July 22-25, 2021
New York City


Jennifer S. Wilkov

Jennifer S. Wilkov Media personality, host and executive producer of the popular podcast “Your Book Is Your Hook!”, Jennifer is a #1 international best-selling award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, a columnist, the Literary Agent Matchmaker™ and a respected book & business consultant in her business by the same name, “Your Book Is Your Hook!” She supports first time and seasoned authors and writers with the writing, getting published and marketing of their book ideas and projects as well as the building of their platform to raise their visibility to readers, Hollywood and the media. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and other classes and programs for Writers Guild of America East, New York Women in Film and Television, Writers Digest, and at myriad conferences, festivals and events for writers and filmmakers. Jennifer is also the creator of The Next Bestseller™ Weekend Workshop, a safe space that provides writers with exclusive access to the dream team to help you learn to talk effectively with industry professionals about your project. www.YourBookIsYourHook.com

Abby L. Vandiver

Abby L. Vandiver is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five books. Abby is an hybrid author, penning novels and short stories as both a self and traditionally published author. Writing as Abby Collette, she has a new cozy mystery from Penguin Berkley, A Deadly Inside Scoop (May 2020).

Former lawyer and Economics professor, Abby will be 2020 member of the Sisters in Crime Speakers Bureau. She is a member of SinC National and Guppy Chapter, and Alpha Kappy Alpha Sorority. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio and in her spare time enjoys teaching writing and publishing workshops at local libraries around the state and spending time with her grandchildren.

Learn more at her website AuthorAbby.com.

Ryan G. Van Cleave

Ryan G. Van Cleave is the author 20+ books, including Memoir Writing for Dummies and The Weekend Book Proposal. His writing has appeared in print hundreds of times in such venues as Writer’s Digest, Harvard Review, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The Christian Science Monitor. He’s a frequent conference speaker, an occasional writing coach, and the full-time Head of the Creative Writing program at Ringling College of Art and Design. www.ryangvancleave.com

Jessica Strawser

Favorite Writing Tip: It depends on what day you ask me! But in the thick of a draft or a revision, I think my favorite advice comes from Patricia Cornwell: To treat your writing like a relationship, not a job.

Jessica Strawser is the editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She’s the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You—a Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick—and Not That I Could TellBook of the Month selection now new in paperback. Her third novel, Forget You Know Mewhich garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named a PopSugar best of the season in February 2019 (all from St. Martin’s Press). Her next novel, tentatively titled Everything Worth Anything, is forthcoming in early 2021.

Strawser spent a year as a literary ambassador and community writing mentor when she was named 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues.

She tweets @jessicastrawser, enjoys connecting on Facebook, and Instagram @jessicastrawserauthor, and keynotes frequently at book clubs, libraries, writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her.

Sharon Short

Sharon Short is the author of twelve published novels, most recently in her Kinship Historical Mystery Series, which she writes under her pen name Jess Montgomery. The Hollows is the most recent title in the series, published by Minotaur Books and inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff in 1925. Set in the Appalachian region, the series draws on themes of workers’ rights and women’s roles, and has garnered several awards, including the Ohioana Book Awards Readers’ Choice in Fiction for 2020. Short is also the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News, the director emeritus of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and writes short fiction and essays. Learn more at her websites, www.jessmontgomeryauthor.com or www.sharonshort.com.