Presenters for the 2014 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker: Lawson Fusao Inada
Lawson Fusao Inada Lawson Fusao Inada is a third-generation Japanese American (Sansei). When he was four years old, Inada and his family were interred and remained so ultimately for the duration of World War II at camps in Fresno, Arkansas, and Colorado. Following the war, Inada became a jazz musician, a bassist, following the work of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Billie Holiday, to whom he would later write tributes. He studied writing at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oregon, and the University of Iowa. He began teaching poetry at Southern Oregon University in 1966. In 1994, Inada's Legends from Camp won an American Book Award. In 2006 Inada was named Oregon's fifth poet laureate.
Scott William Carter
Scott William Carter Scott William Carter’s first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a touching and  impressive debut and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has released ten novels and over fifty short stories in a wide variety of styles, working with traditional publishers like Simon and Schuster, as well as taking advantage of the rise of ebooks and print-on-demand technology to go direct to readers. His most recent book, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio and was singled out for praise by the Junior Library Guild. In his other life, he works as an Instructional Technologist in Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library, where he helps faculty, staff, and students with publishing in all of its forms: websites, digital videos, ebooks, and more. He blogs  regularly about all of this at
Stella Pope Duarte
Stella Pope Duarte Stella Pope Duarte is a critically acclaimed author, human rights advocate and college professor. Her dynamic presentations, both local and national, address a broad range of themes, including writing, culture, women’s issues, civil rights, history, education, youth, and storytelling. Hailed by critics as a “major, new literary voice in America,” she is described by reviewers as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart,” and praised as an author who “will enlarge humanity.” Duarte’s work has won honors and awards nationwide. In 2005 she was awarded the “Outstanding Alumni of the Year,” by the American Association of Community Colleges. Duarte believes that writing, like love, begins within, or it doesn’t start at all. Duarte is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker for audiences of all ages.
Nancy Ellen Dodd
Nancy Ellen Dodd Nancy Ellen Dodd earned an MPW and an MFA in writing from the University of Southern California. Her book, The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages (Writer’s Digest) teaches creative writing. She has received numerous awards for writing. Dodd teaches advanced screenwriting at Pepperdine University and develops and teaches online courses for Writers Digest University and Screenwriters University. She is on the faculty as academic editor of an online, peer-reviewed journal at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School and has published more than 130 articles in local and national publications.
Kim Wyatt
Kim Wyatt Kim Wyatt is the publisher of the award-winning press Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe, California, where she runs the Center for Wayward Writers, home to Tahoe Writers Works, the Lake Tahoe Society for Storytelling & Enlightenment, and a letterpress print shop. Her mission is to publish and support new voices, to help writers find their readers, and to build community through storytelling.

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