Meet Megan Kruse & Jennie Shortridge


Megan grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia, Washington. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.


Jennie is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into many languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as American Booksellers Associations’ Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors Picks. She is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.


Writers’ Retreat Weekend in Manzanita, OR: June 2-4, 2017
Come meet both Megan and Jennie at the Hoffman Center the first weekend in June. Learn more about the craft and business of writing from Jennie, Megan and Rhonda Hughes, publisher and editor of Hawthorne Press. Best of all, experience one of the most magical places on the Oregon Coast—Manzanita.

Learn more and register here. Download the Retreat schedule here.