Get to Know a Faculty Member: Laura Lee Anderson

Screen Shot 2019-12-05 at 10.32.20 AMLaura Lee Anderson is a traditionally published author, freelance editor, actor, and urban youth mentor from the North Side of Pittsburgh. She is a mother of three. In 2010, she and her husband started Urban Impact Shakes, a semi-professional summer Shakespeare company for at-risk youth.

Her young adult contemporary novel, Song of Summer, was published by Bloomsbury Spark for publication in spring of 2015.

At the 2020 Pittsburgh workshop, Laura is critiquing young adult and middle grade (any kind) manuscript pages as an add-on element for attendees.



Get to Know a Faculty Member: Eve Porinchak

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

At the 2020 Pittsburgh workshop, Eve is offering critiques for attendees as an add-on element.

Please note that Eve is only critiquer who will not personally be at the Pittsburgh event. Instead, she is happy to have her 10-minute consultation meetings with writers over the phone or Skype.

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.

Get to Know a Faculty Member: Ashley Kunsa

Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 11.18.43 PMAshley Kunsa is a writing instructor and assistant professor of creative writing. At the 2020 Pittsburgh conference, she is critiquing manuscripts as an add-on element for attendees — literary fiction, historical fiction, women’s and mainstream fiction, and memoir.

Ashley Kunsa’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry appears in more than three dozen publications including The Writer magazine, the Los Angeles Review, Sycamore Review, and Quarter After Eight. Her writing has garnered awards from the A Room of Her Own foundation and Eastern Iowa Review, and she has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She holds a PhD in American literature from Duquesne University and an MFA in fiction from Penn State and is currently assistant professor of creative writing at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Additionally, she is co-founder and editor in chief of genre2, an online literary journal devoted to publishing writers’ best work outside their primary genre. You can find her online at