Freelance Writing Workshop (11:15 to 12:15, ENT Room)
JL Fields is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, Food for Life instructor, and chef instructor in the culinary program at the University of New Mexico-Taos.
Marketing Workshop (1:30 to 2:30, Venue)
Michael Covington. With a unique background combining more than 10 years in bookselling, 10 years in publishing and presently leading a business team at a global Christian non-profit that is working to launch a new content delivery platform, Michael has a deep understanding of the challenges facing publishers and content creators and the new opportunities that digital channels present. Michael and his wife have been married for 22 years and live in Colorado Springs with their sons Nate and Sam.
Sean Eads is a librarian with the Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado. He is originally from Kentucky. His first novel, Trigger Point, is being reissued in March 2017 by Hex Publishers. His second novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His novel Lord Byron's Prophecy was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. His first short story collection, 17 Stitches, debuts in 2017.
Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired. Nancy currently lives with her husband and their dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and one nearly human donkey on a family ranch near Cotopaxi, Colorado.
Courtney Miller is a multi-award winning author in the genres Historical Fiction, Faction (Fiction based on Fact), Mystery, and Fiction. He is the author of the seven-book series “The Cherokee Chronicles” which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity. Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine, Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures. His newest book series, “The White Feather Mysteries” is carrying on his award-winning tradition; book two, “It’s About Time”, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition. Courtney resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.
Doris Baker is publisher at Filter Press, LLC, an El Paso County business since 1957. She has owned the company since 1996 and has brought scores of books to print and to the attention of the public. Filter Press publishes middle grade and YA historical fiction, biographies of the heroes of the West, and books of general regional interest. Filter Press books have won numerous awards including the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West and the Colorado Book Award.
With a unique background combining more than 10 years in bookselling, 10 years in publishing and presently leading a business team at a global Christian non-profit that is working to launch a new content delivery platform, Michael has a deep understanding of the challenges facing publishers and content creators and the new opportunities that digital channels present. Michael and his wife have been married for 22 years and live in Colorado Springs with their sons Nate and Sam.
London born local author Peter R. Brumlik (Ph. D. The John Hopkins University, 1976, Physiology, M.A., UCCS) currently practices medicine in the Colorado Springs area while serving as a senior instructor in the history department at UCCS. Brumlik teaches on topics relevant to the Vietnam War, Holocaust, and recent U.S. History. In addition to several published works, Brumlik is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the USAF. He has also performed on Broadway, and is the founder of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company.