Authors at Large (AAL) has a large and extensive international network of authors who join us at retreats to lead workshops.  Others also join us as individual mentors for our clients.  Our authors are all published and critically acclaimed and are also experienced teachers of creative writing.

In 2017, we kick off our international retreats in Siglufjörður, Iceland in May and will be joined by the noted American essayist Brenda Miller and the Icelandic author and translator Rúnar Vignisson.  In July, the award-winning Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien will be with AAL at our Asian retreats, both in Hua Hin, Thailand and on the private island of Telunas in Indonesia.  Chantelle Aimée Osman will join us in Hua Hin as a visiting author-editor.

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection, Simple Recipes, and three novels, including Dogs at the Perimeter. Her most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The novel was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages and her essays and stories are widely available in The Guardian, the Globe & Mail, Brick, Granta, Al Jazeera and elsewhere. The youngest daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal.  (photo by Rawi Hage)

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection, Simple Recipes, and three novels, including Dogs at the Perimeter. Her most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The novel was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages and her essays and stories are widely available in The Guardian, the Globe & MailBrick, Granta, Al Jazeera and elsewhere. The youngest daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal.  (photo by Rawi Hage)

Chantelle Aimée Osman is a literary consultant with 22 Literary (22literary.com) and former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews. An editor specializing in mystery, suspense, thriller, science-fiction and fantasy, she is also an instructor with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guide To… and has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, Serial Killer, featuring authors Jeffery Deaver and Eoin Colfer for Polis Books to be released Summer 2017. She is also creator of the Anthony Award-nominated Sirens of Suspense website. Find her on Twitter @SuspenseSirens

Chantelle Aimée Osman is a literary consultant with 22 Literary (22literary.com) and former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews. An editor specializing in mystery, suspense, thriller, science-fiction and fantasy, she is also an instructor with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guide To… and has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, Serial Killer, featuring authors Jeffery Deaver and Eoin Colfer for Polis Books to be released Summer 2017. She is also creator of the Anthony Award-nominated Sirens of Suspense website. Find her on Twitter @SuspenseSirens

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Rúnar Vignisson is an Icelandic author and translator who won The Icelandic Translation Award for J. M. Coetzee’s Boyhood. He has translated books by many acclaimed authors, such as Philip Roth, Amy Tan, William Faulkner, Ian McEwan and Elizabeth Jolley. He is author of seven books of fiction and was shortlisted for the Icelandic Literature Award. His latest short story collection won the DV Cultural Prize for Literature and his stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese and English. He co-edits a five-volume series of short stories from around the world and currently directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iceland.  

Rúnar Vignisson is an Icelandic author and translator who won The Icelandic Translation Award for J. M. Coetzee’s Boyhood. He has translated books by many acclaimed authors, such as Philip Roth, Amy Tan, William Faulkner, Ian McEwan and Elizabeth Jolley. He is author of seven books of fiction and was shortlisted for the Icelandic Literature Award. His latest short story collection won the DV Cultural Prize for Literature and his stories have been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Chinese and English. He co-edits a five-volume series of short stories from around the world and currently directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iceland.