Presenters & Instructors

This page will be updated as more faculty members are
confirmed for the 2017 Tennessee Writing Workshop.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 4.15.59 PM.pngGreg Daniel is a literary agent and the founder of Daniel Literary Group, a literary agency representing quality nonfiction books for adults. His authors are recognized and published across a variety of categories including narrative nonfiction, religion/spirituality, business, pop culture, practical advice, social issues, and biography/memoir.

In addition to taking pitches at the event, he will be teaching the speech “Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal.”

Greg founded Daniel Literary Group in early 2007 after more than ten years in publishing, six of which were at the executive level at Thomas Nelson Publishers where he was Vice President and Associate Publisher for W Publishing Group, a trade book division of Thomas Nelson. Greg has had the honor of working with such critically acclaimed authors as Sara Miles, Jon Sweeney, Scot McKnight, River Jordan, Matthew Paul Turner, David Dark, and Debbie Blue. Greg has also been involved with publishing books by a number of celebrity personalities, including Bono, George Foreman, and “Black Hawk Down” hero Cpt Jeff Struecker. With his publishing background, Greg brings a keen editorial eye to the projects he represents. He teaches writing workshops at a handful of conferences each year. Greg also provides consulting services to authors who need help determining their best entryway into publishing in an ever-evolving market.


Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 10.18.44 AM.pngAs a child, award-winning author Kim Law (see her website here) cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. 

Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and served in varied positions for her local RWA chapter.

See all her published novels here. At the 2017 workshop, she is teaching “How to Write and Pitch Romance in Today’s Market.” In addition, she will be critiquing romance submissions from attendees. She can critique contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance (no historical or paranormal please).

A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.


Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 7.00.12 PM.pngC.J. Redwine (see her website here) is a published author of speculative fiction.

At the 2017 workshop, she will be teaching “How to Write & Pitch Fantasy and Science Fiction,” and also critiquing submissions from sci-fi and fantasy writers.

C.J. is the New York Times best-selling author of YA fantasy novels, including The Shadow Queen, The Wish Granter, and the Defiance trilogy. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. (Purchase any of her books here.)


Screen-Shot-2014-01-08-at-1.09.19-PMChuck Sambuchino (, @chucksambuchino) is the former longtime editor of Guide to Literary Agents as well as the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (both Writer’s Digest Books). His authored books include Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript; Create Your Writer Platform, which was praised by; and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which was optioned for film by Sony. During his past time at WD Books (through 2017), he oversaw one of the biggest blogs in publishing: the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. He is a freelance editor who has seen dozens of his clients get agents and/or book deals, and he has presented at more than 140 writing conferences and events over the past eleven years.

At the workshop, Chuck will be presenting the session, “Everything You Need to Know about Agents, Pitching, and Queries,” “Your Publishing Options Today,” and more.

He is doing attendee query letter critiques over e-mail prior to the event as an add-on element.


Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 4.28.50 PM.pngRicki Schultz is an author and freelance editor. Her debut women’s fiction novel, Mr. Right Swipe, will be released from Grand Central Publishing in 2017. See her website here.

At the workshop, she is teaching the sessions “The Art of Voice: How to Make Your Writing Come to Life,” and “Revision and Self-Editing: How to Tighten Your Work Before You Submit.”

She is also critiquing manuscript pages as an add-on element of the day. The genres she will critique are literary fiction, upmarket fiction, mainstream fiction, and women’s fiction.


Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.12.28 PMMadeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former editorial director for children’s books of Blooming Tree Press. She runs the Buried in the Slush Pile blog.

At the workshop, Madeline will be presenting the session, “How to Write Amazing Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction” and well as “How to Write and Sell Picture Books for Children.”

She is critiquing young adult and middle grade submissions as an add-on element for attendees.

Madeline lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, two cats, a dog, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Visit her website here.