About the MUGsters

MUG is a creative writing group founded in Santa Barbara in 2009. We submit and critique each other’s short fiction and novels (with the occasional screenplay, query letter, etc. here and there) and we discuss a published fiction piece at each meeting.

Members of MUG:


Andrea Ellickson writes YA novels about wildfire girls, Filipino legends, family curses and graffiti magic. She’s rep’d by the fabulous Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (EMLA). She lives in Santa Barbara where the hills catch fire and her monstrously sweet pit bull frolics the beaches. She has contributed to the daring goals of the Office of Letters and Light, an organization that hosts National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for over 400,000 participants worldwide. She is an alumna of the 2013 A Room of Her Own Writing Retreat and an active SCBWI member. Her fiction has appeared in 100 Word Story, DASH Literary Journal, Dactyl MagazineSanta Fe Writers Project, UC Berkeley’s Ursa Minor, and was the 2nd Place Winner in the WriterUnboxed Flash Fiction Contest. She also won for best YA manuscript at the SCBWI LA Writer’s Day 2016 for her work-in-progress Blanca and the Ruins. Ever searching for lush experiences, she has backpacked though Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Read more at ellicksonwriter.com  or help fuel her new Twitter obsession at: https://twitter.com/andreaellickson


AnthonyHandsome Devil, eh?

Anthony’s imagination was sparked at a tender age by schoolyard bullies, who could only think of one name to call him. After scolding them for being uncreative and giving them a plethora of examples to illustrate his point (and after the school nurse treated his wounds), Anthony decided to associate with a better class of individual. The playmate he chose was called “Literature,” and he’s never looked back.  Zeus, Arthur, D’artagnan, and Bond became bosom buddies, and role-playing games introduced him to character and world building, not to mention the value of a good plot and climax. Anthony got his degree in Radio, Television and Film from the California State University at Long Beach, but works as a systems engineer. His short fiction has appeared in The Riding Light Review, and he has logged 100,000 words over four years at the Rainforest Writers Retreat. He resides in Los Angeles with his cat and is currently writing two novels and a collection of short stories.



RebeccaJordan-21b_smallRebecca Ann Jordan is a speculative fiction author and artist. She has published poetry and fiction in Infinite Science Fiction One, Fiction Vortex, FLAPPERHOUSE, Strangelet, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, Yemassee Journal and more. Becca regularly columns for DIYMFA.com, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts. See more of her work at rebeccaannjordan.com.





Mike Oliphant’s short fiction and poetry have been FullSizeRender (1)published in Shooter Literary MagazineNANO Fiction, The New Poet, Carcinogenic Poetry, and Every Day Poets. His collection of poetry, A World Set Apart, earned him the 2013 Ione Sandberg Shriber Young Writer’s Fund. He currently occupies Pittsburgh, PA, and works to sustain his caffeine addiction and writing habit, but will migrate west in the fall to begin his MFA at Western Washington University.




Taylor Lauren Ross is a professional writer and editor. Formerly a book group facilitator in Los Angeles and senior editor at The Riding Light Review, she currently resides in Denver and edits students’ college application essays with College Transitions. Since earning a BA in English from UCLA, Taylor has published articles in Santa Barbara Magazine and several others. She was a 2014 AWP Writer to Writer mentee, and her short fiction has appeared in (parenthetical)Glass Mountain, Westwind, and others. Her current project is a YA science fiction novel. You can visit her at taylorlaurenross.com and follow her on Twitter @TaylorLaurenR.


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