Immerse yourself in the romance of Montana

Saturday, Oct 4th

6:30 a.m.:  Sunrise hike to the “M,” weather permitting. Trail varies from easy to extreme, depending on the fitness level and ambition of the hiker. See “Hiking the ‘M'” for why it’s worth getting up that damn early. 


8:15 – 8:45:  Welcome from MTRW President and continental breakfast

8:45 – 10:45:  Hannah Jerome, Digital Marketing Specialist:  Reader-First Marketing – How Empathy Builds Empires


Hannah Jerome is an online and social media marketer for a Bozeman-based digital agency called Tadpull. She loves getting to work in the ever-changing online world, at the intersection of design,technology and marketing. As a Montana native, Hannah grew up in Helena and graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from MSU. Along the way she’s worked for Boeing, Starbucks and Target. She has an incurable travel bug and has gotten to live in some exotic (and much warmer!) places including the Virgin Islands, Taiwan, South Africa, and most recently, Ireland.

For all the details on Tadpull and a look at their amazing company headquarters, check out


9:45 – 10:45:  Janet Fox – Plotting and Pacing


Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages, notably three acclaimed young adult historical romances. Her 2010 young adult debut novel, FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin), was an Amelia Bloomer List pick, and was followed in 2011 by a companion novel, FORGIVEN (Speak/Penguin), a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award Finalist.  Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a former high school English teacher. She is represented by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Janet and her family live in Bozeman, Montana, where they enjoy the mountain vistas.

To learn more about Janet and her books, visit her website at

10:45 – 11:00:  Break and networking

11:00 – 12:00:  J. Ellen Smith, editor, Champagne Books – Contracts, clauses and copyright: the legal side of writing


From metadata to foreign rights to advances, publishing contracts can be littered with landmines for the unwary author. Editor J. Ellen Smith with help decipher the basic structure of a book contract and answer questions and concerns authors have about the long and short term effects of signing on the bottom line.

12:00 – 1:00:  Break for Lunch 

1:00 – 1:45:  Crystal Posey – The Art of Effective Covers 

Freelance cover artist Crystal Posey shares the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of their design process to help writers choose effective cover art and communicate with the artists during the design process.

Crystal Posey    


Crystal Posey is a writer and freelance designer whose portfolio includes USA Today and NYT Bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Weekday Bride and MacCoinnich Time Travel Series. She also does marketing material and website design for a number of writers. For a look at Crystal’s gorgeous designs and the other marketing materials she provides, visit:  Crystal Posey

















1:45 – 2:45:  Kathy Dunnehoff – Screenwriter Tricks for Writers 

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Kathy Dunnehoff  has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She teaches writing and creativity courses at Flathead Valley Community College. Kathy’s screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, and she was a recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Her published women’s fiction includes The Do-Over and Back To U which hit Amazon’s Top 100 list.

2:45 – 3:00:  Break and networking 

Margie Lawson –  3:00-4:15


The Buzz About Margie

In the twenty years I’ve been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me something radically new:  Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson. Margie has made an enormous splash among novelists with her Deep Editing class and her Empowering Character Emotions class.  I absolutely love her work. After reading Margie’s material on nonverbal communication and empowering character emotions, something clicked in my brain.  Fiction is about giving readers a powerful emotional experience. Margie taught me a new ways to empower my writing.

Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., award-winning author and writing instructor


4:15 – 5:00:  Mountain Medics: Saving Lives and Limbs in the High Country

It’s all fun and games until someone skis off a cliff or triggers an avalanche. The ski patrol starts before dawn, checking the uppermost ridges, setting off blasts to bring down unstable snow masses and inspecting trails and lifts for safety issues. And that’s before the skiers arrive. Hear some great stories of the drama and occasional sheer folly of trying to protect the public from Mother Nature and themselves.

6:30 – 8:00:  Cowboy BBQ, real live cowboys included!



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