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Caitlin Berve is a fantasy author, an editor, and a speaker. Through Ignited Ink Writing, she edits novels, creates video tutorials, and writes. Using her MFA, she teaches creative writing at conferences, colleges, and Colorado writers’ organizations and serves on the boards of the Boulder Writers Alliance and Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Finding magic in modern times Caitlin seeks to fill the world with the kind of writing that lingers with readers. Her collection of modern fairy tales, When Magic Calls, is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

Rachel Delaney Craft writes speculative fiction for children and teens. Her work has appeared in publications such as Cricket, Spider, and Cast of Wonders; she’s a two-time winner of the Zebulon novel contest; and she co-edited the 2020 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology, Wild. Rachel does most of her writing with her Bassett hound mix snoring at her feet.

Kerrie Flanagan is an author, a writing consultant, a presenter, and a freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She’s the author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the online course, Magazine Writing Blueprint. In addition, she has published twelve other books, including three series’ with a co-author, under the pen names, C.K. and C.G. Harris. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. 

Kerrie was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for a decade. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of authors through classes and individual consultations. She enjoys helping writers by presenting at writing conferences and teaching continuing studies classes through Stanford University.

Bowen Gillings is an award-winning author writing to appease the story demons in his head. A former president of Pikes Peak Writers, he currently hosts Open Critique and Writing with a View each month. He has been featured in Allegory e-zine, Voices and Views and Rocky Mountain Writers podcasts, Ghosts of DowntownWriting is Art, and the Writing from the Peak blog. He holds a Master of Education in Adult Education and is a travel enthusiast, nature lover, and closeted RPG nerd. He enjoys cooking big meals for family and friends, hiking wooded mountain trails, and seeking Zen through mixed martial arts. Born in Wisconsin, he grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, matriculated in Minnesota, and then bounced around Europe with the Army. He’s lived on both coasts, danced on the Great Wall of China, and driven a Volvo from Alaska to Louisiana before settling in Colorado with his wife and daughter. Check out his website at storiesbybowen.com and look for his latest work in the Fresh Starts anthology from Pikes Peak Writers due out in 2021.

Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and has been a storyteller almost from birth. After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent in early 2011.Today his company, WordWise Media Services, employs three agents and serves 50 clients. Steve’s wife, Ruth, evaluates and edits fiction projects for the agency. Steve has placed client’s works with Harlequin, Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Hachette, and others. Several of his clients have won prestigious awards for their works and over the past fourteen years, Steve has mentored hundreds of aspiring authors. He speaks often for writers’ events across the country, and writes two blogs, keeping his hands busy in-between, swimming, gardening, and cooking in the High Desert of Southern California. Steve is interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults.

In 2007, TL James realized her first big dream when she released the first of her new, best selling sci-fi thriller series, The MPire. During her literary journey, she learned many processes to ignite and align herself with her dreams, re-pattern her actions (reactions) brought on by fear, and accelerate her results and success. In 2009, she established PHE Ink – Writing Solutions Firm and The Quill Lab to help aspiring fiction and non-fiction authors, build their literary dreams, accelerate their results beyond their books, and create richer, more fulfilling lives and businesses.

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s the President of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories.

Her novel Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary Robinette has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She records fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary Robinette lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.

Chris Mandeville writes science fiction/fantasy, YA, and nonfiction for writers. She’s a full-time writer and has been teaching writing workshops for fifteen years. Her published works include the In Real Time time-travel trilogy, Quake, Shake, and Break; Seeds: A Post-apocalyptic Adventure; and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block. She lives in Colorado with her family and her service dog, Finn.

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers, NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ, and USA Today bestselling, award-winning authors, as well as indie and newer writers. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. Tiffany has led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers’ groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers’ sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she’s the author of The Breakup Doctor series and her most recent release, A Little Bit of Grace (August 11, Berkley). Visit her at www.foxprinteditorial.com or www.phoebefoxauthor.com.

Kendra Merritt used to hide fantasy novels behind her government textbook in high school, and she wrote most of her first novel during a semester of college algebra. Older and wiser now (but just as nerdy) Kendra writes fairytales with main characters who have disabilities. Her experience with partial paraplegia has shown her you don’t have to be able to swing a sword to be a hero. Kendra is the author of the A Mark of the Least Novel series and lives in Denver with her very tall husband, their book-loving progeny, and a big, black monster masquerading as a service dog.

Susan Mitchell embraces folklore, ghosts and monsters, tuning into that wavelength to write dark fiction, horror and thrillers. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including George and Mertie’s Place, Poetry Motel, The Gathering Storm, and Wordwrights. She has written and produced projects for TLC, ABC, NBC, CBS and Telemundo affiliates. A Senior Marketing and Social Media Specialist, Susan is a frequent public speaker, and her voice can be heard on a variety of television and radio commercials. She has degree in English from Northern Arizona University and calls the southwest home. Susan is currently completing work on a darkly humorous horror series and supernatural thriller.

Emma Nelson is the founder of Owl Hollow Press and has an MA in Folklore and Literature where she studied Westerns, Fairy Tales, and the power of fandoms. Her nonfiction is published in The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures and Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television. She is also the author of Dirty Drafting: Fast Draft Your Way into a Finished Novel and a Consistent Writing Habit and the Witches’ Lore Haunted Tours paranormal thriller series under the pen name Emma Boone.

Kristin Owens earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration and held academic positions at Penn State, University of Maryland, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Mat-Su College. She was chosen 2016-17 Teacher of the Year by Aims Community College students.

Now a full-time writer, Kristin is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and a weekly critique group. Her articles and personal essays have appeared in publications such as 5280, The Coloradoan, and Writer’s Digest. Kristin’s essay “War Bride” won Honorable Mention for the 2018 New Millennium Writing Awards and was a finalist for the 2019 New Letters’ award in nonfiction. Her first full-length manuscript placed in the Top Ten and was selected as a Judges’ Favorite in the 2017 Ink & Insights contest. 

A frequent workshop instructor, conference presenter, and lecturer, Kristin motivates new writers with her high-energy presentations.

James Persichetti is a freelance editor and founder of Lost Hat Editorial Services. Prior to editing, he worked for over three years at Nelson Literary Agency, reading submissions and selling foreign rights. He writes fantasy and middle grade adventure. When not reading, writing, or editing, his passion for words extends to practicing other languages like Japanese and Italian.

C. R. Rowenson – Fascinated by magic since the childhood discovery that pine cones could be fireballs, C. R. Rowenson (Clark) is a blogger and writing coach that studies magic building like others study oil-painting. His prime directive is to help storytellers of all kinds of craft and repair the magic systems in their stories. Visit crrowenson.com to witness, fuel, or join in his obsession.

October K. Santerelli is a full-time writer of epic fantasies and an experienced beta, review, and sensitivity reader. He is a co-writer of the graphic novel The Chrestomathy, available soon on Webtoon. He identifies as gay and specializes in LGBTQ+ and trauma survivor content. Easily recognized by his fantastic hat and deep love of pastel colors, October (also known as Toby) lives just up the road in the great city of Denver, Colorado. When not at conferences, he spends his time with his very large dog Boston, his smaller dog Soda Pop, and his computer.

Carol Van Natta is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Her work includes the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series that starts with Overload Flux and Minder Rising, and the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series that starts with Shifter Mate Magic and Shift of Destiny. Carol shares her Fort Collins, CO, home with a resident mad scientist and just the right number of equally mad cats.