2019 Conference Committee
2020 Storymakers Conference Chair
Sarah M. Eden
2020 Storymakers Conference Co-chair
Assistant to the Chairs
Wendy Jessen loves yoga, Dr Pepper, devouring books, and changing her hair color. When she finds her focus, she writes a lot. She’s the author of Hope and Healing: A Survivor’s Faith-Based Perspective on Recovering from Sexual Abuse, a nonfiction book for survivors of sexual abuse (and their support people), as well as a website, Finding Hope and Healing. She was also featured as a TEDx speaker and has done interviews on the Lisa Valentine Clark Show and the Crack the Whip podcast. Wendy is the author of over 600 articles and book reviews. She currently works as a victim advocate helping victims of various crimes alongside her local law enforcement.
Whitney Awards President
A glamorous day in the life of Kaylee Baldwin includes: chasing after her four children, binge-listening to podcasts, writing her latest book, regretting that race she signed up for, hanging out with her husband, and reading in every spare second she can find. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English Lit and lives in southern Arizona with her family. She is a Whitney Finalist, and currently writes contemporary romances for Gelato Publishing. You can find her on Instagram at @kayleebaldwinwrites or at www.kayleebaldwin.com.
Director of Instruction
First Chapter Contest Director
Faculty Coordinator & Instruction Aid
Agent & Editor Director
Agent & Editor Coordinator
Agent & Editor Coordinator
Jenny’s novels include Love at First Note, Mountains Between Us, and Whitney Award Finalist The House at Rose Creek. To learn more about Jenny, visit her webpage at www.jennyproctor.com.
Yamile Saied Méndez
Community Outreach Director
Allison Hong Merrill
Community Outreach Coordinator
Thursday Workshop Coordinator
Natalee has lived along the Wastach Front most of her life and, since it’s pretty gorgeous there, it’s not surprising she loves it. When not writing, baking, or sampling said baked things, she can usually be found off on some adventure with her favorite person on the entire planet and the three minions they brought into the world. They are pretty fantastic adventures.
She suffers book hangovers more than is healthy, loves chocolate covered cinnamon bears, Mexican hot chocolate, and campfires. Natalee is represented by Dawn Dowdle with Blue Ridge Literary Agency and recently released her debut book, A Heart’s Design.
You can find Natalee on her website www.nataleecooper.com.
On-site Registration Coordinator
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she’s published several titles with Penguin Random House and founded CookieLynn Publishing Services. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Burret LLC. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Parks and Recreation and enjoys every Harry Potter weekend. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree. You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Luke Bryan to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor
PR & Social Media Coordinator
First Chapter Contest Coordinator
Kate is represented by Dawn Frederick with Red Sofa Literary.
Conference Event Coordinator
Volunteer & Mentor Coordinator
Julie Wright is the author of over twenty novels, including Lies Jane Austen Told Me and Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance line. She is a Whitney Awards winner and a Crown Heart recipient. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe. She loves reading and writing, playing on the beach or hiking with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
Visit her at her website: www.juliewright.com
Vendor & Sponsor Coordinator
Community & Events Division Chair
Storymakers Ink Chair
Wendy S Swore
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family but dreams about captaining a ship on the high seas during the Age of Sail.
You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com.
Technical At Large/Facilities Director
Shanna Hovley works at a library, sits down to write about when she gets home, reads in her spare time, and listens to books in the car in-between. When she’s not slaving away at the computer, she’s hiking with her doggo and playing games with her friends and family. Although she frequently attends many writing conferences and conventions, she prefers helping in the background where she’s less likely to be cornered by a bear. She serves on the committee at both the Teen Writing Conference and Storymakers. Her greatest literary claim-to-fame is coming in third place at a Teen Writing Conference some years ago (she lost first and second place to bears).
Varvara is a writer of fantasy, sci-fi, and clean romance. Her most recent titles, Love Is a Wistful Song and Love Is a Royal Pain, are published under the pen name of Ava S Quill, with many more projects currently on the anvil. When she’s not hammering on the keyboard, she’s attempting to mother two children, play bass, drink all of the herbal tea in the world, and learn Japanese.
You can find out more about Varvara’s creative endeavors on her website.