Conference Presenters
October 3-5, 2014

Leslie Adkins


LESLIE ADKINS is passionate about writing and about sharing that passion with others.  She is a well-received writing instructor at North Seattle College. She has written nine novels, seven of them mysteries. Leslie is the co-creator of Write Night, a weekly facilitated writing group for all types of writers.

Janée J. Baugher


JANÉE J. BAUGHER, the author of The Body’s Physics and Coördinates of Yes, has had short prose featured in Boulevard and Nano Fiction, among other places. Recently, she was awarded a nonfiction fellowship at the Island Institute of Sitka. She teaches at University of Phoenix and Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

Jeff Bender


JEFF BENDER is a writer living in Bellingham, WA. His work has appeared in Guernica, Clover, CityArts, The Awl, Trop, The Monarch Review, and The Iowa Review. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Jeff is a recent winner of Richard Hugo House’s New Works Competition and an Artist Trust grant. 

Sheila Bender


SHEILA BENDER has devoted most of her career to the teaching of writing and the improvement of writing instruction. In addition to her dozen books on writing, she has written instructional and feature articles for Writer's Digest magazine and The Writermagazine. She founded Writing It, where she provides an on-line instructional magazine for those who write from personal experience.

Pam Binder

Pam-BinderPAM BINDER is an award winning and New York Times best-selling author. Pam is an instructor in the University of Washington's Popular Fiction program, and won their Teaching Excellence Award in 2010.  She is also the President and Program Director of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Pam writes Historical fiction, romance, middle grade and fantasy.


Zoe Fitzgerald Carter


ZOE FITZGERALD CARTER is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She has published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Premiere, O, Vogue, Salon and other national publications. Her 2010 memoir, Imperfect Endings (Simon & Schuster) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and was excerpted in O magazine

Andrea Dunlop


ANDREA DUNLOP is the social media and marketing coordinator at Girl Friday Productions. She began her career as an in-house publicist at Doubleday and currently works with authors on a variety of projects from memoirs to paranormal romance novels to self-help manifestos. She strives to help authors craft the perfect marketing strategy, blending traditional publicity outreach and the brave new world of social media.


Ingrid Emerick


INGRID EMERICK worked in marketing and editorial for over a decade and was the associate publisher of Seal Press before leaving to launch Girl Friday Productions. A gifted developmental editor of fiction and nonfiction projects, she is also the editor of several anthologies, including Gifts of the Wild, Go Your Own Way, and A Woman Alone, and the author of Seattle City Walks.

Kathryn O. Galbraith

Kathryn-GalbraithKATHRYN O. GALBRAITH is the published author of sixteen books for children with five additional books under contract. A frequent speaker at writing conferences, she also taught "Introduction to Writing for Children" for eight semesters at the Univeristy of Washington, Seattle, where she was awarded the 2006-2007 Teaching Excellence Award.

Heather Jacobs


HEATHER JACOBS is the editor of Big Fiction magazine, a biannual literary journal of novellas and long stories. Her writing has appeared most recently in The Lumberyard and Fugue, and won Honorable Mention in Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize (2008). Prior to founding Big Fiction, she taught writing and literature, and served as an editorial consultant with Sarabande Books.

Bill Johnson


BILL JOHNSON is author of A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook, and web master of, a web site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular stories. He's a produced playwright, optioned screenwriter, and has read manuscript submissions for literary agents.

Beth Jusino


BETH JUSINO is a publishing consultant who helps writers navigate the terrain between manuscript and published book. A former literary agent, she’s the author of two eBooks: Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal and Market While You Write. Beth teaches a quarterly “Guide to Getting Published” seminar through University of Washington’s Experimental College.


Christy Karras


CHRISTY KARRAS is an editor of both fiction and nonfiction for publishers and independent authors. The author of four travel and history books, she is also a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Christy has taught college-level writing and editing courses and spoken to groups including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America. 

William Kenower


WILLIAM KENOWER is the author of Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. He has interviewed hundreds of writers, from Yann Martel, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson. He also hosts the online radio program Author2Author.

Bharti Kirchner

Bharti-KirchnerBHARTI KIRCHNER is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, four cookbooks, and hundreds of short pieces for magazines and newspapers. Her latest novel is Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship.



Clark Kohanek

Clark-KohanekCLARK 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. Clark's THE UNDERTAKERS was a 2004 Nichol quarter finalist and his current feature project, CONTAINED is in consideration at 20th Century Fox.

David Laskin

David-LaskinDAVID LASKIN, a resident of Shoreline, WA since 1993, writes suspense-driven narrative non-fiction. His previous books, The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home, were both winners of the Washington State Book Award. Laskin's latest book is The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century (Penguin paperpack).

Joan Leegant

Joan-LeegantJOAN LEEGANT is the author of two books of fiction from W.W. Norton. Her prizes include the PEN/New England Book Award, selection for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series, and Special Mention in the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She has been teaching for 15 years, including at Harvard, Oklahoma State, and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.

Deb Lund


DEB LUND is an author and creativity coach with a master’s focus on teaching writing. She has taught writers and writing teachers for over 25 years and is a frequent presenter in schools, libraries, workshops, retreats, and conferences.  


Jim Lynch


JIM LYNCH is the author of three acclaimed novels set in the Northwest. The Highest Tide won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and was an international bestseller. Border Songs won the 2009 Washington State Book Award for fiction. New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked his most recent novel, Truth Like the Sun, as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012. All three of his novels have been adapted to the stage. As a newspaper reporter, Lynch's honors included the Livingston Young Journalist Award for national reporting.  


Clare Hodgson Meeker

Clare-MeekerCLARE HODGSON MEEKER is an award-winning author of ten books and over twenty magazine stories for children, including the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas Little Wave Eater, An Orphaned Sea Otter's Story. She teaches writing in elementary and middle schools throughout the Northwest and at Hugo House in Seattle. She is a member of the Seattle7Writers.

Leslie Miller

Leslie-MillerLESLIE MILLER before founding Girl Friday, Leslie worked as the executive editor of Seal Press. She has written several books, including Women Who Eat, Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen, and Uncle Dave's Cow, and collaborated on many others, among them In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys, Mindful Parenting, Gender Intelligence, and Flex.

Terry Persun

Terry-PersunTERRY PERSUN has been writing and publishing for over 30 years. He writes in all genres, but particularly enjoys science fiction and fantasy. He has been on Amazon's top 100 list repeatedly over the past two years. He has won awards for both his fiction and poetry.

Judy Reeves

Judy-ReevesJUDY REEVES is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur who has published four books on writing including the award-winning A Writer's Book of Days. Her next book, Wild Women, Wild Voices, will be published February 2015. She teaches at UC, San Diego Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink.

Sharon Reitman

Sharon ReitmanSHARON REITMAN is an editor and writing consultant as well as a sociologist with many years of teaching experience. She holds certificates in editing and in advanced literary fiction and a PhD in sociology. Her fiction has appeared in The Tusculum Review and The Raven Chronicles, and she is the winner of the 2007 Pearl Short Story Prize.

Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid-RicksINGRID RICKS is an author, teen mentor and eye health advocate. Her memoirs include The New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She's also cofounder of, a nationally recognized program that transforms students' lives through personal storytelling.

Roy Stevenson

Roy-StevensonROY STEVENSON is one of the most prolific travel writers in the country. He's had more than 800 articles published in 190 different magazines, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, trade journals, and online magazines in regional, national and international print and online media. He travels the world for 150 days per year on assignment.

James Thayer

James-ThayerJAMES THAYER is the author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels that are "highly original and absolutely riveting" (Irish Independent), "heart thumping" (Boston Globe), and "electrifying" (Detroit Free Press). The New York Times Book Review days his "writing is smooth and clear, and it has a rhythm only confident stylist achieve."

Jim Thomsen


JIM THOMSEN is the sole proprietor of Desolation Island Editing Services. He's provided developmental and line editing work for fiction and nonfiction authors on both sides of the indie/traditional publishing divide. He's worked with nearly two hundred writers, and eleven books he's edited have turned up on the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. 

David Paul Williams

David-Paul-WilliamsDAVID PAUL WILLIAMS is the author of Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth (Stackpole Books), "In the Field" Editor for Washington-Oregon Fame & Fish, and has hundreds of articles in magazines including Seattle Magazine, Backpacker, American Angler, Northwest Travel, and Northwest Fly Fishing. He teaches freelance writing and gives seminars and workshops to civic and sports groups throughout the Northwest. He's a real estate broker and attorney from Bellevue, WA.

Eric Witchey

Eric-WitcheyERIC WITCHEY has more than twenty years of experience as an independent communication consultant, writer, and teacher in the commercial sector. His deadline-driven, self-motivated activities have included planning, writing, and delivering over 75 technical titles.

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Now in its 29th year, this unique and affordable conference offers over thirty sessions on craft, marketing, and specialty writing topics. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and an opportunity to network with fellow writers are only some of the choices presented by the conference. Presenters and participants come from all around the Northwest, U.S. and abroad.

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