Have a look at our speakers for the 2016 ShowMe Writers Masterclass
Writer’s Digest Editor and Author Main Keynote Speaker

Chuck Sambuchino

Writer's Digest Author/Editor & Main Keynote Speaker

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books, a bestselling humor book writer, and a freelance editor. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the annual Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the biggest blogs in publishing, averaging more than 300,000 page views each month. He was recently named by Forbes as one of the top influencers in publishing in recognition of his personal Twitter.

His first humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, was released in Sept. 2010 and has been featured by Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). His newest humor book is When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide, which was released in fall 2015.
In addition, Chuck’s also written three other writing-related titles: the third edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (2009), as well as Create Your Writer Platform (fall 2012). His latest writing guide is Get a Literary Agent (Jan 2015).

Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines—most notably Writer’s Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. He is a produced playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. During the past decade, more than 700 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.

Besides that, he is a husband, sleep-deprived new father, cover band guitarist, chocolate chip cookie fiend, movie lover, retro gamer and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham.


Connect with Chuck: chucksambuchino.com

Tim Vandehey

Writer/Consultant & Non-Fiction Speaker

Tim Vandehey is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction ghostwriter and co-author with more than 50 books to his credit, including 17 with major New York publishers. His latest is the New York Times bestseller "The Wait" (with DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good, Simon & Schuster, 2016). Tim also consults with authors on building their marketing platforms, and is the co-author of "How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform" (with Naren Aryal, Mascot Books, 2016). He’s an avid baseball fan, blues musician, and sailor, and though he lives with his wife and daughters in Kansas City, Missouri, he hopes that climate change will one day enable his dream of sailing across the Midwest to come true.

Tim's Craft of Writing session title: "Author as Architect: Unlocking Your Nonfiction Creativity With a Strong Structure"

Watch our interview with Tim Vandehey: https://youtu.be/2jPIvPoIYuw


Connect with Tim: timvandehey.com

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Marcus Wicker

2016 Miller Audio Prize Contest Winner - Poetry Speaker

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He also serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.


Connect with Marcus: marcuswicker.com

Mary Buckham

Mary Buckham

USA Today best-selling author - Fiction 'Craft of Writing' Track Leader

Mary Buckham is a USA Today best-selling author of urban fantasy, young adult, and romantic suspense novels, as well as nonfiction writing craft books. Her latest book for writers, A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, was published in January, 2016 by Writer’s Digest Books. When she isn’t writing fiction touted for its unique voice, high action, and rich emotion, Mary travels around the country and works with writers of all genres to craft stronger stories and understand the constantly evolving publishing landscape. She has been an article writer, a regional magazine editor, the co-founder of an online writing venue, and a sought-after writing instructor.


Watch our interview with Mary Buckham at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=birGn1KYxJM


Connect with Mary: www.marybuckham.com

Leanna Brunner

Leanna Brunner

Marketing - Fiction Speaker

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 resides in Smithville, Missouri.

Leanna Brunner

Jim Henry

Award Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor

Jim Henry is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America


Mr. Henry is an actor and writer in the Chicagoland area and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Literary Manager at Chicago Street Theatre.  Jim is the winner of more than 20 screenplay and playwriting awards.  He has had 60+ productions and public readings in the United States and Australia. His play 7th Monarch had a 3 month run off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd St.  - 7th Monarch is the winner of three playwriting awards: Plays for the 21st Century (Dallas, TX), DramaRama 2000 (San Francisco, CA), and The Panowski Award (Marquette, MI). Other productions include The Road Theatre - North Hollywood CA, Chicago Street Theatre, LaCrosse Community Theatre and Missouri Valley College.


Mr. Henry’s first play, The Angels of Lemnos has been produced throughout the US and in Australia.  Angels world premiered at Chicago Dramatists where Jim is a Resident Playwright and he won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work.  The play ran for five months in Los Angeles receiving an L.A. Times Critic's Choice, rave reviews from Variety, and a Robby Award for Best New Play.  The Angels of Lemnos is published by Chicago Dramaworks.


His Screenwriting credits include:   Jupiter in Vegas, Young Again, Moon Shadows, The Seventh Monarch, Eternal Patrol, and The Angels of Lemnos.  Moon Shadows won 4th place in the Final Draft Screenplay Competition (out of over 2500 entries).  The Angels of Lemnos won Third Place at the Hollywood Film Festival and was a finalist in the Sundance Feature Film Project two years in a row.  Mr. Henry has optioned two screenplays with Producer Ian Bryce (Transformers I, II & III, Savings Private Ryan, Spiderman, Almost Famous).


Jim is also an award winning actor with numerous theatre credits over the past 25 years.  He is the winner of NIETF’s Best Actor in a Play for three years in a row.


Jim and his wife, Dona, have been married thirty-eight years and are blessed with eight children and nine grandchildren.


Leanna Brunner

Cole Closser

Eisner-nominated graphic novelist - Visual Storytelling Presenter

Cole Closser is the author of two published graphic novels, Little Tommy Lost (nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and featured in Best American Comics 2015) and his most recent work, Black Rat (featured in The Globe and Mail and on The New Yorker). Cole is an Assistant Professor of Art & Design at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.


Connect with Cole: www.coleclosser.com