Windsor International Writers Conference, Membership program

Windsor International Writers Members

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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Charlie Angus

Charles Joseph Charlie” Angus is a Canadian author, journalist, broadcaster, musician, and is the NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Youth)[2], and ran as a candidate for leadership of the federal NDP in 2017.

He is the author of seven published books, including an admiring biography of Les Costello, the celebrated Toronto Maple Leafs player who left professional hockey to become a Catholic priest in Timmins.[8] Angus’s fifth book, Cage Call, a photo documentary with photographer Louie Palu, was released in 2007 as part of an award from Portland-based PhotoLucida. His sixth book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War was short-listed for the Speakers Book Award, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 2013, and was the runner-up for the Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East), Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2013.

His latest book, Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman whom George Stroumboulopoulos named as one of “five teenage girls who kicked ass in history.”

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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.

Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski


Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski is the author of the national award-winning humor book “Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box.” She created and writes the award-winning humor column, “Wojo’s World,” and has written and performed stand-up comedy since she was 18—so the past five years. (Hey, stop laughing!) She also loves saying “award-winning.” In addition, Wojo has served on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, moderated and spoken on panels about humor at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference, and has given countless talks about adding humor to your life to business associations, fraternal organizations, and networking groups. Wojo’s writing has appeared in Discover, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Country Woman, Boys’ Life, the LA Times Magazine, Discover Life, Energy Times, Parade, Vanity Fair online, the PBS website Next Avenue,,, as well as in many other publications and websites. She has appeared on television, radio, podcasts, and in newspapers speaking about everything from how moving can be hilarious instead of a nightmare to returning a book to the library that was 34 years overdue. Oops…

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Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper is the author of The Only Child, which was an instant national bestseller in Canada. He is also the author of six previous novels, including The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Four of Pyper’s novels, including The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.

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Nick Cutter / Craig Davidson

Nick Cutter is the national bestselling author of The Troop (winner of the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing), The Deep, and The Acolyte, and is a pseudonym for the author Craig Davidson, the acclaimed literary writer of novels such as Cataract City, Rust and Bone, and The Fighter. His most recent novel is Little Heaven.

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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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Claudia Whitsitt

Claudia Whitsitt grew up in Detroit, a child of the sixties, loving her close-knit family and wrapped in hours of make believe. Reading and writing were her early passions and well past adulthood she fulfilled her dream of becoming an author. Now, she writes historical fiction for middle grade students, in order to share her desire to make the world a better place through empathy, friendship, and understanding.

When not busy writing, she is busy visiting schools, libraries and book clubs sharing her message that #friendshipiscolorblind.

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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

Sandra Kasturi

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications.

Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPECPrairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, EvolveChilling TalesA Verdant GreenTransVersionsARC MagazineTaddle CreekAbyss & Apex80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are: The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds.

She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters. She is fond of gin & tonics, Michael Fassbender, and red lipstick.

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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