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2016 conference keynote and featured speakers

ROBERT DUGONI Thursday Night Keynote Speaker

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Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed and New York Times Best Selling Author of the David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm,  Murder One and The Conviction. He is also the author of the best-selling stand alone novel Damage Control as well as the nonfiction expose, The Cyanide Canary.

Dugoni’s books have been likened to Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as "the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by The Providence Journal and called the "heir to Grisham’s literary throne.”  Bodily Harm and Murder One were each chosen one of the top five thrillers of 2010 and 2011, respectively. Murder One was also a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for literary excellence.  My Sister’s Grave, released October 2014 will be the first in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Visit his website at, email him at, and follow him on twitter @robertdugoni.




C.C. HUMPHREYS Friday Night Featured Speaker

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C.C. Humphreys is a British actor, playwright and novelist. He publishes historical adventure novels and young adult fantasy novels. The main character for his Jack Absolute series is based on the main character of the play The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.



SHEILA ROBERTS Friday Night Featured Speaker

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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Sheila's books are best sellers and often appear as Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Her novel "Angel Lane" was named one of Amazon's top ten romances in 2009. Her novel "On Strike for Christmas" was a Lifetime Network movie and her novel "The Nine Lives of Christmas" is now a Hallmark movie.

When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


GERRI RUSSELL Friday Night Featured Speaker

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Gerri Russell has done it all when it comes to writing; she’s worked as a broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter, magazine columnist, technical writer and editor, instructional designer, which all finally led her to follow her heart’s desire of being a romance novelist. Gerri is the award-winning author of six novels and one novella.

In her spare time, Gerri is a living history re-enactor with the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by Dorchester Publishing and RT BOOKreviews Magazine, she lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and children.


conference faculty

Each year PNWA invites the writing community to submit presentations and workshops to be considered for our summer conference. We are fortunate to receive an overwhelming response, and are tasked with selecting the best of the best for our conference. When selecting our presenters, we take into account industry trends, author credentials, and colleague recommendations. We are pleased to announce that our faculty roster for this year's conference is complete!

*There may be changes, cancellations, or additions up until July 28, 2016*

session speakers A-I

Anna Alexander
Taylor Author
Jeff Ayers
Cara Bedick
Rebecca Berus
Pam Binder
Jason Black
Katherine Grace Bond
Asa Maria Bradley
Kiffer Brown
Chenelle Bremont
Dori Hillestad Butler
Dia Calhoun
Emily Calkins
Darcy Carson
Beverly Conner
Julie Cooper
Jason J. Cruz
Chris Dread
Scott Driscoll
Robert Dugoni
M. Ed
Meghan Farrell
Sean Fitzgerald
Sean Fletcher
Caitie Flum
A.C. Fuller
Sari Gallegoes
Lilly Gharemani
Joe Gillard
Irene Goodman
Clelia Gore
Michelle Grajkowski

Melinda Rucker Haynes
C.C. Humphreys
Andrea Hurst

session speakers J-Q

Steven James
Linda Johns
Beth Jusino
Wendy Kendall
William Kenower
Elizabeth Kracht
G. Elizabeth Kretchmer
Sarah LaPolla
Mike Lawson
Shandara Lawson
Douglas Lee
Kendel Lynn
Donald Maass
Christine Z Mason
Bob Mayer
Sandy McCormack
Laurie McLean
Shannon McMahon
Clare Hodgson Meeker
Anna Michels
Mary C. Moore

Kevin O'Brien
Monica Odom
Lisa L. Owens
Chris Patchell
Nicole Persun
Terry Persun

Ann Putnam
Lynn Price











































session speakers R-Z 

Michelle Richter
Quressa Robinson
Andy Ross

Gerri Russell
Abby Saul
Deborah Schneider

Lindsay Schopfer
Brenna Shanks
Cait Spivey
Brian Tibbetts
Wayne Ude
Elizabeth Wales
Jeff Weaver
Jennifer Weltz
Kisa Whipkey
S.L. Whyte
Chelly Wood
Sabrina York

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