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S.D. Smith

Keynote Speaker

S.D. Smith, Green Ember Series, is the author of a million-selling adventure saga featuring heroic #RabbitsWithSwords. The Green Ember spent time as the number one bestselling audiobook in the world on Audible. His newest novel, co-authored with his sixteen-year-old son, is a thrilling fantasy called Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key. Smith’s stories are captivating readers across the globe who are hungry for “new stories with an old soul.”

Smith is a founder and owner of Story Warren, a publishing, events, and IP development house based in rural West Virginia. Story Warren exists to serve families as “allies in imagination.”

S. D. Smith lives in Grandview, West Virginia with his wife and four kids.

S. D.’s Keynote

Green Ember Live Experience

Friday 8:30-10:15 a.m.

Bring the family and join SD Smith for the Green Ember Live experience!

Experience a new, never-released Green Ember story performed LIVE by S. D. Smith! An exciting event for the whole family to enjoy. Did you know that S. D. Smith is a songwriter as well as a bestselling author? During Green Ember Live, he and family members will share songs from Green Ember books and invite you to sing along.

“Green Ember Live is a fun, engaging, heartfelt experience for the whole family to enjoy. Sam is a joy – his gift for song and storytelling is a delight for all ages. You don’t have to be a Green Ember fan to have a great time – but you will be after Green Ember Live!” – Rick Rekedal

“The icing on the cake to reading The Green Ember series as a family was seeing The Green Ember Live. It was an up close and personal way to get to know S. D. Smith and his talented family. We sang, we laughed, we lingered over songs and stories and characters that have shaped family memories we’ll cherish for many years.” – Angie Cole

The Green Ember Series is a phenomenon of modern storytelling. These “new stories with an old soul” have captured the hearts of countless children and their families across the world. Children across the world beg for “just one more chapter” as the thrilling tales of #RabbitsWithSwords unfold in homes hungry for tales steeped in hope.

S. D.’s Workshops

*Young Writer’s Workshops
featuring S.D. Smith

author S. D. Smith and experienced writing coach Josiah DeGraaf for a workshop aimed at equipping young writers on their journeys to complete stories they’re proud of.

Rooted in their identity as faithful Christians who are going and growing, your young scribes will come away with insights about how to stay motivated as writers, craft better stories, and keep their writing identity rooted as faithful Christians who are going and growing.

Middle School Writing – Thursday 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Elementary School Writing – Thursday 2p.m. – 5 p.m.

*Pre-registration required | Additional fee applies.

Session 3

How to Coach Your Creative Child
Your creative child needs encouragement but also needs guidance and discipline. Come learn how to help kids gifted in—and keen on—music, writing, and the arts, to say “yes” to their gifting and “no” to the destructive and selfish behaviors associated with artists.

Session 6

Christian Storytelling: An Escape into Reality
Storytelling is everywhere, from Netflix and Disney+ to advertising and politics. Should Christian families be ignorant of the “how” and “why” of storytelling? In this talk, bestselling author S. D. Smith shares insights on how Christian parents can wisely think about the challenges and opportunities of storytelling. Christians should be at home with storytelling. After all, we follow a storytelling God.