Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA, CSP, is a three-time bestselling and award-winning author of five books, and she is featured in seven others. She has had tremendous success in finding corporate sponsors to fund her speaking and book projects/events/tours including her printing, graphic design, venues, travel, media, technology, hotels, even her pet food and dog poop bags! She has developed sponsorship relationships with more than 40 sponsors and 60 business partners.

Her recent book and speaking tour, Million Acts of Kindness, involved a 14,000 kilometre tour in a 32-foot sponsored motor home, hotels sponsored for the team, and more than 40 businesses and retail chains raising funds in their stores/businesses to support this movement, Million Acts of Kindness. She has helped her clients secure cash sponsorship, get their clothes, travel, event needs and more sponsored through the power of relationships and collaboration.

Charmaine loves helping authors sell their books in bulk, find sponsors for their book events and projects, and, plan profitable book tours.

Charmaine will be leading the workshop Planning a Successful and Profitable Book Tour.



Donald Maass is a literary agent in New York. His agency, Donald Maass Literary Agency, sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas.

Donald is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004) and The Fire in Fiction (2009), Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012) and The Emotional Craft of Fiction (2016).

He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

Donald will be leading two workshops this year: Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing 21st Century Fiction.



Catherine Saykaly-Stevens ( is an author, speaker, trainer, and social media consultant who specializes in online audience growth and fan engagement.

Catherine shows entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, and coaches how to expand their online reach, grow their fanbase, and increase fan-engagement to sell more books, programs, and services. She does that with private consulting and with her Social Media Quick Results Programs.

Catherine is also an active member of the Evolutionary Business Council (EBC) where she is a lead in the social media committee. She is also a committee member of When Words Collide (WWC), and is Dean of Digital Media for Social Buzz U. Catherine is the co-host of two online shows: EBE-Live and Social Buzz U.

She will be leading a workshop on Social Media for Writers.


Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.”

In 2013, Betsy created a new publishing template called Oscar’s Salon. An interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work, the salon also includes a Featured Reader each month as well as readers’ comments

Betsy co-founded with Myrna Kostash the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference for cnf writers She also founded and is a mentor in the one-on-one six-month international Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program

Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she will be the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor for The Writer’s Studio at S.F.U. A professional manuscript consultant/editor for the past 30 years, Warland works with writers from across Canada and abroad.

Betsy will be leading a workshop on creative nonfiction — details will be available soon!



We are in the process of confirming additional conference faculty and will be continuously updating the site over the next several days. Watch this space for updates!