Clinics meet during the two hour-long workshops each day (for a total of six hours) making it possible for participants also to attend a continuing session. Those accepted for one of the clinics must be registered for the entire conference and pay an additional $65 upon acceptance.
Because the clinics will not be taped, we will do our best not to schedule your one-on-one appointments or any paid critiques during this time. A laptop computer is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the clinic. (Not needed for the Speakers’ Clinic.)
Your application must be received by e-mail no later than April 15. You will be notified whether or not you have been accepted by April 21.
Tracie & Jim Peterson
Award-winning & Best-selling Author
Limit 10 participants
The author of over 100 books, Tracie gave her heart to Jesus at the young age of six. She always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field. Tracie received her first book contract in November 1992, and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row. In December 1995, she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse, and her daughter Jennifer.
Jim has been researching the details of history for years.
Dissect the Best-selling Novel to Write a Best-selling Novel – Have you ever wondered what makes a novel a best-seller? Or maybe you’ve wondered what it was about one book that really drew you in, while another failed to get you to turn past the first chapter? This is a new style of workshop for the writer who is looking to figure out the ropes regarding writing quality fiction. Designed especially for the new writer who wants to learn the ropes and find their voice or the established writer who just wants a new approach to their own writing. Each student will be required to read a best-selling novel assigned by the teachers prior to the conference. They will receive instructions on dissecting prior to the conference and then need to be ready to discuss at the conference.
Click here for the application due no later than April 15. To complete your application you will need to email a one-page (single spaced) synopsis and the first 10 pages (double spaced) of your work in progress. Please save both documents as ONE file in Word 2003-2007 or in RTF. Email to [email protected] with “CCWC Fiction Clinic” in the subject line.
On acceptance you will receive and need to read the synopsis and first 10 pages the other clinic participants have submitted in addition to the novel that will be assigned.
Limit 8 participants
Craig is a professional editor and writer who has served for twenty years in the CBA retail industry as publishing director and in senior-level acquisitions editorial with publishers such as Wesleyan Publishing House, David C. Cook, Victor Books, and Scripture Press. In the span of his career he was directly responsible for the successful publication of more than 200 retail books, more than a dozen curriculum lines, and the authoring or ghostwriting of several books and articles. Simultaneously with his publishing career, for twenty-five years Craig has taught college English writing, rhetoric, and literature at colleges and universities wherever he has lived.
In this hands-on clinic, you will learn the essentials of a well-structured book built upon the foundation of a solid concept. The focus will be upon topically structured book, not narrative memoirs. (Writers wanting to transform their personal narratives into a topical form are welcome and could find this clinic useful.) You will also work on your book’s concept/focus, table of contents, and opening chapter to help ensure that your book can reach its intended audience with the message you wish to present.
Prerequisite: This clinic is open to all writers who are serious about writing a topical nonfiction book.
Click here for the application due April 15. To complete your application, you will need to email (1) your first chapter (double spaced), (2) a one-to-three-paragraph overview of your book, and (3) an annotated table of contents (i.e., chapter titles with a single paragraph description under each title that briefly tells what that chapter will cover). Please compile and save all documents as one file in Word format (or in RTF), and submit by email to Marlene ([email protected]). Put “CCWC Nonfiction Book Clinic” in the subject line.
On acceptance you will receive (via email) a copy of what the others in the clinic have submitted that you will need to read prior to the conference.
Limit 8 participants
Roy is a seasoned Christian radio personality, speaker, and trainer/coach who has trained and coached beginning and seasoned speakers for over 15 years. He has spoken to churches, civic groups, state and national conferences, professional groups, and serves on CCWC’s faculty every year. Roy is also a 20-year (plus) veteran in Christian radio in Denver, Colorado. His morning show is heard at 910AM and worldwide on streaming audio at www.AM91.org. Roy has written how-to articles on the topic for a variety of magazines. His style of teaching is simple, practical, and effective.
Every writer needs to be a speaker, too. If you’ve been avoiding the challenge to begin the speaking part of your ministry or need to improve what you’re already doing, this is the clinic for you. Roy will help you 1) discover your ministry focus and how to talk about it (power statements), 2) organize one of your talks to maximize time and effectiveness (message development), 3) present your talk with power and pizzazz (voice personality), and 4) market your message through radio (media mania). You’ll have an opportunity to test what you learn and receive helpful evaluation from Roy and your peers.
Click here for the application.
On acceptance - By April 30, participants need to send Roy any promotional materials they’ve developed on their books and/or any articles they’ve written. You’ll also need to bring 8 copies of each promotional piece to CCWC for other clinic participants to see. Finally, you’ll need to bring an outline of a presentation you've given or are working on and be prepared to present a portion of that talk.
It's often said that writing and speaking go hand in hand. That's why I'm grateful that CCWC offered Roy's Speakers' Clinic. Roy is a dynamic example of "show don't tell" as he actually demonstrates different methods of effective communication. Each participant had the opportunity to try out Roy's suggestions in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. We learned from each other and went home with a notebook full of useful instructions on how to become a more skillful communicator.
Sue Cameron – Augusta, GA