Meet our Keynotes:
Friday Evening Keynote – Jessica Strawser
The All-Time Best Writing Lessons Learned From a Decade of Interviewing the All-Time Best Writers.
Friday evening keynote Jessica Strawser is the editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She’s the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You, now new in paperback, and Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month selection and Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick for March 2018 (both from St. Martin’s Press). Her third novel, Forget You Know Me, is forthcoming in 2019. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and is a popular presenter at writing conferences and book festivals. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.
Saturday Luncheon Keynote – Jason Jack Miller
What Writers Make
Jason knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care.
His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Pearl Jam covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey Series. He wrote Hellbender as a student in Seton Hill University’s prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program, where he is now a mentor and adjunct instructor. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction, the MacLaughlin Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award.
When Jason isn’t writing, he’s with Heidi, his wife, either in Paris, perusing the bouquinistes or in the Cinque Terre trying to taste all of the focaccia. And for the rest of the year he plays the role of Mr. Miller, mild-mannered science teacher at Uniontown Area High School.
Twitter and Instagram @jasonjackmiller