Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2019 Cleveland Writing Workshop.

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 5.37.03 PM.pngJacqueline Lipton is a literary agent with Storm Literary Agency, law professor, and the director of Authography LLC, a company dedicated to helping authors and artists with legal and business issues.

She writes fiction and law books, and holds an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts as well as a Ph.D. in law from Cambridge University. She loves reading and writing speculative fiction and is the mother of three children and (apparently) three cats. She has written over half a dozen academic legal books, and her new book, LAW & AUTHORS: A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS is forthcoming from University of California Press.

At the 2019 workshop, she is teaching on copyrights, contracts and legal issues for writers. She will also be meeting with writers one-on-one to take pitches.


Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 3.23.45 PM.pngBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the former online editor of His blog during his tenure there, The Writer’s Dig—which covered everything writing and publishing—was one of the largest blogs in the writing community.

Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron. Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

Along with teaching at the 2019 event, Brian is offering query critiques for attendees


Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 12.04.00 PM.pngD.M. Pulley lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, two sons, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a professional engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures.

Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She is also the author of The Buried Book and The Unclaimed Victim. Her latest historical mystery, No One’s Home, is due out September 1, 2019.

At the 2019 Cleveland event, D.M. will not only be teaching a course on mystery/crime/thriller/suspense writing, but she will also be critiquing manuscripts for attendees.