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. Baganz, Don Catlett, Jeff 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 Whiting, Jeanette Windle. This conference is directed by Marsha Hubler.
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
- FROM GOOD TO BETTER TO BEST (FICTION) - Gayle Roper
- 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
1. Ask the Authors: If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Faculty Panel
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Features books by faculty and conferees. When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell.
Complimentary publishers’ guidelines and sample copies.
Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again.
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.
Help available according to need. Please inquire when registering.