Faculty & Speaker Biographies


This was the confirmed Agent and Editor line-up from our 2014 conference. Please check back for the 2015 line-up!

  • Mary Andonian

    Mary Andonian, Film/FiLMLaB Coordinator

    Mary Andonian


    Mary Andonian is a former board member of Willamette Writers and currently serves as Film Chair on the conference committee. In past lives, she sold corporate leadership and sales training solutions, and even had a brief stint as the commercial west coast sales manager for The Maytag Company.

    She is the author of the teen inspirational book, Bitsy’s Labyrinth, and has just finished her fourth screenplay, a thriller, called THE SOUND OF RAIN.

    Website: www.maryandonian.com

    Teaching: Conference Success Basics Friday 8:30 – 10:00


  • Joëlle Anthony

    Joelle Anthony

    Joëlle Anthony

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (YA, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, NO web critiques)
    Joëlle is available Saturday and Sunday only

    Originally from Portland, Joëlle Anthony is a writer, teacher, and sometimes-actress who currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the American Library Association’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. Her latest release, The Right & the Real also an ALA’s Best YA Fiction list (2012) nominee was recently named a Bank Street’s 2013 Best Books of the Year. Joëlle uses her skills as an actress, and her enthusiasm for the written, word to excite kids and adults alike about writing. For the past four years, she has worked as a Writer in Residence with the Grade 6 & 7 class at Gabriola Elementary School, in B.C., and has spoken and taught at various libraries and literary festivals, in Canada and the U.S. She teaches a variety of workshops for writers of all ages, as well as a workshop for artists hoping to improve their visibility and market their work. Visit her on the web at www.joelleanthony.com for more information. @joellewrites on Twitter

    Website: www.joëlleanthony.com

    Teaching: The Final Polish Saturday 8:30 – 10:00
    True to Teens: Young Adult Dialogue Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Steven Barnes

    Steven Barnes

    Steven Barnes


    Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due.

    But Steve’s true love is teaching balance and enhancing human performance in all forms: emotional, professional and physical. In addition to being an author and writing instructor, he is also a life coach, CST coach and certified hypnotist. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the self-development arts, including hypnosis certification with Transformative Arts Institute in Marin, CA, training as a yoga and Tai Chi instructor, and fourth-degree black belt. He has counseled executives, royalty, prominent politicians and Hollywood celebrities at the Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica.

    Steve has gained a unique understanding of the relationship between myth, energy and consciousness, and has shared it with thousands of students and clients since 1980. His newest course is THE HERO’S JOURNEY: LIFE MASTERY FOR MODERN MEN, now available exclusively through his web site.

    Website: www.lifewrite.com

    Teaching: Genre 101 Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Crowdfunding Your Film Sunday 3:30 – 4:30

  • Susan Blackaby

    Children's author Susan Blackaby

    Susan Blackaby

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Picture Books, Early Readers, Early Chapter Books, NO web critiques)
    Susan is available Friday and Saturday only

    Susan Blackaby has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, Suz hones her skills by writing for the K-8 audience and teaching writing workshops. On her own time, she genre surfs. Besides a very long list of early and hi-lo readers, Suz is the author of several picture books including the upcoming Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon, a middle grade biography Cleopatra: Egypt’s Last and Greatest Queen, and a collection of “home poems” entitled Nest, Nook & Cranny, which won the 2011 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Musts include strong milky tea, Cheez-its, narrow-ruled yellow tablets, and #2 Ticonderogas.

    Website: Susan on Goodreads

    Teaching: Writing for Fledging Readers Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Using Poetic Devices in Prose Saturday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Shannon Bodie

    Designer Shannon Bodie

    Shannon Bodie


    At Lightbourne (now BookWise), Shannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years, and has shared her knowledge as a partner, speaker, and art director for over fifteen. She has a reputation for outstanding service and award-winning design. She specializes in full service designs for publishers and authors: websites, marketing and branding, covers, interior layout, and ebooks. She has focus in multi-media and utilizing digital methods for greener publishing.

    Website: www.bookwisedesign.com

    Teaching: The Web Was Made for Writers Saturday 8:30 – 10:00
    Mastering Tactical Social Engagement Sunday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Jason Brick

    Jason Brick, Program Coordinator

    Jason Brick


    Jason Brick speaks nationally to writers about business and about business to writers. His nonfiction includes the #1 Amazon bestselling Mastering the Business of Writing and 9 Habits of Highly Profitable Writing, as well as thousands of articles for magazines and websitesHis fiction projects run the gamut from humorous adult crime novels to stories for young adults. When not coaching writers and business owners (or writers who are business owners), he spends his time cooking, practicing martial arts and playing table-top games.

    Website: www.brickcommajason.com

    Teaching: Nine Habits of Highly Profitable Writing Friday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Larry Brooks

    Larry Brooks

    Larry Brooks

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Thrillers, Mysteries, Adult Contemporary, Any Fiction, NO web critiques)
    Larry is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    Larry Brooks is the author of two writing books, Story Engineering and Story Physics, and the creator of Storyfix.com, a popular fiction craft website. He is a frequent workshop presenter, including more than a few stops at the Willamette Writers Conference. His newest novel is Deadly Faux, from Turner Publishing, which has re-released his backlist of four titles, and is republishing another previous title under another title. He lives with his wife, Laura, in Scottsdale, Arizona, which he says has two seasons: heaven and hell.

    Website: www.storyfix.com

    Teaching: Story 101: The Three-Way Collision of Idea, Concept, and Premise Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Story 202: Discovering Story Through Structure Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
    Story 303: Draft, Revise, Repeat…Or Not Sunday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Teri Brown

    Teri Brown

    Teri Brown


    Teri Brown is proud of her two children but coming in a close second is the fact that she parachuted out of a plane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, rule breaker, food fixer, novel writer, kitty keeper, and city slicker.

    As Teri Brown, she is the author of a contemporary YA Read My Lips, and a young adult historical series, Born of Illusion, from Balzer+Bray. As TJ Brown, Teri writes New Adult historicals from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The first book will be out January, 2013. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland, Oregon.

    Website: www.teribrownbooks.com

    Teaching: Creepy Crawlies: Writing Teen Horror Sunday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Kiersi Burkhardt

    Kiersi Burkhart

    Kiersi Burkhart


    Kiersi has an essay coming out in an anthology called THE V-WORD in 2016 with Beyond Words, and imprint of Simon & Schuster. She spoke at the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) “Next Level” Professional Series in April, and gave a talk for WordCamp two years ago about content creation and connecting with your target audience. She has a very active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr–and is in the process of re-inventing her blog to be more targeted to teens.


    Teaching: Social Media for Children’s Writers Saturday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Wendy Call

    Wendy Call

    Wendy Call


    Wendy Call has been Writer in Residence at more than a dozen institutions. Northwest locales include Harborview Medical Center, Hedgebrook, North Cascades National Park, Richard Hugo House and Seattle University. She co-edited Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007) and wrote No Word for Welcome (Nebraska, 2011), winner of Grub Street’s National Book Prize for Nonfiction. She lives in Seattle and is on the BFA faculty of Goddard College. Wendy Call (www.wendycall.com) has served as Writer in Residence at twenty institutions, including universities, national parks, high schools, visual art centers, and a public hospital. Northwest locales include Harborview Medical Center, Hedgebrook, North Cascades National Park, Richard Hugo House, and Seattle University. She co-edited Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007). Her book No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (Nebraska, 2011) won Grub Street’s National Book Prize for Nonfiction. Her current writing project, about our national park system, has been supported by grants from 4Culture, K2 Foundation, and Seattle’s CityArtist Program. She lives in Seattle and is on the BFA faculty of Goddard College.

    Website: www.wendycall.com

    Teaching: Grants and Residencies for Writers Sunday 3:30 – 4:30

  • Eileen Cook

    Eileen Cook

    Eileen Cook

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Any, but NO web critiques)
    Eileen is available Saturday and Sunday only

    Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.  She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, YEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES came out in February 2014.  Eileen has published adult, young adult and middle grade novels. She currently writes for Simon and Schuster and Harper Collins. Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences in both Canada and the US and teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

    You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.  Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and dog and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else

    Website: www.eileencook.com

    Teaching: What Did You Say? Taking Dialogue Beyond the Basics Saturday 3:30 – 5:00
    Make War, Not Peace: Increasing Conflict in Your Fiction Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Tom Corson-Knowles

    Tom Knowles

    Tom Knowles

    Taking lit one-on-ones – taking groups with short pitches

    Tom Corson-Knowles is a publisher, blogger and international bestselling author.

    He teaches authors how to turn their writing into a profitable career. Tom is the founder of TCK Publishing, an ebook-focused publisher that provides advanced marketing support and training for its clients. The company’s goal is to help every client earn a full-time income as an author. TCK Publishing specializes in marketing for both fiction and non-fiction authors to build a sustainable author brand and loyal fan base for long-term success.

    Tom’s bestselling books include Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, The Kindle Publishing Bible, and Facebook for Business Owners, among others.

    Tom is often quoted as saying, “You can achieve all of your dreams through publishing ebooks if you’re willing to master the three key areas of authorship: writing, publishing and marketing.”

    Website: www.tckpublishing.com

    Teaching: The E-Book Revolution and the Future of Publishing Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
    13 Steps to Becoming a Best-Selling Author Saturday 3:00 – 5:00

  • Kim Cooper-Findling

    Kim Cooper Findling

    Kim Cooper Findling


    Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Central Oregon since 1995. She is the Chief Editor of Central Oregon Magazine and the author of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. Kim was the 2011 winner of the Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, is an ambassador for Travel Oregon’s Ask Oregon program and teaches and coaches writing for children and adults. Her work has appeared in Horizon Air, Alaska Air, Northwest Travel, Runner’s World, Sky West, The Best Places to Kiss NW, Western Art and Architecture, High Desert Journal and more.

    Website: www.kimcooperfindling.com

    Teaching: What Editors Want: Getting (and Keeping) Magazine Freelance Gigs Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Secrets of Travel Writing Success Friday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Danika Dinsmore

    Danika Dinsmore

    Danika Dinsmore


    Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Her imagistic writing is informed by her background in poetry and screenwriting. An award-winning spokenword artist and educator, she often takes her show on the road, entertaining children at festivals and schools and teaching creative writing and world building to both kids and adults. She is author of children’s fantasy novels Brigitta of the White Forest, The Ruins of Noe, and Ondelle of Grioth and was most recently published in the Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror anthology from Tarcher/Penguin with her essay “Put it in Space!” She is a professional member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC), and Canada’s Association of Speculative Fiction Writing Professionals (SFC). You can find her at danikadinsmore.com and on Twitter @danika_dinsmore.

    Website: www.danikadinsmore.com

    Teaching: Reaching Audience in the Children’s Market Saturday 3:30 – 5:00

  • Sarina Dorie

    Sarina Dorie

    Sarina Dorie

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Humor, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, NO web critiques)
    Sarina is available Sunday only

    Sarina Dorie has worked as an English teacher and copy editor overseas, joined her first critique group when she was sixteen, and has been a member of Willamette Writers and Romance Writers of America for years. Sarina’s novel, Silent Moon (published by Soulmate Publishing), won second place in the Duel on the Delta Contest, second place in the Golden Rose, third place in the Winter Rose Contest and third in the Ignite the Flame Contest. Her unpublished novel, Wrath of the Tooth Fairy won first place in the Golden Claddagh and in the Golden Rose contests. She has sold short stories to over thirty magazines and anthologies including Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Cosmos, Penumbra, Sword and Laser, Perihelion, Bards and Sages, Neo-Opsis, Flagship, Allasso, New Myths, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and Crossed Genres to name a few.

    Website: www.sarinadorie.com

    Teaching: The Clowning Linguist: How to Write Humor Sunday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Craig English

    Craig English

    Craig English


    Craig English’s latest novel (eBook), The Anvil of Navarre, is an epic tale of love, revenge and sexual identity (https://www.facebook.com/CraigEnglishBooks).Craig’s nonfiction includes Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice (paper, eBook, audio) www.anxioustoplease.com). His article, “Set Your Writing Free,” appeared on the October 2012 cover of The Writer Magazine. Craig’s latest project, Black Swan, is a tale of wall street greed, dragons, and a  mild-mannered Shakespeare professor, Harold Swan. Craig is a sought after teacher and keynote speaker at conferences. He brings 25 years of experience to his dynamic workshops at such venues as the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, The Esalen Institute (California), Hollyhock Retreat Centre (British Columbia, Canada), Breitenbush Retreat Center (Oregon), Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Willamette Writers Conference, and Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Mr. English has been featured on radio shows across the United States. Television appearances include KING 5 Morning News with Joyce Taylor (NBC Seattle) and Geraldo at Large with Arthel Neville (Fox Network). For twenty-five years Mr. English worked as a professional actor on Seattle area and regional stages. He has done more than 50 television and radio commercials, and CD ROM game voice-overs. He has acted in more than 20 productions of Shakespeare and was a certified fight choreographer.

    Website: www.facebook.com/CraigEnglishBooks

    Teaching: Print to Performance: How to Make an Excellent Reading Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Writing Urban Fantasy: The Alchemy of the Ordinary Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Hallie Ephron

    Hallie Ephron

    Hallie Ephron

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Thrillers, NO web critiques)
    Hallie is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    Hallie Ephron writes suspense novels she hopes keep readers up nights. A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark award, Hallie made a splash with “Never Tell a Lie.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” USA Today: “You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.” It was adapted for film as “And Baby Will Fall” for the Lifetime Movie Network. Hallie’s newest suspense novel, “There Was an Old Woman,” is set in the Bronx. it’s a story of trust and betrayal, deception and madness. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related. The book has garnered rave reviews. Washington Post book reviewer Maureen Corrigan says, “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, ‘There Was an Old Woman’ is the perfect thriller lite.” New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp.” “There Was an Old Woman” is Hallie’s third suspense novel to be honored as a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Sarah Weinman named it one of her “Top 10 for 2013.” Before writing suspense standalones, Hallie collaborated on five Dr. Peter Zak series mysteries with Donald Daidoff under the shared pen name G. H. Ephron and published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

    Website: www.hallieephron.com

    Teaching: Crafting a Page-Turner Friday 1:30 – 3:00
    Uses of Setting: More than Creating a Sense of Place Saturday 1:30 – 3:00
    Making the Reader Care Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Julie Fast

    Author Julie Fast

    Julie Fast


    Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder and mood management. She is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Julie is a critically acclaimed national speaker, family and partner coach and sought after media source on the topic of mental health management.

    Her books have sold over 150,000 copies and her popular websites have received over one million visitors.

    Website: www.juliefast.com

    Teaching: Kindle Magic Friday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Brian Feinblum


    Brian Feinblum has been promoting best-selling authors, self-published books, motivational speakers, major businesses, leading non-profits, and influential trade associations since 1989. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for MEDIA CONNECT.

    He has worked with hundreds of diverse and unique clients across many industries. Brian is instrumental in matching new clients with the right services and servicing their needs. He also develops unique services for the company and is respected as one of the best press kit writers in the business.

    Prior to joining MEDIA CONNECT, Brian was the Senior Publicist at Lifetime Books for three years. Notable clients included magician David Copperfield and best-selling author Og Mandino. A sampling of the media appearances he scheduled for his authors included Oprah, CNN, and USA Today.

    He also served as the head of publicity for SPI Books for two years. The stable of authors included the best-selling sexuality psychologist, Dr. Ruth. Featured bookings included Larry King Live, Phil Donahue, Geraldo, Joan Rivers, Sally Jesse Raphael and the Associated Press.

    Recent experts promoted by Media Connect include acting legend Henry Winkler, comedians George Wallace and Jeff Foxworthy, best-selling parenting and relationship expert Hal Runkel, NYT best-selling business authors Kimberly Foss and Tom Anderson, baseball announcer Joe Garagiola, CEO of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation John C. Whitehead, gossip columnist Cindy Adams, and Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropy.

    He often presents at publishing events, including the Cape Cod Writers Conference and the American Society of Journalists & Authors. His ever-popular book marketing and publicity blog can be found at http://www.bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com

    Brian resides with his wife, their two children, a bulldog (Daisy) in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City. His kids remind him he has two fish as well.

    Website: www.bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com

    Teaching: Promoting Your Self-Published Book Friday 3:30 – 5:00

  • Stephany Folsom

    Stephany Folsom

    Stephany Folsom

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Film, NO web critiques)
    Stephany is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    Stephany Folsom worked in feature development and travelled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made last year’s Black List and Hit List. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, SLEEPY HOLLOW) have signed on to produce her script. Currently Stephany is adapting Harlan Coben’s best selling novel MISSING YOU for Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner’s RatPac. She is repped by Kaplan/Perrone and Verve.

    Website: www.stephanyfolsom.com

    Teaching: The Ins and Outs of Screenwriting Friday 1:30 – 3:00
    Working with a Film/TV Literary Agent or Manager Saturday 1:30 – 3:00
    Writing the Adaptation Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

    Speaking: “Work Your Passion” Lunch Speaker, Sunday

  • Nancy Froeschle

    Screenwriter Nancy Froeschle

    Nancy Froeschle


    A visual artist turned screenwriter, Nancy Froeschle traded brushes for screenwriting software and began painting her pictures with words. In 2008, she was a Nicholl Fellowships Finalist for her WWI script, The Greater Glory. In 2010, her thriller, The Restoration, was optioned by Cook Street Productions. Her short, Edwin and Maudey, was filmed in 2012 with award-winning director Mischa Webley. Now a writer for hire, Nancy adapted Captain For Dark Mornings from book to screen for LA Director Scott McCullough. In October, 2013, she was chosen by Insurrection Films LLC to adapt Odette, a true WWII spy story, into a feature script. Finally in May, 2014, she signed with an LA producer to write a psychological horror script.

    In addition, Nancy leads workshops, teaches screenwriting to middle schoolers, brews beer and loves to travel.

    Website: www.distractionentertainment.com

    Teaching: Conference Success Basics Friday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Benjamin Gorman

    Presenter Benjamin Gorman

    Benjamin Gorman

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Any Fiction, NO web critiques)
    Ben is available on Sunday only

    Benjamin Gorman is the author of The Sum of Our Gods. He teaches creative writing at Central High School in Independence, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Paige, and their son, Noah.

    Benjamin is a firm believer in human beings and the power of their stories.

    Website: www.TheSumOfOurGods.com

    Teaching: What the YA Audience Wants You to Know Before You Write Your YA Novel Sunday 1:30 – 3:00


  • Sam Greengard

    Sam Greengard

    Sam Greengard


    Samuel Greengard is author of AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love and the forthcoming book, The Internet of Things (MIT Press). He has written for AARP, the magazine, Delta Sky, Entrepreneur, Los Angeles magazine, The Writer, United Hemispheres, Wired and many other publications. He’s a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and an instructor at the UCLA Extension Journalism Program.

    Find him on Twitter: @samthewriter

    Website: www.greengard.com

    Teaching: Freelance Writing: Double Your Income, Double Your Fun Sunday 3:30 – 4:30


  • Melissa Hart

    Melissa Hart

    Melissa Hart

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Memoir, Magazine, Essays, Fiction for Middle Grade and YA, Query Letters, Travel Writing, NO web critiques)
    Melissa is available Saturday only

    Melissa Hart is the author of the memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal Press, 2009). She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Orion, High Country News, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, The Advocate, and numerous other publications. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon and for Laurel Springs—a distance-learning high school based in Ojai, California.

    Website: www.melissahart.com

    Teaching: Basic Magazine Feature Writing Saturday 8:30 – 10:00
    Advanced Magazine Feature Writing Saturday 1:30 – 3:00

  • William Hertling

    William Hertling

    William Hertling

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Web critiques only)
    William is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    William Hertling is the author of the indie-published novels Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. His award-winning near-term science-fiction novels about the emergence of artificial intelligence and future of technology have been called “frighteningly plausible”, “tremendous”, and “must read”. A web and social media strategist at a high-tech company, his indie-published novels quickly became best-sellers and were recommended by key influencers in the technology world, including Brad Feld (cofounder TechStars and managing director at Foundry Group), Harper Reed (former CTO of the Obama Campaign), and Ben Huh (CEO Cheezburger). A frequent speaker on book marketing and launches, he describes his path to indie-publication and marketing techniques in Indie & Small Press Book Marketing. He resides in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or sign up for his mailing list at www.williamhertling.com.

    Website: www.williamhertling.com

    Teaching: The Evolution of a Writing Career Friday 1:30 – 3:00
    Every Trick in the Book for Optimizing Your Web & Amazon Presence Saturday 1:30 – 3:00
    Advanced Modern Marketing Topics Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Gordy Hoffman

    Gordy Hoffman

    Gordy Hoffman

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Film, NO web critiques)
    Gordy is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    Gordy’s screenplay, LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In 2001, Gordy was chosen for Fox Searchlab, a director development program at Fox Searchlight, where he wrote and directed three digital shorts, THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED SEEING MOVIES, JACK SIGNS and UNTITLED. Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film’s Script DC Conference in Washington, D.C., the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. He’s recently completed a script about Christmas Shopping which he will direct, and he’s now working on a project for actress Abigail Spencer.

    Website: www.bluecatscreenplay.com

    Teaching: How To Lose a Screenwriting Competition Friday 3:30 – 5:00
    Everyone Has Ears: How To Write Profitable Dialogue Saturday 8:30 – 10:00
    Taking Notes for Adults Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Alex Hughes

    Alex Hughes

    Alex Hughes

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Any Fiction, Web critiques)
    Alex is available Saturday only

    Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! You can visit her at Twitter at @ahugheswriter or on the web at www.ahugheswriter.com.

    Website: www.ahugheswriter.com

    Teaching: POV in Genre Fiction Saturday 3:30 – 5:00


  • Clark Kohanek

    Clark Kohanek

    Clark Kohanek

    Accepting Advanced Manuscript Critiques (Film, NO web critiques)
    Clark is available Sunday only

    Clark Kohanek is a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist, writer and director. Clark has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, production companies and studios over the last 17 years. (i.e.Weiden&Kennedy, Universal Studios, Anonymous Content, Dark Horse, Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tim Robbins, Bryan Singer to name a few.) Clark’s THE UNDERTAKERS was a 2004 Nichol quarter finalist. His micro-budget, sci-fi action thriller – CONTAINED – about a modern day Lloyd’s of London insurance investigator caught up in a still active Cold War operation employing futuristic weapon technologies aboard cargo containers ships used to fake a world-wide alien invasion. The project has now been upgraded to a deca-million dollar project in consideration at 20th Century Fox.

    Clark currently works and lives in Portland, Oregon though travels teaching visual storytelling and screenwriting workshops at various writing conferences throughout the year.

    Website: www.clarkkohanek.wordpress.com

    Teaching: Premise: The Writer’s Power Tool Sunday 3:30 – 4:30

  • Christi Krug

    Christi Krug

    Christi Krug

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-Help, NO web critiques)
    Christi is available Sunday only

    Christi Krug is the creator of Wildfire Writing, a class she teaches for Clark College and independently. She serves as coach and editor for writers across the country, and hosts a popular reading series at Cascade Community Library in Vancouver, Washington.

    Her recent book, Burn Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Creative Breakthrough, was born out of sixteen years of helping writers and artists overcome obstacles.  Meanwhile, her award-winning, soulful, and sometimes devious words have been published in everything from handmade zines to international magazines, from Sunday school take-home papers to horror anthologies. In addition to works of poetry, speculative fiction, literary fiction, and memoir, hundreds of her nonfiction pieces have appeared in print and online.

    As a creative instigator, Christi leads community gatherings and promotes a whole-person approach to growth and creativity. She has brought her inspiration to libraries, camps, retirement homes, retreat centers, elementary schools, and many a kitchen table. Find out more at www.christikrug.com.

    Website: www.christikrug.com

    Teaching: Slashing Procrastination Sunday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Mike Kuciak

    Mike Kuciak

    Mike Kuciak

    Taking film one-on-ones – taking groups with short pitches

    After serving as senior vice president of development for a management/production company, MIKE KUCIAK left to start Samurai MK, where he represents writers and produces film and TV, and markets books. Mike was part of the producing team behind a horror movie called THE SHOWER, and set up FREEZER, starring Dylan McDermott and Peter Facinelli. He is currently working on pulling together a slate of horror and thriller feature projects. Mike is also a judge for The Page International Screenwriting Awards.

    Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror/Supernatural, Thriller                                    

    Does not want: Fantasy, Drama, TV

    What Mike is really looking for: “High concept horror and thriller that can be done for a low budget, and/or high concept action and comedy of any budget with franchise potential.”

    Website: www.masteroftheflyingguillotine.blogspot.com

    Teaching: Can You Pitch It? Can You Cast It? Friday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Latino Panel Bios


    Graphic designer, photographer, writer, and translator, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual within the Humanities, both in her own professional creation as well as in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre—Triple Chronicle of a Name (Lectorum, 2003) and the non-fiction book Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad—On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality (Lectorum, 2009). She co-authored the books Literatura: imaginación, identidad y poder, Vampiros transmundanos y tan urbanos, and ¡Madres! Cuentos (y precauciones) de maternidad. Saed has also published book reviews, photos and stories in newspapers and magazines, like Reforma and Crónica (in Mexico), and Literal Magazine (in the US). Her first documentary Naïve premiered in March 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project. Ivonne Saed currently teaches at Marylhurst University and she’s a Delve guide for Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. As radio host, she talks about literature in her monthly segment Letra Viva, a part of FusionArte Radio on KBOO—90.7 fm Portland or kboo.fm.



    Linguist and poet Juan Antonio (Tony) Trujillo centers his work on the interplay of identities within shared and private spaces. As tenured faculty in the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University he has published scholarly articles on the development of Spanish in the culturally-complex US Southwest and the dynamics of the mixed Anglo/Latino college classroom in the International Journal of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest and in edited volumes Spanish of the US Southwest: A Language in Transition and Español en Estados Unidos y Otros Contextos de Contacto. He is co-editor with Susana Rivera-Mills of Building Communities and Making Connections, a book dedicated to exploring critical pedagogy in language education. Tony Trujillo’s non-academic writing primarily examines internal spaces, with an emphasis on the interplay between religious upbringing, ethnicity and sexual identity. His poetry is included in the forthcoming anthology Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano and Chicano Poetry and his creative non-fiction piece on leaving Mormonism will appear in an edited volume on queer Chicano spiritualities. Both books will be available in the coming year from Kórima Press.

    Teaching: Writing for the Latino Market Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Jennifer Lauck

    Jennifer Lauck

    Jennifer Lauck

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Any, Web critiques)
    Jennifer is available on Friday only

    Jennifer Lauck is an award winning journalist and the author of the New York Times Bestseller Blackbird. Featured on The Oprah Show, Winfrey told her audience, “this should have been a Book of the Month book. Read it now!” Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Angela’s Ashes, wrote of Blackbird: “Written gloriously and movingly.” The London Times wrote: “Lauck has constructed a riveting narrative from the awful mess of her life. That she has managed to do so fills me with an admiration for which I cannot find words. The best I can do is to suggest that you read this book.” Blackbird went on to be translated into twenty-two languages and made the bestseller list in London, Ireland and Spain. She has traveled throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Holland, to speak about her writing. Lauck was given the Book Sense 76 award and was featured in Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Talk Magazine, People, Glamour and Writer’s Digest. She was a select USA Today pick and nominated for two Oregon Book Awards.

    Website: www.jenniferlauck.com

    Teaching: Pacing in Memoir Friday 8:30 – 10:00
    Memoir and the Better Novel Friday 3:30 – 5:00

  • Marc Manus

    Marc Manus

    Marc Manus

    Taking film one-on-ones – taking groups with short pitches

    Film_lab_laurels_smMarc Manus, a former award-winning photojournalist, attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation.  His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy-Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Marc held positions at various management companies, including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros.’ comedy “Three to Tango,” before forming Manus Entertainment.  He has a well-respected roster of emerging writers and directors involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Anchor Bay, Lionsgate and Syfy.  A few recent projects include a remake of “Ghost From the Machine” set up at Universal Pictures, “Crawl to Me,” an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel, set up with Rodar y Rodar (“The Orphanage”) and action-thriller “Gridlocked,” starring Cuba Goodling, Jr.  Marc recently served as co-producer on the horror-thriller “Delivery,” which made its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

    Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror/Supernatural, Sci-fi, Television, Thriller

    What Marc is really looking for: “Writers with interesting voices, unique ideas and thick skin. It’s that simple.”

    Teaching: Working With A Film/TV Literary Agent or Manager Saturday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Derek Murphy

    Book-cover designer Derek Murphy

    Derek Murphy


    Derek Murphy started a book editing company while working on his PhD in Literature, but soon begun using his background in fine arts to help clients with their book covers. Demand grew quickly and Derek now designs book covers full time.

    Derek is committed to finding the cover that will sell the most books, not necessarily the cover the author thinks they want – and uses cases studies and split-testing to get real sales data so that he knows which elements, fonts and colors perform best for each genre.

    Website: www.bookcovers.creativindie.com

    Teaching: Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books Sunday 8:30 – 10:00


  • Linda Needham

    Linda Needham

    Linda Needham


    Linda Needham credits her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, support from her fellow writers, and her hero-husband for her publishing achievements. Winning the RWA’s Golden Heart as an unpublished author and joining Avon Books two months later are among the highlights of her Fabulous Forties.

    Seven books, two stageplays, three musical revues and the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists later, Linda has entered her Fantastic Fifties with brazenness, exaltation, and an RWA Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year award!

    Website: www.lindaneedham.com

    Teaching: Writing Genre for the Self-Publishing Market Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
    Escalating Relationships in Genre Fiction Sunday 3:30 – 4:30

  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild

    logoThe Northwest Independent Editors Guild is a network of editorial expertise, made up of more than 300 professional editors in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to producing the Red Pencil in the Woods conference for editors every other year, the Guild offers regular meetings and networking events for professional development, an online directory and job board, and a speakers’ bureau to provide information to area writers. For more information, visit www.edsguild.org or www.facebook.com/edsguild.

    Website: www.edsguild.org

    Teaching: Think You’re Done? (Panel) Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Grael Norton

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Web critiques only)
    Grael is available on Friday only

    Grael Norton is director of marketing at Wheatmark and a senior faculty member of the Authors Academy, where he’s helped thousands of authors prepare their projects for market and launch effective marketing programs. Grael is the author of The Author’s Guide to Choosing a Publishing Service. Prior to joining Wheatmark, he worked as an editorial assistant for Fodor’s Travel Guides, a division of Random House, and self-pubbed a series of e-book titles, all B.K. (Before Kindle!) The author of one produced and four unproduced screenplays, he holds a BA in French and Romance philology from Columbia University. He can be reached via email at gnorton@wheatmark.com.

    Website: www.wheatmark.com

    Teaching: Picking a Publishing Service Friday 10:30 – 12:00

  • Gayathri Ramprasad

    Gayathri Ramprasad

    Gayathri Ramprasad


    Gayathri Ramprasad is the Founder and President of ASHA International a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness. And, the author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. Now, she shares that message with others. Since the launch of ASHA International’s wellness campaign, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives in 2006, Gayathri’s keynotes, wellness workshops, and cultural competence trainings have reached more than 30,000 people nationally and internationally, with a resounding message of hope and healing. Individuals and organizations alike applaud Gayathri as an agent of hope and transformational change. Gayathri received her first undergraduate degree in science from Bangalore University in India. At George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, she earned a second undergraduate degree in management and information systems and a master’s in business administration. Gayathri is also a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). Gayathri is a member of the Global Speakers Federation and winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is also the winner of the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award from her alma mater George Fox University.

    Website: www.GayathriRamprasad.com

    Teaching: How to Write, Traditionally Publish and Market Your Memoir Friday 3:30 – 5:00

    Speaking: “Writing to Change the World” Lunch Speaker, Friday

  • Katie Reed

    Katie Reed

    Katie Reed

    Taking lit one-on-ones – taking groups with short pitches

    Katie obtained her Bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento, but the most enlightening part of her college career was her internship with Andrea Hurst Literary Management. There she discovered her passion for being part of the process that connects compelling stories with book-hungry readers. Katie is looking for stories that demand to be read, having characters that transcend the page and remain in her thoughts long after the book has been closed. Katie has worked as a freelance editor and enjoys helping writers develop their novels in preparation for pitching and publication. Katie resides in the small town of Durham, California with her incredible husband, her joyful son, and Snoodles, her loyal cat. Besides her addiction to reading, she is also a diehard Miami Heat fan and obsessed with all things Disney.

    Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young Adult, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Romance, Fantasy, Narrative Non-Fiction, Sci-Fi

    What Katie is really looking for:  “I’m dying to get my hands on a YA contemporary romance with a unique hook, lots of tension, and a protagonist with an unforgettable voice. I’m also drawn to commercial women’s fiction with a literary edge.”

    Website: www.andreahurst.com

    Teaching: The Perfect Pitch Friday 3:30 – 5:00

  • Jack Rochester

    Jack Rochester


    Jack B. Rochester has worked in publishing his entire career as an editor, publisher and writer. He’s written 11 works of nonfiction, including the national bestseller The Naked Computer, hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and short stories and poetry for literary magazines. His first novel, Wild Blue Yonder, was published in 2011. The sequel, Madrone, will be published by Wheatmark in spring, 2014. Jack earned his Master’s degree in comparative literature from California State University at Sonoma, where he sponsors an annual scholarship for students who aspire to a career in writing. He was raised in South Dakota and Wyoming, spent many years in California, and today lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts. No moss grows beneath his feet.

    Website: www.wildblueyondernovel.com

    Teaching: Your Professional Writing Career Friday 3:30 – 5:00
    You Can Do It (And You Should): Writing Your First Book Saturday 3:30 – 5:00
    Ghostwriting: The Ultimate Writing Challenge Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Elizabeth Rusch

    Liz Rusch

    Liz Rusch

    Accepting Advanced Manuscript Critiques (Children’s, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, NO web critiques)
    Elizabeth is available on Friday and Saturday only

    Elizabeth Rusch is the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers including Eruption!, The Mighty Mars Rovers, A Day with No Crayons, and the new graphic novel Muddy Max. Her books have been honored by the Junior Library Guild, Children’s Book of the Month Club, ALA, and the National Council of Teachers of English, and have landed on best book of the year lists compiled by SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, NBC News, and the New York Public Library. Rusch speaks widely at schools and writing conferences. Learn more at www.elizabethrusch.com and join her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorelizabethrusch.

    Website: www.elizabethrusch.com

    Teaching: The Best Fit: An Overview of Children’s Literature Friday 8:30 – 10:00
    Kick Start Your Picture Book Friday 1:30 – 3:00
    Nailing Structure in Nonfiction for Kids Saturday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Luke Ryan

    Luke Ryan

    Luke Ryan

    Taking film one-on-ones – Luke’s group sessions are Q&A only
    Luke is available Friday and Saturday

    Luke Ryan is the CEO of The Alchemists Entertainment Group, a franchise content company based in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro.   The Alchemists have created innovative content and entertainment strategies for major Hollywood studios such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, NBC, and The CW as well as some of the world’s biggest brands such as Coca-Cola, Marvel, Microsoft, and Mattel.  They are currently the Executive Producers of the hit Hulu Show “East Los High.”  Prior to joining the Alchemists, Luke spent 15 years as a Hollywood studio executive with tenures at MGM, MTV Films, and New Line Cinema.  His credits include CABIN IN THE WOODS, RED DAWN, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, and HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE.  He is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of story design and the future of media, having created curriculum and taught at universities and conferences across the United States, UK, Canada, and Brazil.  Follow him and The Alchemists on Twitter: @lukeryansays and @AlchemistsGroup.

    Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Horror/Supernatural, Mystery, Sci-fi, Television, Spiritual, Thriller ALSO: Books on which to base a film.

    Does not want: No fantasy or hard sci-fi without some form of source material beyond a script. No smaller movies such as dramas, pure romances.

    What Luke is really looking for:  “I’m interested in content that can be turned into great film, television, or digital media. Everything should have some sort of international upside – meaning that it can’t be particularly small and specific, there has to be something at the creative core that can be attractive to a worldwide audience on a massive scale. I’m particularly looking for giant action/adventure movies that can be exciting to the entire family (think PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN in terms of size/tone). That said, I’m willing to consider micro-budget horror and thriller pitches that have a BIG idea behind them and breakout potential (think PARANORMAL ACTIVITY). Television, particularly cable one-hour, is also a huge priority.”

    Teaching: Future of Media Friday 10:30 – 12:00
    Second Half of the Second Act Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
    Emotional Structure Saturday 3:30 – 5:00

  • Ken Scholes


    Ken Scholes is the critically acclaimed author of four novels and over forty short stories. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is being published both at home and abroad to award nominations and rave reviews. Publisher’s Weekly hails the series as a “towering storytelling tour de force.”

    Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor, a soldier, a preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst.  He has a degree in history from Western Washington University, and he is a winner of the ALA’s RUSA Reading List award for best fantasy novel, France’s Prix Imaginales award for best foreign novel, and the Writers of the Future contest.

    Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and twin daughters.

    Website: www.kenscholes.com

    Teaching: The Evolution of a Writing Career Friday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Jools Sinclair

    Jools Sinclair Author Photo

    Jools Sinclair

    JOOLS HAS CANCELLED. We’ll have updates soon for the workshop taking her time slot on Sunday.

    Jools Sinclair is the author of the 44 series, which has been read by more than half a million readers.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sinclair graduated from UCLA. Over the years she’s been a car detailer, elementary school teacher, college writing instructor, and freelance writer.

    Her columns have appeared in various publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Seattle Times. One of her short stories was nominated for inclusion of the Best New American Voices anthology.

    For the last three years, Sinclair has been working full-time at her favorite job: Successful Indieauthor.

    Like her main character, Jools lives in Bend, Oregon.

    A TV series adaptation of 44 is currently in the works.

    Website: www.joolssinclair.com

    Teaching: Writing Paranormal Romance Sunday 10:30 – 12:00
     Jools’ Self-Publishing Success on Amazon class has been cancelled.

  • Marydee Sklar

    Marydee Sklar

    Marydee Sklar


    Marydee Sklar’s passion and life’s work is helping people to understand how their brain is connected to their time-management behavior. She is the author and publisher of three Seeing My Time™ books, including her newest book for parents: 50 Tips to Help Students Succeed. Her Seeing What I Need to Do–Instructor’s Manual won a gold medal in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. For almost twenty years Marydee has helped adults and families struggling with time management. In addition to her private clients in Portland, Oregon, she works with individuals, families, and educators via the web. She trains staff and faculty, and speaks at conferences, on the topic of time management, planning, and organization. She is the founder and CEO of Executive Functioning Success and Aguanga Publishing. She thankfully calls Portland, Oregon her home where she lives with her husband and Ubi, the queen kitty.

    Website: www.executivefunctioningsuccess.com/about/

    Teaching: Time Management for Writers Sunday 8:30 – 10:00

  • Roy Stevenson

    Roy Stevenson

    Roy Stevenson


    Roy Stevenson is a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. With more than 800 articles published in 190 regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, in-flights and online travel magazines, Roy is one of the most prolific travel writers in the U.S.A. His work has appeared in the U.S.A., Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He writes on travel and culture, history and historic places, food, wine and beer, hotel and spa reviews, military history and museums, military vehicles, writing, art, communications, health, fitness, running, triathlons, sports and film festival reviews. To view more of Roy Stevenson’s travel articles go to www.Roy-Stevenson.com His travel articles have appeared in Britain Magazine, Scotland Magazine, International Living, American Cowboy, Smithsonian Air & Space, Spirit of Ireland, Renaissance, This England, Australia & New Zealand, Emirates Open Skies In-flight, Beers-of-the-World, Beer Connoisseur, Beer Magazine, Beer & Brewery, Cheese Connoisseur, Collectible Automobile, Blue Water Sailing, Canadian Yachting West, Classic Boat, Coast Food & Arts, Sculpture, Lost Treasure, Motorcycle Classics, Northwest Meetings & Events, Popular Communications, Northwest Travel, South Sound, Gorge Guide, Off-Road Adventures, Jeep Action, Oregon Coast, Sunday Oregonian, New Zealand Sunday News, South China Morning Post, GoNomad.com, GoWorldTravel.com, TouristTravel.com, Travellady.com, TravelPostMonthly.com, Travelmag.co.uk, YourLifeIsaTrip.com, AllwaysTraveller.com, Europeupclose.com, Realfoodtraveler.com, epicureantraveler.com, and many other magazines.

    Website: www.roy-stevenson.com

    Teaching: 9 Reasons Why Aspiring Novelists Should Start by Writing for Magazines Saturday 10:30 – 12:00
    800 Bylines in Six Years Saturday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Lorelle VanFossen

    Lorelle VanFossen

    Lorelle VanFossen

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Web critiques only)
    Lorelle is available on Sunday only

    Lorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Called a blog evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes about everything WordPress, blogging, and social media, covering more than you may want to know about how all this blogging business and social stuff works. Her passion for helping people “have their say” on the web is contagious, presenting inspiring and motivation presentations at events around the world including Blog World Expo, WordCamps from Israel to Holland to Texas to Canada, WebVisions, SOBCon, and more.

    Website: www.lorelle.wordpress.com

    Teaching: Speed Blogging for Authors Sunday 8:30 – 10:00
    Your Blog Is Your Business Card Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Gordon Warnock

    Gordon Warnock

    Gordon Warnock

    Taking lit one-on-ones – taking groups with short pitches

    Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, serving as a literary agent and editorial director of the Fast Foreword digital publishing program. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. His client list is an even balance of seasoned veterans and promising new voices including Robert V. Taylor, Kelly Davio, and MariNaomi. Read more about what he represents and view his submission guidelines at www.forewordliterary.com.

    Genres: FictionNon-Fiction, Young Adult, Self-Help, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, New Adult, Graphic Novel

    Does not want: Religious works, spiritual journeys, satire, genre fiction, middle grade or younger

    What Gordon is really looking for: “I’m looking for authors who make it happen. These are facilitators of community, rather than cling-ons or lone wolves. I want authors who make themselves known by trying new things and helping those around them, actively contributing to the literary ecosystem.”

    Website: www.forewordliterary.com

    Teaching: An Agent Explains Author Platforms Friday 1:30 – 3:00

  • Cynthia Whitcomb

    Cynthia Whitcomb, Screenwriter

    Cynthia Whitcomb


    Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 screenplays. Her work has been performed by such actors as Kevin Spacey, Anjelica Huston, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Sheen and Jason Robards. She has been nominated for many awards including Emmy, Writers Guild of America and Cable Ace Award.

    She has written two books on screenwriting and teaches a popular screenwriting class for Willamette Writers in September.

    Website: www.cynthiawhitcomb.com

    Teaching: Dialogue for Fiction and Film Saturday 1:30 – 3:00

    Speaking: “Genre Jumping: Rejuvenating Your Writing Career in Mid-Life” Lunch Speaker, Saturday

  • Laura Whitcomb

    Laura Whitcomb

    Laura Whitcomb


    Laura Whitcomb grew up in a mildly haunted house. She received her English degree at California State University at Northridge in 1993. She is the author of three young adult supernatural love stories (A Certain Slant of Light, Under the Light, and The Fetch) as well as two books on the craft of writing (Your First Novel, co-authored with literary agent Ann Rittenberg, and Novel Shortcuts.) The movie rights for A Certain Slant of Light sold to Summit Entertainment, producer of the Twilight Saga movies. Her fiction has been published in nine languages. In 2005 her first novel was chosen for the “Discover Great New Writers” program at Barnes & Noble bookstores. In her spare time Laura sings madrigals with the Sherwood Renaissance Singers and hosts monthly supernatural tea parties. She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon, with her son Robinson.

    Website: www.laurawhitcomb.com

    Teaching: Magical Worlds & Real Romance Friday 3:30 – 5:00

  • David Paul Williams

    David Paul Williams

    David Paul Williams

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (All Nonfiction, including queries and proposals, NO web critiques)
    David is available on Friday and Saturday only

    Following the adage “write what you know,” David Paul Williams first wrote feature articles for fly fishing magazines, then added business-to-business articles spawned from those college degrees (he’s a Double Dawg–accounting and law) and three decades of lawyering. The itch to write “what he wanted to know” proved too hard to ignore and that lead to writing a book, Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth. He’s now working on another book—a floating, fishing and camping river guide. Unwilling to be bound by the non-fiction “just the facts, ma’am” shackles, he entered and won the SCN Novel Pitch and First Five Pages Contest. Now half- written, that project barely bubbles on the back burner as he mostly just thinks about plot and character development until the river guide is finished. A firm believer that writing conferences educate and energize attendees and presenters, David willingly shares his knowledge by teaching at numerous conferences. He also learns about writing and the writing business from other presenters and attendees. Williams is a practicing lawyer and real estate broker in Bellevue, Washington. He lives with the love of his life, Q Lindsey Barrett, a novelist and short story writer who inspired him to write. She patiently, oh so patiently, is teaching him the rudiments of grammar missing from his middle school education. More importantly, Q is the finest possible editor of his work. Everything he writes is better for her gentle touch.

    Website: www.thewriterealtor.com

    Teaching: When to Quit Your Day Job Friday 8:30 – 10:00
    Your Business as a Writer Saturday 3:30 – 5:00

  • John Sibley Williams

    John Sibley Williams

    John Sibley Williams

    Accepting Advance Manuscript Critiques (Poetry, NO web critiques)
    John is available Sunday only

    John Sibley Williams is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013). He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. He also created the recent anthologies Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems (Bare bone books, 2013). John serves as cofounder and editor of The Inflectionist Review, co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project, and Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford. Professionally, he works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press, as well as a literary agent representing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He has previously served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for various presses and authors, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. A few previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various international and local anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

    Website: www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com

    Teaching: The Business of Poetry Sunday 3:30 – 4:30

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