• Speakers

    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.


    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. https://Keirgraff.com

    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. https://alana-lorens.com/

    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. https://www.triciagoyer.com/about-tricia-goyer/

    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. http://handspunlit.com/home/

    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. http://bookendsliterary.com

    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. http://mcahogarth.org/about/

    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 Medium.com as one of the best books on the craft of writing. Larry is a writing coach and mentor of the Oregon Writer’s Colony. http://storyfix.com

  • 30th Annual Flathead River Writers Conference Schedule

    Saturday, September 19th

    7:30 - 8:15 AM Registration and Beverages

    Submit First Impressions* (5 copies of first page)

    8:15 - 8:30 AM Welcome

    Kathy Dunnehoff, Authors of the Flathead

    8:30 - 9:30 AM Story Dynamics to Engage Readers

    Author & Educator Larry Brooks

    9:45 - 10:45 AM Pitching Pearls to Catch an Agent

    Agent Jessica Faust

    11:00 - 12:00 PM Eponymous Series Writing                        

    Author Babs Mountjoy

    12:00 - 1:00 PM Buffet lunch provided on-site

    1:00 - 2:00 PM Reviews, Awards and American Library Association Access

    Author & Editor Keir Graff

    2:15 - 3:15 PM Traditional and Indie Publishing Interface

    Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan

    3:30 - 4:00 PM Writing Authentically for All Ages

    Author & Entrepreneur Maggie Hogarth

    4:15 -5:15 PM Accomplishing Your Goals: Writing Efficiency

    Author Tricia Goyer

    5:45 - 8:00 PM Social event at The Bookshelf, 101 S Main, Kalispell

    Beverages & light snacks provided

    Sunday, September 20th

    8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration and Beverages

    Submit First Impressions* (5 copies of first page)

    8:30 - 9:30 AM Writing Across Genres

    Author Keir Graf

    9:45 - 10:45 AM The World of Spiritual Writing: Fiction & Non-fiction

    Author Tricia Goyer


    9:45 - 10:45 AM Building Real and Alien Worlds

    Author Babs Mountjoy

    11:00 - 12:00 PM Q & A: Navigating Traditional Publishing

    Moderated by Kathy Dunnehoff with Agents Jessica Faust & Courtney Miller-Callihan

    12:00 - 1:00 PM Buffet lunch provided on-site​

    1:00 - 2:15 PM Deconstructing and Building Great Stories

    Author & Educator Larry Brooks

    2:30 - 3:45 PM Writing as a Living

    Author & Entrepreneur Maggie Hogarth

    4:00 - 5:30 PM First Impressions - Critique Panel

    Moderated by Jess Owen, submissions read by Jess Owen and Kathy Dunnehoff, critiques by Larry Brooks, Keir Graff, Jessica Faust and Courtney Miller-Callihan

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