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[graphic dot]Doug Armbruster
[graphic dot]Chuck Bowman
[graphic dot]Jim Correll
[graphic dot]Michael DeRosa
[graphic dot]Matt Hoven
[graphic dot]Melissa Jagears
[graphic dot]Joyce Long
[graphic dot]Liz Moore
[graphic dot]Nancy Rogers-Hait
[graphic dot]Hazel Spire

Doug Armbruster is an Ohio native who has Doug Armbrusterlived in southeast Kansas since 1994. He began working as a staff writer for The Independence Daily Reporter in 1997, primarily covering the Coffeyville area beat with stories ranging from features on local personalities to coverage of the disastrous flood in 2007. Over time his responsibilities also included editing as well as layout duties. In 2008, he became managing editor at The Coffeyville Journal but returned to The Independence Daily Reporter the following year in the same capacity, after the former longtime managing editor of that paper retired.
    Armbruster began his journalism career while attending The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, where he was a section editor on the college newspaper The Defender. While in college, he also worked as a staff writer at The Farmland News in Archbold, Ohio, and as a sports writer for the Paulding County Progress. Following college, he worked for five years at the Defiance Public Library as public relations director before attending graduate school at Eastern New Mexico University to study communication. Following his stint at ENMU, he relocated to Coffeyville where he served on the faculty at Coffeyville Community College for three years, teaching communication courses and coaching the college's speech and debate team.

[graphic dot]"Writing a Press Release That Will Actually Get Published—or—How to Stay on Your Local Editor's Good Side"

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Chuck BowmanChuck Bowman, born in Coffeyville, trod an unlikely path to become a Hollywood director and producer. He began as an NBC page while attending college in Hollywood and living at his aunt's home in Burbank. After traveling back to Kansas for college, he began his career working at Midwest television station as an announcer/broadcaster. Ultimately, Bowman landed a job at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles as a sports producer and sportscaster, but when the Watts riots hit, he was moved over to reporting and won a local Emmy in 1969 for his worldwide coverage of the Bobby Kennedy assassination.
     It wasn't until his late 30s that Bowman broke into television as an associate producer on the series "Baa Baa Blacksheep," starring Robert Conrad. He went on to produce pilots and series such as "Hunter," the original "V" miniseries and many network Movies of the Week. As a director, Bowman has over 125 hours of episodic television to his name, including pilots, Movies of the Week and series such as "Murder, She Wrote," "The Incredible Hulk," "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," "Touched By an Angel," "Pretender," "In the Heat of the Night," "Tenspeed and Brownshoe," "Baa Baa Blacksheep," and "Jake and the Fatman." He also produced and directed two horror features for creator Stephen J. Cannell.
     Bowman has three children: Karen, Rob and Stephen. Rob is the executive director on ABC's series "Castle," on which Stephen works as post-production coordinator. Chuck Bowman has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 31 years. He often lectures at southern California colleges about directing and has taught on the subject at University of California, Long Beach.

[graphic dot]Banquet Keynote
[graphic dot]"What Are You Trying to Say?"

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Jim CorrellJim Correll has owned and worked in small business for the last 25 years, starting with a professional photography business in Western Kansas in the 1980s, followed by 15 years manufacturing, working in areas of purchasing, planning, contract administration and database management. He worked for an Internet catalog business before moving to Southeast Kansas in 2000 to become a receiving manager and later inventory manager in the Amazon Six Sigma Black Belt program having to do with defect reduction and "relentless" process improvement toward better customer service and lower cost.
     Correll is currently the facilitator/business coach of the Successful Entrepreneur program at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas.

[graphic dot]"Marketing Your Book"

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Michael DeRosaMichael DeRosa graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor degree in graphic design. He completed an internship at Graphic Edge and another one at University Limited Art Edition.
      According to DeRosa, this (University Limited Art Edition) was the most influential part of his education. He worked with leading artists of the world, including Jasper Johns, Susan Rothenberg and Jim Dine.
       He continued his education at Illinois State University where he graduated with a master's degree in fine art and won the Marshal Dulaney Picture Award. He studied color and space as well as art history at ISU.
     DeRosa has always enjoyed making images and does not differentiate between painted art and photography. He had a lot of support from his parents and, as he became a young adult, he knew he wanted to be employed in some occupation that involved art.
     You might have noticed the murals done by Don Sprague in the 1980s. DeRosa has been in the process of restoring them and has finished six so far. He will do more, depending on funding.

     De Rosa is visual arts director at Coffeyville Community College.
[graphic dot] "The Philosophy of a Well Composed Image—the Photograph is a Visual Language"

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Matt HovenMatt Hoven is a tenured professor of English Composition and Literature at Independence Community College (ICC). He is the founder of the ICC LitGuild, which sponsors monthly Open Mic Nights at ICC and other venues in downtown Independence. He is contributing editor of the semi-annual LitGuild chapbook, Onion, which features poetry, short stories, plays and prose from local and student writers and faculty. Hoven has a bachelor's degree in English from University of Missouri, St. Louis and his master's degree in American Studies from St. Louis University. He loves reading, hiking, bicycling and flying kites.
     He is the proud father of two lovely daughters, Dorienne and Dierdre.

[graphic dot] "Rythum and Muse"

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Melissa JagearsMelissa Jagears has written all four of her novels using the snowflake method. She's a plotter, not a panster. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from SMSU with an English degree, she discovered writing fiction requires writing skills beyond good grammar and what comes naturally. With the help of published authors through ACFW, of which she is a member, she learned about deep POV, showing and telling, weasel words, hooks, action beats, etc. and has gained several agents' interest by using elevator pitches, one sheets, and proposals. If any of the terms in this bio are unfamiliar, or you have always wanted to write, finish, or polish a novel but feel at a loss on how to do so, consider attending her workshop.
[graphic dot]"Fiction Jargon, Rules, and Techniques for Beginners"

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Joyce LongJoyce Long is a high school English teacher. During her career she has taught or substituted in every class, Pre-K through community college. She is currently working as an online teacher.
     Long is also a puppeteer. She entertains at nursing homes, schools, libraries and churches. Other activities include Church ,square dancing, camping, reading and writing.
    Long has self-published four children's books. Her sister is the illustrator for her books. The main character of The Misadventures of Zortz is a green puppet with yellow hair. Zortz is able to do everything except talk. Her owners communicate with her by reading her mind. The police chief knows of Zortz's unusual skills and uses her to help solve mysteries.
    She is a member of Kansas Authors Club, secretary of Third District, member of Night Writers of Coffeyville and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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"Write Right! Tips from the first sentence to the query letter."

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Liz MooreLiz Moore was born in Independence, KS, and is a graduate of Kansas State University. She is a former reporter, editor and photographer for newspapers in Kansas and Texas. She was a long-time national communications director for The Arc of the United States, a large disability organization headquartered in Arlington, TX, and she served for seven years as a communication and marketing manager for federal projects of Easter Seals Inc. in Washington , D.C.
     During a career sabbatical in 2000, she hit the road alone for a year-long adventure, choosing small towns in random ways for living life differently, dependent on the kindness and trust of strangers for jobs, homes and friendships.
    Making It Home is the title of her first book, which chronicles that year-long experience. Today, Moore is back in her hometown of Independence and is the site director for the Little House on the Prairie Museum.

[graphic dot]"Publishing to the New Kindle. Is It for You?"

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Nancy Rogers-HaitNancy Rogers-Hait is a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Serving God and loving her family have always been the most important things in her life.  
     As a child Nancy enjoyed hearing stories from her Native-American grandmother and grew up wanting to be a story teller too. Often she wrote poems for family members to celebrate birthdays, births, and anniversaries.
     Later she began writing stories for her grandchildren. Then, in 2007, during the last few months of her son's life, Kelly asked her to write stories about the Shark Puppy characters he designed.  
    Now she gives life to the Shark Puppies as she writes about their unique personalities, their adventures and life in the sea.

[graphic dot]"Writing Children's Books"

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Hazel SpireHazel Spire was born in London and met her Texas husband while working in Iran. She came to the U.S in 1978 and has lived in various states, taking citizenship in 2005. Hazel was an elementary school teacher for many years, while pursuing her dream of writing. Published works include 60+ magazine pieces, two illustrated poetry chapbooks and two children's mysteries with foreign settings—Secret of the Seventh Gate and Arrowhead's Lost Hoard. A Kansas resident since 2010, Hazel is writing a Seventh Gate sequel and a memoir, Bugsy, Slug, the Beatles and Me. She also enjoys art, piano, and photography.
     In her presentation, volunteers wear visors to role-play people involved in publication—Writer, Editor, Agent, Bookseller, etc.—while a Mail Carrier takes a manuscript back and forth, avoiding crumpled-paper “rocks” on the floor. Rejection letters will be read and successes will be celebrated, persevering for the joy of the journey. Game ends with the writer signing books and opening fan mail.

[graphic dot]"Rock Road to Fame"
[graphic dot]"Three Ways to Shape Your Memoir"

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