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Janyce BrawnJanyce Brawn

Janyce Brawn, a retired Art/ESL/Spanish teacher, is the author and illustrator of the middle-grade Tales of the Teleporting Topsider series. She has written and illustrated for books and the poetry magazine, Time of Singing, for over 25 years. Her fourth novel in the series, David and the Foglinian Menace, was published by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. in the summer of 2023.




Annette DashofyAnnette Dashofy

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of fourteen mystery novels including Helpless, the latest in the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic turned coroner in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.  the multi–Agatha Award nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. Her upcoming novel, Where The Guilty Hide, which came out in January is the first in the new Detective Honeywell series set in Erie. Her standalone, Death By Equine, won the 2021 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, and she is a six-time finalist for the Agatha Award. Annette is a long-time member of Pennwriters and is president of the Pittsburgh chapter of Sisters in Crime. Visit her website at:




Timons EsaiasTimons Esaias

Timons Esaias is a satirist, writer, and poet living in Pittsburgh. He taught in Seton Hill University's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction Program for 20 years, and his mentees have published more books than he can afford to buy.

His works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in twenty-two languages. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, twice won the Asimov's Readers Award, and won the Winter Anthology Contest for 2020. His story "Norbert and the System" has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. He was shortlisted for the 2019 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. His full-length Louis-Award-winning collection of poetry—Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek—was brought out by Concrete Wolf.

In recent years, his stories have included a PSA warning about the dangers of werepandaism, a flash fiction about snuff poetry, a story with a pillow as the protagonist, and another with Concord grape jelly packets as the antagonist.

People who know him are not surprised to learn that he lived in a museum for eight years. He collects chess sets and elephants, and he visits far too many coastal fortifications. 




Catherine McLeanCatherine McLean

Catherine has been helping writers become published authors for more than two decades. She is a novelist and short story author and long-time Pennwriter who gives in-person and online courses and workshops on the craft of writing fiction. She is a book and story writing coach and freelance editor. Her book for writers, Revision is a Process - How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing. Visit Catherine at or



Kathy OttenKathy Otten

Kathy is the published author of multiple historical romance novels and short stories. Her Civil War romance novel A Place in Your Heart, was a 2016 RWA Northwest Houston Chapter, Lone Star Winner and her western novel Lost Hearts, was a 2008 Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist.

Kathy has been writing and making up stories as long as she can remember. Her first short story, Redemption of a Cavalier was published in 2006 and she has moving forward ever since. Her fifth novel is near completion and soon to be sent to her editor.

Recently, Kathy became a certified book coach helping clients bring their writing vision to life. She also teaches classes on writing craft both on-line and in person at workshops and conferences. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walking her German shepherd through the woods and fields near her home or curling up with a good book and her cat.

You can contact Kathy through her website



Fritze RobertsFritze Roberts

(She/they) serves on the board of Pennwriters as the Bylaws Chair and works as a freelance editor at She has presented at multiple writers’ conferences on writing diverse characters and the writing life for over ten years. Under the pressure of the pandemic, she became a semi-willing, stay-at-home parent. She writes speculative fiction.

To learn more about her, visit or find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.




Debra Rae Sanchez

Debra Rae Sanchez

Debra R. Sanchez has moved over thirty far. She and her husband have three adult children, six grandchildren, and a dog. She leads and attends various writing groups in the Pittsburgh area and also hosts writing retreats. In addition, she teaches and tutors Spanish and ESL to people of all ages and is a freelance (English/Spanish) translator.

Her bilingual picture book And My Mother Cried/Y Mi Mamá Lloró won The Author Zone TAZ Award for "Best Children's Book 2017" and her writing guide Prompted, Prodded, Published: How Writing Prompts Can Help All Writers was awarded 2nd place TAZ Award in the business book category. In 2018, her book Raw & Unfinished received a TAZ award in the poetry division. In 2020, her bilingual picture book What's that Noise? ¿Qué ruido es? was published. In 2021, she had two bilingual picture books published; Chocolate Spaghetti for Breakfast/Espaguetis de Chocolate para el Desayuno and So Much Fun/¡Muy Divertido! and also another writing guide book, Looks Matter: Beyond Judging the Cover. In 2022, her bilingual picture book Flutter Me By/Pelusas de Hadas was released. Her other writing has won awards at writers’ Conferences in various genres, including children's stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Several of her plays and monologues have been produced and published. Her other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.

Debra graduated from Westminster College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a double minor in English and Writing. Debra is also a writing coach, freelance translator (English/Spanish) and language tutor (Spanish/ESL). Her writing is as varied as her publisher’s genres, and several of her books have been published. Her other work has been published in literary magazines (print and online) and several of her plays and monologues have been published and/or produced. You can find more information about her on her website:



Mary SuttonMary Sutton

 Writing as Liz Milliron, Mary Sutton is the author of the Laurel Highlands mystery series, starring a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a Fayette County public defender in the scenic Laurel Highlands of southwest Pennsylvania. She is also the author of the Homefront Mysteries, set in Buffalo, NY in the early years of WWII. The series features Betty Ahern, a Rosie the Riveter turned Sam Spade. Liz is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the current Vice President. She is also a member of International Thriller Writers, Pennwriters, and the Historical Novel Society. Liz splits her time between homes in Pittsburgh and the Laurel Highlands, where she lives with her husband and a very spoiled retired-racer greyhound. Visit Mary on her website at:


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