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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.

Head Fiction Instructor

KATIE PHILLIPS

Professional editor and author branding coach.

Writing Instructor

JOANNE BISCHOF

Christy and Carol award-winning author.

Writing Instructor

S.D. Grimm

Professional editor and author of Scarlet Moon.

Writing Instructor

LAUREN HILDEBRAND

Associate editor with Havok & Uncommon Universes Press.

Writing Instructor

KATIE WILLIAMS

Enclave Publishing proofreader & freelance editor.

Research Instructor

JUSTIN MCGEARY

Director of Christian Studies at John Witherspoon College.

BUSINESS INSTRUCTORS

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

Business Instructor

Gregg Harris

Million-dollar business founder and terrarium shop owner

Business Instructor

Paris hansch

Email marketing expert & professional copywriter.

Business Instructor

Margaret mcgriff

Digital content strategist & fantasy adventure author.

Business Instructor

BRIAN o'REAR

Founder of a multi-million dollar home inspector franchise

Business Instructor

MARK BAKER

Founder of 6-figure & 7-figure business startups

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 head of Enclave Publishing.

Expert-in-Residence

Nadine brandes

Award-winning author of Romanov and A Time to Die.

Expert-in-Residence

Tricia goyer

Award-winning author of 80+ books.

Visiting Expert

SARA ELLA

Award-winning author of Coral and Unblemished.

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

Bestselling author of the 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

Helps make sure our students’ needs are met.

Student Success Manager

Cassie porath

Helps students keep on pace with their annual goals.

Student Assistant

Charis Rae

Helps fellow students achieve sustainable progress.

Student Assistant

Abi lyn

Helps fellow students achieve sustainable progress.

Student Assistant

Sarina white

Helps fellow students achieve sustainable progress.

ADMINISTRATION & ADMISSIONS

Program Administrator

Amy williams

Finance Director

Diana crowe

Administrative Assistant

Brianna tibbetts

Admissions Advisor

Josiah degraaf

Admissions Advisor

Coralie terry