From the screenwriter behind Hunger Games: Mockingjay to a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a marketing guru, your 2019 conference keynotes will inspire and challenge you. They will share their stories and their successes, their triumphs and their failures. Meet them in person in their workshops, Q&As, and special signings.

Here are our scheduled speakers.

Reema Zaman

Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer, speaker, actress, and author of I Am Yours. Her critically acclaimed memoir has been adopted into the curriculum of several high schools.

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Kim Johnson

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Kim Johnson is a Young Adult fiction author whose debut was acquired in a preempt by Random House. Pitched as Dear Martin meets Just Mercy, This Is My America releases summer 2020

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Jeff Goins

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Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the best-selling author of five books, including Real Artists Don’t Starve. His blog is visited by millions of people every year. 

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Peter Craig

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Peter Craig, our Screencraft Keynote, is a screenwriter and novelist whose work includes The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, Blood Father, and 12 Strong, as well as several movies in production.

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Janet Burroway

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Pulitzer Prize nominee Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, plays, children’s books, essays, and memoirs. In addition, she wrote Writing Fiction. In its 10th edition, it’s one of the most-used writing textbooks in the United States.

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Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is the recipient of a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and is published in 13 languages. 

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Ashley Toliver

Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra, a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Awards. She teaches poetry at The Attic Institute in southeast Portland and serves as poetry editor at Moss. A Journal of the Pacific Northwest

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Roger Guenveur Smith & Marc Anthony Thompson

Smith and Thompson are Obie Award-winning collaborators with many diverse artistic credits to their names individually and in partnership, including Spike Lee’s 2017 film Rodney King. 

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