At Write on the Red Cedar, you learn from the best! Our conference instructors are all published authors, editors, or experienced academics with expertise in a variety of writing topics.
MICHAEL HAUGE is a story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, marketers, attorneys and public speakers, both in Hollywood and around the world. Michael has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film.
WORKSHOPS: Story Mastery and Creating Powerful Scenes
LOUISE KNOTT AHERN is the founder and president of Capital City Writers Association. An award-winning journalist and writing coach, she has worked with writers of all experience levels—from beginners working on their first novel to New York Times bestsellers. She has been an instructor at many regional and national writing conferences around the country. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including a 2014 Sigma Delta Chi—one of the most prestigious journalism awards in the country. Writing as Lyssa Kay Adams, she is the author of the sports romance series, The Vegas Aces, and the #5 Amazon bestseller Wild in Rio. You can find her at www.louiseknottahern.com and www.lyssakayadams.com
WORKSHOP: Plot the Damn Book
ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and lots of other stuff in between. Her first novel is currently on submission, her second novel manuscript was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She has written several other short stories and is the author of The Intentional Writer. She is a member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She is also the features editor for and a regular contributor to WFWA’s quarterly newsletter, Write On. Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Find her on Facebook (ErinBartelsAuthor), Twitter (@ErinLBartels), and Instagram (@erinbartelswrites).
WORKSHOP: Edit the Damn Book
Suban Nur Cooley is a Somali-Australian writer, spoken word artist, and storyteller with a passion for community, travel, and quixotic adventures. Most of what she writes is focused on experience, memory, and diasporic identity and its many intersections. She is currently the managing editor of Capital Gains Media and a graduate research assistant at Michigan State University where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in rhetoric and writing. Her research interests are focused on identity formation, digital technologies, and displacement. Furthermore, she wants to look closely at how identity is affected by memory, assimilation, and forced migration. Through her future work, she hopes to break the one-sided narrative of Somalis in the media and beyond.
Workshop: Memoir and the Mundane Telling your story in a way that matters to others
Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres! So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk, , and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership … whether it be professional, romantic, or both. All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa. Colleen is a hybrid author who publishes in both traditional markets, as well as indie. She's the co-author of The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing, an overview of everything you need to know to be successful as an indie writer.
WORKSHOP: The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in a dozen countries and translated into seven languages. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. The heroine of Elizabeth's Profiler novels was called "one of the most amazing characters created in print" by Fresh Fiction, and her latest Lawmen novel won the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Intrigue.
WORKSHOP: Write the Damn Book
Jenn Stark is published under the pen names of Jennifer McGowan (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers), Jennifer Chance (Random House Loveswept and Indie), and Jenn Stark (Indie). In addition to this first-hand knowledge of managing multiple and very different brands simultaneously, she understands the challenges and rewards of launching an Indie career in the midst of an already-packed work schedule. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, content management and brand strategy, has served as a marketing/publicity manager for a prominent e-publisher, and has taught Author Branding classes to companies, entrepreneurs and authors in the US, Australia and Canada.
WORKSHOP: The Knockout Author Brand: What matters (and what doesn't) in today's publishing market