Pirates of the Stars and Sea

The Only Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Conference for Authors of Faith

Since it was founded in 2013, the Realm Makers Conference has provided thousands of authors with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to make a lasting impact with their stories. Every year, Realm Makers features best-selling keynote speakers, award-winning faculty, and dozens of opportunities to connect with industry professionals.

This year, for the first time ever, the Realm Makers community will be gathering virtually for our annual conference. We are so excited for this chance to hold Realm Makers for attendees no matter where they are in the world! The conference will look a bit different than it has in past years, but the fun, the community, and the connections will all be the same.

Whether you need guidance on your current work-in-progress, a chance to pitch your completed manuscript to an agent or publisher, or just a casual time to rest, refresh, and restore yourself, Realm Makers has what you’re looking for.

Aside from the craft-boosting benefits of learning from industry professionals, Realm Makers offers pitching appointments with agents and editors. I fumbled through my very first pitch there. In person. (What was I thinking?) But it’s a safe place to fail, and from that initial meeting with a respected agent, I gained confidence to pitch again. And again.

Keynote Speakers

Thomas Locke

We are so excited to welcome Thomas Locke back to Realm Makers! Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of eight million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas will not only be one of our keynote speakers this year, but he’s also teaching a continuing session on The Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting(Read More)

C.J. Redwine

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 Hogwarts. 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

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.

Who's Teaching in 2020?

With so many professionals sharing their wisdom, you can't help but learn something new!

No matter what you write, no matter how you write, you’ll find something new at Realm Makers.
Our extensive list of industry professionals are ready, willing, and eager to teach about their
experiences as authors and publishers.

Branding and Marketing Workshop

C.J. Redwine leads this exciting continuing course on branding and marketing. Learn More

Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

Steven James leads this thrilling class on rule-breaking in fiction. Learn More

Magic, Truth, and Imagination

N.D. Wilson leads this continuing session on these essentials of storytelling. Learn More

Want to know who else is coming? Check out our website
for more details on classes and faculty members like
Sara Ella, Rachel Marks, Carla Hoch, and many more!!

As good as the conference was, what’s been even better is the relationships afterwards. I dropped off the radar for a couple weeks after getting my day job back in order. My Realmie friends checked up on me to see if everything was okay.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Obscure No More:
Everything You Need to Know To Start Selling More Books

Join marketing master Thomas Umstattd Jr. for an exciting pre-conference workshop that will take the mystery out of marketing and teach you how to sell more books. This exclusive workshop begins on Thursday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 

Need More Reasons To Attend?


Realm Makers gives you the opportunity to connect with industry professionals in many different writing fields, both in the general market or the Christian market. Ask questions. Get answers. Move forward with your dream.


No matter what you write, there's someone else at Realm Makers who shares your passion for storytelling. Open up to someone new and find those special people who speak your language.


Becoming a successful author is more than just knowing how to write, publish, and market. It's walking the path of an artist with grace and courage, and Realm Makers faculty members know that better than anyone.


Life's too short, and in general, many artists have forgotten how to play. It's time to rekindle the childlike spirit we had in our youth and spend some time rediscovering JOY with like-minded creatives.