Who We Are

 Armed with credentials as masters in hands-on teaching and community organizing, WoW! facilitators are above all passionate about nurturing creative storytellers in all our WoW! Sojourns.


Rose Marie Sabangan, Founder

Rose Marie Sabangan lives in New York City. An American immigrant from the Philippines with childhood years spent in North Borneo, Rose launched Writing on Water (WoW) to indulge her passions for travel, cultural exchange and creative self- expression. “Movement is imperative for growth. It stretches our experience, out to the wider world, and reconnects us with nature, ultimately to our selves.” A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Goddard College (MFA, Creative Writing), Rose brings poetic stories and Wall Street sense to every WoW! adventure. She proudly follows in the footsteps of her artistic inspirations:  a dancer-daughter and a musician-son.

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Lucas Peters

To writer Lucas Peters, internationality, the language we use, the cultures we are exposed to, create who we are and the more of this we are influenced by, the more profound our writing and our person becomes.  Lucas has explored Morocco, from the date groves of the Sahara to the fishing villages along the Atlantic Coast. He’s dined at Rick’s Café in Casablanca, caught a ride on the “Marrakech Express,” gotten lost in the labyrinthian maze of the Fez medina and followed “The Beats” in Tangier. Lucas speaks French and Arabic, and is the author of Moon Morocco and currently lives in Paris. Find him online at lucasmpeters.com. 


ElizabetH Melvin

Elizabeth Melvin is a fiction writer, poet and educator. She enlightens the masses about literature’s impact on everything from politics to prosthetics. She is co-founder and editor of the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist Neologian literary journal where she provides a platform for unique voices in various genres (neologian.org).  Elizabeth completed a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College of Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her work appears in the Neologian, Illinois’s Emerging Writers Anthology, Pitkin Review, and Big Bob’s Fish, Chips, and Poems. She is a literary devotee, mother of two amazing kids, and avid reader.


Melissa Franic

Melissa Franic’s life work includes finding ways to connect to heritage and cultural identity through travel and storytelling. She teaches writing courses and workshops in the Chicago area and is always looking for ways to find new members of the writing tribe. Previously, she worked as a journalist for various newspapers, including The West Chicago Press and The Naperville Sun. Melissa is the co-founder of Neologian, a biannual literary journal featuring the work of emerging artists and writers from across the country. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Currently, she lives in Schaumburg, Illinois with her husband and cat.


James Minniear

James Minniear finds that nothing works better for developing and organizing new ideas than taking ridiculously long and aimless walks, whether through the world’s oldest neighborhoods in Athens, Greece or across the Willamette River bridges of Portland, Oregon. He writes primarily for the stage and screen, but any empty piazza in the Mediterranean that inspires some theatre will do.  James’s play “In Vino Veritas” was produced in Brooklyn, NY, and his other works have been published in Journey magazine and the Neologian. James received his BA in Drama Studies from Purchase College and MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He is fortunate to call Maui, Hawaii his home, waking up each morning to the sounds of a waterfall and a fresh stream of words.