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We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

Amanda Arista

Amanda Arista was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. She has dual bachelor degrees in English and Psychology and a Masters in Education. In 2008, she joined the SMU Writers Path and crafted her first novel. She went on to publish a series, Diaries of an Urban Panther, with Avon Romance. When she is not at coffee shops plotting character demises with fellow writers, she enjoys teaching others to build their own worlds and to find their own voice. She recently published a short story in Vampires Gone Wild.

World Education

SMU CAPE offers a number of online courses in partnership with World World partners with colleges and universities across the country to present educational and professional training programs, giving students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today's increasingly competitive marketplace.

Suzanne Frank

Author of nine novels, the most recent release "Laws of Migration" from Tyrus Books, 2013. Contributed "Miss Direction" to Akashic Books "Dallas Noir" anthology, edited by David Hale Smith, 2013. J. Suzanne Frank is the author of the international bestselling Chloe and Cheftu series, including "Reflections in the Nile" "Shadows on the Aegean" "Sunrise on the Mediterranean" and "Twilight in Babylon"; she also wrote the Dallas O'Connor mystery series: "Going Out in Style" "Designed to Die" "Fashion Victim." She's contributed to the anthologies, "The Mammoth Book of Ancient Egyptian Whodunnits" and "Don't Abuse the Muse" and most recently, "Dallas Noir" J. Suzanne Frank is formerly a lot of things: among them, a journalist and a freelance writer. Her passion for history has taken her to Egypt, Greece, Israel and throughout Europe. She makes her home in Dallas now, and is the program Director for The Writer's Path at SMU. Her home on the web is:

Carmen Goldthwaite

Carmen Goldthwaite writes the stories--fact and fiction--about the Texas she loves for western history magazines, literary fiction publications, and she scribbles tales of sailing for voyaging periodicals. Now she applies those skills to telling the stories of Texas women in her book, Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, plus two upcoming books on Texas women also from The History Press. She juggles writing with teaching. At SMU, Carmen teaches creative writing, including the foundation course, The Proposal, and the “short form” Write Now! for those wanting to write short stories, short articles, short essays, etc. At her alma mater she’s the “writer-in-residence” for TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism Texas Community Newspapers. At home she teaches writing in groups and solo. She also speaks and leads workshops on writing to conferences such as: DFWWriters Conference and the Texas Writers League annual conference in Austin. Her publishing credits include; Wild West; True West; American Cowboy; Fort Worth Texas Magazine; Persimmon Hill; Latitudes & Attitudes; Chicken Soup of the Soul; Wooden Boa;t and several teaching essays for the Writers Guide to 2013. She’s been published in Tor-Forge’s anthology, The Way West and Fulcrum Publishing’s Wild Women of the Old West. Her short fiction has been published on Amazon Shorts and recently won “Best Fiction” 3rd quarter 2012, in the Colonnade Contest. Before freelancing, Carmen was syndicated by Scripps-Howard News International as an investigative reporter following stints with Texas newspapers: Brownwood Bulletin, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Odessa American, The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and The Fort Worth Press. In the political and corporate world she worked as Media Relations Manager/Company spokesperson, executive speechwriter and media coach for Shell Oil and Brown & Root, Inc. corporate officers and for members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, U. S. Congress. She earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from TCU followed by a Masters in Education & Counseling. Carmen is a member and former director of the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Writers of America, Investigative Reporters & Editors and Associate Member, Texas Press Association. She also is a member of Texas State Historical Association, the Western History Association and former director of the Fort Worth Friends of the Library and Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Workshop.

Keith Goodnight

Keith Goodnight was born in Dallas, TX. He studied Biology at Rice University and has a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, but always had writing in mind. Keith began developing his own science fiction universe when he was still in high school, and kept working on it all through the years he was supposed to be working on something else. He's an alum of the Writers Path and published his first novel, The Child, in 2013. To find out more, visit

Kay Honeyman

Kay Honeyman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in English Language and Literature. Her first novel, The Fire Horse Girl, debuted January 2013 from Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. She teaches middle school in HPISD.

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