September 2015 Workshop Leaders and Speakers

Todd Johnson McCaffrey, Author

Todd Johnson McCaffreyTODD JOHNSON MCCAFFREY wrote his first science-fiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. He has written eight books in the Pern universe both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey.

Recent works include the collection The One Tree of Luna (And Other Stories) and the science-thriller City of Angels.

He has two short stories, Rhubarb and Beets and Red Roses, bookending the forthcoming anthology, One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn Anthology.

He is the editor of Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern (Benbella, August 2013).
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Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Author

Elizabeth Ann Scarboroughs. Photo credit: Lea Day.Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the author of 38 fantasy/science fiction books, including the Nebula-award winning HEALER’S WAR and 16 novels in collaboration with Anne McCaffrey.

CATALYST (2009-2010 Del Rey Books) and CATACOMBS (2010-2011 Dec Del Rey Books available in print, e-book and audio book formats), the Tales of the Barque Cats, are her most recent books with Ms. McCaffrey. She’s written 24 solo novels, over 50 short stories (many about cats) and has edited 4 short story anthologies.
Her most recent novel is THE TOUR BUS OF DOOM, set in a town suspiciously like Port Townsend, WA. The third story featuring the heroic Spam the cat, THE TOUR BUS OF DOOM is a tour de farce on the current zombie craze. The first book in the series, SPAM VS THE VAMPIRE, pitted the intrepid feline hero against his cat-mom’s misguided romance with a vampire. Bridging the books is a Christmas novelette, FATHER CHRISTMAS. It is available at online retailers as a print-on-demand book and online as an e-book from all of the large outlets. Recently she has teamed up with artist Karen Gillmore to produce another Spam story, SPAM AND THE SASQUATCH, as a comic.

Her current project is a new book set in the SONGS FROM THE SEASHELL ARCHIVES milieu, but is going forward in time to the steampunk era of Argonia, which is a bit different from Victorian London. The book is partially supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Scarborough is best known for her versatility in subject matter and her humorous writing style. A former army nurse and RN, she is also a well-known bead artist and pattern designer and is the full time employee of two black cats, Cisco and Pancho, technical consultants for her last three books.

Bill Johnson, Writer/Instructor

Bill JohnsonBill Johnson is web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing, a site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays (, and author of A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, available on Amazon. His short plays have been produced around the United States. Bill is currently office manager for Willamette Writers, a Pacific Northwest non-profit writing group with 1,500 members. He has taught at writing conferences around the United States and read submissions for a literary agent.

John Lovett, Screenwriter

John LovettJohn Lovett has over twenty years of experience as a producer, screenwriter, and military technical adviser for television and film productions. Writer or co – writer of two produced movies as well as over one hundred television or motion picture scripts. He has taught screenwriting and motion picture production at national writers conferences. Leading a private screenwriting group in Los Angeles of over twenty members, served as creative mentor for screenwriters and writers. Produced over 100 podcasts for LA Screenwriter and Two Script Guys on screenwriting, creativity, and interfacing with the television and motion picture industries.