Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2019 Philadelphia Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2018-12-17 at 1.55.01 PM.pngL.E. DeLano is a published writer of young adult fiction. She is represented by Jennifer Udden of New Leaf Literary. Her debut novel, TRAVELER, was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist for school year 2018-19 by the Keystone State Literacy Association and also voted one of The 20 Most Beautiful Books in the World for 2017 by MTV UK.

At the 2019 Philadelphia workshop, she is teaching on writing young adult and middle grade, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

L.E. is well known as a blogger and autism advocate under her alternate moniker, Ellie DeLano. She comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Netflix and planning road trips.


Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 8.16.11 PMChuck Sambuchino (@chucksambuchino) is a freelance editor, best-selling book author, and former longtime staffer for Writer’s Digest Books. For many years he edited the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET.

At the 2019 Philadelphia conference, he is teaching many courses on getting published, and critiquing attendee query letters.

His Guide to Literary Agents Blog was one of the largest blogs in publishing, and he wrote the platform guidebook CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM. His humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was optioned by Sony Pictures. Chuck’s books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, New York magazine, and many more media outlets. He is a successful freelance editor of queries, synopses, and manuscripts—seeing dozens of clients get agents or book deals following his consultations/edits. He loves meeting new writers.


Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 1.29.13 AM.pngWendy Tyson is a writer, lawyer, and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy writes three mystery series, the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the popular Allison Campbell Mystery Series (Henery Press), and the Delilah Percy Powers crime series (Down & Out Books). Wendy’s short stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has short fiction in two anthologies, The Night of the Flood and Betrayed. (See all her books here.) Wendy and her family live in Vermont.

At the 2019 Philadelphia conference, she will be teaching and also doing critiques for attendees.

In her own words: “I love determined, gutsy women. Women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want. Women who aren’t afraid to speak up, to laugh, to fight for the underdog, to fall in love. Women who aren’t afraid to live. Every day, I aspire to be that kind of woman. In the meantime, I write about them.”


Screen Shot 2019-09-07 at 11.23.03 PM.pngLisa Romeo is the author of Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, (University of Nevada Press, May, 2018). She works as an editor, teacher, and freelance book manuscript editor. Lisa’s work is listed in Best American Essays 2016 and 2018, and she has been nominated for additional BAE and Pushcart Prize awards.

At the 2019 Philadelphia workshop, she is teaching on memoir writing and getting published, and also critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees.

Her essays, articles, and nonfiction narratives appear regularly in literary venues, including Brevity, Longreads, Under the Sun, Barnstorm, Sweet, Front Porch Journal, Word Riot, Full Grown People, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Blue Lyra Review, Lunch Ticket, The Nervous Breakdown, and Sport Literate, among many others. Lisa’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Inside Jersey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Victoria, Brain Child, Palm Beach Illustrated, Babble, Motherwell, Your Tango, Purple Clover, NJ Bride, and New Jersey Monthly, among others. She’s also contributed to many essay anthologies.

Part of the founding faculty, Lisa is now Thesis Director for the Bay Path University MFA program, and she has taught previously at Rutgers and Montclair State Universities. She leads workshops for The Writers Circle in northern New Jersey, coaches writers privately, edits book manuscripts, and is an editorial consultant. She created and for six years ran the popular online *I Should be Writing* Boot Camp course for experienced writers of all genres.

While she’s traveling to talk about Starting with Goodbye, Lisa is also at work on her next book.


Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 2.06.14 PMEve Porinchak is an author, as well as a former literary agent.

At the 2019 workshop, Eve is offering critiques for attendees.

Since earning degrees in Biology and Psychology from UCLA, Eve has lived all over the planet and spent much of her time in and out of jail – as a creative writing teacher for teen inmates. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, Eve also attended medical school, served as a social worker with foster youth and homeless populations, and taught everything from first grade to college courses.

Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically – have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her first book, the critically acclaimed ONE CUT – a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s new young adult true crime line, Simon True.


Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 11.36.04 PM.pngMichelle S. Lazurek is an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services.

At the 2019 Philadelphia workshop, Michelle is teaching on the editing process, and also meeting with attendees for one-on-one pitches.

Personally, she seeks Christian nonfiction for adults, and picture books (secular and Christian) for children. That said, she is taking pitches for her entire agency and co-agents, and is happy to hear pitches for science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest for the agency include theology, Bible studies, religious/inspirational, professional, church issues, social/cultural issues, career, and reference. She takes both secular and Christian submissions. (No erotica or very vulgar manuscripts, please.)

About Michelle: “In 2009, I felt a calling on my life to start writing. Apart from some poems in high school, I had never written anything before. As I studied and wrote down my thoughts, I soon published my first book. Today, with nine titles in print and hundreds of articles (and a few awards along the way), I teach aspiring authors at writers’ conferences. Now I get the privilege to journey with them more closely, and help them achieve their dreams. I have a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University. When not occupied with literary pursuits, you can find me sipping a hot latte at Starbucks, reading a good book, or collecting records from the 1980s and 90s. I live with my husband, two children and our crazy dog, Cookie.”



Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 10.10.00 PM.pngEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary Agency.

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 Book Riot, Paste Magazine, Barnes & Noble’s blog, and more. As an author, he’s been published by Bloomsbury, Quirk, and Flux.

At the 2019 Philadelphia workshop, he is taking pitches, and also teaching the speech: “So You Have an Agent and/or Book Deal — Now What?”

He is seeking: He seeks adult science fiction and fantasy. “I’m looking for accessible fantasy and sci-fi, especially books that do a bit of genre blending. John Scalzi is probably the perfect example. Redshirts (sci-fi collides with pop culture) and Lock In (sci-fi smashed up with noir and mystery) are great comparables for what I love.” That said, no adult epic fantasy or military sci-fi, please. He likes adult literary & commercial/mainstream fiction: “Again, the sweet spot here, is work that does a bit of genre mashing. Think Station Eleven or The Last Policeman (one of my favorite books ever). I like literary novels with a splash of quirk.” Thrillers and mysteries are welcome, but no thrillers about terrorism, please. In young adult, he seeks contemporary, science fiction and fantasy — including diverse voices/books or genre blending. For nonfiction, he likes cookbooks (particularly ideas from bloggers), books that focus on pop culture and geekery, fun books that teach readers about the odd and the unique (a la Mary Roach), and essay collections & memoir from people who are writing and publishing pieces actively.

He is not seeking: middle grade, picture books, angel & demon love stories, heaven/hell stories, horror, or adult fiction about sports. (YA fiction about sports is fine.)



Screen Shot 2019-08-06 at 4.22.18 PMMarie Lamba is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary.

At the 2019 Philly workshop, she is teaching on picture book writing, and also meeting with attendees for one-on-one pitches. To learn more about what genres and types of books she seeks, see her agent page here.

Marie ( is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, of the picture book Green Green: A Community Gardening Story (Farrar Straus Giroux), and of the upcoming picture book A Day So Gray (Clarion). Her articles appear in more than 100 publications, and she’s a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. Marie has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion.