BWW Instructors

BWW Instructors

The Boulder Writers' Workshop is proud to have had so many top-notch, talented authors and publishing professionals share their knowledge with our members through more than 100 workshops and classes. Our list of instructors reads like a Who's Who of Publishing in Colorado, though we also occasionally feature a lecturer from the national writing scene.  If you are interesting in teaching a class or workshop for us, please e-mail Director Lori DeBoer.


Julene Bair

Julene Bair’s essay collection, One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter, won Mid-List Press's First Series award and Women Writing the West’s WILLA. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, Bair has also won prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Arts Council. In her new memoir, Where Rivers Run Sand: Searching for Love and Water on the Western Plains, she explores her self-delusive attempt to regain right relationship with her family’s Kansas land through romance with a Kansas man.



Linda Barry

Author Linda Barry's credits include short fiction for children and adults, plays, poetry, preschool curriculum, craft articles, a newspaper entertainment column, and six Trudy Roundtree mystery novels. Linda is a member of Colorado Dramatists, The Denver Woman's Press Club, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Aurora with her husband, and she claims they try to arrange their lives around theatre tickets. For more information, visit


Mike Befeler

Author Mike Befeler promotes a positive image of aging through humor and examples from his experiences and writing. In the May, 2008, issue of the AARP Bulletin, Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in a new emerging mystery sub-genre. Harlan Coben, president of Mystery Writers of America stated, “We’ve just scratched the surface on geezer-lit. It could be the next frontier in crime fiction.” Mike turned his attention to fiction writing after a career in high technology marketing. His debut novel, RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER, was published January, 2007. The second novel in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, appeared April, 2009. Mike is active in organizations promoting a positive image of aging and is vice-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Wendy.


Erin Blakemore

Erin Blakemore learned to drool over Darcy and cry over Little Women in suburban San Diego, California. These days, her inner heroine loves roller derby, running her own business, and hiking in her adopted hometown of Boulder, where she has been a business owner and working writer for more than five years. Erin's debut, The Heroine's Bookshelf, was published by Harper this October.


Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher received his MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University, where he studied with George Saunders and Junot Díaz. Before moving to Syracuse, he worked as the Arts and Entertainment Writer for The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and drove (when it started) a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. He currently teaches writing and literature at Boston College, and is the managing editor of Post Road Magazine. In his free time, he plays banjo in a bluegrass band. For more information, or


Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman is the director of the upcoming 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop; was co-director of the 2010 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference (Oxford, Mississippi) and a panelist at the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference (Berry College, Rome, Georgia). In June she was a “colonist” at the Fairhope (Alabama) Writers Colony Retreat. She lives in Memphis, where she is currently working on a novel. She blogs at, is a regular guest blogger for Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest blog, “There Are No Rules,” and is also a contributor on the Southern Author’s Blog, “A Good Blog is Hard to Find.”


Lori DeBoer

Lori DeBoer is a private writing coach and teacher who  has helped hundreds of writers – from beginners to seasoned professionals – fulfill their creative and professional goals. Her clients have won many awards, including: Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction’ The Glyph Award; First Place, North American Travel Journalists Association; Salon Editor’s Pick; Finalist, Tin House Literary Award; Finalist, Southwest Writers Contest; Colorado Book Award finalist; First Place, Society of Professional Journalists.  She is the founder of Associated Writing Coaches and the Flatirons Literary Review.  Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The New York Times, Arizona Highways, America West Airlines Magazine, Working Woman, Black Enterprise, Phoenix Magazine and elsewhere.   Her fiction story was a Top-25 Finalist in the 2010 December Glimmer Train Fiction Open. She has taught at Arizona State University’s journalism school, Phoenix College’s creative writing program and at the Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. She homeschools her son. For more information, please visit


Marcia Douglas

Marcia Douglas was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. She is the author of the novels, Madam Fate (Soho, 1999) and Notes from a Writer's Book of Cures and Spells (Peepal Tree Press, 2005) as well as a collection of poetry, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom (Peepal Tree Press, 1999) which received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in the U.K. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals internationally including The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt eds.,) Mojo: Conjure Stories (Nalo Hopkinson, ed.,) Enlaces: Transnacionalidad- El Caribe y su Diáspora- Lengua, Literatura y Cultura en los Albores del Siglo XXI (Linda Rodríquez Guglielmoni and Miriam González Hernández, eds.,) Whispers from under the Cotton Tree Root (Nalo Hopkinson, ed.,) The Forward Book of Poetry 2000 (Simon Armitage, ed.,) Cultural Activism: Poetic Voices, Political Voices (Gertrude Gonzales and Anne Mammary eds.,) The Edexcel Anthology for GCSE English (Anna Maloney ed.,) and Sisters of Caliban: Contemporary Women Poets of the Caribbean (MJ Fenwick, ed.) Marcia teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Steve Friedman

Steve Friedman's work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Outside, The New York Times and many other national publications. He has been widely anthologized.  His memoirs include Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love and Lousy Choices in New York City and Driving Lessons: A Father, a Son and the Healing Power of Golf.  For more information, please visit


Lynda Hilburn

Lynda Hilburn is a licensed psychotherapist and fiction author. For more information visit her websites at and


Jerrie Hurd

Jerrie Hurd’s novels are based on the groundbreaking research that changed how historians view the contributions women made to the settlement of the American West. Publisher’s Weekly describes her women characters as “gutsy, unforgettable and original.” Because of her books and research, Hurd was invited to serve as an advisor for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles and the Women of the West Museum when it was based in Boulder. She is also a widely published writer of short stories and essays. As if to prove that good research goes beyond the historical novel, Hurd is currently working on a highly researched series of mysteries and a nonfiction project about the power of family stories, also highly researched, that recently got her an invitation to the U. S. Defense Department’s conference on narrative.


Doug Looney

Doug Looney is the former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and co-author of Under the Tarnished Dome.




Sara Megibow

Sara has worked at the Nelson Literary Agency since 2006. For three years, her main responsibility was to be the first reader for all queries, sample pages and full manuscripts submitted to the agency. In 2009, Sara was promoted to Associate Literary Agent and is now enthusiastically selling her first projects. The Nelson Literary Agency specializes in representing commercial fiction (romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. Nelson Literary Agency is a member of AAR, RWA, SFWA and SCBWI. Please visit our website for submission guidelines, and feel free to visit Sara’s Publishers Marketplace site to learn more about her personal tastes.


Kelly Robbins

Founder of and, Kelly Robbins, M.A., is an award-winning author, copywriter, marketing coach and consultant. The Copywriting Institute, a training and resource center for copywriters, provides individual copywriting courses as well as copywriting critiques and feedback for writers. Kelly is a contributing author for the book 101 Ways to Improve Your Life, with authors such as Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), and Richard Carlson (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff). Kelly is a blogger for both ChiroEco and MassageMagazine and is the author of Marketing 101: Why Successful Alternative Healthcare Practitioners Specialize as well as co-author of The Practice Evolution Success Kit. For more information, contact Kelly at 303-460-0285 or


Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz is the creator of the award winning 50 Interviews series and has published 20 titles in the last two years. Driven out of a need to provide his authors access to the digital book market, he launched in 2010 to provide digital conversion and sales optimization services for other authors and publishers. His title of 'Authorpreneur' encompasses the roles he fills as CEO, author, speaker, trainer, publisher, and consultant. He’s been featured on NBC & CBS, in the Denver Business Journal, and is the author of a monthly column for the Northern Colorado Business Report highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Colorado.

Jenny Shank

Jenny Shank ( grew up in Denver, Colorado, and earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado. She is the author of the novel The Ringer (The Permanent Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reading the West Book Awards, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, and is a Tattered Cover Book Store Summer Reading 2011 selection. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Onion, Poets & Writers, Bust, Michigan Quarterly Review, Image, Cut Bank, Calyx, Sport Literate, Rocky Mountain News, Dallas Morning News, Boulder Daily Camera and The Huffington Post. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another was listed among the "Notable Essays of the Year" in the Best American Essays. She has won writing awards from the Center of the American West, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, South West Writers, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. For six years Jenny Shank was the Denver/Boulder Editor of The Onion A.V. Club, and she is currently the Books & Writers Editor of NewWest.Net/Books, which was named "Best Literary Blog" in the Westword Best of Denver issue. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and son.


Mark Shaw

Author and literary consultant is a former lawyer turned author of nearly twenty books including biographies of Thomas Merton, Jonathan Pollard, Melvin Belli, Mike Tyson, and Holocaust survivor Cecelia Rexin, as well as the novel Dandelions in the Moonlight. More about Mark at


Tami Simon

Tami Simon is the Founder and Publisher of Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado. The company was founded in 1985 with the mission of disseminating spiritual wisdom. Twice named on the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, Sounds True has published over 1000 spoken-word audio programs, books, instructional DVDs, music CDs and online courses. Its collection focuses on personal healing and spiritual transformation, featuring titles by many of the leading spiritual teachers and visionary authors of our time, including: Eckhart Tolle, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Andrew Weil, Thich Nhat Hanh, Caroline Myss, Pema Chodron, David Deida, Jack Kornfield, Adyashanti, Angeles Arrien, Geneen Roth, Gangaji, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ken Wilber and Michael Bernard Beckwith.


Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a freelance editor, teacher, and fiction writer. He is a graduate of The Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. Michael has recently completed a short story collection, "Your Former Ex-Lover." He has worked with several literary magazines and presses in the past, including Pearson-Longman, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Story Quarterly, Other Voices, The Journal, and New Rivers Press. Michael resides in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Ashley, son Charlie and their English Bulldog Beckett. For more information, please visit


Linda Tate

Linda is the author of  A Southern Weave of Women: Fiction of the Contemporary South and Power in the Blood, A Family Narrative, as well as the the editor of Conversations with Lee Smith. In support of Power in the Blood, she was a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow at Marshall University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia. Linda taught at Shepherd University in West Virginia for fifteen years and was named the 2003 West Virginia Professor of the Year. Most recently, she was on the faculty of the writing program at the University of Denver. She lives in Wild Sage Co-housing in North Boulder.


Marian Thier

Marian Thier is President of Expanding Thought, Inc , a coaching, consulting and training firm that she founded in 1984. Their clients range from small, local medical practices to global Fortune 500 companies.  In case you're wondering what she knows about writing, she is the author of COACHING C.L.U.E.S.: Real Stories, Powerful Solutions, Practical Tools, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London, 2004; The Journey:  A Fable of Change, writes many case studies for clients, writes The Listening Blog, and is currently working on a novel.


Michelle Theall

Michelle Theall, the Founder of Women's Adventure magazine and author of two books, shares what she's learned working on her first memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit.