An impressive group of presenters has been assembled for this years CWC Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference.



Tamara Linse - writer, cogitator, recovering ranch girl—broke her collarbone when she was three, her leg when she was four, a horse when she was twelve, and her heart ever since. Raised on a ranch in northern Wyoming, she earned her master's in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing. Her work appears in the Georgetown ReviewSouth Dakota Review, and Talking River, among others, and she was a finalist for an Arts & Letters and Glimmer Train contests, as well as the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for a book of short stories. She works as an editor for a foundation and a freelancer. Find her online at and


Michael Lanza is a freelance writer and photographer, former Northwest Editor of Backpacker Magazine, and creator of His latest book, Before They're Gone—A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, is about taking his young son and daughter on wilderness adventures in national parks threatened by climate change. He has written magazine stories about adventure travels on four continents and topics as diverse as record floods at Mt. Rainier, the controversy over snowmobiles in Yellowstone, and the impacts of climate change on Glacier National Park and other wild lands. His articles about global warming helped Backpacker earn a National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2008.

With over 30 years in the book industry, Max Phelps has managed book stores in Philadelphia, and served as vice president of sales and marketing for a leading book wholesaler in the eastern US. During the past 15 years, he has been associated with FalconGuides, as Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, and more recently, under the Rowman & Littlefield umbrella, as Director of Marketing & Sales Development for the Outdoor Industry. In addition to FalconGuides, Rowman & Littlefield publishes books under several other imprints, including the Lyons Press, TwoDot, Skirt and Western Horseman books. Rowman & Littlefield also distributes books from several other publishers including Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Footprint and Globetrotter.  Max has managed relationships with book customers as varied as Barnes & Noble, REI and The Boy Scouts of America.


Amber Leberman is is editor of "Wyoming Wildlife," a monthly magazine for anglers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. She works with more than 50 freelance writers and photographers annually. Before coming to Wyoming, Leberman spent 13 years in various roles (including assistant editor, Web manager and art director) with a nonprofit magazine group in Chicago, preceded by stints at Copley Press and the "Chicago Tribune." (An avid backpacker and fly angler, she welcomes any opportunity to visit the Wind River Valley.)


In addition to serving full-time on the English faculty at Central Wyoming College, Buck Tilton, MA English, MS Education, is the manager of the conference. As the author (or, sometimes, co-author) of 44 outdoor books, the author of more than 1400 magazine articles, and a columnist for more than 22 years for Backpacker Magazine, Buck brings over 30 years of professional writing and teaching to the conference center at Sinks Canyon. 




Attendees who wish to have their writing critiqued by a conference presenter should attach it to an email Conference Organizer Buck Tilton at least two weeks before the conference.




Buck Tilton

Wind River Writers Conference Manager
Email: Buck Tilton



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