The Madrona Workshop Troupe (MWT) is a company of individuals whose passion is people and creative ideas. We have solid experience in teaching and consulting and in the subjects we teach – writing, editing, self-publishing, marketing and collateral topics of interest to individuals who wish to advance their creative pursuits.

MWT principals, Jo Meador, Wynn Allen, and Tom Trimbath, are a seasoned team who bring years of first-hand experience and knowledge of self-publishing and marketing to the workshop table.

Jo Meador

2017 Jo's Book Photo Ver 5Jo Guasasco Meador was born in San Francisco after World War II. A writer of nonfiction, fiction and poetry, she has had a varied career in the fields of business, education and computing. She now holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Washington state where she continues to author stories and essays and the occasional poem. She lives on Whidbey Island with her husband of thirty three years. More information is available at:

Wynn Allen, PhD.

Dr. Allen is an author, published in fiction and non-fiction (print and video), and formerly a manuscript reader/editor and research director for documentary production companies. The “Winfred G. Allen Collection” was established by Wayne State University, housing certain of his scholarly writings and communication research. He is also president of the W. G. Allen Company, a consulting firm assisting clients in meeting their goals through effective domestic and international marketing, public relations, interpersonal and intercultural communications, and conflict management. Dr. Allen’s undergraduate and master’s studies were at Emerson College (Boston) and his doctoral studies were at the University of California (Los Angeles). Recently, he retired from Pepperdine University. He was a member of the Whidbey Island Writers Association and past vice-chairman of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Currently, he is completing an adventure historical novel and a mystery novel.

Tom Trimbath

biopic 081316-1Tom Trimbath is the author of Modern Self-Publishing and nine other self-published books. Story and beauty exist within the everyday, and he captures them in nature, culture, and even finance with words and photos. Dream. Invest. Live. is a book of personal finance for frugal folk. The Twelve Months series of nature essays, Twelve Months at Barclay Lake, Twelve Months at Lake Valhalla, and Twelve Months at Merritt Lake tell the tale of Washington’s Cascades. Just Keep Pedaling is the story of stories learned from bicycling across America. The photos led to the art books about Whidbey’s natural beauty: Twelve Months at Cultus Bay, Twelve Months at Admiralty Head, Twelve Months at Penn Cove, and Twelve Months at Deception Pass.  This is not the obvious second career for someone who started as an aerospace engineer at Boeing. For more, see:

Our complementary talents and expertise—along with our personal interest in client projects—offer a unique problem-solving resource to anyone who wishes to self-publish and make the move from writer to author.

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Previous instructors

Deborah Nedelman

Deborah Nedelman, Ph.D. is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. She worked as a clinical psychologist for 30 years. She co-authored A Guide for Beginning Psychotherapists, Cambridge Press, which was published in 10 languages and used in training programs around the world.  She is also co-author of Still Sexy After All These Years? The 9 Unspoken Truths about Women’s Desire Beyond 50, Penguin/Perigee.  When she retired from her clinical practice, Deborah began writing fiction and has published numerous short stories in  online journals including, Contemporary World Literature; Persimmon Tree; Every Writer’s Resource; Writers’ Advice, Writer’s Type, and Literary Orphans. She has won prizes for her short fiction. As a certified Amherst Writers and Artist’s group leader, Deborah leads writing groups for both beginning and experienced writers.  She works frequently as an editor and book coach for writers who have great stories to tell and need organizational help to tell them. She is also assistant fiction editor for Soundings Review. Deborah is a member of the Whidbey Island Writers Association and is an MFA student at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.  She is currently working on a collection of short stories,  flash fiction, and a novel.

To learn more checkout her website:


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