teaching faculty

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with Bill Myers

May 56, 2017  -  Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, Washington

Acquisitions Editors and Literary Agents

Alice Crider - David C Cook

Alice Crider, Senior Acquisitions & Development Editor at David C Cook, has served in various capacities in Christian publishing since 1998. She has worked with a number of best-selling authors, and she teaches writing and editing workshops at writers conferences nationally and internationally. Also a certified life coach, Alice lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, organic gardening, and spending time with her family.

Terry Glaspey - Harvest House Publishers

Terry Glaspey is the director of acquisitions at Harvest House Publishers, a lover of good books, a blogger, and the author of over a dozen titles, including Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis (a Gold Medallion finalist), Bible Basics for Everyone, 25 Keys to Life-Changing Prayer, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know (Christianity Today's 2017 Book award for Culture & the Arts), and The Prayers of Jane Austen.

Linda S. Glaz - Hartline Literary Agency

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!

Bill Jensen - William K Jensen Literary Agency

For four decades, William (Bill) Jensen has worked in book publishing, including positions at Harvest House Publishers, Multnomah Publishers, and Crossway Books. In 2005 he opened the William K Jensen Literary Agency. Throughout his career he has discovered, launched, and championed the publishing careers of numerous best-selling authors. His ability to recognize target markets, develop messages for a mass audience, and bring creativity to the entire publishing process has made him a trusted collaborator with authors. It has also earned him an established reputation for identifying emerging trends. Bill is married to Sheila and has four daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandsons. His other loves include classical music, opera, cooking for family and friends, and fly-fishing Oregon rivers.

Courtney Lasater - Keys for Kids

Courtney Lasater is the editor at Keys for Kids Ministries, where she acquires, edits, and develops content for the quarterly Keys for Kids devotional and other products for children and families. In her free time, she often finds herself scoping out the shelves at the local bookstore or discovering fun things to do in the great city of Grand Rapids.

Ben Wolf - The Splickety Publishing Group

Ben Wolf founded Splickety Publishing Group (SPG) to meet the needs of busy folks who, like him, appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. Splickety publishes three flash fiction imprints: Havok Magazine (speculative), Spark (romance), and Splickety Magazine (young adult). Ben’s debut novel, Blood for Blood, won the 2015 Cascade Award for best speculative novel, and his debut children’s book, I’d Punch a Lion in the Eye for You, won the 2016 Cascade Award for best children's book. When not writing, Ben runs a professional editing and proofreading business and is routinely booked around six months in advance. In his spare time, Ben is a jiujitsu and kickboxing practitioner, and he also loves to sword fight, play video games, and volleyball. He lives with his beautiful wife, Charis, in the Quad Cities in Iowa.

Additional Faculty Members

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers, along with nonfiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A best-selling author, Tricia has published over sixty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She’s been nominated for Christy and ECPA awards, is a two-time Carol Award winner, and won the 2015 Christian Retailing Best Award for Contemporary Fiction. Tricia is also on the blogging team at,, and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife, and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sonja Anderson

Sonja Anderson, a certified librarian and teacher, earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. After teaching at an international elementary school in Tokyo for three years, she moved to the Seattle area where she has taught all grade levels as a substitute teacher. She has also served as the Christian Formation Coordinator for the North Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Now she spends her days helping kids choose great books at an elementary school library. Sonja is the author of two children’s novels and a contributing writer for an anthology.

Jennifer Slattery

Jennifer Slattery the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, has published five novels with New Hope Publishers. She’s a regular contributor to, Internet Cafe Devotions and Christians Read. As a content editor for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she loves working with writers to help them strengthen their manuscripts and grow in their gifting. She also co-hosts Living by Grace, a Facebook community. When not writing, she’s often at one of Omaha’s many coffeehouses.

Amy Letinsky

Amy Letinsky, an instructor at Champlain College, grew up in Lynden, Washington, and taught at Whatcom Community College. After living in New England for four years, where she taught at the University of Vermont, she returned to this area in 2006 with her husband, Daniel, a family practice doctor. They have two young daughters with whom Amy is thrilled to share the love of reading and writing. Amy’s published works include newspaper and magazine journalism, short stories, web writing, and research-based essays. She is also currently developing 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.

Lisa Mitts

Singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist Lisa Mitts has written over 120 songs and recorded eight albums. Her first professional music video, “Where Has Love Gone?” won 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.

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