Faculty Notes 2014

 

 Faculty Notes - CCWC 2014

 Pre-Conference Timeline

 

Ride from Denver Int'l - If you told me you need a ride, you should have received an email from me this morning (Thursday, May 8) that said, in part: DIA is doing major construction of a new light rail line so they are restricting car pickup access to the East Terminal. If your baggage is going to the East Terminal (the email you received had a W for West or E for East next to the name of your airline), you'll need to collect your luggage and walk across the center lobby to the West Terminal. After you've called your driver (who will hopefully be waiting in the cell phone parking lot), you will need to go down one level from baggage claim. Take the WEST SIDE elevators down to level 4 and go out door #404 to meet your driver curbside. 

     Your driver will be contacting you with further info and his or her cell phone number. Please acknowledge receipt by copying everyone (plus me and cwatkins@colorado.writehisanswer.com). Include your cell phone number.

Important - if you're driving - More construction (or as my son used to say, "road destruction") - the result of the floods. Here is the latest info from a conferee who lives in Estes Park. 

     There are two stops coming up Hwy 36 out of Lyons which combined equal a 1 to 1-1/2 hour delay. Overnight closures end on Sunday May 11, but they continue to work through the day with these unavoidable delays. I suggest taking an alternate route. There are two choices:

     The first, Hwy 36 to Lyons. Turn left on to Hwy 7 towards Allenspark. It swings in a loop back into Estes Park. This route adds 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. It is a one lane scenic highway.

     The other option is Hwy 34. Take I25 to Loveland exit onto west Hwy 34 which leads to Estes Park. Construction delays from five to 30 minutes. 

     Both of these routes are faster than Hwy 36. I recommend Hwy 7. It is a beautiful drive.

When You Arrive at the YMCA - Click on Travel for a map of the YMCA campus.

     If you arrive before the 3:00 pm check-in time, you have several options:

     If you arrive after 3:00 pm on Wednesday, go to the Administration Building to pick up your room key and meal ticket. There is a flagpole in front of the building and a porch around the front. Go up the stairs and to the desk in the main lobby. (There is an entrance on the right side of the building with no steps.)

Managing your luggage - If you do not have a car and your driver is not available to help, call one of the numbers at the bottom of the page. We will send someone to get you and your luggage and take you to the lodge where you are staying.

Checking in with us - Whenever it is convenient, please come to the east foyer of the Ruesch Auditorium (the largest building on campus just up the sidewalk from the Administration Building) to pick up your conference packet, name tag, and appointment schedule from the Appointment Desk. We will hopefully have a sign on the door by the time you arrive. (It's the door to the left of the Aspen Dining Room that is below the Ruesch Auditorium.) There is an elevator to take you to the second floor. We'll be assembling the packets on Tuesday so hopefully they will be available by the time you arrive on Wednesday.

Faculty Dinner, Wednesday, 5:45 pm - We'll gather in the Pine Room (just down the steps and across the walkway from the east lobby of the Ruesch - or you can take the elevator). Yes, I know some of you will be teaching until 5:45, but if the rest of us can already be there when you arrive, it will save time. We need to start eating promptly at 6:00 since our evening session begins at 7:30.

Opening general session, Wednesday, 7:30 pm in the Ruesch Auditorium - I know you'll be tired from traveling, but I also know you'll be  blessed and refreshed. John Chisum will be leading worship and we have brief messages on "Writing His Answer to the Issues that Concern Us."

Adjusting to the Altitude - The YMCA of the Rockies is located at an elevation of 8,010 feet above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect everyone, no matter what age or level of fitness. Nearly everyone who visits from lower elevations will notice shortness of breath. Some may also experience fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and nausea. I have found that drinking lots of water makes all the difference. The YMCA also recommends that we eat lightly, avoid caffeine, get plenty of rest (right!), and keep exertion to a minimum. Again this year Liz Furman is bringing her Kangen water machine and we will have stainless steel BPA free sports bottles available for a donation to our scholarship fund that is sorely under-funded!

Connecting with the outside world - Cell phones cannot always get a signal at the conference because of the surrounding mountains. Therefore, give your family and office the Y's main number: 970-586-3341 or 303-448-1616 and have them request the operator connect them with your room where they can leave a message. You can also give them x 1164 which rings in the east lobby of the Ruesch Auditorium at the book table and we'll take a message.

Long distance calls may be made from the phone in your room if your cell phone is not working, but please pay for your calls when you check out. The Y operator recommends AT & T phone cards as the most reasonable alternative for long distance calls.

High-speed Internet access is available in Mt. Ypsilon and Long's Peak, the Administration Building, and the Ruesch Auditorium that serves as the conference hub. Should you have a problem connecting, I suggest you contact your carrier for local access numbers in the 970 area code.

Workshop & Continuing Session Head Counts - scroll down

 

Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

1 - Rhino Skin - Marti Pieper 

2 - Over 50 Writer - Chris Richards 

3 - Self-Editing & Critiquing - Kim Woodhouse

4 - Insider's Tips, Fiction - Dave Lambert

5 - Amazing Query Letter - Susan Mathis

 

Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

6 - Afternoon with Scrivener - Debbie Allen

 

Wednesday, 2:15 – 3:15

7 - Marketing for Introverts - Cathy Lawton

8 - Making Sense of It All - Susan Mathis

9 - Perseverance & Writing - Kim Woodhouse

10 - Writing from Biblical Worldview - Charlie Wolcott

11 - Getting Book Inside of You Out - Debbie Hardy

3:00 - YMCA check-in to your room
          Conference Appointment Desk open

Wednesday, 4:15 – 5:45 pm

12 - Self-Pub with Scrivener - Debbie Allen

13 - NF Book Proposal - Cindy Lambert

14 - Writing Your Past Into Fiction - Susan Baganz

15 - Polish & Practice Pitch - Karen Whiting

16 - God Speaks - Judy Couchman

17 - Magazine Article Clinic - Andy Scheer

18 - Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams - Terry Whalin

 

6:00 Faculty / Staff Dinner in Pine Room

Due

Task

Done

 March 1 Let me know if you're interested in doing paid critiques and, if so, what genres.  
 March 20 Contract and Appointment Availability form returned to Marlene. You can send via the USPS; fax to 484-991-8581 ((no later than 10 pm EST please); or scan, save as a pdf, and email.  
 March 20 If you prefer to stay in a cabin with your family, make your reservation with the YMCA. (Recommend you do this ASAP.)  
April 1 Flight booked to Denver and itinerary sent to Marlene.
Please carefully read the info below on arrival/departure times.
 
April 1 Return Book Consignment, Order, Donation form to Marlene via USPS, fax, or email including titles you will recommend to your class.  
April 28 Mail free-lit, give-away books, and product for sale on our conference book table to the YMCA Estes Park Center, Conference Center Office, ATTN: Writers Conference, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511-2550. Click here for consignment form. We need to receive by Friday, May 9.  
April 28 Handouts (preferably emailed) to Marjorie.Vawter@gmail.com and m.bagnull@comcast.net.If you need to send a hard copy, mail to Margie at 959 Julian St., Marshfield, MO 65706 and to me.  
April 28 Expect to receive mss for your paid critiques (if any).  
May 8 Expect to receive an approximate count of the number in your workshop.  
May 8 If you're flying and need a ride from the airport, you should hear from
your driver today.
 
May 14

You are welcome to attend one or more Wednesday afternoon Early Bird Workshops. Rooms will be available at the YMCA at 3:00.
Faculty dinner in the Pine Room at 5:45.

 


Wednesday Early Bird Workshops

You are welcome to attend any of these early bird workshops. There is no need to register and, of course, there is no charge for faculty.

            Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm          

 

5

1 - Rhino Skin - Marti Pieper

 

 

12

2 - Over 50 Writer - Chris Richards

 

 

6

3 - Self-Editing & Critiquing - Kim Woodhouse

 

15

4 - Insider's Tips, Fiction - Dave Lambert

 

12

5 - Amazing Query Letter -- Susan Mathis

 

26

6 - Afternoon with Scrivener - Debbie Allen

 

9

7 - Marketing for Introverts - Cathy Lawton

 

8

8 - Making Sense of It All - Susan Mathis

 

6

9 - Perseverance & Writing - Kim Woodhouse

 

4

10 - Writing from Biblical Worldview - Charlie Wolcott

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11 - Getting Book Inside of You Out - Debbie Hardy

15

12 - Self-Pub with Scrivener - Debbie Allen

 

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13 - NF Book Proposal - Cindy Lambert

 

 

9

14 - Writing Your Past Into Fiction - Susan Baganz

 

7

15 - Polish & Practice Pitch - Karen Whiting

 

10

16 - God Speaks - Judy Couchman

 

 

10

17 - Magazine Article Clinic - Andy Scheer

 

 

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18 - Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams - Terry Whalin

                   

Registered Workshop Code, Title, and Instructor Location
7 E1 - Plotting for Seat-of-the-Pants Writers - Kim Sawyer Dodge - Ruesch  
10 E2 - Praying Over Your Writing Ministry - Linda Evans Shepherd Sweet - Ruesch  
13 E3 - Proposals, Queries, and One Sheets - Marti Pieper Bilheimer - Ruesch  
cancelled E4 - Weaving an Unforgettable Spiritual Takeaway - Margie Vawter    
11 E5 - Balancing Privacy & Relationships when Writing Real Life Events - Cindy Lambert Hobbs - Ruesch  
5 E6 - Self-Editing and Critiquing - Kim Woodhouse Granite Pass - LP  
       
           Wednesday, 2:15 - 3:15  
10 E7 - Before the First Scene - Handling Exposition & Backstory - Dave Lambert Hobbs- Ruesch  
8 E8 - What's the Big Idea? - Alice Crider Dodge - Ruesch  
cancelled E9 - Releasing Your Inner Extrovert - Chris Richards    
5 E10 - How to Make a Living as a Writer - Twila Belk Bilheimer - Ruesch  
11 E11 - Websites, Blogs, and Social Media - Tiffany Amber Stockton Keyhole - LP  
15 E12 - Pitching to Agents, Publishers and TV/Radio Producers - Debbie Hardy Sweet - Ruesch  
       
            Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:45  
15 E13 - Writing a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal - Cindy Lambert Hobbs - Ruesch  
9 E14 - Writing Bible Studies for Publication - Terri Kalfas Dodge - Ruesch  
8 E15 - Personality Types for Writers and Characters - Dina Sleiman Bilheimer - Ruesch  
       
             Wednesday, 4:45 - 5:45  
cancelled E16 - 25-Hour Day - Ava Pennington    
11 E17 - Ten Tools for Marketing Your Books - Dianne E. Butts Sweet - Ruesch  
8 E18 - The Hero's Journey - N. Paul Williams Keyhole - LP  
3 E19 - Perseverance and Writing - Kim Woodhouse Granite Pass - LP  
4 E20 - Targeting a Publication for Your Writing - Scoti Domeij Chasm Lake - LP  

 

Workshops

1 2 3 4 5 6  
14 21 16 20 9 11 A
40 13 19 28 49 25 B
12 55 41 26 16 40 C
14 18 1 22 19 7 D
20 10 25 15 9 11 E
23 19 5 13 10 26 F
19 3 7 8 19 7 G

How to read? # 22 in red is workshop 4D.
See workshop grid in your brochure or click here to access online.


Continuing Sessions

30      1 - Heart of the Storyteller - Allen Arnold
31      2 - Take Your Fiction to the Gym - Tim Shoemaker  
22      3 - The Courage to Write - Judith Couchman
11      4 - PowerSpeak - Yolanda Powell  
16      5 - Heart-to-Heart Writing - Susan Titus Osborn  
26      6 - Nonfiction Books that Change Lives - Jim Watkins  
6        7 - Discerning His Heart for Your Writing - Al Janssen  
18      8 - Best-Selling Children's Books - Sally Apokedak

NOTE: Presently we have 25 teens for the all-day Teens Write on Saturday and 181 conferees - one more conferee than last year but still a disappointing number from earlier years. (Father, please keep my eyes on You and not numbers.) The numbers above do not include faculty who will drop in to your workshop or continuing session. If you are bringing your handouts with you, I suggest you add 15% to the present number. We will have a copier at the conference. We can scan or print from a thumb drive or from the file you sent us pre-conference.

General Sessions/Keynotes - I want to encourage you to attend these each morning and evening. Not only will you be challenged by the messages you will hear, the time of corporate prayer and worship is important for keeping the conference focused on Christ. These sessions also are the only time during the day when I can make needed announcements although I really try to make as few as possible. You may slip out of the evening sessions if you get too tired, but please come for at least part of the evening sessions.

Continuing Sessions - Meet five times throughout the conference: a 90-minute session Thursday morning (please save the last 15 minutes for Q & A that will not fit on the 75-minute CD), a 60-minute session Thursday and Friday afternoon and Friday morning, and a 75-minue session Satuday afternoon. 

Workshops - Each workshop is 60 minutes. Please help us stay on schedule by not running overtime. Remember too that there is another class and instructor waiting to get in your classroom.

Early bird Workshops and First-timers Orientation - Our Wednesday afternoon workshops begin at 1:00, 2:15, 3:45, and 4:45. You are welcome to attend, of course, no charge. If you're new to CCWC, you may also want to attend Liz Furman's First Timers' Orientation at 3:45.

Handouts - Please limit your handouts to a maximum of 15 one-sided pages for a continuing session; 3 one-sided pages for a workshop. Please help Margie avoid the last minute scramble by sending to her (preferably via email - address in timeline above) no later than Monday, May 12. (NOTE: I'm exploring the feasibility of providing the handouts on the conference website so please send to me as well.)  Be sure to note the workshop(s) number. If you prefer to bring your handouts with you, we will reimburse you at .04 a copy. (I suggest you add about 20% to the estimated count we will provide.) We will have a copier at the conference, but it is not high-speed so please do not plan to have everything copied when you arrive. It is wise to bring anything you think you may need copied on a flash drive so we do not need to print them on the slower inkjet printer.

Paid Critiques - Please check the Paid Critiques page for genres you may be interested in critiquing and let me know by March 1 if this is something you want to do. A commitment to do paid critiques means spending at least 30-45 minutes making notes on the manuscript before meeting with the conferee for 30 minutes at the conference. Payment is $30 each. Let me know the maximum number of paid critiques you're willing to do, but keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that you'll get that many or any at all. No doubt because of the economy I find we're getting fewer requests for paid critiques. 

Appointments - When I mail your contract, I'll enclose our Appointment Availability Form for you to X out the times you are teaching, any workshops you want to attend, and down time. This will enable Margie Vawter to pre-schedule your appointments so our conferees do not need to stand in long lines at the conference. You will receive a schedule of your appointments from the Appointment Desk when you arrive. Appointments change throughout the conference, so please periodically check in at the Appointments Desk in the east foyer of the Ruesch for updates to your schedule. If you have times that are not yet filled, you do not need to sit in the auditorium waiting to see if someone comes. Just notify the Appointment Desk where you will be. If you choose to attend a workshop during times that you’ve noted you’re available for appointments but presently do not have anyone, we recommend you sit in the back of the classroom so we can come and get you if someone signs up to meet with you during the workshop. (Forgive the long wordy sentence!) For more info on our appointment system, click here.

     Please note - The appointments are very important to the conferees. They leave a workshop or continuing session to meet with you, so please do not disappoint them by missing a scheduled appointment. If you need to change an appointment time, see someone at the Appointment Desk and give them enough time to notify the conferee of the change.

     And please remember to "sandwich" constructive criticism between something positive or encouraging. Be careful though not to give false encouragement. Father, please give us much wisdom to know how You would have us respond to the writers we meet with. And please help them to hear what we're saying - not what they want to hear. Give them teachable spirits and give us sensitive hearts.

     An important note to editors and agents - We are all pressed for time, but if you take a manuscript with you or request that it be sent to you, please try your best to get a response to the conferee in at least three months. If your policy is that no answer within three months means you're not interested, please make that clear.

Panels

     Thursday 1:15 pm (auditorium) - The Bold New World of Publishing Panel (moderated by Dave Lambert) - Dave will be contacting some of you to serve on this panel. Please plan to attend even if you're not on the panel. I know it will be an interesting session.  

     Friday and Saturday, 9:45 am - Editors' Panels - Each year we have some "missing-in-action" editors and agents for the panels. Please don't disappoint our conferees! Book editors and agents will meet in the Ruesch auditorium. Location will be announced for the magazine editors.

     Friday 1:15 - Ask the Agents - An opportunity for our conferees to get their questions answered by our "agents-in-residence."  

         OR -  Indie Published Panel - If you provide services for indie authors or have independently published a book, please join this panel. 

         OR - Compassion, Justice, Advocacy Seminar with Steve Lawson. You are welcome to attend the first hour of this seminar or the entire two-hour seminar. Just X out the second hour (2:15 - 3:15) on your appointment availability form.

Writers' Helps - If you have a resource for writers or offer a service to writers, please note this on your contract. I'll do my best to give you a minute or two to share in a general session. You'll jog my memory by sitting down front.

Travel - First a huge thank you to those who are covering their own travel. With the size of our faculty, that really is a great help. If CCWC is paying for all or a portion of your flight, please email flight info and the price to me before you finalize the booking and let me know if you need to be reimbursed before the conference. (I'll be glad to book your flight, after first clearing the itinerary with you, if you provide your name as it appears on your driver's license, birth date, and phone # when traveling.) For pricey flights I try and use my frequent flyer miles.I prefer Southwest with their two free checked bags policy. If Southwest is not available, the conference will cover the cost of one checked bag if needed. I've found the lowest fares can usually be booked Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday or right after midnight.

     Flight Arrivals - Travel time from Denver Int'l Airport to the YMCA is approximately 90 minutes. In order to get checked into your room at the Y and arrive in time for the 5:45 faculty dinner, I recommend you choose a flight that arrives no later than 3:00.

     Rides from Airport - We will provide transportation from the airport. Your driver will be in touch with you prior to the conference. We avoid putting the faculty on the Estes Park Shuttle because of the cost and longer travel time. It also doesn’t seem as welcoming! :)

     Renting a Car at Your Expense (CCWC cannot reimburse) - Let me know, please, if another faculty member can ride with you if your flight times coincide.

     Flight Departures - Now that Saturday flights cost about the same as Sunday (sometimes less), you are welcome to depart on Saturday if you need to get home that evening. We prefer, however, that you book an evening flight. The conference ends around 5:30; the last continuing session ends at 3:45. You need to allow two hours travel time from the YMCA to the airport plus 90 minutes for check-in. We are typically able to find drivers late Saturday afternoon and evening. If you need to catch an earlier flight, please note the Estes Park Shuttle pick up times at the YMCA are 5:00, 7:00 or 10:00 am and 1:00 or 4:00 pm. Also note that once a shuttle reservation has been made, it is nonrefundable.

     Sunday Departures - Please do not book your return flight earlier than 8:30 am unless you’re willing to get up in the wee hours to depart on the 5:00 am shuttle. The next shuttle is at 7:00 am for a flight 10:30 am or later. We’re also more likely to be able to find a driver for a later flight.  If you want to go on the tour of Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, we will arrange to have you back at the Y for the 1:00 pm shuttle or whenever your driver is leaving for the airport. A three hour departure from the YMCA prior to your Sunday flight should be sufficient. If you need to take the shuttle, you need to allow 3-½ hours.

     Driving - Click on Travel for directions. 

Lodging - CCWC houses faculty two to a room in Longs Peak. Please note your roommate preference (it helps if you give me a couple of choices) on your contract or I will choose for you. If you prefer a single, you may upgrade at your expense for $25 a night in Mt. Ypsilon or $45 a night in Longs Peak. Rooms in Mt. Ypsilon and Longs Peak have a private bath. Mt. Ypsilon has a full size bed and bunk beds; Longs Peak has two queen beds and a futon.

     Bringing family – Because meals are included with lodging, the Y charges for each person in the room. The cost to bring your spouse is $60 a night in Mt. Ypsilon or $80 a night in Longs Peak. Children, ages 6-12, are $19 a night. Your family is welcome to attend all or part of the conference at no charge. To avoid confusion and possible double-booking, let me know if you are bringing family so I can book the room. You can pay the YMCA for your family’s portion of the bill when you arrive.

     Cabins - Should you choose to rent a cabin, contact the YMCA ASAP. CCWC will cover $80 a night of the cost of a cabin. Meals are NOT included with cabin rental and are at your own expense.

     You're welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay beyond the 10:00 am Sunday check-out at your own expense. Fly-ins typically stay over Saturday night at CCWC's expense. Drive-in's within several hours of home typically leave at the end of the conference Saturday at 5:30 although you're welcome to stay Saturday night at your expense.

Meals - The dining hall is below the Ruesch Auditorium. The meal ticket you’ll receive from the YMCA (if you're staying in a lodge) begins with dinner the day of your arrival and goes through noon the day of your departure. If you arrive in time for lunch, please give your name and the conference name to the person at the register in the cafeteria. Depending who is on duty, that may get you in. :) If not, you'll need to pay for your meal, but put the cost on your expense voucher and I'll reimburse you. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 1:00 pm; dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; and breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Because other groups are using the Y, we are unable to reserve tables and put names on tables. The Aspen Dining Hall, however, has been renovated and enlarged and more serving lines added.

Special Diets – The Y serves a wide variety of food cafeteria style. If you have special dietary needs, please let me know. The Y is very accommodating.

AV Needs – PowerPoint and other audio visuals are provided free of charge in the four Ruesch classrooms, but we have as many as nine workshops plus four clinics happening at the same time. Renting a PowerPoint projector for the other classrooms is costly, so please request (on your contract) only if necessary. If you’re able to bring your own projector, that would be great. If you're willing for your projector to be used when you do not need it, please let me know.

Other Needs – Please don’t hesitate to let us know if stairs or walking is a challenge. There are elevators in Longs Peak and in the Ruesch to get down to the dining hall. The walk between buildings is not long or as steep as the hills at Mt. Hermon. But if you need a ride or anything else, just ask.

Permission to Record - The conferees really appreciate the opportunity to purchase CDs professionally produced by Joyco of the general and continuing sessions as well as the workshops. A copyright notice in your name will be printed on the label. CDs will be reproduced on site and sold to conferees. You will receive one CD of each session you teach, to be picked up at the conference. CCWC and Joyco reserve the right to make and sell CDs after the conference. All other rights belong to you. (We also record the panels, but with the number of panel members we do not include a copyright notice and cannot give each panel member a free CD.)

Conference Book Table - You are welcome to consign books, tapes, videos, and other special products for sale at our book table. We charge a 20% consignment fee. Click here for consignment form that needs to be completed or attach it to a list of your titles that includes quantity and price. All books need to be priced (preferably on the back cover). If you are shipping, enclose the consignment form in the box.
    
     How many books should you bring or ship? While we sell a huge number of books, there is no way of knowing how many copies of specific titles will sell. Typically the biggest sellers are writing how-to books and books by our keynoters and continuing session teachers.

     Ship product to arrive by May 9 to:
     YMCA Estes Park Center
     Conference Center Office
     ATTN: Writers Conference Books
     2515 Tunnel Road
     Estes Park, CO 80511-2550

     Please help us make this year's book table the best yet by including a list of titles you will recommend to your class on the Book Order/Consignment/Donation form. Book sales not only help us meet our budget, they provide continued learning after the conference. We encourage you to browse the book table and borrow titles for "show and tell" in your class.

Give-aways
- We're delighted to have books you've authored or your house has published as give-aways. If shipping, please clearly note titles that are for give-away.

Free Lit - Our conferees appreciate free copies of your magazine or book catalog as well as your guidelines for writers and list of upcoming themes, if any. We realize that most of you have posted your guidelines on your website. (Please make certain the URL is on our website with your bio.) If, however, you have pre-printed copies of guidelines, we're glad to have them. We are not able to make copies. We are trusting the Lord for 225 conferees. Not everyone takes a copy of everything, so use your best judgment when deciding how many to send. We know it costs money to print and send literature to us, so we encourage conferees to take left-over free lit home to their writers' group or church. Current date magazines that are leftover are given to the YMCA. When shipping, please use above address but with the attention line “Writers Conference Freebies.”

Other Free Lit - If you have flyers of resources or services for writers or info about a ministry you are a part of that you'd like to add to the free lit table, we'd be glad to have it.

Recreational Opportunities - You may want to bring a swimming suit. And don’t forget the hayride and chuck wagon dinner on Saturday evening. I guarantee you’ve never had a better hot dog anywhere! We’ve reserved a wagon (drawn by magnificent horses) with real hay. (I know "real hay" isn’t a plus for some of you, so you can follow in a car if you are allergic to hay.) Cost is $18 if you're staying Saturday night in one of the YMCA lodges. Otherwise the cost is $23. Please sign up and pay at the registration desk in the west lobby of the Ruesch. (I’d love to be able to cover the cost for all the faculty and staff but it’s just not in the budget!)

What to Wear - Bring comfortable shoes and clothes you can wear in layers. Although we’re anticipating springtime weather, more than likely it will drop to freezing in the evenings and, yes, it may even snow! The atmosphere will be informal and relaxed. We’re here to learn from one another and to seek the Lord in a retreat setting. Jeans are fine - really! And men - please NO suits or ties!

Thank you for taking the time to read all this. (Now you know why it took so long for me to get this written!) If you still have questions:

Email me at m.bagnull@comcast.net or mbagnull@aol.com

Call me at 484-991-8581 through Sunday evening, May 11.
Remember if calling or faxing that I live on the east coast
and we’re two hours later than Colorado!

My cell (Monday morning, May 12, through May 21) - 267-328-7589
(Other times my cell is not turned on.)

Margie Vawter - 303-981-1487

Cindy Watkins - 704-763-1212

NOTE: Margie and Cindy receive and send texts.
I rarely text. Too time consuming to use my phone's keypad.

YMCA East Lobby (where we'll be most of the time from Monday around 3:30 pm) - 970-586-3341 x 1164
After 10:00 pm x 3120


Father, thank You for all You’re doing and will do.