C. Gregory Thompson, Fiction & Nonfiction

C. Gregory Thompson, Founder and Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops.

C. Gregory Thompson, Founder and Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops.

Kudos on your how-to-submit workshop. This is the perfect class for those who need to know the basics of submitting their work. It also provides real, applicable, take-away tools to pursue.
— Diana Rosen, Los Angeles, CA

Instagram: @cgregorythompson

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir.

His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Maine Review, Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, and in two anthologies: Made in L.A., Vol. 2, and Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018.

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 lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner.

April Dávila, Fiction

April DÁvila, Instructor, Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

April DÁvila, Instructor, Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

A story told with depth and beauty about the many things we inherit from our families. Dávila’s characters [in her novel, 142 Ostriches] are familiar, yet unforgettable, and I’m waiting patiently for what she writes next.
— Wayétu Moore, author, She Would Be King

Instagram: @aprildavila

April 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.

*April currently teaches the Fiction Workshop: Intermediate Fiction only. Please look for the class via the link below.

Kelly Shire, Nonfiction

Kelly Shire, Instructor, Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

Kelly Shire, Instructor, Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

I recently took a non-fiction memoir writing class with Kelly Shire and it was fabulous! Kelly was very engaging, encouraging, and super accepting of everyone in the class. Always prepared, always fun.
— Tiffany Weis, Murrieta, CA

Instagram: @kelly_shire

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. 

Kendall Brunson, Screenwriting

kendall Brunson, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

kendall Brunson, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

Kendall has been teaching my Intro to Screenwriting course for a few years now, and if she quit, I’d discontinue it. She is a better teacher for this course than I was — she is more patient and generous with the students — and once Florida finally sinks under the ocean I hope she will move to New York so that she can teach for me in person.
— William Rabkin
TV Producer, Screenwriter, Author, and Assistant Director, Long Island University's MFA at the TV Writer's Studio

Instagram: @kendallbrunson

Kendall Brunson is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She’s written and produced four short films which have premiered at film festivals including the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, and more. Her directorial debut, Box, premiered at The Loft Film Festival, and The Final Girl, which she wrote and produced, was a finalist for The 60 Seconds to Impact competition hosted by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She’s currently an associate producer on the feature film, Someone Will Assist You Shortly.

She earned her MFA from the University of California, Riverside at Palm Desert. Kendall’s stories focus on the feminist, mysterious, and weird, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, photographing forgotten-Florida, and reading about disease and murder. She currently teaches English Composition at Jacksonville University and is working on her first novel.

Cheryl Pappas, Fiction

Cheryl Pappas, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

Cheryl Pappas, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

Greatly enjoyed Cheryl Pappas’s Flash Fiction Mini-Workshop. Good critiques gave me plenty to think about and inspired me to reconsider other attempts I’ve made in flash fiction before in different ways. Would be delighted to take another class with her.
— Diana Rosen, Los Angeles, CA

Instagram: @copycheryl 

Cheryl Pappas writes short stories, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in 100-Word Story, Smokelong Quarterly, The Bitter Oleander, Cleaver Magazine, Tin House blog, and more.

She holds an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars. In another life, she lived in Florence, Italy, where she had a column writing about the streets of the city for The Florentine newspaper. She is also an editor at the Harvard Art Museums.

She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.