VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS
Tyler Darnell is a teacher and writer in Houston. His short stories "Zhombus" and "Dragon Summer" have been published in Houston Nomadic Voices, and he has written for Cite Magazine's blog, Offcite, on occasion. In December 2014 he was named the MOTH Storyslam champion where the theme was "Rewards." If you ask him about Writespace he will tell you how rewarding it is to work with such an awesome organization that works for writers of all kinds in the Houston area.
Shawna Zak lives in southwest Houston and is a high school English teacher. Because she has four cats, her students affectionately know her as the Crazy Cat Lady. When she isn’t teaching, Shawna spends her time writing and reading as much YA (young adult) lit as is humanly possible. She has a BA in English with a creative writing focus from Texas A&M University and is currently working on a YA novel set in small town Texas.
Lauren Lara is a fiction fanatic, her family might go so far as to say she is addicted to books. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program at Sam Houston State University, with a B.S. degree in psychology and special education. She spent five years after graduation sharing her love of reading and writing with her elementary school students, and has since focused on instilling that love of storytelling in her own young son. Lauren is currently writing a few of her own stories and was recently accepted into Southern New Hampshire University’s masters program for English and creative writing.
Laura Rich is the events coordinator at Writespace. She brings over fifteen years experience in project management, technical writing and education across the public and private sectors. A passionate advocate for children’s rights, she also blogs about homeschooling her kids at delightandliberty.blogspot.com and co-blogs on boy’s issues at buoyboysblog.blogspot.com.
Kristin Ellison works as a marketing manager in the tech world, but her true passions are reading and writing. She believes in the power of the written word and aspires to make a difference in the world by helping others to open their minds to different perspectives and possibilities through storytelling. One of her favorite quotes is “Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more” by Oscar Wilde. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Organization from the University of Miami.