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Windsor International Writers Faculty

Windsor International Writers Faculty

(updated Feb 2020)


We are so thrilled and honoured to have the fabulous Monica Piper!
Monica is an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and stand-up comic. She has written for sit-coms Roseanne and Mad About You, and was the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats.

She starred in her own Showtime Network special, “No, Monica, Just You” and was nominated by the American Comedy Awards as one of the top five female comedians in the country.

Monica is proud to be an artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre of Los Angeles. Her critically acclaimed one-woman play, “Not That Jewish,” returned to LA, after its hit 7-month run Off Broadway, and was seen every Thursday in February at the Braid Performance Space in Santa Monica.

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Steven James is a nationally bestselling author whose award-winning novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base. Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received dozens of honors and awards for his books, including three Christy Awards. His novel Every Wicked Man won the 2018 International Book Award for best Mystery/Suspense.[8]

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book The Bishop their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game” and RT Book Reviews promises that “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules, won a 2015 Storytelling World Award and was recognized as one of the year’s best resources for storytellers; his latest book on writing, Troubleshooting Your Novel, also won a Storytelling World Award. Both books were published by Writer’s Digest Books.

Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, Steven has served for a number of years as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers hosted by International Thriller Writers.[9] Steven also regularly teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times Bestselling author Robert Dugoni.[10]

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Suzette Martinez Standring became NSNC Executive Director in January 2017.  She’s come full circle as she formerly directed a legal organization for 1,500 attorneys from 1984-1995 in her hometown of San Francisco.

Since 2007, she writes a spirituality column for The Patriot Ledger (MA), which is syndicated nationally through GateHouse Media.  Her award-winning books, The Art of Opinion Writing (2014) and The Art of Column Writing (2008) are used in journalism courses such as Johns Hopkins University. Suzette is a past president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (2004-2006) and is the host of It’s All Write With Suzette, a cable TV show about writing, with episodes on youtube.com  Suzette presents writing workshops nationally.

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Laurie Stevens screen play writer, solidified her desire to become a professional screenwriter when, at age 18, wrote a script for a Paramount Pictures screenplay competition and won. Laurie is a member of the Writers Guild of America West, joining after writing episodes for the syndicated television show, TIME TRAX. After years of script-doctoring for numerous features and production companies and having many scripts optioned, her first produced screenplay was AUTUMN DREAMS starring Colin Egglesfield and Jill Wagner, which became the highest-rated feature on The Hallmark Channel. She now has several scripts in development with The Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the Lifetime Network, MRG Productions , Jay Weston Productions and AD Oppenheim Productions.

In addition, Laurie’s specialty is adapting novels into screenplays. She owns the film and television rights to several books for which she is writing for the screen. She also co-owns the film and television rights alongside Heidi Holicker, for HL Productions, of the novel, TASSY MORGAN’S BLUFF and has recently adapted it into the script, BLUFF. The duo also owns the film and television rights to two other novels, BELINDA LOST by Kathy Green and THE CURRENCY OF LOVE by Jill Dodd, for Laurie to both write and produce.

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An award-winning author, editor and ghostwriter from Loveland, Colorado, and one of the conference’s favourite speakers, Carol McAdoo Rehme publishes prolifically in the inspirational market. In addition to authoring seven gift books, she has compiled anthologies for a number of publishers including Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing LLC, Health Communications Inc. and Publishers International Ltd.
Carol coaches writers, teaches workshops, and presents at writing, storytelling and educational conferences.
Her most recent releases include Finding the Pearl: Unstoppable passion, unbridled success, recipient of the 2013 first place award in nonfiction from CAL, and Fundamentally Female, an award-winning art book that made its debut in the 2013 swag bags at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
A passionate advocate for the frail elderly, Carol has been active in the longterm care industry for three decades. She founded and directed Vintage Voices Inc, a nonprofit agency that provides engaging, interactive arts programs in 54 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and dementia units across Northern Colorado. This model garnered interest from around the world and was awarded several coveted grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

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The Book Doctors

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get their books published. They are also co-authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It, and Market It… Successfully (Workman, 2010). Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for over 20 years at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is now the agent of Newberry award winner, Alexander. She is also the author of nine books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 16 books, on a wide variety of subject including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference.  His first book has been translated into 10 languages and optioned by HBO, his latest book was featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  They’ve taught their workshop on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College. They have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to NPR’s Morning Edition to USA Today.

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Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

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Jeremy Tick (Bespoke Management Group)

Agent turned manager/executive producer Jeremy Tick has more than two decades of experience in fashion and entertainment. After twenty years of working directly with talent in development, management, marketing and public relations in both NYC and LA. Tick and his wife relocated to Grosse Pointe, MI where he founded Bespoke Management Group.

Bespoke’s business interests include documentary, television and film production, talent management and industry specific business development consultation. Together with several entertainment industry executives whose combined 100+ years of experience includes work with industry power houses William Morris, Paramount Pictures, and Atlantic Records, Tick has created a “dream team” with which to provide the highest level solutions to 21st Century’s entertainment industry needs.

Tick holds a master’s degree in management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from SUNY Empire State College. Jeremy, is, in addition, certified as an SCM Competent Coach and has received extensive continuing education in project management. The author of two soon-to-be published books, Jeremy recently served as the editor for best-selling book “Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood and Beyond,” by Colin Egglesfield.

NOAH BALLARD (Curtis Brown)

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He studied creative writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah focuses on literary fiction, short story collections and narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and pop culture. Noah has appeared at graduate writing programs and writers conferences across the country speaking about query letters, building non-fiction platforms and submission etiquette. A New Jersey native, Noah currently lives in Brooklyn.

SAM HIYATE (Rights Factory)

Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 26-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non- fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 17 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

CYLE YOUNG (Hartline, C.Y.L.E. Elite)

Cyle is a multiple-genre award-winning author. Winner of over sixteen writing awards, he considers himself a “binge writer” and routinely scribes 30,000 words in a weekend. His book Belly Buttons and Broken Hearts released with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2013.

He serves as managing editor of www.almostanauthor.com, a website devoted to helping aspiring writers become published authors. In the fall of 2015, Cyle will write a weekly column for The Springfield Paper covering Ohio State and the University of Michigan Football. He is also a monthly contributor to the parenting website, www.just18summers.com.

He has is editor of First Steps: Student Version. This 100,000+ selling independent discipleship curriculum that is used internationally to disciple adults and students over the course of twelve weeks. Cyle also is a co-writer of All Out Sports devotionals and curriculums, used annually by over 10,000+ students and parents.


Del Duduit is a literary agent with C.Y.L.E. He is also a bestselling author, and award-winning writer. Del is a contributing writer for Athletes in Action and has been published in Clubhouse Magazine, Sports Spectrum, The Sports Column, One Christian Voice, The Christian View Online Magazine, and Portsmouth Metro Magazine. His blogs have appeared on One Christian Voice and its national affiliates across the country, on ToddStarnes.com and on Almost an Author and The Write Conversation.

In November 2017, he was named Outstanding Author at the Ohio Christian Writers Conference. In 2019, Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful, won second place in the Selah Awards for Best Devotional at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. He is also a member of the Serious Writer, Inc. team and an adjunct instructor as Shawnee State University. He is the author of Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful, Bengal Believer: 40 Who Dey Votions for the Cincinnati Faithful, Dugout Devotions and First Down Devotions.

Del and Cyle Young just released Michigan Motivations: A Year in Inspirations with the University of Michigan Wolverines and will released Bama Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for Roll Tide Faithful, and Auburn Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Tiger Faithful later this year.

CECILIA LYRA (Rights Factory)

Cecilia Lyra holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University and is completing a graduate certificate in publishing. In 2016, she bid adieu to her life as lawyer and professor of law to become a writer and literary agent. She blames this heretical career move on her nine-year-old-self, who was bitten by the reading bug and began to dream of the day when she would work with books.

Cecilia is actively seeking literary and commercial adult Book Club fiction that feature diverse, layered characters and unexpected plot twists. She adores writers such as Curtis Sittenfeld, Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand. As a feminist, Cecilia loathes the term women’s fiction—it’s just fiction—but, for the purposes of clarity, that is her favorite genre. Cecilia is also looking for unique and compelling narrative non-fiction and memoirs such as the works of Esther Perel, Roxane Gay and Tara Westover. She is particularly passionate about representing under – or misrepresented voices and stories that contribute to a larger cultural conversation.

When she isn’t devouring novels—or dessert—Cecilia can be found drinking wine, writing her own novels, and snuggling with Babaganoush, her adorable English bulldog. Do not send her a manuscript where the dog dies—Cecilia can’t handle it. Cecilia does not accept submissions for children’s books, middle-grade, YA, or fantasy. Due to the volume of email queries she receives, Cecilia will only respond if she is interested, usually in 3 months or fewer.

Justine Alley Dowsett

Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of nine novels and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and roleplaying with her friends.

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LINDSAY LEGGETT (Rights Factory)


Lindsay Leggett grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory.

Lindsay is focused on Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children’s books with unique, engaging, and diverse world’s and unforgettable characters.

Interested in: magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, LGBTTQIA+, #ownvoices

David Braughler

David Braughler is the founder and CEO of Braughler Books, a hybrid publishing company. He works with authors, organizations and executives to help them turn their stories and expertise into published books. Over the last ten years, he’s collaborated and worked directly with more than 500 authors on nearly 400 titles. David has partnered with authors in North America, Spain and Australia on books ranging from self-help and memoirs to business topics and personal essays. He’s a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Learn more about Braughler Books at BraughlerBooks.com.

Stephanie Winter

Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie is a dedicated bookseller who holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is actively looking for diverse and inclusive voices in fiction and non-fiction spaces who make new worlds and perspectives come alive. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

Within fiction, Stephanie represents Upmarket, Commercial, Historical, Graphic Novel, and Women’s Fiction. Within non-fiction, she’s interested in Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, cultural or event-based History, select Dessert Cookbooks, LGBTQ+ narratives, and essay collections.

Emmy Nordstrom Higdon

A PhD student at McMaster University, a bookseller at Another Story book shop, and a blogger at www.BooksBeyondBinaries.blog. The newest agent at The Rights Factory, and represent authors of literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction, for adults and older young adults. They specialize in LGBTQ2S+ literature.

Emmy is particularly interested in work that is fast-paced, voicey, character driven, and accessible. They love diverse authors and characters, morally ambiguous feminine protagonists, spooky spec fic, traditionally feminine sports (ballet, cheerleading, roller derby, etc.), and intense friendship stories. Murder is their comfort read.

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