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2020 Conference Speakers Announced

The 30th annual Flathead River Writers Conference takes place on September 19th and 20th. This year's lineup of speakers includes award-winning authors, editors, and agents.

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Author Editor Keir Graff

Novelist and literary editor, Keir Graff’s writing career, began as a five-year-old when he dictated his first play to his father. Keir has written many screenplays and authored eight books, from award-winning middle-grade novels to thrillers to domestic adult fiction. His freelance articles appear in many publications. He was the executive editor at Booklist Publications for the American Library Association, providing him with experience in the library market. He recently co-edited the crime-fiction anthology Montana Noir. Keir is a native Montanan who lives in Chicago with his two sons and wife Linda who is also an author.

Author Babs Montjoy

Babs Mountjoy is a former reporter, news editor, and prolific author who writes YA, fantasy, romance and science fiction romance, including series under various pseudonyms. She specializes in world-building and developing new characters. Under the pen name Lyndi Alexander, she writes fantasy and sci/fi collections. An urban fantasy series, Clan Elves of the Bitterroot is set in Montana. As Alana Lorens, she writes romantic suspense, most recently in the familiar territory of the Flathead Valley. Babs grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Author Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 70 books. Her contemporary and historical novels feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She writes God-centered stories that inspire faith and hope. In some of her works, Tricia recreates historic wartime era stories with precise detail. Two Amish fiction series, Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, are among her bestsellers. Her early writing began with Authors of the Flathead. Tricia and her husband live in Little Rock, AR. They have ten children, seven of them are adopted.

Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan

Handspun Literary Agency is a boutique, full-service literary agency based in San Diego, California. Founder and agent Courtney Miller-Callihan has more than fifteen years’ experience in book publishing, first in the contracts and subsidiary rights departments at Penguin Random House, and then at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in New York, one of the oldest literary agencies in the country. She prides herself on a hands-on, long-term approach to her clients’ careers. Handspun’s list of authors includes award-winning, bestselling, and critically lauded writers of romance, historical fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, young adult novels, and nonfiction. Hybrid authors are welcome.

Agent Jessica Faust

Literary agent Jessica Faust is president and owner of Bookends Literary Agency. She is an international speaker and is seeking new voices and stories in women's fiction, literary and upmarket fiction, speculative fiction, suspense including psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers and mysteries. She strives to bring more diverse voices to all genres and would particularly like to see more LGBTQ and people of color protagonists and authors. She also accepts submissions in select areas of nonfiction in personal development, self-help, mind, body, and spirit, and business. She lives in New Jersey.

Author/Entrepreneur Maggie Hogarth

M.C.A. Hogarth aka Maggie Hogarth is an artist, children’s author, and prolific writer of science fiction, fantasy and anthropomorphic animal genre. Maggie is the daughter of Cuban political exiles. She entered the world of technology and writing through skills in web database design, product management, and technical writing. She is also a massage therapist. In addition to full-time writing, she is a parent, artist, and anthropologist to aliens. She lives in Florida.

Author, Educator, & Story Engineer - Larry Brooks

By popular demand, Larry Brooks returns to the Flathead River Writers Conference. In addition to speaking at the weekend event, he will also offer a special, all-day master class on September 18. Larry spent nearly two decades in the marketing communication fields, a stint in professional baseball, and was a successful screenwriter. In addition to writing thrillers, he specializes in teaching story structure and analysis. His bestselling books include Story Engineering, named by as one of the best books on the craft of writing. Larry is a writing coach and mentor of the Oregon Writer’s Colony.

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