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Aline Weiller is the Founder and CEO of Wordsmith, LLC. A skilled marketer with writing expertise, she has spurred product growth in a variety of industries. With brand management and public relations experience thirty years strong, Weiller bolsters profits for clients. In short, her spot-on writing increases awareness and drives new business. Prior to launching Wordsmith, Weiller worked in the marketing arena for The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Time Warner, Inc., among others. In her leadership roles, she made a positive impact on sales via product-specific publicity campaigns. During her career, Weiller has edited and penned press releases, excerpts, collateral and advertising copy, professional biographies, newsletters, magazine articles, sales letters, public relations pitches, and mission statements. She has also developed memorable captions, taglines, product and company names, book/personal essay titles, and article headlines. Weiller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The College of the Holy Cross and serves as Class Correspondent. She is a five-time Connecticut Press Club award-winner and 2nd Place recipient of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) Award. She is an established journalist, publicist and essayist and has both national and local bylines in print and online, including public relations fare and fifty personal essays. She's a supporter of the arts, a pop culture enthusiast, and resides in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. Weiller is also active on social media: Facebook (Aline Doino Weiller), LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram (@AlineCWeiller), and welcomes new connections and followers.

Aline Weiller

CEO of Wordsmith, LLC

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Stasha is writing "Secret Connecticut: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure" (Reedy Press, 2021). She wrote a celebrity-endorsed YA novel about being the first girl at America's (and Connecticut's) most elite all-girls boarding school to stand up to institutionalized hazing, which she's currently shopping to literary agents. A former editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor's, and Travel Agent, Stasha provides content to travel publications and companies including Lindblad-National Geographic, Time Out, Fodor’s, and Frommer’s. Other recent projects include writing bios of Black professionals for Blacklist100; telling the story of the recently unveiled first statue of real women in Central Park (which received more than 27,000 views on LinkedIn alone); and penning a press release for another writer’s book. As the public relations chair for the Greenwich Pen Women, a group of professional writers, artists, and musicians, Stasha achieves recognition for the creative works of its members.

Anastasia (Stasha) Mills Healy

Writer/Editor

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Catherine is the author of two books that reflect her love of her adopted country Nigeria. Her memoir Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad tells the remarkable journey of a Midwestern American who joined the new Peace Corps to teach in Nigeria for two years—and stayed for more than two decades. Her second book, Breaking Kola: An Inside View of African Customs, explores the traditions that tie Igbo people to their home, family and clan. Her intriguing stories about her family by marriage provides insight into understanding African society. She is a popular speaker on Nigeria’s history, cultures and customs. She blogs at catherineonyemelukwe.com about cross-cultural understanding and racial justice, with occasional notes about family and friends. Her books are available in print and electronic format on Amazon. Catherine holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Yale School of Management.

Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

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Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over two hundred fifty stories and poems published so far, and six books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of six review editors

Ed Ahern

Writer

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Gabi Coatsworth is an award-winning British-born writer and blogger, who has spent half her life living in the United States. A member of several national writing associations, she’s active in the Connecticut writing community and runs several groups for writers. In 2018, she worked on the inaugural Saugatuck StoryFest, a literary festival in Westport, CT. Her essays, short fiction, and poetry have been published in anthologies and literary journals, both in print and online. Her most recent awards were a second-place in the 2020 Connecticut Press Club Awards for a short story, Monster, and two first-place 2019 Connecticut Press Club Awards: for a short story, Misconception, and for her Writers’ blog, The Write Connexion. Her long fiction is represented by Joelle Delburgo Associate

Gabi Coatsworth

Writer

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Jane Beiles is a freelance photographer based in New Canaan, CT. specializing in interiors, architecture, food and travel. A regular contributor to the New York Times since 2013, her work has also been published by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, HGTV Magazine and Elle Décor. In the Connecticut region, her work has been featured by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, athome Magazine in Fairfield County, New England Home, and Serendipity Magazine.. A 1991 graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Jane also had additional training at Parsons School of Design, Silvermine Art School and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Her awards include first place in the 2019 NFPW national competition in the category "Photo Essay" and ASMP national awards in the "Spaces" category in 2018 and "Style" category in 2019. Instagram: @JaneBeilesPhoto

Jane Beiles

Freelance Photographer

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"Player / coach' John Voket has spent four-plus decades as a creative in media, design, entertainment, management, and philanthropy. Since 2002, he's been a staffer and Associate Editor at The Newtown Bee. As a broadcaster, he is a three-time CT Agricultural Journalist of the Year — and has been honored for reporting on mental health, addiction, consumer affairs, and domestic violence. As Director of Public Affairs for Connoisseur Media, Voket is in his 29th year producing and podcasting the award-winning 'For the People'. For the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), he has served as board member, Secretary, Vice-President, and President (2018). He is recognized as a "distinguished judge" for the New England Better Newspaper Competition and judges for several state press associations. He currently serves as secretary supporting the nonprofit New Haven Center for the Performing Arts, and was recently appointed to the Journalism Education Foundation of New England.

John Voket

Journalist/Broadcaster/Creative

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Marcelle is the founder of Marcelle Ink and M-ink Media, twin companies designed to educate, support, publish and promote writers at all stages in their creative journey. Her work has been published in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, Creative Nonfiction and The Rumpus. She is the author of An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and contributor to Blended: Writers on the Step Family Experience. Marcelle is the former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Brain Child:The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, and founder of Brain Teen: The Magazine for Thinking Parents — two award-winning magazines that merged with Creative Nonfiction and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation in 2019. Marcelle has an MFA from New York University. She lives with her husband in Wilton and is the exhausted mother of five young adult children.

Marcelle Soviero

Writer/Founder

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Mitzy Sky shares her journey through writing, spoken-word-storytelling, and videography. She’s consciously unlearning messages unconsciously learned that hindered her from living wholeheartedly. She is a contributor to the anthology Imagining Monsters and We Are The Change Makers. Her writing has been published at Mad in America, The Inner-City News, and The Good Men Project. She developed the compassionate activism training where she works in advocacy education, created the Beyond the Story© project. Mitzy's blog is linked above.

Mitzy Sky

Writer/Poet/Storyteller/Video-creator

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Sarah Gauthier Galluzzo is a freelance writer and advertising copywriter. This year her magazine work won a First Place Prize with the CT Press Club, and she is a 2020 National Federation of Press Women award-winner. She loves writing for local magazines. Her young adult fiction and poetry have been featured in several literary journals, including a compendium created by the Fairfield County Writer’s studio. Her advertising client list is wide and varied and includes brands such as Starbucks Coffee® and MetLife ®. Sarah holds a MA in writing from Manhattanville College. She lives in Fairfield with her husband Jay, their two children, a menagerie of pets, and a decent library of books and music. Sarah is also active on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. In 2021 she plans to build a place online to share her fiction and poetry.

Sarah Gauthier Galluzzo

Writer

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Susan Winters began her journalistic career when she began to publish hello, Redding CT in 2013. Soon after, she expanded to neighboring towns and includes hello, Bethel and hello, Easton under the umbrella of hello, NewsCT. She likes to put the people she interviews at ease, a technique that translates to her conversational writing style. Susan’s writing is concise and always balanced.Susan is the publisher, writer, editor and designer of all of her publications. Being a thirty year resident of Redding, CT and vicinity, an outgoing personality and a desire to help others has made her a successful journalist.

Susan Winters

Journalist

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Thomas Renner is an Account Executive with Catalyst Marketing Communications in Stamford, Conn. Previously, he worked at the Stamford Advocate, Poughkeepsie Journal in New York, and Times- Herald in Norristown, Pa. He also worked at Daily Voice, an online news organization based in Fairfield County.

Thomas Renner

Account Executive, Catalyst Marketing Communications

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V.P. Morris is an award-winning thriller and horror writer and podcast host. Her interest in true crime and criminal psychology inspired her debut novel, ShadowCast (coming February 2021). When she isn’t writing, she is enjoying her time with her husband, son, and their rescue dog, Oscar.

V.P. Morris

Writer

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Zeb (Elizabeth) Appel is a recognized playwright, poet and essayist and fond of publishing under various pen names. She enjoyed a career in business while an adjunct English professor at two Connecticut universities. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and author associations and an enthusiastic presenter on craft and publishing. She resides in Bethany Connecticut with her family. Her poetry chapbook, Going Up (2017) by E.A. Appel, features selected poems from publication in small press and little magazines. Her debut contemporary literary novel, Good Luck and a Benevolent God (2019) uses the linked-short story device (similar to Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout) to tell the quirky narrative about Mandy Flanagan and the assortment of people she loved. Kirkus says it is, “A well-told…wide-ranging tale. Appel writes in the natural prose of raconteur, rising occasionally to the level of lyricism.”

Zeb Appel

Author

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