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Presenters and Instructors

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confirmed for the 2024 Kansas City Writing Workshop.


Michelle McGill Vargas is an author. At the 2024 KC conference, she is offering add-on virtual manuscript critiques for attendees.

“I am writer of speculative historical fiction, flash fiction, and short fiction. I’ve published in The Lutheran Witness, Splickety Magazine, The Copperfield Review, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. I’ve also contributed at Short Fiction Break and Noir Expressions.

“I’m currently represented by the amazing Melissa Danaczko of Stuart Krichevsky Literacy Agency, Inc. I pay the bills as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing. I’m a member of Highland Writers Group, Valparaiso Writers Group, served as vice-president of the Indiana Writer’s Consortium and chair of its 2016 Steel Pen Conference, and am currently on the board of Midwest Writers.”


Tiffany Killoren is a storyteller. The stories may have come in all shapes and sizes over the years, but in her heart, she simply loved to tell them. As an attorney, she understood that each case is a story, full of facts that will shape the opinion of the person who hears it based on how it’s told. As a magazine writer, she enjoyed diving into complex topics that required her to challenge herself, interviewing experts and educating herself to craft a finished product that she felt fortunate and honored to be a part of. As a magazine editor, she was drawn to the obscure, the stories that aren’t often told, but which have so much to say. And, as an author, she shapes her own fictional worlds, creating characters with beautiful flaws that she wishes she could sit down and get to know over a latte.

After graduating from the University of Iowa with majors in Journalism and Russian, Tiffany studied in St. Petersburg, Russia before earning a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Working as a litigator for 15 years, she left the practice of law to pursue her dream of becoming a professional writer. Good Will, Tiffany’s second novel, was released in February 2020 by Amphorae Publishing. Her first novel, Six Weeks in Petrograd, was published in 2013. Tiffany has regularly appeared on local morning shows to discuss parenting tips and life lessons, and enjoys any opportunity to speak to young people about writing their own stories in life. Now working in internal communications with three additional novel manuscripts in the works, Tiffany embraces the new and creative chaos that she has welcomed to her life, sharing it with her husband, two boys and a crazy pup named Dover Floyd in their home near Kansas City.

At the 2024 KCWW, Tiffany is offering in-person add-on manuscript critiques.


Chuck Sambuchino (@chucksambuchino) is a freelance editor, bestselling book author, and former longtime staffer for Writer’s Digest Books. For many years he edited the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog was one of the largest blogs in publishing, and he wrote the platform guidebook CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM.

His humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was optioned by Sony Pictures. Chuck’s books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss,New York magazine, and many more media outlets.

He is a successful freelance editor of queries, synopses, and manuscripts—seeing dozens of clients get agents or book deals following his consultations/edits. He loves meeting new writers.

Chuck is a co-director for Writing Day Workshops. At the 2024 KCWW, he is teaching, and also offering add-on query critiques for attendees.


Joel Brigham is the founder of Brigham Editorial, a fiction editing service that has helped writers find agents and agented authors prepare for submission and publication.

He also is an editorial consultant for The Purcell Agency, a literary agency based out of Chicago, Illinois. As an author, he writes YA contemporary fiction and has two books on submission, both represented by agent Tina P. Schwartz.

He also edits content for Basketball News and spent 12 years covering the NBA as a senior sportswriter for HoopsWorld and Basketball Insiders. He has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a master’s degree in English Education and has taught high school English for 18 years.

At the 2024 WWOA, he is teaching two classes. He is also offering add-on optional manuscript critiques for attendees.


Shauna Golden is a former literary agent with Arthouse Literary. She is now a freelance editor working on becoming a veterinarian.

Shauna is a blogger, YouTuber, former Literary Agent, and aspiring veterinarian. She usually has her nose in a book and a cup of tea next to her. She loves reading a variety of genres, including Fantasy, Upmarket, and Memoirs. She also loves to discuss these books with anyone who will listen, mainly her husband and cat. When she’s not reading or writing she’s watching dog videos, experimenting with new dinner recipes, or dreaming about saving animals.

At the 2024 KCWW, Shauna is offering