Faculty, Staff & Guests

Photo by Catherine Sebastian

Photo by Catherine Sebastian

Best selling author and teacher Ann Hood, whose books include The Book That Matters Most, An Italian Wife, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, The Obituary Writer, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine and The Knitting Circle, teaches The Novel Workshop. She founded the Spannocchia Writer’s Workshop in 2011. Comfort was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and one was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly.





Bill Roorbach’s latest book is The Girl of the Lake, a collection of stories coming from Algonquin in June 2017. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants, which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, Big Bend, won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction 2005. He’s just been named a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow.


Laura Lippman higher res Since the publication of her first novel Baltimore Blues in 1997, Laura Lippman has won virtually every major award given to U.S. crime writings — the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Nero Wolfe Award, Shamus Award, and the Quill Award. She is a New York Times bestseller.




Michael Ruhlman is the author ofmichael-ruhlman more than a dozen books—nonfiction, fiction, memoir—as well as numerous cookbooks, both his own and in collaboration with such chefs as Eric Ripert and Thomas Keller. He’s been a judge on Iron Chef America and is a regular guest on Anthony Bourdains travel shows. His collection of novellas, In Short Measures, was published last fall. His journalism and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.



John Searles is the author of the bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He appears as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show, and his essays have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has a master’s degree in creative writing from New York University and lives in New York City.





DSC_0871 copyHenry-Hays-Wehle is Senior Head Chief President of Operations and the go-to guy at Spannocchia Writer’s Workshop to answer questions, fix fixable problems, run requested errands to town, and even read manuscripts. Henry lives in Portland, Oregon, where he spends most of the year working for the Northwest Youth Corps, a job that sees him in the woods and away from all computers for weeks at a stretch. He apologizes in advance for all duly slow email responses.