Elizabeth White-Olsen founded Writespace in May of 2014. Her goal is to promote the literary arts by making excellent writing instruction widely available. This mission is largely inspired by the stellar instruction she received through her two Masters of Fine Arts in Writing degrees. Elizabeth earned her first M.F.A. in Poetry at Texas State University in San Marcos, and her second in the renowned Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught writing at Writespace, Inprint, Texas State University, and at Rice University Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Ms. White-Olsen writes occasional articles for the Houston Chronicle and Arts +Culture Texas and is the author of the poetry collection Given Words.
Holly Walrath, the director of Writespace's marketing team, attended the University of Texas at Austin for her B.A. in English and the University of Denver for her M.L.A. in Creative Writing. She is a freelance editor and teaches in the Houston area. She has spoken at Houston YA/MG, SCBWI, and The Child and the Book Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pulp Literature, The Vestal Review, 365 Tomorrows, and Spider Road Press. Holly enjoys geekery, sarcasm, and puns. She currently resides in Seabrook, Texas.
Layla Al-Bedawi is a writer, translator, and trilingual native German. Her time spent in the TESOL and English M.A. programs at WVU solidified the beautiful state of West Virginia as her spiritual home, but a desire for warmth and open water led her to Clear Lake. At Writespace, she fills the role of Events Coordinator and Festival Director of WRITEFEST, our annual festival for emerging writers. She also curates, edits, and contributes to the Writespace blog, and is one of the hosts of our Write-Ins. Layla's fiction frequently veers into magical realism, and is deeply influenced by her multicultural upbringing. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Crab Fat Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere. She enjoys bookbinding, road trips, and cats.