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[graphic dot]Maryann Barry
[graphic dot]Michelle Black
[graphic dot]Rachel Black
[graphic dot]Mike Bosch
[graphic dot]Brian Daldorph
[graphic dot]Carolyn Hall
[graphic dot]Lance Keltner
[graphic dot]Gordon Kessler
[graphic dot]Norm Ledgin
[graphic dot]Tom Mach
[graphic dot]Christine Taylor-Butler
[graphic dot]Karen Williams

Maryann BarryMaryann Barry has been writing songs since 1979 and belongs to the Kansas City Songwriting Group and is active in the Kansas Oldtime Fiddlers and Singers, an organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, educating and preserving the art form known as “oldtime music.” She frequently performs in bluegrass festivals. Maryann writes old time country and some blues.
[graphic dot]Co-presenter "Songwriting Secrets"

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Michelle BlackMichelle Black is the author of five novels of historical suspense. She is also an attorney and a former bookstore owner. She is the recipient of the Colorado Independent Publishers award for Best Novel and has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Oklahoma Book Award, and the Wm. Rockhill Nelson Book Award. Her latest historical mystery, The Second Glass of Absinthe, is available from Macmillan in August 2010.
[graphic dot]"Self-publishing: the Pros, the Cons—and the Con Artists"

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Rachel BlackRachel Black combines thought-provoking, evocative songwriting with a voice that mixes her classical upbringing with pop, rock, and blues. Rachel trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she was awarded the Performance Chair Award for her song, “Sweet New Orleans.” She recently moved to Lawrence from New York City where she performed at clubs including the legendary Bitter End. In Lawrence, she performs her originals with the Ninth Street Band.
[graphic dot]Co-presenter "Songwriting Secrets"

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Mike BoschMike Bosch (B.A., University of Kansas, M.B.A., Baker University) is well known as the local expert on Macs, iPhones, and iPods. He's an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, Apple Certified Support Professional and Apple Certified Technical Coordinator. In 2009, he started iCafe in Lawrence, Kansas to provide Mac sales, service and education for the local Mac community. He is currently the Managing Director of Sean Renee, a company specializing in web development.
[graphic dot]Co-presenter "Computer Savvy for Writers"

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Brian DaldorphBrian Daldorph teaches at the University of Kansas and Douglas County Jail. He is the editor of Coal City Review. His most recent books of poetry are From the Inside Out: Sonnets, and Jail Time. He has also taught in England, France, Senegal, Zambia and Japan.
[graphic dot] "The Art of Haiku Writing"
[graphic dot] "From the Inside Out: Sonnet Writing"

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Carolyn HallCarolyn Hall authored Prairie Meals and Memories, Living the Golden Rural, a combination memoir and recipe book containing over 100 recipes and 35 stories about growing up on a small farm in the 50s and 60s. Her national publications include Christian Science Monitor, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul, Sacred Stones and Sacred Fire, and Produce Merchandising. Locally, her work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Star Magazine, The Best Times, and Echoes of the Ozarks.
[graphic dot]"Successful Memoir Writing"

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Lance KeltnerLance Keltner has been working with computers since he was old enough to say “computer.” Starting as a love of computer gaming, he progressed to repairing computers and then to managing a computer repair store. In 2006, Lance took ownership of UNI Computers, a full service computer retail establishment specializing in sales, service, and onsite repair of computers. Lance uses his 14 years of experience everyday to help people understand the amazing world of computers.
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Co-presenter "Computer Savvy for Writers"

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Gordon KesslerGordon Kessler is the author of Novel Writing Made Simple as well as two thriller novels, Jezebel and Dead Reckoning. A former U.S. Marine Corp recon scout and paratrooper, he has drawn considerably from his life experience for his fiction. Over the past eighteen years, he has taught and mentored hundreds of new and struggling writers through his classes at the Wichita Free University and Butler County Community College as well as through writers groups and organizations. As a co-founder of Kansas Writers Association, he was also their first president. Kessler is currently a Master Instructor for the National Academy of Railroad Sciences on the Johnson County Community College campus in Overland Park.
[graphic dot]"Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Writing"

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Norm LedginNorm Ledgin is the first historical researcher to place such notables as Jefferson, Einstein, and Mozart on the spectrum of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Thousands of affected youngsters worldwide find hope in Norm’s books, with French translation circulating and others pending. He has also authored historical fiction, The Jayhawker, depicting the 1850s Kansas-Missouri Border War, and has lately moved into writing mysteries and an opera. Before authoring Diagnosing Jefferson ten years ago, Norm served nineteen years in public safety education in Louisiana and Missouri and six years editing and publishing weekly newspapers in Illinois and Kansas. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, where he also earned his bachelor’s in journalism.
[graphic dot]"Writing Suspense into Your Historical Fiction"

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Tom MachTom Mach is a former editor of a regional and of a national magazine, a writing instructor for San Jose State, a KU Continuing Education program, and several writing clubs. One of his articles made the cover of Writer’s Digest, and one of his poems received a Writer’s Digest poetry award. He won the J. Donald Coffin Award for his novel, Sissy!! and was a Best Books Award Finalist for All Parts Together. His book of poetry, The Uni Verse, won the Nelson Poetry Book Award. Tom Mach’s latest book, Stories to Enjoy, is due out in August, 2010.
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"The Secrets to Writing a Great Novel or Short Story"

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Christine Taylor-ButlerChristine Taylor-Butler has written more than 40 books for children, including biographies, histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children, books are their introduction to the vast diversity on our planet. Taylor-Butler is a past president of the Missouri Writers Guild, sits on the board of their children’s literature chapter, and is a member of the MIT Regional Educational Council. She frequently speaks at writers' conferences.
[graphic dot]"Cultural Diversity in Children’s Literature"

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Karen Williams began writing songs and performing professionally at a young age, with a multi-state tour at age 16, and later in her career, a four-month tour in Norway. When she was in college she cut back on performances, concentrated more on writing, and then moved to Nashville, where two of her songs were “picked up” and recorded by other artists within six months. Karen writes, records, and performs in several styles, but most of her professional songwriting has been in the country genre.
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Co-presenter "Songwriting Secrets"

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