Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine described as a “strikingly vivid debut novel.” In his review on NPR’s All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that “pulls you in.” Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, and by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is on faculty at Regis University’s low residency MFA program, at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is the director of the Colorado Writing School.
Brad Wetzler is a writer, journalist, editor, and author consultant/coach. He began his career as an editor at Outside magazine, where for seven years he assigned stories to some of America’s finest longform journalists and writers of literary nonfiction. As a freelance writer, he has written hundreds of articles and essays for top publications including The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Newsweek, GQ, Wired, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, George, and Outside, where he remains a contributing editor. He wrote Outside’s Wild File column for three years. He wrote a syndicated monthly adventure-travel column that appeared in more than 200 newspapers. He was a contributing editor at George magazine. His book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, a collection of natural-history curiosities from his time as the author of Outside’s Wild File column, was published by W.W. Norton’s Countryman Press. More recently, he taught writing as a professor of English at the College of Santa Fe, and he served on the faculty of the Book Project at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He’s writing a travel memoir about a months-long pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine. He now coaches writers of memoir and nonfiction and helps aspiring authors to create their author platform. He holds a masters in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
Erika Krouse’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, One Story, Ploughshares, and other magazines and anthologies. Erika's collection of short stories, Come Up and See Me Sometime, won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and has been translated into six languages. Erika's new novel, Contenders, was called a “unique and fearless” by Bob Shacochis, and “a knockout at every level” by David Wroblewski. Erika currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, where she won the 2014 Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. Erika also works part time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases, and recently completed a 2014-15 Amtrak Residency. For more info visit www.erikakrousewriter.com
Tracy Ross is an award-winning journalist and contributing editor at Backpacker Magazine, an ASME award–winning outdoor publication with 1.2 million readers. She has been published in the U.S., England, South Africa, and Australia. Her essay “The Source of All Things” has won the National Magazine Award in 2009 and has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Magazine Writing. Her Skiing magazine story “Our Country Comes Skiing in Peace” received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing, and her work has also appeared in Outside and Women’s Sports Illustrated. Ross’s assignments have taken her to the wilds of Alaska, the ski slopes of Iran, and the most remote reaches of Ecuador. More info at www.tracyross.net
Buzzy Jackson is the award-winning author of three nonfiction books, including most recently, The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life (Penguin 2014). Buzzy has worked in the publishing industry in New York City and has taught at CU Boulder, UC Berkeley and at the Creative Conferences in Colorado. Her book proposals have been used in Publishing courses at The New School in New York City. She has a Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley and is a book critic for the Boston Globe. For more info: www.BuzzyJackson.com
Michelle Theall started her career in publishing twenty years ago and is currently the editor in chief of Alaska Magazine. Her best-selling memoir, Teaching the Cat to Sit, about growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt inspires timely discussion about the modern issues of family, motherhood, bullying, and faith. She has appeared on NBC Today, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, and the Fox Sports Network. Theall garnered two prestigious Folio Awards for her work with Women’s Adventure magazine (a title she created in 2003 and sold in 2008), and more recently, won two awards of excellence from the North American Travel Journalists’ Association for her feature and editorial writing. Her feature essay, All That’s Left is God, earned a 2011 GLAAD Media Award nomination. More info at www.michelletheall.com
Colorado Writing School
Victoria Hanley loves to nurture emerging writers. Her YA fantasy novels are published in thirteen languages, and she’s also the author of bestselling nonfiction. Victoria has led workshops for thousands of teens and adults at libraries and schools across the mountains and plains region, and she coaches individual writers from time to time, as well. Her books have received awards and honors in the U.S. and abroad, including the Colorado Book Award, Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award, Publishers West Silver Award, Kalbacher-Klapperschlange Award in Germany, and Carnegie Medal nomination in the United Kingdom. More info at www.victoriahanley.com
Robert Garner McBrearty’s short stories have been included in many leading literary publications including the Pushcart Prize anthology, Narrative, North American Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, StoryQuarterly, and the New England Review. He’s the author of three short story collections and has a novel soon being published. His writing awards include the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His stories have often been performed by professional actors at Stories on Stage, and a short story of his was recently adapted as a one-act play and won the Maine Drama Festival. He has taught writing courses for over thirty years and has also served as an assistant editor for various publications.