Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with Bill Myers
May 5–6, 2017 - Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, Washington
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.
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!
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 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.
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 TommyNelson.com, TheBetterMom.com, 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, 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 the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, has published five novels with New Hope Publishers. She’s a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com, 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, 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.
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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