Rich Cohen A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, Rich Cohen is the author of six New York Times bestsellers including The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones and The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse.

Lara Kristin Herndon is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction whose work has appeared in Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times.

Geoffrey Fletcher is a film director and the Oscar-winning screenwriter for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. He is the first African American to win an Oscar for writing, directing, or producing a feature film.

Chris Pavone is the author of four bestselling international thrillers, most recently The Paris Diversion.

Patricia Danaher is a writer, psychologist and Golden Globe Juror who has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, RTÉ, and many others.

Jesús Triviño Alarcón is a Webby-nominated content creator, reporter, editor and producer who has covered music, TV, and film for People, Vibe, New York Daily News, Essence, and other outlets.

Liz Coopersmith rown is a Los Angeles-based writer, web designer and business consultant who has written for Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. 

Erica Bardin manages social content & strategy for various programs at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She’s also a screenwriter and comedian who recently co-wrote and co-produced the pilot “Shepherds.”

Jared Neumark is a writer and director who’s written for NewYorker.com and McSweeney’s. His shorts have been featured on Vulture and commissioned by FunnyorDie.

Steve Baltin has written for Rolling Stone, Forbes, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, and others as well as hosted the Amazon Prime series Riffing With and the podcasts My Turning Point and People Have the Power.

Dr. Juli Fraga is a San Francisco-based psychologist who’s written for NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other outlets.

Andrew Belonsky is a journalist who’s contributed to Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The New York Times, and many other publications, high and low alike.

Jimmy Im is a New York-based writer who’s written for CNBC, BBC, The Telegraph UK, The Hollywood Reporter, and many others.

Arlene Schindler originated the comedy column for the New York Post, writing reviews and profiles about comedians in NYC. Her new memoir, Stand-Up & Heartbreak…A Comic and a Sex Addict walk into a Marriage, explores love, lying and laughter.

Jalika Conteh is currently the content editor for SAG-AFTRA. With a life-long love for writing in every genre, her moniker is “Arya Stark With a Pen” until further notice.

Morissa Schwartz founded GenZ Publishing, social media agency Dr. Rissy’s Writing. She’s been a contributor to Entertainment Weekly and Hello Giggles.

Ty Wade is a writer whose work has appeared in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and The New York Times

Mark Miller is a veteran stand-up comic and sitcom writer who’s written material for Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Gary Shandling and many others. He’s also been a humor columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and is the author of 500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars.

MK Timme is an animal rights activist, a publishing development expert, and a former Variety executive.

Liam Findley is a 14-year-old high school student from Los Angeles. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, guitar and watching action and comedy movies.

Christine Triano, LCSW, is an LA-based psychotherapist who has written for Psychology Today, Scary Mommy, and other outlets. She is also the writer and co-producer of the documentaries Los Punks; We Are All We Have and Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home.

Cindy White is a third generation Angeleno with extensive experience as an editor and writer covering entertainment for a wide range of outlets including IGN, Collider, SyFy Channel, and more.

Jess Carpenter is a Texas-based writer whose work has been published in Psych Central, NAMI, Scary Mommy, and more. Her debut novel, Les is More, is available for pre-order online.

Mary Beth Ross is a Charlotte-based indie filmmaker. Her most recent film, Writing the Second Wave, is a documentary about a women’s writer’s center that sparked a movement in upstate New York during the 1970’s.

Aaron Cohen is a 16-year-old high school junior from Connecticut. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, sailing, and watching Survivor with his dog, Muddy.

Lynn Brown is a freelance writer whose work has been published in GQ, Broadly, Ebony, and others. She is the co-founder of Voices From the Margins.

Francisco Paterson is an Argentinian political scientist and writer who received masters degrees from Georgetown and Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Claudia Kim is a South Korea-based freelance reporter, world traveler and food lover. You can find her on Instagram @ckimproductions

Andrew Mahlmann has been a contributor to Bleacher Report and director of digital for the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

Dr. Rachita Narsaria is a writer and medical doctor based in Mumbai.

Sasha Chapin has written for The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, and other outlets. He recently published his first book, All the Wrong Moves: a Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything.

Jillian Richardson is the author of Unlonely Planet and the founder of The Joy List, a weekly newsletter on a mission to make the world less lonely.

Lauren Eather is an ad executive, history buff, sketch comedy and improv actress from Sydney, Australia.

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