Our Faculty

Continuing or Guest Faculty include:

Martin Crosbie

MartinCrosbiebw Our FacultyIn a press release, Amazon referred to Martin Crosbie as one of their success stories of 2012. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. Martin’s debut novel, MY TEMPORARY LIFE, has been downloaded over one hundred thousand times and became an Amazon bestseller. MY NAME IS HARDLY, his second book, was written following reader requests to hear more about Hardly, the beloved character from MY TEMPORARY LIFE. In April of 2013 he also released a collection of short stories-LIES I NEVER TOLD.

Eileen Cook   

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Eileen Cook is a multi-published young adult and middle grade author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012 and received a starred Kirkus review. Her books have been optioned for film and TV, and while nothing has yet gone into production, she’s already planning her Oscar speech. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.  Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Kathrin Lake
Best Portrait BW Our FacultyKathrin Lake is a published writer, award-winning playwright, teacher of writing, professional speaker and author of four non-fiction books. Kathrin calls herself a Story Coach and helps individuals write their first books or keynote speeches using her Power of Story system. She also helps entrepreneurs and organizations use stories for personal branding, inspiration and unification. Kathrin lives in Canada and Mexico where she holds writing retreats through the VSW. She has a degree in film and theatre from Simon Fraser University, is also a Certified Human Resources Professional and a leader for Toastmasters’ International.

Gail Martin
gailmartin1 250x300 Our FacultyGail Z. Martin is the author of The Thrifty Author’s Guide series of how-to marketing books for authors and publishers (Comfort Publishing), and The 30 Day Results Guide series for quick success in online PR and social media (Career Press). Gail has an MBA in marketing and over 25 years of corporate, consulting and non-profit experience at senior executive levels. She is an international speaker and offers customized live workshops and intensive online group coaching programs to help readers apply the books to their own marketing challenges. She owns DreamSpinner Communications and also writes two bestselling fantasy adventure series. Gail hosts both the Shared Dreams podcast and the Ghost in the Machine podcast. Find out more at: www.GailMartinMarketing.com

Laurie Pawlik Kienlen
Laurie Pawlik Kienlen bw 150x1501 Our FacultyLaurie Pawlik-Kienlen is a full-time freelance writer and blogger in Vancouver, BC; her work has appeared in magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Writer’s Digest, Health, and More. Her degrees are in Psychology and Education, from the University of Alberta.
Pawlik-Kienlen is The Adventurous Writer who created and runs the “Quips and Tips” series of blogs – including Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. She earns a full-time living from her blogs, and has written five ebooks: 75 Ways to Make (More) Money Blogging; 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Muse; Letting Go of Someone You Love; 75 Ways to Survive Pet Loss, and 80 Ways to Say “I Love You.”

Michael Schell
Mikes bio stnly pk pic 51KB 448 X 336 pixels 300x265 Our FacultyMichael Schell, President of Thought Leader Publications & Training, is the author of five books including Winning Sales Advice and Buyer-Approved Selling. His Buyer-Approved Selling Workshop is licensed by Canon USA to train their national sales force. Companies like U.S. Bank and Guardian Life have provided his books to their clients as “gifts of knowledge.” To date, Mike has sold tens of thousands of his self-published books, mainly to large companies.

Peggy Richardson
peggy richardson Our FacultyPeggy Richardson uses her dual background in technology and content creation to create eBooks for clients worldwide. She has personally authored over 150 eBooks on a variety of non-fiction topics, and has edited many more as a freelance editor and writer. Says Peggy, “Editing for self-publishing is actually more important than in the traditional publishing world. Let’s face it—self-publishing hasn’t always had the best history. It’s up to us as pioneers in this area to hold ourselves to a higher standard. We need to make sure that we’re not just correcting spelling and grammar mistakes—we need our work to be not just good, but great.”




Faculty will change for each workshop or course offered. See course info as it is updated.

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