Meet With Your Instructors

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 25th annual Writers' Institute. We are already looking forward to 2015. All information below is from the 2014 event, here for your reference.

Besides our usual one-on-one meetings with instructors, we introduce this year our brand new fireside chats

While the lectures are full of good information and the network opportunities are priceless, there is simply no substitute for a real face-to-face meeting with someone who can help you grow as a writer. Come sit, listen, ask, and flourish.

Exclusive fireside chats

New This Year! We are offering hour-long sessions with 5 of our guest instructors – Marilyn Atlas, Nathan Bransford, Kathie Fong Yoneda, Jane Friedman, and Dale Kushner. These sessions will be limited to fewer than 10 attendees. The fee is $25 before March 14th, $35 after March 14th. Sign up to be part of a magical experience as each of these talented professionals take the time to speak with you to answer your questions and share their writing secrets – as you are all gathered around a toasty fireplace. Please see their bios on our instructors page»

One-on-one meetings with instructors

If you would like one of our instructors to provide you with feedback concerning an aspect of writing, i.e. craft, publishing, marketing, the industry, trends, etc., you may schedule a time to meet with them for a 30 minute one-on-one session during the conference. The fee is $60 by March 14, $70 after March 14.

When choosing your instructor, think about their expertise and the kind of feedback you’re looking for. The areas of expertise vary from instructor to instructor. Instructors include: Celeste Anton, Kimberli Bindschatel, Kathie Fong Yoneda, Jane Friedman, Kelly Harms, Roy Hoffman, Ken Krimstein, Dale Kushner, Kristin Mitchell, Kristin Oakley, Sue Roupp, and Karyn Saemann.

Instructor specialties:

  • Anton, Website Design/Social Media
  • Bindschatel, Self-Publishing
  • Fong Yoneda, Networking, Pitching, Writing
  • Friedman, Writing in General
  • Harms, Writing
  • Hoffman, Nonfiction Writing
  • Krimstein, Writing, Humor Writing
  • Kushner, Poetry, Literary Fiction/Writing
  • Mitchell, Book Design/Self-Publishing
  • Oakley, Writing
  • Roupp, Writing, Poetry
  • Saemann, Editing/Reviews

To learn more about these instructors’ backgrounds please visit the instructors page» or contact Laurie Scheer at or (608) 265-3972.