Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the three novels. The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009) follows the lives of eight students and their teacher in a cooking class held in a restaurant kitchen. Joy for Beginners (Putnam, June 2011) explores what happens to seven women who challenge one another to do one thing in the next year that is new or difficult or scary. The twist? - they don't get to choose their own challenges. The Lost Art of Mixing picks up four of the characters from the beloved School of Essential Ingredients, one year later, and brings four new ones into the mix, becoming a series of interconnected stories about food and ritual and family, in all the ways we find it. Erica Bauermeister is also the co-author of two nonfiction books: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She lives in Seattle and loves to talk with book groups.
Learn more at Erica Bauermeister.com
Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom
Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom gave up the advertising agency she cofounded in Maui to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.
Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she uses her pen name for social justice and is always working on her next book.
Learn more at Elizabeth Engstrom.com
Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and the story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Zyzzyva, The Greensboro Review, Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus, Salon, and others. Natalie has received the John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, and has been short listed in Best American Short Stories. She teaches fiction and the personal essay in Portland Oregon and at various summer conferences including Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
You can learn more about Natalie and her work at: NatalieSerber.com
Eric Witchey has made a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant for over 25 years. In addition to producing many corporate non-fiction titles, he has sold more than 140 short stories and several novels. His stories have appeared in ten genres and on five continents. He has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer's Digest, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award program, Short Story America, The Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations. His How-To articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer's Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines. When not teaching or writing, he spends his time fly fishing or restoring antique, model locomotives.
You can find links to Eric and his work at: EricWitchey.com
Rachel Barton, poet and writing coach, edits Willawaw Journal and is a member of theCalyx editorial collective. You can trace her poems through several northwest literary magazines and online journals. She has also published a few short stories. Her chapbook, Out of the Woods, is available on her website. Happiness Comes is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.
For examples of her work, go to RachelBartonWriter.com
Waverly Fitzgerald is a reader and writer, student and teacher, author and publisher.
Waverly has written historical novels and humorous mysteries. Her non-fiction book, Slow Time, advocates for a more natural approach to time and she writes articles, essays and blogs about seasonal time, holidays, and urban nature. She teaches classes online and in person and presents at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. And most recently, she launched Rat City Publishing which publishes Seattle-based mysteries and Genesta Press to re-publish the historical novels she wrote for Doubleday in the 1980’s. Waverly lives in Seattle.
To learn more about Waverly and her work, go to WaverlyFitzgerald.com
Kate Ristau is a folklorist and an author. She first fell into mythology as a child, staring at the pictures in her mother’s Greek mythology books and trying to understand the magic and the life within the stories. She kept searching for those stories in books, movies, and in the words of her family and friends. She followed those words across the ocean, studying Celtic mythology and literature in Ireland. After volunteering with AmeriCorps, she moved to Oregon, where she completed her Masters Degree in folklore at the University of Oregon. Along the way, she learned to write her own stories — stories of magic and myth, fairies and folklore.
To learn more about Kate and her work, go to KateRistau.com
Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy and steampunk. She has twenty novels, several novellas, and one short story collection on the shelves and has been published both by Penguin Random House (Roc), and independently. Her most recent fantasy series, Ordinary Magic, is set in a small town on the Oregon coast where gods vacation and monsters reside. Her short stories can be found in various magazines and anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal, which was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and also the Endeavour Award. She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee, watching hockey, and knitting silly things.
To learn more about Devon and her work, go to DevonMonk.com
Chris Patchell is the author of four novels, including the bestselling book In the Dark, the Indie Reader Discovery Award winning novel Deadly Lies, and the Pacific Northwest Literary Contest Winner Vow of Silence. A former tech worker turned full-time author, Chris Patchell pens gritty suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest.
Her novels have been praised by New York Times Bestselling Authors Kevin O’Brien and Robert Dugoni, and her rich complex plot lines and well-drawn characters will keep you turning pages well into the night. When she’s not writing books or watching football, Chris is hanging out with her husband, kids, and two crazy dogs.
To learn more about Chris and her work, go to ChrisPatchell.com
Debbie Moller has written 1,463,575 words on the website 750words.com. She has also written her ex-husband’s obituary, numerous family history stories, magazine articles, and an unpublished book. She attributes her persistence to the support and advice of the Shipping Group, a writer’s accountability group she belongs to in Seattle. She is currently working on a book about preparing for the Cascadia earthquake.