2014 Early bird Workshops


Early bird workshops are a great way to get acclimated,
learn more, and make new friends.

Not signed up for an early bird workshop
but Father is nudging you to attend one or more?

You can pay at the registration desk when you arrive.

Cost: $25 for one, $40 for two, $55 for three
if you register for one or more days.

Coming only on Wednesday?
Cost: $40 for one, $65 for two, $85 for three


Wednesday, May 14, 1:00 - 2:00

E1 - Plotting for Seat-of-the-Pants Writers - Kim Vogel Sawyer
A seat-of-the-pants writer enjoys the surprise of creation — who knows what will happen next??? — but the downside of such writing is that it’s easy to write yourself into a corner. By employing a few simple techniques of planning roadblocks involving all three story threads, a map guides the SOTP-er to a satisfying conclusion for both writer and reader.

E2 - Praying Over Your Writing Ministry - Linda Evans Shepherd
Linda will lead you in a time of strategically praying over your writing, life, and ministry. She'll also provide handouts that will help you continue your prayer journey toward God's purposes.

E3 - Proposals, Queries, and One Sheets - Marti Pieper
The proposal, query, or one-sheet often represents the editor or agent’s first view of you as a writer. Learn key tips for presenting, pruning, and polishing your work in a way that makes industry professionals want more. Appropriate for writers of both fiction and nonfiction.

E4 - Weaving an Unforgettable Spiritual Takeaway - Margie Vawter
What fiction book or series has impacted your walk as a believer the most? Would it have been the same story without the spiritual thread? What made it so powerful to you? We will look at what scripture has to say about the importance of a spiritual takeaway for fiction and then look at techniques for making this work through your characters in your work-in-progress. Mainly for fiction writers, but also helpful for creative nonfiction and memoir.

E5 - Balancing Privacy & Relationships When Writing Real Life Events - Cindy Lambert
We all applaud honestly and transparency in powerful writing, but how do we write of the events in our lives without violating the privacy and trust of others who've played some part in our own life stories? Is it possible to find the freedom to tell the truth without destroying relationships, hurting people in our lives, or putting others at risk of public exposure? Yes, it can be done! Discover the defining boundaries, guiding principles, and tested techniques used by successful authors so that your writing can be authentic without damaging the reputations or privacy of the people God has woven into your life story.

E6 - Self-Editing and Critiquing - Kim Woodhouse
Most writers can get overwhelmed when reading long books about self-editing and wonder how to remember all of it. Some authors even abhor the editing process because it's a lot to take in — especially the coming of the dreaded "revision letter." This class will help each participant narrow in on a one-page list to self-edit any and all of their manuscripts.

Wednesday, May 14, 2:15 - 3:15  

E7 - Before the First Scene - Handling Exposition & Backstory - Dave Lambert
How do you fit necessary exposition into your fiction without resorting to flashbacks on every page? Are there other ways to convey backstory? And how much backstory do you really need? Discuss these and other crucial questions with a fiction editing pro.

E8 - What's the Big Idea? - Alice Crider
A step-by-step plan for sharpening your nonfiction message so that a powerful central idea stands out in the marketplace as a must-read message.

E9 - Releasing Your Inner Extrovert - Chris Richards
The majority of writers are introverts, and it can be hard to deal with issues of promoting yourself and your work especially at conferences and presentations. This interactive class explores ways to deal with the emotional challenges.

E10 - How to Make a Living as a Writer - Twila Belk
What does it take to make a living as a writer?

E11 - Websites, Blogs, and Social Media . . . Oh My! - Tiffany Amber Stockton
Have you ever stared at your computer screen and had the word "crazy" enter your mind? When you see the hundreds and thousands of websites out there or the myriad of informative newsletters or popular blogs have you felt your heart stop or sweat begin to form on your brow? I'm here to reassure you there's no reason to fear. Before you leave, you'll be confident and walk away with the basic grasp of each one of these. Then, you can decide which ones are right for you and go from there.

E12 - Pitching to Agents, Publishers, and TV/Radio Producers - Debbie Hardy
What is a pitch and how do you make one? Learn what to say, how to say it, and who your audience really is when you’re talking with an agent, publisher, or television/radio producer. We’ll work on your pitch and how to get their attention at your conference appointments and after you go home.

3:00 - Staying in Mt. Ypsilon or Longs Peak? Check-in at
           YMCA Administration Building anytime after 3:00 pm

3:45 - 4:30 - First-Timer's Orientation - Free!

Wednesday, May 14, 3:45 - 5:45 - Special two-hour workshops

E13 - Crafting a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal - Cindy Lambert (prerequisite for clinic participants but this workshop is open to everyone)
A winning book proposal is a tool that entices seven audiences (author, agent, editor, pub board, marketing, creative, and sales) to grasp a contagious vision for a book, and then equips them to successfully play their parts in placing the book into the hands of its ideal readership.

E14 - Writing Bible Studies for Publication - Terri Kalfas
You've been writing and teaching Bible studies for your church and small groups. Now you want to take the next step — publication. Great! You don't need a PhD to write a Bible study, but you do need to know certain things before you pitch it to a publisher. In this two-hour workshop we'll cover the basics of writing Bible studies and things editors consider when reviewing them.

E15 - Personality Types for Writers and Characters - Dina Sleiman
As authors, one of our first goals is to understand ourselves and others in order to create characters with consistent motivations and unique personalities. This class will focus on teaching the world-famous Myers-Briggs analysis. Understanding these personality types will allow you to create vibrant and believable characters with distinctive qualities and voices of their own. http://awesomeinspirationals.blogspot.com/2010/09/personality-types-writing-class-series.html

Wednesday, May 14, 4:45 - 5:45

E16 - The 25-Hour Day - Ava Pennington
Ever wish you had an extra hour (or more) each day? Everyone’s day starts with the same 24 hours, so why are some people more effective than others in using their time? Whether you’re a full-time writer or you’re snatching writing time when the rest of the family is asleep, learn planning and organizing tips to help you make the most of your busy schedule.

E17 - Ten Tools for Marketing Your Books - Dianne E. Butts
Why would anyone buy your book? Have you given them a reason to buy it? Get ten reusable tools to sell your books. We’ll brainstorm benefits, features, keywords, and more. We’ll use those to write ad copy, landing pages, a sales letter, press release, and Q&A for interviews. With these documents all set, we’ll use this information over and over to sell your book through e-mail, postcards, blog tours, and radio interviews; approaching organizations that need your book; and more.

E18 - The Hero's Journey - N. Paul Williams
We’ve been telling ourselves the same story for thousands of years. The names change, the specifics change, but for those able to look beyond the surface, the seventeen points of commonality and the four core characters remain constant. And why is this the story we never tire of hearing? Because it is the story God intended us to live. Learning “the Monomyth” isn’t only important for screenwriters and authors of fiction. It is vital for anyone who values a roadmap on their own Hero's Journey.

E19 - Perseverance and Writing - Kim Woodhouse
In this class, we'll discuss the need for perseverance not just in the "work" of writing, but we'll develop purpose statements for the participants' careers and look at Scripture and what it says about perseverance. This is a deeply spiritual class, not just a "nuts and bolts" class. (I like to challenge writers in their walk with the Lord because I believe that absolutely everything we do should be for the glory of God.)

E20 - Targeting a Publication for Your Writing - Scoti Domeiji
“The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it” — Mal Pancoast. Have you received rejection letters along the lines of ‘this piece is not quite right for us’? It may have nothing to do with the quality of your writing and everything to do with poor targeting. So how do you choose a magazine or e-zine to query to turn those rejections into acceptances? This workshop includes how to determine your target audience and find key demographics, analyze a magazine to ensure your writing and topic matches what editors want, and research for writers guidelines. Included are FREE online searchable databases listing 1000s of magazine writer’s guidelines.