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Meet Your Instructors

Our world-class team includes award-winning authors, professional editors, and literary agents. That means you are learning from true professionals who are publishing books, keeping their fingers on the pulse of market trends, and teaching from experience, not theory.

CEO & Co-Founder

BRETT HARRIS

Bestselling author of Do Hard Things and Start Here.

Director & Co-Founder

Kara swanson

Christy award-winning author of Dust and Shadow.

Nonfiction Director

Jaquelle Ferris

Bestselling author of This Changes Everything.

WRITING INSTRUCTORS

These are the professional editors and authors who give our students individual feedback on their writing on a weekly basis.

Writing Instructor

KATIE PHILLIPS

Professional editor and author branding coach.

Writing Instructor

SARA ELLA

Author of Coral and the Unblemished trilogy.

Writing Instructor

JOANNE BISCHOF

Christy and Carol award-winning author.

Writing Instructor

S.D. Grimm

Professional editor and author of Children of the Blood Moon.

Writing Instructor

LAUREN HILDEBRAND

Professional editor and fantasy author.

Research Instructor

JUSTIN MCGEARY

Director of Christian Studies at John Witherspoon College.

Writing Instructor

KATIE WILLIAMS

Proofreader for Enclave Publishing & freelance editor.

BUSINESS INSTRUCTORS

These are the successful entrepreneurs who coach our students to develop and launch their own profitable businesses.

Business Instructor

Gregg Harris

Business coach & founder of a NYT-featured terrarium shop.

Business Instructor

Paris hansch

Email marketing expert & professional copywriter.

Business Instructor

Margaret mcgriff

Marketing coach & Promotions Manager for Uncommon Universes Press.

VISITING EXPERTS

In addition to our regular instructors, we also bring special guests in occasionally to speak to our students. Here are some of our past and present visiting experts.

Expert-in-Residence

Steve laube

Literary agent and publisher of Enclave Publishing.

Expert-in-Residence

Nadine brandes

Author of Romanov and the Out of Time Series.

Expert-in-Residence

Tricia goyer

Award-winning author of 80+ books.

Visiting Expert

Andrew Peterson

Author of Adorning the Dark and The Wingfeather Saga.

Visiting Expert

Christopher paolini

NYT-bestselling author of The Inheritance Cycle.

Visiting Expert

S.D. Smith

Author of the bestselling Green Embers series.

Visiting Expert

Amanda dykes

Christy award-winning author of Whose Waves These Are.

Student success team

We don’t let students fall by the wayside. These team members help our students have the best experience they can within the program.

Student Success Director

Coralie terry

Keeps our community a safe and welcoming place.

Student Success Manager

Cassie porath

Helps students keep on pace with their annual goals.

Community Assistant

Charis Rae

Provides additional resources to help students succeed.

Community Assistant

Abi lyn

Helps students achieve sustainable progress.

Community Assistant

Sarina white

Provides curriculum support for struggling students.

ADMINISTRATION & MARKETING

Program Administrator

Amy williams

Administrative Assistant

Brianna tibbetts

Marketing Director

Josiah degraaf