Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2019 Colorado Writing Workshop.



Screen Shot 2019-05-24 at 9.41.08 AMKristin Nelson is a literary agent and the founder of Nelson Literary.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she is teaching multiple sessions on query letter writing, and also meeting attendees for one-on-one pitches.

“My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over forty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me ‘a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.’ What a compliment!”

She represents many different areas of fiction. Please visit the website for more info about the clients she represents and the submission guidelines for what she is currently excited to read via incoming submissions.


Screen Shot 2019-05-25 at 12.13.58 PMGreg Johnson has been in publishing for more than 25 years. He is the founder of Wordserve Literary. Before becoming a full-time literary agent in 1994, he wrote and published 20 works of nonfiction with traditional publishers, as well as being an editor for a teenage boys magazine for five years. In his years as an agent, he has personally represented more than 2,300 books and negotiated more than 1,800 contracts to over 85 publishing houses. These works include adult trade books (non-fiction and fiction), children’s books, specialty Bibles, movie options, video curricula, audio products, gift books and greeting cards.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, Greg is teaching on nonfiction book writing. He is also taking one-on-one pitches from attendees.

While Greg’s stable of authors is near full, he will occasionally take on new authors and new projects. Along with representing a broad array of adult nonfiction and fiction, Greg works with pastors and speakers, male and female, who have important and compelling messages to author for their constituents. He has also carved a niche by representing military nonfiction/memoir for those who have served our country from WWII until today. Business books, health and humor rounds out what he is looking to acquire.

Greg is married to Becky and together they are parents of six adult children and seven grandchildren. They make their home near Denver, Colo.


Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.07.57 AM.pngAdria Goetz is an associate literary agent with Martin Literary Management.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, Adria is teaching on character development, and also meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.

She primarily represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, and is open to submissions for quirky gift/coffee table books, graphic novels, Christian devotionals, and adult nonfiction for the general market.

Her mission statement indicates that she looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that take the reader on an adventure, that uncover fascinating stories from history’s footnotes, that explore issues of faith, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives. 

Adria is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis.

Recently, Adria was proud to represent THE COMPENDIUM OF MAGICAL BEASTS (Running Press), RICE FROM HEAVEN (Little Bee), NOTHING (Worthy Kids/Ideals), and HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS (Yellow Jacket).

Adria lives in an old Victorian home in Tacoma, WA with her husband Alex and their two darling cats, Maple and Mulberry.


Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 5.59.32 PM.pngCaroline George is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she is teaching on plotting. She will also be taking pitches from attendees.

She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction.

Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles.

Caroline commits her time and energy to telling stories in their many forms. As a Belmont University graduate with a double-major in publishing and public relations, Caroline aims to pursue a career committed to helping authors, publishers and organizations project their stories to their publics. She spends her time blogging, writing for various magazines and authoring young adult fiction books (her current publications include “The Prime Way Trilogy” and “The Vestige”). She considers herself a not-so-southern Georgia peach, coffee-junkie, bona fide goofball and delights in being best known for writing the phrase, “Coffee first. Save the world later.”



tTrai Cartwright, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing and business development specialist. She teaches, produces, and writes screenplays and novels.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she is teaching the class “The Top 10 Things Movies Can Teach Novelists.” She is also doing critiques for attendees.

While in Los Angeles, she was a screenwriter, independent film producer, and story consultant and development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and New Line Cinema. She was the Assistant Director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online endeavors and the Manager for 20th Century Fox’s Mobile Studios. Trai currently teaches creative writing, screenwriting, and producing for Western State Colorado University, Denver University and CU Denver, conferences and cons, and one-on-one as a development and story editor. She is the screenwriter of Secret Ellington, and producer of docu-web series Hidden Tigers, and short film Sundown Road.


Screen Shot 2019-05-23 at 11.21.02 PMKaren Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living (Scribner), a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and chosen as a Top 10 Book of June 2018 by The Christian Science Monitor.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she is teaching on how to write a memoir. She is also doing critiques for attendees.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, Real Simple, Westword, and The Rumpus, as well as numerous literary journals. She teaches first-years at the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Screen Shot 2019-05-23 at 11.52.39 PM.pngUSA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author Carter Wilson has written six critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, he is teaching on writing great mysteries & thrillers, and also doing critiques for attendees.

He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.


Screen Shot 2019-02-07 at 9.34.42 PM.pngAngie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development for Nelson Literary.

Angie is director of editorial and literary development for current clients. She holds BA in English education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. The author of Do You Need a Literary Agent?, she loves helping authors improve their craft and business savvy.

At the 2019 Colorado conference, she is taking pitches on behalf of agents at her agency (except Kristin Nelson, who is herself attending).

At the workshop, she is also teaching a class on writing awesome first pages.



Screen Shot 2019-05-23 at 11.56.23 PMEllen Javernick is the author of over 25 books for children including the picture book best-seller, What if Everybody Did That?

Her hundreds of articles, stories and poems have appeared in dozens of children’s magazines including Highlights. For over two decades, she has been a teacher in Loveland, CO and currently teaches kindergarten.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, Ellen is critiquing picture books, chapter books, and middle grade for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-05-23 at 11.59.59 PM#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since.

At the 2019 Colorado event, Helen is teaching on romance writing, and also doing critiques for attendees.

In addition to being an award-winning author of romantic fiction, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family.


Screen Shot 2019-05-24 at 9.37.51 AMJessie Hilb is a published young adult novelist.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she is teaching on how to edit and revise a young adult novel. She is also offering critiques for attendees.

Jessie’s debut novel, The Calculus of Change, released in February 2018. It has received critical acclaim from Kirkus, The School Library Journal, Booklist, and the Jewish Book Counsel. She lives in boulder Colorado with her 2 children, 2 cats, a dog, and a goldfish.

Jessie is a Writing Day Workshops success story, having found her literary agent at a previous Colorado Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2019-05-25 at 12.11.31 PMKerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, presenter, publisher and accomplished freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience. She is the co-coordinator of the 2019 Colorado Writing Workshop.

At the 2019 Colorado workshop, she will be teaching on publishing options today.

Kerrie is the author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and the creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications including Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is the author of eight books, all published under her label, Hot Chocolate Press, in addition to a romantic comedy series written with a co-author under the name, C.K. Wiles.

She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and ran the group for ten years.


Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 6.49.25 PM.pngLiz Pelletier is the publisher of Entangled Publishing.

She is taking pitches for adult romance, YA romance, and mainstream adult thrillers. She is also teaching on social media for writers.

Coming out of the dot com era, serial entrepreneur Liz Pelletier has more than thirty years of experience in software engineering, systems analysis, and business management. In 2011, Liz channeled her love of romantic fiction and co-founded Entangled Publishing.

Her mission statement was simple: offer authors the highest royalties in the industry, combined with an agile publishing program, intense focus on quality, and market-driven analysis, in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing opportunities. Over the past five years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a powerhouse romance publisher, with more than 1200 titles released to date. Liz lives in Colorado, is supporting her twins through college, and has an unwavering love of “Game of Thrones.”


Screen Shot 2019-07-08 at 5.28.50 PM.pngLinda Osmundson, teacher, art docent, speaker, caregiver and award winning author lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Her three-book picture book series, How the West Was Drawn, takes readers interactively through images by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and fourteen women.

Hundreds of her articles have appeared in magazines, anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and newspapers.

At the 2019 Colorado conference, she is teaching on picture book writing.