Thursday, February 10, 2011

Countdown to the Conference: Week One

Week One Prize:  Two winners will be randomly chosen and each will get a book of their choice from one of the authors mentioned in this post. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment (be sure to include your email). Winners will be chosen on Tuesday. For another entry, visit the NCW Facebook page and answer the Countdown to the Conference Prompt. 
As we get closer and closer to the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, I get more and more excited. I love spending two full days with writers. Plus my creative team is once again pulling out all the stops to make this more than an event, by creating an experience everyone will remember.

As we countdown to the conference, I will be sharing more about the event, but I will also be giving away prizes each week. So check back every Wednesday, or visit the NCW Facebook page to enter.

This week I am going to share with you the great lineup of writers that are part of this year's faculty.

Sandi Ault: Bestselling and award winning author of the nine-book WILD Mystery Series. Her first book, WIld Indigo, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and it was the first time a debut novel had ever been nominated for the award. 

John Shors: His first four novels, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, and The Wishing Trees, have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages. His innovative marketing strategy for Beneath a Marble Sky brought him the attention of CBS Evening News.

Carol Berg: Award winning author of twelve epic fantasy novels. The first book, The Spirit Lens, in her most recent series, Collegia Magic, was released in 2010. The next book Soul Mirror is now out and the last, The Daemon Prism will be out in 2012. After seventeen years as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard, she left her job to become a full time writer.

Greg Campbell: an award-winning journalist and author who has written for such publications as The Economist, and Lonely Planet. He is the author of three nonfiction books, The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary, Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones and (with coauthor Scott Selby) Flawless: Inside the World’s Largest Diamond Heist. Blood Diamonds served as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated 2006 film "Blood Diamond" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly.

Linda Berry:  Author of the six-book Trudy Roundtree mysteries. This series grew out of her longstanding love for mysteries, her Georgia roots, and her cousin Johnny Shuman, a policeman in South Georgia who's a great storyteller. Her other published credits include plays, poetry, newspaper columns, curriculum, craft articles, short fiction for children and adults, and several years as writer/editor for a tennis publication.

Justin Matott: Children's author of 18 children's books including World According to Gabe, Ol' Lady Grizelda and When I Was a Boy I Dreamed and a narrative nonfiction, A Harvest of Reflections

Natasha Wing: Best-selling author of 19 children's books. She is best known for her paperback series based on the popular story, The Night Before Christmas. The stories are about families celebrating holidays and other big events in kids’ lives such as the first day of school and losing a tooth.

Brian Schwartz, Authorpreneur: the creator of the award winning 50 Interviews series and has published 20 titles in the last 2 years. He launched in 2010 to provide digital conversion services for other authors and publishers. His title of 'Authorpreneur' encompasses the roles he fills as CEO, speaker, trainer, publisher, and consultant. He writes the ‘What’s New’ column for the Northern Colorado Business Report. As of Dec-2010, he’s helped over 50 authors, including Jake Jabs, publish their books to the major online marketplaces.

Kalen Landow: A 23 year veteran of the book publishing industry, heads marketing and PR for Taylor Trade Publishing, the trade imprints of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Prior to that, she has held positions with Chelsea Green Publishing, Ingram Book Company, Tattered Cover Bookstore, and a variety of other publishers (both freelance and in-house.) She has also served as the Executive Director of Publishers Association of the West.

Tim Wiederaenders: He has been in the newspaper business since 1987 and started working for Western News&Info, Inc., in 1991 at the Lake Havasu City Herald in Arizona. Since then he has worked as editor of the Herald, the Kingman Daily Miner and Golden Valley Enterprise. In 1996 he came to Prescott, Ariz., and The Daily Courier as copy editor, and also worked as news editor. In May 2010, he received a promotion to editor of The Daily Courier.

Sara J. Freese: An affiliate faculty member at Colorado Christian University (CCU) where she teaches English composition and research writing, and is also part of the Writing Initiative Faculty. She is also  an intern and fiction specialist for WordServe literary, reviewing queries, proposals and manuscripts. Sarah has an MA and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BA from Cornerstone University. She has been published in numerous literary and poetry journals, and particularly enjoys flash fiction. 

Have you read any the work from these writers? If not, who are you most interested in reading?



bfav said...

Ooooh. I would love Justin Matott or Natasha Wing. I'm excited for the conference.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing group of writers this year, a nice mix of different styles and genres. Looking forward to the conference.

Bob McDonnell said...

I am so ready for the conference. Last year was my first.
I find I learn lots at the table chat at the meals in addition to the formal sessions.

I try to sit with people I do not know for the meals.

Bob McDonnell

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've read books by Carol Berg, Linda Berry, and Sandi Ault, all excellent. And I see lots more on the list I'll enjoy in the future.

I'll make the rounds tomorrow and start spreading the word about your conference promotions, Kerrie. Lots of good fun ahead.

rinib said...

I'll be there in spirit, I hope everyone enjoys the conference!


Jerry Eckert said...

An amazingly broad array of presenters this year. I will be there to pitch and to pick up tools from other genres for nonfiction.

Deborah said...

I've read two of Greg Campbell's books and all of Sandi Ault's. I've met Greg when I took a 4-week class he taught on Narrative Nonfiction. I'd love to meet Sandi as I've enjoyed her Jamaica Wild books.

Looks like lots of great presenters. I'm looking forward to the conference.

Deborah Nielsen

Kay Theodoratus said...

I've only read Carol Berg ... but I'm looking forward to attending sessions by the other authors, if only to expand my horizons.

Edna said...

I have most of Justin Mattott's books and have been at his school assemblies! He's great!

Kerrie said...

Thank you all for participating. The Random Number Generator picked the numbers 1 and 10.

So the winners are Bfav and Dean Miller who commented on our Facebook page.

Congratulations! Brooke and Dean, you can email me and let me know which author you want a book from and if you have a preference as to which book.

Don't forget to register for this week's contest.

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