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 email@example.com
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.