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Paula MunierSenior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services, boasts broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for WGBH, Disney, Fidelity, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, F&W Media, Quayside, and more. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Her specialties include crime fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, upmarket fiction, YA/MG, high-concept SFF, and nonfiction. 

A popular speaker and writing teacher, Paula has authored/co-authored more than a dozen books, including the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and the acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie: A True Story about a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle. The first in her new mystery series, A Borrowing of Bones, will debut in September 2018 from Minotaur, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. You can check out her work at and She's also part of, named one of the best websites for writers by Writers Digest.

Master Class Faculty

Thursday, June 7th - All Genres

Stuart Horwitz is a ghostwriter, independent editor, and founder and principal of Book Architecture ( Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. He is the author of three books on writing: Blueprint Your Bestseller (Penguin/Perigee), which was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine, Book Architecture (2015) which became an Amazon bestseller, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts which was released in June of 2016. Horwitz holds degrees in literary aesthetics from New York University and East Asian studies from Harvard University. He is also an award-winning poet and essayist. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two daughters.



Dorothea Hubble Bonneau is a published novelist, produced playwright and optioned screenwriter. Her plays have been produced throughout the United States and in Canada. Mentors include Eric Bork, author of the H.B.O. series, Band of Brothers and with Shonda Rimes, showrunner, author, and producer of several award-winning television series. Dorothea is a member of Squaw Valley Community of Writers Alumni, Aspen Summer Words Alumni, History Writers of America and Women in Film.  Dorothea received her training at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and at U.C.L.A.’s Department of Film, Theatre and Television Professional Program in Screenwriting.

   Anna Castle writes two historical series: the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mysteries. She’s earned a series of degrees -- BA Classics, MS Computer Science, and PhD Linguistics -- and has had a corresponding series of careers -- waitressing, software engineering, assistant professor, and archivist. Writing fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. Find out more at”

   Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction author whose five books – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, Been Searching for You, Madame Presidentess and The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend (nonfiction) – have won more than 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations.

Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.

Nicole is currently finishing Mistress of Legend (September 15, 2018), the final novel in her Guinevere's Tale historical fantasy trilogy and researching two future non-fiction books. She also teaches online writing and business for authors classes at Professional Author Academy. You can find her online at

  Marc Graham is an author, actor, and student of shamanic practices. His books include Of Ashes and Dust (Five Star, 2017), Runes for Writers (Erulian Press, 2018), and Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba (Blank Slate Press, 2019). He lives in Colorado with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

  Clarissa Harwood holds a PhD in English Literature with a specialization in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Her debut historical novel Impossible Saints was published on January 2, 2018, by Pegasus Books. Set in 1907 England, Impossible Saints follows the competing ambitions and growing love between Lilia Brooke, a militant suffragette, and Paul Harris, an Anglican clergyman. In addition to writing historical fiction, Clarissa is a part-time university instructor and full-time grammar nerd who loves to explain the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three neurotic cats. To learn more about her, visit her website:

Rose Kleidon, a Charter Member of Historical Writers of America and a member of the Historical Novel Society, was a presenter at the 2017 Unicorn Writers’ Conference. Her short story, Last Man Out, was a finalist in WOW’s Summer 2016 Contest. The author of two textbooks, Kleidon has written two yet-to-be-published works of historical fiction. They can be previewed at  She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron, where she taught English, Speech, Technical Writing and Advertising Copywriting. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois. 

Judithe Little’s debut novel, Wickwythe Hall (Black Opal Books 2017), was inspired by an actual confrontation between the British and French navies in July 1940. Described as part Downton Abbey, part Darkest Hour, accolades for Wickwythe Hall include:  IPPY 2018 Award Winner for Best Regional Fiction (Europe), 2018 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Fiction, Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction 2018, and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist.


Judithe earned a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After studying in France and interning at the U.S. Department of State, she earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and a Dillard Fellow. She lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next historical novel. To learn more, visit Judithe’s website at



Jack Woodville London studied at Oxford University and the Academy of Fiction, St. Céré, France and was the first Author of the Year of the Military Writers Society of America.  He is the author of nine articles on the craft of writing and numerous articles on early 20th Century history.  His craft book, A Novel Approach, a short and light-hearted work on the conventions of writing, is designed to help writers who are setting out on the path to write their first book.  A Novel Approach won the E-Lit Gold Medal for non-fiction in 2015. 

His World War II-era novel Virginia’s Warwas a Finalist for Best Novel of the South and the Dear Author ‘Novel with a Romantic Element’ contest. His ‘parallel-quel’ novel, Engaged in War, won the silver medal at the London Book Festival for General Fiction and was the Book of the Month by Good Reads.  The third novel in this series, Children of a Good War, is represented by WordServe Literary Agency.

Jack also is the author of the serialized novel The (very brief) War Diary of Bart Sullivan, available to readers of First Draft.

Visit Jack at or contact him at  He lives in Austin, Texas.

Mary Malloy teaches in the Museum Studies Program at Harvard and has worked with graduate and undergraduate students on research and writing projects for thirty years. The author of three novels (in which historian Lizzie Manning solves historical mysteries), and four works of non-fiction history, Mary has a Ph.D. from Brown University. Her book Devil on the Deep Blue Sea: The Notorious career of Capt. Samuel Hill of Boston, won the Lyman award for best maritime biography in 2006. As a traveller, Mary has walked across England in the footsteps of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, circumnavigated the globe in 80 days, and followed in the tracks of James Cook and Herman Melville in the South Pacific. She celebrates Jane Austen’s birthday every year with a high tea.

  Verena Rose is the Agatha Award nominated co-editor of “Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea, An Interesting and Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years” and the Managing Editor of the Malice Domestic anthology series. The latest, “Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical” is due out in April 2018 from Wildside Press which includes her story “Death at the Congressional Cemetery,” the second short story she’s written about pre-Civil War Washington City. Verena also serves as the Chair of Malice Domestic and in addition to her Malice duties she is one of the founding members of the Dames of Detection and a co-owner/editor/publisher at Level Best Books.  When not indulging her passion for mysteries, especially historical mysteries, she works full-time as a tax accountant. She lives in the Maryland suburbs with her four cats, Jasper, Alice, Matty & Missy.

Harriette Sackler has served as Grants Chair of the Malice Domestic Board of Directors as long as she can remember. Assisting unpublished writers along the road to success brings her a great deal of satisfaction.  In addition, she adores the Malice Domestic convention, which celebrates traditional mystery fiction.

Harriette is a multi-published, Agatha Award- nominated short story writer.  As a principal of Dames of Detection, Harriette is a co-publisher and editor at Level Best Books.  The company publishes mystery, thriller, and crime fiction short story anthologies and novels. Well regarded by readers and reviewers, stories have won numerous awards. Submission requirements can be found at Level Best BooksHarriette lives with her husband and their three Yorkies in the D.C. suburbs.  She is an animal advocate and works with several rescue organizations. First and foremost, Harriette is mom to two fabulous daughters and Nana to four magnificent grandkids. Website:

Barbara Salvatore - Big Horse Woman began over twenty years ago with a dream of a young Native woman, who would go on to reshape Barbara's life. Big Horse Woman- the haunting historical fiction novel about a Ponca woman born in 1833- was a Finalist in the 2009 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest and was recently awarded First Place, Prairie/First Nations category, in Chanticleer's Laramie Prize for Western Fiction.

Devoted to learning the history and culture of her characters, she is a student of the Ponca language, and served as the first Ponca Language Educator for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Another core feature of her stories, is the plant knowledge she shares. As a practicing Herbalist and Horse keeper, she offers classes in Plant Medicine and Horse Care. Her art has been exhibited in New York and Nebraska and, along with her writing, been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. 

  Beth Taylor historical narratives include a memoir, The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir; a monograph, Quaker in Vietnam: Rick Thompson, 1949-1973; essays “War Story” in the anthology Friends and the Vietnam War and “Crossing the Line: Finding Butchin the journal War, Literature, and the Arts; and a column, “The O’Connors of Little Compton: Lives on the Left” in Ocean State Business Magazine. She has taught “Narrating History,” in which students build narratives from the archives at Brown, the R.I. Historical Society, and family boxes. Most recently she helped build a material and digital archive of Brown’s Vietnam Veterans for the John Hay Library. Currently, she is helping the Block Island Historical Society build a digital archive of islanders’ oral histories. She is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Nonfiction Writing Program of Brown University’s Department of English.

Mary Ann Trail is an author, traveler, mother and lover of history. She is a lifelong resident of southern New Jersey, where she spent most of her professional life as a college librarian.  She loves living equidistant from the Philadelphia and Newark International airports—both jumping off points for travel that allows her to explore, first hand, the settings for her stories. Frequent trips to England with her sister fanned her interest in English history as they strolled through Bath, followed Roman roads in Wales, and wandered prehistoric mounds in Dorset.

The early nineteenth century (1800 – 1815) remains her favorite era because of its similarities to today, especially comparisons in the social and political arenas.

She is currently finishing her third novel in her Enemies series. Using the Alien Office, a network of information gatherers that predate MI5, as a background, her characters face danger and romance as Napoleon sets his sights on invasion.

She can be reached through her webpage or her Facebook page, Mary Ann Trail, Writer.


Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and his historical novel, Will Poole’s Island, was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. Tim teaches at Grub Street in Boston and in the new Newport MFA at Salve Regina College in Newport. RI. He’s the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program and serves as a featured expert for National Geographic in Spain, Portugal, and Tierra del Fuego. His fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, has been shortlisted for the International Book Awards, the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Read more at

Jenny Yacovissi's debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, which won INDIEFAB and Readers’ Favorite 2015 gold writing awards, is a fictionalized account of her mother's family in Washington, D.C. from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Jenny is a member of PEN/America and the National Book Critics’ Circle, writes a monthly column for the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRoB), and reviews regularly for both WIRoB and the Historical Novels Review of the Historical Novel Society. She is serving as chair of the 2017 and 2018 Washington Writers Conference, and is president of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association. She owns a small project management and engineering consulting firm, and—when she’s not writing or reading—enjoys gardening and being on the water. Jenny lives with her husband Jim in Crownsville, Maryland.