Presenters - Write on the Sound

The following are the 2017 conference presenters.

The 2018 presenters will be announced in the spring.




Leslie Adkins is passionate about writing and about sharing her passion with others. She is a well-received writing instructor at North Seattle College and has written several novels, seven of them mysteries. Leslie is co-creator of Write Night, a weekly facility writing group. 

Mystery Panel: Putting the "D" in Dastardly Deeds, Sun 10:45am
Preparing for National Novel Writing Month, Sun 1:45pm

sillouetteScotti Andrews is an award-nominated writer of thrillers and horror, as well as erotic romances written under the pen name Elise Covert. While she may look like a sweet California girl, her heart and imagination are quite dark. Her female characters are talented with both men and knives and her stories explore the wonder, fear and despair of life.

Mystery Panel: Putting the "D" in Dastardly Deeds, Sun 10:45am 

ElizabethAustenElizabeth Austen served as Washington’s Poet Laureate for 2014-16, and is the author of Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) and two chapbooks. She produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9, and makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and journaling workshops for the staff.

Demystifying the Line Break, Sat 2:30pm
Poetry critique appointments (see Manuscript Critiques page)

JessicaBarksdaleInclanJessica Barksdale Inclán’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published April 2016. Her other novels include the best-selling Her Daughter's Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. Her short stories and poems have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Inclán has degrees in English literature and an MFA in writing. She teaches at Diablo Valley College and UCLA Extension.

Writing Effective, Realistic Dialogue, Sun 10:45am
Manuscript critique appointments (see Manuscript Critiques page) 

BarrettBarrett received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, an adjunct fiction instructor and teaches writing at conferences. She was an editor for five years at the literary journal, Hunger Mountain, and her Writing Beyond 'Good' series appeared in The Missouri Review blog. 

Writing Beyond 'Good,' Sun 3:15pm

NancyBartleyNancy Bartley received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. She is a Fulbright Scholar and taught writing at American University in Bulgaria. She was also an award-winning journalist for the Seattle Times. She is passionate about teaching others to write and has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Raising the Dead: Supporting Story With the Skeleton of History, Sat 2:30pm

ShirinBridges2Shirin Bridges has made the successful transition from author to award-winning editor and publisher. Head Goose at Goosebottom Books and Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Shirin has given workshops and seminars on writing and publishing for Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Illinois State University, Dominican University, and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

Finding Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Story, Sat 2:30pm
Pitch Practice, Sun 3:15pm

MaryBuckhamMary Buckham is a USA Today best-selling author of the Alex Noziak and Kelly McAlister Urban Fantasy series and co-authors the young adult sci-fi/fantasy Red Moon series with NYT best-seller Dianna Love. A popular writing instructor, Mary is also the author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, Writing Active Hooks and co-author of Break Into Fiction. 

Power Up Your Writing, Fri Full-Day Workshop, 9:30am-5:00pm
Primal Branding: Take Your Marketing to a Whole New Level, Sat 4:00pm

JanetLeeCareyJanet Lee Carey writes award-winning young adult fiction, including her latest novel, In the Time of Dragon Moon. School Library Journal starred review calls her writing, "fantasy at its best—original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving." She enjoys sharing story process and presenting at festivals, retreats and conferences. Follow Dreamwalks: Creative Conversations blog,

World Building: Create Compelling Fantasy and Sci-Fi Worlds, Sat 10:45am 

MeganChanceMegan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of A Drop of Ink, Bone River, and An Inconvenient Wife. In addition to her historical fiction novels, Megan is the author of the young adult Fianna Trilogy, short stories, and eight historical romance novels. She is a popular workshop speaker with extensive credits.

Conversation with Kristin Hannah (Keynote address), Sat 1:15, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St.
Finding the Writer's Voice, Sat 4:00pm

WaverlyFitzgeraldWaverly Fitzgerald has written four historical novels and five humorous mysteries published by Doubleday, Jove and Kensington. She is also the author of a non-fiction book, Slow Time, and writes essays and articles about urban nature and seasonal holidays. She teaches classes online and in person in Seattle and presents at regional, national and international conferences.

How to Write a Novel Synopsis, Sat 10:45am 

KerrieFlanaganKerrie Flanagan is an accomplished freelance writer with over 18 years’ experience and hundreds of published articles and essays. She is the author of seven books, all published under her label, Hot Chocolate Press. In addition to her writing, she is passionate about helping other writer's find success.

Build Your Author Platform with Magazine Articles, Sat 2:30pm
It's All About You; Writing and Selling Personal Essays, Sun 10:45pm

AndreaGabrielAndrea Gabriel is a children’s picture book writer and illustrator from Bellingham WA. Much of her published work focuses on natural history books for a very young audience, and she is currently working on her first adult novel. Her illustrations are on exhibit Sept. 15 - Oct. 29 in the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation (EAFF) Gallery and Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case, both located on the 2nd Floor/Main St entrance of the Frances Anderson Center.

Artist Talk: Q&A Children's Books and Illustration, Sun 12:30, EAFF Gallery (registration not required/open to the public)

IrisGravilleIris Graville - Writer, teacher, editor, bookseller, and retired nurse, Iris’s profiles and personal essays have appeared in several publications. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the NW Institute of Literary Arts, where she was an editor for Soundings Review. Iris also is the publisher for SHARK REEF online literary magazine.

The Profile Essay as Genre - Telling Other People's Stories, Sat 10:45am 

KristinHannahKristin Hannah (see Keynote page)

Revising Your Work, Sat 4:00pm 


WindyLynnHarrisWindy Lynn Harris is the author of Writing and Selling Short Stories and Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published. She is a prolific writer, a trusted mentor, and a frequent speaker at literary events. Her long list of short stories and personal essays have been published in various magazines across North America.

Five Steps to Publishing Short Stories and Essays, Sun 9:15am

ElenaHartwellElena Hartwell - After twenty years in the theater, Elena turned her dramatic skills to fiction. She is the author of the Eddie Shoes mystery series, leads writing workshops around the US, and mentors one-on-one through manuscript critiques. 

Story Structure: From the Ground Up, Sun 3:15pm  

AnnHedreenAnn Hedreen’s writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines and she is the author of The Observant Doubter and Her Beautiful Brain, winner of a 2016 Next Generation Independent Book Award. She has an MFA from Goddard College, is an alumna Hedgebrook, and teaches memoir writing at Seattle Central College and Hugo House. 

Claiming Your Voice, Writing Your Life: Tools for Memoir Writers, Sat 9:15am

TomHoppThomas Hopp’s mystery and thriller novels apply his background as a scientist and scholar of the natural world. Winner of multiple literary awards, he is President of the NW Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 

Mystery Panel: Putting the "D" in Dastardly Deeds, Sun 10:45am

BethJusinoBeth Jusino is a writer, editor, teacher, and publishing consultant with almost twenty years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and published book. She wrote The Author’s Guide to Marketing and has been both a literary agent and the Director of Author Marketing for a company catering to independent authors. 

Marketing for Writers, Friday Half-Day Workshop , 1:00-4:30pm

SarahKishpaughSarah Cannon Kishpaugh is a writing instructor and editorial consultant. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Bitch magazine and elsewhere. Sarah earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her debut book, a memoir, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2018. 

Start Small, Start Indie, Sat 9:15am 

LauraMcGeeKvasnoskyLaura McGee Kvasnosky - Award-winning author of the Zelda and Ivy early reader series, Laura is a founding instructor of the certificate program in writing for children at the University of Washington and taught Writing for Children and Young People at Vermont College MFA Program. Her latest picture book, Little Wolf’s First Howling, debuted to three starred reviews. 

Writing with Pictures, Sun 3:15pm

JamesMcKeanJames McKean, Ph.D. - Professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University, James teaches for the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Iowa’s NFW program. His nonfiction has appeared in national reviews and received a Pushcart Prize and a Best American Sports Writing selection. He has written three books of poetry and two books of essays.

The Shape of Time in Memoir, Fri Half-Day Workshop, 1:00-4:30pm
To Show and Tell in Creative Nonfiction, Sun 1:45pm

NickOConnellNick O’Connell, MFA, Ph.D., is the author of the novel The Storms of Denali. He contributes to Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Conde’ Nast Traveler, among many others. He is the founder of the online journal, The Writer’s Workshop Review and teaches for 

The Art of Interviewing, Sun 9:15am 

TerryPersunTerry Persun has been publishing poetry, short stories, and novels since the early 1970s. He is the recipient of seven novel and poetry awards. Terry writes across a variety of genres from mainstream to science fiction. Terry is a regular speaker at writers’ conferences and universities across the country. 

Moment to Moment Character Development, Sun 1:45pm 

RyanPettyRyan Petty is a retired lawyer and economic development professional. For many years, he was proprietor of Cold Mountain Press (an independent literary publishing house). As a publisher, he is familiar with hybrid publishing and self-publishing, and is the author of an “Author Business” series of books.  

10 Steps to Craft an Author Business Plan, Sun 1:45pm 

RayRhameyRay Rhamey is an editor and book designer at, as well as a publisher and an author of five books. His blog, Flogging the Quill, is dedicated to the craft of creating compelling fiction, and he teaches writing at conferences in the U.S. And abroad. 

Crafting a Killer First Page, Sat 9:15am 

jeff smootJeffrey L Smoot is a climber, hiker, lawyer, and the author of six Falcon Guides, including Backpacking Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Adventure Guide to Mount Rainier, Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes, and Climbing Washington’s Mountains. Jeff is a frequent speaker and is currently working on two nonfiction books and a novel.

Guidebook Writing: From Pitch to Publication, Sun 10:45am

RachelWeaverRachel Weaver the director of Colorado Writing School and is on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Regis University MFA program. Her novel, Point of Direction, is the 2015 winner of the Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Other works have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, and others. 

Creating Sustained Momentum, Tension and Conflict, Fri Half-Day Workshop, 1:00-4:30pm
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Setting in Your Story or Novel, Sat 9:15am
The Bare Bones of Your Novel, Sun 9:15am

DavidPaulWilliamsDavid Paul Williams - Real Estate Broker and attorney, David is the author of Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth, editor-in-chief of Flyfisher magazine, Department Editor for Flyfishing & Tying Journal magazine and columnist for Washington‑Oregon Game and Fish magazine, and has hundreds of articles in consumer magazines. He teaches craft and business workshops at writers' conferences throughout the western U.S. 

Contracts, Copyrights and Taxes, Oh My!, Sat 10:45pm  

EricWitcheyEric Witchey has sold several novels and 140 short stories. He has received numerous honors in multiple genres. A dynamic writing instructor, Eric has 27 years of experience teaching, including two universities, community college, and countless conferences and seminars. His popular How-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and other publications. 

What's in a Scene, Sat 4:00pm
The Irreconcilable Self, Sun 9:15am
Manuscript critique appointments (go to Manuscript Critique Appointments page for information)

JamesZiskin James Ziskin is the author of the Edgar-, Anthony-, Barry-, and Lefty-nominated Ellie Stone Mysteries. A linguist by training, James was director of NYU’s Casa Italiana, before spending fifteen years in the Hollywood post production industry, running large international operations in subtitling and visual effects. He speaks Italian and French.

Mystery Panel: Putting the "D" in Dastardly Deeds, Sun 10:45am


Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds WA

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Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

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