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Linda Bergman has written over 24 films and produced five of them. Her scripts have been nominated for an Emmy, an Access Award, The Alpha Award for Excellence in children’s programming, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. While enrolled at UCLA, she joined the groundbreaking team of the ABC Movie of the Week series under the aegis of creative force Barry Diller. After three years, she moved on to be the Assistant to the President of MGM, then retired to write full time. She’s taught screenwriting in local venues in L.A., in NYC for the Barnard Film Group, at Marin’s Book Passage, and many locales for the IWWG. She was also a faculty member for the 2018 San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference.

        Linda wrote So You Think Your Life’s A Movie: Ten Steps to a Script That Sells, a 2011 Global E Award Winner in the category of Arts and Entertainment, and also So You Think Your Life’s A Movie? The Sequel, published in 2016. Her first play, "Wanna Play?”, was published by Samuel French and produced on PBS. She is writing a play and working on her third book, So You Think Your Life’s A Movie? – Structure Breakdowns. Follow her on Facebook’s Linda Bergman’s So You Think Your Life’s A Movie.

Dorothy Randall Gray  is a Hedgebrook Fellow and recent recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs designation as Los Angeles Poet-in-Residence. Her previous achievements include sharing the dais with the Dalai Lama in India, being a featured poet in Iceland, and boogeying with James Baldwin in NYC. A powerful and popular writing teacher, award-winning artist and transnational activist her work has been published in many anthologies and periodicals.       She is author of the bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins) Muse Blues, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, The Passion Collection, A Taste of Tamarinda, and Sharing The Same Sky.   

               Dorothy is an IWWG board member and executive director of Women Writers & Artists Matrix. She previously served as an NYU faculty member and Audre Lorde Poet-in-Residence at Hunter College, NY.     The populations her workshops have served include veterans, gifted and at-risk youth, juvenile detention and homeless populations, post graduate students and professional authors. Dorothy believes in changing the world one word at a time with fierce reality. www.DorothyRandallGray.com

Jessica M. Wilson is a Chicana Poet born in East Los Angeles, CA. She is a 3rd generation Beatnik by way of Jack Spicer through Paul Vangelisti; with her MFA in Poetry from Otis College of Art and Design and BA in Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. She is the founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, (a bridge to LA's literary network), an educator and an activist. She is celebrating a win for best spoken word album from the 2018 Independent Music Awards, with Violinist Jenni Asher. Their album is called Freedom. Jessica's latest collection Serious Longing  is available from Swan World Press, Paris,France. 

www.jessicamwilson.com | www.lapoetsociety.org

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour SaltySweet, Flygirl and Orleans. Her bestselling novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice  is the Southern California Booksellers Association Award winner for Middle Grade. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Flygirl was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist. Sherri was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. She is a three-time writer-in-resident at Hedgebrook retreat in Washington State, as well as a resident at Wassard Elea retreat, in Ascea, Italy.
        Born in Chicago, IL, she has lived on all three coasts (West, East and Lake Michigan!). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Broadcast Journalism, an M.S. in Business and an M.A. in Humanities.   Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. She worked in stop-motion animation on Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, and spent three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects.
        Upon leaving Disney, Sherri found an unlikely home with a construction company, working in a triple-wide trailer on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, while she worked on her first novel. From there she went on to work and write for Bongo Comics, the company that brings you The Simpsons in print. Recently, she worked in a monster factory, wrangling the folks that make monsters and dead people for movies and television.
        Sherri’s first novel, Lucy the Giant, was unanimously selected as an ALA Best Book for Young People, and received an Honorable Mention from the Dutch Golden Kiss/Gouden Zoen Awards. Her 2009 novel Flygirl, a WWII novel about a light-skinned black girl who passes for white in order to join the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post. In 2012, Sherri made her first foray into speculative fiction with the “cli fi” novel, Orleans, a book dedicated to her mother, who survived Hurricane Katrina. The Toymaker’s Apprentice , is a vibrant retelling of the story of the Nutcracker.  Her latest novel is the young adult noir mystery, Pasadena.
        Sherri is a faculty member of the Creative Writing MFA program at Goddard College and the MFA in Children’s Writing at Hamline University.  She lives in Los Angeles with the love of her life and a disreputable cat. She is represented by Kirby Kim of Janklow and Nesbit.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, her name is pronounced “Shur-REE”– not “SHARE-ee!”