2008 Creative Conferences in Boulder, Colorado

Regular tuition: $380

Travel Writing & Photography: Sept. 12-14

Student tuitions of $300 are also available, with a valid ID, for all conferences.

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Essay Contest Winner!
Beth Andersen wins the Writer's Workshop Essay Contest and a pair of Zeal sunglasses. Read her winning entry.

Kelsey Crider, the recipient of a Conference Scholarship, has had a successful kidney transplant.

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2008 Travel Writing & Photography Speakers


Chris KeyesChris KeyesOutside Magazine
Outside Magazine

Chris Keyes, editor-in-chief of Outside magazine since 2006, began his career as an editorial intern atOutside in 1999 and, by the time he left the magazine in 2002, had been promoted to associate editor. Next he was the articles editor for Skiing Magazine, and in 2004 he became the articles editor at Texas Monthly. He was promoted to editorial director of Texas Monthly in early 2005.

Keyes earned his B.A. in environmental science policy at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, in 1996. He is an avid skier, runner, cyclist, and world traveler. Keyes taught English for a year in Taipei, Taiwan, and also spent a semester abroad in Botswana during college. He lives in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, Christian Nardi (editor-in-chief of Women's Adventure) and daughter Olive.

Doug Schnitzspahn
Doug Schnitzspahn
Powder Magazine Freelance Writer for
Chicago Tribune
Men's Journal

Doug Schnitzspahn is a freelance writer and editor living in Boulder, Colorado. He holds an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, where he won the Mary Rouvelas Prize in Fiction and studied poetics and art history at the UW Rome Center in Italy. Schnitzspahn has traveled in Sicily, Tuscany, Corsica, North Africa, Greece, France, Argentina and Poland, writing for publications including Outside, Islands, Powder, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Journal, Diversion and The Big Sky Journal. His work has been noted in Best American Essays and he won a fellowship in non-fiction literature from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 2003.


Anne Sherwood

Anne Sherwood
National Geographic Freelance Photographer for
National Geographic Adventure
New York Times

Anne Sherwood is a freelance photojournalist based in Bozeman, Mont. Her work regularly appears in such publications as the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, and Smithsonian. In 2003, Sherwood was awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, sending her on a long-term assignment to South Africa where she documented everyday life in a shantytown while staying with a family in their tin shack.

A graduate of Princeton University and Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, she shot more than 1000 assignments as a staff photographer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, winning numerous National Press Photographer Association accolades, Society of Professional Journalists awards, and coveted spots in the 2000 and the 2007 Communication Arts Photo Annual. She devoted herself fulltime to her freelance career in 2000.



Michelle TheallMichelle TheallWomen's Adventure
Women's Adventure
Editorial Founder &

Michelle Theall is the founder and publisher of Women's Adventure magazine and serves as a photo editor for the cover and Musings in Women's Adventure. She is an avid outdoor athlete, running, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and backpacking as often as possible. Theall lives in Boulder, Colorado.



Kristin Bjornsen
Kristen Bjornsen
Climbing Magazine
Climbing Magazine
Associate Editor

Along with being an associate editor at Climbing Magazine, Kristin Bjornsen freelance writes for fitness and outdoor magazines and specializes in health, nature, and outdoor adventure topics. She calls Boulder, Colorado, home and her favorite haunt is the dog park, with her 3-year-old hound dog, Clyde. Attending Sunday only.


Bruck Janek and Tass Thacker

Tass Thacker and Bruce B. Junek
Freelance Photographers and Writers

Authors and photographers Tass Thacker and Bruce B. Junek have spent 31 years together exploring the world's exotic places. In 1987 the husband and wife team created Images of the World, a series of slide programs of their adventures, which they present at schools, seminars and festivals. In the last 21 years 1.4 million students have seen their shows, which promote cultural understanding, global and environmental awareness, and also encourage others to realize their own goals and possibilities in life.

Tass and Bruce have six slide shows: World Bicycle Tour, Rainforests & Maya Ruins, Volcanoes of the World, Andes to the Amazon, African Safari, and Mummies & Mosques. They have also written three books. The Road of Dreams is the story of their longest journey, a 26-month bicycle trip around the world. Andes to the Amazon is about seven journeys through Mexico, Central and South America. Spearfish Canyon Limestone is a rock climbing guidebook for the Black Hills. Tass and Bruce hope to next bicycle through China in 2009. Their website is www.imagesoftheworld.com

Living the Dream – World explorers Tass Thacker and Bruce B. Junek have taken their passion for travel and adventure and created a unique lifestyle and business. They will share a few stories and slides from two of the programs, Mummies & Mosques, and Rainforests & Maya Ruins.

Julie Hill

Julie Hill
Literary Agent

Julie Hill graduated from University of Arizona with a bachelor's and did graduate work at UC Berkeley and UCLA. She is currently a guest lecturer at San Diego State in the Thesis Writing program and has been a literary agent for over 15 years. www.publishersmarkletplace.com/members/hillagent

One of the authors Julie represents, Roger Paperno had his book, Cafe Life: Florence, garnered a Travel Book of the Year award in 2006, and another author is regularly on the Barnes and Noble Family Travel Bestseller list.

Julie is most interested in finding authors who live and /or work in an area where they can cover a guidebook title.

Amber Terranova

Outside MagazineAmber Terranova
Outside Magazine
Associate Photo Editor

Amber Terranova received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2003. Since then she has focused her career on the Editorial, working at New York Magazine and currently at Outside Magazine. Outside is an award-winning national monthly Men's adventure and lifestyle magazine.

Amber is active in other areas of the photo industry including working on location for international commercial shoots with Creative-i Advertising agency; she has assisted with programming at Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting photographers; and freelances as a photo consultant for emerging photographers. She supports photographers who are developing strong personal projects and seek editorial and commercial work.



Backpacker MagazineJulia Beck Vandenoever Backpacker Magazine
Backpacker Magazine
Photo Editor

Julia began her magazine career as the Assistant Photo Editor at Outside Magazine in Santa Fe.

In 2003, she became the Photo Editor at Skiing Magazine where she worked with a range of ski, lifestyle, and still-life photographers from around the world. During her tenure at Skiing, the photo department won two SPD awards. Currently, Julia is the Photo Editor at Backpacker Magazine in Boulder, Colorado.



Mira PerrizoMira Perrizo
Johnson Books

Mira Perrizo functions as the dictionary, Chicago Manual of Style, encyclopedia, and ultimate book publishing guru for Big Earth’s Boulder office, supplying her well-preserved knowledge upon request and free of charge. She spends her spare time in the office buying print for all of the publishing and magazine divisions. She also knows a lot about fine wine. At the age of 28, Mira reluctantly left a successful career as a professional motocross racer after a serious crash. She now spends her spare time with her Afghan hound Sophie, growing orchids, and playing bridge. She has spent the past 30 years in the publishing industry, and 13 years with Johnson Books.


Linda DoyleLinda Doyle
Big Earth Publishing
VP Sales/Marketing

Linda Doyle began her book career in Minnesota working as a regional buyer for the Waldenbooks/Borders chain. She made the switch from the retail side to the publishing side when she became the associate publisher and acquisition’s editor for Westcliffe Publishers in Denver, CO.

For the past 15 years Linda has worked with some of the most well respected writers and photographers in regional publishing. Under Big Earth Publishing, Linda continues to acquire manuscripts for Westcliffe Publishers and 3DPress. She is most interested in subjects with a state or regional emphasis – all nonfiction.


Mary DuffyMary Duffy
Telluride Magazine
Editor in Chief

Educated as a zoologist, Mary Duffy has not taken the traditional route to a career in publishing. "Walking through the open door has gotten me where I am today. That and a lot of talented colleagues and a healthy measure of self confidence." Duffy has been with Telluride Magazine for 25 years. She has worn the hat of art director, production manager, and since 1990, editor in chief.

"Starting a magazine in Telluride in the 1980s was like reinventing the wheel. No one knew anything about four-color publishing, so why be intimidated?" Learning the ropes from the ground up, Duffy understands the process and what it takes to package a story. "Telluride's a creative heaven—if you don't get distracted by the landscape and activities, you can tackle whatever you like." She has written and directed documentaries and is also a photographer. Over the years, Duffy has authored articles about the plight of wild horses, ski area terrain parks, and mushroom hunting with Dr. Andrew Weil. "Know your field of experience and comfort level, you have to be respected to write about something you have little familiarity with." In 2000, Colorado Media 100 recognized Duffy as one of the State of Colorado's top journalists, including television and print media. "It's a passion for places and people that keeps me charged."


Scott AdamsScott Adams
FalconGuides and Globe Pequot Press
Executive Editor

Scott Adams started his career nearly twenty years ago by self publishing his first outdoor guidebook. He went on to write and publish three more books, become founder and publisher of both Beachway Press and Outside America.

Scott then join GPP in 2002 to work as the Executive Editor for FalconGuides, the leading outdoor book publisher with nearly 1,000 titles covering the entire spectrum of outdoor adventure, from hiking and rock climbing guides to wildlife identification books to high-end gift books.

Scott hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, and spends as much time as can be spared hiking or biking the trails and backroads of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife and three young boys.


Backpacker MagazineGenny Wright FullertonGenny Wright Fullerton
Associate Photo Editor

Starting as an intern in 2004, Genny has advanced through the ranks at Backpacker's photo department at the same time that the magazine has increased its national profile. She contributed to establishing the magazine's new photographic style during a full redesign in 2004, and was part of the team honored by a National Magazine Award for the front-of-book Basecamp section in 2006.

Last year as the magazine relocated from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Genny crossed the country with it excited to begin rock climbing in her new home-state. Genny began her magazine career as an intern in the art department at Parenting magazine. It turns out testing backpacks fits her personal style better than testing Fisher-Price.

Genny will be available during the speeddating sessions on Sunday only.


Clyde SolesClyde Soles
Rock & Ice Magazine Freelance Writer & Photographer

Clyde Soles is a professional writer, editor, and photographer with a passion for adventure. Prior to going freelance, he was an editor at Rock & Ice magazine for seven years. He also founded Trail Runner magazine and contributed many articles to that publication. Soles is the author of Rock & Ice Gear: Equipment for the Vertical World (The Mountaineers Books, 2000), Climbing: Expedition Planning (The Mountaineers Books, 2003), The Outdoor Knots Book (The Mountaineers Books, 2004), and Climbing: Training for Peak Performance, 2nd edition (The Mountaineers Books, 2008). He co-authored The Land Navigation Handbook, 2nd edition (Sierra Club Books, 2005).

He has a BA in Nature Photojournalism for the University of Colorado, Boulder and worked on a Masters in Environmental Photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. After three decades of climbing, Soles enjoys all aspects of the sport—from bouldering to Himalayan summits. He is equally devoted to trail running, road biking, mountain biking, telemark skiing, track skiing, scuba diving, and whitewater rafting.