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Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for 10 years, author, comedian. He won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host for “Celebrity Name Game,” and can be heard nightly on The Craig Ferguson Show on SiriusXM. Read more about Craig.

Liza Donnelly, award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, resident cartoonist for CBS News and author/editor of 18 books. Her drawings and writing can also be seen in The New York Times, Medium, Forbes, Politico and other major publications. Read more about Liza.

John Grogan, author of the international #1 bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, a memoir and numerous children’s books. Read more about John.

Karen Walrond, bestselling author, photographer, coach and speaker who inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness, through the power of storytelling. Read more about Karen.

Monica Piper, Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and stand-up comic who has written for sitcoms Roseanne, Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet, and was the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats. She starred in her own Showtime special, “No, Monica, Just You” and was nominated by the American Comedy Awards as one of the top five female comedians in the country. Read more about Monica.



Patricia Wynn Brown, performer, producer and author of Hair-A-Baloo: The Revealing Comedy and Tragedy on Top of Your Head and Momma Culpa: One Mother Comes Clean and Makes her Maternal Confession. She has performed her humor-memoir Hair Theater shows nationally. Funny and gracious, she returns for her fourth stint as emcee. Read more about Pat.


Wendy Liebman, stand-up comic who’s performed on Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, Ferguson and Hollywood Squares. She was a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent. She returns to host the Attendee Stand-Up Comedy Night. Read more about Wendy.


Anna Lefler, author, comedian and lifelong fangirl and devotee of Erma Bombeck, will recognize the two winners of the inaugural A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program. Read more about Anna.


Lauren E. Abramo, vice president, subsidiary rights director and literary agent for Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Read more about Lauren.

Tracy Beckerman, nationally syndicated humor columnist and the author of two books, including Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs. Read more about Tracy.

Dr. Nancy Berk, clinical psychologist, author, online entertainment columnist for Parade magazine, adjunct professor and host of the celebrity podcast “Whine At 9.” Read more about Nancy.

David Braughler, founder and CEO of Braughler Books. Read more about David.

Donna Cavanagh, founder of and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press, which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books. Author of five books, she penned How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans. Read more about Donna.

Joni B. Cole, author of the newly released Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier and two other books. She serves on the faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and teaches writing in the Writer’s Center in Vermont. Read more about Joni.

Arielle Eckstut, agent-at-large with Levine Greenberg Literary Agency in New York and the author of nine books, including The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Read more about Arielle.

Jane Friedman, writer, teacher and speaker with 20 years of experience in the publishing industry with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. Read more about Jane.

T. Faye Griffin, award-winning humorist who has put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, politicians and everyday folk alike. From A&E to BET to PBS, she has amassed an impressive list of writing credits that include the landmark comedy series In Living Color. Read more about T. Faye.

Lauretta Hannon, bestselling author, Huffington Post blogger, speaker, performer, teacher and author of The Cracker Queen — A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life. Read more about Lauretta.

Kathy Kinney, perhaps best known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on the The Drew Carey Show, has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. She is the co-author, along with her friend Cindy Ratzlaff, of three books, Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You DeserveQueenisms: 101 Jolts of Inspiration and Queen of Your Own Life: If Not Now, When? Read more about Kathy.

Katrina Kittle, author of five novels, creative writing teacher and manuscript consultant. Read more about Katrina.

Leighann Lord, stand-up comedian, commentator, blogger and author of five e-books, including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget, Volumes 1 & 2 and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Read more about Leighann.

Joel Madison, sitcom writer for more than a dozen TV shows, including Roseanne and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Read more about Joel.

Peter Marino, playwright, novelist and emeritus English professor at SUNY Adirondack. Read more about Peter.

Kate McKean, vice president at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, literary agent and an adjunct professor at New York University. Read more about Kate.

Dinty W. Moore, author of 11 books, including The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, he edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction. Read more about Dinty.

Jessica Murnane, women’s health advocate, podcast host and author of One Part Plant. Read more about Jessica.

Anne Parris, blogger, marketer and owner of Midlife Boulevard, a lifestyle site for women. Read more about Anne.

Zachary Petit, journalist, magazine editor, photo dabbler and “lover of all things writerly, design-ish and nerd-like.” He is the author of three books, including The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work and Thrive On Your Own Terms. Read more about Zachary.

Susan Pohlman, essayist, editor/writing coach, retreat leader and author of the memoir Halfway to Each Other. Read more about Susan.

Cindy Ratzlaff, author, speaker and president of Brand New Brand You, Inc., a brand marketing and communications consulting firm. She is a 29-year veteran of the book publishing industry, having held executive positions at both Simon & Schuster and Rodale Inc. Read more about Cindy.

Julia Roberts, creativity coach and author of three books, including Sex, Lies & CreativityGender Differences in Creative Thinking. Read more about Julia.

Saba Sulaiman, literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services. Read more about Saba.

Mark Shatz, author of Comedy Writing Secrets who teaches humor writing and conducts research on the benefits of humor at Ohio University. Read more about Mark.

Sharon Short, executive director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, who has written the coming-of-age novel My One Square Inch of Alaska; two mystery series; and a collection of humorous essays. Read more about Sharon.

David Henry Sterry, co-founder of The Book Doctors and author of 16 books on a wide variety of subjects, from memoir to middle grade fiction. Co-wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Read more about David.

Jessica Strawser, editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest magazine, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade. A novelist, she wrote Almost Missed You and the upcoming Not That I Could Tell. Read more about Jessica.

Marion Winik, professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore and the author of nine books, among them First Comes LoveThe Glen Rock Book of the DeadHighs in the Low Fifties and The Lunch-Box Chronicles. Read more about Marion.

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