Our Team

The Shanghai Writing Workshop is an entirely non-profit entity, so all of our workshops, publications, and readings are free and staffed by selected workshop members. These people make the workshop function and help build an exceptional writing community in Shanghai. If you need to contact any of them, please send an email to submissions@shanghaiwriting.com addressed to that particular workshop member.


Dr. Ryan Thorpe
Director and Founder

Ryan is an associate teaching professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University and assistant director of its writing program. He publishes regularly, and his book, Teaching Second Language Creative Writing, is due out from Routledge at the end of 2020. His trilogy of novels The Willows, Arcadian Midnight, and The Wardens is due out in 2021 from Aethon Press.


Michael Robinson
Fiction Workshop Director

Mike is a published author of science fiction and a China veteran. He runs his own company, Robinson Consulting Shanghai LLC, which specializes in writing, editing, and creative language needs.


Russell Grant
Poetry Workshop Director

Russell originates from South Africa, but he is a long time resident of Shanghai where he teaches. As a former photographer, culture writer, and barman, Russell brings a worldliness and accessibility to each of his poems. He regularly explores themes of neurodivergence and personal demons in his work, and he is active in the Shanghai poetry scene.


Patti McAlpine
Nonfiction Workshop Director

Patti is a writer/teacher from Texas and has produced stories for Children Radio Programs. She has been involved with several writer workshops and organizations. Presently, she teaches English in Shanghai and is working on a play and memoir novel. 


Hannah Lund
Nonfiction Workshop Director

Hannah is a writer, translator, and editor. She has translated for Tencent, Blizzard, and Chinese movies. She recently published a graphic novel about Chinese ghost stories, and her work has appeared in many different places. She co-founded the Hangzhou Writer’s Association international. More information on her work can be found at hannahlund.com.