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Jeanne Estridge

Author, Writing Instructor

After years of working as a computer programmer and writing as a hobby, Jeanne returned to college and earned a Master’s Certificate in  Romance Writing from McDaniel College in Baltimore. In 2015 her romantic comedy, Demons Don’t, won the RWA® Golden Heart® for Paranormal Romance.

Katrina Kittle
Author, Writing Instructor

Katrina Kittle is from the Dayton area and the author of Traveling Light,Two Truths and a Lie and The Kindness of Strangers. Early chapters from this third novel earned Katrina grants from the Ohio Arts Council and from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District. The Kindness of Strangers was also selected as a BookSense pick for February, and was the Fiction Book winner for the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards. Katrina's fourth novel, The Blessings of the Animals, was released on August 3 2010 and her fifth novel, a young adult offering, Reasons to Be Happy was released in October 2011.

Katrina is a graduate of Ohio University and earned her MFA from Spalding University earlier this year. She has taught at Centerville High School, World of Wonder Charter School, and at the Miami Valley School. She has also served on staff at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop.

For more information on Katrina or her books, visit her website at Katrinakittle.com.
Darren McGarvey
Owner, Writing Coach, Instructor

Darren McGarvey is an award winning teacher, writer, and program facilitator and a trained public speaker with an extensive background in various writing fields. His desire to write full-time and to contribute to the talented writing community in Dayton, Ohio has led him to start Word’s Worth Writing Connections. He taught various disciplines of writing at Lakota East High School, Stivers School for the Arts, and Wright State University. He is currently an AP English, Creative Writing, and Theatre teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School.

His personal writing pursuits include: cover stories and book reviews in the Dayton City Paper,  two years of writing instruction at StoryStudio Chicago, a completed novel, and a collection of short stories. Darren’s writing has been published in a number of educational programs and textbooks for companies such as McGraw-Hill, Glencoe/Jamestown Education, Thomson Publishing, Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston, and Scholastic Reading Association. He has worked on both the creation and assesment of standardized tests for high school students.

Most recently, Darren's short story, "The Graveyard Game", was awarded 3rd place in the Dayton Daily News Short Story Writing Competition. Also, his short story, Smoke Break, was published in the March-May 2009 edition of an east coast journal. His writing is also featured in Managing Interactive Media Projects by Tim Frick. He received his certificate in editing from the Graham School at the University of Chicago and received his Master's degree in the teaching of writing from Miami University in the summer of 2011.

You can contact Darren directly at dmcg@wordsworthdayton.com

Paqui Toscano

Author, Writing Instructor 

A 2012 alumnus of Fairmont High School, Pasquale Toscano just graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with majors in English and Classics, where he won several writing prizes and was published in campus journals. Four years ago, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the waist, though with physical and occupational therapy, he slowly relearned to walk. This experience motivated him to start writing more seriously, and during his leave of absence from college, Toscano worked on a novel inspired by his stay in the hospital. Last year, he was awarded the Beinecke Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in English, which will follow two years of graduate school at the University of Oxford as part of the Rhodes Scholarship program. There, he will earn a Master’s Degree in early-modern English as well as in Greek and Latin literature. Most recently, Toscano worked for Washington and Lee’s admissions department, in which capacity he read and voted on undergraduate applications while also overseeing merit scholarship recruitment. His writing has appeared in Deaf Poets Society and is forthcoming in Shenandoah and Breath Shadow. Toscano has tutored students in both Kettering and Lexington and has practice mentoring younger writers in a variety of extracurricular contexts.



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