her love of art led her to Murray State University, where she earned a degree in Fine Art/ Graphic Design. She was a graphic designer for years before she had children, rediscovered her love of picture books, and found her true passion.

She is the author/illustrator of three picture books: Klondike Do Not Eat Those Cupcakes! (2018), Wally Does Not Want a Haircut (2016), and Duncan the Story Dragon (2015), all published by Knopf.

At the 2019 Kentucky event, Amanda will be teaching on picture books. She will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

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Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 10.27.15 PMLiterary agent Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

At the 2019 KY event, she is teaching on query letter writing.

Last year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and has two children.

Her primary areas of interest include: Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, and young adult novels.

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