Writer's Digest Staff

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Writer's Digest's mission is to help ignite writers' creative vision and connect them with the community, education and resources they need to bring it to life. WD's staff—all avid readers and writers themselves—embraces that mission, fully immersed in the writing community in their professional and creative lives.

Amy Jones

Amy Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest and was previously the managing editor of Writer's Digest Books. Prior to joining the WD team, Amy was the managing editor for North Light Books and IMPACT Books, where she met lots of talented artists who helped her find her artistic side and encouraged her to buy far more art supplies than she should have. Like most WD staffers, Amy is a voracious reader and has a particular interest in literary fiction, historical fiction, and page-turning mysteries. When she’s not reading, Amy can be found daydreaming about Italy or volunteering at the Ohio Alleycat Resource, her local no-kill cat shelter. Find Amy on Twitter @AmyMJones_5.

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Editor of Writer's Digest, which includes editing Writer's MarketPoet's Market, and Guide to Literary Agents. He's the author of Solving the World's Problems and Smash Poetry Journal. He loves blogging on a variety of writing and publishing topics, but he's most active with Poetic Asides and writes a column under the same name for Writer's Digest magazine. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script magazine and a Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, where she writes the regular screenwriting column, Take Two, for Writer's Digest magazine. Stephanie Palmer listed Jeanne as one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers." She is Co-Founder of #WritersStrong as well as Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote a Tracking Board Top 25 Launch Pad Competition selected script, the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. More information can be found on her website. Follow @jeannevb on Twitter and @jeannevb_ on Instagram.

Cassie Lipp

Cassie Lipp is the associate managing editor of Writer's Digest and the author of the 2017 book Queen City Records, which tells the stories behind the indie record shops of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She teaches poetry writing for the University of Cincinnati's Communiversity program and is a co-founder of Naturalized Publishing. Her hobbies include reading her poems at open mic poetry nights, practicing modern dance and shopping at thrift stores. Follow her on Twitter @Cassie000000.

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall is the Digital Content Director for Writer’s Digest University and Screenwriting University. She has worked in online education since 2016 and has a passion for bringing remote learning opportunities to creative people all over the world. She is a constant reader and has a particular love for fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahReadsItAll.

Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson is an Instructional Designer for Writer's Digest and Writer's Digest University. She has worked in online education since 2001 as well as taught as an adjunct instructor at a local community college. She has her MS in Psychology with an emphasis in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She lives with her two dogs Dori and Corey, and three kitties. You can follow her on Twitter @sueajohnsonco.

Taylor Sferra

Taylor Sferra is the event director for Writer’s Digest. She’s worked in event management for the past ten years, almost seven of which have been with Writer’s Digest. When she’s not planning the next conference, Taylor likes to read works by past and current speakers and recommend them to her book club, chase after her two boys, travel with her family, volunteer with Autism Speaks, and explore her adopted city of Cincinnati. You can find her on Twitter @TaylorSferra.

Lyn Menke

Lyn Menke has managed registration for the Writer’s Digest's live conferences since 2016. She likes to garden, and read mysteries or anything having to do with Alaska or the history of the National Parks. Since watching a PBS special about the Great Lodges of the National Parks, Lyn has visited more than 10 parks and stayed in the lodges at most of those. When not spending time with her grandchildren, she dog-sits for friends and regularly donates platelets at the local blood bank.

Jill Ruesch

Jill Ruesch has been handling the media and event sales for Writer’s Digest and Script since 2011. She has worked in publishing and media her entire career, mostly in sales. She loves to read and enjoys nonfiction nature and adventure travel books. Prior to working in the writing community she was a rep with Horticulture magazine and developed a deep love of gardening. She enjoys being outdoors digging, weeding, planting, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and even shoveling.

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