The 2016 faculty will feature an all-star lineup of authors and literary professionals you won’t want to miss.


Continuing Session Instructors

Over 6 hours of intensive instruction from experts in the speculative side of publishing


rubart_jamesJames Rubart


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories.


He’s the best-selling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of eight novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at and on Facebook.




weber_maryMary Weber (Continuing Session and Electives)


I’m Mary. I write books and work with teens. I have tattoos. I love old souls and belly laughter. I live in California with my husband and kids, and I’m the author of the award-winning, Scholastic Book Fair Pick, young adult STORM SIREN trilogy, and the upcoming SOFI SNOW duology (THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW releases June 2017) – all from HarperCollins.





liparulo_robertRobert Liparulo


Best-selling novelist Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name.


His first two critically acclaimed thrillers—Comes a Horseman and Germ—were optioned by Hollywood producers. Bestselling author Michael Palmer calls Deadfall, released in November, 2007, “a brilliantly crafted thriller.” Liparulo’s young adult series, Dreamhouse Kings, debuted in May 2008, with House of Dark Shadows and Watcher in the Woods.


He is currently working with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) on the novel and screenplay of a political thriller.


New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.”


Liparulo lives in Colorado with his family.



williamson_jillJill Williamson (TEENS only!)


Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and an award-winning author of several speculative novels including the By Darkness HidReplicationCaptives, andKing’s Folly. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at






kk-headshots-0089_smaller_croppedKevin Kaiser


Kevin Kaiser is a writer and former Senior Brand Manager for Creative Trust, an entertainment agency based in Brentwood, Tennessee. For nearly ten years he was responsible for the marketing strategy of CT’s literary clients. Along with Ted Dekker, he currently co-manages Outlaw Studios, an independent marketing and media company focused on transformational storytelling.




Elective Course Instructors

One-hour classes delving into the subjects that matter most to writers of speculative fiction



apokedak_sallySally Apokedak


Sally Apokedak (pronounced a.pock’.a.dock),is an agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She’s fairly new, and that means that she’s still building her list. It’s filling up quickly with some super-talented writers, but there is still room. If your writing is stellar, if your ideas are fresh, if your voice is well developed, then she wants to hear from you.





lisa-mangum-cropped_smallerLisa Mangum 


Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.


Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello). She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.