Authors 2013 2014 backup

 

 

All authors are available for free one-on-one 15-minute appointments! Be sure to complete and return your Appointment Request form that you will receive when you register. For your appointments to be booked in the order that you registered, your form must be received by April 16. All appointment requests must be received by May 5.

 

Megan Breedlove

 

Megan Breedlove
Author, Speaker
Website Consultant

www.MannaForMoms.com

 

 

Megan is an author, speaker, and website consultant whose website for more than three years has held one of the top two spots in Google search terms that receive thousands of hits each month for more than three years. Her first book, Manna for Moms, was released by Regal in February 2011. Her second book, Well Done Good and Faithful Mommy, also by Regal, is releasing March 8. 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.

Clinic - Get them Coming to Your Blog/Website
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.


 

 

 

Donna Brennan 
Freelance Writer

donnabrennan.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

Donna was a technical writer for over ten years. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. Her short stories and nonfiction pieces have been published both online and in print. Donna is the current Conference Chair for the Write Stuff Conference in Allentown, PA. She has taught Bible studies and Sunday school for age groups ranging from toddlers to adults. She blogs at donnabrennan.blogspot.com when not working on her novel or getting her four kids to their various activities.

Early Bird Workshop - Writing Interviews Readers Want to Read (E12 - Wednesday)
Writing interviews is a great way to meet new people and learn new things. But so many bloggers write interviews; how can you make yours stand out? Come learn how to write thought provoking interview questions your subjects will enjoy answering and your readers will enjoy reading.

     Kudos from Marlene - Donna does a number of the interviews for writehisanswer.wordpress.com. Thank you, Donna!


 

 

Elsi Dodge
Author, Teacher

RVTourist.com/blog  

 

 

 

 

 


Elsi, a retired special education teacher from Boulder, teaches at Truth Christian Academy in Littleton, CO. She also tutors, advocates for families caught in the educational maze, leads a Bible study, facilitates a writing group, and—obviously—writes. In her spare time she drives a 30-foot RV around the continent, assisted by Sallie, her beagle, and Dolphin, a saber-toothed tiger cleverly disguised as a tabby cat. Elsi gets many ideas for her devotionals, inspirational non-fiction, curricula, and poetry from her travels, pets, students, and incidental experiences.
 

Early Bird Workshop - Applying Your Heart (E2 - Wednesday)
Are you hoping for a burning-bush experience? Or even the surety of a still small voice after the storm? More often, I find, the Lord says to me—as He did to Jeremiah—“What did you see?” Come practice finding inspiration, encouragement, and writing ideas in the life around you.

 


Liz Cowen Furman

 

Liz Cowen Furman
Author, Artist, Speaker, Teacher
Coffee Break Coordinator

http://lizcowenfurman.wordpress.com
www.lizcowenfurman.com

 


Liz is an author, speaker, teacher, and artist. She has two published books, writes Humor for thechristianpulse.com magazine and writes for Thinking About Suicide Blog from AWSA. Liz is a member of Advanced Writer’s and Speaker’s Association (awsa.com), a graduate of Christian Communicator’s Conference, and teaches yearly at the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. Teaching is her joy; pointing her classes to Christ is her passion.

Workshop - Freedom to Write His Answer (6A - Saturday)
Discover what keeps you in bondage, unable to complete your calling to write for the Father. Fear, unforgiveness, self-esteem issues - the list of possibilities is long but the solution is simple, not always easy but simple. Come find out what you can do to free yourself to finish your race well and hear Father say the words we long to hear, "Well done good and faithful servant."

Paid Critiques - Humor and opportunity to write for The Christian Pulse Online.

   Kudos from Marlene - Don't forget to thank Liz for the great job she does with our coffee breaks and please volunteer to give her a hand with the heavy pots of water.


 

Barbara Haley
Author
Bookstore Manager

www.barbarahaleybooks.com  

 

 

Barbara, an elementary teacher and Reading-Interventionist, has been writing for over twenty years. Her fiction includes juvenile chapter books: The Purple Heart, Boot Camp, and Singing Soldiers. In nonfiction, she is a regular contributor of devotions for The Secret Place and Quiet Hour and has published numerous articles and short stories in magazines, compilation books, and Sunday school papers.

Teens Write - moderating panel Saturday 2:00 - 2:45


 

 

Debbie Hardy
Author, Speaker, and Queen of Resilience
www.FreeToBeFabulous.wordpress.com 
www.SteppingThroughCancer.com

 

 

Debbie is a speaker and author of Stepping Through Cancer, A Guide for the Journey, and the upcoming Free to Be Fabulous from 40, 50, and Beyond: 100 Ways to Look, Act, and Feel Younger. A Colorado resident, widow, mother, and grandmother, Debbie is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, National Speakers Association of Colorado, and several writers groups. Her positive outlook and joy in Christ have helped her transition from corporate America to writing, speaking, and encouraging others.

Early Bird Workshop - Leaching, Puking, and Other Things Writers Need to Know (E6 - Wednesday)
Dispel the fog of the writing/publishing/marketing process. Learn how to get the book inside of you out, and then what to do with

Paid Critiques - Romance, nonfiction articles and book, women's issues


 

 

 
 

Ken Gire
Author, Speaker
www.facebook.com/kengire

 

 

 

Ken is the author of more than 20 books, including The Divine Embrace, Windows of the Soul, The Work of His Hands, the Moments with the Savior series, and the Reflective Living series. Two of his books have been awarded a Gold Medallion. A full-time writer and speaker, Ken is the founder of Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping people learn how to slow down and live more reflective lives so they can experience life more deeply, especially life with God and other people.

Kenote - Answering the Call of the King (7:30 pm, Friday)
What is God asking you to do wiht the passion He has placed within you?

 

Continuing Session - Reaching the Hearts of Your Readers
See the sacred in your everyday life and discover how to use those moments to reach the hearts of your readers. Ken will share how to live in such a way as to be attentive to the everyday moments that are the sacraments through which holy things come to us. He will use a number of multimedia aids in his presentation, including illustrations from art, music, movies, nature, Scriptures, and from the lives of other people. He will show how these moments moved him, inspiring his themes, his chapters, and entire books. Then he will show you how to use these moments to touch the hearts of your readers.

 


Rick Marschall

 

 

Rick Marschall
Author, Historian
Monday Morning Music Ministry

www.mondayministry.com

 


Rick has written or edited almost 70 books and hundreds of magazine articles. He is a former political cartoonist, columnist, and editor. Among his several 2011 titles were a biography of J S Bach (Thomas Nelson); a history of cartoon advertising (Fantagraphics); and BULLY!, a biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Rick produces the weekly Monday Morning Music Ministry blog (also found at CBN.com, ANS, and RealClearReligion.org); and currently is writing a One-Year devotional for Tyndale House.

Keynote - Write His Answer To Redeem the Culture (8:30 am - Saturday)
In all the mighty political and social movents in Ametican history writers were in the forefront persuading the culture by their words and God's Word. The manby crises in areas of social justice today need christian writers to fight once again.

Workshop - Devotional Books (3D - Friday)
Long? Short? Focused? Publishers are wary of submissions but also hungry for the genre. Learn how-tos from one who has sustained scars and overcome challenges.

Workshop - Citizen Writers (5H & 6G - Saturday)
What worked and what didn't in the efforts of our forebearers to fight for social justice. What we can learn from them that will help us make a difference today.

Paid Critiques - Nonfiction book or book proposal, historical fiction, humor


 


Bill Myers
Best-selling Author
Award-winning Filmaker

www.billmyers.com

 

 

Bill is a best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker. To date his books and videos have sold over 8 million copies. Not bad for a man who never wanted to be a writer. He writes for children (McGee and Me, Adventures in Odyssey), teens (winner of the C.S. Lewis Honor Award) and adults (numerous best-selling novels). Bill has learned to deftly weave timeless truths into incredible tales that are powerful and thought provoking. His work has brought millions of readers not only amazement and entertainment, but also into a deeper relationship with God. Click here to read his exciting testimony on his website for kids and teens (click on Bill's biography). It will amaze and encourage you.

Keynote - Live His Answer - The Power of Saying Yes (8:30 am - Thursday)
The adventure of giving God free rein to write your story without any edits.

Continuing Session - Suspense Novels & Screenplays 
How to keep the pages turning late into the night and those itchy fingers off the TV remove.

Workshop - Author/Editor Collaboration with Dave Lambert (3B - Friday)
What's expected of each, and what should each do to maximize the effectiveness of the book.

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 E1 - A Winning Recipe: Writing for Anthologies - Ava Pennington
Build a portfolio of publishing credits by writing short stories for anthologies! Inspirational series such as Chicken Soup for the Soul are always looking for terrific, true stories that will touch the hearts of their readers. Join us as we discuss the recipe for a winning story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E16 - Medical Pitfalls When Killing Your Characters - Jordyn Redwood
Learn strategies to accurately depict medical fact in your fiction. As an author, have you ever wondered about the correct way to injure, maim, or kill your fictional characters? Jordyn brings 20 years of emergency and critical care nursing experience as she discusses common medical pitfalls that authors fall into and how to correct them. Strategies are given on how to research those medical details for your manuscript as well. Jordyn is happy to field medical questions that are writing related at the end of her talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker
Author, Speaker
www.timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com

By God’s grace, Tim has been happily married for over thirty years, has three grown sons, and is a full-time writer and speaker. He is the author of eight books and is passionate about fiction. Code of Silence, a contemporary suspense for middle readers, was just released this spring—and Zonderkidz has contracted Tim for two sequels.

Keynote - Finding His Answer (Saturday, 4:30 pm)
Finding His answer in the ups and downs of life is all about realizing He has a plan, that it is good, that we can trust Him, and that there are things we must do. We must learn our craft and be the real deal as Christians.

Continuing Session - Take Your Fiction to the Gym
Consider yourself a beginner, or an advanced beginner when it comes to fiction? Here’s your chance to take your writing to the gym. You’ll get the tools, tips, and techniques to strengthen your writing to compete in the real world of publishing. We’ll look at Plot, Characterization, Point-of-View, Show-Don’t-Tell, Scenes, Beginnings, Middles, Ends, Conflict, Dialogue, and other areas to help take your fiction writing to the next level. Lace up your gym shoes . . . this is one workout you’ll enjoy!

Workshop - Appointments: Starting Out on the Right Foot (E15, Wednesday)
Stomach churning. Palms sweating. Hey, an appointment with an editor or seasoned writer IS a big deal. Relax. We'll look at critical factors to make sure your appointment is a step in the right direction.

Paid Critiques - Novels for children

 

 

Becky Spencer

Becky Spencer
"The Fight Lady"
Author, Speaker, Award-winning Singer/Songwriter
Certified Christian Lay Counselor
Founder & Executive Director,
Grand Staff Ministries, Inc.
www.beckyspencerministries.com
www.grandstaffministries.com

Becky knows that some things are worth fighting for. Like marriage. Wayward children. Orphans. Purity. Faith. Sanity. Truth. Even our health. So while she’s never gone looking for a fight, neither is she passive when the battles find her. Like a scrapper in the Spirit, she packs a powerful punch of Truth—and teaches others how to fight to win, as well. She’s written three books: When Prince Charming Falls off His Horse . . . and you’ve become his nag! Leapin’ Lizards . . . and other leaps of faith on the road to adoption, and Bigger Than Me: Finding a Strong Enough Reason to Eat Right for Life.

Becky and her husband, Tracy, have been married for 35 years. They’ve raised 8 children—four birth and four adopted—and have 18 grandchildren so far. When she’s not traveling or writing, Becky stays busy homeschooling their 16-year-old daughter; directing their work with children from Swaziland, Africa; running their bed-and-breakfast; and fighting the good fight of faith in Buhler, Kansas.

Workshop - Show, Don't Tell (1B, Thursday)
Improve your ability to write descriptively with hands-on exercises. Lots of fun and helpful for fiction and nonfiction writers.

Paid Critiques - Songs

 

 

Tiffany Amber Stockton

Tiffany Amber Stockton
Author, Speaker
Online Marketing Specialist
Freelance Website Designer
www.amberstockton.com

Tiffany has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-wining author, speaker, online marketing specialist, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter, a son, and a vivacious Flat-Coat Retriever /Australian Shepherd named Roxie. Her writing career began in high school with the publication of her first children's book, but she didn't pursue adult fiction until she wrote her first novel in 1999. She joined ACFW in 2002 and attended their annual conferences each year, received a request for a proposal in September 2004. Two years later, in December 2006, the request resulted in her first sale. And in January 2008, her debut novel released. Tifffany has since sold eleven books and one novella to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club.

E4 - Character Conversations - Tiffany Amber Stockton
Readers get to know your characters five different ways. Dialogue is a key component. It can make or break your characters and mean the difference between allowing the dialogue to carry you or falling back on narrative that might bore the reader. Learn ways you can liven up your characters and make them unforgettable to the reader.

Workshops - If You Build It, They Won't Always Come (E9, 2:15 Wednesday)
Websites require work. You have to make your site work for you and market through it. Whether it's a blog or a full-blown site, visitors need a reason to come back. Editors, agents, readers, and buyers all want to learn more about you and get some extra information. You have to give it to them. In this workshop, you'll learn tricks of the trade and simple tools to keep visitors coming back again and again. Guaranteed traffic is guaranteed exposure. The more who know your name, the better your publicity will be.

Character Conversations (6C, Saturday)
Dialogue can make or break your characters. Learn ways you can liven up your characters and make them unforgettable to the reader.

Paid Critiques - Fiction book proposals; novels: romance, contemporary romance, historical; website evaluations

 

 

Mike Wolff

Mike Wolff
Author
Director, Reconnections, Inc.
www.Thereconnectedchurch.org
www.Thecarpentershelpers.org

Mike’s heart is to awaken the many men who now languish in back pews of church services across America. He is an author, speaker, and leadership coach, and directs two ministries in Littleton, Colorado: Reconnections [www.TheReconnectedChurch.org] and The Carpenter’s Helpers [www.TheCarpentersHelpers.org]. He’s published two books with the third, Praying Today’s Psalms [the first of a four volume devotional set], due out this summer. He’s also currently writing and producing his first documentary, In Search of God’s Remnant, due out this spring. Mike makes his home in Littleton, CO, is married to Tammi, and has three sons and three grandchildren.

Workshop - Writing for the Hearts of Men (5G - Saturday)
Men are languishing in the (institutional) church, yet Jesus ordained them to lead. As in Jesus' day, the church will not be the solution. What should we be concerning ourselves with, as another voice, if we are to “Record the vision, and write on our tablets ideals to make men run” again?

 

 2014 Authors


All authors are available for free one-on-one 15-minute appointments! Be sure to complete and return your Appointment Request form that you will receive when you register. For your appointments to be booked in the order that you registered, your form must be received by April 16. All appointment requests must be received by May 2.

Please visit again for a PDF spreadsheet of some of their areas of expertise.

Sandy Austin


Sandy Austin
Author
Founder, B.I.O.N.I.C.
http://www.bionicteam.org

Sandy is a high school counselor at Green Mountain High School in Colorado. Besides being one of the most involved counselors in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy, she has helped with four other school shootings. In response to that and four suicides at her school in 8 months, she started a club called the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team (which stands for Believe It Or Not I Care) that reaches out to others facing challenging times - sick and hospitalized students, new students, students and staff who lose loved ones, and other schools that experience tragedy. Over 650 schools worldwide have inquired about starting a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team, and B.I.O.N.I.C.'s most recent initiative to empower bystanders to stop bullying is also being implemented across the world. Sandy has written three books, numerous articles, and speaks across the country.

Workshop - Making a Difference (Saturday, 5G)
God has placed each of us uniquely where He can use us the most to positively impact our world. Too often we compare ourselves and our work with others and miss out on our unique calling. God has opened doors for Sandy to be placed in the midst of very difficult circumstances in a hurting world - school shootings, suicides, and other tragedies - as a school counselor. She will share with you how to pray and seek God's guidance in the circumstances you find yourself in, then how to implement the vision and insight God gives you to meet needs and make a difference in the world through writing, speaking, social media, and video. Sandy's organization, the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team (Believe It Or Not I Care), is impacting school campuses, churches, and businesses throughout the world. You can visit Sandy on Facebook.


 

Twila Belk 
The Gotta Tell Somebody Gal
A writer and speaker who loves braggin’ on God
Manager/PA of bestselling author Cecil Murphey
www.gottatellsomebody.com

Twila Belk, aka The Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer, speaker, and former conference director and Christian bookstore owner who works full-time with veteran author Cecil Murphey. She’s written or co-written five books and contributed to several others. Well connected through her work with Cec, she interacts daily with the media, writers, editors, agents, publishers, conference directors, and other industry professionals. She knows the industry and loves brainstorming and helping writers. Twila’s most recent books include I Believe in Healing and I Believe in Heaven, both co-authored with Cec Murphey and published by Regal Books in 2013.

Early Bird Workshop - How to Make a Living as a Writer (Wednesday, E10)
What does it take to make a living as a writer?

Workshop - Expand the Reach of Your Message (Friday, 4A)
God has given you an important message to tell. We’ll discuss a variety of ways to get that message into the world.
 


Megan Breedlove

 

Megan Breedlove
Author, Speaker
Website Consultant
www.MannaForMoms.com

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.

Clinic - Get them Coming to Your Blog/Website (by application)
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.



Dianne E. Butts
Freelance Writer, Author, Screenwriter
www.DianneEButts.com ~ www.DeliverMeBook.com
www.ButtsAboutWriting.blogspot.com
www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com


Dianne has been writing for more than 25 years and has attended CCWC 24 consecutive years. She has published more than 300 articles in print magazines and more for online sites including www.FindingGodDaily.com, www.ThinkingAboutSuicide.com, www.Crosswalk.com, and www.CBN.com.

Besides contributing to 20 books, Dianne is the author of: Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Jesus, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death & Resurrection of Jesus, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, Grandparenting Through Obstacles (co-authored) all with Pix-N-Pens Publishing, and Deliver Me (Connections, 2011), and Dear America (Ampelos, 2002). She is also contracted with PNP for a 3-book series of fiction starting with Hope’s Diner.

In 2012, Deliver Me was awarded Nonfiction Book of the Year from Christian Small Publisher’s Association and was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year from Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Grandparenting Through Obstacles was named Book of the Year from Christian Small Publisher’s Association, was named one of GRAND magazine’s Best Grandparenting Books in 2012, and won Nonfiction Book of the Year at The Book Club Network.

Dianne attended the Act One Writing for Film & Television Program in 2010. Her feature length script, Daemon, was a semifinalist at the Kairos Prize (http://kairosprize.com) in January 2013. Her short script, A Cowboy’s Faith, finaled in the 168 Project’s “Write of Passage” in 2010. In 2012 she wrote and produced her short, The Choice, for the 168 Film Project: http://bit.ly/TheChoiceFilm.  Both of these shorts are inspired by stories in her book Deliver Me. She was also contracted to work on a yet-to-be-produced film. Find Dianne on www.IMDB.com.

Dianne lives in southern Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys gardening with her cat, P.C., and riding her motorcycle with her husband, Hal. They are members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Early Bird Workshop - Ten Tools for Marketing Your Book (Wednesday, E17)
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, radio interviews, approaching organizations that need your book, and more.

Workshop - Social Media for the Techno Challenged (Saturday, 5F)
Hoots and Tweets and Facebook, oh my. You know you need to market your book through social media, right? Not a social media guru? Me neither. In this workshop, we’ll get you “linked in” (that’s a pun. Get it?) to creating effective Twitter messages, discovering the gold mine in Goodreads, managing Facebook and Linked In, growing your friends and followers, maximizing your blog posts for increased traffic and click-throughs, and more.


Sue Cameron

 

Sue Cameron
Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher
www.grammysue.com 

Sue is an award-winning author and speaker. Over the years, her writing has appeared in various Christian magazines, secular newspapers, and over a dozen devotional books. In 2009 she won an EPA award for her fiction. Her interactive book, Hope, Healing, and Help for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, incorporates stories, questions, Bible reflections, and prayers to lead readers on a journey to healing.

Workshop - When Writing Hurts (Thursday, 2A)
How to use the pain in our lives as a springboard to minister to others through authentic writing.

Workshop - Indie Publishing with CreateSpace & Book Baby (Saturday, 6E)
Why I chose to publish independently, how I did it, and how you can do it, too!



Rob Cook 
Author
Founder, Pastor, Director
http://www.robcookunderground.com

Rob is the Founder, Pastor, and Director of 252 Underground Youth Ministry. He is also the author of REGENER8: Straight Talk for Street Smart Teens. He contributes weekly for a devotional column on Clash Entertainment and co-hosts a monthly skyped radio show on REMEDYFM called "Seriously Serious" aired in 78 countries. Rob is currently working on his follow up book titled ILLUMIN8. He also has two additional manuscripts in progress.

Keynote - REGENER8TED (Thursday, 7:30 pm)
Let’s stop asking what would Jesus do. We already know what Jesus did. It’s not enough to just know; knowledge without action is useless. Let our call to action be DWJD – Do What Jesus Did.


Judith Couchman


Judith Couchman
Full-time Freelance Writer
Author, Speaker, Writing Coach
http://www.judithcouchman.com 

Judy has published 44 books, compilations, Bible studies, and contributions to Bible projects. Her brand focuses on “Living with Purpose and Passion,” promoting finding your purpose, spiritual transformation, and making a difference in the world. She has worked as a full-time freelance writer, speaker, and writing coach for eighteen years. During this time she created the Write the Vision retreats, intensive weekend gatherings for female writers, and the Designing a Woman’s Life seminar, a workshop helping women find their purpose and passion in life. She’s also spoken to professional and women’s groups around the country, and has served as a magazine teacher and consultant to nonprofit organizations overseas. In recent years she’s spoken to groups in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Romania, and Switzerland.

Before working as an author, Judy founded and served as editor-in-chief of Clarity, a national magazine for women. She’s held jobs as an editor, journalism teacher, communications director, and public relations practitioner. She’s also received national awards for her work in each of these positions, and for her books. She holds a BS in education (English and journalism), an MA in journalism, and an MA in art history. She lives in Colorado.

Continuing Session - The Courage to Write
Writing and publishing requires courage. But planning your writing path can keep you motivated and sure-footed toward your destination. In these creative and enjoyable sessions, you'll learn about 1) exploring your calling, purpose, and goals; 2) facing your fears and foes about writing; 3) identifying your voice, style, brand, and tagline; 4) creating a publishing plan; 5) understanding your role in the publishing process. Come to ask questions, explore ideas, and prepare to write!


Scoti Domeiji


 

Scoti Domeiji 
Freelance Writer
Director, Springs Writers
http://www.springswriters.blogspot.com 

 


Scoti penned over 500 articles for different publications and anthologies. Her articles have been published in the The New York Times, Contemporary Christian Music, Family Life Today, School Daze magazine, Southwest Art, Bookstore Journal, Single Adult Ministry Journal, Focus on the Family magazine, Charlotte Parenting and other parenting magazines. She serves as Director of Springs Writers and writes a monthly solo-parenting column for Colorado Springs Kids. Since getting her start as the editor for Harvest House Publishers, Scoti has freelanced and worked for other publishers in editorial, graphic design, and film production.

Early Bird Workshop - Targeting a Publication for Your Writing (Wednesday, E20)
“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 1000’s of magazine writer’s guidelines.


Bonnie Doran - conferee available for appointments
http://www.bonniedoranbooks.com

Bonnie worked for 35 years as a secretary and bookkeeper before turning her attention to writing. Her first novel, Dark Biology, released last October from Harbourlight. Colorado Christian Writers Conference was a big part of her writing journey over the sixteen years she has attended. Besides learning much of the craft here, she received assignments for magazine articles and devotions before a workshop leader challenged her to write science fiction. At the 2012 conference, she met the people who became her agent and her publisher. Bonnie wants to give back by offering a listening ear to other writers on the publishing road.


Liz Cowen Furman


Liz Cowen Furman
Author, Artist, Speaker, Teacher
Coffee Break Coordinator
http://lizcowenfurman.wordpress.com
www.lizcowenfurman.com


Liz is an author, speaker, teacher, and artist. She has two published books, writes Humor for thechristianpulse.com magazine, and wrote for Thinking About Suicide Blog from AWSA. Liz is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (awsa.com), a graduate of Christian Communicators Conference, and teaches yearly at the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. Teaching is her joy; pointing her classes to Christ is her passion.

Workshop - Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (Saturday, 6A)
Encouragement from God's Word for persevering, writing, and running the race to the finish. Tools to help you stay in the contest and stay focused on the thing that matters most - your relationship with Christ. 

   Kudos from Marlene - Don't forget to thank Liz for the great job she does with our coffee breaks and please volunteer to give her a hand with the heavy pots of water.


 

Barbara Haley
Author
Bookstore Manager

www.barbarahaleybooks.com  


Barbara, an elementary teacher and reading interventionist, has been writing for over 20 years. Her fiction includes juvenile chapter books: The Purple Heart, Boot Camp, and Singing Soldiers. In nonfiction, she is a regular contributor of devotions for The Secret Place and Quiet Hour and has published numerous articles and short stories in magazines, compilation books, and Sunday school papers.


Peter Lundell


Peter Lundell 
Author, Pastor
www.PeterLundell.com

Peter, a former missionary to Japan, is a pastor at Walnut Blessing Church in Walnut, California, and a Bible college instructor. He has a MDiv and DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary and is the founder of the Walnut Valley Pastors' Prayer Network. Peter is the author of two books, and his articles have appeared in magazines such as Guideposts and Pray! He says, "I love interacting with people who don’t believe in Jesus, as well as those who love him with deep passion. I love probing the unseen world, exploring tough questions, and helping people become all they were created to be."

Keynote - Write His Answer . . . Despite Opposition (Saturday, 8:30 am)
Writers are on the front lines of an intensifying spiritual war. We have an adversary who wants us to feel defeated. How do we silence his lies, which seem to be true, when our work is rejected and we feel overwhelmed with discouragement? Peter will challenge you to live well in the face of eternal reality.

Workshop - Finding Your Unique Voice (Thursday, 1B)
How does a fiction writer go beyond simply telling a story? How does a nonfiction writer go beyond transmitting information? This workshop defines a writer's voice and and gives examples of unique voice — then offers ways to discover and develop that voice. Time will also be given to work through probing questions and guided practice.

Workshop - Being Real in Your Writing (Saturday, 6B)
How does a writer get past masks or expectations of propriety in writing? How did Lundell go from hiding behind his writing to boldly opening his heart? What do well-known writers have to say about this? This workshop offers principles and examples of becoming authentic and open in your writing. Time will also be given to work through probing questions and guided practice.


Rick Marschall

 

Rick Marschall
Author, Historian
Monday Morning Music Ministry
www.mondayministry.com

Rick has 74 books and hundreds of magazine articles to his credit. A former political cartoonist, editor of Marvel Comics, and writer for Disney, his fields as an author are as eclectic: popular culture; classical music; country music; biographies; television history; children's books; cartoons and comics; and Christian books, where his publishers have included Thomas Nelson, Faithwords, and Tyndale House. For four years he has produced the weekly blog www.MondayMinistry.com,  devotionals that feature music videos and address culture, worldview, church history, and matters of faith.

Workshop - Build on a Foundation! (Saturday, 6D)
Many Christian writers know the Bible quite well, and - whether writing theology, counseling topics, fiction, even children's books or humor - they certainly should know their Bible. However, in a field where appealing to demographics and readership groups is vital, many writers are not as familiar with church history, doctrines, denominational distinctives, and such aspects of the kingdom ... AKA your audience! A crash course about who is "out there" and what they believe.


Dean Merrill


Dean Merrill
Author and Co-Author
Award-winning Editor

Dean’s journalistic skill was built in the magazine field as an award-winning editor: first with Campus Life (under the tutelage of Harold Myra), then Leadership Journal (CTi), Christian Herald, and finally the entire fleet of Focus on the Family magazines, which he oversaw for seven years as vice president. His most high-stakes task during this time: editing Dr. Dobson’s monthly letters to 2 million constituents.

Today he is best known in the book trade as an effective collaborator including the Jim Cymbala trilogy (Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; then Fresh Faith; finally, Fresh Power) and two books with Dr. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International. Too Small to Ignore was his battle cry for the value of children, especially those in poverty. Just a Minute spotlights how adults can make a huge difference in a child’s life in a brief moment of time. Dean also collaborated with David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, on More Than a Hobby to name just a few of his collaborations.

Dean’s own books have been equally solid. Among them: Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad, The God Who Won’t Let Go, Wait Quietly: Devotions for a Busy Parent, and more. His education is a combination of biblical studies (Th.B., Chicago Bible College) and editorial (M.A. in journalism, Newhouse School at Syracuse University). He served a term as president of the Evangelical Press Association in the mid-1980s.

His travels (while a vice-president with International Bible Society, now Biblica) have taken him to 49 countries of the world. He’s an ordained minister with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He and his wife live in Colorado Springs. They are parents of a son and twin daughters, all adults now.

Workshop - Two Heads, One Book (Thursday, 2G)
An experienced collaborator (more than 30 titles) explains the process of helping someone with a great message but lack of time (and/or writing skill) to produce a worthy book … what you contribute, and what you don’t … how you get paid … and why this is NOT “ghost-writing.” Lots of stories along the way.

Workshop - Writing for Whom? (Friday, 4F)
Hemingway said, “When you write for yourself, it’s fun. When you write for other people, it’s hard work.” This session will force you to zero in on your target reader group, which takes more digging than is often assumed. But the payoff in clarity is worth it.

Workshop - Words that Get Up and Dance (Saturday, 5B)
Nine ways to construct sentences and paragraphs that jump off the page, keeping the reader mesmerized far past bedtime. The secrets of great wordsmiths, from Emily Dickinson to Winston Churchill to Thomas Jefferson to Philip Yancey.


 

Ava Pennington
Author, Bible Teacher, Speaker
www.AvaWrites.com

Ava is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. She is the author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God (Revell Books), endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts Ministries International. Additionally, Ava is co-author of Faith Basics for Kids. The first two books in the series are Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? (Standard Publishing).

Ava has also published stories in twenty-five anthologies, including eighteen books in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her articles have been published in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse, The Lookout, Today's Christian Woman, and other magazines. She also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship class for 150 women.

Early Bird Workshop - The 25-Hour Day (Wednesday, E16)
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.

Workshop - 20 Tips to Better Profile Interviews (Saturday, 6G)
Writing a profile article? Learn 20 tips to conduct more effective interviews. A successful interview will provide valuable material, enabling readers to connect with your interviewee...and you!



Tracie Peterson 
Author
www.traciepeterson.com  

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.

Fiction Intensive Clinic with Jim Peterson (by application)
This clinic will offer you some insight and benefits for making a stronger, more compelling story. 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.


Yolanda Powell
Yolanda Powell
Author, Speaker
Ordained Minister
President and CEO of The Spoken Word International
http://yolandapowell.com

Yolanda is a master communicator, apostolic pioneer, published author, leadership strategist, and entrepreneur with a strong foundation in speech communications, biblical studies, and leadership development. She is a well-versed, seasoned, and international equipper-trainer who has been teaching on Kingdom Principles for success in life, ministry, and business for over three decades. Yolanda is the president and CEO of The Spoken Word International (TSWI), a professional communications company with unique training workshops and seminars to undergird, equip, and propel beginning speakers and mid-level presenters into top-notch communicators through their signature Pinnacle Performance System (PPS). She is the author of Soul Food & Living Water: Spiritual Nourishment and Practical Help for African-American Families, the result of a one-on-one appointment at the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference more than ten years ago with Al Janssen who was then with Focus on the Family.

Keynote - Write, and Speak, His Answer . . . Powerfully (Friday, 8:30 am)
Heart-centered and life-giving words that will challenge you to share the message God has entrusted to you with power and practicality, strength and substance.   
    
Continuing Session - PowerSpeak
An interactive session for Christian writers who want to enhance their oral presentation skills and strengthen vocal delivery. We'll joyfully explore the mechanics of public speaking, learn to capture the audience, hold their attention, and drive the point! The power of the spoken word will be creatively examined and employed to ignite those with a message and a ministry in their mouths!


Kim Sawyer
Kim Vogel Sawyer 
Author, Speaker
www.KimVogelSawyer.com

In 1966, Kim told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in libraries. That little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Since then, Kim has watched God expand her dream beyond her childhood imaginings. With over 30 titles on library shelves and more than a million copies of her books in print, she enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Empty-nesters, Kim and her retired military husband, Don, operate a bed-and-breakfast inn in small-town Kansas with the help of their four feline companions. When she isn't writing, Kim stays active serving in her church's women's and music ministries, traveling with "The Hubs," and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.

Early Bird Workshop - Plotting for Seat-of-the-Pants Writers (Wednesday, E1)
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.

Workshop - Characters that Walk Off the Page -  And Into Your Reader's Heart (Thursday, 2C)
Gingerbread men are wonderful treats at Christmastime, but no reader wants to find cookie-cutter characters in a story. Participants will explore the elements needed to bring characters to life on the page and will practice using their own works-in-progress as the basis for study.



Tim Shoemaker
Author, Speaker
www.timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com

Tim is a full-time speaker and author of 11 books. He is passionate about writing fiction and has worked with youth for over twenty years. Code of Silence, book one of his contemporary suspense series, was included in the Booklist Online “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth” list. Below the Surface, his third Code of Silence novel for middle readers, releases March 2014 from Zonderkidz. Tim speaks at churches and para-church organizations such as Focus on the Family, Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences, International Network of Children’s Ministry, and youth worker and homeschool conventions as well as retreats for men and couples. He conducts his Family Devotion Workshops all across the country. Tim has a passionate style of teaching that makes his workshops enjoyable and helps make even difficult topics clear. Happily married for over thirty years, Tim has three grown sons and still loves doing volunteer youth work.

Tim is available for author visits and school assemblies. Click here for topics.

Continuing Session - Take Your Fiction to the Gym
The tools, tips, and techniques you need to compete in the real world of publishing. We’ll look at Plot, Characterization, Point-of-View, Show-Don’t-Tell, Scenes, Beginnings, Middles, Ends, Conflict, Dialogue, and other areas to help take your fiction writing to the next level. Lace up your gym shoes…this is one workout you’ll enjoy!

Teens Write - Saturday
Fixing Fatal Fiction Flubs
(10:00 - 10:45)
“Point-of-View” and “Show Don’t Tell” are two critically important areas of fiction. Get it right and you’ve got killer fiction. Mess it up and your fiction is already dead. Tim will show you how to make your story come alive.

Action with Traction (11:00 - 11:45)
Great action helps drive stories from start to finish. Do it wrong—and you’re spinning your wheels. Action isn’t just about car chases. It’s found in dialogue, interior thought, and more. Learn tips for writing action that will keep your readers gripping your book...and holding their breath.


Becky Spencer


Becky Spencer
"The Fight Lady" - Author, Speaker
Award-winning Singer/Songwriter
Certified Christian Lay Counselor
Director, Grand Staff Ministries

www.grandstaffministries.com 
www.beckyspencerministries.com

Becky knows that some things are worth fighting for. Like marriage. Wayward children. Orphans. Purity. Faith. Sanity. Truth. Even our health. So while she’s never gone looking for a fight, neither is she passive when the battles find her. Like a scrapper in the Spirit, she packs a powerful punch of Truth—and teaches others how to fight to win, as well. She’s written three books: When Prince Charming Falls off His Horse . . . and you’ve become his nag! Leapin’ Lizards . . . and other leaps of faith on the road to adoption, and Bigger Than Me: Finding a Strong Enough Reason to Eat Right for Life.

Becky and her husband, Tracy, have been married for 37 years. They’ve raised 8 children—4 birth and 4 adopted—and have 20 grandchildren so far. When she’s not traveling or writing, Becky stays busy homeschooling their 17-year-old daughter; directing their work with children from Swaziland, Africa; running their bed-and-breakfast; and fighting the good fight of faith in Buhler, Kansas.

Workshop - How to Book Speaking Engagements (Saturday, 6F)
How to stand out from the crowd when you approach churches. Learn the tried and true steps that will help you build a regional platform.


Tiffany Amber Stockton

 

Tiffany Amber Stockton
Author, Speaker
www.amberstockton.com

Tiffany has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author and speaker who touches lives through partnering with Nerium International (www.stutas07.nerium.com). She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have two children and a vivacious Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary.

Early Bird Workshop - Websites, Blogs, and Social Media . . . Oh My! (Wednesday, E11)
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 and 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.


Charlie Wolcott


Charlie Wolcott 
Author

Charlie shares a powerful testimony of overcoming trials and difficulties. He grew up with moderate physical and learning disabilities and did not have any reading comprehension until he was 12 years old. He grew up on the mission field and has a combined 22 years of missions experience. He has been a competitive fencer for 15 years. This laid the foundation for his first books, a spiritual warfare trilogy titled "The Battle Cry Saga" being released throughout 2014 and 2015 through OakTara Publishing. He is a weekly blogger for Worldview Warriors, a ministry that teaches the Biblical Worldview to teens and adults. He is also a member of the Square Peg Society. Charlie is interested in encouraging new authors to pursue the craft. He prefers action/adventure, fantasy, and other speculative fiction.

Workshop - The Art of Spiritual Warfare (Friday, 3A with N. Paul Williams)
Sun-Tzu says: “War is a matter of vital importance…of life or death, survival or ruin.” The Bible says: “The battle belongs to the Lord.” But if God never intended for us to be a part of the fight, then why did He issue armor? Come learn the basic tactics and strategies of our warfare, how they are already being employed against us, and how to use the “Standard Issue” items from God’s Armory.




Kimberley Woodhouse 
Author, Speaker
http://kimberleywoodhouse.com

Kimberley is a multi-published author of fiction and non-fiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at over 1,000 venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools in beautiful Colorado with her husband of more than two decades and their two awesome teens. 
 

Early Bird Workshop - Self-Editing and Critiquing (Wednesday, E6)
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.

Early Bird Workshop - Perseverance and Writing (Wednesday, E19)
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.)

Workshop - Deep POV (Friday, 4C)
We'll cover all the basics of learning what Deep POV really is and why publishing


Kayla Woodhouse 
Teen Author
http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com/kaylas-blog/#!/blog  
http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com

Sixteen-year-old Kayla's zest for writing comes not only from her natural ability, but also from her love of the written word as witnessed by her voracious reading appetite. One of only a few dozen cases in the world, Kayla was born with HSAN (Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy), an extremely rare nerve disorder. Unable to sweat or feel pain, she’s also been through brain surgery. In addition to being homeschooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer. She has given hundreds of interviews and has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Mystery ER, Focus on the Family’s Broadcast, Chris Fabry Live!, The Hour of Power, the Harvest Show, ChooseNowRadio, and numerous other national programs. She is the co-author of No Safe Haven, her first release from B&H Publishers, and Race Against Time written with her mother, Kimberley — making her the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty paying publisher. She was asked to be one of the contributors for God (“Hearts”) Me, a girls devotional released last November. She writes a mother-daughter column for ChooseNowMinistries with Kimberley, as well as articles for Book Fun Magazine. She has a blog focused on purity (url above). In 2010 Kayla founded the J.O.Y. Puppet Troupe, which has since performed nation-wide for churches, schools, women’s events, and youth groups. Kayla is a gifted speaker and loves to share her love for God and writing with groups all over the country. She has a passion for purity and wishes to share God’s truth with others.

Teens Write - Saturday
Your Focus Needs More Focus (3:00 - 3:45)
Just like the Karate Kid, we all need someone to help us diagnose the issues and get us back on track. This workshop will help you hone in on key problem areas where your story might go awry and will also help with dreaded "plotting" to keep your story moving in the correct direction.