teaching faculty

2019 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with James L. Rubart

May 31–June 1, 2019  -  Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, Washington

Katherine Grace Bond got her start in publishing in 1992, at what became the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal. Since then she has published extensively in children’s and family magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. She is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks), and of the bestselling THE LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zonderkidz), as well as five other books. The founder of Epicwrite, and the Full-Bodied Writing Retreat, Katherine also offers an intensive year-long coaching program to novelists, memoirists and poets. She is at work on a time-travel novel.

Dennis Brooke is the author of The Last Apostle, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers debut novel of the year award in 2017. He teaches on storytelling, travel, and other topics at conferences, community forums, and as a guest speaker at the high school and college level. He and his wife sold their house, retired early, and now live a life on the road abroad and in the United States. He is the former president of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and has over two dozen credits in publications including Focus on the Family and Toastmasters Magazine, Combat Crew, and The Seattle Times.

Jennifer Dornbush is a screenwriter, author, speaker and forensic specialist. She has several TV crime drama series in development, penned a crime thriller for Hoplite Entertainment, adapted a YA novel for Anderson Media Group. She also scribed the film and novel, God Bless the Broken Road. As a forensic specialist, she consults on TV shows and has authored Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, and her first mystery novel, The Coroner, released in 2018. Jennifer frequently speaks on writing crime fiction for screen, forensic fundamentals, and death investigation. Her film and TV scripts have placed her on the short lists of the Fox/Blacklist TV Program, Final Draft Big Break, Nichols, Austin, American Zoetrope, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Her half-hour forensic comedy, Home Bodies, received a Humanitas’ New Voices Award and she developed a kid’s show with Baby First TV. She has worked in post-production for Sony, HBO, Paramount. As a forensic consultant, she is frequently asked to consult with TV writers on shows such as: Bull, Conviction, Hawaii Five-O, Leverage, Suits, and Rectify.

Linda Glaz is a multi-published author in historic romance and romantic suspense, Linda S. Glaz is now a literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency. She loves finding new treasures, especially in fiction, and she speaks and teaches across the nation. Linda is married, with three children and three grandchildren. As a theatre nut, she loves working with costumes and musical theatre. She has enjoyed serving in the Air Force, teaching women’s defense, and refereeing and teaching soccer nationally. She agrees with George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life!

Renae Brumbaugh Green is a bestselling author, editor, and owner of Armonia Publishing. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children, and far too many animals. When she's not writing or editing, or teaching writing or editing, she's most likely curled up with a delicious regency-era inspirational romance.  

Deb Haggerty is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. She has been involved in Christian speaking and writing since 1995. She is well known in the industry for her teaching at Christian writers’ conferences such as Glorieta, Blue Ridge Mountains, Greater Philadelphia, and Florida. Her seminars on communication, networking, and grace are popular with conferences and church groups alike. One of her most requested is “Tips and Tricks on Working with Editors and Publishers.” Since purchasing Elk Lake Publishing in 2016 and incorporating, the company has gained a reputation for publishing positive books, encouraging new and experienced authors alike, and participating in the education of upcoming writers. They are a traditional, royalty-paying publisher that acquires a variety of books in all genres of fiction and from children’s to adult. Deb’s mission is to come alongside the authors God brings to her to ensure their work is produced in a positive and professional fashion.

Dori Harrell edits and writes full time, and as an editor she releases more than twenty-five books a year. Her client list includes USA Today, NYT, and Publishers Weekly best-selling writers; publishers, including Kregel Publications and Gemma Halliday Publishing; and indie authors. She also serves as managing editor of Redemption Press. A multiple award-winning writer, she indie published her first novel, A Christmas Hallelujah, in 2017, and she’s published more than a thousand articles. She can verify that imposter syndrome is real, and she is passionate about helping authors and editors cope with it.

Athena Dean Holtz is a publisher, speaker, former radio host, blogger, and pastor’s wife. For the last 30+ years she has worked in the book business, spearheading the independent publishing movement in the Christian market. In 2014 Athena cofounded Redemption Press to fill an author-centered niche in publishing. She is a past president of Northwest Christian Writers, a president’s club member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA), a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association (AWSA), and former host of a weekly radio program, “Always Faithful” on AM 630 KCIS, where she shared God’s faithfulness with women across the globe.

Tara Johnson is a preacher’s kid and writes stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves. She is a history nerd, a passionate lover of comedy, and will happily play basketball with anyone who asks. She writes historical romance, and her favorite love is the Civil War.Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart (Tyndale) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, as well as numerous other accolades. She has articles published in Plain Truth Magazine and Live It Loud Magazine and has been a featured guest on Voice of Truth radio, Enduring Word radio, television and podcasts. Tara is a member of ACFW and is represented by Janet Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.

Clint Kelly is the writer of nearly 20 books, including the acclaimed: Dare to Raise Exceptional Children, Deliver us from Evil, and the popular Reg Danson Books.

Rowena Kuo is the CEO and executive editor for Brimstone Fiction. She is also the Development Executive Producer for Lighthouse Productions of the Carolinas. With over 15 years of ministering to children, youth groups, young adults, and now women and family groups, Rowena advocates for writers to build God-centered support systems consisting of people, perseverance, practice, and most of all, prayer. She has written for Christian Devotions, Written World Communications, Splickety, and the 168 Write of Passage. When not working on words or films, she is a full-time mom with secret aspirations for spaceflight.

Cindy Lambert has a passion for the life-changing impact of Christian publishing. She began her career as owner of an award-winning independent Christian bookstore and then expanded into leadership roles in distribution and editorial at Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she most recently served as vice president and associate publisher of trade books. Since 2018 she has been executive editor-at-large for Baker and Revell. Lambert, editor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Mistaken Identity, has worked alongside such bestselling authors as Mark Batterson, Kyle Idleman, Kay Warren, Craig Groechel, Ruth Graham, Max Lucado, and Christine Caine. Since 2012 she has been a collaborative writer of seven books including the Tyndale bestseller Unplanned and the newly released Sandi Patty book, The Voice. She and her husband have six children and nine grandchildren, and they love to launch their kayaks together from their own dock in front of their log home in Michigan. 

Amy Letinsky is an online writing and literature instructor at Champlain College in Vermont. She lives in Seattle with her husband Daniel, a family practice doctor, along their two young daughters, with whom Amy is thrilled to share the love of reading and writing. Amy’s published works include newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, blogs, and research-based essays. She is also currently developing fiction and nonfiction book projects. When she’s not reading a good book or working on her own writing, she runs for fun and competition, swims with her family, and fishes for salmon on one of the Northwest’s many majestic rivers. 

David and Lisa Mitts are the founders of One New Man Ministry, One New Man Healing Center and Lisa Mitts Music. Together with the community of One New Man Ministry, they also established Destiny House Restoration Center, of which David is the president of the board of directors. The non-profit organization is for the purpose of restoring identity and destiny to the victims of sex trafficking in the U.S.   David has authored four books including his brand new book "The Love Factor" a discovery of true love.  David and Lisa have devoted their lives over the past 28 years to ministering God’s love and healing.  They have been married for 35 years and have four grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Lisa Mitts is a singer, songwriter, worship leader, pianist and recording artist Lisa Mitts has written over 100 songs and released 6 studio albums. Her music reaches both those who love Jesus and those who have yet to discover Him. She performs at several well-known venues in the greater Seattle area as well as leads worship for ministries and events. Her first professional music video, “Where Has Love Gone?” earned Best Music Video in September 2015 at the International Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles. The song’s theme inspired Lisa and her husband, David, to found Destiny House Restoration Center, a nonprofit focused on the healing of survivors of sex trafficking in the Pacific Northwest.

Mindy Peltier's writing career began in fifth grade when her class performed the Thanksgiving play she wrote. While still in high school she became a journalist and columnist for a county newspaper. As an adult, she has served NCWA as resource coordinator, secretary, president, and as assistant conference director. She's active on social media and blogs at

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He's the best-selling, Christy BOOK of the YEAR, CAROL, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of ten novels and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish his stories. He's also a branding expert, audio book narrator, co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast, and co-founder with his son, Taylor, of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in Washington state.

Pat Schantz is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. He taught history at West Point and military intelligence to Iraqi officers. He has been writing speculative novels for the last five years, while recovering from cancer. Pat is currently the Critique Coordinator for the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association. He enjoys epic movies, muscle cars and mondo road trips with his wife and sons.

Mick Silva is senior acquisitions editor for Zondervan nonfiction trade books. Silva’s publishing experience includes writing and acquisitions for Focus on the Family and Waterbrook Multnomah. In those roles, he acquired memoir, self-help, marriage, parenting, Christian living, men’s interest, young family and teen books and developed ancillary products. Silva has consulted and coached nonfiction writers, editing for several large and small publishers, and assisting agents and authors with proposal targeting.

Andrew Winch is the editor in chief of Havok, an e-zine and anthology publication that provides free daily flash fiction across a variety of genres. As a freelance editor, he's worked with multiple best-selling and award-winning authors, and of the million or so words he's edited, over half of them have been flash fiction. When he's not helping others polish their writing, he's creating worlds, weaving plots, and solving mysteries of his own.

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