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Presenters

Keynoters
Annabelle Gurwitch

New York Times' best-selling author of four books, actress, essayist and storyteller. She was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing in 2015. The original co-host for Dinner and a Movie on TBS, she has appeared in numerous television and film projects. 

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Wendy Liebman
Stand-up comic who has performed on late-night shows — from Carson to Kimmel — and appeared in comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. She was a semifinalist on America's Got Talent.
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Mike Reiss
Emmy award-winning writer for The Simpsons and author of Springfield ConfidentialJokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons and 19 children’s books.
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Mike Rowe
Best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, Mike can now be found on Facebook’s groundbreaking series Returning the Favor, where he searches for remarkable people making a difference in their communities and helps give back to those who pay it forward with humor, heart and surprise.
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Peggy Rowe

Author of two New York Times bestsellers, About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother and About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known — both penned after she turned 80. A social media sensation, she counts more than 140,000 readers of her daily Facebook postings. Her letters and texts to her celebrity son, Mike Rowe, have reached millions.

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Sophfronia Scott
Award-winning novelist, journalist and essayist who’s been hailed by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” She’s the founding director of Alma College’s new low residency MFA in Creative Writing program.
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Emcee
Pat Wynn Brown

Performer, speaker, producer and author of two books, Hair-A-Baloo: The Revealing Comedy and Tragedy on Top of Your Head and Momma Culpa: One Mother Comes Clean and Makes Her Maternal Confession. She is a featured humorist in a PBS documentary, A Legacy of Laughter, about the life and work of Erma Bombeck. Funny and gracious, she returns for her fifth stint as emcee.

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Stand-Up Comedy Host
Brian Kiley

Head monologue writer for Conan O'Brien, and the author of two books, Maybe Kevin and the Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins. A staff writer for Conan O'Brien since 1994, he has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards and he is the winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series. he will host the popular Attendee Stand-Up Comedy Show that closes the workshop.

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Digital Journalist
Liza Donnelly
Writer and award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker, The New York TImes, CNN, CBS News and others. She created a digital visual journalism called "live drawing." She has live-drawn the Academy Awards, Grammys and Tonys — and will do the same for the workshop's keynote speakers.
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Faculty
Diane Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber, award-winning novelist and memoirist who often writes about the intersection of food, family and cultural identity. Her latest novel, Birds Of Paradise, won the Arab-American National Book Award. She teaches writing and literature at Portland State University.
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Jim Azevedo

Marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks.

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Tracy Beckerman

Nationally syndicated humor columnist and the author of two books, including Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs. 

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Dr. Nancy Berk

Clinical psychologist, author, online entertainment columnist and co-producer and host for “Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk,” a podcast that features celebrity and expert guests.

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Kim Bongiorono

Author, freelance writer and the award-winning blogger behind “Let Me Start By Saying,” with thousands of fans on social media. 

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David Braughler

Founder and CEO of Braughler Books. Over the last 10 years, he’s collaborated and worked directly with more than 500 authors on nearly 400 titles.

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Lian Dolan

Author of novels and collections of essays and host of “Satellite Sisters,” a popular podcast she created with her four sisters. She’s a regular humor columnist for Pasadena Magazine.

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Arielle Eckstut

Co-founder of The Book Doctors, author of 10 books and literary agent at the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Co-wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

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Estelle Erasmus

Award-winning journalist, writing coach and host of the podcast “ASJA Direct: Inside Intel on Getting Published and Paid Well.” She is an adjunct writing professor at New York University and teaches writing for Writer’s Digest.

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Barbara Fant
Award-winning poet, teacher, performer and author of Paint, Inside Out. She serves as the artistic director of Harmony Project and teaches poetry in correctional institutions and schools.
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Bruce Ferber

Emmy-nominated comedy writer and producer whose credits include Home Improvement, where he served as executive producer and showrunner. He is the editor of the anthology The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood and has written two novels, Elevating Overman and Cascade Falls

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Lisa Glowinski

Director of More Content Now, GateHouse Media’s features and premium publications service.

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Stacey Graham

Literary agent with 3 Seas Literary and humor writer with “Zombie Tarot.”

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Sam Hiyate
President and CEO of The Rights Factory and literary agent.
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Kathy Kinney

Best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the ABC hit series The Drew Carey Show, Kathy Kinney has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. She is the co-author of three books and the star and co-producer of the award-winning website for children, Mrs.P.com. 

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Katrina Kittle

Author of five novels, creative writing teacher and public speaker.

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Riane Konc

Author, humor writer and essayist who teaches satire and humor writing online for Second City.

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Margo Leitman

Author of Long Story Short: the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever NeedWhat’s Your Story? and winner of The Moth Grandslam. She has written for DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel and the Pixl Network. 

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Leighann Lord

A comedy veteran who’s been seen on Lifetime, Comedy Central, HBO’s Def Comedy All-Star Jam and ABC’s The View and in stand-up shows around the country. She’s the author of several humor books and a popular podcast, “People With Parents.” One of five finalists for the American Black Film Festival–HBO Comedy Wings competition.

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Joel Madison

Television comedy writer for sitcoms, variety, animation, late night and reality shows. Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for his work on the original Roseanne sitcom.

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Lee Martin

Author of five novels, including The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; three memoirs; short story collections; and a craft book, Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University.

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Jess Montgomery

Author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries, including The Widows and The Hollows, as well as numerous other novels, short stories and essays. She is the “Literary Life” columnist at Dayton Daily News.

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Paula Munier

Literary agent at Talcott Notch, editor and USA Today bestselling author with 25 years’ acquiring, editing and marketing fiction and nonfiction.

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Susan Pohlman

Founder and director of the Phoenix Writers Network, freelance writer, editor, writing coach and the author of two memoirs, Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home and A Time to Seek: Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality at Midlife.

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Cindy Ratzlaff

Author and a 30-year veteran of the book publishing industry, having held executive positions at Rodale Inc. and Simon & Schuster, as well as creating and implementing the launch campaigns for more than 150 New York Times’ bestsellers. 

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Rebecca Regnier

Prolific author, columnist and podcaster. She left a 20-year career in television news as an Emmy Award-winning anchor, reporter and talk show host to write books.

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David Henry Sterry

Co-founder of The Book Doctors and author of 16 books on a wide variety of subjects, from memoir to middle grade fiction. Co-wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. 

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Jessica Strawser

Editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest magazine, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade, and the author of three novels.

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Dan Zevin

Thurber Prize-winning humorist, award-winning humor columnist for The New York Times, comic commentator for NPR and a contributor to numerous national outlets, including The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. He’s written eight books, including his latest, Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations.

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