Samantha Chang: Fiction – Samantha Chang is the author of two novels – All Is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost and Inheritance, as well as a story collection, Hunger. Hunger was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Inheritance won the PEN/Beyond Margins Prize for the Novel. Samantha is the recipient of writing fellowships from Princeton University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundations, and has been a frequent Writer-In-Residence at the Napa Valley, Bread Loaf, and Sarah Lawrence Writing Workshops. Her fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is a professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Eric Freeze: Non-Fiction – An alumnus of the 2010 Paris Writers Workshop in creative nonfiction, Dr. Eric Freeze is author of two books, Dominant Traits (Dufour 2012) and Hemingway on a Bike (University of Nebraska Press 2014). He has published short stories, translations, and essays in numerous periodicals including Harvard Review, The Southern Review, and Boston Review. He is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts award and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. A native of Alberta, Canada, Eric Freeze now divides his time between Indiana where he teaches creative writing at Wabash College and Nice, France.
Judith Merians: Screenwriting – Judith Merians serves as a consultant to independent film producers in structuring their film projects, securing film financing, and developing film production companies. She teaches The Business of the Film Industry at the University of California at Los Angeles, Extension Film School, where she has been an adjunct professor for 23 years. She also currently teaches at Filmakademie Baden Wurttenburg, Germany and at Danube University, Krems, Austria.
Judith has worked in multiple aspects of film production for various Hollywood studios and independent film companies including Paramount, Warner Bros., Fox, and ABC Motion Pictures for 27 years. She has been integrally involved in more than 300 studio and independently produced films. In addition Judith has been a literary agent for screenwriters at Artists Media Agency.
Judith created and presented “A Night At The Movies” for The American Film Library in Paris, a well-received series of lectures on “books-into-films”, and held several workshops in Paris on screenwriters and the marketplace. In the past she has taught at the Los Angeles Film School, the American Film Institute, the Moscow Film School, the Tokyo Film School, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has taken part in many entertainment industry conferences as a speaker, organizer, and facilitator including six consecutive years at the Cannes Film Festival, and various seminars presented by the American Film Market, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, Women in Film, and Showbiz Expo. She has written articles for the premiere film publication Variety and has had articles on the entertainment industry published in five countries.
Nahid Rachlin: Novella & Short Story – Nahid Rachlin’s publications include a memoir, Persian Girls (Penguin), four novels, Jumping Over Fire (City Lights), Foreigner (W.W. Norton), Married To A Stranger (E.P. Dutton-City Lights), The Heart’s Desire (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, Veils (City Lights). Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah. One of her stories was adopted by Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts,” and was aired on NPR’s around the country. She has written reviews and essays for New York Times, Newsday, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Other grants and awards she has received include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Nadine Rachlin has taught creative writing at Bernard College, Yale University and currently at the New School University and at a wide variety of writers’ conferences, including Paris Writers Conference, Geneva Writers Conference and Yale Writers Conference.
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