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Here you can find out about the PWW Writing Weekend Instructors and Panelists. Details of the masterclasses are featured in the individual course descriptions or here.

class Instructors: 

Nicola Keegan
Susan Tiberghein
Alecia McKenzie

Discussion Panelists:

April Eberhardt

Alecia McKenzie

Caroline Vu

Gregory Messina

Instructor Bio


Nicola Keegan  Instructor for novel masterclass

Nicola Keegan is the author of  Swimming, published by Knopf 2009 and translated into twelve languages. It was a New York Time’s Editor’s Choice, selected for NPR’s Book’s We Love, one of Washington Post’s Best Books of 2009, and Number three in Time magazine’s Top Ten Fiction of 2009. She has just completed her second novel.  Nicola was born in Galway, Ireland and grew up in the United States, where she studied at the University of Iowa. She later moved to France and studied at the Sorbonne. Nicola now divides her time between France and Ireland.


Susan Tiberghien  Instructor for Craft Talk

Susan Tiberghien, an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of four memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Side by Side, Footsteps, and the popular writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her new book, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, was published by Chiron in 2018. For over twenty years Susan has been teaching creative writing at C.G. Jung Societies and Institutes, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences, both in the US and in Europe. An active member of International PEN, she founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (240 English-language writers) for twenty-five years.


Alecia McKenzie  Instructor for Craft Talk & Discussion Panelist

Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a web-site devoted to art and culture.

April Eberhardt Discussion Panel Moderator

After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, April Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. A self-described "literary change agent," April advises and assists authors worldwide as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, be it indie or traditional, digital or print. She serves as an industry advocate for establishing quality standards for non-traditionally published work to increase acceptance of independent publishing. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris. She also is a reader for the Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 


Caroline Vu  Discussion Panelist

Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu left her native country during the height of the Vietnam War. She lived in the US for two years before moving to Canada, where she works as a family doctor in a community health clinic. Caroline is the award-winning author of two novels: Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown. Both have been translated into French. Before embarking on the serious road to become a novelist, Caroline was a free lance journalist for the Tico Times, an English language weekly in Costa Rica where she’d lived from 2004 to 2007. Caroline has also contributed to The Medical Post and Doctor’s Review.


Gregory Messina  Discussion Panelist

Gregory Messina, originally from New York State, operates the Linwood Messina Literary Agency, in Paris. After graduating from Washington Univerity, he worked at the renowned Curtis Brown agency. He later worked in California at a talent agency, film production company and Hollywood studio. Gregory has lived in Paris since 2004, specializing in selling translation and other subsidiary rights for Edition Robert Laffont and Place des Editeurs before founding his own agency.

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