Arriving on campus – Click here for campus map
Unless you are teaching a Wednesday afternoon early bird workshop (or want to attend one or more), you do not need to arrive until late afternoon when your room or cabin will be available. The faculty dinner in the Pine Room is not until 5:45 pm.
If you arrive before the 3:00 pm check-in time on Wednesday, you have several options:
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 with a lovely wrap-around deck on the auditorium level) 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. We’ve got two great speakers. You may slip out if you’re in danger of nodding off.
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. We 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 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 both Alpen and Long’s Peak as well as 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.
WEDNESDAY EARLY BIRD WORKSHOPS - You are welcome to go to workshops no charge (and no need to pre-register). And you can go directly to them to save any extra walks between the Ruesch and Long’s Peak. I’ll email that info after I’ve chosen the classrooms. The number in paren is the present number of registrants for this workshop.) Descriptions of the workshops are at http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/earlybirdworkshops. Remember, it’s important to keep learning!
Wednesday, 1:00 – 5:45 pm
E1 – Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams – Terry Whalin (18)
E2 – Scrivener from 0-60 – Debbie Maxwell Allen (8)
E3 – Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop – Kim Woodhouse (6)
Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
E4 – Master the Memoir – Marti Pieper (13)
E5 – Step It Up! – Judy Couchman (18)
Wednesday, 2:15 – 3:15
E6 – The “Polish” Draft – Sell Your Book Before You Submit – Cyle Young (7)
E7 – Get the Book Inside You to come Out – Debbie Hardy (8)
E8 – The Care & Feeding of Editors – Chris Richards (4)
E9 – Overview of the Hero’s Journey – Darcie Gudger (6)
E10 – Praying Over Your Writring Ministry – Linda Evans Shepherd (3)
3:00 - YMCA check-in to your room
Conference Appointment Desk open
3:30 – 4:00 - If this is your first time at CCWC, you’re welcome to attend the First-Timer’s Orientation in Diamond West in Longs Peak.
Wednesday, 4:15 – 5:45 pm
E11 – Preparing for Your Appointments – Tim Shoemaker (9)
E12 – Basic Blogging to Bok Deal – Stephanie Alton (14)
E13 – Shouting in a Windstorm – Cyle Young (4) – See blurb below. I suspect we all need this workshop.
Understand why only 12%-16% of your friends or followers see your Facebook or Twitter posts, and learn how to improve the chances they will be seen. Discover the secrets of Edgerank, Facebook’s ever-changing formula, and learn how you can maximize your social presence. Learn the secrets to post frequency and utilize a top social marketing philosophy to create ancillary accounts and pages to drive traffic, increase your followers and likes, and grow your platform.
Radio Producers – Debbie Hardy (13) – Chasm Lake, Long’s Peak
E14 – How to Shape Your story for the Screen – Dianne E. Butts (3)
E15 – Talking About Speaking – Lori Wildenberg (4)
NEW – 2:15 – 5:45
E16 – Transforming Nonfiction for Ears that Will Hear – Craig Bubeck (20)
5:45 Faculty / Staff Dinner in Pine Room
I’m praising God for how our numbers have grown in the last couple of weeks. We’re at 191 less 4 cancelations – so much stronger than the 165 we had last year at this time.
Not everyone has told us what they plan to take, so some of the numbers will increase in addition to faculty that are welcome to attend, even if just for a portion. It really is okay to slip in and out of workshops.
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-minute session Saturday afternoon. Thursday and Friday afternoon sessions are the ONLY time you can go a few minutes longer if needed.
Almost 30 conferees have not told us what they plan to take, so the numbers below are approximate. If you’re bringing your own handouts, I suggest adding about 30% to the head count.
1 – The Chase (for novelists & screenwritersl) – D.J. Williams (31)
2 – You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book – Sarah Bolme (19)
3 – Writing Powqerful Narrative Nonfiction – Sherri Langton (13)
4 – The Courage to Write – Judy Couchman (15)
5 – Develop & Market Your Nonfiction Book – Mike Loomis (24)
6 – Reaching Women thru Writring & More – Linda Evans Shepherd (14)
7 – Writing that Changes Lives – Bill Watkins (30)
8 – Market Your Message without Selling Your Soul – Eryn Lynum (18)
Click here for the grid. Each workshop is 60 minutes. Please help us stay on schedule by not running overtime. Remember, there is another class and instructor waiting to get in your classroom.
I want to be certain I’ve not missed any AV needs. Be watching for an email with this info.
Handouts - We’ve gone green! Handouts are now on the conference website. The URL (http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/handouts2017) will only be available to conferees and those who purchase CDs. If you’ve not yet emailed your handouts to Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org), she must have them by Sunday, May 12.
General Sessions/Keynotes - I want to encourage you to attend these each morning and evening sessions. 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 the beginning of the evening sessions.
Panels - Every year some faculty are MIA. Agents, please remember that I’d like you to be part of the Book Editors/Agents panel Friday and Saturday morning in the auditorium. The magazine editors pan is in Long’s Peak, Diamond West.
Important - If you have indie published or provide services to help authors go Indie, please plan on sitting on this panel from 1:15 – 2:00 on Friday.
Author Interviews & Book Signing - Friday evening 7:30
You’re welcome to participate, but please limit what you share in your “interview” to your latest release to give time for our conferees.
CDs – Speakers are welcome to pick up a free CD of their workshop(s), continuing session, or keynote from Joyco in the west lobby.
Book Tables - Please visit our tables and pick up several books for “show and tell” to recommend to your class. Book sales help with conference expenses. I guarantee you’ll find some new-to-you titles that I hope you’ll be tempted to purchase. Everything is discounted!
Appointments -You will receive a schedule of your appointments as well as your conference packet and name tag from the Appointment Desk when you arrive. Appointments change throughout the conference, so please periodically check in with Marti or Leah 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.
Writers’ Helps - If you have a resource for writers or offer a service to writers, I’ll try to give you a minute or two to share in a general session. Please jog my memory and sit down front.
Expense Form – Will be in your packet. Please fill out completely rather than depend on me to remember what you’ve taught or need to be reimbursed for. And please include your address. Because of the need to get on top of work for the July 26-29 Philly conference, I probably won’t begin writing checks for at least a week after I get home May 24. If you need your check expedited, please note this on your form.
What to Wear - Bring comfortable shoes and clothes you can wear in layers. Although we’re anticipating springtime weather (average high 61; average low 34), it may drop to freezing in the evenings. And it could snow! Jeans are fine - really! And men - please NO suits or ties! We’re here to learn from one another and to seek the Lord in a retreat setting.
If you’ve read this far, thank you and God bless you! The rest of the info after the Timeline Chart below you should have already seen or it’s been repeated above. Be sure to also read the first several pages of your packet and to study each day’s schedule. (I’m going to make the packet including the daily schedules available online as well as printed. You’ll find it, when it’s posted, at http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/packet.) Any questions or needs, we’re here to facilitate your ministry so don’t hesitate to ask.
Father, thank You for the life-changing ways I KNOW You will meet us on the mountain!
How to reach us:
Call me at 484-991-8581 through Sunday evening, May 14.
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 15, through May 23) - 267-436-2503
Other times my cell is not turned on.
My smart phone still makes me feel dumb!
I will check it for email, but I avoid texting.
Barb Haley (registrar, appointments coordinator, bookstore manager)
Any questions for Barb should be emailed to her prior to the conference.
Once CCWC begins,
Marti Pieper or Leah Morgan at the appointment desk are the ones to see.
They will have the latest schedules, freeing Barb to run the book table.
Marti Pieper (Captain Appointment Desk) – 352-409-3136
Leah Morgan – Appointment Desk Assistant
On Campus Transportation & Errands
Tom Pieper 352-435-5586
Eric Sprinkle 719-322-6992 – correct #
YMCA East Lobby (where we’ll be most of the time from Monday around 3:30 pm) - 970-586-3341 x 1164
Father, thank You again for all You’re doing and will do.
Pre Conference Timeline
YMCA Estes Park Center Campus
Continuing Sessions, Workshops, and Panels
One-on-Ones with Conferees
Conference Book Table
Before Leaving the Conference
How to Reach Us
Invite/Confirm form returned to Marlene at mbagnull @aol.com. If you have a problem with the form, scan, save as a PDF or JPEG, and email. If you’ve not yet received your form, it’s coming.
If you prefer to stay in a cabin with your family, make your reservation with the YMCA at https://ymcarockies.org. If CCWC is covering your lodging, we will reimburse you $80 a night toward the cost of renting a cabin.
Return Editorial Needs/Expertise form to Barb Haley at haleybarb @yahoo.com.
Appointment Availability form (you’ll receive soon) returned to Barb Haley at haleybarb @yahoo.com
Return Book Order/Consignment/Donation form to Marlene including titles you will recommend to your class.
Flight booked to Denver and itinerary emailed to Marlene. Please carefully read the info below on arrival/departure times and the procedure for booking flights.
Email handouts to mbagnull @aol.com. NOTE: We’ve gone GREEN and will post the handouts on the conference website rather than print copies.
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 12.
Expect to receive mss for your paid critiques (if any).
Expect to receive an approximate count of the number in your workshop.
If you’re flying and need a ride from the airport, you should hear from your driver today.
You are welcome to attend one or more Wednesday afternoon Early Bird Workshops. Faculty dinner in the Pine Room at 5:45
First of all …
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.
Booking Your Flight
If you are booking your flight, please note the recommended flight arrival and departure times below.
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. Or 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, phone # when traveling, and your preferred time/day of travel as well as the airport you fly out of. 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.
Driving - Click on Travel for directions
Travel time from Denver Int'l Airport (DIA) 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 on Wednesday, May 17.
Rides from DIA
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.
Saturday Flight Departures
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 2:30 and the last workshop or clinic at 3:45. Following that is Tim Shoemaker’s keynote that I encourage you not to miss. You need to allow at least 90 minutes travel time from the YMCA to the airport (longer on the shuttle) 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, 4:00 or 7:00 pm. Also note that once a shuttle reservation has been made, it is nonrefundable.
Sunday Flight Departures
Please do not book your return flight earlier than 8:30 am and then only if 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 more likely to be able to find a driver for flights that depart at 10:30 am or later. 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.
Campus map – click here.
There is a flag in front of the building and a porch around the front. There is a side entrance with no stairs. You will pick up your room key at the front desk. There is also a snack bar, lounge area, and gift shop here.
This is the largest building on campus—just up the sidewalk from the Administration Building with a wrap-around-deck on the auditorium level. There is an elevator available through the door left of the Aspen Dining Hall.
—East Foyer is nearest the Administration Building.
—West Foyer is nearest the lodging in Alpen or Longs Peak.
Aspen Dining Hall
This is located beneath the Ruesch Auditorium. Unlike other conferences, we are not able to reserve tables because there are other groups on campus.
Located across the walkway from the east foyer of the Ruesch. The faculty and staff will have dinner here Wednesday night.
What to Pack
Bring comfortable shoes and clothes you can wear in layers. Although we’re anticipating springtime weather (average high 61; average low 34), it may drop to freezing in the evenings. And it could snow! Jeans are fine - really! And men - please NO suits or ties! We’re here to learn from one another and to seek the Lord in a retreat setting.
When You Arrive
If you are lodging in Longs Peak or Aspen, you will pick up your key and meal ticket at the large counter in the main lobby of the Administration Building. Although the YMCA states 6:00 pm as the time rooms are available, typically they have been able to let us into our rooms by mid-afternoon. If your room is not yet available, you have several options:
1. Relax in Administration Building with café,comfortable seating, and Wi-Fi.
2. Join us in the Ruesch to help with set-up.
3. Eat lunch in Aspen Dining Hall. Hours are 11:30 – 1:30. Request that your name be added to the conference list at the cash register. Or pay for lunch and I will reimburse you when I send your honorarium after the conference.
4. Attend Wednesday afternoon early bird workshops at no charge. We’ve got exciting choices!
Managing Your Luggage
If you do not have a car to get your luggage from the Administration Building to your room, call one of the numbers under How to Reach Us and we will send help.
At your convenience, pick up your conference packet, nametag, and appointment schedule from the Appointment Desk located in the east foyer of the Ruesch. We will hopefully have everything ready for you by early afternoon on Wednesday.
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.
Stainless steel, BPA free sports bottles with the Write His Answer logo will be available for a donation to CCWC’s sorely in need of donations scholarship fund.
Connecting with the Outside World
Cell phones cannot always get a signal because of the surrounding mountains. Therefore, give your family and office the Y’s main number: 970-586-3341 and have them request the operator connect them with your room where they can leave a message. You can also give them x1164 (book table located in the East Lobby of the Ruesch) 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.
Wi-Fi is available in both Alpen and Longs Peak as well as the Administration Building and the Ruesch Auditorium that serves as the conference hub.
Please go to the Pine Room by 5:45. We will begin promptly at 6:00pm as our evening session begins at 7:30pm. If you teach until 5:45, just come as soon as you can. No problem. We won’t eat all the food!
Longs Peak & Alpen Inn
CCWC houses faculty two to a room in Longs Peak or Alpen Inn. Alpen is closer to the Ruesch Auditorium (where all the general sessions, appointments, and 4 of the workshops are held) and Aspen Dining Hall that is directly beneath the Ruesch Auditorium. Longs Peak is a newer lodge and has elevators. Half of the workshops will be held there. The walk between Longs Peak and the Ruesch is not long or as steep as the hills at Mt. Hermon, but remember the YMCA is at 8010 feet above sea level!
Please let me know your roommate preference (it helps if you give me a couple of choices) on your Invite/Confirm form or I will choose for you. (Please note: The new Invite/Confirm form is a work-in-progress. If you’ve not yet received the form or if you received the old form that did not have space to note your roommate preference, you can email me.) If you prefer a single, you may upgrade at your expense for $42 a night. Rooms in both lodges are large, comfortable, and have a private bath. Longs Peak has two queen beds and one floor futon; Alpen has two queen beds and a sofa bed.
Because meals are included with lodging, the Y charges for each person in the room. The cost to bring your spouse is $80 a night. Children, ages 6-12, are $21 a night. Your family is welcome to attend all or part of the conference at no charge. If you have a teen 11-18, he or she is welcome to come to Saturday’s Teens Write again 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.
Should you choose to rent a cabin, contact the YMCA as soon as possible. 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. When reserving a cabin, please let the Y know that you are with the writers’ conference. Info on cabin rentals is on the YMCA website – http://ymcarockies.org.
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.
The Aspen 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 dining hall. 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. The Aspen Dining Hall has been enlarged and renovated. The Y has also added more serving lines. They really do an incredible job handling a huge number of people. They provide a wide variety of food choices including gluten free. If you have special dietary needs, please let me know.
Swimming Pool – The Y has a great pool. I hope to again make time to use it this year although that probably won’t happen until after the conference! (I’m swimming half a mile three days a week at my local Y.)
Hayride and Chuck Wagon Dinner on Saturday - I guarantee you’ve never had a better hot dog anywhere! (Okay, I know not everyone gets excited about hot dogs, but these really are great.) 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 $26 if you’re staying Saturday night in one of the YMCA lodges. Otherwise the cost is $33. 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!)
Power Point is available in the auditorium for keynotes and the Ruesch classrooms at no additional charge to the conference. Since only half of the classrooms are in the Ruesch and it costs to rent projectors for the Longs Peak classrooms, it is important I know your needs.
If you are bringing your own projector and are willing to share it when you are not using it, please let me know.
Classrooms in the Ruesch have whiteboards. Classrooms in Longs Peak do not, but I can pay a daily rental fee if flip charts are needed. Again, please let me know what you need!
The Y serves a wide variety of food cafeteria style and labels gluten free choices. If you have special dietary needs, please let me know. The Y is very accommodating.
If steps will be a challenge in the 8,010 feet altitude, please let me know.
If you need a ride or anything else, just ask. The staff is here to facilitate your ministry.
Permission to Record
CDs of keynotes and general sessions, continuing sessions, workshops, and panels will hopefully be recorded and available for purchase at the conference. You will receive one free CD of each session or workshop you teach. (Joyco, the company who recorded the conference for 20 years, is no longer in business due to the owner, Bob Coffin’s, homegoing.)
CDs will carry a copyright notice in your name and will be professionally produced. If there is any reason why you do not want to be recorded, please let me know ASAP.
In order to expand the conference’s ministry and recoup the cost of recording, CCWC and the company that will record the conference reserves the right to make and sell CDs of your session(s) and workshop(s) after the conference. All other rights belong to you.
Your Conference Role(s)
You’ll want to check the workshop grid in the center of the brochure to see the workshop(s) if any that I chose for you to teach. More info about the continuing sessions, workshops, panels, paid critiques, and one-on-ones is below. Please keep reading!
Handouts – We’ve gone GREEN! Conferees really appreciate handouts. Email your handouts to me at mbagnull @aol.com by April 15. I will post them to the website at http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/handouts2017. Only conferees, faculty, and people purchasing CDs post conference will be given the URL.
Please view as a PRIORITY! Come ready to focus on the Lord and hear from Him through our keynote speakers. Located in Ruesch Auditorium and the only time I can make needed announcements. Attendance is much appreciated. You may slip out of the evening sessions if you get too tired, but please come for at least the beginning of the evening sessions.
Just Say Yes! – Dave Rupert
Opening Doors – Louise Looney (WE 7:30 pm)
Second Act: Storytelling that Inspires Change
D. J. Williams (TH 8:30 am)
Strategic and Tactical Prayer
Charles Patricoff (TH 7:30 pm)
God, Grant Me Patience – John Perrodin (FR 8:30 am)
Courage for Dry Bones – Terry Brennan (FR 7:30 pm)
Followed by Author’s Panel, Interviews, and Book Signing
Write His Answer Joyfully – Tracie Peterson (SA 8:30 am)
Undaunted – Tim Shoemaker (SA 4:30 pm)
You are here not just to give but also to receive. Father, please see to it that every faculty member is blessed spiritually and professionally. If you have appointment times that are not filled, you do not need to sit in the auditorium in case someone comes. Instead, please feel free to slip into a workshop or continuing session. Let Marti Pieper at the Appointment Desk in the East Lobby of the Ruesch know where you will be, and she will call you if you are needed. The same as the conferees, you can slip in and out of sessions.
Wednesday Early Bird Workshops
Feel free to attend at no charge.
If you’re new to CCWC, you may want to attend the First Timer’s Orientation from 3:30-4:00.
Workshops: Thursday - Saturday
These last 60 minutes. Please repeat any questions for listeners in CD land.
Please be considerate. End on time and clear the classroom for the next instructor.
These meet five times throughout the conference.
TH: 10:15-11:45 and 4:45-5:45
FR: 10:45-11:45 and 4:45-5:45
SA: 1:00 – 2:30
Please use last 15 min for Q&A on longer sessions. CD’s only last 75 minutes.
TH 1:15 – 2:00 Agents Panel
FR 9:45 – 10:30 Book Editors / Agents Panel
Magazine Editors Panel
FR 1:15-2:00 Indie Publishing
Please join this panel if you have indie published or provide services to help authors go indie.
SA 9:45 – 10:30 Book Editors / Agents Panel
Magazine Editors Panel
For more information about how our appointment system works, click on Appointments. Many conferees consider this the most important part of the conference. They leave a workshop or continuing session to meet with you. Please do not disappoint them by being late for their appointments. And please sandwich constructive criticism between positive encouragement, but be careful not to give false encouragement.
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 to the conferee at the conference.
Father, please give us all much wisdom to know how You would have us respond to the conferees 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.
A written critique is not expected, but conferees appreciate notes jotted directly on the manuscript.
You are welcome to consign books, CDs, and other special products for sale at our book table. We charge a 20% consignment fee on items sold.
If you are shipping, click here for a consignment form. Use this form to let me know by April 15 if you are shipping or bringing your product.
Ship product by May 1 to arrive by May 12 to:
YMCA Estes Park Center
Conference Center Office
ATTN: Writers Conference Books
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80511-2550
All items need to be priced—individually. You may list your titles, quantity, and price on this form or include your own form in the box. If you are bringing your product with you, it will save time at check-in if you have the consignment form completed. Please do not offer buy 1 get 1 free or half price. That makes it difficult to track what we owe you.
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 speakers.
Give-aways – We're delighted to have books you've authored or your house has published as give-aways. If shipping (to the above address), please clearly note titles that are for give-away.
We are glad to obtain your books directly from your publisher and apply the sales profit to conference expenses if you prefer. (Thank you!) Please include titles and publishers on the Book Consignment/Order/Donation form.
Please help us make this year’s book table the best yet by including a list of titles you will recommend to your class. Book sales not only help us meet our budget, they provide continued learning after the conference.
Show & Tell - Please visit our tables and pick up several books for “show-and-tell” to recommend to your class. I guarantee you’ll find some new-to-you titles that I hope you’ll be tempted to purchase. Everything is discounted!
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 are unable to make copies. If you have flyers for resources 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 too
Author interviews and book signing Friday evening - You are welcome to participate, but please limit what you share in your “interview” to your latest release to give time for our conferees.
This form will be in the packet you’ll receive when you arrive. Please fill it out completely rather than depend on me to remember what you’ve taught or need reimbursed. And please include your address. If you earn more than $600 (either at CCWC or combined with GPCWC if you’re also teaching there), you must include your Social Security number. I probably won’t begin writing checks for a week or two after I get home on May 24. if you need your check expedited, please note this on your form.
Please take a few minutes to complete this or email your comments to me after you get home. But don’t wait until the conference is a distant memory! Your feedback is needed and appreciated.
Pick up your consignment form from the Book Table. Collect your unsold books. Enter pertinent information on consignment form. Sign it and return it to the Book Table. If needed, we will ship your books home and deduct the cost from your payment.
CD(s) of Your Workshop or Continuing Session
Please pick up your free CD(s) before you leave.
Marlene 484-991-8581 (home)
Note: Please use my home phone pre- and post-conference.
Bookstore Manager / Registrar / Appointment Coordinator
Appointment Desk Captain
Marti Pieper 352-409-3136
On Campus Transportation
Tom Pieper 352-459-5905
Eric Sprinkle 719-322-6992
Conference Office, East Lobby Ruesch Auditorium
(beginning Monday around 4:00 pm)
970-586-3341 x 1164