Clyde Edgerton was the very first Young Writers Workshop Guest Author in 1986!

2020 featured award-winning songwriter JR Richards; novelists Miriam Polli, Nahid Rachlin, David Carter, Ed Monney Jr., and Ben Shaberman; and poets Stephanie Van Hassel and Chris Tonelli.   

2019 featured NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, among others.

Previous guests through the years have included Cat Warren (nonfiction), Eric Roe (fiction writer), David Tully (YA novelist), Ian Finley, (drama), David Carter (novelist), Cari Corbett (comics), Jeremy Whitley (comics), Bianca Diaz (poet), Megan Roberts (fiction), Isabel Walsh (fiction), Carl Pike (fiction), Tony Quick (fiction), Josh Tvrdy (poet), Alice Osborn (poet), Molly Edmonds (fiction writer), Tyree Daye (poet), Jane Craven (poet), Al Maginnes (poet), among so many others.