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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 Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest and was previously the managing editor of Writer's Digest Books. Prior to joining the WD team, she was the managing editor for North Light Books and IMPACT Books. Like most WD staffers, Amy is a voracious reader and has a particular interest in literary fiction, historical fiction, page-turning mysteries, and steamy, diverse romance. She is a volunteer for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and at Ohio Alleycat Resource, her local no-kill cat shelter. Find Amy on Twitter at @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.

Moriah Richard

Moriah Richard is Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest. Since obtaining her MFA in fiction, she has worked with over 100 authors to help them achieve their publication dreams. As a reader, she’s most interested in horror, fantasy, and romance, although she will read just about anything with a great hook. Beyond the page, she enjoys cooking, World of Warcraft, and playing endless hours of fetch with her golden retriever. Find Moriah on Twitter @MoriahRichard93.

Michael Woodson

Michael Woodson is Editor of Writer's Digest. Previously, he was the Editorial and Marketing Assistant for Blue Manatee Press, and the Associate Editor for Artists Magazine and Drawing magazine. He is the cohost and cocreator of the podcast Book It, where he and his cohost Jill Burket-Ragase talk about books, frankly. A lifelong reader with a librarian mother, Michael particularly loves literary fiction, books in verse, and middle grade fiction. When he's not reading or writing, Michael's at the movies, trying out a new recipe, or snuggling up with his dog while trying to convince his husband that they should adopt another one. Find him online at michaelwoodson.com.

Sadie Dean

Sadie Dean is Editor and Digital Content Manager of Script Magazine and co-host of Reckless Creatives podcast. She has served the screenwriting community for nearly a decade by providing resources, contests, consulting, events, and education for screenwriters across the globe. Sadie is an accomplished writer herself and her work has been optioned, written on spec, and produced. Additionally, she has worked as a Script Supervisor on projects for WB, TBS, and AwesomenessTV, as well as many independent productions. She has also produced music videos, short films, and a feature documentary film. Follow Sadie on Twitter @SadieKDean.

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 and general manager 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 three 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.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith serves as Advertising Director for the Writing Community. A 28-year veteran of media sales and marketing and father of 2 college students, Kevin is an avid golfer, jazz lover, sports fan, and book worm. Connect with Kevin to learn more about advertising with Writer's Digest.

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