Presenters and Instructors

Presenters for the 2020 workshop to be finalized
and listed here as soon as possible. Thank you.


Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 11.31.33 AMEva Talmadge is a graduate of the fiction MFA program at Hunter College and the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Florida. She has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, where she won the first-ever Rona Jaffe Foundation/MacDowell fellowship, and has received fellowships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Ucross Foundation as well.

At the 2020 DC workshop, Eva is offering manuscript critiques as an add-on element for attendees.

After seven years as a literary agent with Harold Ober Associates and the Emma Sweeney Agency, she left agenting to freelance as an editor and writer.


Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 11.37.40 AMJennifer Handford is a published novelist.

At the 2020 DC event, she will be teaching classes and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Jennifer Handford now lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and three children. A first-place finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2010, her first novel DAUGHTERS FOR A TIME was published in 2012. People magazine hailed it as “a wrenching, resonant debut about infertility, cancer and adoption. Grab your hankies.” In 2014, ACTS OF CONTRITION was published. THE LIGHT OF HIDDEN FLOWERS is Jennifer’s third novel and was released in November of 2015. She is currently busy at work on her fourth book.