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
- 1 Work-in-Progress Seminar
- 43 Afternoon Workshops
- 1 Faculty Panel Discussion
- Appointments with Editors and Agents
- Professional Critiques and Consults
- Hands-on Mentoring Opportunities
EDITORS AND AGENTS COMING THIS YEAR!
LIN JOHNSON (EDITOR) – CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATOR/ THE CHRISTIAN WRITERS MARKET GUIDE
NANCY LOHR (EDITOR) – JOURNEYFORTH
CINDY SPROLES (EDITOR) – LIGHTHOUSE PUBLISHING OF THE CAROLINAS
JEANETTE WINDLE (EDITOR) – KREGEL PUBLISHING
MICHELLE LAZUREK (AGENT) – WORDWISE MEDIA SERVICES
BOB HOSTETLER (AGENT) – THE STEVE LAUBE AGENCY
This conference is directed by Marsha Hubler.
: has worked at the crossroads of web design, photography, marketing, & social media for more years than he cares to count. Since launching Clearly See Media in 2008, he continues to work as a digital advertising specialist for companies including Amazon Publ., Lamplighter Publ., QVC, The Shopping Channel, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and many retail & service businesses.
: a former corporate editor & writer for multi-million-dollar corporations & versatile nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. An award-winning freelance writer who writes for general & Christian markets, and the author of a dozen nonfiction children's books, she’s also the author of I Want to Talk with My Teen About Money Management
. She’s written articles, columns, essays, devotionals, fillers, Bible Study Guides, & book chapters.
: an award-winning author, lit. agent, & speaker from southwestern OH. His 50 books, including the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door
& The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional
, have sold millions of copies. Bob’s also the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute. He & his wife have been married for 40 years. They have 2 children & 5 grandchildren.
is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
and the Capitalization Dictionary
and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional
series. She’s been a professional freelance editor and writing mentor since 1998, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She directs the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Having founded The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Editor Connection, and PENCON, she is now co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, parent company to those organizations as well as The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com
Lin Johnson: the managing editor of the Christian Communicator, a monthly magazine; editor-administrator of The Christian Writers Market Guide; author of more than 70 books with a specialization in Bible curriculum. A Gold Medallion Book Award & an Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals award recipient. Lin also directs the Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area and teaches at writers’ conferences around the world.
Michelle Lazurek: a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife & associate literary agent for WordWise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal, & the Maxwell award for best non-fiction. A member of the Christian Author's Network & the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She & her husband live in Coudersport, PA, with their 2 children.
Nancy Lohr: acquires for both the youth & adult markets for JourneyForth. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in book publishing and has experience as an educator and children’s librarian. She loves to teach about the art & craft of writing. Her personal writing résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and book reviews and articles for parents and educators.
Joyce Magnin is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer novels, Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) and three middle grade novels, Jelly Bean Summer, Carrying Mason and Cake-Love, Chickens and Taste of Peculiar which was awarded a Kirkus starred review. Her debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright’s Pond) was named one of the top five titles of 2009 by Library Journal and was a finalist for the Carol Award. Joyce is a staff author for Rabbit Publishing where she writes the Honey Moon books and collaborates on the Harry Moon titles. Joyce also writes curriculum with Rabbit Publishing based on the popular middle grade series. She loves to visit schools and talk about the magical world of books and writing.
Ginny Merritt: has attended MCWC for over 20 years, has written drama, puppet skits, devotions, & two published books: A Ram for Isaac and The Window in the Wall (BJU Press). She’s working on illustrating Revelation as a personal project. She’s a speaker for Stonecroft Christian Women's Connection and lives in Clyde, NY, with her husband, Ray.
Chris Morris: the founder of Chris Morris CPA, LLC, an accounting firm focused on creative entrepreneurs. His clients include editors, digital designers, authors, photographers, online marketing firms, & publishers. He has an MBA from Grand Canyon University & a Bachelor in Biblical Studies from Arizona Christian University. A regular faculty member & keynote at Christian writers’ conferences. He’s authored two books.
: an author, teacher, & speaker. She’s the managing editor for Straight Street Books and Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) & the executive editor of ChristianDevotions.us
. She travels nationwide teaching at writers’ conferences & women's conferences. A best-selling author & writing mentor, she’s the author of 9 non-fiction and 2 fiction books. Cindy’s devotions are widely published over the eastern seaboard.
: an international speaker, former TV host, & award-winning author of 18 books. She’s written more than 600 articles for more than 60 publications. Currently, she writes for “Leading Hearts Magazine” & “Molly Green Magazine.” She writes for women, families, children, & the military. Best sellers include God’s Girls
and My Princess Devotions
: Award-winning novelist, journalist, editor, & collaborative writer Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in almost 40. Those experiences have birthed 21 fiction and non-fiction titles, including Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace
(2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards finalist) and bestseller All Saints
, also a Sony movie.
Conrad and Donna Krieger
: accomplished musicians, who have traveled worldwide presenting concerts & workshops in churches & conferences. Conrad has been a church music director for many years. He plays the piano, guitar, & flugelhorn. Donna has taught music at the college level and is a pianist, vocalist, writer, & arranger. The Kriegers have recorded 13 albums, & Donna's publications include solo, duet, piano & choir arrangements, as well as two original cantatas.
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 discuss ways to improve and/or market your piece.
Register for MCWC by June 20th and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.
Michelle Lazurek - Nonfiction for adults: devotionals, Bible studies, memoirs
Children's picture books ideally ages 1-3, 5-8, but will take chapter books for older if needed. Christian content is ideal but will take secular written by a Christian.
Please submit a fiction proposal and manuscript (per the appropriate template on the Wordwise Media website in the “connect” section) (Limit: 5)
Nancy Lohr – children’s fiction, picture books (Limit: 3)
Karen Whiting – devotions, Bible stories for kids, nonfiction any age, proposals, articles (No limit)
Jeanette Windle – nonfiction: theological/memoirs/Christian living (Limit: 4)
Kathy Ide - any fiction except speculative, or any nonfiction, but only for adult readership (Limit: 5)
Joyce Magnin – middle grade and YA fiction (Limit: 4)
Cindy Sproles – fiction for adults; devotions (Limit: 4)
Juvenile fiction with Joyce Magnin: $40 (4 sessions)
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 is $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. Please tag all books with prices rounded to a dollar.
Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again.
MONDAY: THE PUGS PARTY - Are you sure you know where all those commas go? How about “em” dashes? Apostrophes? Join this fun activity presented by Kathy Ide and Vie Herlocker, which will be entertaining as well as informative and will make you a better writer.
TUESDAY: FREE TIME or REHEARSAL FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING
WEDNESDAY: MAKE YOUR PITCH – Here’s your chance to share your book idea for no more than one minute to an audience of your peers AND a panel of faculty members, who will give you their honest opinion. Wear a character’s costume, sing, or be as creative as you like to get your point across. Do you have the nerve?
THURSDAY: WRITERS’ THEATER - another opportunity for you to shine! Bring your own work, an excerpt from a short story, memoir, novel, or a poem and trimmed to three minutes and read it to the conferees at the Writers’ Theater, a delightful program that celebrates your creativity.