Artist Instructors

Amy Shojai


Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and a nationally recognized pet care expert. She is the award-winning author of 26 best-selling nonfiction books ( that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and… Continue reading

Angela Ackerman


Angela Ackerman writes on the dark side of Middle Grade and Young adult, and is represented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency.  She is also the co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression and… Continue reading

Angela Orlowski-Peart

Angela Orlowski-PeartAngela Orlowski-Peart is a Young Adult and Adult fiction writer and freelance editor. She completed her first novel, Forged by Greed, which will be published in summer 2012. She writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and… Continue reading

August McLaughlin

August McLaughlin is a Los Angeles-based health writer and author with articles featured by,, Healthy Aging Magazine, DAME Magazine and more. Before completing her first novel, In Her Shadow, she worked in the fashion, entertainment and… Continue reading

Becca Puglisi

In her former life, Becca Puglisi was a teacher—elementary, because six-year-olds are easy to push around and the math isn’t too hard. She read roughly a gajillion picture books to her students, and it was her love for these… Continue reading

Donna Newton

Donna NewtonDonna Newton was born in Essex, England and has enjoyed writing stories from the moment she could construct letters into words. She was editor of her school magazine and her first English literature assignment even found its way into the… Continue reading

Jami Gold

Jami Picture 200 x 300Jami Gold  After escaping the corporate asylum by leaving a clone in her place, Jami Gold moved to Arizona and decided to become a writer, where she could put her talent for making up stuff to good use. Fortunately,… Continue reading

Jay Donovan

Jay Donovan Jay Donovan

Jay has been a geek since before geeks were cool.

He’s done it all, from remotely debugging the Internet connection for a US aircraft carrier deployed to *REDACTED*, to being responsible for the servers & networks for… Continue reading

Jenny Hansen

Jenny HansenJenny Hansen has been teaching software courses for more than 15 years in both live and online environments. Her ability to teach students at all levels has made her a primary trainer in many large projects for companies like Nestlé,… Continue reading

Kait Nolan

Kait NolanKait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction.… Continue reading

Kim Justen

Kim Justen


Kim Justen is a freelance writer and corporate communications consultant with over 15 years of writing and editing experience. When not helping companies and authors formulate their messages, she writes romance novels. Over the years she has worked with… Continue reading

Kristen Lamb

Kristen LambKristen Lamb is the author of the #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer and is represented by Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary, Inc. in… Continue reading

Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne ShirtliffeLeanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is a humor writer whose motto is “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at your kids.” She contributes to Nickelodeon’s humor site, [1] and to The Huffington Post.

She is the author of … Continue reading

Lisa Hall-Wilson

Lisa Hall-WilsonLisa Hall-Wilson is a freelance writer published across Canada specializing in marketing copy for faith-based non-profits, and short non-fiction pieces for magazines and newspapers. She specializes in interviews, profiles, and social justice initiatives. She’s passionate about making this world a… Continue reading

Marcy Kennedy

Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy is a fantasy writer and freelance writer and editor who believes there’s always hope. Sometimes you just have to dig a little harder to find it. In 2007, she won the suspense/thriller category of Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction… Continue reading

Natalie C. Markey

Natalie C. Markey is an author, mommy, wife, animal lover and chaos manager extraordinaire. After a career in professional dancing and public relations/television in New York City she successfully turned her part-time writing career into a full-time career. She is… Continue reading

Rachel Funk Heller

Rachel Funk HellerRachel Funk Heller began her career as a journalist and worked as an independent television writer/producer for over two decades. She’s worked for a variety of industry clients as well as the Hawaii State Department of Education. She is a… Continue reading

Shirley Jump

Shirley JumpShirley Jump is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who spends her days writing women’s fiction and romantic comedies (One Day to Find a Husband, July 2012) to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets.… Continue reading



Class Calendar