What We Do

Writers & Publishers International connects writers with editors, publishers and literary agents through educational programs, local workshops, and international retreats and conferences. We promote the work of emerging and established writers by fostering community and international connection and collaboration.

Our activities:

CREATIVE WRITING COURSES, LECTURES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS & RETREATS for the international community;

COMMUNITY WRITING WORKSHOPS, programs in schools and local organizations to promote literacy and writing among children, youth and adults in the Murcia community;

LITERACY & CREATIVE WRITING EUROPE, educational courses and workshops training youth workers and facilitators to use creative writing in projects aimed at young people with less opportunities and youth at risk of social exclusion.

About Our Teachers

BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, including the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann’s Tongue. His collection A Collapse of Horses: Stories is forthcoming in 2016. Evenson has also translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, David B., and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. From 2003 to 2015, he was Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in Brown University’s Literary Arts Department but has accepted a new position to teach at CalArts in Valencia, California in 2016.

Retreat Transylvania 2016

ELIZABETH ENGSTROM is the author of fourteen books and has over 250 short stories, articles, and essays in print. A Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Fiction Collection for her book Nightmare Flower, her work has appeared on the Library Journal “Best Seller List.” In 2014 her short novel Candyland was adapted into the film titled Candiland, starring Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal. Engstrom is also a highly sought-after teacher and keynote speaker at writing conferences, conventions, and seminars around the world. She has a BA in Literature/Creative Writing, and an MA in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. Her most recent nonfiction book is How to Write a Sizzling Sex Scene, and her most recent novel is Baggage Check, a thriller. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her fisherman-husband and their dog where she is on the board of directors for Wordcrafters in Eugene. She teaches the occasional writing class, puts her pen to use for social justice, and is always working on her next book.

Retreat Spain 2016

RICHARD THOMAS is the author of six books— Breaker (Random House Alibi, 2016), Disintegration (Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications), and two short story collections, Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press) and Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), as well as one novella of Four Corners (Dzanc Books). With over 100 stories published, his credits include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Pear Noir!, Chrial Mad 2, and Shivers VI (with Stephen King and Peter Straub). He has won contests at ChiZine, One Buck Horror, and Jotspeak and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations to date. He is also the editor of three anthologies: The New Black (Dark House Press), The Lineup (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk.

Retreat Transylvania 2015

Meet Our Team

Tausha Johnson is the poet. She holds an M.Litt in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and a Baccalaureate in English Literature from UC Berkeley. She a long history teaching creative writing throughout Europe, including courses and projects commissioned by the Council of Europe such as Write Now, Write Our Future, Sharp Quills and Literacy Theatre: Using Poetry and Performance in the Adult Workshop. Her poetry and prose have appeared in various online and print publications, most recently HWA Poetry Showcase, Danse Macabre and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She is the author of Writing Reloaded, a workshop companion for teachers and facilitators. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in the countryside of Spain with her husband, four dogs and three cats. She blogs at killyourdarlingswriter.com

Ina Lolescu is the philanthropist. For over a decade, she has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and philanthropy. She has coordinated and organized many projects and events on national and international levels, including projects with The European Commission and the Council of Europe, as well as various international NGOs such as Save the Children.

She is also the Director of Asociación Prorise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring young people in personal and professional development. Ina has a BA in Communications as well as MAs in Project Management and Training of Trainers. She is originally from Romania and when not working on projects throughout Europe, resides in Murcia, Spain.

Pepe Romero is the online designer. He holds a BA in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Murcia.

When he’s not designing for WPI, you can find him working as:

  • Director of CoWeb, an online marking and web design company;
  • Co-founder of Ceproem, Business consulting and training company;
  • Coordinator of Plan Mediterráneo, an online platform about nutrition.
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