Don’t Miss Our Next Mini-Masterclass – January 19th!
February 25 – 27, 2021
On February 25, a pre-conference day, we’ll offer Circles. These small groups (max 8 people) will meet live online all day with a faculty member for intensive, interactive instruction in a specific topic. Included in your circle will be a one-hour Round Table group meeting with an editor or agent, where each participant will have the opportunity to ask questions or brainstorm in a no-pressure environment. Join just one circle.
Queries & Proposals
Join Published Authors Jane Daly and Mike Lynch as we talk about how to write an attention-getting proposal and/or query. We’ll cover the essential elements of both fiction and nonfiction proposals and queries that will get you noticed by agents and editors. For fun, we’ll show what NOT to do. Join Jane and Mike in this interactive Circle.
Jane Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey From Grief to Hope (Hallway 2016) and The Caregiving Season (Focus on the Family 2018). She has written articles for several magazines and devotionals and is included in two anthologies.
Mike Lynch’s first book, Dublin, came out in 2007, followed by eight novels, including After the Cross and Mind Writer. He’s also published a number of novellas, short stories and writing articles. Mike has recently optioned three feature-length movie scripts and has pitched several shows to television production companies.
Move to the Excellent Level: The Ten P’s to Your Writing and Speaking Success
Sharon Norris Elliott
It’s time to pull it all together. Whether starting your first book, or floundering with several texts in your portfolio, learn of ten essential weapons needed in every flourishing author’s arsenal. Come to this fun, hands-on Circle determined to rise to a new level of excellence and success.
“Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of multi-published author, popular speaker, astute Bible teacher, editor, agent, and Jesus lover, Sharon Norris Elliott. This founder of AuthorizeMe® enjoys helping writers become authors, talkers become speakers, and visionaries become ministers. Her husband, children, grandchildren, and church fill her life with joy.
Children’s Writers Kinship Circle
Participants can experience it all — conversations about the craft of writing for children, instruction, exercises, community, and constructive critique on a work-in-progress (WIP). Those signed-up for Mona’s circle will submit writing samples from their WIP to Mona prior to the conference. More specifics will follow registration.
Mona Hodgson is the author of 43 books. Her children’s books and inspirational historical romances include Bedtime in the Southwest, six Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona lives in Arizona and is available to speak to women or students online or in person.
Creating Impact, Depth, and Flow for a Powerful Nonfiction Book
Your book holds a creative balance of elements that arc across its pages. Learn what those are and how to make them work to strengthen the message and impact you want for your reader. We’ll also explore author-reader connection so you can design an intentional direction for your book’s story and themes.
Jan Kern is a nonfiction author, speaker, and life coach. Her Live Free series launched with Jackie’s story in Scars That Wound, Scars that Heal: A Journey Out of Self-Injury, a ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. She currently writes for and serves multi-generational women through Voice of Courage. www.voiceofcourage.org
Build a Platform Publishers will Love in 30 Minutes a Day
If you want to get past the slush pile of any publisher, the sure-fire way to do that is to have a platform that acquisition editors can’t ignore. Kathi will share her daily routine to growing a platform that is so winsome that publishers will take a second look.
Kathi Lipp is the author of 20 books including her Publishers Weekly best-selling book The Husband Project and her keystone books Clutter Free, Overwhelmed and Ready for Anything.
Feasting on Fiction: The Recipe for Writing a Novel
We’ll narrow down our genre choice, and sketch out an idea for a book. We’ll take time to develop our characters, decide on a setting, create a zingy plot, and craft an “elevator pitch” to share with our visiting agent for feedback (optional.) This circle will be fun for casual writers as well as those pursuing publication. There will be giveaways, sharing opportunities and fun writing related tips from some published authors, not to mention a visit with an agent!
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award recipient, and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Her mystery series with Poisoned Pen Press debuts in July. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
Another Tool in the Tackle Box: Self-Publishing with Intention and Results
Through interactive exercises and discussion, you’ll emerge equipped to determine whether current AND future projects are better served through traditional or self-publishing. We’ll cover actionable steps, including marketing, publication preparation, and the pros and cons of current publishing options. You’ll leave ready to cast your publishing net with intention and results.
Robynne Miller holds a B.A. in English Literature, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction/Fiction, and is president of Inspire Christian Writers. Nine books, multiple anthologies, and countless articles/essays into her career, she’s firmly planted in both traditional and self-publishing. Her passion is equipping writers to succeed no matter which path they choose.
The Professional Author Circle: A Day of Equipping & Camaraderie for Advanced Writers
If you’re a career author who is consistently publishing, the Professional Author Cirle is for you. Registration for this Circle is by application only and is limited to 23 authors.
Pull up a seat at this virtual circle of peers for a focused time of inspiration, education, discussion, and connection. We’ll gather together for spiritual recharging, refreshment, and camaraderie intermixed with guest experts who will share the latest in publishing trends, best practices for audience growth, effective strategies for earning more money, practical methods for improving your craft, and more.
Cheri Gregory is a collaborator at heart. She’s the co-author of four non-fiction books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and co-facilitator of mastermind groups for HSP* Christian communicators, coaches, and creatives. Connect with Cheri at WriteBesideYou.com. (*Highly Sensitive Person)
February 25-27, 2021
“By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (Philippians 3:12-14 MSG)