Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

Dennis E. Hensley holds four college degrees in communications, including a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University. He is chairman of the Department of Professional Writing at Taylor University, where he holds the rank of full professor.  Dr. Hensley serves each year as a judge for the Christy Fiction Awards, the Evangelical Press Association Awards, and the Christian Book (Gold Medallion) Book Awards. He is a columnist in Christian Communicator and Southeast Fiction Online Magazine.  Dr. Hensley is the author of more than 60 published books. His nine writing textbooks include How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It (Random House), Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours (Macmillan) and Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects (Bold Vision Books, Coming August 2016).  His ten novels include The Gift (Harvest House) and Pseudonym (Whitaker Publishers, 2016).
His freelance articles appear in Writer's Digest, Essence, War Cry, The Writer, People, Reader's Digest, and The Upper Room, among dozens of other publications.  Dr. Hensley served as a sergeant in the United States Army and was award six medals for service in Vietnam.  He and his wife Rose have been married for 45 years. They have two grown married children and four grandchildren.


Keynote Topics presented by Doc:

Thursday Evening:  "Word Power Equals Sales Power"

Friday Morning:  "What Writers Can Learn from Submarine People"

Friday Evening: "18 Strategic Rules for Contemporary Writing"

Saturday Morning: "12 Insights on How Editors and Publishers Think"

Sunday Morning: "Where Is the Real Battleground?"


Workshop Presented by Doc:

Mastering the Art of Dialogue for Fiction and Nonfiction
In this session Doc Hensley will show how to use dialogue to create dramatic tension, to summarize back story, to advance
the action of a story, and to reveal aspects of a character's personality.  Doc is the author of more than 150 published short
stories, one stage musical, and ten novels.