The 2020 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. Stay tuned for session topics and further details on our scheduled presenters.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Thomas Locke
Realm Makers is excited for the return of Thomas Locke to our keynote speaker stage! He will also be offering a continuing session on screenwriting for 2020.
CONTINUING SESSION INSTRUCTORS
C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwart’s. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries.
N. D. Wilson is the best-selling author of the “100 Cupboards” trilogy (now in more than twenty languages) and the acclaimed “Ashtown Burials” series (both from Random House). His first work of nonfiction was the ground-breaking Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl (Thomas Nelson), which was adapted into the widely distributed “bookumentary” film of the same name.
He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, where he currently lives in a tall skinny house with the blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean (along with their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake).
Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.
His latest novel, SYNAPSE, a near-future thriller, recently released in October of 2019.
(biographical info coming soon)
TEEN TRACK INSTRUCTOR
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.