Presenters and Instructors

Presenters for the 2018 workshop to be finalized
and listed here as soon as possible.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of His blog during his tenure there, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron.

Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

At the 2018 Tampa event, he is teaching classes on what to do before you submit, what to do after you submit, writing nonfiction books, voice and writing well, and the state of the publishing industry today.


Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 2.18.24 PMRob Sanders is a published writer of several picture books. At the 2018 Tampa workshop, he will be teaching on picture book writing and also critiquing picture books for attendees.

A native of Springfield, Missouri, Rob is a picture book author, a language arts teacher, and a coach for other picture book writers. He worked for fifteen years in religious educational publishing as a writer, editor, editorial manager, and product designer. These days he teaches elementary kids about books and words and reading and writing, and goes home to write books for those same kids.

His picture books include: COWBOY CHRISTMAS (Golden Books/Random House), OUTER SPACE BEDTIME RACE (Random House Children’s Books) named one of the top 20 rhyming picture books of 2015 by KidLit TV and winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, RUBY ROSE—OFF TO SCHOOL SHE GOES (HarperCollins), RODZILLA (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster) which just won the Gold Medal for Younger Children’s Literature in the Florida Book Awards, and RUBY ROSE BIG BRAVOS (HarperCollins).

This year Rob will release his first nonfiction picture books. In April comes PRIDE: THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG (Random House Children’s Books) and in the fall PEACEFUL FIGHTS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS will release from Simon & Schuster. 2019 releases include STONEWALL: A BUILDING. AN UPRISING. A REVOLUTION. (Random House Children’s Books) and BALL AND BALLOON (Simon & Schuster).


Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 2.37.47 PMShannon Hitchcock is the author of the critically acclaimed kidlit novel, THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL, hailed for its immediacy and cadenced voice.

At the 2018 Tampa conference, Shannon is teaching on writing young adult and middle grade novels, and she is also critiquing YA & MG novels for attendees.

Shannon’s second novel, RUBY LEE & ME, is based on Shannon’s real-life experience and the teacher who inspired her as a child.

Shannon’s picture book biography, OVERGROWN JACK, was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Her writing has been published in CRICKET, HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, and CHILDREN’S WRITER. She lives in Tampa, Florida.


Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 11.49.42 AM.pngK.D. Fleming is an award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romances set in small southern towns.

At the 2018 Tampa event, she will be teaching on how to write romance & women’s fiction, and she is also critiquing romance and women’s fiction manuscripts for attendees.

KD’s heroines are full of sass, and her heroes enjoy provoking them. Her writing adventure began on a dare, and by the end of the first page, she knew she had found her calling. You can learn all about her books on her website.

In her pre-writer life, she was a cashier, a banker, a traffic clerk (within a publishing company—don’t ask), a licensed property insurance adjuster, and an accounts receivable and payroll coordinator. But her favorite job by far is playing with words. She lives in west central Florida with her wonderful husband who is her typo-detecting hero.

Visit her Facebook author’s page at Her Twitter handle is @karenkdfleming.


126a6eaa16ef1d4b5ef0e677c1965ca7Saritza Hernandez is the Sr. Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

At the 2018 workshop, she will be taking pitches and also teaching the workshop “Querying and Pitching Literary Agents.”

Saritza is representing the entire agency and their genres. Her personal tastes lean toward erotica (all kinds), but she is open to hearing pitches for all her co-agents in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance, thrillers, adventure, paranormal, young adult, middle grade, picture books, historical romance, new adult (both romance and non-romance), and graphic novels. In nonfiction, she can take pitches for parenting, education, self-improvement, science, and business.

About Saritza personally: She is known as the first literary agent to represent authors in the digital publishing landscape. While continuing to seek traditional publishers for her authors, Saritza is the leading literary agent in digital publishing deals. An avid coffee-drinker with a Kindle book obsession, she enjoys a steaming cup of strong Cuban coffee every morning while reading an erotic contemporary romance or action-packed science fiction adventure. A strong advocate of the GLBT community, she enjoys fresh voices in Young Adult and New Adult genre fiction.


Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.29.46 AM.pngKaitlyn Johnson is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary.

At the 2018 workshop, Kaitlyn will be taking pitches, as well as teaching a speech on self-editing and revision.

After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. As well as being an apprentice agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer’s Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.

She is seeking: upper middle grade, young adult, new adult romance, fantasy works (yes, that very much includes urban!) and time travel, romance (erotic elements OK), historical fiction (anything other than Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, Greek gods/myths), contemporary can grab her attention only if the concept is unique and well executed, LGBT (as well as characters questioning their sexuality) welcome in all above genres.

Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series); Michael Buckley (Undertow series); John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly — basically the nerdier the fandom the better.


Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 12.22.24 PM.pngLorin Oberweger is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with almost twenty-five years experience in publishing. Her company, Free Expressions, offers intensive, deep craft workshops nationwide. She’s also known for her one-on-one story mastermind session for writers of all genres of fiction and creative nonfiction.

At the 2018 workshop, Lorin will be critiquing manuscripts for attendees in the genres of literary fiction, mainstream/general fiction, historical fiction. short stories, adult fantasy, adult science fiction, and memoir. She will also be teaching sessions.

Lorin’s students and clients have millions of books in print and have been published by HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney, and many other medium and small presses. They have also gained representation with some of the industry’s leading literary agents.

An award-winning author, Lorin’s work has appeared in numerous publications, and her ghostwritten books, commissioned by major publishers, have received glowing notices from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and others.

With bestselling author Veronica Rossi, Lorin is the author of the new adult books, BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, published by Harper/William Morrow under the pen name Noelle August. The novels were praised by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, among others, and BOOMERANG was chosen as a “new and notable” selection for Target Stores across the US.

(Note: Lorin has also just taken on an additional role as literary agent for Adams Literary. For more on her dual roles, see her post here. At this workshop, Lorin is taking the role of editor and teacher. She will be critiquing and teaching, not taking pitches. 


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Carol Post is a published author of romantic suspense.

At the 2018 Tampa workshop, she will be teaching on writing mystery and thriller, and also critiquing manuscript samples for writers of crime, suspense, thriller, and mystery.

Carol pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. (See her different series of books here.)

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard.