The James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat is proud to invite faculty across all genres and backgrounds to lead workshops. Our renowned faculty of published authors, editors, and creative writing professors are committed to providing insightful and constructive feedback to our writers. Below, you will find additional information about the JJWWR 2019 faculty.

DEVELOPMENTAL WORKSHOP

KAYLIE 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.

WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN

LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN, a fifth generation Midwesterner, is a descendent of farmers, butchers and salesmen. She grew up in central and western Ohio. She has a BA and MA in history. Loewenstein was a reporter, feature and obituary writer for several small daily newspapers. In her fifties, she returned to college for an MA in Creative Writing. Her first novel, UNMENTIONABLES (2014), was selected as a Midwest Connections pick and received a starred review from the Library Journal. Her current book, DEATH OF A RAINMAKER (2018), is the first of a mystery series set in the 1930s Dust Bowl. Loewenstein is an instructor at Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing where she co-teaches Research for Writers and coordinates the Writing Resource Center. After living in eastern Pennsylvania for many years, Loewenstein now resides in Columbia, Maryland, with her husband.

THE ART OF CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

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 and World Literature at the University of Southern Indiana.

THE ART OF CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

LAUREN J. SHARKEY

LAUREN J. SHARKEY’s debut novel, INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER, is forthcoming in 2020, and based on her experience as a Korean American adoptee. Sharkey is currently Managing Editor and Marketing & Web Development Coordinator for Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, Executive Assistant of the James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat, and Creative Nonfiction Editor at Reservoir Journal

Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Dear Adoption, and Blind Faith BooksI AM STRENGTH anthology.