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We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

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.

Heather Harper-Ellett

Heather Harper Ellett has been writing all of her life. For almost a decade, she was Vice President of Publishing for a publicly-traded company in which she wrote and planned content for fifteen million students nationwide. During that time, she ran a creative writing workshop for homeless men and women in downtown Dallas. She has also written articles for prominent national organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. A graduate of the Writer's Path herself, Heather earned degrees in Creative Writing and Biology from SMU, and a Master's in Counseling from Amberton University. She is a licensed professional counselor in private practice, a skill set that lends itself nicely to working with writers. Her novel "Ain't Nobody Nobody" comes out in September 2019 from Polis Books.

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, (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic) earned a Booklist Starred review and a spot on the TAYSHAS list. Her second book INTERFERENCE (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic) is described as Friday Night Lights meets Jane Austen's Emma. She currently teaches middle school and lives in Dallas, Texas.

Melanie Sumrow

Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and has maintained a long-term interest in studying social issues. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Melanie is an alum of The Writer's Path and her debut, "The Prophet Calls," released in November of 2018 and was named a 2018 Writers' League of Texas Award Finalist. Her next novel, "The Inside Battle," releases in March of 2020. Melanie lives in Dallas with her husband, her daughter and one very spoiled dog. To learn more about the author, please visit her website: