Janet Fitch is the best selling author of the White Oleander, an Oprah’s book club pick, translated into 28 languages and the subject of a feature film; Paint it Black, widely translated and recently made into a film directed by Amber Tamblyn; and The Revolution of Marina M. an epic novel of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution. Her short fiction and essays have been published in anthologies and journals such as Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Real Simple. She teaches frequently—most recently at the Esalen Institute and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where she will be in residence this summer. She will be facilitating a writer’s retreat at Idyllwild Arts April 5-7, 2019. Her popular Writing Wednesday writing tip videos can be found on her author Facebook page. For more about Janet, check her website, www.janetfitchwrites.com.
David Francis is an Australian lawyer and novelist, based in Los Angeles. He is the author of three novels: the Great Inland Sea, published in seven languages, Stray Dog Winter, winner of an American Library Association Prize for Literature, and Wedding Bush Road, released in the U.S. in 2017. He chairs PEN America’s newly-formed Los Angeles Committee. See www.davidfranciswriter.com.