Meet the Team
Christie Wright Wild
Christie Wright Wild is the founder of Writers Who Run, where she helps writers and runners erase their fears, stay motivated, and live their passions. She loves to travel, but mostly for writing and running events. She writes picture books and is represented by Stacey Graham of Red Sofa Literary.
Writer/runner, Dave Essinger, is an Associate Professor at the University of Findlay, and author of RUNNING OUT, a novel due out this spring. He is also the editor of the university's literary magazine, Slippery Elm. He lives in northwest Ohio with his beautiful wife and two brilliant children and one generally adequate cat.
Social Media Jedi, Kristen Lamb, author of RISE OF THE MACHINES: HUMAN AUTHORS IN A DIGITAL WORLD, will teach us about blogging and branding, and why we need to think about that before we're ever published. She'll also teach us how to plot like the pros.
Alex Lidell, last year's keynote speaker, is coming back to teach us all about character in 2017! Alex was a 2010 finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for THE CADET OF TILDOR, which was later published with Penguin in 2013. She writes YA fantasy and loves teaching.
Jackie is the Assistant Director in Texas Christian University's New Media Writing Studio, a writing instructor in the English Department, and an avid lifestyle journalist. When not traveling, she's running outdoors, studying yoga, reading voraciously, experimenting with healthy baking, and pursuing her lifelong goal of centenarian status.
Christine Simolke is a writer and former middle school language arts teacher with a master’s degree in education. Her first novel, CHILDREN OF ITALY, is a historical romance novel published in June 2016. She loves working with other writers on how to sharpen their revision skills and polish their manuscripts.
Susanne Lakin, aka C.S. Lakin, is a novelist, copyeditor, writing coach, mom, backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things. She loves helping other writers with their novels and specializes in giving detailed critiques. She has more than a dozen published books to her name!
Carrie Charley Brown
Founder of Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo), Carrie Charley Brown eats, sleeps, and breathes picture books as a writer, professional critique mentor, and teacher. She proudly contributed as a 2014/2015 CYBILS fiction picture book judge and regional advisor for SCBWI North Texas.
Editor coming soon!