Kelly Shire Joins Us to Teach Nonfiction

We’d like to welcome, nonfiction writer and teacher, Kelly Shire to our instructor family.

Kelly Shire holds an MFA in Fiction from California State University, Long Beach, but these days primarily writes nonfiction and personal essays.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous online and print journals, including Brevity Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, Entropy, The Coachella Review, Full Grown People,  Hippocampus, and The Museum of Americana.  Many of her essays engage with pop culture, especially music, and she has contributed essays to Memoir Mixtapes, The RS 500 online project, and March Vladness, an annual music genre tourney curated by editor Ander Monson.

In 2016, she was the winner of the inaugural merit scholarship to attend the HippoCamp Nonfiction conference in Lancaster, PA and has also attended workshops sponsored by Tin House and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essay “I Dream of Department Stores” appears in the anthology SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping, published by Seal Press.

Kelly is a third-generation native of Southern California and continues to live in the region with her husband and two teenagers. She has previously taught composition and creative writing classes at CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, and Mt. San Jacinto College Extension. Currently, she is a library assistant at a public high school and is completing a memoir about family, music, and road trips.

 Web: www.kellyshire.com

Instagram: @kelly_shire

Twitter: @klshire

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C. Gregory Thompson

C. Gregory Thompson, a Pushcart Prize nominee, lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes fiction, nonfiction, plays, and memoir. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal, Reunion: The Dallas Review. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His coursework, while he attended NYU, included film and television production as well as multiple screenwriting courses. He also wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” While working in the entertainment business, he wrote many screenplays. He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and is now a full-time writer and writing instructor. He is the founder of Pen & Paper Writing Workshops. He lives in Glendale, California with his partner. They have no children, and no dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats or geese. Follow C. Gregory on Twitter @cgregthompson and on Instagram @cgregorythompson.