The Realm Makers planning committee is excited to announce the faculty for the 2016 Realm Makers Conference, taking place July 28th-30th on the beautiful campus of Villanova University. We’ll see some familiar faces on this year’s roster, as well as hear some new voices, but each and every one will contribute amazing content to this jam-packed weekend of geek-writer bliss.

First of all, we are very pleased to introduce you to our 2016 Keynote Speaker

Thomas Locke

Thomas-Locke-250Thomas is an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of seven million (seven million!!) copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards and a 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas Divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer in Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction, and techno-thriller stories.


Joining us for electives, continuing sessions, early bird content, and/or appointments:


Kathy Tyers – author of The Firebird Trilogy, Star Wars novels, and more!

Tosca Lee-New York Times Bestselling author of Demon: A Memoir, The Legend of Sheba, Iscariot, and more

Mike Duran-Horror author of The Ghost Box, recently named a Self-Publishing Star by Publishers Weekly

Steve Laube – Agent and owner of Enclave Publishing

Julie Gwinn – Agent for The Seymour Agency

Lane Heymont -Agent for The Seymour Agency

Kirk DouPonce – Award-winning cover designer

Chris Morris – Accountant who has the specific needs of creatives covered. Also, the only fun accountant we know of.

Shawn Kuhn – Part of the team at SuzyQ: A full-service coaching platform for authors

Suzanne Kuhn – Part of the team at SuzyQ: A full-service coaching platform for authors

Carla Hoch – author and martial artist


In the coming months, keep an eye out for further information regarding each of these faculty members’ classes and for our attending editors’ and agents’ acquisitions needs.

In the meantime, share your excitement with your fellow speculative fiction writers with these fabulous promotional videos, filmed at the 2015 conference!