Photos from the 2017 WCCW Conference

Behind the scenes…

Posted by Laura Christianson on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The 2017 WCCW Conference has expanded to two full days, February 17-18, 2017, in Pleasanton, CA.

Full schedule is below. Or click to download a PDF of the conference schedule – updated 2-4-17.

In this short video, Kathi Lipp, Program Director, shares five reasons why you should attend the conference.

The conference features:

Friday, February 17

8 a.m.

Doors open for registration/check-in

8:30 a.m.

General Session #1

  • Welcome, giveaways, announcements
  • Lightning Talk: Susy Flory – Once Upon an Owl
  • Keynote: Michele Cushatt – The Writer on Fire, Part 1

10 a.m.

Breakout Workshops #1 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

How to Pitch Your Book Idea Kim Bangs
Finding the Heart of the Story Marcus Corder
The Sacred Journey of the Writer & Speaker Debbie Alsdorf
Getting the Most Out of Your First Writers Conference Jeanette Hanscome
Ten Habits of a New York Times Bestseller Tosca Lee
All About Agents Wendy Lawton

11 a.m.

Coffee Break & Networking

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth
  • Prayer team available

11:30 a.m.

Breakout Workshops #2 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

Write Your Passion Karen Ball
Devotionals & Devotional Articles Jon Drury
Creative Nonfiction: Engage & Entertain Suzanne Woods Fisher
Top 10 Myths of Becoming a Published Author Kathy Ide
The Art & Craft of Writing: Words That Make Sense & Inspire Judi Braddy
Essential Elements of a WOW-ful Website Laura Christianson

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth

We’re offering Panera box lunches on Friday for $12 each (plus a small convenience fee) for pre-purchase.

Choices include:

  1. Turkey sandwich
  2. Ham & cheese sandwich
  3. Mediterranean veggie sandwich
  4. Fuji apple and chicken salad

All box lunches include a drink and chips (or bread with the salad). To order a box lunch:

  1. Go to the registration page.
  2. Scroll down to the Online Registration Form and click the green “Tickets” bar.
  3. Scroll down again and you’ll see the 4 Box Lunch Options. Make your choice, and check out. Your box lunch will be delivered and ready for you on Friday.
  4. Purchases must be made by Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

If you prefer, you can leave campus and head to a local eatery such as Applebee’s, Macaroni Grill, La Salsa, Fuddruckers, Black Angus, Matsu Sushi, Me ‘N Ed’s Slices, or even Whole Foods. Or, there’s always a brown bag lunch. Feel free to bring your own!

Workshop sessions begin promptly at 1:30, so plan to be back at the venue by 1:20pm.

1:30 p.m.

Breakout Workshops #3 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

Creative Brainstorming Karen Ball
How to Build the Perfect Platform and Become a Marketing Master Cheri Gregory
Crafting Characters Sarah Sundin
Breaking into Children’s Writing Mona Hodgson
The Business of Writing: Words That Sell Judi Braddy
Partner with your Publisher: How to Maximize the Author/Publisher Relationship Suzanne Woods Fisher

2:45 p.m.

General Session #2

  • Welcome, giveaways, announcements
  • Panel: State of Publishing
  • Keynote: Tosca Lee – The Pursuit of Audacity

4:20-5:00 p.m.

Network, arrange carpools for dinner

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth
  • Prayer team available

Saturday, February 18

8 a.m.

Doors open for registration/check-in

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth
  • Prayer team available

8:30 a.m.

General Session #3

  • Welcome, giveaways, announcements
  • Worship with Josiah James
  • Lightning Talk: Kathi Lipp – Creating a Writer’s Life
  • Keynote: Tosca Lee – Holy Moxie

10:10 a.m.

Coffee Break & Networking

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth
  • Prayer team available

10:45 a.m.

Breakout Workshops #4 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

The Power of Your Premise Kim Bangs
The Art of Memoir Susy Flory
Finding Your Voice Jane Daly
Writing Bible Studies & Devos Debbie Alsdorf
Speaking: Crafting a Powerful Presentation in a Fraction of the TIme Michele Cushatt
How To Know You’re Ready for an Agent Wendy Lawton
Kathi & Roger Marketing Boot Camp pt 1 Kathi & Roger Lipp

Noon

Lunch

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth

During Saturday lunch, you’ll head out to the plaza where two food trucks from Food Truck Mafia will be waiting to serve you. Bring some cash to take advantage of this fun opportunity for lunch.

If you prefer, you can leave campus and head to a local eatery such as Applebee’s, Macaroni Grill, La Salsa, Fuddruckers, Black Angus, Matsu Sushi, Me ‘N Ed’s Slices, or even Whole Foods. Or, there’s always a brown bag lunch. Feel free to bring your own!

Workshop sessions begin promptly at 1:00, so plan to be back at the venue by 12:50pm.

1:00 p.m.

Breakout Workshops #5 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

Screenwriting A to Z David Hyde
Proofreading & Editing For Yourself & Others Kathy Ide
Blogging Your Way to a Book Deal Robynne Miller
Writing With Friends: Plug Into the Power of a Critique Group Beth Thompson
Writing Christian Romance: A Labor of Love Dana Metink
Writing Today’s Young Adult Fiction (YA) Marilyn Hilton
Kathi & Roger Marketing Boot Camp pt 2 Kathi & Roger Lipp

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Workshops #6 (Click here for workshop descriptions)

Coaching & Critique sessions (by appointment)

Help For Facebook Fatigue Laura Christianson
Basics of Writing For Children 0-12 Mona Hodgson
Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing? Mike Lynch
Making Fiction Come to Life Sarah Sundin
25 Rejection Proof Markets James Watkins
Secrets to a Successful Writing Career Jeanette Hanscome

3:00 p.m.

General Session #4

  • Welcome, giveaways, announcements, worship
  • Writing contest awards
  • Scholarship awards
  • Worship with Josiah James
  • Keynote: Michele Cushatt – The Writer on Fire, Part 2
  • Closing remarks; looking ahead to WCCW 2019

4:33-5:00 p.m.

Book Signing Party & Giveaways

  • Browse bookstore and vendor exhibits
  • Visit the photo booth

“The event ran like a clock, was so professional, and had information and encouragement and a great spirit for everyone.”

-Shelley Bates