Windsor International Writers Faculty

Windsor International Writers Faculty

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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Brian Henry

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.

Rochelle Riley

Rochelle Riley, who always works with two phones, is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, where she has been a leading voice for children, education, competent government and race since 2000. She is author of the new book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” (Wayne State University Press, 2018). She makes frequent television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio and local television. She has won numerous national, state and local honors, including the 2013 National Headliner Award for local column writing. Her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the Free Press’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning entry for local news. She received the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. And she received the 2011 Will Rogers Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for community service. A strong advocate for press freedom, Rochelle is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Global Journalism Task Force, which works to increase the number of minority journalists covering the world. She is a global traveler who has been to 25 countries and counting. She was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. And she was a 2016 inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell has a BEd and both a BA and MA in English and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher (child herder) and bookstore owner (book herder), Bryan is a published writer and an experienced editor with more than fifteen years in the field. As the Editorial Quality Manager for Scribendi, Bryan works as a lead editor and ensures that the company as a whole provides consistent, high-quality work, maintaining stringent assessment practices to ensure that the highest standards are met. In his (very limited) spare time, he cartoons, writes fiction, and tries to corral his five children.

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Kimberly Batchelor Davis

Kimberly Batchelor Davis creates stories that share experiences and inspire people to think about life in a different way. In 2014, she launched her first short story — Rose and the Enchanted Seven. Since then she has published Look, Daddy! There’s a Bunny and a fictional romance trilogy. All are available on Kimberly also has a blog. She has been on Brand New Mommy and the Bougie Black Girl and has published articles with Saved magazine and Mi Estilo, an online Hispanic magazine. She is a professional keynote speaker on motherhood, literacy, community civic engagement and writing.

President/CEO of The BatchelorDavis Group (event planning and outreach business strategy consultation), Kim’s a political and community activist about advocacy, literacy, history, education, and women’s issues. Kimberly served as a community ambassador for Governor Jennifer Granholm and remains active in Franklin Wright Settlements, DPTV 56 CAP Committee, S.D.C.R.L., New Leaders Council for Detroit and The National Black Public Relations Society and is the Community Relations Chair for The Elmwood Park Church of Christ.

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Sam Hiyate

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.

Lindsay Leggett

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

Cassandra Rodgers

“After a long career in finance, Cassandra Rodgers decided to pursue her love of literature by getting involved with running a literary festival. Organizing panels, looking after authors and managing promotions paved the way to her current career as an agent. She joined The Rights Factory in 2013, where she uses her discerning tastes and sharp business acumen in the service of her clients’ literary careers.

Cassandra has a diverse group of clients from across North America that ranges from debut authors to celebrities. Actively building her list, she is interested in adult literary and commercial women’s fiction. With a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto, she does have a weakness for historical fiction. Non-fiction is another passion – particularly politics, history, science, and finance. Memoirs that can make her laugh, cry, or inspire her are always welcome.”

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

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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