BARN Writers’ Studio Teachers

The BARN Writers’ Studio is pleased to present classes and workshops led by masters of the craft. Our roster of teachers includes:


Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, she also served as an instructor in the program. Kathleen earned her MA from the University of Washington and her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Until recently, she was a fiction instructor at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. In addition to her short story collection and three novels, Kathleen has published fiction in numerous anthologies, most recently in the speculative fiction anthology Latin@ Rising, edited by Matthew David Goodwin and published by Wings Press. Her most recent book is The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island from the University of Washington Press.

Ana Cristina Alvarez is an MFA graduate from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and has worked for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Graywolf Press. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior ReviewThe Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.




Jason Black is a Seattle-area developmental editor who has helped scores of writers find the best in their work over the past nine years. Jason teaches writing, story structure, and character development classes through the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He is a regular speaker at the PNWA Writers’ Conference and a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild’s speakers’ bureau. In addition to his blog, Jason’s articles on writing craft have been featured in PNWA’s Author magazine and the literary journal Line Zero. Jason edits for novelists in all genres, though his own novels, Bread for the PharaohPebblehoof, and Blackpelt are all middle-grade fiction. Find Jason online at, or on Twitter as @p2p_editor.

Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her work has been chosen for Amazon Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices, and Booksense/Indie Next. The Best Reviews says she writes “fascinating historical fiction.” Her novels have been translated into several different languages.

Chance is a former television news photographer with a BA in broadcast communications from Western Washington University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the six-book Tracy Crosswhite Series, which includes My Sister’s GraveHer Final BreathIn the Clearing and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Trapped Girl. He is also the critically acclaimed author of the David Sloane Series. Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer’s finalist for thriller of the year, the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a 2017 Edgar Award Finalist for the Seventh Canon. His books are sold worldwide in more than 27 countries and have been translated into 20 languages.

Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to write never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. Dugoni’s first novel, The Jury Master, became a New York Times bestseller. Booklist wrote, “Mixing the suspense of a Grisham legal thriller with the political angle of a Baldacci, Dugoni is knocking on the A-list thriller door.” Now the author of 14 books, Bob Dugoni is no longer knocking.

Holly J. Hughes is coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), author of Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) and Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), and editor of the anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009).

Holly has taught writing at Edmonds Community College for more than 25 years as well as at regional conferences and workshops, including LitFuse, FishTrap, Write on the Sound, the North Cascades Institute, and Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writers Workshop. Visit Holly at

Julie Christine Johnson is the award-winning author of the novels In Another Life (Sourcebooks, 2016) and The Crows of Beara (Ashland Creek Press, 2017). Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master’s in international affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services.

A hiker, yogi, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state.

Beth Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors, with almost 20 years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s the author of the award-winning The Author’s Guide to Marketing and has ghostwritten or collaborated on half a dozen additional titles. Beth is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, a regular speaker for Seattle Public Library’s #SeattleWrites workshops, and has taught at writers’ conferences across the country. Visit her online at or on Twitter @bethjusino.

William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, Kenower is a sought-after speaker and teacher. He’s been published in The New York Times and Edible Seattle, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers from Nora Ephron, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson, are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. Bill also hosts the online radio program, Author2Author, where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead.

Newly published, Northwest author Kathryn Lafond, known for her love of ceremony and song — including at meal time, spent nearly 10 years writing Seasoned with Gratitude: 250 Recipes and Blessings Celebrating the Greater Nourishment of Real Food. For over 20 years she has served her Bainbridge Island community as an intuitive energy healer, spiritual guide, writer, health coach, home-chef, and singer, as well as teacher of wild foods and medicine classes.

“Lafond writes with an infectious enthusiasm that keeps the pages flipping.” —Kirkus Reviews

Dinah Manoff is a Tony Award-winning actress. She has starred in a number of television series, including the classic Soap. Manoff is best known for her portrayal of Carol Weston, the character she played for seven years on the series Empty Nest, and for the memorable Pink Lady, Marty Maraschino in the film Grease. Other films include Ordinary People, in which she co-starred opposite Timothy Hutton as Karen, his suicidal best friend and I Oughta Be in Pictures opposite Walter Matthau. Manoff has also worked as a television writer and director. She is the daughter of writer Arnold Manoff and Oscar-winning actress Lee Grant. Currently Manoff resides with her family on Bainbridge Island, WA, where she writes, coaches, and teaches acting with the Northwest Actors Lab.

Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books including AUX ARCS, Adamantine, Sightings, and Equivalence. She is the recipient of grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and the Awesome Foundation. She is currently poet laureate of the City of Redmond and was a 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee. She has also served as a poet in residence for the Seattle Art Museum. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her visual work has been exhibited at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Paterson Museum, American Jazz Museum, Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the International Print Center. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pai lives in Seattle.

Warren Read is the author of a 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books), and the 2017 novel, Ash Falls (Ig Publishing). His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback, and The East Bay Review.

Warren has worked in education for 26 years and is currently an assistant principal with the Bainbridge Island School District.


Martha Kay Salinas writes young adult fiction about teens dealing with gritty, real-life issues. She enjoys creating characters braver than she dares to be. Endowing them with the strength to conquer evil is one of her greatest pleasures. Martha also works as a freelance editor. Her favorite types of projects are young adult fiction, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries, but she also edits college admissions essays and academic papers as long as there’s no math or rocket science involved.

Martha has two sons who have grown up nicely and she’s married to her high school sweetheart, Douglas. She has a MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. A native Texan, she lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Suzanne Selfors is a nationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for young readers. She’s won the WA State Book Award, four Junior Library Guild Awards, an Amazon Best Children’s Book Award, and her novels have been included on numerous state award lists. She has written for Mattel, Dreamworks, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Little Brown, and MacMillan.



Author of the comedy romantic mystery, Affection for Crime, TM Smith has a master of arts degree in English. She taught English at the high school, community college, and university levels until she turned to the dark side of school administration. With retirement, she returned to her first love of writing.




Bryan Tomasovich is the owner of the Publishing World, a Bainbridge-based company dedicated to assisting authors one-on-one with editing, agent research, and queries for traditional publishing, and full-service advising and project management for professionally self-published books. He has also worked as a senior editor at Emergency Press, an independent publisher based in New York, and as a professor of writing, literature, and media at Antioch University Seattle and the University of Puget Sound.