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Christina Consolino--Author, Editor, Writing Instructor

Christina Consolino is the co-author of Historic Photos of University of Michigan and has had work featured in HuffPost, Short Fiction Break, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair Community College, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where she serves as Senior and Profiles Editor. She is a founding member of The Plot Sisters, a local writing group that strives to offer compassionate writing critiques and promote literary citzenship. She is also a member of the board of Antioch Writers' Workshop. Along with writing and editing, Christina teaches anatomy and physiology at Sinclair Community College. Learn more about Christina at


Jeanne Estridge--Author, Writing Instructor

After years of working as a computer programmer and writing as a hobby, Jeanne returned to college and earned a Master’s Certificate in  Romance Writing from McDaniel College in Baltimore. In 2015 her romantic comedy, Demons Don’t, won the RWA® Golden Heart® for Paranormal Romance.


Katrina Kittle--Author, Writing Instructor

Katrina Kittle is from the Dayton area and the author of four novels for adults--Traveling Light,Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals--and one novel for tweens, Reasons to Be Happy. The Kindness of Strangers was a BookSense pick and was the Fiction winner for the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards. 

Katrina is a graduate of Ohio University and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville. She has been on faculty for the Antioch Writers' Workshop, the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the Chicago Writers Association Conference, The Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference, and the Writer's Block Conference in Louisville. She is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton.    

For more information on Katrina or her books, visit her website at

Heather Martin--Writer, Editor, Instructor 

Heather Martin has been a professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years. She started MartinInk, an editorial services business, in 2015 and has clients in such industries as banking, real estate, health care, and technology.

Heather develops and writes thought leadership content for blogs, websites, social media, and print publications and specializes in translating subject matter expertise into accessible, concise messages.

She is the former editor and publisher of the Dayton Business Journal and the former editorial director at Innovative InterChange Associates, an organizational development firm in Dayton.

Heather has a bachelor's degree in English from Wittenberg University and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a past chair of the community resource board at WYSO 91.3 FM and has served on other local boards and committees. She was named a Women in Business Networking Top 25 Women to Watch in 2019 and is a DBJ 40 Under 40 alumni and a graduate of Leadership Dayton. She also chaired WYSO's community resource board and served on several area nonprofit and business organization boards. She has been a member of the Downtown Dayton Rotary Club (off and on) since 2004 and has chaired the speaker planning and Rotary Reads committees. 

Darren McGarvey--Owner, Writing Coach, Instructor
Darren McGarvey is an award winning teacher, writer, and program facilitator and a trained public speaker with an extensive background in various writing fields. His desire to write full-time and to contribute to the talented writing community in Dayton, Ohio has led him to start Word’s Worth Writing Connections. He taught various disciplines of writing at Lakota East High School, Stivers School for the Arts, and Wright State University. He is currently an AP English, Creative Writing, and Theatre teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School.

His personal writing pursuits include: cover stories and book reviews in the Dayton City Paper,  two years of writing instruction at StoryStudio Chicago, a completed novel, and a collection of short stories. Darren’s writing has been published in a number of educational programs and textbooks for companies such as McGraw-Hill, Glencoe/Jamestown Education, Thomson Publishing, Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston, and Scholastic Reading Association. He has worked on both the creation and assesment of standardized tests for high school students.

Most recently, Darren's short story, "The Graveyard Game", was awarded 3rd place in the Dayton Daily News Short Story Writing Competition. Also, his short story, Smoke Break, was published in the March-May 2009 edition of an east coast journal. His writing is also featured in Managing Interactive Media Projects by Tim Frick. He received his certificate in editing from the Graham School at the University of Chicago and received his Master's degree in the teaching of writing from Miami University in the summer of 2011.

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