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.
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.
Teaching: Branding and Marketing Workshop
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).
Teaching: Magic, Truth, and Imagination
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.
Teaching: Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
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. See the keynote speaker page for his full bio.
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.
Teaching: Finding and Forging Hope Through Fiction
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory.
Teaching: Inspiration in History; Where Do I Fit? Writing for the Secular Market; Character Creation Workshop
Sara Ella is the award-winning author of the Unblemished series and Coral, a reimagining of “The Little Mermaid” that focuses on mental health. She spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings with her swoony husband by her side. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”
Teaching: Making Magic: Storytelling, Disney-Style; 50 Shades of YA?
Carla is a professional fight scene editor, writer and blogger with training in almost a dozen martial arts. She is a curriculum writer for Martial Arts Nation and the “head coach” behind FightWrite.net, a blog that teaches fighting to writers.
Teaching: Dealing Damage; Writing Fight Scenes, Battles, and Brawls with POW
Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry nearly four decades, first as a bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent many years with Bethany House Publishers where he was named Editor of the Year by AWSA. Over seventeen years ago he became an agent where he and his agency have represented nearly 2,000 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. In addition, he is the president and owner of Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. He is the author of the annual Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.
Teaching: Developing a Thick Skin: The Key to an Author’s Long-Term Success; Working with Your Agent
Clint Redwine has been a member of the Mix Morning Show for the last 14 years. His goal is to survive each day. On most days he is successful. Prior to coming to Nashville, he was doing radio in Los Angeles. He has been happily married to his beautiful wife C.J. for 24 years. She is a New York Times Bestselling author. They have three boys and two beautiful girls who keep them busy and on their toes. Tyler is 19, Jordan is 18, Zachary is 16, Johanna is 7 and Isabella is 5. When not slowly dragging himself out of bed at 3:30 a.m. for the radio show or dragging himself to late-night movies, (he is a movie critic and member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association), Clint likes to play golf, hang out with his kids and wife, and make cakes. (Cakes like on “Ace of Cakes”… no, really).
Teaching: Media Training 101: How to Effectively Promote Yourself and Your Book