​Our Story...

Kerrie Flanagan, former event coordinator with Writer’s Digest and author, along with author, Chuck Harrelson, created Wordsmith Institute to be something more than the typical writers conference or online seminar. Wordsmith Institute provides the opportunity for writers to hear instruction from bestselling authors and to pitch their book ideas to literary agents and editors who work with them. 


The goal is to search out the bestselling authors in each genre and bring them right to your living room through live online classes. It’s a chance to connect with real people, who can answer real questions. By  providing writers with quality educators and agents who are there to share their expertise, listen to pitches and answer questions, writers will be one step closer to realizing the writing career of their dreams. 


Kerrie Flanagan and Chuck Harrelson are collaborative writers who publish under the pseudonyms: C.G. Harris and C.K. Wiles. They have enjoyed success in both the Romance and Science Fiction/Fantasy worlds with eight published books. Their first romance novel, Showtime Rendezvous, was a Beverly Award Finalist and a Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention. Through the Wordsmith Institute, they want to share their thirty years of combined knowledge of the writing world with other writers. 

Kerrie’s Bio


Kerrie Flanagan is an author, writing consultant, presenter, and freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She’s the author of, The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing and creator of the Magazine Writing Blueprint, in addition to twelve other books, including eight with Chuck. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Writer's Digest, Alaska Magazine, The Writer, FamilyFun, and six Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years, along with organizing the annual writing conference and retreat. In addition she worked as a writing event coordinator with Writer’s Digest and another event company.  Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of authors through classes and individual consultations. Her background in teaching, and enjoyment of helping writers has led her to present at writing conferences across the country and teach continuing studies classes through Stanford University. www.KerrieFlanagan.com.


Chuck’s Bio


Chuck Harrelson spent almost thirty years as a firefighter, mostly for Space Command in the Department of defense. He has amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years as he not only excelled in his job but also spent his off time honing his craft as a successful science fiction and fantasy author. He is now retired and writes full time, publishing his novels with writing partner Kerrie Flanagan. Chuck resides in Denver Colorado and is an active member of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Northern Colorado Writers Group. His past manuscripts won the 2014 Top of The Mountain Book Award competition, the Ballot Press Competition and one was a finalist at the 2016 San Diego Writers Conference.