Conference Schedule

The following schedule was from our 2017 conference, but it gives you a great idea of what kind of conference you can expect. Stay tuned for 2018 details in the Spring!

Friday, Oct. 6

11:30—Doors open

11:30-12:30—Registration (Lobby)

12:30 pm—Opening, announcements (Auditorium)

1-2 pm—Breakout Session 1

  1. How to Write Your Story without Offending Absolutely Everyone—Lorilee Craker
  2. Post-Traumatic Stress or Post-Traumatic Growth: Using Trauma    Psychology to Enhance Writing about Suffering—Dave Beach
  3. Say What? How to Create Great Dialogue to Deepen Your Fiction— Susie Finkbeiner
  4. Create to Connect: How to Find and Build Meaningful Community Online—Kate Motaung
  5. Creating Authentic Connections to Help Build a Career—Rachel McMillan
  6. Getting the Ask: Writing Queries and Intros that Get Noticed—Jill Richardson

2:15-3:15 pm—Breakout Session 2

  1. Fully Realizing Fiction Setting—Cynthia Beach
  2. More Than a Platform: Using Social Media for God and to Achieve Your Writing Dreams—Ann Kroeker, Kate Motaung, Shannon Popkin
  3. Is My Editor Speaking English? Simplifying Difficult Writing Concepts—Cyle Young
  4. Where Do I Go From Here?—Brenda Yoder
  5. The Essential Elements of a Book Proposal—Andy Rogers
  6. The Business of Writing: Contracts, Rights, Permissions and Other Details– Tim Beals

3:15-3:45 pm—Coffee/Snack Break

3:45-4:30 pm—Plenary Session (Auditorium)

Editors Panel—Gloria Penwell (Bold Vision), Pegg Thomas (LPC), Andy Rogers (Discovery House), Dawn Anderson (Kregel), Heather Day Gilbert (Custom), emcee Ann Byle

4:45-5:45 pm—Breakout Session 3

  1. Balancing History and Plot in Fiction—Pegg Thomas
  2. Make Believe: How Children’s and YA Literature Can Nurture Curiosity about God and Keep Spiritual Imaginations Going for Life—Alison Hodgson, Jennifer Grant, Caryn Rivadeniera
  3. 101 Ways to Market Your Book, Your Blog and Yourself—Lindsay Gustafson and Alexis DeWeese
  4. Weaving Christian Worldview into All Your Writing—Rachel McMillan
  5. From Book Contract to Bookstores—Shannon Popkin and Janyre Tromp
  6. Edit Your Own Work: A Writers’ Workshop—Andy Rogers

6-7:30 pm—Dinner (Area restaurant or Cornerstone University if paid for)

7:30-8:45 pm—Evening Session with Leslie Leyland Fields (Auditorium)

Alison Hodgson—Monologue

Leslie Leyland Fields — Why The World Still Needs Your Story (and How to Tell It)

We live in a narrative age where even a box of breakfast cereal has a story to tell. In our anxious and over-storied culture, where personal narratives and “personal truths” have eclipsed facts and “Truth,” is there still a place for ours? Fields, through her own incredible story, will present compelling arguments for distinctive story-making in the midst of a story-saturated world. Prepare to be inspired!

8:45 pm—Dessert Reception sponsored by Credo Communications, book signing with Leslie Leyland Fields

Saturday, Oct. 7

9-9:30 am—Morning Words with Ingrid Lochamire—Chapel

9:30-9:45 am—Coffee/Snack Break

9:45-10:45—Breakout Session 4

  1. Deepening Your Novel: Foreshadowing, Humor and Character Development—Deborah King
  2. The Story: Lesson from a New Jersey Cowboy Poet—Matthew Landrum
  3. Writing in Rhythm and Rhyme—Crystal Bowman
  4. 210+ Tech Tools Every Author Should Know—Cyle Young
  5. Greatest Show on Earth: Nurturing a Writing Life Amidst the Three-Ring Circus of Your Everyday—Shari Dragovich
  6. Masterpiece Building: Getting Your Idea Out of Your Head—Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins

11 am-Noon—Breakout Session 5

  1. The Overlooked Art of Naming Your Characters—Lorilee Craker
  2. Indie Publishing from the Ground Up—Heather Day Gilbert
  3. Say It Better: Writing More Powerful Poetry—Christina Hubbard
  4. Retelling God’s Story for Children—Glenys Nellist
  5. Be an Idea Machine: No-Fail Methods for Idea Generation—Ann Kroeker
  6. Writing to the Rhythm of My Feet—Amy Nemecek (walking tour)
  7. Awl You Need Is . . . A Bookbinding Workshop—Christine Darragh

Noon-1:30 pm—Lunch (Area restaurant or box lunch if paid for)

Lunch Forums

  1. A Start-up Guide for Writing Online—Kate Motaung
  2. Writing Children’s Board Books—Crystal Bowman
  3. Poetry Workshop—Matthew Landrum

1:30-2:30 pm—Plenary Session: Getting Out of Your Own Way—Don Perini (Auditorium)

2:45-3:45 pm—Breakout Session 6

  1. The Writing Life: Stepping In, Staying In—Shari Dragovich
  2. Rekindling the Muse’s Fire—Amy Nemecek
  3. The Poetry of Creation/The Creation of Poetry—Richard Havenga
  4. Children’s Writing Panel—Glenys Nellist, Crystal Bowman, Caryn Rivadeneira, Josh Mosey (Baker Book House), emcee Darron Schroeder
  5. A Following Like a Mustard Seed: Practically Growing and Mobilizing a Small Tribe—Alexis DeWeese
  6. Write Bravely: Conquering the Fears the Keep You from Your Goals—Jill Richardson

3:45-4:15 pm—Coffee/Snack Break

4:15-5:30 pm—Final Session with Leslie Leyland Fields (Auditorium)

Sacred Success: A Tale of Two Writers

If we believe we’ve been called by God to write, what then can we expect from our labors? Through a dramatic retelling of the lives of two biblical “writers,” one a bestseller and the other an utter failure, as well as stories of her own successes and disasters, Leslie will share unshakeable secrets toward cultivating a truly “successful” writing life.


Closing Announcements, Benediction

Breathe 2018