This is the 23rd Annual writers conference sponsored by Authors of the Flathead. We are a nonprofit group of writers who provide support to each other through critiques and camaraderie. Sharing ideas in the competitive publishing world is helpful, especially to newcomers. The group meets the first three Thursday evenings of each month. Details of meetings, speakers and topics can be found at our website that has just been revamped: authorsoftheflathead.org.

On August 29th we are hosting the annual Author Potluck Picnic at Pavilion #2 at Whitefish Lake at City Beach. We will be grilling burgers and brats. Plates, utensils and condiments are supplied by the group. We purchased a beverage permit this year, so if you would like to bring wine, beer or another alcoholic drink, that is acceptable. The picnic is a great social gathering to bring new friends and share stories. We will have brochures for the conference if you haven’t already registered.

The conference is limited to 100 people so it is advisable to register early. The theme this year is broad – “A Writer’s Journey.” You will find speakers in varied genres from around the country, local best-selling authors and two literary agents. Presenter information below:


September 28th & 29th 2013

 Saturday & Sunday 


Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana

“A Writer’s Journey”



William Haywood Henderson – CO – Novelist, writing coach, educator. William’s acclaimed literary novels are set in the American West. He has a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, MA from Brown University, Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing. He has honed the art of teaching novel writing at Harvard, Brown, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. www.williamhaywoodhenderson.com


Elizabeth Kracht – CA –Kimberley Cameron & Associates – Experience as an acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, writer and newspaper copyeditor. Liz now represents literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction. Fiction interests include: literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries, and YA. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice—or adventure-driven memoir. Liz is also interested in nonfiction heroic pet stories and nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of self or others. www.kimberleycameron.com

 Paige Wheeler – NY – Folio Literary Management founding partner. Paige manages intellectual property rights of authors domestic and foreign. She also co-agents film and audio rights. Her broad fiction interests include: contemporary, commercial, historical, women’s fiction, romance, mystery, thrillers, inspirational/Christian and psychological suspense. Nonfiction interests include: narrative and prescriptive, and authors with a large platform in women’s issues, relationship, business, food-subsistence-homesteading topics, trendy reference projects, parenting, and lifestyle.http://foliolit.com/paige-wheeler/



Becky Lomax – MT – Writer, photographer, naturalist, travel author, with a M.A. in teaching writing from University of Washington. Becky writes for the Moon Series Handbooks: Moon Glacier Park, Moon Montana Wyoming & Idaho Camping, Glacier National Park Camping and Idaho Panhandle Camping. With more than 300 stories in publications such as Smithsonian, Backpacker and Running Times, she also writes for regional newspapers and is an editor for Onthesnow.com, covering western ski resort news in the US and Canada. Becky also provides editing services. Presentations: Darwin at Work in Print and Web Magazine Writing; Crafting Magazine Queries That Land Assignments and Nonfiction Stories: Soaring Beyond Diaries and Encyclopedias www.Beckylomax.com  

Jim Satterfield – MT – Prolific novelist in many genres. Jim is a natural resource professional with a Ph.D. in fishery and wildlife biology. His first book, The River’s Song, published in November 2012, became a best seller. His second, Saving Laura, is a June 2013 release. Jim was recipient of the Zola Award in 2011 for his manuscript, Soon You Will Cry.  A skilled and focused writer, Jim has completed five books in six years while working full time. Presentations: How to Finish Writing Your Novel and Synopsis, Submission Packet Preparation www.JimSatterfield.com

Kathy Dunnehoff – MTBest-selling author, educator, MFA in Creative Writing.

Kathy’s screenplays have placed in numerous competitions. A recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, Kathy has perfected the ability to bring writing and life together with insight and humor. Her best-selling romantic comedy collection continues to expand, even as she is engaged in her teen daughters’ endeavors and teaching writing and creativity courses at Flathead Valley Community College. Presentation: 50,000 Words in 30 Days…How to Survive National Novel Writing Month. www.KathyDunnehoff.com

Gwen Hernandez – CAFormer programmer and manufacturing engineer, MS in Industrial Technology, Gwen’s broad interests in writing and teaching have come together with her expertise in Scrivener, the powerful efficient software for writers. Author of Scrivener for Dummies (Aug 2012). A romantic suspense writer and 2011 Golden Heart® finalist, Gwen is an herbivore, runner, USAF wife & Mom, and shares her love of Scrivener with other writers through online classes and her book. Her presentations will be: Fitting It All In and Writing Your Way with Scrivener. www.gwenhernandez.com

For additional information and online registration check out: www.authorsoftheflathead.org.

About bettykuffel

Author and retired medical doctor with broad interests in writing, flying, photography and outdoor life. She has Indie published 7 books, fiction & non-fiction, all available on Amazon. Writing projects include: multiple books of fiction: a medical thriller series, a psychological thriller set in 1960 co-authored with her sister Bev, and others in process. Dr. Kuffel lives in MT with husband Tom, two dogs and neighborhood deer.
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