Presenters and Instructors

Presenters for the 2018 workshop to be finalized
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Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 12.04.03 AMDelancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction. Her books run the gamut from sexy to sweet, but they always remind readers to see the bright side, to bloom where you’re planted, and to build family where you find it. Stewart’s novels explore serious themes and deep emotions, but they always deliver humor and heart as well.

At the 2018 DC workshop, she will be teaching on romance, and also critiquing romance and women’s fiction manuscripts for attendees.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.

The wife of a former Marine jet pilot and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts from her current home outside Washington D.C.


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

At the 2018 DC event, he is teaching classes on what to do before you submit, what to do after you submit, writing nonfiction books, voice and writing well, and the state of the publishing industry today. He is also critiquing queries for attendees.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.12.28 PMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the 2018 DC workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” as well as a session on writing picture books.

She is critiquing young adult and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.


Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 12.14.19 AMRobert Bidinotto is a published thriller author.

At the 2018 DC workshop, Robert will be teaching on writing mysteries and thrillers, and also building your writer platform. He will also be critiquing attendee manuscripts in the genres of suspense, thriller, mystery, and crime fiction.

Robert has been an essayist, investigative journalist, reviewer, blogger, editor, and nonfiction book author. He is the creator of the Dylan Hunter thriller series, which includes the best-selling HUNTER.

Previously, Robert wrote Freed to Kill, a compendium of horror stories that exposed the terrible failings of our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that I investigated while I was a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, served as the basis for HUNTER.

Prior to writing fiction, Robert was perhaps best known for his article “Getting Away with Murder” in the July 1988 issue of Reader’s Digest. It stirred a national controversy about crime and prison furlough programs during the 1988 presidential election campaign, and it’s widely credited with having affected the outcome of the election. That article was honored as a 1989 National Magazine Award finalist by the American Society of Magazine Editors.


Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 12.23.39 AMRaised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University.

At the 2018 DC workshop, Greer will be teaching a speech on characters, and also critiquing manuscripts for the genres of literary fiction, mainstream fiction, memoir, historical fiction, short stories, and general fiction.

Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN’S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Her new novel GIRL IN DISGUISE, about America’s first female private detective, has been called “a superb story” (Publishers Weekly) and “a rip-roaring, fast-paced treat to read” (Booklist).


Screen Shot 2016-11-26 at 1.34.18 PM.pngKimberly Brower is a literary agent with Brower Literary & Management.

At the 2018 workshop, she will be taking pitches from writers as well as teaching a speech on writing query letters to agents.

Kimberly is interested in commercial and upmarket fiction, with an emphasis in general/book club fiction, psychological thrillers, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and young adult (all genres). However, she is always looking for books that she wants to stay up all night reading, unable to put them down, regardless of what genre an author classifies it as. She loves stories that bring her into a world she doesn’t want to leave and characters that have strong character arcs.

Kimberly fell in love with reading when she picked up her first Babysitter’s Club book at the age of seven and hasn’t been able to get her nose out of a book since. She holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Although she loves all things romance, she is also searching for books that are different and will surprise her, with empathetic characters and compelling stories. She takes great pride in her client list, from the debut authors to #1 NYT bestsellers, and likes to consider them all her favorite authors. She previously worked for over two years at Rebecca Friedman Literary before starting her own agency. After spending 14 years in California, she is thrilled to be back on the east coast living in New York City.


Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 8.57.05 AMMichael J. Sullivan is the best-selling (more than 1,350,000 English-language copies sold) and award nominated author of fantasy and science fiction.

At the 2018 DC workshop, Michael will be teaching on writing science fiction and fantasy, and also critiquing science fiction and fantasy manuscripts for attendees.

His books have been named to more than 200 best-of or most-anticipated lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, and Audible. Michael has written 31 books, published 14, has 3 more completed and under contract, and is hard at work on a new series. Michael is best known for his debut series, The Riyria Revelations. His second series (Legends of the First Empire) has two books released (both of which made the Washington Post‘s hardcover best-seller lists). He’s currently writing a trilogy that received a seven-figure audiobook advance. Michael is what’s known in the industry as a hybrid author, who releases books through multiple publishing routes including: self-published, big-five, and two print-only small press publishers. Some major milestones of Michael’s career includes:

• 60+ foreign translations into 15 languages
• Spent more than 4 years on Amazon’s Bestselling Fantasy Author’s list
• A six-time Goodread Choice Award’s Nominee
• Currently has the #2 and #3 most-backed US fiction Kickstarters of all time
• Named to io9’s Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors


Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 8.57.18 AMRobin Sullivan is a successful self-published author. At the 2018 DC workshop, she will be teaching on how to self-publish successfully.

Robin is the wife and business manager for best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan and has been involved in all areas of publishing for more than a decade.

In addition to landing Michael’s agents, negotiating his contracts, and acting as a liaison with his publishers, editors, and marketing managers, she has also self-published 9 of his novels to great acclaim (and sold more than 150,000 copies). Since 2008, Robin has taught more than 120 classes on the business side of writing for both Writer’s Digest University and the Washington DC Write to Publish Meetup Group. With more than 2,300 members that organization is the largest writer’s group in the area. Each month she gives free talks on the business side of publishing at the Arlington Central Public Library focusing on such diverse topics as marketing, self-publishing, traditional publishing, working with agents, contract language, and the financial aspects of writing for a living.