Welcome to April Dávila, Fiction Instructor

We’ve had some personell changes here at Pen & Paper. Novelist, April Dávila has joined us and will teach Intermediate Ficiton. Dávila's debut novel, 142 Ostriches, is slated for publication in February of 2020 and was listed by Publisher's Marketplace as one of their exclusive "Buzz Books" for the coming season. Her short stories have appeared in Toho Journal, F(r)iction Magazine, The Santa Clara Review and more. She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018. Her award winning blog can be found at http://aprildavila.com. She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 

Instagram: @aprildavila

Twitter: @aprildavila

Welcome, April!


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.