Dani Alcorn

Owner / COO Writing Academy

Dani Alcorn is the owner and Chief Operating Officer of Writing Academy, an online school and community for aspiring authors. 


She teaches genre-based fiction, screenwriting, and non-fiction workshops that empower students to understand the complete process: from idea, to writing, to publication, to marketing.


She also works one-on-one with students as a creative coach & editor and has helped dozens of clients edit and publish their manuscripts. 


Dani trained as a screenwriter at Northwestern University (graduating Summa Cum Laude and with departmental distinction). She is the author of three screenplays, a young adult novel, and Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Master Class (coming soon). 

Laura Backes

Founder Children's Book Insider / Writing Blueprints

Laura Backes is publisher of Children's Book Insider, The Children's Writing Monthly (founded in 1990), co-founder of WriteForKids.org, host of the weekly Kidlit Distancing Social webcast and co-creator of WritingBlueprints.com, featuring step-by-step courses about writing children's books.


She also wrote Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read (Random House), and was technical editor of Writing Children's Books for Dummies (Wiley).


In 2016 Laura co-founded the Picture Book Summit online writing conference.

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