Sam Sanders 

Event Content Director 

Sam Sanders is the event content director for Writer's Digest, as well as a freelance writer. Her bylines can be found on Catapult, along with Audiences Everywhere, a film site where she is also contributing editor.

Tyler Moss


Tyler Moss is the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, where he has interviewed bestselling authors such as Scott Turow, Rainbow Rowell and Andy Weir. He is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, and his additional bylines include Outside magazine, The AtlanticNew YorkPasteViceDRAFTPlayboySalon and Mental Floss. Find him on Twitter @tjmoss11.

Swati Pandey

Communications Professional

Swati Pandey is a communications professional and previously was a freelance writer and editor. Swati's writing has appeared in Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the LA Weekly among other publications. Her short story 'Youth' was short-listed for the Best American Short Stories 2017. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is working on a novel.

Desiree Zamorano


Desiree Zamorano ( has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on. A frequent contributor to LA Review of Books, h er essays have appeared in the LA Times, NPR's Latino USA and Publishers Weekly.

She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon.

Human Cargo, first in the series, was Latinidad's mystery pick of the year. A Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed The Amado Women, features four women connected by birth, separated by secrets. This family drama was named a "must read" by Remezcla and labeled by Bustle as one of 11 "moving beach reads that'll having you weeping into your pina colada."

Rachel Howzell Hall

New York Times Bestselling Author

RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is a New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including The Good Sister, co-written with James Patterson, and the critically-acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. The fourth novel in the series, City of Saviors, was published this past August. The third in series, Trail of Echoes, received a coveted Kirkus Star and was one of Kirkus Reviews 'Books That Kept Us Up All Night.' Land of Shadows and Skies of Ash (Forge) were included on the Los Angeles Times’ “Books to Read This Summer” for 2014 and 2015, and the New York Times called Lou Norton “a formidable fighter—someone you want on your side.” Lou was also recently included in The Guardian’s Top 10 Female Detectives in Fiction.”

A featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed ‘Crime in the City’ series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast, Rachel has also served as a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Program and is currently on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She was named one of Apple iBooks' "10 Authors to Read in 2017." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.