Presenters

J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, four inter-related thrillers featuring the Walker family, and a book of poetry. Her books have more than 23 million copies in print.

Jance is an avid crusader for many causes including the American Cancer  Society, Gilda’s Club, the Humane Society, the YWCA and the Girl Scouts. A lover of animals, J.A. Jance and her husband, Bill, have a rescued Dachshund, named Bella. Born in South Dakota and  raised in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband now split their time between Seattle, Washington and Tucson, Arizona.

For more about J.A. and her works, go to http://www.jajance.com/index.html

Wendy Kendall

I’m a Mystery Writer, Mystery Podcaster, and Project Manager. My cozy mystery series is titled Kat Out of the Bag. My Podcast – Kendall & Cooper Talk Mysteries, is on YouTube and iTunes. I’m a freelance editor, speaker, and blogger. My web site is wendywrites.org, or you can also reach me on twitter @wendywrites1, or email at wendywrites@yahoo.com.

Jeff Leisawitz

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and every other creative human to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world.
Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a college instructor, a critically acclaimed author and internationally distributed filmmaker who has devoted his life to the art of creativity.
Not F*ing Around— the No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book

Mark Lindquist

Mark Lindquist is a published writer and our Pierce County Prosecutor. His four novels are Sad Movies, Carnival Desires, Never Mind Nirvana, and The King of Methlehem. He also writes book reviews and articles for a variety of publications. His most recent project is Zen Lawyer, a series of columns for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News. As our Prosecutor, Mark is committed to keeping our community safe. He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Tacoma.

E.C. Murray

E.C. Murray is the author of A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS Best Book of 2014. She received a Pushcart nomination for her short story “The Urban Goatherd.” A writing instructor at Seattle Central College and Tacoma Community College, her freelance articles range from Lady Gaga to Paralympics, from parenting to traveling. With a Master’s degree and two writing certificates from the University of Washington, she founded and publishes The Writers Connection, which includes a newsletter and interviews with Elizabeth George, Debbie Macomber, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, and David Guterson and more. She has also published, Life Kind of Sucks. Find her on Twitter @WritersConnect, Facebook E.C. Murray, or on her Web sites www.ecmurray.com and www.writersconnection.org

Ryan Petty

​Ryan writes full-time after a​ a career in law, economic development and public administration. For many years, he was the proprietor of Cold Mountain Press (an independent literary publishing house) in Austin, Texas. He has experience in hybrid- and self-publishing and has written a series of business books for independent authors, including AUTHOR BUSINESS PLANS MADE EASY and 10 STEPS IN 10 DAYS TO CRAFT AN AUTHOR BUSINESS PLAN​ on which his workshop his based​. More about his work can be found at RyanPettyAuthor.com and at www.amazon.com/author/-ryanpetty.

Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto’s new novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. He is also the author of the historical fiction Curtain Calls, and has had short fiction published in dozens of literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Joe lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Dona, and Henry the coffee-drinking dog. He is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, and teaches at Seattle’s Hugo House and Tacoma Community College.

Regina Sadono

Regina Fletcher Sadono has a doctorate in theater and an MFA in film from UCLA, and an MFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts. Her research on performance art and narrative studies has appeared in a numerous journals including Glow International, Art and Academe, Parole Gelées, TPQ Text and Performance Quarterly, and The Newsletter of CalArts CAP. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the ballet class as a lived story. Dr. Sadono earned the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in choreography and the Samuel Goldwyn Creative Writing Award in screenwriting. She taught film, dance, writing, and media studies at across the United States at University of Wisconsin, University of Central Florida, University of Phoenix, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, College of the Canyons, Monterey Peninsula College, and Cal State Universities at Northridge and Los Angeles. Dr. Sadono also works in the nonprofit sector and has raised millions of dollars to support some of the nation’s most prestigious music and arts organizations.

Wayne Ude

Wayne Ude holds an MFA from UMass-Amherst. He’s the author of a novel and three collections of stories. Currently he’s nearing completion of another novel while also working toward a new collection of stories. From 2005 until 2016 he taught in the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts low-residency MFA Program, where he was also the program’s founding Director. A frequent presenter at writers’ conferences, his favorite topics are viewpoint; plot and structure; developing secondary characters and subplots; beginnings, middles, and ends; and creating a writing persona.

Cathy Warner

Cathy Warner, MFA, is a writer, freelance editor, literary editor of Image journal’s multi-author blog “Good Letters,” columnist, and writing workshop leader as well as a home renovator and realtor. Author of the poetry volume Burnt Offerings, Cathy is a recipient of the Steinbeck and SuRaa fiction awards, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. Her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and online venues. Find her at cathywarner.com.

Dean Wells

Dean Wells is author of the ongoing Clockwork Millennials story cycle published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Other works have appeared in Ideomancers, 10Flash Quarterly, Demensions, ShadowKeep, Eldritch Tales, The Nocturnal Lyric, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS, Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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