Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are confirmed
for the 2020 Colorado Writing Workshop.


Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 6.41.34 PMJamie Raintree is the author of Perfectly Undone and Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard.

At the 2020 Colorado workshop, Jamie is teaching on query letter writing.

She is also offering manuscript critiques as an add-on element to attendees.

She is a mother of two, a wife, a businesswoman, a nature-lover, and a yogi. She also teaches writers about business and productivity.


Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 6.15.47 PMBrenda M. Hardwick has been writing since she was ten, beginning with poetry. Then she started writing stories. Fantasy was where she landed because she could create everything and place it anywhere and any-when she wanted.

After winning second place in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Colorado Gold Contest with the first three chapters of Harlem Angel, Book 1 of The Circle in 1993, life happened. Twenty-five years later after retiring from a twenty-seven-year career in state government, Harlem Angel was published in 2018. The sequel, The Conductor, Book 2 of the Circle, is scheduled for release in February.

Brenda lives in Colorado with her dog Lelu and has two sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

At the 2020 Colorado workshop, Brenda will be teaching a class.


Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 6.42.47 PMCindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. (See all of her novels here.) She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long.

At the 2020 Colorado workshop, she is teaching on romance writing, and offering critiques as an add-on element for attendees.

She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She and her family also take their Marvel addiction very seriously, as their one-eyed cat, Agent Fury, and their kitty named Valkyrie can attest.


Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 6.45.51 PMKerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, presenter, and freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry.

She’s the author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint. In addition, she has published fourteen other books, including three series’ with a co-author, using the pen names, C.K. Wiles and C.G. Harris, under their label, Hot Chocolate Press, LLC.

Her articles and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Writer’s Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years. Now, she is part of the Writing Day Workshops team, hosting one-day conferences throughout the U.S. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of authors through classes and individual consultations. Her background in teaching, and enjoyment of helping writers has led her to present at writing conferences across the country and teach continuing studies classes through Stanford University.

Kerrie is a co-coordinator of The 2020 Colorado Writing Workshop. At the event, she is teaching on nonfiction book proposals.


Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 6.48.54 PMBailey Cates is the NYT bestselling author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries featuring baker and hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot.

As Bailey Cattrell, she also writes the Enchanted Garden Mysteries starring gardener and aromatherapist Elliana Allbright.

At the 2020 Colorado workshop, she is teaching on creating compelling characters.

She is also offering manuscript critiques as an add-on element for attendees.


Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 6.36.24 PMJori Hanna is a writer and editor from Denver, Colorado. She is a literary scout for CYLE Literary Elite.

As a literary agent, Jori personally seeks/represents suspense novels of any kind. But she is also acting as a literary scout for all of CYLE Literary Elite’s agents. That means she is happy to take pitches for picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade (any kind), young adult (any kind), science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, romance, historical, women’s, Christian fiction, literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. In nonfiction, her agency seeks devotionals, self-help, inspirational, and parenting.

Ever since she started reading in the second grade, Jori has loved books and the writing process. She attended Taylor University for a B.S. in Professional Writing and discovered a love for suspense, crime, thrillers, and mysteries. She enjoys anything that allows her to pretend she could be a spy (such as a weapons class at the dojo she where she studied Karate, excuses to dress up and meet people, and random facts that may never be useful in normal, everyday life). Jori is passionate about helping others achieve their highest potential.


Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 9.16.21 PM.pngAngie Hodapp is the Contracts and Royalties Manager for Nelson Literary.

At the 2020 Colorado conference, she is taking one-on-one pitches on behalf of all four agents at her agency: Kristin Nelson, Danielle Burby, Joanna Mackenzie, and Quressa Robinson. To learn everything Angie can take pitches for, see here.

Also at the conference, Angie is teaching a class.

Angie holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. The author of Do You Need a Literary Agent?, Angie has worked in language education and professional writing, editing, and publishing for more than twenty years. She is passionate about story and loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.


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

At the 2020 Colorado workshop, Liz is teaching a class and meeting with writers for one-on-one pitches.

She is taking pitches for adult romance, YA romance, and mainstream adult thrillers.

Liz co-founded Entangled Publishing in 2011. Over the past ten years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a bestselling romance publisher, with more than 18 NYT bestsellers and 71 USA Today bestsellers. Her out-of the-box approach to everything from pricing strategies to marketing to editorial allows Entangled to be both disruptive and agile within a dynamic publishing landscape. You can find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.