Presenters and Instructors


Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 12.29.41 PM.pngMarge Barrett is a memoir writer and instructor. Her memoir Called — The Making and Unmaking of a Nun was published in 2016 by Antrim House Books.

At the 2017 workshop, she will be teaching the workshop “The Art and Craft of Memoir.”

In addition to teaching at the workshop, she is also critiquing memoir submissions from attendees.

Marge has also published a chapbook of poems, My Memoir Dress. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and is anthologized in Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web and Minnesota Historical Society Press’s The State We’re In. Receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, she has taught in high schools and colleges. Currently, she teaches classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and conducts a variety of workshops.


Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 7.17.33 PM.pngKristi Belcamino is a Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Award-nominated author of four crime fiction books, a newspaper cops reporter, and an Italian mama who makes a tasty biscotti. Her first novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, was inspired by her dealings with a serial killer during her life as a Bay Area crime reporter. Her first YA novel, CITY OF ANGELS (Polis Books) is slated for 2017.

Kristi has written and reported about many high-profile cases including the Laci Peterson murder and Chandra Levy’s disappearance. She has appeared on “Inside Edition” and her work has appeared in the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune. Kristi now works part-time as a police reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her two fierce daughters.

At the 2017 Minnesota Writing Workshop, she is teaching the sessions “Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction” and “Talking Craft and Revision.” She is also critiquing manuscript pages as an add-on element for attendees. She is critiquing adult thrillers, mysteries, crime, and suspense novel pages.

Find out more about her on Facebook and Twitter.


Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.15.26 AM.pngJessica Bell is the executive coordinator of Writing Day Workshops, which organizes one-day writing conferences. These events take place mostly in the U.S., but can happen elsewhere.

If Jessica could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she spends most of her time in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a 30-something Australian contemporary fiction author, award-winning poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she’s written.

She started as a poet, drawing from her musical background and etching her thoughts and feelings into verse. Those stanzas soon turned into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually into published books. Her literary voice is said to overflow with “lyrical descriptions, unique metaphors, tight dialogue, and an abundance of sensory detail.” She has also been told she has the ability to take a seemingly ordinary three-chord type story and turn it into a main stage event.

In addition to her novels about unique dysfunctional families, poetry collections, and her best-selling pocket writing guides (Writing in a Nutshell series), she has published a variety of works in online and print literary journals and anthologies, including Australia’s Cordite Review, Writer’s Digest, and the anthologies 100 Stories For Queensland and From Stage Door Shadows, both released through Brisbane, Australia’s, eMergent Publishing.

One of Jessica’s proudest moments was when, in November 2013, her poem, Sugar (which was published in a poetry anthology called Women’s Work, edited by Libby Hathorn) was broadcast on ABC National Radio’s Poetica program.

Jessica Bell is the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, and she makes a living as a Book Cover Designer for indie authors, and an editor/writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

As of October 2016, she is the singer of Keep Shelly in Athens.

To see a list of awards click here.


Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 6.53.55 PM.pngRed Sofa Literary is the celebration of the quirky, eclectic ideas in our exciting literary community.  Realizing that the best ideas come via engaging conversations and over good coffee, while sometimes relaxing in a colorful lounger.

Established by literary agent Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency,  she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency in 2002 (before Red Sofa Literary was established).

In addition to taking pitches at the event, Dawn will also be teaching the class “Invest in Yourself and Your Book.”

In addition to her literary agent duties, she extensively volunteers with her local library system, while still finding time to spend quality time on her “wheels.”

She carries a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.  “Not only do I know what people like to read and are currently  reading;  I also have the experience of  working one-on-one with authors, book distribution centers, and literary organizations.”


jennie-goloboy-2014In Fall 2011, literary agent Jennie Goloboy joined Red Sofa Literary. Jennie Goloboy has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. She is also a published author of both history and fiction, and a member of SFWA, RWA, SHEAR, OAH, the AHA, and Codex Writer’s Group. Her funny, spec-fic short stories appear under her pen name, Nora Fleischer.

At the 2017 workshop, in addition to taking pitches from attendees, she is teaching “How to Write & Pitch Fantasy and Science Fiction.”

Jennie Goloboy’s Representative Categories:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy, especially with a literary flair. Would love to see more non-traditional settings and characters. I’m always open to optimistic, lighthearted fiction, but also enjoy a good scare.
  • Nonfiction history. Strong interest in American history, especially through 1850. Also interested in “history of an idea” books. Absolutely no personal memoirs.
  • Romance, primarily with sci-fi and fantasy elements.
  • Young Adult – Mostly Science Fiction/Fantasy. No paranormal romance, dystopias, or “chosen one” stories, please.


Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.18.12 PM.pngErik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. He represents literary fiction and a wide variety of nonfiction.

Erik is a writing major from Knox College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation. His first publishing job came soon after, as an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Oxford University Press. He then moved to The Overlook Press as an acquiring editor, working on primarily upmarket nonfiction (history, biography, pop science), but was lucky enough to work on some novels as well.

For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports writing, popular culture/modern life, essays, and history. In nonfiction, he loves seeing complex subjects written about in an engaging way for the non-expert, or energetic, incisive looks at topics not usually treated that way (looking at you, sports writing).

At the 2017 workshop, in addition to taking pitches, he is teaching the class “Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips.”


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With over 80 published novels and novellas to her credit, bestselling author Michele Hauf has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE in 1997.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage “write what you know,” all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen.

At the workshop, Michele is teaching the class “How to Write and Sell Romance in Today’s Market.”

In addition, she is critiquing romance submissions from attendees as an add-on element of the workshop.

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Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 6.46.11 PM.pngLyda Morehouse (see her website here) is a published speculative fiction author who will be critiquing adult science fiction & fantasy manuscripts at the workshop.

Lyda writes about what gets most people in trouble: religion and politics. Her first novel Archangel Protocol, a cyberpunk hard-boiled detective novel with a romantic twist, won the 2001 Shamus for best paperback original (a mystery award given by the Private Eye Writers of America), the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best debut science fiction, and was nominated for the Romantic Times Critic’s Choice Award.

She followed up Archangel Protocol with three more books in the AngeLINK universe: Fallen Host (Roc, 2002), Messiah Node (Roc, 2003), and Apocalypse Array (Roc, 2004). Apocalypse Array made the short list for the Philip K. Dick award.

She lives in Saint Paul with her partner of twenty years and their amazingly adorable son, Mason.


Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 12.16.13 PM.pngAmy Quale is the co-founder and chief publishing officer of Wise Ink Creative Publishing, a Minnesota-based publishing company and consultation service.

Her company does coaching, consulting, editing, design & ebook conversation, printing and distribution.

At the 2017 workshop, Amy will be teaching the class “How to Self-Publish Your Book Now and Do It Right.”

At the workshop, she will be critiquing attendee writing in the following genres: picture books, women’s fiction, and historical fiction.


Screen-Shot-2014-01-08-at-1.09.19-PMChuck Sambuchino (, @chucksambuchino) is the former longtime editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (both Writer’s Digest Books). His authored books include Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript; Create Your Writer Platform, which was praised by; and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which was optioned for film by Sony. During his past time at WD Books (through 2017), he oversaw one of the biggest blogs in publishing: the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. He is a freelance editor who has seen dozens of his clients get agents and/or book deals, and he has presented at more than 140 writing conferences and events over the past eleven years.

At the workshop, Chuck will be presenting the session, “Everything You Need to Know about Agents, Pitching, and Queries,” “Your Publishing Options Today,” and more.

He is doing attendee query letter critiques over e-mail prior to the event as an add-on element.


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 workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” and well as “How to Write and Sell Picture Books for Children.”

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

Madeline lives in Austin, 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.