This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2020 Philadelphia Writing Workshop.
Xio Axelrod is a USA Today best-selling author of different flavors of contemporary romance. She is a 2018 RONE Winner and 2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medalist – Camden, and a 2018 Passionate Plume Finalist – Fast Forward.
At the 2020 Philadelphia workshop, Xio is teaching on romance writing. She is also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.
Xio writes what she likes to call strange, twisted tales. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, no-so-secret name).
She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and several part-time cats.
Kell Andrews writes picture books, short fiction, poetry, and novels. Her work, including the previously published books, THE BOOK DRAGON (Sterling, 2018, illustrated by Eva Chatelain), MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE (Sterling, 2016, illustrated by Lissy Marlin), and DEADWOOD (Spencer Hill, 2014), has been honored as Children’s Book of the Month/Children’s Book Club, Barnes & Noble Best Picture Book, B&N National Storytime, finalist in the Green Earth Book Awards, finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards, and finalist in the OpenIDEO Early Childhood Book Challenge. Her poetry and fiction have also been published in Spider and Ladybug. (See all her books here.)
At the 2020 Philly conference, Kell is teaching on picture book writing, and offering critiques as an add-on element to attendees.
“I’m also mom to two funny, curious, and brave daughters who inspire the characters in my books. During the day I’m a writer, editor, and content manager for higher education. A committed generalist, I have a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I live in Wynnewood, PA with my husband, daughters, and two dogs.”
Julie Eshbaugh is a published young adult fiction author.
At the 2020 Philly conference, Julie is teaching on how to write awesome YA & MG, and also doing manuscript critiques as an add-on element for attendees.
Julie lives with her husband and son outside Philadelphia. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. Julie’s new YA fantasy, Crown of Oblivion, came out from HarperTeen November 2019. She is also the author of Ivory and Bone, (HarperTeen 2016,) and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars, (HarperTeen 2017.) See all her books here.
Julie is a member of the group writing blog Pub(lishing) Crawl, where she posts regularly.
At the 2020 Philly conference, Lisa is teaching on how to write awesome mystery & thriller novels, and she is also offering critiques as an add-on element to attendees.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.
Eric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary.
At the 2020 Philly workshop, Eric is teaching a class and meeting with writers one-on-one for pitches.
Eric began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine’s Books section, and more. A published author with Quirk Books and Bloomsbury, he seeks to give his authors the same amount of love his writing has received. Follow him on Twitter: @ericsmithrocks
Eric is seeking: Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.
Bibi Lewis is a literary agent with The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.
At the 2020 Philadelphia workshop, Bibi is teaching a class on subsidiary rights, and also meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.
She is seeking: “I am currently looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture books, as well as Commercial and Upmarket Fiction. In all genres I am looking for contemporary realism, fantasy, mysteries, historicals and lots of humor. I have a soft spot for heists and sleuths (and would especially love to see a new YA Harriet the Spy or Veronica Mars!) as well as twisty thrillers. On the Adult side, I am looking for anything smart, sharp and witty — but specifically for Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers. Well-developed characters are a must. I always welcome diverse narratives, including but not limited to LGBTQ or minority voices.”
Bibi manages subsidiary rights for the agency in addition to her duties as an agent and general office manager.