We are pleased to bring writers from all walks of life to facilitate our workshops. The Advanced Writing Workshop will be led by award-winning author and publisher, Kaylie Jones, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Judy Mandel. Included with the Retreat will be a beginning writing course taught by J. Patrick Redmond, author of the acclaimed novel Some Go Hungry.

K. JonesKaylie Jones

KAYLIE JONES has published seven books, including a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, and her most recent novel, The Anger Meridian. Her novel A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.


J. MandelJudy L. Mandel

JUDY L. MANDEL is the author of the New York Times Best SellerReplacement Childa memoir, [Seal Press 2013). She is a writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and senior editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Judy also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook Southampton. Judy’s essays, articles and short stories have appeared in Kveller.com, 34th Parallel, The Tishman Review, Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Magazine, The Southampton Review and other publications. Additional information can be found at her website.



J. Patrick Redmond (1)J. Patrick Redmond

J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Presently he teaches English Composition at the University of Southern Indiana and has in the past taught The Art of Creative Writing at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.