Workforce Development and Continuing Education

TMCC Writers' Conference

Mark your calendars! The 25th Annual TMCC Writers’ Conference is slated for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at TMCC’s Dandini Campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this regional literary event to:

  • get inspired,
  • strengthen your craft,
  • market and pitch your work and
  • network with literary professionals.

Enjoy a full day of relevant writing tips, register for an optional private meeting with one of our speakers (for an additional $32) and reserve a lunch ($12) or bring your own to the casual roundtable luncheon with our speakers.

Contact us today to get on our brochure mailing list. Registration opens Oct. 22, 2014.

I've taught at more than 90 conferences and the TMCC event holds up as one of the finest. It’s large enough to pull in quality presenters who can help writers get the best instruction, but not so large to feel like a cattle call. At the event, it feels personal. The organizers recognize it’s the little things that matter—i.e. the connections, the pitching and the instruction people need.

Chuck Sambuchino, Writers' Digest Books Editor

Not only is the conference world class, it is affordable. Because of what I learned at TMCC’s conference, my book was on the new release table in every Barnes & Noble bookstore in August.

Robbie Lunt, past conference participant

2015 TMCC Writers' Conference Speakers

  • Sundance Playwrights lab director David Kranes will share tips on writing realistic and compelling dialogue.
  • Self-publishing phenom Kristen James, who's sold more than 100,000 books in less than three years, will discuss the tactics she's used to become an Amazon bestseller.
  • Create a strong author platform with advice from Brooke Warner.
  • Polish your work with rewriting tips from memoirist Robert Leonard Reid and strengthen your story through point-of-view from Eric Neuenfeldt.
  • Discover how to stand out from the crowd with Bona Fide Books Publisher Kim Wyatt.
  • And, ask questions of literary agents Gordon Warnock and Elizabeth Kracht. Meet your peers and get to know our speakers in this intimate atmosphere that encourages interaction.

Event Schedule

8:00-8:40 a.m. Check-in  
8:40 a.m. Welcome Kathy Berry, conference manager
8:50 a.m. Self-Publishing Success Kristen James
9:55 a.m. Revising Your Perfect Manuscript: Ten Reasons to Take Another Look Robert Leonard Reid
10:50 a.m. Get Publishers to Notice You Kim Wyatt
11:40 a.m. Agents' Q & A Panel Elizabeth Kracht, Gordon Warnock
12:35 p.m. Luncheon Roundtables
with individual speakers (reserve a sack lunch through TMCC for $12 or bring your own) and book sales
1:35 p.m. Building Your Author Platform Brooke Warner
2:30 p.m. Write Compelling Dialogue David Kranes
3:35 p.m. Point of View Eric Neuenfeldt
4:20 p.m. Thank You and Closing Remarks Kathleen Berry

Speaker Bios

David Kranes, playwright, novelist, short story writer
The artistic director for Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwrights Lab for 14 years, David crafts not only plays but also short stories, novels and essays about magicians, gamblers, hit men, painters and casino workers. His novel, The National Tree, was adapted for television and aired on the Hallmark Channel. His short story, Cordials, won the 1996 Pushcart Prize and Low Tide in the Desert: Nevada Stories won the Wrangler Award for Best Short Story Collection. His writing has appeared in publications such as Esquire, Ploughshares and The Transatlantic Review. He’s mentored Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle). David earned a doctor of fine arts degree from Yale School of Drama. More information is available on his website

Kristen James, romance novelist
This self-publishing phenom, who’s sold well over 100,000 books, has written more than 20 novels which have ranked in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Her work has placed #1 in eight different categories. She specializes in love stories—first love, second chance love and married romance—set mostly in the rugged Pacific Northwest. Kristen is a hybrid author, published independently, by Montlake Romance and Amazon Crossing. Many of her books are available in audiobook and some in foreign translation. Kristen also writes nonfiction, including Authorpreneur: Making Steady Income From Ebook Royalties. More information is available on her website

Kim Wyatt, publisher
Kim Wyatt is the publisher of the award-winning Bona Fide Books press in South Lake Tahoe, California, where she runs the Center for Wayward Writers, Tahoe Writers Works, the Lake Tahoe Society for Storytelling & Enlightenment and a letterpress print shop. Her mission is to publish and support new voices, to help writers find their readers, and to build community through storytelling. More information is available at

Robert Leonard Reid, nonfiction author
Robert has written five books, four works for the theater, and some 100 magazine articles and essays. Arctic Circle, his latest book, is a meditation on the north, inspired by his journeys to northern Alaska and Yukon. He also wrote the anthology A Treasury of the Sierra Nevada. Among the periodicals in which his works have appeared are Harper’s, Money, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Progressive. He has written three musical-comedy revues; the latest, “None of the Above!”, lampooned the 2012 Presidential election. Bob, a Silver Pen recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, has received fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council and grants from the Sierra Arts Foundation. A native of Pennsylvania, Bob attended Harvard College, where he earned a degree in mathematics. Find out more at

Eric Neuenfeldt, editor, short story author
Eric’s work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Confrontation, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. His collection of stories, Fall Ends Tomorrow, won the 2010 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Competition. He is the founding editor of Arroyo Literary Review and served as associate editor of the Cimarron Review. He is full-time faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he is co-editor of The Meadow.

Brooke Warner, writing coach, publisher
Brooke, former executive editor at Seal Press, is the president of Warner Coaching Inc. and the publisher for She Writes Press. During her 14 years in the publishing industry, she has shepherded hundreds of books through the publication process. Brooke mentors memoirists in her biannual course, Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Memoir Writers and She Writes. She is the author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author and How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal. Brooke offers coaching and professional publishing consulting to writers who look to build their platforms, get published and achieve their goals. She’s a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute. More information at

Gordon Warnock, literary agent
Gordon, a founding partner at Foreword Literary, brings years of experience as a senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant and college-level writing tutor. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. He is an honors graduate of CSUS with a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing. With a zest for fresh, new voices and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres. Non-fiction comprises most of Gordon’s list: He particularly likes memoir, cookbooks, current events, pop-culture and self-help books. As for fiction, he prefers high-concept commercial fiction, literary fiction, new adult, contemporary young adult and graphic novels. More at

Elizabeth Kracht, literary agent
Elizabeth joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2010. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings experience to the agency as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. Elizabeth's eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice or that offers wisdom for contemporary living. She is compelled by urban and multicultural themes and loves settings that are characters unto themselves. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries and young adult with crossover appeal. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice—or adventure-driven memoir—and other nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others. More at