Donald Maass - Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency

Donald Maass is the founder of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009), The Breakout Novelist (2011), Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012), and The Emotional Craft of Fiction (2016).

Since 2001, Don has teamed up with Free Expressions to offer more than sixty writing workshops. His pioneering work and writing about the development of fiction careers
has made DMLA a leading agency for fiction writers.

Lorin Oberweger - Director/Owner, Free Expressions

Lorin is a highly sought-after independent book editor, story mastermind, and author with almost twenty-five years experience in publishing. As of 2016, she has also taken on the role of literary agent with the acclaimed Adams Literary agency. 

Lorin’s students and clients have millions of books in print and have been published by imprints of HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and many other mainstream and independent presses. They have also gained representation with some of the industry’s leading literary agents.

A popular instructor, Lorin has served as a faculty member for writing workshops around the country, specializing in high level craft classes as well as one-on-one critiques and brainstorming sessions.

Along with New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi, Lorin is the author of the New Adult series, Boomerang, Rebound, and Bounce published by Harper/William Morrow.


Brenda Windberg - Editor, Free Expressions

Brenda has been on the staff of Free Expressions since 2002. In addition to her work as staff editor and speaker at the Breakout Novel Intensives and several other workshops, she  has worked in publishing for more than fifteen years—both as an editor with dozens of client successes to her credit and as an accomplished freelance writer, whose articles have won numerous awards.

Brenda specializes in helping writers plumb the emotional depths of their stories, to reveal the rich inner lives of characters and deepen story themes. 

Her work has been featured in such publications as PARENT GUIDE, HARTFORD TIMES PRESS, FLORIDA HEALTHCARE NEWS and many others.  Her fiction is represented by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger.


Jason Sitzes - Author / Editor

Jason Sitzes has been a professional writer and editor for over 15 years after receiving a BA in creative writing from Univ of Tenn. Once in the corporate publishing field, he went freelance in the city of New Orleans, to Louisville, and currently in Austin, TX. Jason is the director and an instructor of the renowned Writers Retreat Workshop (WRW now in its almost 30th year). His nonfiction work includes features with artists such as Louis C.K., Paula Poundstone, Dick Gregory, Mother Falcon, Dean Koontz, the late Michael Palmer, Ayelet Waldman, Jennifer Cruise, Robert Klein, and many others. 

Jason has written award-winning short stories, ghostwritten with fabulous personalities, finished several novels (none to his satisfaction), worked with dozens of top agents in NYC and the west coast, edited more manuscripts (some well published, some not) than his mind can recall, and thanks to BONI workshops, WRW, and other workshops, has worked 1-1 with hundreds of manuscripts and writers coast-to-coast, ‘across the pond’, and into Australia. He’s led numerous classes and develops more courses for writers as his insight into current (and future) writing challenges evolve.

In his personal life, Jason has a beautiful family in Austin, is barreling through yet another novel, always developing a screenplay or two, reading, editing, story-developing with brilliant writers, and probably right now watching college basketball.