facultyNancy Kress


Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-six books: three fantasy novels, twelve SF novels, three thrillers, four collections of short stories, one YA novel, and three books on writing fiction. She is perhaps best known for the “Sleepless” trilogy that began with BEGGARS IN SPAIN. The novel was based on a Nebula- and Hugo-winning novella of the same name. She won her second Hugo in 2009 in Montreal, for the novella “The Erdmann Nexus.” Kress has also won three additional Nebulas, a Sturgeon, and the 2003 John W. Campbell Award (for PROBABILITY SPACE). Her most recent books are a collection of short stories, NANO COMES TO CLIFFORD FALLS AND OTHER STORIES (Golden Gryphon Press, 2008); a bio-thriller, DOGS (Tachyon Press, 2008); and an SF novel, STEAL ACROSS THE SKY (Tor, 2009).

Kress’s fiction, much of which concerns genetic engineering, has been translated into twenty languages. She often teaches writing at various venues around the country. Kress lives in Seattle with Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

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 32 volumes of fiction in 35 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.

Carrie Vaughn

Special Lecturer

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Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged.  Her latest novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books.  The sequel, The Wild Dead, will be out in 2018. She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award.  She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and  a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.  An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.  Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com.

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.