Sarah Junek runs the Young Writers Workshop, a week-long residential program in June for regional high school students that offers them tools to grow as storytellers. She grew up on a ranch west of Houston, earned a history degree from Texas A&M University then left Texas for Uzbekistan. Her background in education, international relief and journalism led her to Archer City in 2007 as a workshop attendee. Keep up with her on Instagram at the Archer City Story Center and Spur Hotel.
Emily Junek is student teacher coach at the Young Writer Workshop. She earned a degree in stage management at the University of North Texas in 2014, and has served on the Royal Theater board, producing and performing in three performances at the Royal while working as a pre-school teacher. She loves learning from any artist, whether it's her three-year-old bridge troll acing his role in the class performance of Three Billy Goats Gruff, or reading her favorite celebrity actor's autobiography. Follow her life on Instagram.
Kathryn has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Connecticut and an MFA at Indiana University in Ceramics. She studied sculpture, printmaking, painting and history in Florence, Italy. She is currently a ceramics instructor in Cedar Rapids and teaches short film at the Young Writer Workshop in June. See her work here.
Chad Serhal would rather be on stage or directing than in the audience. He's constantly creating something, currently collage work which has appeared in several art shows. His varied art pursuits have always been built by a solid work ethic - that seeing your vision to completion is more important than doing it perfectly. He wrote a few screenplays in his early twenties, then slowly they evolved into comic scripts as he started to draw them. Outline, script, pencil, ink, repeat. He's completed 10 graphic novels that way. He has an arts degree from Indiana University and helps run an arts facility in Cedar Rapids. He teaches comics at the Young Writer Workshop in June. Watch some of his video work here.