Missouri Writers' Guild

Bringing Writers Together

Speakers’ Bureau

All Missouri Writers’ Guild members are published authors or poets. However, the Guild cannot guarantee listed speakers will meet your specific needs.

Please feel free to scroll through and contact any of our wonderful speakers for your next meeting or event:

Claire Applewhite


Claire is a graduate of St. Louis University, (AB, Communications, MBA), Mercantile Leadership Program for Women. A participant in the Writers Institute at Washington University, and freelance writer—House of Style magazine, Patch.com.

Published works: The Wrong Side of Memphis, Moonlight Becomes You So (2009), Crazy For You (2010), St. Louis Hustle(2011), Candy Cadillac (2011). Website: www.Claireapplewhite.com, radio interview, http://bit.ly/hhVC8Y, YouTube video, claireapplew2.

Past President, Missouri Writers Guild, Board member of Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Member, St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active Member, Mystery Writers of America.


•Plotting and Pacing the Mystery: Fifty Ways to Kill Your Lover
•Why Aren't I Published? Secrets From the Editors
•Between You and Me: Publicity and Promotion for the Writer


Negotiable. Request travel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: Claireapplewhite@gmail.com Phone: 314-560-2906  
Rita Arens


Rita Arens is the author of young adult novel THE OBVIOUS GAME (InkSpell Publishing, 2013) and the editor of SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008) and the co-editor of ROOTS: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us (Open Road Media, 2013). She is the managing editor of BlogHer.com and has worked in Internet publishing since 1999.


eating disorders, publishing, blogging, writing for the web, small presses, finding an agent, writing, book reviews


$500 plus travel

Contact Information: Email: ritajarens@gmail.com Phone: 8165299814  
Anita Agers Brooks


Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.

Anita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man's Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.


You're Never Too _________ to Write! (You can fill in the blank with old, young, inexperienced, uneducated, poor, traumatized, or anything else you can think of as a niche topic, because I can speak to it via experience, research, and/or interviews.)
Secrets to Traditional Publishing You Won't Learn from a Formal Education
How to Become 1 of the 1% Who Succeed in Getting Published
Other Topics Available Upon Email Request


2 hours or less within 150 miles -- $150.00 plus expenses and merchandise table setup
2-4 hours or less within 150 miles -- $200.00 plus expenses and merchandise table setup
4-8 hours within 150 miles -- $350.00 plus expenses and merchandise table setup
Over 150 miles-300 miles, add $100.00 surcharge for additional travel time

Contact Information: Email: anita@anitabrooks.com Phone: 573-241-5721  
Dr. Barri L. Bumgarner


Bumgarner, a professional development coordinator for the Missouri Writing Project and an English Education professor, does a variety of speaking engagements. She gives talks to groups of writers, motivates students of almost any age to write or love books, does motivational talks to teachers and/or writers, and speaks at numerous education and/or writing conferences.


Writers Groups/Motivational Talks:

Character Casting
Don't Let Poor Grammar Stop You...
Got Ink?
How to Get Put on an FBI Watchlist
Making Crime Pay
Marketing Yourself, Not Your Book
Monsters--Inspired By the Dark
Readers Workshop--How-To Get Started or How To Recharge It
So You've Written a Book, Now What?
YA Books--A Glimpse at the Cutting Edge

Teachers/School Talks:

It's Not a Bandwagon, It's a Freight Train: Managing the Digital Demand
We Read the Book, Now What?
Embracing Pop Culture in the Classroom
Mentor Texts in Action
Career Day Talk--Why Write?
Get Motivated
Hot YA Novels
How to Make Non-Fiction Fun
How to Use Music in the Classroom
Motivating Kids With Fiction
Reading Workshop
Research for Realism
Technology for the Classroom
Top Ten Reasons to Be a Writer
Warm-Ups to Inspire Writing in the Classroom
Ways to Get Inspired
Writing Project


Fees are negotiable; general rates range from $250-1,500 for a session, with mileage/gas for distances beyond 50 miles.
Full day rates are negotiable, and shorter sessions (1-2 hours) can be done at a reduced cost (as low as $150). Email for details.

Contact Information: Email: barribum@gmail.com Phone: 573-289-3945  
Guy Anthony De Marco


Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award® finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a disabled US Navy veteran, a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist and poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; and a coffee addict. One of these is false.

A writer since 1977, Guy is a member of the following organizations: SFWA, ITW, WWA, SFPA, IAMTW, ASCAP, RMFW, MWG, SWG, HWA. He hopes to collect the rest of the letters of the alphabet one day. For fun, he is finishing up his MFA degree in creative writing. Additional information can be found at Wikipedia and GuyAnthonyDeMarco.com.

Guy has appeared as an author and game designer all across the country at conventions including Denver Comic Con and Salt Lake Comic Con.


* Writing
* Worldbuilding
* Computers and IT
* US Navy experiences

For a partial list of panels, workshops, and talks, visit http://guyanthonydemarco.com/panels/


Travel, per diem, hotel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: guyademarco@gmail.com Phone: (308) 249-4643  
Margo Dill


Margo is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, blogger, and children's author. She is a contributing editor, columnist, and instructor for WOW! Women On Writing and memoir editor at High Hill Press. She will have a middle grade novel and picture book published in 2012 by White Mane Kids and High Hill Press respectively. She has written a successful blog, "Read These Books and Use Them," (http://margodill.com/blog) for three years, and she encourages readers to share children's and YA books with kids and teens and provides ideas on how to use the books with this audience.

To find out more about Margo's workshops, to read testimonials, and to contact her, please visit her website at http://www.margodill.com or you can e-mail her at margodll@aol.com. She looks forward to coming to your school or group and talking about writing very soon!


Margo leads workshops for writers, teachers, and children on many topics, including social networking and blogging, writing for children--novels and magazines, freelance writing, time management and creativity, making money at writing, six plus one traits of writing, what it's like to be a writer, revising and editing a story, and historical fiction. Margo's workshops are interactive and usually involve audience members' participation through writing exercises and discussions.


She charges $100 for a one-hour workshop and requires mileage if she travels over 30 miles. Her fees are negotiable for school groups, classrooms, and non-profit organizations.

Contact Information: Email: margodll@aol.com Phone:  
Camille Faye


Camille Faye has an M.A. in English and has traditionally published short stories, poetry, essays, and her award-winning novel, Voodoo Butterfly. The Northwest Houston RWA named Voodoo Butterfly a 2013 finalist in their nationwide Lone Star Contest. Currently, Camille is working on the second book in her paranormal series, promoting the first book, and teaching writing workshops.

During her years as a university instructor, Camille worked with hundreds of writers from varying backgrounds and skill levels on many types of writing projects. As a speaker, she can work with your organization in a variety of environments from large lectures to hands-on writing workshops with small groups or even one-on-one. During Camille's presentations, participants are encouraged to work on and discuss current writing projects in order to apply the techniques being taught.


-The Writing Essentials: From Prewriting to Revision
-Specters & Suspense: Keep Readers Awake All Night
-Revision Versus Editing Versus Proofreading
-Other Topics Available Upon Email Request


$100 for a one-hour workshop (mileage charged for travel over 50 miles; mileage and hotel charged for travel over 100 miles)

Contact Information: Email: camilleauthor@gmail.com Phone: 636-627-1058  
Jody Feldman


Jody Feldman’s award-winning children’s novels (The Gollywhopper Games, The Seventh Level, HarperColllins/Greenwillow) have given her the rewarding opportunity to speak at such conferences as NCTE, the Texas Library Association, the Missouri Library Association, and the Missouri and Florida regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Upcoming events include featured appearances at both the Arizona and Georgia Library Association conferences and a roundtable workshop at the 2012 IRA Conference in Chicago.

Her greatest thrill, though, has been speaking to thousands and thousands of students in elementary and middle schools and in libraries across the country.
Websites: www.jodyfeldman.com & www.gollywhoppergames.com


Large group sessions generally focus on personal experiences as an author. Workshops zero in on character development, world building, importance of details, advertising and journalism, or (by special arrangement) on a custom-designed topic. Skype sessions take a Q&A format. She attempts to make all sessions highly interactive.

She offers two free mini-Skype sessions per month (10-15 minutes) on a first-come, first-served basis; longer Skype sessions for a fee. For availability and full information on in-person and Skype appearances, contact Jody at jody@jodyfeldman.com.

Fees: Contact Information: Email: Phone:  
John C. Fisher


John C. Fisher is a native of Missouri’s Bootheel and has been a full-time freelance writer since 2000. His writing interests include gardening, small farm agriculture, food preservation, food history, hunting and fishing, devotionals, and Missouri history and travel.

In addition to having been a columnist for Missouri Life, his articles have appeared in a variety of magazines including BackHome, Missouri Life, Show Me Missouri, Back Woods Home, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Kitchen Gardener, and Secret Place.

He published his first book, Catfish,Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri State Symbols, in 2003 with the University of Missouri Press. A second book with the University of Missouri Press, Pot Roast, Politics, and Ant in the Pantry was published in 2008 and coauthored with his wife, Carol Fisher. This book won second place in the Walter Williams Major Work Award category at the 2009 MWG conference. A third book, Food in the United State Military, also coauthored with Carol was released in 2011 by McFarland Publishers.

Fisher also won first place for the Best Newspaper/Magazine Column at the 2009 MWG conference. A member of Missouri Writers Guild, Heartland Writers Guild, and Ozark Writers League, John has presented workshops on writing at several writing conferences. He also is a member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Folklore Society, and serves on the Missouri Board on Geographic Names.

John C. Fisher, 201 Westgate Ave, Kennett, MO 63857


Missouri’s state symbols, Missouri agricultural history; French settlement in Missouri; settlement, drainage, and agricultural development of Missouri’s Bootheel region; American military food history; writing related topics including query letters, how to target your market for magazine articles, using photographs to illustrate your writing and enhance sales, magazine article writing tips, and nonfiction book proposals.



Contact Information: Email: fisherjohnc@yahoo.com Phone: 573-888-3620  
Carol Fisher


Carol Fisher’s books explore cookbook and food history. Landing her first book contract a yearbefore she retired from teaching, she moved aggressively into her new free lance writing career.

Her first book, The American Cookbook: A History (2006, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1st place Walter Williams Major Work Award winner, Missouri Writers Guild) tracks the history of the American cookbook, from the first one written in 1796, to modern cookbooks.

Teamed with her writing partner, John Fisher, she explored Missouri’s cookbook trail in Pot Roast, Politics and Ants in the Pantry: Missouri’s Cookbook Heritage (2008, University of Missouri Press, 2nd place Walter Williams Major Work Award- Missouri Writers Guild) and recently coauthored Food in the American Military: A History (2011, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers) This book tracks military food history from the Revolutionary War to the present including numerous first person accounts of food successes and food challenges.

Fisher is a member of Missouri Writers Guild, Heartland Writers Guild, Ozark Writers League, Missouri Folklore Society, and DAR. Her presentations cover cookbook and food history, writing related topics, and presentations focused on creatively preserving family history through cookbooks.

Contact: Carol Fisher, 201 Westgate, Kennett, MO 63857


Mock Foods (including a mock pie tasting)

Kitchen Medicine, Housekeeping Tips, and Cookbook Literature

Cookbook Firsts

Revolutionary War Food Challenges

Children’s Cookbooks

America’s Favorite: The Community Cookbook

A Taste of Nineteenth Century Missouri Cookbooks

Health and Nutrition Cookbooks in America

Preserving Family History through Family Cookbooks

The Thrill of the Hunt: Research Tips for Writing



Contact Information: Email: vcarolfisher@yahoo.com Phone: 573-888-3620  
Wayne E. Groner


Wayne E. Groner, Springfield, Missouri, is a personal historian and memoir-writing coach. He is co-author of Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance (memoir/corporate history), Levell-Drew Family History (family history), and The Pastor’s Guide to Fund-raising Success (nonfiction). His articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have appeared in Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Ozarks Magazine, Springfield Business Journal, Rural Missouri and Congregations, among others.

He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter to national and local organizations. Groner teaches a monthly class at the Springfield Library Center, "Writing Your Life Story."

Blog: www.waynegroner.blogspot.com


•How to Get Paid Writing Memoirs
•Writing with a Co-author
•So, You Have to Make a Speech: Lessons Learned from White Rabbit


$150 plus expenses.

Contact Information: Email: waynegroner@yourmemoriesyourbook.com Phone: 417-883-4532  
Bryan Jack


A professional historian and experienced university professor, Dr. Bryan Jack is the author of the St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters (University of Missouri Press, 2007) and numerous articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.


African American history, St. Louis history, Missouri history, the American South.


$300 for a 1-1.5 hour presentation (including question and answer session). Expenses: within 50 miles, none; 50-200 miles, mileage; over 200 miles, mileage and hotel.

Contact Information: Email: bryanmjack@yahoo.com Phone: 314 792 9110  
Sally Jadlow


Sally Jadlow is an award-winning writer who has published three books and numerous poems and short stories. Sonflower Seeds, a collection of poetry and inspirational short stories, took first place for Best Book of Poetry 2002 at the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc. Her short story, “Sara’s Surprise,” took first place in 2006 at the Missouri Writers’ Guild conference.

The Late Sooner, Sally's most recent book, is a historical novel based on her great-grandfather's diary. He took part in the first land run in Oklahoma in 1889.

Sally is on staff, teaching creative writing at Christ Prep Academy in Kansas City . She has presented before various schools in the Kansas City area, Girard Christian Writers, and Heart of America Christian Writers Network.


Poetry writing and editing

Book promotion and sales

Self-publishing and publishing with an editor

Devotional writing


$150 plus expenses (gasoline up to 120 miles from Overland Park, Kansas [Kansas City Area]; hotel and gasoline beyond 120 miles.)

Contact Information: Email: Sjadlow@aol.com Phone: 913-888-1558  
Veda Boyd Jones


Veda Boyd Jones speaks at writers' conferences, literature festivals, young authors' conferences, and schools. She's the author of 42 books, nine for adults and 33 for children, both fiction and nonfiction, and also writes for magazines. Previous sessions for writers' conferences include: Dialogue, Characterization, Marketing Your Book, Plotting, Writing Biographies, Historical Fiction. She has served on the faculty at several conferences including Highlights' Chautauqua Writers' Conference in NY, the SCBWI conference in Kansas City, Kansas, and RWA Conference in Dallas, TX.

Previous literature festivals include Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg, MO; Children's Literature Festival of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO; Branson Sixth Grade Lit Fest, Branson, MO; and Children's Lit Fest in Waynesville, MO. She's made school visits in MO, KS, OK, and AR, and has presented in-service workshops to English teachers.

Contact Veda through her website www.vedaboydjones.com

Topics: Fees:

Travel expenses and $500/day for four sessions at school visits. Travel expenses and $200 per session at writers' conferences.

Contact Information: Email: Phone:  
Ross Malone


Ross Malone is an award-winning author who has published many books about Missouri as well as writing for national and regional magazines. His “Back in the Day” is featured in newspapers across the state. He writes about the people, places, and events around the state that should be well-known but aren't. He has appeared on many local radio stations as well as the Westwood One radio network and on the Armed Forces Network Overseas. In 2015, his Ozarks adventure book, Billy Bob’s Howler, was chosen as “Best Book of the Year.”


Unique Missouri
Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes
The Missouri Traveler’s Game
Show Me the Strange Stuff
Using Stories to Make the Learning Stick
Missouri Cryptids, Madstones, & Ozarks Child-Rearin’


$125.00 plus travel expenses on some occasions.

Contact Information: Email: RnDMalone@att.net Phone: (636) 583-4768  
Lisa Miller


Lisa Miller is a publisher, writer, editor, and workshop facilitator. She is a partner at Amphorae Publishing (www.amphoreapublishing.com). She holds a Masters in English from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. She has taught composition and literature for over eight years.


Provides writing workshops on all elements of writing and editing.


$200 per session

Contact Information: Email: lisa.miller@walruspublishing.com Phone: 3146067981  
Sheree Nielsen


Sheree K. Nielsen is the author/photographer of FOLLY BEACH DANCES, a 'healing’ coffee table book inspired by the sea’s rhythm – a 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner for excellence in book cover design, and Eric Hoffer Art Category Finalist.

An award-winning author, poet and photographer, publications include AAA Southern Traveler, AAA Midwest Traveler, Carolina Go, Missouri Life, countless anthologies, newspapers, and websites across the nation and Caribbean.

Sheree has served on the board of Saturday Writers as Membership Chair, Publicity Chair, and Photographer. She's a full member of the Missouri Writer’s Guild, Saint Louis Writer’s Guild and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild.

In 2013 and 2014, she received First Place for Photography from the Missouri Humanities Council and Warrior Arts Alliance in conjunction with the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors anthologies.

She blogs at Sheree’s Warm Fuzzies www.shereenielsen.wordpress.com, and her book’s official website is www.beachdances.com


"Every Picture Tells a Story" - The Importance of Photography in Writing previously taught at the Jefferson Barracks VA.

Sheree will refer to Ann Lamott's book "Bird by Bird - Instructions on Writing and Life" as part of the workshop curriculum, including use of her photography, and writing aids for "hands-on" class exercises.


$400 for 2-hour workshop, including mileage reimbursement.

Contact Information: Email: follybeachdanceseditor@gmail.com Phone: 3149543845  
Ed Protzel


As a fiction writer, Ed attempts to provide fundamentally different experiences for the reader, at once tense, touching, ironic, tragic, and funny, often with conflicting ideas playing out—and myriad twists, turns and surprises. Ed split his professional life between working in securities management and writing screenplays and later novels. He worked at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles and completed five original screenplays for feature film, one of which was optioned, and honored by Missouri Playwrights Association.

His Southern thriller, The Lies That Bind, was the first published book in his Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy. Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, is set in Missouri, and Book 3, Something in Madness, during Reconstruction. See Ed’s video explaining Faulkner’s influence on his writing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy5Zh5mdh5c

Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has an M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he has taught adjunct.

Published works: The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1 (TouchPoint Press, Dec. 2015); Honor Among Outcasts: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2 (TouchPoint Press, Feb. 2018); Something in Madness: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2 (TouchPoint Press, date tba).

Member, St. Louis Writers Guild, Missouri Writers Guild
Find him at: www.edprotzel.com


• Antebellum South, Civil War Missouri & Reconstruction: An Author’s Journey
• Writing Screenplays: Structure, Dramatic Tips & Dialogue That Sizzles
• Making Imaginative Fiction Real



Contact Information: Email: ed.protzel@att.net Phone: 314-721-0035  
Christine Taylor-Butler


Christine Taylor-Butler is the award winning author of more than 75 books for children and young adults, including a high profile nonfiction series for Scholastic, Inc. A science nerd, she holds dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Art & Design from MIT. Prior to writing for children she worked as a technical manager in the Graphic Arts Division of Hallmark Cards. Her writing has received praise from Smithsonian, American Library Association, and The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Christine's first love is science fiction and fantasy. The first in her speculative young adult series, The Lost Tribes, debuted in March 2015 at Move Books. The sequel Safe Harbor will release in November 2016. Memberships include the Authors Guild, Science Fiction Writers of America, Society of Midland Authors, ALA, ILA and others. Christine lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


For adult audiences:

1. If I Knew Then What I Know Now - A discussion of the journey to become a published author and the humorous and not so humorous realities associated with breaking into commercial publishing.

2. Writing for Kids Is Easy And Other Myths Of Children's Publishing.

3. Before You Send It Out: Common mistakes to look for when editing your story.

4. Easy To Read, Not So Easy To Write: The art of writing early readers.

5. Multicultural Literature: Why it's vital in the 21st century.

For children's audiences:

1. Who's The Villain? - How to craft a story using a classic three-part structure.

2. Crafting Nonfiction - More than just "facts." Writing nonfiction doesn't have to be boring.

3. The Mysteries of Everest. Why is Everest growing each year? What can be found on top of Everest that shouldn't be on top of a mountain? And what "superheroes" are responsible for getting climbers up safely? You'll never look at the mountain the same way after this presentation.

4. STEM: Science Experiments and Magic! Why magic is just science unexplained. And once you know the secret, you can do it too. Learn easy to do magic tricks using magnets or water (depending on the topic). And find out how the magic tricks you do today, become tomorrow's foundation for inventions in science!

4. CODE, CLUES AND PUZZLES How code breaking is a time honored tradition that often helped win wars and foster innovation. How to use contextual clues and your knowledge of math and language patterns to decipher codes. Even the FBI and CIA use code breaking. So do the characters in The Lost Tribes. The situation is fiction, but the puzzles are based on real mysteries.


Note: The time slots can be divided into fewer, longer presentations (example: one 3-hour class, or two 1-1/2 hour classes).

SKYPE or GOOGLE Hangout $150/hour

In-Person Workshops
Within 30 mile radius of downtown Kansas City, MO
$500 for half-day (two (2) 1-hour presentations).
$750 for a full day (four (4) 1-hour presentations)

All other distances (including out of state)
$750-$1,000/day plus transportation and lodging if applicable (up to (4) 1-hour presentations)

Shorter presentations can be arranged for younger children (Pre-K through 2nd grade)

Contact Information: Email: Christine@ChristineTaylorButler.com Phone:  
Robin Theiss


Robin (Moore) Theiss is a writer, editor, photographer, and speaker. Her authorial credits include short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, essays, poetry, and a wide range of business publications. She served as Senior Editor for Boulevard magazine, the literary journal of Saint Louis University, and has edited more than thirty commercially- and privately-published books. Robin's photography has been published in magazines, literary journals, and on Internet Web sites. Her passion for books and writing inspired Robin to serve on the boards of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and the Missouri Center for the Book and for three consecutive terms as president of St. Louis Writers Guild. A former business executive, Robin directed operations and led marketing and strategic growth and expansion efforts for four major health insurance companies within a span of more than three decades. Today her company, Topflight Communications, offers expert business communications products and services for a wide range of companies and non-profit organizations.


The Skeleton Keys: All You Need to Unlock a Successful Freelance Writing or Editing Career, Ten Winning Self-Promotion Strategies, The Real World-Real Results One-Year Can Make it Happen Plan


$200 plus Expenses (Negotiable)

Contact Information: Email: robin@robintheiss.com Phone:  
Robin Tidwell


Robin Tidwell is the author of REDUCED, REUSED, and RECYCLED and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.

Robin and Dennis are the owners of Rocking Horse Publishing.

You can reach Robin via her website, http://www.RobinTidwell.com.


Writing, editing, publishing, marketing, bookselling, and promotion, as well as parenting, camping and the outdoors, and prepping and survival.


Fees start at $50 within the St. Louis region; engagements booked outside the metro area will require travel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: robin@robintidwell.com Phone: (314)825-6860  
Laura L. Valenti


Laura L. Valenti has been blessed to be a Bennett Spring resident for over 30 years, which led her to write three historical novels about Missouri’s first state park. She has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine features and is a ten year veteran of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department. Her novels include her popular Bennett Spring series, The Heart of the Spring, which is currently used in Lebanon High School classes to teach area history. She has also written two novels about a small town county sheriff and the Salvadoran woman who comes to his town to run the Christian mission there, Between the Star and the Cross. In addition, Valenti is the co-author of the non-fiction, Ozark Meth: A Journey of Destruction and Deliverance, which chronicles the lives of 30 southwest Missouri methamphetamine addicts in sustained recovery who share how they got on, how they got off and how they stay off meth. Valenti has spoken at numerous functions, schools, clubs, churches and workshops on various topics including writing and publishing basics, Ozarks history, as well as meth and current law enforcement efforts to combat drugs.


Topics: Fees:

$150 plus Expenses (Negotiable)

Contact Information: Email: lauravalenti@live.com Phone:  
Donna Volkenannt


Donna Duly Volkenannt, St. Peters, Missouri, is an editor, a reviewer, an award-winning writer and a lover of the written word. Her works have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort, Irish Inspirations, Mysteries of the Ozarks, Cactus Country, Mid Rivers Review, and other publications.

She has reviewed more than 200 fiction and nonfiction books for Bookreporter, Teenreads, Kidsreads, Thomas Nelson, and other sites. The Bookreporter network has featured her interviews with: Walter Dean Myers, Lois Duncan, Ally Carter, Sara Shepard, and other notable authors.

A 2011 Pushcart nominee, Donna is a past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, founding president of Saturday Writers, and has served on the boards of Ozarks Writers League and St. Louis Writers Guild.

She has participated in reading and writing events at libraries, schools, book stores, writers’ groups, and other venues. Donna specializes in presentations on creativity, craft, and the joy of writing.



•Unleashing the Writer Within
•Reading and Writing for Love and Money
•Write to Win: Tips from a Contest Judge
•What I Learned About the Magic of Writing from Watching Nicholas Cage


Speaker fee per presentation (maximum two hours/50 participants): $150 plus expenses for handouts and gasoline (up to 125 miles from St. Peters, MO.) Beyond 125 miles: same fees and expenses plus hotel costs. Fees for larger groups negotiable.

Contact Information: Email: dvolkenannt@charter.net Phone: 636-379-9362  
Steve Wiegenstein


Steve Wiegenstein is available through the Missouri Humanities Council's "Show Me Missouri Speaker's Bureau" program, which offers speakers at a discounted price to libraries and nonprofit organizations. Their website is here: http://shs.umsystem.edu/showmemo/speakers.shtml
He is also available outside of this program for other groups. Visit his website at www.stevewiegenstein.com for more information about Steve.


Missouri’s Utopian Communities
'Slumbering Like the Fires of a Volcano': Resentment, Retribution, and the Road to Peace for Missouri after the Civil War



Contact Information: Email: steve@stevewiegenstein.com Phone:  



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