Who We Are

Our community is what drives us. Our members come from all over the world and from all walks of life. It is within this interplay of skill, knowledge, and sheer diversity that we better ourselves and our work!

FOUNDERS

Odin Hartshorn Halvorson

Odin Hartshorn Halvorson is a writer, geek, and hopeful futurist. A graduate from Stonecoast MFA, his work has been published in Collective Realms (nominated for the Pushcart prize), Book XI: a journal of literary philosophy, Eastern Structures, Duende Literary, The Stonecoast Review, and two anthology collections from Enso Publishing. He has also self-published three poetry collections, including a chapbook of ELH Haiku. He writes avidly for his Medium.com blog @indubitablyodin, with pieces like Hard Work: The Greatest Con, and “Becoming Superman” The Book All Writers Need to Read receiving critical attention.



Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews has taught poems professionally in a diverse array of Sonoma County schools since 2013, with the California Poets in the Schools program. He received a degree in Modern Poetry, ecopoetics, cultural studies, and literature from The Evergreen State College. His short fiction has been published both in the webzine Wild Violet and an anthology of modern twists on ancient western fairy tales entitled A Fitting End.


Staff

Kim Jerkovits

Kim Jerkovits is a student currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in English, with ambitions to gain a Masters in Library Science, or Library and Information Studies. She hopes to someday become a librarian at either a school or public library, and pursue creative writing on the side. She has always had a deep love of stories and story-telling, and she writes as a passionate hobby.


Volunteer workshop leaders

The RTW community is host to many eclectic and talented individuals who volunteer their time to lead instructional workshops in a wide variety of subjects.

Carson Brand

Carson Brand is a screenwriter who worked his way up through the Hollywood production ranks on "Modern Family," making the climb from Intern to Writers Assistant in just a few years. He found his first writing credit on the sitcom "Outmatched," and desperately hopes that Fox cancelling the show soon after wasn't an omen over his career. Find him on Twitter, here.

Brendon Phipps

Brendon Phipps is a screenwriter and novelist based in Seattle, WA. An avid world traveler and jack-of-all-trades, his interests abound into the wacky, the ancient, the linguistic and even the astra-theoretical. A lover of SciFi and fantasy, creating and exploring fascinating worlds has become a favorite pastime of his. He created the dual-edition anthology series The Apocrypha Files, a science fiction miniseries Restoration, a string of Dungeons and Dragons RPG campaign books collectively called The Oracle Planes, and is currently working on a space opera series called Stardancer. You're more than welcome to track him down on several social media and blog sites, but he's rarely active on any of them as much as he should be.

Dyani Sabin

Dyani Sabin is a freelance science journalist and current MFA student in popular fiction at the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. Originally from Ohio, she studied biology at Oberlin College, and has a master’s in science journalism from NYU. She has published non-fiction in Inverse, Scientific American, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and Popular Science, among others. Her micro-fiction appears in Story Seed Vault , and she has a space opera novel in the works. She’s gotten equally lost in both cornfields and libraries. You can find her on twitter @DyaniSabin

Katrina Ray-Saulis

Katrina Ray-Saulis is a writer and creator living in Maine. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and an MFA from Stonecoast USM. Katrina lives with her wife and their pets in a 200 year old house that was once used as the local undertaker. She thrives off of coffee and literature and uses sitcoms to quiet her overactive mind. Visit her website, here.