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About the instructors…
R. Daniel Foster is an award-winning writer, photographer and visual artist. His publication credits include the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, Houzz, The Advocate, and San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets. He has also written and announced features for National Public Radio and Marketplace Radio. He has taught non-fiction and news writing courses at UCLA Extension, and California State University Long Beach and Northridge. His visual-based work (art video, documentary, theatrical projection design) has been featured by PBS, the LA Opera, Walker Art Center and the Hammer Museum. He has served as president of the California Writers Club, and as board member of the Independent Writers of Southern California. A skilled storyteller who often combines word and image, Foster is known for conveying meaning and message in unforgettable ways. www.rdanielfoster.com
Toni Lopopolo spent 20 years in New York City publishing, then took her street creds to open her literary agent in 1991. Toni served as executive editor at Macmillan, then St Martin’s Press. As an acquiring editor, Toni reviewed the best projects sent to her by agents. But as a new literary agent, Toni realized, by what writers sent to her agency as “finished” manuscripts, that most writers who approached her to represent them had not mastered the skills required. To impress a publisher enough to receive a contract on a first novel, a writer must know what skills he/she needs, then master those skills. Toni, in her capacity as an editor, writing instructor, and literary agent, developed methods to help writers learn those skills, practice those skills, and, master them. Learn more at www.lopopololiterary.com
No wonder students flock to Shelly Lowenkopf’s classes and well-published professionals come to him now for consultations. He spent most of his years in the working side of publishing as a “shirt-sleeves” editor, acquiring and developing genre, mainstream, and literary fiction as well as dramatic biography and theme-based nonfiction inquiry. A versatile and ambitious writer as well, Shelly’s editorial skills reflect both sides of the desk. His years of leading students to publishing contracts makes him an ideal other voice for Toni Lopopolo in demonstrating these necessary steps to significant and continued publication. Learn more at http://www.lowenkopf.com
Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. His four full collections of poetry and his poems and essays have appeared in well over a hundred journals that include Poetry, Image, and Wilderness, and have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 1996 (Scribner’s), The Best Spiritual Writing 1999 (HarperSanFrancisco), The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), and The Best Christian Writing 2006 (Jossey-Bass). More recently his poems have been featured on Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac. He completed a term of service as poet laureate of Santa Barbara for 2011-2013, and was a fall artist-in-residence at North Cascades National Park in 2014 and a spring creative resident at the North Cascades Institute in 2015. This fall he served as a poet-in-residence at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Visit his website at pauljwillis.com