The Team


New Instructor Profiles coming soon!


Ashley bio pic  Ashley Boyles, Instructor 

As an undergraduate at San Diego State University, Ashley earned a B.A. in English and minored in Classics. She has been interested in inspiring young scholars to works of literature they would not typically experience. She has taken this passion with her to graduate school at Chapman University where she is always looking to inspire other scholars with interesting works of literature and inspire future students.

Danny De MaioDanny De Maio, Instructor

Danny De Maio was born in San Bernardino, California. He is in his final semester of the MA program at Chapman University in Orange, California, having finished his undergraduate work at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is co-founder of the literary ‘zine Pour Vida, writes for the LA-based company Bangstyle, and enjoys drinking copious amount of black coffee, surfing, and writing/recording music.

John Carlo EncarnacionJohn Carlo Encarnacion, Instructor

John Carlo Encarnacion is an M.F.A. student in creative writing at Chapman University. He graduated with a B.A. in creative writing from University of California, Riverside. He is currently working on his thesis which will be a collection of short stories exploring different aspects of death. He likes Jurassic Park and theoretical physics.

Kevin JamesKevin James, Instructor

Kevin James is a second year graduate student studying English and Creative Writing at Chapman University. He graduate from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 with a BA in Modern Literature and a minor in Classical Studies. Kevin hopes to be a teacher someday, after getting his Master’s degrees. His favorite books include Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Joanna Parypinski Joanna Parypinski, Instructor

Joanna Parypinski is a Chapman MFA student and writer of dark fiction. Several of her short stories have been published in the small press, as well as her debut novel, Pandora. A Chicago native recently transplanted to L.A., she ironically loves the California sun despite her enthusiasm for the horror genre. Find more at her website,


Jan_OsborneJan Osborn, Co-Coordinator

Born and raised in Michigan and an alumna of The University of Michigan, Jan teaches in the Writing and Rhetoric Program in the English Department.  Prior to coming to Chapman, Jan taught English in secondary public schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties, community colleges in Michigan and California, and at State Prison Southern Michigan. She is the faculty liaison for the Orange High School Young Writers’ Collaborative and the Orange County Literary Society Partnership.

Her current research is focused on writing program assessment and chat discourse analysis.

Tatiana ServinTatiana Servin, Co-Coordinator

Tatiana is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Chapman University.  She is currently the coordinator for the John Fowles Center for the Young Creative Writers program, which provides creative writing workshops for students of Orange High School; the program teaches students fundamental techniques of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing. Prior to JFC, Tatiana worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her MFA thesis will be a collection of poetry exploring aspects of technology as a medium for poetry, digital humanities, and questions of identity fixed in language.

Previous Years


Nadia Karim, Co-Coordinator


Taylor Holbrook, Co-Coordinator


Tracey Swan, Co-Coordinator

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  1. Hi there, my daughter is in the 9th grade and we are interested to find out if there is a summer writing workshop/s available this coming summer that she can sign up for or take. She took creative writing classes last summer with UCI young writers program and really enjoyed them.

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