2020 LIT Masterclass Faculty
Watch for ongoing updates to the 2020 faculty list.
Rick writes novels during his commute to and from his “real job” as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in the #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, which award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as “a legal thriller you won’t want to miss!”
Shelley is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and more than two dozen published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina; as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance; and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is currently at work on a PhD in Creative Writing with Lancaster University in the UK. She won RWA’s RITA Award® and has been a Christy Award finalist. She appeared in the 2016 documentary film Love Between the Covers, is a popular speaker and convention panelist, and has been a guest on many podcasts, including Worldshapers and Realm of Books. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.
Lisa has written six books, including Drawn from the Heart, A Coloring Book Devotional. She is a writer who likes to encourage so devotions are her genre of choice. Knit Purl Pray, 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul allowed her write about her love of knitting without writing patterns.
Laura helps writers confidently create a polished, professional online presence. She owns Blogging Bistro, a business that builds custom WordPress websites and provides brand, blog, and content development coaching. Laura has authored several books and thousands of articles. She and her husband live in the Seattle area, and are the parents of two young-adult sons. She serves as director of the WCCW Online Conference (coming in October 2020)
Jane is an award-winning author of two books, From Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season. She has written numerous magazine articles and has been a guest on Focus on the Family’s radio program. She is an active blogger and also teaches at writing conferences. Jane makes her home in the Sacramento area.
“Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott, award-winning author, popular international conference speaker, licensed minister, and astute Bible teacher. Author of 11 books and counting, Sharon is also a professional editor and editing coach with Writing for Your Life writers’ services, Harambee Press, The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network Publishing, and her own service, AuthorizeMe. Sharon is honored to assist men and women in furthering their ministry goals and visions.
Susy is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 12 memoirs, and she’s written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door.
Janet founded Books & Such Literary Management in 1996. The agency now consists of five agents who represent more than 275 clients. Janet’s clients include numerous best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, Holt Medallion and RITA. Among her clients are Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer, Laura Frantz, and Joanna Weaver.
Cheri is co-author of two books with Kathi Lipp and curriculum director for The LEVERAGE Speaker Conference; co-host with Amy Carroll of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast and co-author of Exhale (June 2019); founder of Write Beside You coaching services.
Jeanette is the author of five books, including Suddenly Single Mom. She is a speaker, writing teacher, freelance editor, and contributor to several devotionals. When not at of the computer, she sings with a local chorus and at her church and dabbles in as many creative activities as possible.
Bob is an award-winning author, literary agent, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. Bob is also the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com).
Educated in screenwriting at UCLA, David facilitates a screenwriting critique group for Inspire Christian Writers. His faith-based comedy Winging It staring Jaci Velazquez and Robert Amaya is in development with Manifesto Picturehouse, and he has an indie drama and a 13th century Scotland period piece in the works.
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 national speaker and the best-selling author of 17 books, including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, and The Husband Project. Kathi co-hosts (with Michele Cushatt) the Communicator Academy podcast and is the founder of the Leverage Speakers Conference, held each November in San Jose, California. Through teaching and coaching over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of writers and speakers find their audience and increase their platform.
Marci’s writing career begin after her humor article was published in a small-town newspaper. Since then she has authored two books and written hundreds of articles as well as contributing to Guideposts, and Focus On The Family. Her other interests include food photography and anything with real butter.
Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published with more than 4 million copies in print.
Sarah is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel The Sea Before Us won the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award, and When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Sarah and her husband live in northern California and have three adult children.
“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.”