BIO : Mark Willen retired in 2010 after a 40-year career as a reporter, columnist, blogger, producer, and editor at The Voice of America, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger.
Though he’d been dabbling in fiction for two decades, and even went back to school to get an MA in creative writing at the age of 62, he never had time to focus his efforts. Retirement changed all that, and Mark’s first novel, Hawke’s Point, was released by Pen-L Publishing in 2014. A second novel was released in 2017, with a third due out in 2018
Mark is on the board of the Maryland Writers’ Association, serving as treasurer and coordinating the group’s Teen Writing Club program, which provides free workshops throughout Maryland for teens who want to develop their creative writing skills.
Mark lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Janet. He can be reached at http://www.markwillen.com.
PRESENTING : The Retired Writer
BIO : Jennifer Bort Yacovissi’s debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, tells the story of four generations of a 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.
PRESENTING : Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public: A Debut Author’s Lessons in Small Press Publishing