2015 Clinics

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 11. You will be notified whether or not you have been accepted by April 15.



Fiction Intensive                                 Limit 8 participants
Jim & Tracie Peterson



Tracie is a best-selling, award winning author. She was given the Life Time Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Authors in 2011 and the Career Achievement Award in 2007 from Romantic Times, as well as multiple best book awards. However, the most important thing about writing for Tracie is—this is her ministry! It is her deepest desire is to share the Gospel with a dying world and to bring glory to God in her work. She speaks at women’s retreats, writers’ conferences, and author retreats. Tracie just saw her 100th book put into print. She started years ago with writer conferences and has a strong belief in the power of learning.

Jim is a former editorial manager for Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents and lifelong historian. He works with authors to teach research and attention to detail. He was responsible for teaching his wife, Tracie, about research and this resulted in her being voted Best Western Romance Author in 2013 by True West Magazine due to her strong accuracy on historical detail. Jim has a passion for sharing Jesus and helping new writers to draw out the best in their work.  He’s also a prayer warrior and if you need someone to pray with you—just stop him and ask.

Tracie and Jim have been married over 34 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. They reside in Montana.

Tracie says, “I met Marlene Bagnull many years ago at a little writers’ conference in Olathe, KS. Marlene so inspired me about Writing His Answer and sharing the Gospel in everything I write. I knew this was what I wanted to do with my writing. I wanted each story—each book—to be a legacy of love that pointed to the Gospel message.”

No matter the inspiration for your writing, this clinic can offer you some insight and benefits for making a stronger, more compelling story.

Fiction is a funny animal. One day the best-selling fiction has spots, another day stripes, and yet another day that animal is a solid color. There are many genres of fiction, as well as many publishing houses with their guidelines and ideals. There are as many authors as there are ideas on how to write right. This workshop is designed, however, to discover the key ingredients in great storytelling.

What makes a good story? 
How do you give life to paper characters? 
Why is setting so critical?
What’s research got to do with fiction?
What is my reason for writing this book?

Along with this we will discuss and work on avoiding the most popular mistakes made by new authors. Among those—telling not showing, too much backstory, flashbacks within flashbacks, lack of motivation in your characters, and so many more.

This workshop is designed for the writer who feels they have great stories to tell, but who wants to dig just a little deeper to actually put them to paper in a dynamic way. Of course, we plan to have a lot of fun too—because you can’t get 10 authors in the same cabin and not have fun.

Click here for application. In addition to completing the application, you will need to email m.bagnull@comcast.net the first 15 pages of your manuscript (double spaced) and a one-page synopsis. All are due no later than April 1 (no fooling). Please save both documents as ONE file in Word 2003-2007 or in RTF.

Prerequisite: A draft of at least 10,000 words of your novel and the desire to learn, grow, laugh, and experiment.

On acceptance: You will receive a one-page synopsis and the first 15 pages for everyone in the clinic that you will need to read before the clinic.



Nonfiction Book Proposals                   Limit 6 participants
Cindy Lambert 
Publishing Strategist, Somersault Group™
Collaborative writer



Cindy is a veteran of the publishing industry devoted to excellence in furthering the impact of Christian publishing on our global culture. She began her career in 1977 as owner of an award-winning independent Christian bookstore in Maryland, then expanded into leadership roles in distribution, editorial, consumer research, and publishing at Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she most recently served as vice president and associate publisher of trade books. As editor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Mistaken Identity (Howard Books, 2009, Van Ryn, Cerak, Tabb), Cindy has worked alongside such bestselling authors as Mark Batterson, Kyle Idleman, Kay Warren, Ruth Graham, and Christine Caine. She is also the co-author with Abby Johnson of the bestselling book UnPlanned (Tyndale, 2010), and her most recent release, 40 Days for Life (Cappella Books, 2013, Bereit and Carney).

Cindy and her husband, Dave Lambert, along with four other industry veterans, co-founded Somersault Group, a publishing strategy and services agency committed to exceptional creativity, right-now technology, and old-fashioned personal care. Somersault Group believes that the extraordinary changes taking place in the world of publishing provide  "a playground of possibilities" for Christian authors, agents, publishers, and ministries. In that spirit of fun and optimism, Somersault Group provides an array of outstanding publishing services such as writing, editing, branding, marketing, promoting, and social media networking, all crafted to engage the broadest possible audience.

Cindy will lead a group of six authors in critiquing one another’s proposals, then spend the conference improving and fine-tuning them. She will also have a one-on-one 30-minute appointment with each participant.

Click here for application.

1. Attend Cindy’s earlybird workshop, "Crafting a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal," on Wednesday from 3:45 - 5:45 pm.
2. Prepare your book proposal using the guidelines in The Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

On acceptance you will need to email your book proposal and at least two sample pages of writing to Cindy no later than May 4. Cindy will forward your file to the others in the clinic and you will also receive (via email) a copy of what the others in the clinic have submitted. Important: Please put everything in ONE file and save in Word 2003-2007 or RTF.

Proposal-writing classes have always left me feeling a bit bewildered.
Each instructor had their own, different list of “musts,” “do’s,” and “don’ts.” 
The fog lifted for me after working with Cindy Lambert at the Colorado conference last year.
A delightful and caring mentor, I would have enjoyed her class under any circumstances.
But as a teacher Cindy really zeroed in on:
WHAT we needed to include in our proposal,
WHY that information was important to an Acquisitions Editor,
WHERE each section should be shown for optimum effect,
HOW to dig deeply to uncover what made our writing stand out in a crowd,
and, maybe most importantly, WHO are our readers? 

It took my understanding of writing and publishing to a whole new level.
Lori Hynson



Speakers' Clinic                                   Limit 8 participants
Roy Hanschke


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 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


Get Them Coming to Your Blog/Website                      Limit 10 participants
Megan Breedlove




Megan is an author, speaker, and website consultant whose website for more than four years has held one of the top two spots in Google search terms that receive thousands of hits each month. She is the author of Manna for Moms, Well Done Good and Faithful Mommy, and Chaotic Joy, all from Regal. Megan has also written for several magazines and websites, including Focus on the Family's Clubhouse magazine, ChristianDevotions.us, DevoKids.com, and The Voice of Grace and Truth newspaper. Her website, MannaForMoms.com, offers weekly devotions for moms and receives thousands of hits each month. In addition to her writing and speaking to encourage moms, Megan works with Christian authors and ministries to help them improve their platforms so that they too can get their message out to the world.

How do you bring the maximum number of people to your site so they can hear your message or receive your ministry?  Learn what kind of web presence you need and where to go to get it, determine exactly who your target audience is and what they need, receive individual instruction to ensure your site does the best possible job of meeting your audience’s needs, discover how to promote your site and increase your Google ranking, expand your author platform so you can get your message out to the nations and develop a presence that will be attractive to publishers, and more.

Click here for application.

Our ministry received such value from Megan's instruction.
We learned so much about web presence.
The proof is in the results. 
By His design went from 1 or 2 visits on our website per day to 80 to 90 visits per day. 
She gave us a real value.

Dave Weikel, http://www.byhisdesignonline.com


“Give your writing a WOW factor by offering top-notch photos with your articles and stories. This hands-on class will cover the step-by-step process of making great photos, writing articles, and merging them for publication. We’ll cover composition, lighting, subject matter, equipment, editing software and specs for independent book covers and inside photos. We’ll discuss greeting cards, special products, affordable POD opportunities, website appeal, finding a niche, marketing, submission of photos and writing, editing of photos for more appeal, and we’ll do some creative brainstorming. Bring your camera for a hands-on [3-1/2 hour] photo session [in Rocky Mountain National Park].”



Sandy has published hundreds of articles and over a thousand photos with regional and national publications, both in the Christian and general markets. Several of her photos have appeared on the cover of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Journal, and she created the cover and inside photos for Eagle People Journal as well as the photos for Ghostdancer Shadley’s webposts. She also has her own line of popular greeting cards and Internet posters. She is the author of several books and founder of Needle Rock Press. See her work at www.sandycathcart.com