2014 Keynote Speaker: William Kenower

William Kenower
William Kenower
William Kenower is the author of Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, an online magazine for writers and dedicated readers. He writes a popular daily blog for the magazine about the intersection of writing and our daily lives, and has interviewed hundreds of writers of every genre. He also hosts the online radio program Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two boys. Visit Bill's website.  

2013 Keynote Speakers

Kathleen Flenniken:Kathleen Flinnekin
Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureateteaches poetry in the schools through arts agencies like Writers in the Schools and Jack Straw. As Poet Laureate, she is trying to reach all 39 counties in Washington, and is especially interested in visiting 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was Distinguished Visiting Poet at Seattle University in Spring 2013. Flenniken holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Washington State University and University of Washington. **Kathleen's book Plume recently won the Washington State Book Award for poetry. Congratulations, Kathleen!
Maureen McQuerry:

Maureen’s published works include The Peculiars,(Abrams/Amulet) a YASLA, Bank Street, Horn Book and Westchester YA best  book;  Nuclear Legacy, (Battelle Press) an Independent Publisher’s Award winner and numerous poems in literary journals. Her next books, Beyond the Door and The Telling Stone (Abrams/Amulet), are due out in spring and fall 2014. Whenever she has the opportunity, Maureen loves to present to students in the schools, share her love of language and books, and encourage them to follow their passions. Maureen works with teachers to tailor workshops to specific writing goals.  She is also a frequent presenter at writing conferences. Maureen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before it became Silicon Valley and now lives in WA State near the banks of the Columbia River with her husband. Eagles, wood ducks, a friendly owl and raccoons visit her yard. When she’s not writing or teaching, Maureen’s always hoping for a real life mystery to solve.  
Steve Wallenfels:

Steve Wallenfels

Steve Wallenfels lives in eastern Washington where he works as a marketing director at a large health club.  POD is his debut novel, and he recently finished the sequel, MONOLITH.  When he gets a spare minute, Steve enjoys playing tennis, squash, racquetball—basically anything that involves hitting a ball with a racquet.  Above all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and Seattle-based son. Steve has been writing since forever.  His published life started with humorous essays in Club Business International Magazine and National Racquetball.  Then he branched out into more serious journalism with columns and feature articles with leaders in the fitness industry.  He never stopped pursuing his love for fiction and published short stories in Highlights for Children, and Guideposts for Kids; along with two Sci-Fi short stories for adults.  POD was originally a short story written from a single protagonist point of view.  After numerous positive comments from readers and friends, Steve decided to add a second protagonist and turned POD into a YA novel.