Presenters - Write on the Sound

Bob BalmerRobert Balmer

Mining Your Life for Laughter, Sat Oct 6, 2:30pm

Robert Balmer’s first humorous essay was published in the Oregonian in 1992. His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, and many other publications. It has aired on the radio shows The Savvy Traveler, MarketPlace as well as on Oregon Public Radio and Television. Balmer has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College.

Jennifer BardsleyJennifer Bardsley

Book Marketing from Your Couch: Social Media 101, Sun Oct 7, 1:45pm

Jennifer is the author of Genesis Girl and Damaged Goods, from Month9Books, of the Blank Slate young adult novel series. She also writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald and blogs at "Teaching My Baby to Read." Her upcoming Young Adult novel Narcosis Room will be published by Owl Hollow Press in 2019. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer puts her psychology degree to good use writing fiction. Find Jennifer on Instagram @the_ya_gal, on Twitter @jennbardsley, or on Facebook as The YA Gal.

Michelle BarkerMichelle Barker

Rookie Mistakes, Sat Oct 6, 10:45am

What She Said: Writing Effective Dialogue, Sun Oct 7, 1:45pm

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Michelle graduated with a BA from UBC in English Literature. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC's optional-residency program in 2015. Michelle is the winner of the Surrey International Writers' Conference Storyteller Award and a Gold National Magazine Award in personal journalism, and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, OLA Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award, and Chocolate Lily Book Award. Her publications include a chapbook of poetry, Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii, a Young Adult fantasy novel, The Beggar King, and a picture book, A Year of Borrowed Men. Michelle’s latest novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes, will be out in the Fall of 2018.

JaneeBaugherJanée J. Baugher

The Art of Autobiographical Writing, Sat Oct 6, 9:15am

Poetry Critiques (By appointment, only. See Manuscript Critiques for information)

Janée J. Baugher is the author of the poetry collections, The Body’s Physics and Coördinates of Yes and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her writing has been published in over 100 literary journals and she’s been a presenter at Bumbershoot Arts Festival and the Library of Congress, among other places. Since 1999 Baugher has taught ~1,000 writing students, most recently at Richard Hugo House, Northeastern University, Highline College, and Seattle Public Library. She reads submissions for Boulevard Magazine, and her current writing projects include a collection of personal essays, a co-memoir, and an environmental memoir.

Cara Black

Cara Black

Keynote, Sat Oct 6, 1:15pm

Villians & Villianesses, Sat Oct 6, 4:00pm

Cara is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.

BrianCallananBrian Callanan

Audiobooks: A New Chapter for Writers, Sun Oct 7, 3:15pm

Brian is an Emmy-winning TV news host, reporter, and producer with more than two decades of voice over and narration experience in the broadcast industry. Brian is currently a host and producer for several public affairs shows on The Seattle Channel and is the sole proprietor of Callanan Media Services, in which he works as a voice over talent, on-camera talent, writer, and producer for commercials and promotional videos.

claudia castro lunaClaudia Castro Luna

Edmonds Library poetry reading, Fri Oct 5, 5:15pm (free admission/open to the public)

Memoir Writing and Poetry, Sat Oct 6, 4:00pm

Claudia currently is the Washington State Poet Laureate, and served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-2017. Born in El Salvador, Claudia came to the U.S. in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate, and an MFA in poetry. Claudia is the author of Killing Marías and This City. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, City Arts, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the U.S., Northwestern University Press; Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative, Kalina Eds; and in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home.

Scott DriscollScott Driscoll

Conflict, Crisis, Resolution, Fri Oct 5

Scott holds an MFA from the University of Washington and is a creative writing for the University of Washington Extension. He is the author of the novel, Better You Go Home, and his short stories and narrative essays have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Image Magazine, Far From Home, Ex-Files: New Stories About Old Flames, The Seattle Review, Crosscurrents, Cimarron Review, The South Dakota Review, Gulfstream, and others. His commercial essays have appeared in Alaska and Horizon Airlines Magazines, Ferrari Magazine 11, and Poets and Writers Magazine. Scott has been awarded seven Society of Professional Journalists awards, including best education reporting and general reporting. His narrative essay about his daughter’s coming of age was cited in the Best American Essays, 1998, and while in the MFA program, he won the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

Craig EnglishCraig English

Print to Performance: Author Readings (informal roundtable), Sun Oct 7, lunch break

Dr. Frankenstein's Character Laboratory, Sun Oct 7, 3:15pm

Craig's novels include Black Swan, The Anvil of Navarre, and most recently Kit. His nonfiction includes Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice. Craig is a sought after teacher and keynote speaker with 25 years of experience of presenting dynamic workshops for various venues, including University of Washington, Willamette Writers Conference, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Hollyhock Retreat Centre and Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. 

WaverlyFitzgeraldWaverly Fitzgerald, moderator

It's All a Mystery: Mystery Genre Panel Discussion, Sun Oct 7, 1:45pm

Waverly wrote her first novel at 13 and sold her third novel at the age of 25. For many years she wrote historical fiction set in Victorian London. For the past fifteen years, she’s been writing mysteries. She collaborates with her friend, Curt Colbert, on a series of humorous mystery novels about a talking Chihuahua. Waverly has been publishing her own work in many formats for many years, but in 2014 she made the leap into publishing, opening her own imprint, Rat City Publishing, dedicated to publishing mysteries set in Seattle.

Claire GebbenClaire Gebben

All is Not Lost: Tips and Techniques for Making the Most of Research, Sun Oct 7, 10:45am

Claire has an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She’s worked as a newspaper columnist, editor, and ghostwriter, and has given over 70 presentations on writing, research, and family history. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Shark Reef, Family Chronicle, and German Life. Claire is the author of the historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths, and her memoir, How We Survive Here: Families Across Time is due for release from Coffeetown Press in November.

Camille GreipCamille Griep

Mainstreaming of Speculative Fiction in Today's Market, Sun Oct 7, 10:45am

Camille graduated with a dual degree in Biology and Literature from Claremont McKenna College. She wrote her way through corporate careers in marketing, commercial real estate, and financial analysis, selling short fiction and creative nonfiction to dozens of online and print magazines. She is the editor of Easy Street and is a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. Camille is a graduate of Viable Paradise, a residential workshop for speculative fiction novelists. Her first novel, Letters to Zell, was released in 2015. Her follow-up novel, New Charity Blues, arrived in April 2016.

Leslie HallDubois smLeslie Hall & Christine Dubois

Writers Helping Writers: How to Get the Most Out of a Writer's Group, Sun Oct 7, 3:15pm

Leslie and Christine lead Write Night in Shoreline, a weekly facilitated writers’ support group. Leslie teaches writing classes and workshops at several locations in the Northwest, including North Seattle Community College. Christine is an award-winning writer and editor who has published more than 450 articles in 45 different magazines and newspapers. She teaches writing workshops at local community colleges and local businesses, and with her husband, is the owner of Turtledove Writers.

Lois Harris

Lois V. Harris

Shining the Spotlight on Narrative Nonfiction for Children, Sat Oct 6, 2:30pm

Lois is a children's author. Her articles and stories have appeared in Hightlights, Hopscotch, Fun for Kidz and the L.A. Times. Her books are Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter, award-winning Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist, Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe, and her latest, Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star, for which she won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book and the Western Writers of America Spur Finalist Award for Children's Nonfiction.

Joe IdeJoe Ide

How to Keep Them Reading: Up the Odds That Your Book Will Be Published, Sat Oct 6, 2:30pm

Joe grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He received a graduate degree in education and briefly worked as a school teacher and college lecturer before moving on to a position as a corporate middle manager, and then as a director of an NGO that offered paralegal services and emergency shelter to abused women and children. He left his business career to pursue screenwriting and novel writing. His debut novel, IQ, inspired by his childhood in Los Angeles and love of Sherlock Holmes, won several awards. The follow-up novel, Righteous, was published in 2017 and the third book in the series, Wrecked, will be released this fall.

Christy KarrasChristy Karras

Two Steps Before Publishing: Editing and Finding a Pro, Sun Oct 7, 1:45pm

Christy writes about travel and the arts, and edits books about recreation and romance. She is a regular contributor to the Seattle Times, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times; Beyond, the Alaska Airlines magazine; Yahoo Travel; (London) Sunday Times; Seattle Met; the Washington State Visitors Guide; Healthy Living Made Simple; Catalyst Wedding; and others. As an editor, Christy works with both fiction and nonfiction writers, including management of large-scale editorial projects.

gloria kemptonGloria Kempton

The Hero's Journey for Storytellers, Fri Oct 5, 1:00-4:30pm

Discover Your Writing Niche, Sat Oct 6, 9:15am

Manuscript Critiques (By appointment, only. See Manuscript Critiques for complete information)

Gloria is the author of nine nonfiction books, two novels, and hundreds of stories and articles. She is a teacher and coach, mentoring thousands of writers in person, via correspondence, and online. Gloria also provides editing service for individuals and several publishing companies. She is a regular workshop presenter at writing conferences, and colleges, and for the past seventeen years, has volunteered as a writing instructor in the prison system.

bill kenowerWilliam Kenower

Fearless Marketing, Sun Oct 7, 10:45am

William is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly; Write With Confidence; and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. He is editor-in-chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, Tiferet Journal, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers, from Nora Ephron and Amy Tan to William Gibson, are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. He also hosts the online radio program Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead.

Bharti KirchnerBharti Kirchner

Cultural Authenticity of Characters and Settings, Sat Oct 6, 10:45am

Bharti is the prolific author of eleven books -- seven novels and four cookbooks. Her sixth publication, the literary historical novel, Goddess of Fire, was short-listed for the Nancy Pearl Award. Her first novel, Shiva Dancing, was chosen by Seattle Weekly to be among the top 18 books by Seattle authors in the last 25 years. Bharti has written numerous articles and essays on food, travel, fitness, and lifestyle in several magazines, including Food & Wine, Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Fitness Plus, and Northwest Travel. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies. She is a freelance book reviewer for The Seattle Times and is a frequent speaker at writer’s conferences, book festivals, and universities throughout the country.

Michael David LukasMichael David Lukas   

Crossing the Ocean in a Bathtub: Fundamental Elements of a Successful Novel, Fri Oct 5 Full-Day Workshop, 9:30-5:00pm

A Doorway Into a Dream: Begginnings in Fiction, Sat Oct 6, 9:15am

Michael has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and a student at the American University of Cairo. His first novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, was published in March of this year. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, Lukas' writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He works at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of California Berkeley.

Kirsten LunstrumKirsten Lunstrum

Echoes and Endings: Finishing Your Short Story Well, Sun Oct 7, 9:15am

Kirsten is the author of three collections of short fiction, What We Do With the Wreckage (2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction winner), This Life She’s Chosen, and Swimming With Strangers. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in several journals, including Ploughshares Solos, North American Review, One Story, The American Scholar, Willow Springs, and Southern Humanities Review, among other publications. Kirsten has been the recipient of a PEN/O, Henry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. 

Elizabeth LyonElizabeth Lyon

Point of View Matters, Sat Oct 6, 9:15am

Sink Into Setting, Sun Oct 7, 9:15am

Manuscript Critiques (By appointment, only. See Manuscript Critiques for complete information)

An independent book editor since 1988, Elizabeth enjoys working with writers of novels, memoirs, and all kinds of nonfiction. A big believer in completing the artistic circle from idea to audience, Elizabeth helps connect writers with literary agents, publishers, and ghostwriters, and also supports self-publication. Her books on how to write, revise, and market include Manuscript Makeover, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, A Writer's Guide to Fiction, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, and others.

Gary MarshallGary Marshall

Top Ten Things Writers Need to Know About Public Domain, Sat Oct 6, 2:30pm

Gary enjoys working with creative people including entrepreneurs, small business owners, people who create new technology, and artists. He brings over twenty-five years of experience in business and technology law and litigation, including Internet and social media law, and art and entertainment law together in one practice.

sophia mcdonald bennettSophia McDonald Bennett

How to Become a Freelance Writer, Sun Oct 7, 9:15am

In 2009 Sophia opened her freelance practice, offering writing, editing and communications services to a wide array of clients. Her own writing has appeared in over three dozen publications, and she is the founding editor of The Northwest Dentist. Prior to her freelance business, Sophia served as a member of the marketing and communications team at St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, OR. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Oregon University and is a Pro Tem faculty member in the marketing department at the Lundquist College of Business. Sophia is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

susan v meyerSusan V. Meyers

Jump Start Your Story, Fri Oct 5 Half-Day Workshop, 1:00-4:30pm

Dynamic Dialogue, Sat Oct 6, 10:45am

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The MacGuffin, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   

Laura MoeLaura Moe

Boost Emotional Engagement, Sun Oct 7, 10:45am

Author, radio host, and writing teacher Laura Moe spent most of her working life as a librarian and English teacher in central and Southeastern Ohio, and recently moved to Seattle where she writes full-time. Moe is the author of Young Adult novels Parallel Lines and Breakfast with Neruda, named by the New York Public Library as one the Best Books for Teens in 2016.

EC MurrayE.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray)

Write and Publish Your Book-length Memoir, Sun Oct 7, 9:15am

A writing instructor at Seattle Central College, Murray wrote A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS Best Book of the year. A Pushcart nominee for her short story “The Urban Goatherd,” her freelance articles range from Lady Gaga to Paralympics, and from parenting to traveling. After earning a Master’s degree and two writing certificates, she founded The Writers Connection which provides writer resources and interviews with authors such as Elizabeth George, Debbie Macomber, and Erik Larson. Find her on Twitter @WritersConnect3, on Instagram ECMurraywriter, or on her Web sites and

NickOConnellNicholas O'Connell

The Magazine Story from Story Idea to Publication, Sat. 10/6, 10:45am

Nick is the author of several nonfiction books and has contributed to many publications including Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, and Image among others. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program,

JamesThayerJames Thayer

Critical Scene Techniques, Sat Oct 6, 4:00pm

James is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, and The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, a leading manual for fiction writers.  He is a graduate of Washington State University and University of Chicago Law School. James taught fiction writing at the University of Washington extension school for ten years where he received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching in the Arts, Writing, and Humanities.

Roberta TrahanRoberta Trahan, moderator

Finding Your Path to Publication (Panel Discussion), Sat Oct 6, 4:00pm

Best-selling author of quasi-historical epic fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction novels, The Well of Tears, The Keys to the Realms, Aftershock and Undercurrents. First published nationally as a teenager, Roberta went on to earn a degree in journalism and advertising at the University of Oregon and then worked in various sales, publicity, and marketing positions before eventually turning to creative writing as a career.


Carolyne Wright

Bringing Lives to Life: the Alchemy of Memory, Sun Oct 7, 3:15pm

Carolyne's new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems, whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. Author of nine previous books and chapbooks of poetry, five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a book of essays, she teaches for Richard Hugo House and for literary conferences and festivals around the world. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende. She has received grants from the NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and returned to Brazil in mid-2018 on an Instituto Sacatar residency fellowship in Bahia.

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