We are thrilled to have Elizabeth Hoyt
as our Keynote speaker and
Michael Hauge as our Special Guest Speaker.

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over twenty lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.


     Michael Hauge is a script consultant, story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, marketers, business leaders, attorneys and public speakers, both in Hollywood and around the world. He has consulted on projects starring Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Reese Witherspoon, and for Overbrook Entertainment, where he consulted on the scripts for I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, THE KARATE KID and CONCUSSION, among many others.

     Michael is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell. A number of Michael's seminars, including The Hero's 2 Journeys with Christopher Vogler and Add Hollywood Magic to Your Novels, are available on DVD, CD or other digital format through his web site. 

     Michael has presented seminars, lectures, and keynotes in person and online to more than 70,000 participants worldwide. According to Will Smith, "No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of the story."