Luella Turner

Leanna Brunner

Mentor & PitchFest Editor

Leanna Brunner is a college professor, writer, and editor who strives to help other writers fulfill their dream of publishing their own manuscripts. She has taught high school and college writing classes at various schools for more than twenty years in the Kansas City area.

In 2014, she conducted the Write the Dream conference in Kansas City in an effort to educate aspiring writers about the writing and publishing realm. Since then, she has worked with more than two dozen writers and assisted them with making their publishing dreams come true. She has written and published four suspense novels, a short non-fiction book, and a series of workbooks and interactive classes on writing; she is soon to release her first children's book about a spider. In addition to teaching and writing, Leanna owns a business, Write the Dream, which offers curriculum, classes, coaching, editing, and design services for those who are interested in writing and/or publishing.

Leanna was the Marketing Speaker for the Fiction Track at the 2016 ShowMe Writers Masterclass.

For the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass, you may register for a mentorship with Leanna and she will also be taking pitches at the PitchFest.
Be sure to visit her table in the booksigning area!

Leanna resides in Smithville, Missouri.

Andrew Doty

Editor - Owner of Editwright

Andrew Doty is an editor at (and the owner of) Editwright, a copyediting and proofreading services company, as well as a freelance developmental editor. He also volunteers as the editor-in-chief of punctum books, an open-access, para-academic publisher with 17 imprints, and as the editorial director of the St. Louis Publishers Association, a nonprofit committed to helping writers publish, market, and sell more books. Andrew is a poet and musician who has been publishing and performing for over 20 years.

Kate McIntyre

The Missouri Review Managing Editor

Kate McIntyre worked at the Missouri Review from 2008 to 2013 and returned in 2016 as managing editor, after several years as a visiting assistant professor of English and creative writing at Allegheny College. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MFA from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her stories and essays have appeared recently in journals including Denver Quarterly, the Cimarron Review, The Normal School, and Copper Nickel. She has a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2014.

Kate will be a panelist during the 2017 Marketing Panel on Sunday, October 29th - 9-10:45am.

Meghan Pinson

Meghan Pinson

Editor and Mentor

Meghan Pinson provides expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. She launched My Two Cents Editing in 2009 as a full-time freelance copyeditor and has steadily expanded to help her clients move from first draft to faithful readerships. Now her small crew of literary specialists provides comprehensive manuscript critique and a full range of editing services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup. Meghan leads writing and editing workshops at conferences and for small groups, and collaborates with her partner at Outrider Literary to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths. Meghan is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and Reedsy (where you can see her portfolio). Check out and write to for more information.