C. Gregory Thompson, Fiction

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

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

‘Runner, Runner’ is a fantastic piece. It’s the kind of profile of character and place we relish.
— Adam Van Winkle, Editor, Cowboy Jamboree

Instagram: @cgregorythompson
Twitter: @cgregthompson

A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels 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 and Reunion: The Dallas Review, among others.

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. Here he wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and now devotes full time to writing and teaching.

He lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner. They have no children, dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats or geese.


Sara Marchant, Nonfiction

 Sara Marchant, instructor, pen and paper writing workshops.

Sara Marchant, instructor, pen and paper writing workshops.

Sara Marchant is a great teacher. She‘s always quick to respond and super helpful. She’s also lots of fun, plus she’s really smart and diligent.
— Justin Perkins, Student, Critical Thinking and Writing, Mt. San Jacinto College

Instagram: @the_sara_marchant
Twitter: @saramarchant5

Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert.

Her essay Proof of Blood appears in the WOC anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, and her novella, Let Me Go, appears in Running Wild Press’ novella anthology. Her novella, The Driveway Has Two Sides, will be published by Fairlight Books in July, 2018. Several of her short stories were included in the 2018 New Short Fiction Series. Her memoir, Proof of Blood, will be published by Otis Books in their 2018/2019 season.

She is a founding editor of Writers Resist. Her writing has also been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, East Jasmine Review, Jewish Fiction, ROAR and Desert Magazine.

Long ago and far away, she worked for the San Diego Natural History Museum in their Binational Education Department where she was she able to utilize her BA in Latin American History. At Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, California, she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing to the new generation in the hopes that they will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses.

She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a goat and five chickens.


Senta Scarborough, Screenwriting

 senta scarborough, Instructor, Pen and Paper writing workshops.

senta scarborough, Instructor, Pen and Paper writing workshops.

Senta possesses a unique ability to captivate a group of students with diverse learning styles and deliver her lesson clearly.
— Mehak Anwar, Communications Associate, The Fair Punishment Project

Instagram: @Sentascar
Twitter: @Sentascar

Senta Scarborough is an award-winning journalist and Emmy® Award-nominated producer, in addition to being a screenwriter.

Current screenplays include crime dramas inspired by her time in Southern Appalachia and the borderlands of the Southwest.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California Riverside/Palm Desert. She also holds a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Extension Writers Program and is a graduate of the USC Cinematic Arts Summer (screenwriting) Program.

She is a former senior investigative reporter and long-form narrative writer for E! News and E! Online. She spent nearly a decade covering crime as a staff writer for The Arizona Republic.

Her work has appeared in USA Today, US Weekly magazine and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist’s Association. She earned a B.A. in English and Political Science and a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Radford University.

A Virginia native, she now lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog.

 
 

Cheryl Pappas, Fiction

 Cheryl Pappas, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

Cheryl Pappas, Instructor, Pen and Paper Writing Workshops

I admire this story’s swift pacing and lively dialogue but most of all I admire its voluminosity—the way it contains quotidian elements and elements of the unknown, side by side.
— Jennifer Tseng, Guest Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly, on Cheryl Pappas’s “Nature”

Instagram: @copycheryl 
Twitter: @fabulistpappas 

Cheryl Pappas writes short stories, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Bitter Oleander, Cleaver Magazine, Tin House blog, Ploughshares blog, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Essay Daily.

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 the editor at the Harvard Art Museums and freelance editor for the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, which publishes books dedicated to raising awareness of women artists active in Italy, both past and present.

She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.