Faculty

Learn from the best creative minds and industry leaders.

FACULTY

Julie Cantrell 

​​A New York Times, USA TODAY, and international bestselling author whose work has found literary acclaim across

both faith-based and general audiences. 

David Kirkpatrick

Former President of Paramount Pictures and the Production President of Walt Disney Studios and has worked on over 200 motion pictures including global franchises as Indiana Jones, and Star Trek.  

Hawk Koch

Former Motion Picture Academy President and Producer’s Guild co-president, responsible for films such as Chinatown, Marathon Man, Rosemary’s Baby and Wayne’s World.

Jeff Arch

Writer of Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild award and a BAFTA Award.

Jennifer Louden

Acclaimed writing instructor, personal growth pioneer and author of Why Bother?, The Woman's Comfort Book and six other books, nearing a million copies in print. 

Tab Murphy

Received Academy Award nomination for Gorillas in the Mist and wrote Disney films including Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Atlantis, and Brother Bear.

Kimberly Davis 

Author of Brave Leadership, an Amazon bestseller in business leadership, and chosen #1 of Inc. magazine's most impactful books of 2018. 

Thom Black 

Has authored/co-authored more than 75 books, including the  best-selling middle school series, The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon with more than 450,000 books in print. 

Alan Cohen 

Bestselling author of 27 books of inspiration and spiritual self-help, including The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life. 

Rosa Salazar

Rosa Salazar was the award-winning head writer of the Mexican sensation, Mujer Casos de la Vida Real for eleven years, seen in 12 countries with more than 6,000 hours of programming.

Gae Polisner 

Award-winning author of In Sight of Stars, The Memory of Things, The Summer of Letting Go, The Pull of Gravity, and Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me. 

Jane Sibbet

A writer and actress,  notable roles include Haddy Newman on the Fox television series Herman's Head, and as Ross Geller's ex-wife, the groundbreaking role of Carol Willick in the NBC sitcom, Friends.  

Ken Stewart

Acclaimed writer-producer-director at both Paramount and Columbia Pictures. Created the landmark Coca-Cola Polar Bears ad campaign, installed into the Library of Congress in 2000.

Miranda Garrison

World-class choreographer, whose credits include Dirty Dancing, Salsa, The Forbidden Dance, Evita, Selena, -  twelve as an actor/dancer and thirty-six for choreographic direction.

Anne Carlucci 

Executive Producer for The Hallmark Channel, with films such as Matching Hearts, Picture a Perfect Christmas; Love, of Course; Destination Wedding,  All Things Valentine and 'Tis the Season for Love.

Sheila Weller

Author of beloved NYT bestseller Girls Like Us (Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon); The News Sorority; acclaimed memoir Dancing at Ciro’s, and four other praised books. Winner of 9 magazine awards

Jessica Keener 

National bestselling novelist and award-winning author of Night Swim, Women In Bed, and Strangers In Budapest, which was an Indie Next pick, and an Entertainment Weekly “Best New Books” choice.

Katrina Anne Willis

Essayist and best selling author of Parting Gifts, whose award-winning writing has been anthologized in Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God.

Linda Schreyer

Television screenwriter, with 1,000 hours of television for Port Charles, Sunset Beach, General Hospital, The Bold and The Beautiful and NBC A Place at The Table, with

Danny Glover.

Richard C. Morais

Author of bestseller, The Hundred-Foot Journey, which Spielberg and Winfrey released as film starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Recipient of many international awards.

Gus Makris

Three-time Emmy Award Cinematographer, Director & Producer for his work on 156 episodes of the acclaimed tv series  Law and Order, whose work includes Criminal Minds and Orange is the New Black.

LuAnn Brandsen

Former editor of Country Homes, Country Gardens and Midwest Living magazines. Her work can be found in Elegant Homes, Décor,  Cottage Style and Tuscan Style.

Julie Barton

NYT bestselling author of Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself. She is published in Brain Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Aaron Weisblatt

Editor, sound editor, cameraman, producer, director, and writer. His documentary short Sam, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Jeffrey Sklan 

A celebrated LA photographic artist shaping images that revere nature, color, celebrity and natural beauty. His art is in the homes of private collectors throughout the world.

Alexia LaFortune 

Author of  acclaimed Sex, Love, and Spirit: A Memoir and devoted to the transformative power of

the arts. Her essays are published internationally and teaches creativity workshops nationally. 

Ellen Meister

Author of bestselling bestselling Dorothy Parker Drank Here, Farewell, Dorothy Parker, and The Other Life. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and mentors aspiring women authors. 

Kristine Van Raden/ Molly Davis

Best friends and co-authors of Letters to Our Daughters, featured on the Oprah Show. They are founders of Matters that Matter

Luis Alberto Urrea

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of

17 books.

Brooke Warner

Publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress and author of Write On, Sisters! and Green-light Your Book. She is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press.

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is the #1 NYT bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours. She is a Goodreads Choice award winner for historical fiction and a Southern Book Prize winner.

Alka Joshi

New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, now in development for TV by Miramax.

Stephen Kiernan

Author of Universe of Two, The Curiosity (now in television series development), The Baker's Secret and The Hummingbird, as well as two books of nonfiction. His work has been translated into many languages.

Susan Meissner

USA Today bestselling novelist with more than half a million books in print. Her award-winning works of historical fiction have been named to numerous lists, including Publishers Weekly’s annual roster of 100 best books, Library Reads Top Picks, Real Simple annual tally of best books, Booklist’s Top Ten, and Book of the Month.

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