The 2018 faculty will feature an all-star lineup of authors and literary professionals you won’t want to miss.

Please note that this list is subject to revision as we finalize plans with our presenters.


Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel is an award-winning author and teacher. He is the creator of The One Year Adventure NovelCover StoryAmazing True Life Stories and The Legends of Tira-Nor.

His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books and scripting for the PBS animated series Auto-B-Good. His young adult novels, Runt the Brave and Runt the Hunted, have received numerous awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award and the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award. He graduated with honors from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing in 1995.

Sharon Hinck

Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her novels include humorous contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, and the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric fantasy series. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her novels.

When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in Minnesota.

Allen Arnold

Allen is the author of The Story of With, an allegory that reveals a better way to live and create through the doorway of identity, imagination, and intimacy. His mission is to help people actively pursue and transform their talent by discovering how to pursue it with God. As the founding Fiction Publisher for one of the world’s largest Christian publishing houses, Allen oversaw the development of more than five hundred novels. He knows first-hand how common it is for creators to become disheartened, overwhelmed or burnt-out–as well as what it takes to help the dreams of writers become reality. In his current role at Ransomed Heart, he oversees content from the mountains of Colorado for the ministry. Before becoming a Board Member for ACFW, he was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for his substantial contributions to the world of Christian Fiction.


Will Wight

Will is best known for selling over half a million books on Amazon and for his unbelievable spider-juggling act. Since earning his Master’s in Creative Writing in 2013, he has written more than twelve fantasy novels, nine of which have broken into Amazon’s Top 100 Best-seller list. He speaks fluent starfish.


Nadine Brandes

 Carol Award winner and two-time Christy Award finalist Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She’s been known to eat an entire package of Oreos by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living and other worlds soaked in imagination. When she’s not taste-testing a new chai, she and her hubby are rockin’ shalom, dorkiness, and board games with college students in the midwest.



Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne is an established bestselling author with sixteen books in print. His works have garnered critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and VOYA Magazine. Because of the popularity of Wayne’s books, he has appeared on national television, including the Fox Morning Show and Reuters America. A feature article on Wayne’s pirate novel, Isle of Swords, appeared on the front page of The Washington Post. And Wayne’s novels have garnered nominations and awards including: Mom’s Choice Award, The Moonlighter Award, The Cybill, The Clive Staples Awards, and the ACFW Book of the Year. Wayne is a veteran middle school English teacher of 26 years and writes because all young people dream of visiting new worlds and achieving something that matters.

Steve Laube

Agent and owner of The Steve Laube Agency

Realm Makers is delighted to welcome Steve Laube back to the teaching stage for 2018, where he will be presenting his compelling session, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Theology and Philosphy as Found in Science Fiction and Fantasy. 

Steve has been a long-time advocate for Christian speculative fiction, and we’re honored to have him join us for yet another Realm Makers conference.