Linda M. Bendorf (M.A.T., J.D., University of Iowa) is an award-winning instructor and writing coach who has inspired both novice and seasoned writers in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival for nearly three decades! Linda's recent essay, Quest for the Rufous-Capped Warbler, appeared in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest. The essay reveals how intuition and hard work help us to find the magic...in birding and writing! Linda is director of Blue Sage Writing, which offers one-on-one coaching, manuscript editing, workshops and private writing retreats. Linda’s essays, features, and poetry have also appeared in The Sun Magazine, the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s Triblocal, The University of Iowa’s The Daily Palette, USA Today, Gannett News Service Wire, Des Moines Register, Instructor, The Iowan, and Gather Magazine. Linda and her husband, Carl, live on Colorado’s Front Range where they hike, bird, bike, garden and marvel at the ever-changing sunsets over the Rockies.