Executive Director:

Jama Kehoe Bigger has been involved with Midwest Writers Workshop for 35+ years and director since 2003. She is the author of Then Came a Miracle and blogs at www.jamakehoebigger.com. Follow her Happy Day Moment Page or Facebook or Twitter, Google+ . (Photo by Gail Werner)

Board Members:

Michael Brockley is a poet and a member of the Midwest Writing Workshop planning committee. He participates in poetry, literary and artistic activities in central Indiana. You can connect with him on Facebook. (Photo by Gail Werner)

Shelly Gage is a writer, runner, avid reader, local history buff, and dog lover.  She runs East Central Indiana Paranormal Investigations, a ghost-hunting group, with her husband, Andy.  You can find her book reviews on Goodreads, visit her blog, or follow her on Twitter (@shelly_gage).

Summer Heacock is a writer of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, blogger, and professional Twitter pom-pom waver. Her novel, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, was released July 2018. She is a stay-at-home mother of two, a wife to a very patient fella, a herder of cats, and has a deep-rooted love of geeky things and candy. Summer can be found frolicking amongst her own profane ramblings and zippy GIFs on her blog, www.Fizzygrrl.com, or on Twitter as @Fizzygrrl. (Photo by Gail Werner)

Barbara Kehoe is retired as a business owner and bridal consultant. She was also a freelance writer for many years for The Muncie Star. She is an active member and past president of the National League of American Pen Women. Barbara is the MWW hostess with the mostest! Follow her on  Facebook. (Photo by Gail Werner)

Holly G. Miller is a contributing editor to The Saturday Evening Post magazine, consulting editor to In Trust magazine and author of a dozen books including the bestselling textbook Feature and Magazine Writing. She has won writing awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Midwest Travel Writers, and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is a publication consultant to five public and private foundations.

Poet Jeffrey Owen Pearson has work published or forthcoming in So It Goes (from the Kurt Vonnegutt Library), Reckless Writing Anthology 2013Tipton Poetry Journal, and Maize. His chapbook Hawaii Slides was published by Pudding House Publications. He has written for the Open Door Clinic and the Facing Poverty Project in Muncie, the Indiana Poet Laureate 2013 Borderlands Project (Richmond) and the White River Festival in Indianapolis. He has been nominated for a Puschcart Prize. (Photo by Gail Werner)

Cathy Shouse is a journalist who has published hundreds of stories in newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Images of America: Fairmount, and prior to joining the planning committee where she is director of special events, she was named a MWW Fellow in Fiction for her romantic mystery novel. Connect on Facebook or @cathyshouse on Twitter.

Kelly O’Dell Stanley had big plans for her life—study to be an architect, live in a big city, never have children. Now, as a resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana, she just celebrated 21 years in business for herself as a graphic designer. She works from home with her three kids and husband, leaving her desk just long enough to cheer for them from the bleachers with laptop beside her. And you know what? It’s better than anything she once imagined. At some point along the way, she discovered that writing fulfilled her need to create, and her first book, Praying Upside Down, was published by Tyndale Momentum in May, 2015. Her second book, Designed to Pray, was released in August, 2016. kellyostanley.com

Annie Sullivan is the author of a young adult novel, A Touch of Gold, which publishes in Summer 2018 (Blink, HarperCollins.) She received her MFA in creative writing from Butler University. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnel’s. Her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. Annie has worked at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company since 2007, in Acquisitions, Editorial, Content Marketing, and Publicity roles. She lives in Indianapolis and loves traveling and exploring new cultures. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @annsulliva.

Janis Thornton is the author of two cozy mysteries in the Elmwood Confidential series — Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also is the author of two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort; and a contributor to “Undeniably Indiana,” a bicentennial project published by Indiana University Press. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Indiana Writers Center, the Midwest Writers Workshop Planning Committee, and the historical society of her hometown, Tipton Indiana. You may contact/follow/like her at www.janis-thornton.com, Twitter (@JanisThornton), and Facebook (facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor). (Photo by Gail Werner)

Kelsey Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Eating? and Where Am I Wearing? and the co-founder of the Facing Project. Whether in print or in person, he seeks to connect people around the world through stories. Blog / Twitter / Facebook

Gail Werner is a writer and photographer who works in media relations for Ball State University, where she also writes for the university’s alumni magazine, Alumnus. She has ten years’ of professional experience writing for newspapers, where she covered higher education and (on a lighter note) penned a pop culture column. In addition to her professional writing career, she is a freelance editor, an aspiring novelist at work on her first book, a photographer of fabulous weddings, and curator of the best books, films, and television in pop culture. All of her creative loves are fodder for her blog at www.gailwernerphoto.com/blog.

Advisory Members

Cathy Day is the author Comeback Season and The Circus in Winter, and she teaches creative writing at Ball State University. She blogs regularly at The Big Thing, and you can connect with her in a bunch of different ways at about.me.

Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest and has more than 15 years of experience as an editor, public speaker, and writing professor. Her newest initiative is Scratch magazine, a digital quarterly for writers about the intersection of writing and money. Find out more at JaneFriedman.com.

Matthew Clemens is a frequent collaborator with Max Allan Collins. Their 24th novel together, Executive Order, was released July 2017.  They have also written, comic books, graphic novels, short stories, a video game, and even mystery jigsaw puzzles.  www.matthewclemens.com, www.facebook.com/MatthewClemens,  www.twitter.com/@chucktwain