Presenters/Coaches



Susan Wittig Albert Susan Wittig Albert (Bertram, TX), our Sunday lunch speaker, is a former English professor and university dean and vice-president. The recipient of many teaching awards and fellowships, she is the author of numerous books for young adults and the best-selling author of four mystery series: the China Bayles herbal mysteries, the Robin Paige Victorian mysteries, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the Darling Dahlias. She is also the author of Work of Her Own and Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story. In 1997, she founded the Story Circle Network. Visit her website.

Presentation: Pre-Conference Workshop: Paths to Publishing; Coaching Sessions; Creating Characters Through Dialogue; Story Circles: Sharing Women's Stories; Sunday Luncheon Speaker: Community



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Lynn Bojinoff Lynn Bojinoff (Dillon CO) is a former Director of Operations with a corporate training, marketing, and project management background. She has written numerous training manuals, proposals, business articles, blog posts and more, but now spends her time writing fiction, memoir, and poetry. Always working on several projects at once, she is also writing a beginner.s writing guide and plans to self-publish in 2016.

Presentation: Creating a Writing Practice: From Discovery to Action



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Ruth Crocker Ruth W. Crocker (Mystic CT) is the author of more than fifty magazine articles and award-winning personal essays. She is an editor at Elm Grove Press and conducts writing workshops around the country. Her memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, recently received the Silver Medal for Excellence from the Military Writers Society of America. Visit her website.

Presentation: Write Like a Heroine!



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Cindy Eastman Cindy Eastman (Watertown CT) is an award-winning author whose first book, a collection of essays entitled Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered To Write Down, was published by She Writes Press in April 2014. In it, she shares her observations and understanding about what it means to get older and enjoy it. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Cindy attended undergraduate schools in Austin, Texas and graduate school in Springfield, Massachusetts and holds a Master's degree in Education. She teaches writing classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and also teaches co-parenting classes for the State of Connecticut. Currently, she lives in Watertown, Conn. with her husband, as much of their family as possible, and their cat. Find more information about Cindy and her work on her website.

Presentation: Trust Your Writing Voice



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Tina Games Tina Games (Harwich MA) is the author of Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother's Path to Self-Discovery. As a certified creativity and life purpose coach, and a certified retreat leader and journaling workshop facilitator, she is the "Moonlight Muse" for women who want to tap into the "full moon within" and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness into light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion, and creative expression. Visit her website and her Facebook page.

Presentation: Journal Your Way to a New Beginning Using the Wisdom of the Moon



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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's working on a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower that she met on ... gulp ... Craigslist.

Presentation: Sharing the Tough Stuff: Digging Deeply



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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 is close to finishing her 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: The Most Important Story You'll Ever Hear



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Ann Haas Ann Haas (Akron OH) is a retired hospital social worker and administrator. She is a novice memoirist who plans to explore various storytelling mediums such as quilt making, music and memoir, medical memoir and legacy writing. She is also the owner of "Tea-licious" Tea Catering which offers catered tea parties combined with presentations on women during the Civil War, resiliency in women, apronology, and other literary topics.

Presentation: Creating an Ethical Will



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Kay Kendall Kay Kendall (Houston TX) is a reformed PR executive whose projects won international awards. Now she writes the Austin Starr Mystery series that captures the spirit and turbulence of the 1960s. She's the author of Desolation Row (Austin Starr's new husband becomes a draft resister in Canada) and Rainy Day Women (Austin encounters and commits to women's liberation)—both heavily fictionalized (the murder and mayhem parts) but otherwise autobiographical. Kay's degrees in Russian history and language help ground her tales in the Cold War, and her titles show she's a Bob Dylan buff too. Visit her on Facebook, her website, and Twitter.

Presentation: Getting Comfortable with Social Media: Overcoming Your Fear and Promoting Your Writing



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Pat LaPointe Pat LaPointe (Prospect Heights IL) is the editor of the Changes In Life Newsletter publishing personal essays from emerging women writers. She is the director of WomensVoices: Enriching the Lives of Women Through Interactive Workshops, a writing center located in northern Illinois. She facilitates both online and onsite women's writing groups. Visit her website.

Presentation: Story Circles: Sharing Women's Stories



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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 fifteen 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 4½ years at 20 Minutes a Day, producing over 1400 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: Having Fun in the Liberating World of Flash Fiction/Memoir; Transforming Your Writing Life in Just 20 Minutes a Day



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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: Pre-Conference Workshop: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir; Building Your Memoir with Scenes and Narrative



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Lisa Dale Norton Lisa Dale Norton (Santa Fe NM) lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is the author of three books: Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills, and her forthcoming, A Great Romance. She has blogged for the Huffington Post, held several academic positions, done multiple presentations for Hannelore Hahn of the IWWG, and given numerous public presentations. To learn more, visit her website.

Presentation: It's All about Voice: Writing Memoir That Readers Will Love, Buy, and Recommend



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Carolyn Scarborough Carolyn Scarborough (Austin TX) is a full-time writing coach, retreat leader and author who creates live and online communities where writers gather for inspiration, connection with their own wisdom and a safe place to express what they find. She is the author of Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life, has written and published more than 500 magazine articles, and journals daily to connect with herself and crack open new possibilities. Her style is intuitive and nurturing as she works with writers around the globe. Visit her website and her blog.

Presentation: Creating Powerful Writing Agreements



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Jan Seale Jan Seale (McAllen TX), the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, was the poetry editor for What Wildness is This, Story Circle's award-winning anthology. Her writings include nine books of poetry, two of short fiction, and three of nonfiction. She is the recipient of seven PEN Syndicated Fiction Project awards. Jan.s interests include the environment, women's lives, and elder wisdom. Her latest books are The Parkinson Poems (caregiving experience), Nature Nurture Neither (a family autobiography), and Appearances (short fiction). Visit her website.

Presentation: Writing in Sorrow/Writing in Strength



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Suzanne Sherman Suzanne Sherman (Sebastopol CA) is a professional editor, memoir teacher, consultant and writing coach with over thirty years in the field. She has ghostwritten memoirs and business books and written book proposals that have gained representation by top agents and by smaller publishers. Visit her website for great memoir tips and more. Her newest book is 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910-2010, available on Amazon and for all e-readers. At the website, she is accepting submissions for the next book in the series, 100 Years in the Life of a Teenage Girl: Coming of Age Stories.

Presentation: The Treasure of Your Coming of Age Stories



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Noelle Sickels Noelle Sickels (Los Angeles CA) is the author of four historical novels, all set in different time periods. She's also had short stories and poems published in numerous anthologies and journals, and has just completed a triple biography of her three parents. She thinks doing research is fun. Visit her web site.

Presentation: Research for Writing: Digging Deep and Avoiding Pitfalls



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Connie Spittler Connie Spittler (Omaha NE) writes fiction, nonfiction, and award winning nature books, with her essays, memoir, and short stories appearing in 20 anthologies alongside notables like The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Kingsolver. In 2016, Blackstone will release the audiobook of her cozy mystery, The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies, and Albatros Media in the Czech Republic, will bring out the Czech version of this book about a stolen, ancient book of herbal cures. Her Wise Women Video Series in Harvard University's Library on the History of Women in America brought about presentations, talks, and workshops throughout the West, Great Plains and Southwest.

Presentation: Pre-Conference Workshop: Paths to Publishing



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Penelope Starr Penelope Starr (Tucscon AZ) is founder and producer of Odyssey Storytelling, a community storytelling series in its thirteenth year in Tucson, AZ. Her coaching and workshops on the art and craft of storytelling have helped hundreds of people tell their personal stories with confidence. Her book, Voices Uncensored: The Radical Act of Community Storytelling will be coming out in 2016. You can read more on her website.

Presentation: Oral Story Telling for Writers



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Susan Tweit Susan Tweit (Salida CO) is a plant biologist and award-winning author whose work is inspired by the nature of place and our place in it. Her twelve books include a memoir, Walking Nature Home, and her essays and articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers as diverse as Audubon and Popular Mechanics, and the Denver Post and Los Angeles Times, and been heard on regional public radio as well as the Martha Stewart Living Radio Network. She's a columnist for Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine and a contributor to Audubon, High Country News, and the op-ed pages of the Denver Post, where she has twice been chosen as a "Colorado Voices" columnist.

Presentation: Place as Character



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Carol Walkner Carol Walkner (Pt Pleasant NJ) has been a sales and marketing executive, writer and teacher for over 40 years. Her business articles have appeared regularly in trade journals since the 1980's while her poetry and stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online publications. Walkner's book, Getting There...From Here, came out in August 2015. Using the book's experiential exercises, she leads workshops and private guidance sessions for those seeking growth and transformation.

Presentation: Getting There... From Here: 5 Strategies to Creating the Successful Writing Life You Love



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Brooke Warner Brooke Warner (Berkeley, CA), our Friday night keynote speaker, has professional expertise in book publishing, writing, and coaching writers through the completion of their book proposals and manuscripts. She offers writing coaching and professional publishing consulting to a broad range of clients who are looking to build their author platforms, better understand the complicated world of publishing, and get published. She has worked with novelists, memoirists, screenplay writers, poets, and artists. If your ultimate goal is to get your work published, Brooke can help you get there. She launched She Writes Press in 2012 with Kamy Wicoff, founder of SheWrites.com. Read more on her website.

Presentation: Keynote Speaker: (subject tba), Pre-Conference Workshop: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir



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Rhonda Wiley-Jones Rhonda Wiley-Jones (Kerrville TX) is author of a coming-of-age, travel memoir entitled, At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away. Rhonda conducts workshops ("Navigating the World of Self-Publishing," "A Guide to CreateSpace for Self-Publishing Writers," "Travel Touchstones through Journal Writing," and "Travel Journaling: Capturing the Moment and Mood, Mystery and Magic") for writers, college writing classrooms, community members, and college alumni associations. Traveling to such far reaches of the world as Japan, South Africa, Australia, Costa Rica, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey and most recently to Peru with her husband Lynn, they now live in Texas and on an island in Mexico for part of each year.

Presentation: Travel Touchstones: Making the Most of Your Travel Journal Writing



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Debra Winegarten Debra Winegarten (Austin TX) is the owner of Sociosights Press, which publishes award-winning biographies and Jewish-themed poetry and children's books. Debra is the author of six books, including Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthorpist, which just won a gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and was a WILLA literary award finalist from Women Writing the West. She is known far and wide for her marketing acumen and delightful public speaking presentations. By day she works at the University of Texas at Austin in the Astronomy Department. By night, she writes.

Presentation: Pre-Conference Workshop: Paths to Publishing; Putting Your Book on Amazon is Not a Marketing Plan: Creative Ways to Market Your Book and Find New Audiences



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Dawn Wink Dawn Wink (Santa Fe NM) is an educator and writer whose work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. Wink's publications include Raven's Time, Wild Waters: Landscapes of Languages, and Teaching Passionately. Wink's novel Meadowlark was awarded the Women Writing the West WILLA Award for Historical Fiction/Finalist, High Plains Book Award for Woman Writer/Finalist, and NM/AZ Book Awards for Historical Fiction/Finalist. Wink lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her website.

Presentation: Place as Character



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