facultyNancy Kress


NANCY KRESS is the author of thirty-six books, including twenty-eight novels, four collections of short stories, three books on writing, and over 100 short stories. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Nancy’s most recent work is Observer (Story Plant, January 2023), co-written with Dr. Robert Lanza. Her work has been translated into two dozen languages, including Swedish, Danish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Chinese, Lithuanian, Romanian, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, Hungarian, and Klingon, none of which she can read.

In addition to writing, Nancy often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad, including teaching each Clarion several times, a semester as Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig, and a week-long writing workshop in Beijing. Plus, of course, Taos Toolbox with Walter Jon Williams!

Walter Jon Williams


Walter Jon Williams is a New York Times and London Timesbestselling author, and the author of Hardwired, City on Fire, and The Praxis.  He has written 42 volumes of fiction in over 40  years, as well as being nominated for ten Nebula Awards, six Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Philip K Dick Award.  He has also written for movies, television, and the gaming field.

He has participated in the Sycamore Hill and Franklinia workshops, as well as being a founding member of the Very Small Array and Critical Mass workshops.  He is the founder of the Rio Hondo professional workshop in Taos, as well as the founder of Taos Toolbox, the workshop for new writers.

“Walter good.  Monsters bad.”  (Ian Tregillis, Clarion 2005)

George R.R. Martin

Special Guest


George R.R. Martin was the special guest at the very first Taos Toolbox, and we are pleased to announce his return!

George achieved worldwide fame as the author of Game of Thrones, but before GoT and the HBO miniseries, George had successful careers as an award-winning science fiction author, a horror writer (Fevre Dream), and a writer for television.  Come to Taos Toolbox and learn some of the secrets of multimedia success.

Emily Mah Tippetts

Special Lecturer
emilyEmily Mah Tippetts is an indiepub guru.  She writes science fiction as Emily Mah and indie romance as E.M. Tippetts. She is the owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, a formatting company that designs the ebooks and paperback interiors for indie authors and publishers, and has worked in indie publishing since 2011.