The Teen Writers Conference is an event put together each year by Teen Writers, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established in 2009 with the mission to encourage teens to learn the craft of writing and better utilize the unique opportunities they have available to them at this time in their lives.
Our board of directors is made up of authors published in a variety of genres, all with extensive experience in writing, publishing, editing, and presenting.
Heather B. (H.B.) Moore, 2015 & 2016 Chair, is the USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels which are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. Heather writes historicals and thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including The Newport Ladies Book Club, the Amazon bestselling anthology series A Timeless Romance Anthology, the Aliso Creek series, and the USA Today bestseller Heart of the Ocean.
Josi S. Kilpack, TWC President, hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a two-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.
Nancy Campbell (N.C.) Allen has been published since 1999 and has more than 10 published novels to her credit. She writes both contemporary romantic adventures and historical fiction, including the Best of State-award-winning Civil War series Faith of our Fathers. Nancy has been an avid reader since childhood and wrote her first story in 4th grade. She loves kids and teaching, and wishes there had been a writing conference for teens when she was a kid!
Annette Lyon is the Whitney Award-winning author of Band of Sisters and a three-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State Medal for fiction. She has received many publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill for Paige, one of her books in the co-written Newport Ladies Book Club series. She’s published more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, several nonfiction books, and over 120 magazine articles. She graduated cum laude with BA in English from BYU. When she’s not writing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor. Annette is represented by Heather Karpas at ICM Partners.
Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Awards winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.
Marion Jensen, the sole man on the TWC Board, is by day a mild-mannered instructional designer. By night, he puts on a cape and writes superhero books published by HarperCollins. Books that will make you laugh, cry (but only because you’re laughing so hard), and then hopefully laugh some more.
In his spare time he enjoys running, board games, cooking, and reading. He’s also a board-certified, synchronized Pez-dispenser.
Michele Ashman Bell was bit by the writing bug early on, but it took ten long years of submissions, rejections, workshops, critique groups, and community education classes, before her first book, An Unexpected Love, was published. Michele enjoys doing research for her books and feels that it is during this stage of development when the story really comes alive. Michele is currently the author of 18 books and 4 Christmas stories.
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion.
She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.
Ronda Hinrichsen is the author of romantic suspense, mystery, speculative, and adventure novels. Some exist in the real world; others do not. And some are written under her real name while others are written under her pen name, Kathleen Marks.
Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as she can
remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old … and he very nearly did. Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it.
Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even a hundred and four.