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2019 Workshop

Donna Johnson

Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. The book made the Oprah.com Memoirs We Love list twice and won the Mayborn Creative

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Becky Martinez

Becky Martinez is an Emmy award-winning former broadcast journalist who currently writes fiction as well as non-fiction books on writing. Her non-fiction books include the Let’s Write a Story series, which focuses on creating great characters, different ways to plot

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Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is the author of four historical novels and two historical romance novellas. Her book At Every Turn was a Carol Award finalist. Anne enjoys sharing

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Larry D. Sweazy

Larry D. Sweazy (pronounced: Swayzee) is the author of fourteen mystery and western novels, including See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery, A Thousand Falling Crows, Vengeance at Sundown, and The Rattlesnake Season. He won the WWA (Western Writers of America) Spur award for

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Darynda Jones

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into over 17 languages. As

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Lori Freeland

An encourager at heart, author, editor, and writing coach Lori Freeland holds a BA in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and lives in the Dallas area. She’s presented workshops at multiple writing conferences, including North Texas Christian Writers, Orange

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Susan Donovan

Susan Donovan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels and novellas published by St. Martin’s Press, Penguin USA/Berkeley Books, HQN, Amazon, and Hachette. She’s a former newspaper reporter with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in

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Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with

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Julie Glover

Julie writes cozy mysteries and young adult fiction. Her debut YA novel, Sharing Hunter, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and her award-winning Daring Charlotte will be coming soon. Under the pen name Jules Lynn, Julie is also co-writing the Muse Island novellas, an adult mythology-based

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Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd edition), as well as six other thesaurus guides. Her resources are available in six languages, are sourced

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