• Our Conference Presenters

    Keir Graff

    Chelsea Cambeis

    Courtney Miller-Callahan

    Babs Mountjoy

    Larry Brooks

    Tricia Goyer

    Tricia Goyer

    Gwendolyn Nix

  • Author-Editor Keir Graff

    Novelist and literary editor Keir Graff is the author of eleven books, from award-winning middle-grade novels to thrillers to domestic adult fiction. Now a full-time writer, he was previously the executive editor of Booklist Publications at the American Library Association, where he gained extensive insight into the library market. He is the editor of two recent anthologies of Big Sky writing: A Million Acres: Montana Writers Reflect on Land and Open Space and Montana Noir. Born and raised in Montana, Keir now lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons. 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 worldbuilding 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/


    Acquisitions & Lead Editor Chelsea Cambeis

    Chelsea Cambeis is acquisitions and lead editor at BHC Press. She is on the lookout for fresh fantasy, complex thrillers, and modern contemporary fiction with depth. Chelsea loves morally gray characters, new universes beyond her imagination, characters with baggage, and forbidden love. She received her BA in English with a minor in Technical Writing from Fairmont State University and lives in north-central West Virginia. BHC Press accepts both agented and un-agented manuscripts.



    Gwendolyn Nix

    Gwendolyn Nix has had a variety of weird jobs (as every author should) from casting producer, shark researcher, to evolutionary biologist, but is currently an Entertainment Editor with Aconyte Books. Her novels include the Celestial Scripts series (The Falling Dawn and the forthcoming Seams of Shadow), Sharks of the Wasteland, and the soon-to-be-released I Have Asked to Be Where No Storms Come. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies, such as Where the Veil Is Thin and Apex: Worlds of Dinosaurs. She lives in Missoula, MT. Find her online at gwendolynnix.com, on Twitter at @gwendolynnix or Instagram at @gwendolyn.nix.


    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


    A reminder on pricing:

    $100 – two day

    $75 – one day -either day

    $50 for students - both days high school and full-time college


    October 15 session with Larry Brooks limited to 25 participants who are enrolled for the two-day conference - $125.


    Special Bonus to meet with agent/editor - Limited to first 12 paid two-day registrations in the order sent. When registration is received, detailed formatting instructions will be sent for a one-page synopsis and 10-page sample. Manuscript sample must be submitted for evaluation in Word.docx format by email attachment before 11:59 pm October 1, 2021. Also after registration, instructions will follow for your Zoom appointment with the agent or editor.


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