Karuna Writer's Residency


Meet Our 2017 Residents

Kate Moses

Kate Moses is the author of the novel Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath (St. Martins Press) and the memoir Cakewalk (The Dial Press). She co-edited the essay anthologies Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Washington Square Press/Pocket Books) and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, & Themselves (HarperCollins). She was a founding senior editor and writer for Salon, and her essays and articles have appeared in The American Scholar, Good Housekeeping, the Guardian, Hungry Mind Review, Narrative, SF, NPR's Snap Judgment, and Time, and anthologized in Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (W.W. Norton) and Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists. She has taught at the State University of New York—Plattsburgh, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of the Pacific. She holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University.

Carole Buggé

Carole Buggé is the author of the novels The Star of India (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent Victim, Silent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin's Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University.

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C.C. Webster

C.C. Webster is a graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in English and minors in Film and Creative Writing. While at Brandeis, she twice won awards for her poetry, founded and edited The Brandeis Free Press, and was published in many journals. In 2006, she graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts, Film Division, with an MFA in Directing. During her time at Columbia she wrote and directed two films. "Tracks" (2005) depicts the story of Frizzy, a bear of a woman who inherits a crappy car from her estranged father. Full of colorful characters, non-traditional families, and a bit of environmental science—"Tracks" stars Tony Award-Winning actress Becky Ann Baker. "Civil War" (2006), winner of the 2005 Lifetime Development Grant, has played over fifty festivals internationally, including the Seattle Film Festival where it was chosen as Short of the Day. "Civil War" tells the story of a group of middle school girls on a field trip to the battlefield of Gettysburg and the mutiny which happens among them. She just directed a recent short, commissioned by the F*It Club, called "Babies" (2014), written by Academy Award Winner Mara Kassin. C.C.'s feature script, BLUE BALL, PA, a raunchy senior citizen sex comedy set in Pennsylvania Dutch country, has been optioned by director Jen McGowan (KELLY & CAL). Her feature script, MISSING, winner of the 2010 American Scandinavian Society's Cultural Grant, was invited to participate in the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference, and has received pre-production funding from the Swedish Film Institute. The love of prose still strong, she also continues work on a short story collection and essays. C.C. is also the founder of the DRIVE-IN Film Festival. In its eighth year, the festival's mission is to bring independent films to small towns across America while celebrating the dying art of the local drive-in.