Have a look at our speakers for the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass
Trudy Lewis

Trudy Lewis

Fiction Track

Trudy Lewis is the author of the novels The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press) and Private Correspondences, which was awarded the Goyen Prize from TriQuarterly/Northwestern. Her short story collection The Bones of Garbo won the Sandstone Prize from the Ohio State University Press. Trudy’s stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Cream City Review, Chattahochee Review, Meridian, New England Review, New Stories from the South, Shenandoah and others. She is the recipient of the Lawrence Foundation Award and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner. Trudy is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri.

Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen

Mystery - Breakout Session

Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now an adjunct law professor at Missouri State University.

Nancy is an author of legal thrillers. Her newest novel is Juror #3, with James Patterson. It will be released by Hachette/Little, Brown in 2018. Nancy also writes a series of courtroom thrillers for HarperCollins, set in the Missouri Ozarks and starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold.


Juror #3 (with James Patterson), Hachette (2018)
Trafficking the Country Girls, HarperCollins (2017)
The Wages of Sin, HarperCollins (2016)
A Killing at the Creek, HarperCollins (2015)
The Code of the Hills, HarperCollins (2014)

Jim Henry

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.


Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore

Creative Non-Fiction

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, and The Normal Schoolamong numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.


Dinty W. Moore

The Story Cure

 “Moore’s signature wit and wisdom are once again on display in this useful guide for writers of all levels of experience." —Poets & WritersMagazine

Linda Kasten

Linda Kasten

Literary Agent - Loiacono Literary Agency

Linda Kasten is an author, as well as a new literary agent, with Loiacono Literary Agency. She has completed four novels in the thriller and romance suspense categories. Her first thriller, Castle of Cards, is in acquisition with Jeanie Loiacono, who in turn recruited Linda to join her team.

Earning an English/literature degree with minors in creative writing and journalism, she decided writing fiction provided more freedom than writing facts after a long stint as staff writer and then editor of her college newspaper. She’s also been known to test her copywriting skills creating brochures and ads for various businesses and nonprofits.

Having ventured into a new career as a literary agent, she is looking for manuscripts in several genres: thriller/suspense, mystery, romance, adventure, alternative history, cozies, and mainstream fiction.

What is Linda Looking?

Linda is interested in finished manuscripts. If you attend Linda's pitchfest, and wish to send a query to Loiacono Literary agency you may do so at a later date. Make sure to mention "ShowMe Writers Masterclass" in the subject line of your email. You can the submission guidelines on the agency website at  http://loiaconoliteraryagency.com/submission-guidelines/.


Connect with Linda: http://lindakasten.com/