Sarah Combs is the author of the young adult novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic, both published by Candlewick Press. Sarah teaches several classes at the Carnegie Center throughout the year, including the Fiction Writing Group, Seniors Writing Group, and the Creative Writing Teen Retreat.

Genres: adult or YA realistic/contemporary/literary fiction; adult or young adult slipstream fiction; and works of innovative creative nonfiction, especially those that experiment with form and/or center on the experiences of women

Lisa Haneberg has an MFA from Goddard College and is a fiction and nonfiction writer. She has published over fifteen nonfiction books and the first two books in her mystery series. She’s worked with agents, publicists, six traditional publishers, and has self-published print and e-books. She started blogging in 2004 before it was cool and is active on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Lisa did a 9,400-mile solo motorbike tour to promote one of her books.  She lives with her husband and two dogs in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit her website.

Genres: nonfiction and crime fiction

 Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has traditionally published 133 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Her works include Woodford BraveRatfink, and Champ. She is also the co-author of seven popular series including “The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids.” Marcia, a full-time writer, lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the Coordinator of the Carnegie Center Author Academy. For more information, visit Marcia’s website or LinkedIn.

Genres: picture books, chapter books, and middle grade

Darlene Ricker was a staff writer, columnist and editor for the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. Her nonfiction books and those of her clients have been published by major houses, including Penguin and Houghton Mifflin. Ricker coaches writers through the process of pitching, writing, revising and publishing books, magazine articles and columns. A former entertainment law attorney, she has helped students obtain literary agency representation and appearances on The Today Show and NPR.

Genres:  nonfiction

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, the nonfiction books Literary Rogues and Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, and numerous other humorous works of fiction and nonfiction. He is a two-time Goodreads Choice Award nominee and a finalist in the Humor category. His work has been published in McSweeney’s, Mental Floss, and The Daily Beast. Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in Kentucky.

Genres: mystery, thriller, humor, and nonfiction

 Jason Sizemore Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He is the author of a collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts titled Irredeemable and the tell-all creative nonfiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. For more information, visit You can find him on Twitter @apexjason.

Genres: science-fiction, fantasy, and horror

Alecia Whitaker grew up on a small farm in Cynthiana, KY. She is the author of four young adult novels–The Queen of Kentucky and the Wildflower series–as well as an actress with appearances on several television programs, commercials, and a YouTube show. When she’s not changing diapers or tripping over Legos, she’s working on two screenplays and an early chapter book. She packs her schedule with school and library visits each year, near or far. She currently lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and four children.

Genres: early chapter books, middle grade, young adult, new adult fiction, screenplays, and monologues

Ben Woodard has written and published nine books and several short stories including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. He has worked with the Kentucky Writing Project and led a one-day training for teachers about writing from an author’s perspective. He has worked as a mentor for the Carnegie Center and helped over ten authors publish their own books. He has been a speaker and panelist at the Kentucky Book Fair and the SOKY Book Fest. Ben is a member of SCBWI and has attended conferences, workshops, and training in the writing process.

Genres: picture books, chapter books, and middle grade

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