Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2020 Philadelphia Writing Workshop.



Screen Shot 2019-12-05 at 4.15.24 PMKell 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.”


Screen Shot 2019-12-05 at 4.23.08 PMJulie 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.


Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 3.46.49 PMLisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. (See all her novels here.)

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.