Speakers Bureau

It is the intent of the Idaho Creative Athors Network to inspire and lead others to achieve their life goals. As speakers, we share the things we have learned, both in our literary pursuits and life experiences to encourage and educate others. Contact us with questions or book a speaker today!
The ICAN is available as a group for writing conferences and retreats!

Carol Peterson

Carol Peterson began writing for publication in January 2000. Today she has numerous magazine articles in her portfolio and over a dozen traditionally published and independently published books in print.

More importantly, Carol has a heart to encourage other writers and share her knowledge of the craft of writing, the publishing business and trying to become known in the world. She has given workshops, coordinated critique groups covering various genres, set up speakers’ groups and joint marketing groups and continually keeps an eye out for how she can give back to the writing community she loves.

Carol writes in multiple genres: picture book, middle grade fiction and non-fiction for kids and inspirational stories and Bible studies for women. She also maintains a weekly blog and a monthly column for the online Christian magazine, Ruby for Women.

Carol has loved being part of past ICAN events and is thrilled to now become one of the faces of ICAN. She’s especially looking forward to meeting and mentoring other Idaho writers who share her love of stringing together words that inspire, educate and entertain our readers.

In addition to ICAN, Carol can be found online at  CarolPetersonAuthor.com.

JoEllen Claypool

Are you on the verge of a spiritual heart attack?  - JoEllen speaks about the similarities of physical heart disease and spiritual heart disease. In the midst of a woman's busy world, she shares that it is imperative to maintain a healthy heart spiritually. It is usually the first thing neglected as we are pulled in many directions as moms and wives. If we let it go long enough "disease" can take over requiring a trip to the Good Doctor's office and having to give consent for the Holy Spirit to do heart surgery on us. The ultimate goal is not to get to that point!
Choices: JoEllen speaks encouragement to those who feel their lives are too broken to make a difference. She reminds people that their past does not define them and that just as our God is a God who sees us, we need to become people who truly see others. 

Writing and Publishing: JoEllen enjoys encouraging others who have a passion to write. She spurs them on to follow their writing dreams and enjoy each step of the journey!

JoEllen speaks at women's retreats/gatherings on a variety of topics. She has also spoken to youth groups and pregnancy centers regarding unplanned pregnancies and the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of abortion.
Contact JoEllen [email protected]

Carol Kjar

First, the answer to the question most often asked: how do you say that last name, Kjar? It’s pronounced CARE. It’s what we all should do—care.

Carol has always loved to write, but thought writing was only for strange introverts who lived alone, wandered in the woods, and read dictionaries. Instead, she spent her life searching for what she was meant to be. She was a stay-at-home mom, a teacher, a secretary, a statistician, a literacy tutor, a newsletter editor, a timber sale accountant, an archeological technician, and best and longest of all, a technical writer/editor.

It wasn’t until after she retired that she found her life’s true calling, to be a writer. And she didn’t have to live alone or go hiking but reading the dictionary has been helpful. She’s attended numerous conferences, workshops, and lectures and read instructional books to learn the craft of writing fiction. She’s published multiple books (both fiction and non-fiction), research papers, and articles. She also edits fiction and non-fiction works.

Carol welcomes opportunities to speak to groups and share the lessons she’s learned along her life’s journey.

Can You be a Writer? Carol shares the basics of writing and how to get started. People who want to write a book often benefit from a little coaching and encouragement to initiate their writing career.

How Do I Begin My Story? Organizing your thoughts for a book is a long task but doing so will help your story flow better. The first draft can be overwhelming without an outline or plan.

Contact Carol at [email protected] or visit her webpage at http://cskjar.com

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