All 406 Workshop leaders hold MFA’s from the nation’s most celebrated writing programs and have taught at major universities. They are published fiction writers, editors, screenwriters, freelance writers, and poets who have a demonstrable commitment and passion for teaching while actively engaging in their own creative pursuits.

Current course instructors at 406 include:

David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates is the author of three novels, Hunger In America, X Out of Wonderland, and most recently Freeman Walker.  His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and his travel writing in Outside and The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler. He is the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid, and leads groups of medical professionals on trips to Honduras.  He teaches writing in the high schools as part of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, and is part-time faculty at Pacific Lutheran University's low-residency MFA program.

Susanna Sonnenberg

Instructor PhotoSusanna Sonnenberg is the author of She Matters: A Life in Friendships (Scribner) and Her Last Death (Scribner), both New York Times Bestsellers.  Her personal essays and critical writing have appeared in publications as diverse as The Nation and Ploughshares, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Parenting and Elle.  Her work has been included in several anthologies, most recently West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West (Lynn Stegner & Russell Rowland, eds.)   She is a frequent reviewer of books for the San Francisco Chronicle and More Magazine.  Originally from New York, where she did not complete an MFA at Columbia University, she has lived in Missoula for 20 years.

Emily H. Freeman

Emily PhotoEmily H. Freeman is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Missoula, MT. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has taught writing at various schools and nonprofits in NY, MN and MT. She currently teaches through Missoula’s Lifelong Learning Center, and MOLLI, as well as in private workshops. Her work has appeared in The Morning News, the anthology Best New American Voices, and elsewhere.

Fred Haefele

Fred PhotoFred Haefele’s essays have appeared in Outside, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, American Heritage, Salon.com, Montana Magazine and Newsday. He has received literary fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University. He is the author of the award-winning motorcycle memoir Rebuilding the Indian (Riverhead Books, 1998, Bison Books, 2005) and Extremophilia (Bangtail Press, 2012). Haefele has taught creative writing at the University of Montana and at Stanford, where he was a Jones Lecturer. He also helped students as an essay writer. He lives in Missoula with his wife, writer Caroline Patterson, and two children.