Presenters 2018

Our goal, as always, is to offer a cross-section of interesting, helpful people with a wide range of experiences, to help you make great connections and help you along your writing and publishing journey – whatever your goals may be. We receive such wonderful applications, we have a tough time whittling down our list. Here’s our line-up, in alphabetical order by first name:

Carol Rose Daniels

Carol Daniels2Saskatchewan author of the award winning novel Bearskin Diary, Carol’s first book of poetry, Hiraeth, will be released in 2018, along with her second novel, Narrows of Fear. A published poet, short story writer and playwright, she’s also a visual artist with work exhibited in galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada, and musician; a CD on which she was featured was recently nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Before pursuing her art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in television and radio at APTN, CTV and CBC. More at

Carol is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

elma-martens-schemenauer-credit-robert-s-schemenauer2Elma (Martens) Schemenauer

Springtime on the prairie was the topic of one of the first pieces of writing Elma did as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since. She’s the author of 77 books including YESTERCANADA: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure and the 1940s-era Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers. Born in Saskatchewan, Elma worked as an author, editor, and speaker in Toronto for many years. She now lives in Kamloops, and returns to our conference by popular demand. More about Elma at

Jennifer Manueljennifermanuel

Jennifer is the author of The Heaviness of Things That Float, winner of the 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She has also received acclaim for her short fiction as a Western Magazine Finalist, and winner of the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. CBC named Jennifer a Writer to Watch in 2016, and we agree! We’re pleased to have her join us again this year. Jen is the founder of “Reimagine the Page,” a master course in revision, available online at

Jennifer is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Jonas SaulJonas Saul

Jonas is the author of more than thirty novels, with more than two million copies sold. On multiple occasions he has outranked Stephen King and Dean Koontz on the Amazon top one hundred Most Popular Authors list. Two of his bestselling series have been optioned for film/TV. He has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers. Jonas is a full-time editor for Vesuvian Media Group and offers freelance editing on the side. Jonas joined us for our first Friday Night Variety Show, and we’re pleased to have him back this year. More at

Jonas is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Lorna Schultz NicholsonLorna Nicholson

Lorna’s a full-time writer who has published over 30 books, including children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction. Her books have been nominated for the Golden Eagle Award, Diamond Willow Award, Red Cedar Award and the prestigious Red Maple Award; many have also been chosen as Best Books for Kids and Teens with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Her Puckster picture books are Globe and Mail Bestsellers. Lorna is happy to be back for our conference, where she enjoys encouraging authors toward their goals. More:

Lorna is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Margo Bates

Margo2Margo teaches writing workshops, does public speaking, publicity, and photography. She’s a professional member of Canadian Authors Association. The past president of the Metro Vancouver branch, she’s the membership chair and is on the program and publicity committee. She served as Canadian Authors national vice-chair and chair of the fundraising and sponsorship committee. Margo is an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook. More at

Margo is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Michelle Barker

Michelle BarkerMichelle is an award-winning author and poet, whose work has appeared in literary reviews around the world. Published works include Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii; YA fantasy novel The Beggar King; and A Year of Borrowed Men, which was a 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards finalist. Her historical YA novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes, will be published this fall by Annick Press. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and works as a workshop leader and editor in Vancouver, and we’re delighted to welcome her back. More at

Michelle is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Patricia Sandberg

patricia3Patricia relied on her family’s history and interviews of over 150 people to write about the Cold War uranium mining town in Northern Canada that residents said was “the best place they ever lived.” Sun Dogs and Yellowcake has won two international awards, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Fred Kerner award and was finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards 2017. She is now working on a novel. More at

Robert Mackwoodrobert mackwood

Robert is a publishing veteran with over 30 years in the industry. As owner and principal agent for Seventh Avenue Literary Agency, he represents over 50 authors. His agency has negotiated over 200 book contracts for clients; their consulting service also works with authors to provide guidance and insight for their projects. He recently started his own imprint, Brilliant Idea Books; appears on panels and at workshops; and has shared his invaluable industry insight and encouragement at our conference since 2016. More:;

Robert is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.

Shannon Linden

shannonShannon started storytelling in grade two but didn’t publish until she and her husband sold everything and moved to the Middle East. Through 9-11, bartering in souks, and running the heat-kissed Corniche, crossing the chasm of culture enriched her worldview and launched her writing. She taught elementary school and journalism at a women’s college and wrote for the Gulf News and glossy magazines. Awarded for her creative non-fiction, she works as a newspaper and magazine columnist, writing feature articles in Kelowna, BC.   More at

 Sylvia Taylor   sylvia-taylor

Sylvia is an award-winning freelance writer, editor, educator and consultant with a passionate commitment to communication. “Literary midwife” to some, “hired pen” to others, she helps bring what needs to be said into the world. Her prose, poetry and articles have appeared throughout North America, and she has edit-coached over 120 manuscripts. Heritage House publishing released her historical literary memoir The Fisher Queen in 2012, and her biographical/ecological reveal, Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast, in 2017. More:

Sylvia is offering one-on-ones; see Extras 2018 for details.