The writer's hotel 2018 teaching assistants

TWH Teaching Assistants provide substantial help to their fellow writers in all three genres, Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry, giving manuscript readings pre-conference and on-site meetings in NYC. TWH TAs are distinguished working writers and terrific and helpful readers and editors. TAs were individually nominated by TWH Editors to fill these special positions. Each TA attended TWH in a previous year, so that this group may help foster a healthy and vibrant TWH literary community. Together we are writers helping writers. We are writers for writers' sake. 

From top left: Scott Branks del Llano, Julie Carpenter and Jeff Hill. Second row, from left: Christine Kalafus, Parks Kugle, Margo Orlando Littell. Third row, from left: Marcia B. Loughran, Eileen Lynch and Scott McDaniel. Final row, from left: and Diane Oatley. 

Teaching Assistant Biographies (alphabetical, citing TWH genre focus)

Scott Branks Del Llano (Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry) is a poet, story teller, and avid traveler. He grew up in Colombia where he was raised among indigenous peoples. He completed his PhD in Humanities at University of Texas at Dallas. He teaches creative writing and coordinates peace and global human rights programs. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are published in various education monographs, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review for which he served as artistic editor. He is writing a novel, Song of Managraça, set near his home in the forested dunes of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique where he spends summers writing, reveling in nature, and contributing to the local community. 

Julie Carpenter (Fiction) is a former teacher, writer, and blogger at Sacred Chickens, a website that reviews both indie and popular books, publishes original content and otherwise explores the intersection of art and politics.  She lives on a small farm in Fayetteville, TN, a lovely and exasperating small southern town that has wormed its way into her heart and her fiction.

Jeff Hill (Fiction) is currently pitching two novels to agents while teaching high school English at Lincoln Northeast High School. He has also taught various creative writing modules in the Arts and Humanities FOCUS Program and Lincoln Southwest High School. He is a past participant of the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers and served as a TWH Teaching Assistant in 2016 and as TWH Faculty in 2017. Jeff is re-joining the TWH Faculty again in 2018 to instruct a Fiction Genre Lab with Scott Wolven. Jeff is also the Chief Creative Officer of He calls Nebraska and New York home and has dozens of publications to his name. 

Christine Kalafus (Nonfiction and Poetry) is a writer, editor, teacher, and addicted home remodeler. A published essayist, she recently completed her first book, the memoir Blueprint for Daylight. She is also a storyteller, performing to live audiences in Boston regularly. Her storytelling performance, “I Hear You Make Cakes,” was selected by The Moth for its national podcast. Since 2014, Christine has been spearheading free writing workshops in her community including those for female cancer survivors. She lives in the wilds of northeast Connecticut in a dilapidated farmhouse that needs her.

Parks Kugle (Fiction) writes in a variety of styles, including fantasy, magical realism, and historical fiction. He is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College for his MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction. He has lived in Austin and New Orleans where he has worked for media companies and non-profits. In New Orleans, he edited and published a small ‘zine titled Provocative. He is in the process of redrafting his first novel. He lives in the Bronx. 

Margo Orlando Littell (Fiction) grew up in a coal-mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Each Vagabond by Name (University of New Orleans Press, 2016), about grief, isolation, and xenophobia in Appalachia, won an IPPY Award Gold Medal for Mid-Atlantic Fiction and the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. It was long-listed for the 2017 Tournament of Books and was named one of 15 Great Appalachian Novels by Bustle. A portion of her novel-in-progress, The Distance from Four Points, was published in the July 2017 issue of Embark: A Literary Journal for Novelists. She has an MFA from Columbia and lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. 

Marcia B. Loughran’s work (Poetry) has appeared in The New Guard, Pennsylvania English, The Santa Clara Review, The Evansville Review, Ellipsis, and is upcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review. Her chapbook, Still Life with Weather, won the 2016 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Prize. Marcia received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2013. She reads her work with the Irish American Writers and Artists Salons, as well as Monologues and Madness at the Cornelia Street Café. Marcia is a nurse practitioner and lives in Queens, NY. 

Eileen Lynch (Fiction) is a writer, editor, and teacher who has lived in New Mexico and Illinois. After managing an ethics program for an international association, she switched careers to teach in a suburban Chicago high school. In addition to TWH, she has participated in writing workshops at the University of Chicago, Albuquerque, and Taos, New Mexico. She is pitching a novel dealing with children and gun violence while completing a new novel inspired by special education students. The city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs are a backdrop for her work. 

Scott McDaniel (Poetry) The work of Pushcart Prize nominated poet Scott McDaniel has been featured or is forthcoming in Mad Swirl, Deep South Magazine, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Common Ground Review and The New Guard. He has read throughout his home state of Arkansas as well as Castletownroche, Ireland and Manhattan. Scott began writing poetry at an early age and was encouraged to do so by his cousin, award-winning inaugural poet Miller Williams. He lives and works in his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas; a city outside of Memphis that is highly influenced by the culture of the Mississippi Delta. His writings reflect the unique hues, quirks and broken promises of the modern south.

Diane Oatley (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Translation) is a writer, independent scholar and translator. Originally from the US, she transferred to the University of Oslo in 1983, completing an MA in comparative literature there in 1990. She has a long list of non-fiction publication credits, predominantly in the field of dance studies, most recently with a focus on the traditions of Oriental dance and flamenco. Her dance writings include reviews as well as academic articles and creative non-fiction in peer review journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and journals in England and Norway and she has three volumes of poetry to her name, with publication of the third made possible through funding from Arts Council Norway.  She has translated a long list of fiction and non-fiction titles from Norwegian into English. In 2014 she received NORLA’s annual translator’s award for non-fiction. She is a member of the Norwegian Non-fiction Translators Association and the Norwegian chapter of P.E.N. Since 2005 she has divided her time between Oslo, Norway and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain where she is studying Flamenco dance and culture. She is currently writing her first novel.

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