Deb Parsons hails from Montreal. She is a transplanted Canadian living south of Boston, with a son in Phillie and a married daughter in L.A. She has exhausted all the writing classes at Harvard Extension, great groundwork, she says, for getting her going. She worked as a journalist straight out of college and edited two small weekly newspapers in Hamilton, Ontario. Deb has supported the Salty Quill throughout the years in so many ways. 


Anna da Silva is a freelance writer, researcher and an adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY Lehman College. Her background is in sociology, public health and analytical writing. She also writes fiction, has had a number of short stories published, and is working on a novel. Visit Anna's professional website at

With the help of c0-founders Anna Da Silva and Deb Parsons, Pamela Loring launched the Salty Quill in 2015. She has been running it ever since. Pam believes in the camaraderie of other writers is the best gift anyone engaged in the solitary and risky endeavor of writing can give herself. Writing, she feels, is like swimming in space, without bounds and riddled with black holes. Anyone brave and/or foolhardy enough to navigate the territory ought to have some place to touch down now and then. After benefitting from residencies at the Monson Arts, Edward Albee Foundation, Ragdale, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, C-Scape, she envisioned a retreat with three ingredients: first, a location whose only distraction was its beauty; second, a structure that offered uninterrupted time to write and opportunities to share and critique as well; and third, inspired meals prepared by someone else. She hopes the Salty Quill Writers’ Retreat will be that place for all who attend. She is currently working on a novel, is a graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program, and in 2022, received a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund/Money for Women as well as the Michael Kenneth Smith fellowship at Porches Writing Retreat. For more about Pam, visit 

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