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2 Spectacular Keynote Speakers this year!

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Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling Emotion Thesaurus and its many sequels. Her guides are sourced by universities, recommended by agents and editors, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site, Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, a portal to game-changing storytelling tools that enable writers to think and write like story experts. 

Co-Author of: the Emotion Thesaurus (Part of the Descriptive Thesaurus Collection)

Presentation: Keynote: Rejecting Rejection: Believing in Ourselves & Each Other

Keynote Description: A writer’s path is not easy, and self-doubt and fear can trap us within a bubble of isolation. But, if we push through this sphere, we’ll find a gateway to success on the other side: peers to help us learn, grow, and be our advocates so we become the authors—and mentors—we’re meant to be.

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Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, best-selling author. Her books often weave her Indigenous culture, worldview and history through storytelling and cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Monique has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 30 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

Author of: Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults and Tilly and the Crazy Eight

Presentation: Keynote: Leading with a Light Heart

Keynote Description: An inspiring keynote that will focus on imagination, inspiration and how we help build a path forward for humanity in the stories we write and tell.

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