Triangle Association of Freelancers is pleased to announce Write Now! 2017, to be held on April 29. This will be our 10th annual conference – and our biggest and best yet! We’re returning to The McKimmon Center in Raleigh with two concurrent tracks of programming that include an opening keynote speech by Sarah Smith, Executive Editor of Redbook Magazine; a concluding keynote by award-winning children’s author Donna Gephart; a moderated editor panel on the State of Magazine Publishing Today and much, much more. Best of all, we’ve added an additional hour of programming to ensure you really get your money’s worth. Online registration is now open, and we're offering a special discount for students with ID, seniors 65+ and retired and active-duty military personnel. As always, the registration fee includes all conference activities, coffee and snacks during morning registration, lunch, and some awesome door prizes – including autographed books from many of our presenters. We look forward to seeing you there!

– Don Vaughan, Conference Director, Triangle Association of Freelancers


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Have a question? Call Don Vaughan at 919-888-8198 or email him at dvaughan@mindspring.com





   Our Presenters


Sarah Smith is the executive editor at Redbook, the 113-year-old title that was named Adweek's Hottest Women¹s Magazine in 2015. Under Sarah's direction, the magazine recently won two MIN Awards as well as a Clarion from the Association for Women in Communications. Prior to her time at Redbook, Sarah was the editorial director of Kiwi, and a member of the senior staff at Parenting. A graduate of Wellesley College, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son. (redbookmag.com)

Track A


Born in the Far East and raised by mystics, Christina Wood developed a flair for the creative at an early age.  Oh all right, she was born in Wisconsin and made the move to South Florida in the 1980s.  Before launching her career as a freelance writer and editor in 1995, Christina enjoyed a variety of challenges working with both print and broadcast media.  She is the recipient of numerous Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association for both her writing and editing. She has also been honored with Communicator, Golden Ink, Addy and Stevie Awards and is particularly proud of the President’s Award from the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition that sits on her shelf. (christinawood.com)



Corbie Hill is a prolific feature and profile writer with bylines in a number of local papers and magazines, as well as a growing number of national outlets. He can most reliably be found on the pages of the News & Observer, though his work has also appeared in INDY WeekMidtown, Cary Living, Our State, and roots music journal No Depression's print quarterly, to name a few. Corbie lives in Pittsboro with his wife and two girls. When it occurs to him, he shares his stories at twitter.com/afraidofthebear.



Jenni Hart is an independent writer and copyeditor living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lifestyle magazines have published her profiles, essays and human interest stories, and she has ghostwritten for national trade and special interest publications. In addition to writing for magazines, Jenni creates content for small business clients and provides developmental editing and copyediting services for fiction and children’s writers.

Track B


Donna Gephart has published five middle grade novels with Penguin Random House.  Her latest, Lily and Dunkin, has landed on many “Best of” lists, been chosen as a JLG selection and received multiple starred reviews. In addition to creating books, Donna has written for a number of magazines, including Family Circle, Parents, The WriterHighlights for Children, Storyworks and others.  She started her career as an editor at a greeting card company and has written copy for greeting cards, coffee mugs and magnets, like this one:  “Drink coffee.  Do stupid things faster with more energy."  Originally from Philadelphia, Donna now lives in South Florida with her family and two canine assistants, Teddy and Benji.  Learn more at www.donnagephart.com.



A Louisiana native, Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English and a Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University. She has been the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review since 1997. She was named one of ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2007, and that same year received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Her other ECU honors include the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2004, the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity Activity in 2008, the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. She is the author of four books on Southern writers, most recently A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara and Her Literary Daughters, and the editor of two books on North Carolina playwright Paul Green: a biography by James Spence and a critical edition of Green’s play The House of Connelly, in which she provides extensive critical analysis of this play.

(NC Literary Review)



Clay and Susan Griffith met at a bookstore thanks to Uncanny X-Men #201. They eventually married because of a shared love of adventure stories featuring heroes who fall in love and save the day. Soon they were writing these stories together.
They are best known as the creators and authors of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series. This genre-blending series has been called “the future of genre fiction.” It is a sweeping pulp-style alternate history fantasy about a neo-Victorian future where ruthless vampire clans rule the northern hemisphere and fight an endless warfare with the free human states of the equatorial regions.
Clay and Susan helped design the world of CROWN & KEY, a transmedia project, for Random House. They wrote a trilogy of novels set in that world of Victorian magic and monsters.
Most recently, they are the authors of tie-in novels based on the hit Warner Bros. television shows THE FLASH and ARROW. They have also written numerous short stories or comic books starring popular characters such Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the Phantom, Bart Simpson, and The Tick.
After years writing together, they remain happily married. When not writing or talking about writing, Clay and Susan watch classic movies, play Warcraft, and struggle to entertain a cat.
They still have that copy of Uncanny X-Men #201. (clayandsusangriffith.com)



Jennifer Delamere’s novels set in Victorian England have won numerous accolades, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She loves reading histories and the classics, and hunting down obscure primary source material, all of which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades.(jenniferdelamere.com)

Editor Roundtable

Sarah Smith

See bio above.


Liza Roberts is the founder, editor, and general manager of Walter magazine. She spent several years as a business news reporter in Washington DC and London, and is the author of Europe's A List, a book about European entrepreneurs published by Random House UK. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has lived in Raleigh for ten years with her husband and three children. She is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation and the Wake Med Foundation. 



Watson After 30 years with the Triangle based Independent Weekly-The Indy-Sioux Watson moved to the mostly apolitical and slower paced world of locally owned glossy bi-monthly magazines Midtown Magazine and Cary Living Magazine, where she has been editor/publisher since September 2014. For the past two and a half years she has worked on finding relevant local voices to cover the ever-changing lifestyle scene in the Capital City and Western Wake County, where home, work and play is fluent and merging. (midtownmag.com., caryliving.com)

Margaret Bauer

See bio above.


Maya Spikes is a writer and blogger. She has contributed her writing, social media and marketing skills to various organizations for more than 15 years. Spikes won a North Carolina Press Association Award for general news reporting during her years as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Concord, N.C. She now teaches a class called “Write It Like a Journalist” at Wake Technical Community College. Spikes is also a marketing/social media writer for GTB Communications, a public relations company in Raleigh, N.C. (mayaspikes.com)


Closing Keynote

Donna Gephart

See bio above.