Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The ANWA Writers Conference

Time Out for Writers

is open for registration NOW!!!!!


The American Night Writers Association, Inc. is hosting its 21st Annual Writers Conference here in Arizona at the Phoenix East/Mesa Hilton Hotel on Feb 21-23rd, 2013. 







 James Owen an author of more than a million copies of his publications in print, all over the world!   He has written and illustrated six books in the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here, There Be Dragons; The Search For The Red Dragon; The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons; The Dragon’s Apprentice; and The Dragons of Winter. The series is now being published in more than twenty languages!  James has also written and illustrated two dozen StarChild comics, the inspirational nonfiction book Drawing out the Dragons, and the award-winning MythWorld novel series.  James is the Founder and Executive Director of Coppervale International, an art and design studio that also published the periodicals International Studio and Argosy, develops television and film projects, and is redesigning an entire town in Arizona, among other ventures.   
Dr. James Blasingame is a professor of young adult literature at Arizona State University. He is coeditor of The ALAN Review, a journal devoted entirely to young adult literature and sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. He also creates the Books for Adolescents pages of the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, which is sponsored by the International Reading Association. He is the author of Books That Don’t Bore ‘Em: Young Adult Literature for Today’s Generation, Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature, Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools, and They Rhymed with Their Boots On: A Teacher’s Guide to Cowboy Poetry. He has also published over 60 interviews with poets and authors of young adult literature and over 100 book reviews in VOYA, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The ALAN Review and English Journal.
Erzsi Deak founded Hen&ink Literary Studio in 2011 as a traditional literary agency with the goal to work additionally across platforms and countries/borders -- from traditional publishing to design to multimedia. Currently, Hen&ink represents authors and illustrators from around the world as well as publishers Thomas Jeunesse (France), Epigram Books (Singapore), and Red Fox Literary (US). Erzsi is author of award-winning PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS. Erzsi received the Member of the Year from the SCBWI in 1999 and 2008. Hen&ink represents children's and YA authors and illustrators and a few "grown up" projects. For more information, please visit:
Dave Eaton is a Local Marketing Consultant and his recent ventures include Online Marketing and Social Media Marketing.  He is a business owner with more than 30 years experience building several multimillion dollar companies.
Lynn Gardner is an avid storyteller and author of ten books in the Gem series: Emeralds and Espionage, etc. and two Maggie McKenzie Mysteries: Vanished and Pursued.  She recently returned from a two week research trip to London, Portugal and Spain. 
Kathryn Jenkins Gordon is the managing editor at Covenant Communications and has thirty-eight years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management. Prior to her current position, she was press secretary for a U.S. Congressman; vice-president of a Salt Lake City publishing company; manager of strategic communications for software manufacturer Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at a private college in Salt Lake City; and held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations. She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen books and wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript recognized by the governor of Utah. 
Jennifer Griffith is the author of four published novels, including her latest, Big in Japan, the story of an obese Texan good guy who accidentally becomes a sumo wrestler. She has a writing degree from Utah State University and has done writing critique for over 20 years. Professionally, Griffith served as a writer on staff for a U.S. Congressman.
Leslie Householder is the award winning, three-time best-selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor, Portal to Genius, and Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters. Having worked on a team that helped Jack Canfield launch his best-selling book, “Success Principles,” she utilized what she learned to duplicate best-seller success for her own books. Her writings have since been published internationally in several languages and she has tips to share about online marketing and strategies for self-published authors. 
Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of several historical novels which are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, Women of the Book of Mormon and Christ's Gifts to Women (co-authored with Angela Eschler). Heather co-authored the women's series The Newport Ladies Book Club (with Josi Kilpack, Julie Wright and Annette Lyon). Heather also manages the editing company:
 Angela Morrison is the award-winning author of Taken by Storm (books 1-3) and Sing me to Sleep, a 2010 Goodreads Choice Nominee and USA Best Books 2011 Winner for YA Fiction. She graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 
Evan Neil is an award-winning screenwriter from Phoenix, AZ. He was the winner of the Best Original Screenplay competition in the Phoenix Film Festival as well as a finalist in the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting lab in 2008. Evan has written over a dozen screenplays and stage plays. His work has been performed on national stages for the Kennedy Center Awards for the Arts as well as in many Arizona productions. He currently has 3 screenplays that have been optioned and one film slated to go into production in 2013.
Lara Perkins is an Assistant Agent and the Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She has been with the agency for nearly three years and works closely with Senior Agent Laura Rennert. Lara has a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University. She has been on faculty at various national writers' conferences, including Book Passage, the Big Sur Writers' Conference, and the Atlanta Writers’ Conference.
Aprilynne Pike, critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Janette Rallison is the award winning author of 19 novels that have sold over a million copies. Her books have also been on the IRA Young Adults’ Choices lists, Popular Picks, and many state reading lists. Her latest book is a time travel dystopia called Erasing Time. In her blog, she discusses the funny side of being a YA author
Chris Schoebinger is the Publishing Director and an Acquisitions Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing. He’s discovered and launched several New York Times best-selling authors and award-winning authors such as Brandon Mull, Jason F. Wright, Obert Skye, Tyler Whitesides, Lisa Mangum, and Ally Condie. He also acquires manuscripts for Deseret Book Publishing and is the brand manager for million-selling LDS authors such as Sheri Dew and John Bytheway. Chris is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author for the children’s adaptation of Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater.
Marsha Ward is an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, EPIC, Rim Country Writers, and LDStorymakers. Visit her website at
Stacy Whitman is the Editorial Director of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes fantasy, science fiction, and mystery for children and young adults with a particular emphasis on diversity. In 2009, she founded a small press named Tu Publishing, dedicated to publishing multicultural fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults, which was acquired by Lee & Low Books and became Tu Books.  She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.


Come meet, mingle, and learn from this fantastic and knowledgeable faculty!

Register now for the 21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference in Phoenix/Mesa, AZ by going to the website at


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