Susanna Daniel's debut novel Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut novel published in 2010 and her second novel, Sea Creatures, was a Target Book Club pick in 2014. Her third novel, Sinkholes, is forthcoming. She is a co-founder of the Madison Writer's Studio where she leads high-level workshops for writers of novels, memoirs, essays, and short stories. Susanna is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and was awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Foundation in 2016 and the Ucross Foundation in 2015. Susanna was a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Writer's Workshop and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the UW Institute for Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in several magazines, including Newsweek, Slate, One Story, and Epoch.
Catherine Guthrie occupies the intersection of journalism and creative nonfiction. She honed her literary memoirist chops at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Grub Street’s much-ballyhooed memoir incubator, which is best described as a genre-specific-MFA-alternative. She has shepherded a dozen memoirs toward publication, and her illness memoir, Flat, is in its final pre-publication stages. Catherine’s byline has appeared in dozens of magazines including, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Ms, O, the Oprah Magazine, Sunset, and Time Magazine. She also enjoys ghosting. Her ghostwritten memoir Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: Why I can’t stop starting over was published by Wiley.
Ryan Scheife is a highly experienced book designer. Since 2007, when he launched Mayfly Design, he has worked on hundreds of books in print and in digital format. His attention to detail and creativity has made him a master at bringing an author's words to life. He lives in the thriving Minneapolis publishing community, trying his best to stay active during the dark and chilly winter months of the great North.
Clare Ellis has been a journalist, editor, and entrepreneur. She has written for many magazines, including Business Week, Food & Wine, and Health, and led editorial teams at Hippocrates, FamilyFun, Nickelodeon, and BabyCenter, where she was also the founding editor. She started Longevity magazine for General Media and cofounded GoCityKids, a city guide for parents, which won several awards for excellence. After Clare sold it to Nickelodeon, she stayed on to develop other parent-friendly media properties. Clare has developed content and marketing strategies for a variety of clients, ranging from farmers to filmmakers, from food companies to tech start-ups. She is also Publisher of Stone Pier Press.
Daniel Horowitz is an award winning artist and art director. Horowitz conjures what cannot be normally visualized into something visible. His art has graced the pages of numerous periodicals and book covers, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Paris Review, The American Reader. He has also designed book covers for Random House, Knopf, and Grove Press among many others. Horowitz’s fine art practice has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions - from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris to Split, Barcelona, and Montreal.
Leslie Smith lives for editorializing but copywriting is her bread and butter. She got serious about being funny at Old Navy Marketing where she lent her voice to everything from radio spots and newspaper ads to press releases and corporate communications. Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Dodo, StubbyDog, and in Berkeleyside, where the publishers hailed her series The Barber's Dog as "one of the most captivating stories of the year." Leslie currently writes PSAs, social media posts, and all manner of marketing material for Best Friends Animal Society. She graduated with a BA from UCLA with an emphasis on creative writing.