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Karin Gutman

Karin Gutman, MFA, is a memoir and story coach who has been guiding writers for over 15 years towards discovering and writing their life-based stories. The safe, dynamic spaces she creates allow for this deeply personal work to unfold, as writers peel away the layers, dig deep, and make meaning out of their life experiences. Her clients have sold books to major publishers, including HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. A former story analyst for Creative Artists Agency and 20th Century Fox, she is a published author and has written and developed projects for Nickelodeon, the Jim Henson Company and National Geographic Kids. She has taught at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and UCLA Arts and Healing, and currently offers workshops, retreats and one-on-one coaching under her Spirit of Story banner.

Amy Wallen

Amy WallenAmy Wallen is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling novel Moon Pies and Movie Stars and the memoir When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories. As associate director at the New York State Summer Writers Institute she serves as student advocate. She facilitates and co-teaches (with past Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin) a manuscript workshop in San Diego (at which she serves pie). She has taught creative writing at UCSD and UCLA Extension and other venues. She is also the creator of Savory Salons, literary salons with pie—a day of discourse with successful authors on the writing life. She’s also the founder of DimeStories—Three-minute stories told by the author, and featured on NPR. Currently, she is working on two novels, and she started NaNoPieMo after NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which encourages writers to get started on their novels. Her book How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet and Savory Secrets of the Writing Life will be released October 2022.

Jen Hutchison

Jen Hutchison is a professional editor, writer and publisher. She established Journeys to Words Publishing in Australia in 2018. She holds a Master of Writing and Publishing and enjoyed a corporate career before deciding, a decade back, to focus on her own writing and on encouraging other mature-age writers. Via Master Classes Jen teaches advanced creative practice and the polish and readiness expected by publishers in today's competitive market. Jen has two books published with another two in development. When she’s not writing and publishing, Jen loves swimming, long distance walking, and skis in Japan every northern winter. 


April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt is a self-described "literary change agent" and author advocate passionate about helping authors be published in the most satisfying way. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and management consultant, April joined the literary world, where she saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. She advises and assists authors as they choose the best pathway to publication, and serves as a consultant to publishing startups serving indie authors. She represents a diverse group of clients in the U.S. and abroad, and speaks at conferences worldwide. April serves on the Advisory Council for The American Library in Paris, and is a reader for The Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.


Hosts Cynthia Cooke & Aimery de Moucheron

Aimery deMoucheron, the descendant of a prominent French family, met and married Cynthia Cooke, originally from Hawaii, while both were students in Paris. Aimery currently heads his own advertising agency, Mister Brown, and Cynthia is a painter whose work is regularly exhibited in Paris and abroad. They are the parents of four adult children.