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The Guild’s Writer’s Panel: Breaking into the Creative Industries

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join The Guild as they host a writer’s panel: Breaking into the Creating Industries.

Following are the participants and their bio information:

Dawn Leas is the author of Take Something When You Go, (Winter Goose Publishing 2016), and I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in Literary Mama, San Pedro River Review, SWWIM, SoFloPo, The Pedestal Magazine and elsewhere. Her work won an honorable mention in the 2005 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In past lives she’s been a copywriter, English teacher, admissions director, and stay-at-home mom. Currently, she’s a freelance writer, and coaches writers, individually and in groups, to put one word in front of the other. For more information, visit

Jennifer Jenkins has written fiction and nonfiction for NonBinary Review, Up North Lit, Canopy ReviewParentheses Journal, Hippocampus MagazineCurio Magazine, and earned two honorable mentions for the Fiction Award from Glimmer Train. In New York, she worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Sondheim’s Young Playwrights, and the PBS series Great Performances. She holds an MFA in creative writing, with plays produced in New York and regionally. She also serves as an editor and public relations director at Kaylie Jones Books, and teaches at Keystone College.

Laurel Radzieski is the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Atlas and AliceReally SystemThe Golden KeyThe Slag ReviewWord Fountain and elsewhere, including on roadsides in rural Wisconsin. Laurel earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and her BA from Keystone College. She is a resident artist for Arts in Education in Northeastern Pennsylvania (AIE/nepa) and has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Wormfarm Institute. Laurel is a poetry editor for Clockhouse and she can often be found at local events writing poems for strangers or online at

Jonathan Rocks is a writer from Philadelphia, Pa. He has a BA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has worked as a writer, producer and consultant on several film, television and documentary projects. In 2016, his screenplay Luke Whimsey was one of 20 projects selected for representation at the Film Financing Forum for Kids Content in Malmö, Sweden. Most recently he wrote the pilot for a television project based on author Gene O’Shea’s true crime book Unbridled Rage.

Lauren Stahl’s novel The Devil’s Song features prosecutor Kate Magda and was published by Kaylie Jones Books in 2018. She began her legal career as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting felonies with a focus on SVU crimes. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and received her MFA from Wilkes University. Stahl resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and a giant, but sweet, mastiff, Myra Ellen.

Rachel Luann Strayer is in her third year as Director of Theatre at Keystone College. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on Playwriting from Wilkes University. Her ten-minute plays have been produced annually by Gaslight Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre. Her first full-length play, Drowning Ophelia, received productions in Scranton, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, and The Poe Asylum, her immersive adaptation of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, has been performed at both the Scranton Fringe Festival and Keystone College.



April 8
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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