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27th Annual Montrose Christian Writers Conference

July 17-22, 2016

New and experienced writers will be spiritually renewed as they sharpen their word-smithing skills and learn about Christian publishing at this annual conference.

  • 4 Continuing Morning Classes
  • 3 Work-in-Progress Seminars
  • 43 Afternoon Workshops
  • Appointments with Editors and Agents
  • Professional Critiques and Consults

Our faculty will include Susan M. BaganzDon CatlettJeff Gerke, Jim Hart, Brenda Hendricks, Kathy Ide, Michelle S. Lazurek, Larry J. Leech II Marti Pieper, Gayle Roper, Patti Souder, Shirley S. Stevens, Roseanna M. White, Karen WhitingJeanette Windle This conference is directed by Marsha Hubler.

Continuing Classes

Designed to provide in-depth learning and participation. Most valuable when taken as a series but open to those who cannot attend every day.

MAJOR MORNING CLASSES 10:40-12:10 Monday-Thursday

1.     THE IRRESISTIBLE NOVEL - Jeff Gerke                           

2.      WHAT’S YOUR STORY? (How to Write a Memoir) - Larry J. Leech II                        

3.      THE INSPIRATION & THE PERSPIRATION (Beginners) - Roseanna White                

4.       FOCUS ON JUVENILE FICTION - Jeanette Windle

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SEMINARS (LIMIT 8 CONFEREES EACH)

Morning: 10:40 – 12:10 Monday-Thursday

 

  1.   FROM GOOD TO BETTER TO BEST (FICTION) - Gayle Roper
  2.   HONING YOUR NONFICTION - Kathy Ide

Afternoon: 1:30 – 2:15 Tuesday – Thursday

     3.    POETRY (EXAMINING WORKS IN PROGRESS) - Shirley Stevens

Afternoon Workshop Series

How-to instruction on specialized topics. 

BLOGGING 101 & THE SOCIAL MEDIA
3 Sessions: 2:30 Mon., 1:30 Tues. & Wed. - Don Catlett

SO YOU WANT TO SELF PUBLISH?
3 Sessions: 2:30 Mon., 1:30 Tues. & Wed. - Michelle Lazurek      

THE WONDER OF MICROSOFT “WORD” WHEN IT WORKS
 Sessions: 2:30 Mon., Tues. & Wed. - Brenda Hendricks

HOW DOES A POEM MEAN?
3 Sessions: 3:30 Mon., Tues. & Thurs. - Shirley Stevens   

Afternoon Workshops

Monday
1:30-2:15
1. Ask the Authors: If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Faculty Panel

2:30-3:15 
2. Blogging 101  - Don Catlett
3. Self Publishing: The Writing Process - Michelle Lazurek
4. “WORD” for Writers 1 - Brenda Hendricks
5. The Heartbeat of Inspirational Romance - Susan Baganz

3:30-4:15
6. Poetry and Form - Shirley Stevens
7. Proposals that Pop - Jim Hart
8. Conquer your Inner Critic (Get Going! Keep Going!) - Patti Souder
9. Fiction with a Purpose - Roseanna White

Tuesday
1:30-2:15
10. Blogging 102 - Don Catlett
11. Self Publishing: The Editing Process - Michelle Lazurek
12. Mastering the Memoir - Marti Pieper
13. Writing for Children’s Periodicals - Karen Whiting

2:30-3:15
14. Proofread like a Pro -  Kathy Ide
15. “WORD” for Writers 2 - Brenda Hendricks
16. Inspirational Shorts - Patti Souder
17. Writing your Past into your Fiction - Susan Baganz

3:30-4:15
18. Free Verse - Shirley Stevens
19. Why You Should Hire an Agent - Jim Hart
20. How to Write a Dynamite Query - Larry J. Leech II 
21. Candid Confessions of a Novice Novelist - Jeanette Windle

Wednesday
1:30-2:15
22. Social Media 101 - Don Catlett
23. Self Publishing: The Publishing Process - Michelle Lazurek
24. Ethics for the Christian Writer - Marti Pieper
25. Writing for Today’s Tweens - Karen Whiting

2:30-3:15
26. What Can a Freelance Editor Do for You? - Kathy Ide
27. Market Yourself Now - Karen Whiting
28. “WORD” for Writers 3  - Brenda Hendricks
29. The Intuitive Writer - Roseanna White

3:30-4:15
30. Writing Mysteries and Suspense - Gayle Roper
31. Strong Starts for Nonfiction - Jim Hart
32. The Last Class on Show vs. Tell You’ll Ever Need - Jeff Gerke
33. Make It Sing! (Rewrite for Impact!) - Patti Souder

Thursday
1:30-2:15
34. Transforming Manuscripts - Karen Whiting
35. The Art of Public Speaking - Michelle Lazurek
36. I Want 2 Write 4 Teens - Marti Pieper
37. Great Beginnings and Endings - Susan Baganz

2:30-3:15
38. Writing Short Fiction Stories - Kathy Ide
39. An Editor is Your Best Friend - Gayle Roper
40. After the Conference - Larry J. Leech II 
41. What God Taught Me When I Thought I was Having Fun - Susan Baganz

3:30-4:15
42. Tools of the Trade - Shirley Stevens
43. The A to Z of Writing Feature/News Articles - Jeanette Windle
44. Christian Speculative Fiction - Jeff Gerke


Editorial Appointments

Private 15-minute appointments with editors and agents to show them material which may be suitable for their publications and/or to discuss ideas for stories. Sign-up sheets available at the conference. Bring professionally prepared manuscripts. Be sure to bring copies! No charge. 

Professional Critiques

This is a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a published professional. You will receive a written evaluation of your manuscript plus a 30-minute private appointment to talk about ways to improve and/or market your piece.

Register for MCWC by June 27 and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.

  • Susan Baganz – historical/romance (max. 5)
  • Jeff Gerke – fantasy/speculative fiction (max. 4)
  • Kathy Ide - nonfiction
  • Larry J. Leech II  – nonfiction (no articles), memoirs
  • Marti Pieper – memoirs, Bible studies (max. 5)
  • Roseanna White – women’s fiction, YA
  • Karen Whiting – devotions, teen nonfiction, picture books, children’s (no rhyme)
  • Jeanette Windle – juvenile fiction, general fiction

Other Opportunities

PRIVATE BLOGGING LESSONS:
Work one-on-one with social media guru, Don Catlett, to start a blog or upgrade the one you have. Each 45-minute session $20.

CRITIQUE GROUPS and GENRES of INTEREST GROUPS
Opportunity for feedback from other writers. No charge.

BOOK TABLE
Features books by faculty and conferees.  When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell.

FREEBIES
Complimentary publishers’ guidelines and sample copies. 

RECORDINGS

Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again. 

Scholarships

Shirley Brinkerhoff Memorial Scholarship: $100 grant for tuition
Awarded to a writer actively striving to hone the craft of writing who has not yet secured a publishing contract.  See below for application. 

General Scholarship

Help available according to need. Please inquire when registering.   

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