The 2017 conference faculty includes literary agents and acquisitions editors from book and magazine publishers! Visit the Agents and Editors section of this page to learn more about them.
Check out the Keynote page to learn about our two top-notch keynote speakers, Tosca Lee and Michele Cushatt. We know you’re going to love them.
Faculty members are listed alphabetically, by last name. Nearly all our faculty members are bloggers, or have e-newsletters you can subscribe to and social media channels you can follow. We’ve provided links to their websites so you can learn more about them.
Visit the Workshops page for details about the breakout workshops each faculty member is teaching.
Debbie is an international speaker, blogger and the author of eleven books. Debbie has been a featured writer for Focus on the Family, In Touch Ministries and Calvary Chapel Association. She regularly speaks to groups with the goal of leading women to the heart of God and the truth of His word. She and her husband Ray have raised a blended family of four adult children and have five grandchildren, three and under.
Karen has been blessed to use her love of words and story during over 30 years in publishing. Karen built and led successful fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and, most recently, the B&H Publishing Group. In addition, Karen is a best-selling, award-winning novelist and a popular speaker. She lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and two four-legged, furry “kids.”
Watch this video to learn more about Karen and the workshops she’ll be teaching:
Kim, a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House (non-fiction) and Chosen, divisions of the Baker Publishing Group (BPG) is often found at writers’ conferences throughout the year teaching, inspiring and encouraging writers. Kim enjoys baking, gardening, the “littles” in her life, Disneyland and sports…but loves Jesus and His Church.
Judi is an author, motivational speaker, ordained minister, wife, mom and (very young) grandma. As her six books attest, Judi has lived through scads of seasons and turned over a number of new leaves causing her and King Solomon to agree: there is a time and season for everything.
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Laura helps writers and other entrepreneurs establish a vibrant online presence. She owns a marketing company that specializes in custom website creation and online courses. When you can drag her away from her computer, you’ll most likely find Laura swimming laps or rollerblading. She and her husband are the parents of two young-adult sons.
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Marcus runs Corder Creative, an editing and creative consulting business, in addition to YCD (youngchristiandad.com), a parenting blog, and Greater Sum (agreatersum.com), a literary journal of prose and faith. Most important, he’s a work-at-home father of four kids under 6. He has heard good things about sleep.
Jane is the author of two books: The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent, and Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope. She has numerous stories and articles published in newspapers and magazines. She makes her home in Northern California with her husband. In addition to working full-time, she’s the caregiver for her 93-year-old mother.
Watch this video to learn more about Jane and the workshop she’ll be teaching.
Jon, a former Air Force pilot and pastor, has published over 400 pieces, 200 of them devotionals. His book, Lord, I Feel So Small, available from Amazon, tackles the topic of Satan’s lie of smallness that keeps us from God’s gifting and call. He now directs Vancouver Christian Writers.
Watch this video to learn more about Jon and the workshops he’ll be teaching. We apologize for the sound quality; click here to download a transcript of the interview.
Suzanne is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 fiction and nonfiction books for Revell. Wife to one, mother to four, Mimi to four little ones, she lives in the East Bay and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. You just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through the house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
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Susy is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 11 books. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. Susy also directs the West Coast Christian Writers Conference, leads a writers group, is active in her local church, and is a member of the Authors Guild.
Watch this video to learn more about Susy and the workshop she’ll be teaching.
Cheri is an author, speaker, blogger, writing coach, high school English teacher, and graduate student. She’s co-authored two books with Kathi Lipp, she co-hosts the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast with Amy Carroll, and through her Write Beside You coaching services, she mentors speakers who wrestle with writing.
Jeanette is the author of six books, including Suddenly Single Mom (Worthy Inspired, March 2016), her first devotional for women. Her writing flows from her experiences as a single mom who has lived with low vision since birth. Any leftover creativity is poured into knitting, crocheting, baking, and singing.
Watch this video to learn more about Jeanette and the workshops she’ll be teaching.
Marilyn has authored four books and has published poems, short stories, articles, and devotions. Her work has earned several awards including the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Honor Book. Marilyn holds a MA in creative writing and works as a technical editor.
Mona is a speaker and author of 40 books, children’s books, historical novels and novellas for adults. Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications.
David is a life-long writer educated in screenwriting at UCLA, Masterclass, and other constant learning opportunities. David is represented by Andi Frazin Literary Management and hosts the ICW Screenwriting critique group. His current projects include a Christmas MOW for Hallmark Channel, and a spy thriller novel adaptation.
Watch this video to learn more about David and the workshop he’ll be teaching.
Kathy is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s also a full-time freelance editor and director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s co-owner of Christian Editor Network LLC.
Watch this video to learn more about Kathy and the workshops she’ll be teaching.
Wendy joined Books & Such Literary Management in 2005 and was named vice-president of the firm in 2011. She feels equally comfortable on a computer, at a writer’s conference or with a cool lump of clay in her hand. She’s been an artist, a writer and a literary agent. No stranger to the literary market, she has served on the faculty of several major writers conferences and has written eight books in her young adult Daughters of the Faith series. These books were followed by a series of four teen books and a nonfiction adult book.
Kathi is a Publishers Weekly bestselling writer and the author of 17 books, including The Husband Project, Clutter Free and Overwhelmed. She hosts the Clutter Free podcast and co-hosts the Communicator Academy podcast with our 2017 keynote, Michele Cushatt. She is the founder of the Leverage Conference, equipping writers to share their message through speaking.
Mike is an award-winning author whose first book, Dublin, came out in 2007, followed by When the Sky Fell, American Midnight, After the Cross, Love’s Second Chance, After the Sky Fell, Arena Planet, and Mind Writer. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Watch this video to learn more about Mike and the workshop he’ll be teaching.
Dana is a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion. She is the nationally bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House.
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Robynne lives in the Sierras with her husband and youngest two children. She’s authored three books: From the Mouth of Ma, Pioneer Mixology, and The Three Faces of Nellie. Besides writing, Robynne’s a speaker, editor, and writing coach. She leads two critique groups and serves on Inspire’s Board of Directors.
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Sarah is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel, Through Waters Deep, was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in Antioch, California, and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.
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Beth has been equipping and encouraging writers for over 15 years. As the founder of Inspire Christian Writers, she has seen the benefits of “Writing with Friends” firsthand. In addition to writing and speaking, Beth coaches new writers to help them develop their craft and meet publication goals.
Jim is an award-winning author of twenty books and conference speaker, who taught writing at Taylor University and served as editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House. But most of all, he’s a child of God.
Agents and Editors
Please visit the websites of the editors and agents you are considering meeting with at the conference to learn what type of manuscripts they are and aren’t accepting.
Karen is an agent with The Steve Laube Agency. (Laube is pronounced lobby). She acquires adult non-fiction and adult fiction [Details]
Kim is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House (non-fiction) and Chosen, divisions of the Baker Publishing Group (BPG).
Marcus is the founding editor of Greater Sum, a new literary journal of prose and faith. They publish twice per year (spring and fall) in print and year-round on their website and through other mediums.
Wendy is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She acquires adult fiction and non-fiction books. More about Wendy.
Jim is representing ACW Press, a self-publishing company.
With a background in improv comedy and degree in theology, Andrea can effectively carry an audience from uproarious laughter to a moment of tender truth. Andrea connects with the audience from the moment she steps on stage. She is enthusiastic, inspirational and relatable.
She is the author of Scriptless: What I Learned About God on the Las Vegas Strip. In her book she talks about her experience in the cast of The Second City’s “Scriptless,” an all-improvised show on the Vegas Strip.
Andrea partners in ministry with her husband Chris, who is Senior Pastor of CrossWinds Church. She is a member of the preaching team for Sunday services and leads in the Creative Arts Ministry.
Chris and Andrea live in Livermore with their two daughters.
Additional Conference Highlights
“If you’ve ever thought of writing, speaking, marketing or praying with the intent to share the gospel in some manner, this is the place to be every year! Each speaker gives their absolute ALL to share their knowledge and passion with you so you’ll walk away empowered to be brave and write or speak or do whatever it is that God has called you to do.”