David Corbett


David Corbett is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: 2015's The Mercy of the Night (starred review, Booklist); The Devil's Redhead (nominated for both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Novel); Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book); Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar, and named both one of the Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007 by the Washington Post and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book); and Do They Know I'm Running? (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel 2011 — Rising Star Category).

His book on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character ("...will rest close at hand on writers' desks for many years to come" — Cheryl Strayed) was published by Penguin Books in 2013. His nonfiction has appeared in Writer’s Digest (where he is a contributing editor), the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Narrative, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Lights, The Writer, and numerous other venues. 

For more, go to www.davidcorbett.com.

Steven James

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Steven James is the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of sixteen novels. He has a Master's Degree in Storytelling and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. He has taught writing and storytelling on three continents. 

Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received more than a dozen honors and awards for his books, including three Christy Awards for best suspense. His novel The Queen was a finalist for an International Thriller Award.

Steven's groundbreaking book on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure, won a 2015 Storytelling World Award, recognizing it as one of the year's best resources for storytellers. His second book on the craft of writing, Troubleshooting Your Novel, won a 2018 Storytelling World Award and is available now from Writer's Digest Books. Steven is the host of the podcast "The Story Blender," in which he interviews great storytellers from the world of cinema, oral performance, and writing about the craft of great storytelling.

Steven leads regular Novel Writing Intensive retreats around the country that provide in-depth instruction for serious novelists. For information on these seminars, visit www.novelwritingintensive.com.

For information on his fiction, visit www.stevenjames.net.

Susan May Warren


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.