Janine Latus is the author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead: a sister’s story of love, murder and liberation. She has been a freelance nonfiction writer for 30 years, with credits in O, Parents, Fitness, More, Woman’s Day and dozens of other publications. She holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and has taught there and at other universities, and at The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk. She also is a well known speaker on sexual assault and the spectrum of intimate partner violence.



Kelly Sokol’s work has been published in print journals and online including ConnotationPressThe Quotable, and The Pitkin Review. She received an MFA-Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Goddard College. She teaches creative writing at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA, is a frequent contributor to Tidewater Women, and has served as a guest editor of The Quotable. Her new YA novel, The Unprotected, will be released this spring. 

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Linda Carol Cobb, a retired high school teacher with an M.A. in communications, taught journalism, advanced composition and public speaking among other English electives.  She has taught sessions for Eastern Virginia Medical School, Evenings at Saint Patrick, Hampton Roads Writers, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Virginia High School League, as well as seminars for The Muse Writing Center and Old Dominion University’s Career Switcher Program.  Linda is a free-lance copyeditor and public speaking coach.