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Andra Gillum is a free-lance writer and author. She lives in Upper Arlington with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Andra’s columns periodically appear in the Columbus Dispatch. She is also the author of the children’s book Doggy Drama, and its sequel, Puppy Drama, to be released in late 2016. Learn more at www.doggydrama.com or contact Andra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Loss has been the Mentor for the Young Writers’ Studio since 2012. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design. His short stories have been published in numerous journals including 2 Bridges Review and MAYDAY. He’s currently working on a novel. His book Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2017. His critical writing about music and comics has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Comics Journal, PopMatters, and elsewhere. He lives in Columbus with his wife and their cat, Spike.
Jody Casella is an author and a former high school English teacher. Her YA novel Thin Space received a starred review from Kirkus. She blogs, reviews books, teaches writing classes for writers of all ages, and is the Regional Director of the Ohio Central/South region of SCBWI.
Lynette (Lyn) Ford is an Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and Kennedy Center’s OSBCI Teaching Artist, and the author of two Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award-winning books: Affrilachian Tales, and Beyond the Briar Patch. Lyn has worked extensively with all types of learners and facilitated many educational workshops; Lyn and fellow storyteller Sherry Norfolk completed two books that will be published soon: Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs (Libraries Unlimited) and Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for Ages 4-9 (Parkhurst Brothers). Lyn’s story activities are included in several education resources, including The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum. Lyn is also a National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award recipient in both Leadership and Service and the Circle of Excellence, and a member of the Writers Council of the National Writing Project. Lyn began sharing workshops and camp activities for young authors at Thurber House in 1995.
Mat Washburn is the creator of the webcomic Evan Yeti and developer of the mobile game Save Baby James. He also creates music scores for video games and more.
Zach Westhoven holds degrees in creative writing and education from Capital University, and he is currently an 8th grade English language arts teacher in Delaware, Ohio. He has served as a camp counselor and guest teacher at Thurber House for several years, and he also mentors young writers through the Power of the Pen program. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, making music, cooking, and photography. He is currently drafting his first novel.
A former kindergarten teacher, Cindy Thomson has authored eight books, most set in Ireland or featuring Irish characters. She has taught at Thurber House, mentored aspiring high school writers in her county, and mentored writers online. She also writes for genealogy magazines and does genealogy research for hire. She lives in central Ohio where she babysits her wee granddaughter and works to tell stories that reveal the legacies of the past. Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cindyswriting