Grant Faulkner’s lucky number is 33, but he likes to bet on 23. He became a writer because he doesn’t like counting. He specializes in short stories that are two pages too long. Despite that, he’s published a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, which was published by Press 53.

He’s also executive director of National Novel Writing Month because he likes things big and small. His book on developing a creative mindset to write year-round, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, was recently released by Chronicle Books.

He’s currently working on a book, The Secret History of the World, which can never be published for obvious reasons. He believes that the tale of Peter Rabbit tells everything one needs to know about life.

Contact Grant for readings or speeches.

Follow Grant on Twitter at @grantfaulkner.



Lynn Mundell is co-founder and co-editor of 100 Word Story and co-editor of its anthology. She has worked in print at Nation’s Cities Weekly and The Chronicle of Higher Education; in the arts at The San Francisco Arts Commission and The Poetry Center; and for the past 25 years in Communications for large Bay Area organizations. She is currently senior managing editor at an Oakland-based health care organization and an advisory board member of the U.C. Berkeley Extension Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing. Lynn earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn’s short-short stories and creative nonfiction have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, New Flash Fiction Review, Monkeybicycle, Booth, Portland Review, Tin House Flash Fidelity, Superstition Review, and in numerous other literary journals and several anthologies, including New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Company).

Read her 100 Word Story “scairytales,” and haunt her on Twitter, @lynnfmundell. Read all of her work and learn more about her on her website.



Beret Olsen is a writer, photographer, teacher, and long-time proponent of the Oxford comma.

Past lives include growing up in South Dakota, studying Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, and teaching and administrating in public elementary schools from Brooklyn to Bayview, San Francisco.

For her first mid-life crisis, she went to art school.

A few things she’s learned along the way:

  • Choosing a paint color for the living room is not a team-building activity.
  • It can be hard to tell if the roadside assistance guy is laughing with you, or at you.
  • Having a mid-life crisis early leaves plenty of time for a couple more.

Currently, Beret teaches black and white film photography in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two teens. She writes two blogs: Bad Parenting 101 and LobeStir, and you can find her photography at

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