2016 Conference Schedule

2016 Conference Conference Schedule

5:30PM – Registration
6:00PM – Opening Session
7:10PM – What Every Writer Needs to Know w/ Lee Warren
8:15PM – Night Owls (Cookies, Coffee, & Conversation w/ Authors and Editors)

7:45AM – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15AM – Opening Session w/ Music from the Morgans
8:50AM – Keynote by Troy Griepentrog: Words of Life
10:00AM – Workshop Session 1

  • Mary Connealy: Basics on Setting the Scene. Use the five senses, understand point of view, back story dump, dialogue, action. For fiction writers…if you don’t know these things…you should. If you know them, call it a refresher course.
  • Pam Morgan: Speak Up! You Have a Great Book. Your book is finished (or almost), and now you’re faced with speaking and find yourself scared. Join published author, public speaker and recording artist Pam Morgan as she shares her secrets for plugging your passion into a powerful presentation.
  • Sherri Shackelford: The Ten Commandments of Humor. In fiction writing, the author is tasked with invoking emotion. Joy is an emotion. Laughter brings your characters together and gives them a common bond. For non-fiction writers, studies have shown that humor enhances how well people enjoy what they’re reading and help them recall what they’ve read.
  • Lee Warren: Writing as a Business – Creating a Plan for Success. Don’t overlook the business of writing until it comes time to record your income and pay taxes. Get ahead of the game with this workshop. Learn some basics about treating your writing as a business that will help you move forward with confidence.
  • Susan King: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message. (A beginning through advanced writers.) A workshop focused on the three essential elements in an effective devotional. Included will be information about the devotional market in general as well as specialized writing for The Upper Room, the world’s largest daily devotional guide.

11:15AM – Workshop Session 2

  • Erica Vetsch: Plotting Your Story Using a Plot Board. Writing a novel is an enormous undertaking with complexities. Using a plot board can simplify and distill your story, allowing you to see the big picture without being overwhelmed. We’ll explore story structure, balancing point-of-view scenes and how to get the story from the plot board to the page.
  • Brooke Williams: The Art of a Facebook Party and Other Online Promotion. Learn how to entertain potential readers in an online party. This class includes tips on the art of throwing, hosting, or attending Facebook parties as an author. Enjoy brainstorming with a group of new or veteran authors to figure out the world of online promotions.
  • Sally Jadlow: Craft Poetry to Write Powerful Prose. Come join the fun in Sally Jadlow’s poetry writing class. Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you’ll discover how constructing poetry strengthens your writing in all genres. And the best part is, poetry doesn’t have to rhyme! Sally’s book “Sonflower Seeds” won the Best Book of Poetry award.
  • Holly Michael: Called to Write? Find the balance between writing for ministry and making your writing a career. Discern the call and pathway to which God has called you. After you define your writing path, how do you set goals and then follow through without getting discouraged along the way.
  • Troy Grippentrog: Secrets from the Editors of “Thriving Family Magazine” and FocusOnTheFamiliy.com. Discover what editors look for when evaluating pitches and new writers. Each publication has a unique style and tone, but a call for submissions doesn’t always convey all the nuances of what editors consider when they read your submission.

12:15PM – Lunch– Soups & Sandwiches
1:15PM – Workshop Session 3On Ramp @ 2015 Conference

  • Deb Butterfield: Making Scrivener Work for You. A workshop for the beginning and intermediate Scrivener user. Attendees will learn the basics of importing files and creating documents as well as how to personalize the Binder and labels, use the Inspector, take snapshots to preserve their work, and more.
  • Angela Meyer: Building Your Email List: Why do I Need it and Where do I Begin. Statistics show people on your email list are more likely to buy your book than those who only follow you on social media. And you own your list. Discuss newsletters, design, and incentives for sign ups. Leave with a list building strategy to get started.
  • Phil Morgan: Song Painting. Learn to make your lyrics (and all your writing) come alive by painting on the canvas of your reader/listener’s mind.  Craft your writing with brush strokes that capture emotion using all the senses, detail, generalities, specific and shared experience.  Plenty of examples, exercises, Q&A.
  • Cheryl St John: Getting the Words Right: Active vs Passive with Q & Passive writing sucks energy from the page, distances the reader and holds him at arm’s length. Active writing places our readers in the story and purposefully lures them into experiencing the emotions and events right along with the characters.
  • Susan King: Style: The Key to Excellence in Writing. Do you want to write with such sparkle and verve that you’ll knock the socks off editors?  Do you want them to be falling all over themselves to publish your submission and clamor for your future submissions? A crash course in excellent writing for any genre.

2:30PM – Workshop Session 4

  • Jennifer Slattery: Characterization- Going Deeper to Grab Your Reader. Some characters entertain us, others grab hold of us and don’t let go. A well-crafted character grabs the reader at their deepest heart-level, causing them to see themselves in the character’s struggles and victories. Take your reader from enjoying the story to living it.
  • Lee Warren: Using Sales Funnels to Find New Readers. Marketers have been using sales funnels to find new customers for decades. Sales funnels involve a four-step process: awareness, familiarity, consideration and purchase. In this workshop, we’ll apply this to your career as an author and discuss sales funnel tactics that will allow you to find new readers.
  • Rose Zediker: Writing on Assignment for Christian Children’s Market. Children’s stories run through your head, but where do you submit them. Learn the basics of how to find work-for-hire markets in the Christian children’s genre and how to put together an audition package for your target market.
  • RJ Thesman: Fueling Your Nonfiction with Creativity. This workshop will help you as a writer to learn the art of using some fiction techniques to produce nonfiction articles and/or books that sell. Learn some of the best practices for writing nonfiction and move toward publication.
  • Cheryl St. John: Setting is More Than a BackdropWhether it’s your hometown or outer space, every location plays as much a part in adding depth and realism, as do the characters. An author should have a solid reason for where he or she places characters, and a skillful author can use setting to intensify reader involvement. Cheryl gives tips on how to bring setting to life and shares how to create authenticity.

3:45PM – Q & A Panel Discussion
4:15PM – Closing Session

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