Workshops for the 2014 Writers Conference
THE WORKSHOPS LISTED HERE ARE THE 2013 SESSIONS. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING AND CHANGING THE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS FOR 2014. BE PATIENT AS WE WORK THROUGH SETTING UP THE NEW CONFERENCE. WE HOPE TO HAVE ALL THESE REVISED AND CONFIRMED FOR 2014 BY DECEMBER AND THE NEW WEBSITE FULLY ACTIVE BY JANUARY OF 2014.
In addition to the one hour workshops on Saturday, there will be a series of pre-conference two-hour sessions for those interested on Friday afternoon that will consist of intense, personal and practical applications for those willing to get involved directly in the writing process. These two-hour workshops will require a modest fee ($40 before October 21st; afterwards $50 at the door) beyond the general registration fee of $90 (after October 21st the cost will be $100 at the door).
CONFERENCE ALUMNI PANEL: "What We Learned and How It Has Helped" - Vickie Phelps (Chair)
This session is an open discussion led and coordinated by Mrs. Vickie Phelps, a noted author and conference planner. Each of the participants have attended the conference and other conferences and will share how the conference has benefited and blessed many lives. Each participant will share how the conference profited them and helped them in their writing. This conference session would be a good introduction to the many opportunities available the rest of the day. Each author has experience in writing and publishing. There is a wide range of ages and experiences in this panel.
TWO-HOUR WORKSHOP: "Survive Your Way To Publication" - Terry Burns
Publication is not a selection process but a survival process. Terry walks the author through the entire pitch and submission process; how to do a proposal and what each portion is and what it does. Agent Burns discusses how to pass the various tests and make it into the 15% of submissions that are actually in the running. This workshop is presented in a Q & A format that goes along with his new book on the same subject.
Workshop - "Editor and Agent Pet Peeves" - Terry Burns
Are there things that can rub an editor or an agent the wrong way and affect the success of a submission? You bet there are, and Terry has collected a number of them in a program designed to help the writer avoid some of the pitfalls they may not even see coming.
Workshop -"Writing to Reach the Unbeliever" - Terry Burns
Jesus used fiction to make some of his most important points. They were called parables. Terry talks about using fiction in order to spread God's word and about the difference between writing for the Christian market and writing in hopes of reaching an unbeliever. Too often people say they are writing a "crossover book" but I believe a crossover book is an accident. Books are written 180 degrees different for the maximum effect in the two markets so the writer should choose one and hope he or she can make people from the other market read it as well. Too often a book intentionally written for both markets ends up in that no-man's-land with too much faith content for the mainstream market and not enough to interest the Christian market. Terry will talk about these differences and how to reach the desired audience.
Workshop - "Do It Yourself (DIY) Publishing - Don Burton
Don is the author of the self-published book You're The Secret: The Seal is Broken, The Secret Revealed. This workshop is for aspiring authors covering the benefits and drawbacks of self-publishing, as well as the financial costs of publishing, marketing and selling your own book. This workshop gives a preview of the material that the author presents in his all-day, intensive bootcamp, that covers all the nuts and bolts of the self-publishing process, including tips for selling on Amazon, getting into Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Hastings, local outlets, choosing a distributor, and marketing your book to your core audience.
Workshop - "Editorial Makeover" - Ken Camp
Tired of having editors perform major surgery on your writing? Find out how to be your own editor. Learn seven steps you can take to tighten flabby writing and seven blemishes you can remove easily.
Workshop - "Discover the Denominational Market" - Ken Camp
Learn about opportunities to write for Baptist media. Find out how the changing landscape in print journalism could create new avenues for aspiring writers to be published--whether electronically or in print.
Workshop: "Selling Books Using Audio and Video: Proven Techniques" - Kristen Clark
The full title of this practical workshop is "How to Sell More Books Using Audio and Video: Proven Techniques to Increase Sales." In this workshop you will learn why audio and video are critical marketing tools, how to easily and professionally create revenue-generating audio and video tools; and how to generate content ideas for creating different audio and video files.
Workshop: "Promoting and Selling Your Book on Facebook" - Kristen Clark
This workshop's long title is really "The Shocking Truth About Promoting and Selling Your Book on Facebook: Tried and True Tips for Increasing Likes, Clicks, and Sales." In this workshop you will learn to weave your way through the complicated jungle of different Facebook advertising options; how to create effective Facebook ads; how to track your ad's progress and market reach, as well as copy writing tips for increased success using Facebook.
Workshop: "Becoming an Entrepreneurial Author" - Lawrence J. Clark
If you are attending this conference, you write because it is a gift God has given you. Just because you are writing for the Kingdom, though, doesn't mean that you need to write for free or wait on tables to support your family. In this workshop you will learn to radically change your mindset and learn a variety of ways to create, publish, and promote your writing and yourself as an expert, whether you write fiction, non-fiction, Bible studies, devotionals, Christian living, or any other genre.
Workshop: "Time Management and Goal-Setting for Writers" - Lawrence J. Clark
Have you written the "Great American Novel" yet? Or have you written that best-selling Christian devotional or self-help book that is going to change thousands of lives if you could only get it published? Or do you love to write and are full of great ideas, but are still not sure what you should be focusing on? While discerning God's will for your life and career is beyond the scope of a 1 hour workshop, this eye-opening, thought-provoking, and practical hands-on session will provide you with numerous tools to sort through your ideas, set clear goals, then manage your time so you can accomplish the mission you were created for.
Workshop: "The Wonderment of Discovery" - Cindy Anne Duncan
Cindy Anne Duncan's workshop is "The Wonderment of What You Will Discover--Walking on the Path God Has You Own." In last year's conference Cindy Anne Duncan opened her workshop, saying, "A writer breathes and the story begins." Listening to the calling--a whisper, a photo, a feeling, a dream." This year she will teach about the awareness of "Walking God's Path," your daily walk, and all it holds. "Listening to the Calling," will call you ever so gently like a soft summer rain, or may come to you like a roaring thunderstorm with the evening skies dazzling with lightning. Listen to your calling and answer it, one word at a time, and one sentence at a time, one breath at a time, and this year she will show you one step at a time. In her workshop, you will learn just how VITAL it is to be aware of the things that you see, the people you meet, as well as the lessons you discover on your path. "Walking God's Path," will enrich your writing, and most importantly you will feel God's arms and love so intensely, for you KNOW this is who or what He wanted you to find on His path for you! From an amazing, late evening, Caddo Lake Tour under a full moon, to the wonderful people, to a walk through history, a beautiful flower, nurturing three abandoned baby raccoons; to a discovery you will encounter on your daily walk. Ms. Duncan feels that some people miss so much with the daily rush here and there, that they are not slowing down to discover what is on their path. She will tell you just how thrilling it is to meet people, see things and realize how these things can totally change your way of thinking on your path. She will also share a few of her columns and just how enriched her path has been, how greatly deepened her wriiting, as well as her life, have grown in such amazing ways! And, yes, you can even "Bloom through the Storm" on your path as well. She will share with you on a very personal level! Ms. Duncan loves music and frequently used music therapy as a social worker. She will also demonstrate using music in writing. So come prepared for a delightful adventure, you will not only enjoy, though you just may . . . walk away with a different step!
Workshop: "Writing for Radio and Television" - Joan Hallmark
An experienced television and broadcast journalist will present the basics of writing for the broadcast media. You will learn the secrets of putting together the words that make-for-a-successful program and news story.
Workshop: "Writing Outside the Academy" - Jerry L. Faught, II
This workshop will provide information and inspiration for teachers, students, writers and others interested in writing and publishing creative non-academic articles, short stories and novels.
Workshop: "Building Writing Credibility: Working With Newspapers" - Morgan Tarpley & Terri Lacher
Discover from experienced journalists, photographers, and news writers how to break into print through newspapers. Learn what you should do and how you can do it. Your questions will be welcomed and carefully answered in the workshop on dealing with newspaper opportunities and adventures.
TWO-HOUR WORKSHOP: "Building a Writing Investment: Keeping a Journal" - Jerry Hopkins
A workshop with an experienced writer who has kept a journal since 1960. The essentials for a person to use a journal in one's professional life, personal life or in the classroom will be discussed. Included in the presentation will be examples of journals from the past and present, bibliographical information, philosophical background and reasons, practical suggestions, and a "hands-on" experiment in journaling. The presenter will share an array of handouts, bibliographical resources, work sheets and related materials to enhance the journaling experience. An interesting display of published journals will be included in this workshop. This will be a "hands-on" workshop for those who want to begin journaling or those who are experienced in keeping a journal. Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced
Workshop - "Writing a Book!" - Bill Keith
A more descriptive title for this workshop would be "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Book--But Never Had a Chance to Ask." This session will deal with how to write a book--from the inception of the idea to the completed manuscript and published book. An experienced publisher, author, editor and consultant will provide you with details and wise suggestions on producing your book, submitting it to publishers, promoting your idea and manuscript, and then working through the publishing process and marketing of your new book.
Workshop - "Sharing Your Faith: Writing Daily Devotionals" - David King
The focus of this two-part workshop is to help you develop the essentials for good devotional writing. Discover where and how to start writing meditations. Learn the significance of being Bible-based (Part 1) and authentic (Part 2) as you share your faith through your writing. Sample and compare several leading daily devotionals to see how they differ and receive a market list. This workshop is designed for both beginning and intermediate writers. Even experienced and advanced writers can benefit from David King's ideas and suggestions.
Workshop - "Hit Your Target and Sell More Books!" - Shari Parker Publishing
You are or want to be a writer, but you're wondering where and how to sell your books? Have you defined the specific target to buy your books? Do you know how to reach them? You will find these answers and more in Shari Parker's one-hour interactive workshop, "Hit Your Target and Sell More Books! Shari guides you through the Seven Essential Hooks for every book. She has consolidated her 40 years of sales and marketing experience into a list of 50 Markets you need to use to sell more books. You will receive worksheets to assist you in developing your marketing strategy plan. During the workshop, points will be given to each person for participating. The person with the most points at the end will choose a free book from the 58 titles she has published. Shari Parker shares her secrets for successful selling. Don't miss this one!
TWO-HOUR WORKSHOP: "Co-authors, Ghostwriters, Partners . . . Writing With Someone Else" - Don Piper
Can you write better together? In this seminar I'll examine what it's like to write with a co-author. Are two heads really better than one? And what about having someone else write your story for you? Will the perspective of a professional storyteller enhance or detract? Don has worked with Writer Cecil Murphey on more than one project in his career. His initial best-selling book 90 Minutes in Heaven was a volume that resulted from working with this creative genius who has worked with several best-selling authors--Dr. Ben Carson, Virginia Garberding, Salome Thomas-El, Shaun Alexander, Matt Loehr, Liz Allison, Franklin Graham and Bishop Eddie Long. Don Piper has worked with Murphey on several books.
Workshop: "PAIN INTO PURPOSE: IS YOUR TEST A TESTIMONY THAT NEEDS TELLING?" - Don Piper
For years since my accident I have maintained that it's not what happens to us in life, it's what we do with it that ultimately matters. We can indeed turn our disappointments into divine appointments. This seminar will help you define what needs to be told and how to tell it. This workshop is designed to help writers develop and produce something out of their struggles, suffering, failures and pains good things. This workshop will help you gain insights into dealing with Job-like situations that can be turned into constructive, positive and productive literary and artistic contributions that can become a blessing and benefit to others.
Keynote Address: "Responses to Writing: My Life Is For Sale At Wal-Mart" - Don Piper
A message from one who lives the life because God is real and there are pain and problems . . . even at Wal-Mart in the book section.
Workshop: "Writing Christian Non-Fiction" - Harold Rawlings
We will explore the wonderful world of Christian non-fiction, one of the most popular book markets today. We will discuss the various genres of Christian non-fiction: devotional books, history, biography, essays, memoirs, self-help, parenting, book reviews. You will learn the importance of establishing a purpose before writing, determining your audience, discussing themes central to the Christian experience, doing thorough research on your subject matter, and being as accurate as possible in telling the story.
Display - Ancient Scriptures, Valuable Rare English Bibles - Harold Rawlings
The Rawlings Foundation has one of the best collections of ancient texts of Scripture and rare English Bibles. These will be on display Friday and Saturday in the Ornelas Student Center. Dr. Rawlings is the author of Trial By Fire: The Struggle to Get the Bible into English, which grew out of his lecture on the History of the English Bible. He has also authored Basic Baptist Beliefs: An Exposition of Key Biblical Doctrines; and The Words of This Prophecy: Messages on the Book of Revelation. His spiritual formation booklet for new Christians, "Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?" is used by churches throughout the U.S.
Workshop: Academic Scholarship and Publishing - Lawrence Ressler
This workshop is a retrospective and forum for faculty and administrator. It will provide a personal academic scholarship retrospective of a faculty member and administrator, ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who has worked more than 30 years in small Christian colleges with a heavy teaching load. The workshop will be practical in nature with time for those attending to share their struggles, successes and questions. This will be a hands-on, action-based study as to how to work on writing book reviews, articles and materials for the academy and scholarly publications.
Workshop - "Introduction to Social Media for Writers" - Lexie Smith
Facebook and Twitter and blogs? Oh, my! What's a writer to do with these? Come meet them and find out what they can do for you. Learn how they can work together to help you create an online presence, network, publicize and enhance your writing skills. This session is for experienced wrtiers needing a platform, novice writers wanting to develop the craft and anyone in between.
Workshop: "Create a Simple Website" - Lexie Smith
Writers need an online presence. A simple website is a key part of that presence. The good news is that you don't have to know a computer language to create a website or hire someone to make your website for you. You can create a simple website with one of many free to low-cost options available. Come discover how you can boost your visibility and potential publicity by creating your own personal and/or professional website.
Workshop: "GETTING STARTED WRITING POETRY" - Dr. Donn Taylor
Do you want to write poetry but don't know where to start? This session provides several specific aiming points to get you from the blank page to the completed first draft. The same fundamentals can be used to evaluate your draft after it is complete. Although oriented toward the beginning poet, the discussion also presents fruitful concepts for those more experienced.
Workshop: "WRITING POETRY OUTSIDE THE BOX" - Dr. Donn Taylor
Many poems written today have a sameness that makes one look much like another. What, then, can make a poem stand out in the flood of submissions each editor receives? This session describes and illustrates five techniques that will make your poems strikingly different from most that editors will see. These techniques will help novices and experienced poets alike.
Workshop: "Broader Horizons in Poetic Technique" - Dr. Donn Taylor
Poetry is poetry because it communicates more intensely than ordinary language. As some have said, it is "speaking in higher voltage." Designed for beginners and experienced poets alike, this session illustrates how the use of certain poetic structures and techniques can "raise the voltage" of your poetry while deepening its meaning. An experienced poet and a scholar of poetry and writing will provide participants in this session valuable resources for creative expression.