2017 Conference Schedule

*Schedule subject to change


1:30 – 5:30      Registration Opens

2:30 – 5:30      Book Proposal Studio

                         Pastors Track Begins

3:00 – 5:00      Pitch and Networking Workshop

5:30 – 6:30      Dinner

6:30 – 8:00      Meet & Greet Sock Hop

8:00                 Heaven Bound, Movie Night with Torry Martin



7:30 – 8:15      Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00    First Time Conferees Meeting

                         Faculty Meeting

10:15 – 12:00  Opening Session

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

1:30 – 3:45      Continuing Classes:

                         Chart a Course: Beginning Your Publishing Journey – Teen Track, Ben Wolf

                         Fiction: Writing Lessons from the Front, Angela Hunt

                         Nonfiction A-Z, Edie Melson

                         Screenwriting 101, Torry Martin

                         Social Media Synergy, Bethany Jett

                         Spoken Word; Written Word. Expanding Your Ministry – Pastors Track, Alton Gansky

                         The Continuous Critique Track, Shellie Arnold & Kristen Stieffel

                         The Five F’s of a Writing Career: Freelance, Finance, Faith, Family and Fun—Getting it all done with grace and
Michelle Medlock Adams

                         The Speaking Side of Writing, Laura Petherbridge

                         Writing for Children: The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs, and All that Stuff In Between, Hannah Hall 

4:00 – 5:30      Sign Up for Appointments

5:30 – 6:30      Dinner

7:00 – 9:00      Keynote address

9:15 – 10:15    After Hours Workshops: 

                         I’ve Written a Children’s Book...Now What?, Hannah Hall

                         Ten Tips to Double Your Freelance Income, Michelle Medlock Adams

                         The Power of Networking, Torry Martin

                         Reprints, Rights, and Re-writes – Getting Milage Out of Your Work, Cheri Cowell

                         Dynamite Bible Studies that Can Change the World, Gloria Penwell



7:30 – 8:15      Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00      Music, Devotions, and Announcements

9:00 – 11:15    Continuing Classes, Including Pastor’s Track

11:30 – 12:00  Keynote Address

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch

1:30 – 2:30        Workshops:

                           Rediscovering the Joy of Writing, Natalie Gillespie

                           Poetry: Crosstraining for Prose Writers, Lora Zill

                           Secrets of a Great Nonfiction Book Proposal, Erin Taylor Young

                           He Said/She Said. Oh, My!, Linda Glaz

                           What’s the Big Idea? (Story Pacing), Torry Martin

                           Writing Nonfiction with Authority, Dawn Anderson

                           The Plot Thickens (Children/Teens/YA), Nancy Lohr 

2:45 – 3:45        Workshops: 

                           Writing for CBN.com, Beth Patch

                           Overcoming the Fiction Dragons: Five Top Mistakes in Fiction, Karen Ball

                           Self-Editing: The Key to Better Writing, Bill Watkins

                           Ethics for Christian Writers, Marti Pieper

                           Psych’d Characters, Tina Yeager

                           Writing Outside of “the Choir”, Eddie Jones

                           Winning at Winning Contests, Cyle Young

4:00 – 5:00        Workshops: 

                           Creating Realistic, Memorable Characters in a Snap!, Angela Hunt

                           Multiply Your Message – Speaker to Writer, Linda Gilden

                           How to Write for Love Inspired, Shana Asaro

                           Screenwriting Techiques to Create a Visual Novel, Torry Martin

                           How to Get More Readers Using Magazines and Libraries, Susan Reichert

                           Mapping a Great Article, Cheri Cowell

                           Beyond Books: What Else Can I Write and Get Paid For?, Natalie Gillespie

5:30 – 6:30        Dinner

7:00 – 9:00        Keynote Address

9:15 – 10:15      After Hours Workshops: 

                           Blogging for the Soul and Making an Impact, Andy Lee

                           1,000 Frozen Pizzas – When Full Time Work and Family Meets a Call to Write, Heather Iseminger             

                            Writing Flash Fiction that Sells, Lindsey Brackett

                           100+ Tech Tools Every Author Should Know, Cyle Young

                           CSI: Fact or Fiction, Mark Mynheir



7:30 – 8:15        Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00        Music, Devotions, and Announcements

9:00 – 11:15      Continuing Classes

11:30 – 12:00    Keynote Address

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch

1:30 – 5: 30        Three Hour Workshops: 

                            Don’t Fear the Blogosphere: Blog Creation 101, Heather Iseminger

                            The Brave New World of Indie Publishing, Dan Walsh

                            Master the Memoir, Marti Pieper

                            Police Procedures: Murder by Death, Mark Mynheir

1:30 – 2:30         Workshops: 

                            Issues Writing that Matters, Bill Watkins

                            Preparing Your Heart and Spirit for Success, Erin Taylor Young & Karen Ball

                            How NOT to Get an Agent, Timothy Beals

                            Hermeneutics for Writers, Andy Lee

                            Friend Your Audience on Social Media, Kristen Hogrefe

2:45 – 3:45         Workshops:

                            Mastering the Art of Dialogue for Fiction and Nonfiction, Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

                            Making Marvelous Memes, Edie Melson

                            Zero to Book Deal, Bethany Jett 

                            7 Trends in Book Publishing You Need to Know, Eddie Jones

4:00 – 5:00         Workshops:

                            How to Make Scripture Come Alive in Your Writing, Katy Kauffman

                            Creating a Kick-Butt Fiction Proposal, Angela Hunt

                            Too Good to be True/It’s Good to be Bad – Creating Compelling Protagonists and Antagonists, Torry Martin

                            Writing to Satisy our Insatiable Longing to Feel God’s Pleasure, Lora Zill

                            Media and Promo with a Punch, Kathy Bruins

5:30 – 6:30         Dinner

6:45 – 9:00          Just Deserts Desserts Award Ceremony                 



7:30 – 8:15          Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00          Music, Devotional, Announcements

9:15 – 11:15        Continuing Classes

11:30 – 12:00      Keynote Address

12:00                    Lunch and Dismissal