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2019 Conference Speakers Announced

The 29th annual Flathead River Writers Conference takes place September 14th and 15th. This year's lineup of speakers includes award-winning authors, editors, and agents.

Bob Mecoy Literary Agent - NYC

Bob Mecoy is a premier independent agent with interests and representation across genres in both fiction and nonfiction. His clients include New York Times bestselling authors in romance, crime, and thriller genres. He also represents award-winning graphic novelists. Visit site.

Ben Loehnen, Editor - NYC

Ben Loehnen co-founded the Avid Reader Press division of Simon & Schuster where he has worked for eight years, most recently as an executive editor. In his current and previous positions at HarperCollins and Random House, he has edited books across genres and topics. These include award-winning publications in business, economics, psychology, science, religion, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. Authors with whom he has worked include James Lee Burke, Tony Robbins and many acclaimed journalists. He is a Harvard graduate, native Montanan and an avid birdwatcher. Visit site.

Author Kathy Dunnehoff - MT

Kathy Dunnehoff is an award-winning, best-selling hybrid author of four romantic comedy novels who writes in her PJs. Where You Fall, her most recent book is agented. An MFA and too much tea energize her writing classes and workshops, including the annual NaNoWriMo course. Visit site.

Author Jeff Giles - MT

Jeff Giles is a YA author with broad experience in the publishing world. He was an arts writer and editor at Newsweek and, as Deputy Editor at Entertainment Weekly, covered both movies and books. He freelanced for Rolling Stone and the New York Times Book Review. Jeff’s debut novel, The Edge of Everything is a Young Adult Contemporary/Fantasy novel set in Montana. Visit site.

Author Haven Kimmel - NC

Haven Kimmel is a talented, diverse, award-winning author of poetry, memoirs, novels and children’s books. A Girl Named Zippy is her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir. Haven is a talented presenter and skilled storyteller who weaves humor through her work. She teaches an annual masterclass in creative non-fiction at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. Visit site.

Author Bob Mayer - TN

Bob Mayer is a West Point graduate who served in Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A-Team. His bestselling stories stem from military experiences, world travel and a Master’s in Education. He has written over 75 books under numerous pen names, across genres. His best-selling Area 51 series includes a recent release of Area 51: Interstellar. Bob presents at many workshops at writer conferences across the U.S. Visit site.

Author Jess Owen - MT

Jess Owen is an author, entrepreneur, and artist. Her Summer King Chronicles YA fantasy series has won many awards. Her “stories with wings” take readers to dazzling heights of adventure through the eyes of gryfons, dragons, and more. Jess has been published in Cricket Magazine and is often a featured speaker at book events. She is a member of the SCBWI and SFWA, runs a successful Patreon business and crowdfunded hardback editions of all her novels. Visit site.

Author Susan Purvis - MT

Bestselling author and award winner Susan Purvis teaches wilderness medicine, training students to think critically and save lives in unconventional settings far from medical help. Her spirit of adventure, skills, and speaking expertise have carried her to the hottest, coldest, and highest places on earth. Go Find is her best-selling debut memoir of finding herself while searching for the lost with her dog Tasha. Susan has worked on film sets and was featured in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, CNN and television. She received Congressional recognition for her work. Visit site.

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