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Wednesday, June 13
8:15-9:30 Registration
8:30-9:15 First-timers Orientation: Getting the Most From the Conference—Tammie Edington Shaw
9:30-10:30 Opening General Session
Speaker—Bob Hostetler—"Write Like Baseball"
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:15 Continuing Classes
  1. How to Get Published—Joyce K. Ellis
    Learn to focus ideas, find markets, submit manuscripts in correct format, understand manuscript rights, write query letters, and more. Recommended for people who have not been published.
  2. Fiction Toolbox—Susan Baganz
    Study the basic elements and terminology of fiction writing, including plot, developing characters, point of view, and editing process.
  3. Writing Nonfiction—Dr. Dennis E. Hensley
    Learn to write a variety of nonfiction manuscripts, including articles, newspaper stories, blogs, and books.
  4. Writing Powerful Personal Experiences—Sherri Langton
    Many times we feel a conviction from God to tell our stories, and we set to writing them. However, we often fail to lift our writing to a level that powerfully impacts the reader. Learn how to take your personal experiences beyond the level of mediocrity to sales.
  5. Creating Your Author Website/Blog—Cyle Young
    Walk through the entire process of setting up a self-hosted WordPress website and blog, so you can create your site at home.
  6. Advanced Career Track—Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett
    Prerequisite: one book published or under contract or at least 75 published manuscripts, not counting reprints. Explore all the tricks of the trade that have allowed Michelle and Bethany to run successful freelance writing businesses. You will learn how to stay competitive in the market, build and leverage your platform to get higher-paying clients, manage your clients with a tried-and-true system, use LinkedIn like a pro, and find consistent freelance work.
12:15-1:45 Lunch and Free Time
1:45-3:00 Panel: Magazine, Newsletter, and Website Editors
3:30-4:30 Electives
  1. From Boring to Gripping: Reorganizing Your Manuscript for Maximum Effect—Inger Logelin
  2. Making the Most of Editorial Appointments—Bob Hostetler
  3. Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror: Finding Your Market—Rowena Kuo
  4. Ghostwriting and Collaborating—Ginger Kolbaba
  5. Research: Becoming an Authority—Bill Watkins
  6. Go Viral: Marketing on Social Media—Terry Whalin
4:30-6:30 Free Time and Dinner
4:45-5:15 First-timers Debriefing: Ask Questions/Get Help—Tammie Edington Shaw
6:30-8:00 General Session
Worship—Cynthia Ruchti
Speaker—Michelle Medlock Adams
8:15-9:45 Manuscript Critique Groups
 
Thursday, June 14
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-8:55 Worship and Devotions—Cynthia Ruchti
9:00-10:15 Panel: Specialty and Independent Publishing Editors
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Free Time
1:30-2:30 Electives
  1. Writing to Engage Readers—Cindy Sproles
  2. Building Your Author Platform From Scratch—Rachel Pellegrino
  3. Writing Effective Book Proposals—Terry Whalin
  4. Writing a Bestselling Novel—Julie Gwinn
  5. Creating and Giving a Speech—Jane Rubietta
  6. Beyond Books and Magazines: Freelance Tentmaking—Lee Warren
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Electives
  1. Developing Your Voice—Sheila Seifert
  2. Understanding Book-publishing Options—Lee Warren
  3. Freelance Editing for Publishing Houses—Natalie Nyquist
  4. Articles to Books, Books to Articles—Ginger Kolbaba
  5. Getting Invites to Speak—Jane Rubietta
  6. Panel: Literary Agents
4:00-6:30 Free Time and Dinner
4:15-5:15 Manuscript Critique Groups
6:30-8:00 General Session
Worship—Cynthia Ruchti
Speaker—Michelle Medlock Adams
8:15-9:45 Manuscript Critique Groups and Manuscript Makeovers Group Session
 
Friday, June 15
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-8:55 Worship and Devotions—Cynthia Ruchti
9:00-10:15 Panel: Specialty and Independent Publishing Editors
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Free Time
1:30-2:30 Electives
  1. How to Write With a Christian Worldview in the General Market—Rowena Kuo
  2. From Blog to Book—Inger Logelin
  3. Integrating Faith in Kids Fiction—Rachel Pellegrino
  4. Pitch Me Your Parenting Ideas (and Get an Assignment)—Sheila Seifert
  5. Writing Devotions That Sell—Cynthia Ruchti
  6. Using Sales Funnels to Find New Readers—Lee Warren
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Electives
  1. How to Write Faster and Better—Bill Watkins
  2. Improve Your Writing: Learning the Art of Critique—Cindy Sproles
  3. Sell Everything You Write—Bob Hostetler
  4. Write As if It Matters: Encouragement for Discouraged Writers—Cynthia Ruchti
  5. Writing As a Business: Creating a Plan for Success—Lee Warren
  6. Using Goodreads to Reach More Readers—Terry Whalin
4:00-6:30 Free Time and Dinner
4:15-5:15 Manuscript Critique Groups
6:00-8:30 Banquet
Speaker—Bob Hostetler
 
Saturday, June 16
8:15-9:00 Registration
8:30-9:00 Worship and Devotions—Cynthia Ruchti
9:15-10:30 Continuing Classes (see Wednesday)
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 General Session
Speaker—Michelle Medlock Adams
12:00-1:00 Lunch
 
 

Updates from the Brochure

Switches
Understanding Book-publishing options — to Thu. 3:00;
Go Viral: Marketing on Social Media — to Wed. 3:30

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