Faculty: 2018 LIT Masterclass

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 Conference Schedule for details about what each faculty member is teaching.

“This was the most exciting conference my wife and I have been to. The classes were easy to get to, the people were very nice and excited to be there. Great instructors.”

-Joe Elliott


Wendy LawtonWendy Lawton: The Craft of Writing

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.

Website: booksandsuch.com


Kathi LippKathi Lipp: The Art of Marketing

Kathi is a Publishers Weekly bestselling writer and the author of 17 books, including The Husband ProjectClutter 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.

Website: kathilipp.com/


susy_florySusy Flory (Non-Fiction Writing)

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.

Website: susyflory.com

John B. Olson (Fiction Writing & Fiction Coach)

John is a novelist and entrepreneur who lives in San Leandro, California. He has
a Ph.D. in biochemistry and is the author of six novels, including Fossil Hunter, Oxygen,
and Shade. John enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy with strong doses of romance and
suspense, and he writes the kind of books he’d like to read.

Website: Litany.com

laura_christiansonLaura Christianson (Fiction Marketing)

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.

Website: bloggingbistro.com/

Wendy LawtonWendy Lawton (Non-Fiction Marketing)

Wendy is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She acquires adult fiction and non-fiction books. See Wendy’s full bio at the top of this page.

Website: booksandsuch.com

Coaches (Writing and Marketing sessions)

debbie_alsdorfDebbie Alsdorf (Non-Fiction Coach)

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.

Website: debbiealsdorf.com/

cheri_gregoryCheri Gregory (Non-Fiction Coach)

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.

Website: cherigregory.com/

Jeanette HanscomeJeanette Hanscome (Non-Fiction Coach)

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.

Website: jeanettehanscome.com/

Mike LynchMike Lynch (Fiction Coach, Writing Contest Coordinator)

 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.

Website: mikelynchbooks.com

Sarah SundinSarah Sundin (Fiction Coach)

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.

Website: sarahsundin.com

suzannewoodsfisherSuzanne Woods Fisher (Non-Fiction Coach)

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.

Website: suzannewoodsfisher.com/

Conference Staff

Sarah Barnum, Registration

Sarah is a freelance writer and editor with TrailBlaze Writing & Editing. She has been involved with Inspire Christian Writers since 2011 and is a published writer – most recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She enjoys ranch life in Northern California with her graphic designer husband and Appaloosa horse, Ransom.

Website: trail-blazes.com

janedalyJane Daly (WCCW Board Member)

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.

Website: janeSdaly.com


David HydeDavid Hyde (Bookstore)

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.

Marci Seither, Hospitality

Marci is a freelance writer who lives in California. She has written for local papers as well as larger publications, but mostly she tells people she is a “mom who writes.” She has been married to John for over 26 years. They are the parents of six pretty awesome kids who have provided her with volumes of great material, symphonies of laughter, and loads of laundry. She wants to encourage women to reconnect with others and savor each moment one wooden spoonful at a time.

Website: MarciSeither.com


“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.”

-Deena Elliott