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, Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018, Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, and 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 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.

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 in numerous online and print journals, including 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. 


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 Rosem, 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.