West Coast Christian Writers

Where Writers Thrive

Mini-Masterclasses

Our Mini-Masterclasses are one-hour long, include Q&A, and are held on Zoom. The topics are unique and are taught by industry professionals. We think you’ll love them!

Missed one of our Mini-Masterclasses? No problem. Buy the video recording and catch up. 

December 2020 Mini-Masterclass

How to Get Publicity: Tips and Strategies for Authors from an Expert Publicist

 

December 9, 2020 – 10:00 AM PT – Via Zoom

Cost: $9.00

Jason Jones

Longtime Christian literary publicist Jason Jones explains how to secure media coverage that can grow your audience and sell your book! And why local media should be your first call.

Founder of Jones Literary, Jason Jones is a literary agent and publicist in Nashville, TN. His career in PR spans 20+ years and includes time in professional baseball and corporate PR, as well as over a decade in publishing. He frequently works with producers and editors at FOX News, CNN, Hannity, Huckabee, CBS, NBC, Moody Radio, Salem Radio, CBN, Christianity Today and many other national outlets and has led campaigns for 11 New York Times bestselling books.

January 2021 Mini-Masterclass

Ready to Soar! Getting the Most Out of a Writers Conference

 

January 19, 2021 – 10:00 AM PT – Via Zoom

Cost: $9.00

Janette Hanscome

You finally got the courage to sign up for the writers conference you’ve been hearing so much about. You’re excited and nervous. But how prepared do you feel? Whether you’re attending online or in-person, arriving ready is the key to benefitting from and enjoying a conference. Join long-time writers conference veteran Jeanette Hanscome for tips on preparing your heart, setting goals, getting ready for appointments and critiques, choosing workshops, and navigating the extra challenges of a virtual conference. As an extra bonus, she will decode the most commonly used publishing jargon.

Jeanette Hanscome has been attending writers conferences since 1995, when she arrived on the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference grounds not knowing anyone. She is the author of five books, including Suddenly Single Mom and Running with Roselle, and has written hundreds of articles, devotions, and stories for magazines and devotional books. She speaks at women’s events and writers conferences and loves serving her writing community as the WCCW Community Care Director. 

A WCCW Mini-Masterclass

Becoming an Editor: Earn an Income with Your Writing Skills

 

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Cost: $19.00

Sarah Barnum

Do you get gleeful over grammar? Can you pinpoint punctuation errors? Do you enjoy critiquing concepts? Sometimes our contribution to the kingdom doesn’t just come from writing our own ideas but from helping others write theirs. As a writer, you already have many of the skills it takes to be an editor. With more and more authors self-publishing, the need for good editors is growing. Learn how freelance editor Sarah Barnum launched her editing business and how you, too, can put your way with words to work.

Sarah Barnum is a freelance editor and serves on the West Coast Christian Writers leadership team. When she’s not writing her own narrative nonfiction or working with words, Sarah enjoys small-town life in Northern California with her husband, son, and Appaloosa horse. Learn more about TrailBlaze Writing & Editing at www.trail-blazes.com.

A WCCW Mini-Masterclass

Bearable Book Marketing: Building Your Author Platform Shouldn’t Be “UnBearable”

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Cost: $19.00

Karen Barnett

Many of us cringe when we hear industry professionals talk about “platform” and “marketing,” because we don’t like the idea of self-promotion. What if I told you that building a platform doesn’t actually mean talking about yourself? Would it be crazy to think marketing could even be fun? Learn how an adventurous teddy bear triggered a creative marketing campaign for author Karen Barnett and helped her to reach a new audience of potential readers.

Karen Barnett, the award-winning author of seven novels, writes historical romance that sweeps readers into the beauty and adventure of our national parks. A former park ranger and naturalist, she worked at Mount Rainier National Park and Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two kids, and three mischievous dachshunds. When not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, and decorating crazy birthday cakes.

A WCCW Mini-Masterclass

The Writer’s Secret Weapon: Crafting Mystery, Wonder, and Hope Through the Skillful Use of Theology

 

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Cost: $19.00

Dr. Bill Giovannetti

Whether it’s CS Lewis, Ann Lamott, or Jane Austen, some writers possess an uncanny ability to stir the soul. Their writing feels timeless. Their words make the spirit soar. By contrast, your writing plods along on a mundane level, never really taking fight. What is the missing ingredient? In a word, the missing ingredient is transcendence. It is that sense of mystery, wonder, and hope that can only arise from writing rooted in the transcendent themes of theology.

In this seminar you will learn a three part framework for connecting the deepest needs of your readers’ souls to the deepest truths of God. You will discover how to embed theology in your wiring without lecturing and without even using theological terms. With the Book of Ruth as a case study, we will explore how any story, memoir, or work of fiction or nonfiction can touch the heart by tapping into the wellsprings of biblical theology.

Dr. Bill Giovannetti is the Senior Pastor of Pathway Church in Redding, California, and is a professor at AW Tozer Theological Seminary and Veritas School of Biblical Ministry. He has written over twenty books and three full length magazines.

Mega-Conference

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)

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