Writing Program Presenters

Janet Benge

Writing Intensive Workshops; Guided Writing Program; Adirondack Writing Sojourn

Janet Benge

Janet and her husband, Geoff, attended one of David Hazard's Writing Schools 25 years ago. Since then they have become a bestselling writing team, with more than 2 million books sold.

The Benges are best known for their two youth-audience series, Heroes of History and Christian Heroes (YWAM Publishing). They have also ghost-written numerous books.

Janet is a consummate — and lively — workshop leader who knows how to coach other writers in the craft.

Julie Link

Guided Writing Program

Julie Ackerman Link

Although trained as a journalist, Julie Ackerman Link became a book editor and a writer more than 30 years ago, holding various editorial capacities at a major publishing house. In 1987, she co-founded Blue Water Ink, providing writing, editing, designing, typesetting, and consulting services for major publishers throughout the U.S. Since then, Julie and her business partners have produced hundreds of books for major publishers throughout the U.S. In the summer, you'll find her at Lake Michigan as often as she can get there.

Adirondack Writing Sojourn

(Presenters vary)

Jeff VanVonderen

Jeff VanVonderen

Jeff VanVonderen, co-host of A&E’s award-winning TV program, “Intervention,” and author of four top-selling books. Due to “Intervention's” summer production schedule, Jeff will be interviewed via Skype.

Jason F. Wright

Jason F. Wright

Jason F. Wright, author of the New York Times-bestsellers, The Christmas Jars, and The Wednesday Letters. He is also a political commentator whose editorials have appeared in newspapers nationwide. Jason will also be interviewed via Skype.

James Ryan

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Jim is a Naturalist and author of the acclaimed Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide (University Press of New England, 2009).

A true son of the Adirondacks, Jim lives in the very heart of the mountains, in Newcomb, NY. He also commutes to Geneva, NY, where he is Professor of Biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Jim will lead us on guided nature walks to "open up" the Adirondacks as only a seasoned naturalist and lover of the wilderness can.

Ruth Thaler-Carter

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Ruth Thaler-Carter, is a nationally published freelance writer and author of Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business, and Get Paid to Write: Getting Started as a Freelance Writer. Ruth will offer guidance on the use of social media and websites in developing your writing career.