Presenters/Coaches



Susan Wittig Albert Susan Wittig Albert (Bertram, TX) is the NYT best-selling author and author-publisher of 50+ award-winning mysteries, memoirs, and historical novels. She has also written YA fiction, including books in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. She is SCN's founder and current president. Visit her website.

Presentation: Pre-Conference Workshop: Paths to Publishing; Coaching Sessions; Building Your Platform (panel); Sarton Winners Panel; Gathering Women's Writing: How to Create an Anthology (panel)



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Brenda Black Brenda Black (Prairie Grove, AR): Author of memoir/creative nonfiction, Black & Kiddo, Et Alia Press, 2018. Former family & mental health counselor, judge for writers' contests.

Presentation: How to Write a Memorable Memoir or Family History; Coaching Sessions



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Joyce Boatright Joyce Boatright (Navasota, TX) has been teaching life-writing workshops for self awareness and personal development at the Carl Jung Center in Houston, TX, for over a decade. Her workshop on "Stories from an Amazing Life" has gotten rave evaluations.

Presentation: Facilitating Stories from Amazing Lives



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Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe (Wellfleet, MA), LCMHC, CCTP is a licensed mental health counselor, currently working as a Life Coach and offering Intuitive Guidance and Healing, she is also a Reiki II practitioner.

Her debut memoir, The First Signs of April, was published with She Writes Press in September 2017. After spending a year living on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, working on her next memoir she currently spends her time between Cape Cod, Vermont and Ireland, offering writing workshops on writing.s power for healing, 21 days to a daily writing practice, and writing through life. She is a regular contributor to Cape Women Online and Sweatpants and Coffee online magazines.

Presentation: Life Happens: Write Through It Using the Celtic Calendar as Guide



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Cinda Brooks Cinda Brooks (Spicewood, TX) grew up in East Africa and is a retired nurse and Lieutenant Texas Game Warden. She currently pursues her mission—to unleash the champion in people—as an inspirational speaker, facilitator for Discovery Programs, competitive athlete, and a writer. She has earned gold in the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) biathlon (running and pistol shooting) for the last 22 years competing in seven different countries and has recently been inducted in the WPFG Hall of Fame. Cinda published her first book, Heartprints of Africa: A Family's Story of Faith, Love, Adventure, and Turmoil, and is working on its sequel. Cinda is a certified MBTI (personality type) practitioner.

Presentation: Using the Power of Personality to Enhance Your Writing



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Mary Jo Doig Mary Jo Doig (Afton, VA) has been editing life-writing, writing reviews of women's memoir, and facilitating women's writing circles for nearly 20 years. Her stories have been published in Inside and Out: Women's Truths, Women's Stories and Kitchen Table Stories, among others. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss will be published in October, 2018.

Presentation: Give a Hoot for Your Community OWLs (Older Women's Legacies)



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Mary Fillmore Mary Dingee Fillmore (Burlington, VT) is the author of An Address in Amsterdam, an acclaimed historical novel about a young Jewish woman who risks her life in the anti-Nazi underground. The book is based on 13 years of research and writing, and has been selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of their Indie Books of the Month. It also won the Sarton Women's Book Award for Historical Fiction. Mary is a 2005 graduate of Vermont College's MFA program. Since 1982, Mary's other work has been as a facilitator bringing people together for a purpose, which serves her well in speaking about "Resistance Then and Now: Learning from the Dutch," and "Anne Frank's Neighbors: What Did They Do?"

Presentation: Writing Emotional Truth: Engaging Readers through the Power of Your Words; Write Your Travels - Inside and Out



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Lynn Goodwin B. Lynn Goodwin (Danville CA) is the owner of Writer Advice, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press/Caliburn Press). In addition to coaching writers and pushing Talent into the world, she recently published a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower that she met on ... gulp ... Craigslist.

Presentation: Polishing your Stories; Getting Unstuck



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Jeanne Guy Jeanne Guy (Austin TX), of Jeanne Guy Gatherings, has been a teacher, coach and speaker for 20+ years. A popular presenter, she is best known for her dry wit and engaging facilitation style. She is co-author of Seeing Me, a guide to reframing the way you see yourself through reflective writing, and has finished the manuscript of memoir, You'll Never Find Us, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back. Visit her on Facebook and her website.

Presentation: Don't Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face: The ReStory Guide to Writing



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Jen Halligan Jen Halligan (Austin, TX) of Prune & Bloom spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world as an award winning, nationally recognized brand professional before parlaying her professional skills and passions into life decluttering. Her unique, holistic approach helps individuals to re-connect with what is important to them and create the space necessary to "get unstuck" and take practical steps towards what's possible. Visit her website.

Presentation: Prune & Bloom: How to create space for what matters most



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Len Leatherwood Len Leatherwood (Beverly Hills CA) is an award-winning writing coach in Beverly Hills, who has worked with children and adults for the past 17 years. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she brings years of counseling experience to her writing and coaching. She studied with John Rechy in his Master Class in Los Angeles for five years, completing her first novel, The Winterfields. Her flash fiction and flash memoir pieces have been published in numerous literary magazines, print and online. Len has blogged daily for the past 6½ years at 20 Minutes a Day, producing over 2000 posts. She is currently coaching, writing flash, blogging, and nearing completion of a second novel. She was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize for a flash story in 2015. Visit her website.

Presentation: Pre-Conference Workshop: How to Improve Your Writing and Get Published: Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir; The How-To's to Successful Blogging

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Teresa Lynn Teresa Lynn (Georgetown, TX) is a writer and editor with a background in journalism and education who has written for a range of publications on a variety of topics. She has authored two books, Little Lodges on the Prairie and Thanksgiving Joy, under her own name. In 2014, Teresa helped establish Tranquility Press, a small hybrid publishing company near Austin, TX. Today, she works freelance to provide all types of writing, editorial, and book design services. She is also Editor for FOL Georgetown and Distribution Editor for Story Circle Book Reviewers.

Presentation: The Story Within You



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Leslie Tall Manning Leslie Tall Manning (New Bern, NC) is an award-winning novelist. She loves writing books about grown-ups (Gaga, Maggie's Dream) and young adults (Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town, Sarton Women's Book Award Recipient). For nearly twenty years, she has tossed every-day people into extraordinary circumstances to see what choices they make. When Leslie's not hanging out with the characters in her head, conducting research for current projects, or tutoring her amazing students, she speaks at libraries, schools, and book clubs. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and is proudly represented by the TriadaUS Literary Agency. Learn more at her website.

Presentation: Writing Advice from the Trenches: Insightful Tips Every Writer Needs



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Lorraine \ Lorraine "Bird" Mejia (Chandler, AZ) has been teaching online writing classes and empowering other women for the last decade. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MLS in Youth Librarianship. She is the author of Wild Woman at My Door and her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets of the Midwest and in literary journals such as Calyx. She is the creator of the She Became Her Own Hero program and the FB Group of the same name. You can find her at birdmejia.com and lorrainemejia.com.

Presentation: Sunday luncheon speaker; Wild Woman at My Door: Reconnecting to Authentic Self; Self Healing Yoga Class



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Linda Joy Myers Linda Joy Myers (Richmond, CA) is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has been a therapist for 33 years in Berkeley, CA. She's the author of Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, and Journey of Memoir. Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. A speaker and award winning author of fiction and non-fiction, she co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction. Visit her website.

Presentation: Friday Keynote speaker; Breaking Silence: Revealing Truth, Releasing Secrets, and Finding Your True Voice



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Sarah Byrn Rickman Sarah Byrn Rickman (Colorado Springs, CO) has written eight books about the WASP, the women who flew military aircraft in of World War II. Number nine coming January 2019. A journalist first, Sarah began her career at The Detroit News and concluded it as editor of the Centerville-Bellbrook Times (Ohio).

Sarah has switched to writing WASP biographies for the Y/A market. "Young women of today need to hear these incredible stories of women the age of their grandmothers or great-grandmothers."

Presentation: Coaching Sessions;



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Sandra Shackelford Sandra Shackelford (Green Bay, WI) is a professional artist, writer and long-time SCN member. Currently she facilitates three writing circles in Green Bay, WI whose members' nonfiction and poetry have been published in the anthology, Word for Word. In April she conducted workshops at the city's annual UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Her nonfiction piece, "Witness," was published in the Story Circle Network book, Inside and Out: Women's Truths, Women's Stories.

Presentation: Let the Circle Be Unbroken; Getting Started: Shaping Your Writing Voice



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Andrea Simon Andrea Simon (New York, NY) is the author of the historical novel, Esfir Is Alive, the memoir Bashert: A Granddaughter's Holocaust Quest, as well as several published stories and essays. She is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the winner of the Ernest Hemingway First Novel Contest, two Dortort Creative Writing Awards, the Stark Short Fiction Prize, the Short Story Society Award, and the Authors in the Park Short Story Writing Contest. Esfir Is Alive was a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and won a 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Andrea holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York where she has taught writing. She is also an accomplished photographer, and lives in New York City.

Presentation: My Mother, My Muse: Writing About Your Mom Without Guilt



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Virginia Simpson Virginia Simpson, Ph.D. FT (El Dorado Hills, CA) is a Bereavement Care Specialist with 33 years of experience working with the dying and grieving. She holds a Fellowship in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC) and is the Executive Counseling Director for hundreds of funeral homes throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Simpson's first book, The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life has won numerous awards, including First Place for best memoir from the Sarton Literary Awards. Visit her website.

Presentation: Writing Emotional Truth: Engaging Readers through the Power of Your Words



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Christine Volker Christine Volker (Colorado Springs, CO) My insights come from my own writing, experiences and studies. My first novel, Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City, is now in audiobook form. My second, Jaguar Moon (not yet published) also features a strong setting in Cusco and the Peruvian Amazon.

Presentation: Coaching Sessions;



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