Fiction: Writing Fiction from a Christian Worldview without Getting Preachy
How can we be a light to the world without blinding our readers? Can we really write fiction that crosses over to the general market? And how do we avoid writing “hokey” Christian fiction? What about making our stories more edgy to make them more real? We’ll talk about writing in a way that changes lives without compromising our standards.
Nonfiction: Book, Blog, or Article?
Does your nonfiction idea fulfill the criteria needed for a book, or is it better suited to a blog series or an article? Is a blog even relevant anymore? If you want to write nonfiction, do you have to be active on social media? Why should you take the time to write an article you will not be paid for? These are a few of the questions we will answer in this fun, interactive class. Must bring a laptop or notebook.
Writing Craft: Rev Up Your Writing with Literary Device
So you’ve written your draft, and it’s okay. Pretty good, even. But it’s not great … and you’re not sure how to give it that extra oomph to take your writing to the next level. Never fear, zeugmas are here! Gather your quill, your computer, and your curiosity and join in this fast-paced, fun workshop setting to learn about little-used literary devices from A to Z, and catapult your story to (possible) best-seller status. Learn from best-selling authors of the past and present, and emulate their techniques to make your writing a true work of art.
The Writer’s Life: Making it Through the Hardest Year of Your Life
What if you’re going through the hardest year of your life—when you walk with your best friend through her cancer journey and then usher her into Jesus’ arms, and when your husband has two heart attacks, and when you end up with shingles twice—and that is the year God chooses to bring you a publishing contract? To fulfill that contract, you’ll have to continue to write even when you feel like your life is falling apart. Kelly Harrel will share her testimony as well as many practical tips on how to keep going when you don’t think you can even get out of bed in the morning.
Publishing: Who Needs an Agent?
Do you need an agent? What can an agent do for me? How important are agents in today’s publishing world? At what stage of my writing journey should I make “first contact” with an agent? Will having an agent make much difference between whether I get published or not? These questions and more will be answered by Steve Laube, who has been in the book industry nearly four decades.
Marketing/Promotion: Personal Branding
Many readers today want to feel like they know the authors they follow. That's why branding is so critical for new writers. Professional imagery and visuals can attract readers to beginning authors (and those who have been around for a while). Personal branding can help prospective readers better understand what they’ll get if they buy your book, course, or a ticket to hear you speak. It can also help keep you focused. A great brand starts with a great logo and a unified look on social media. But how do you create a logo? This workshop includes tips and secrets to making great images and visuals.
Children/YA: Writing for Young Adults
Some of the most popular books of all time come from the young adult category. These books speak to readers during their formative years, and that’s a heavy responsibility for writers. Authors writing young adult novels need a clear understanding of this unique audience and a vision for what they hope to accomplish. In this workshop, we’ll define young adult; we’ll talk about who reads it, what those readers want, what does and doesn’t work; and we’ll get you thinking about why you have chosen to write for this audience.
Technical: Book Cover Design
Cover designs for books (especially e-books) require some key considerations. Whether you're hiring a designer or attempting to design your own cover, make sure yours get noticed for the right reasons! Join illustrator/designer Ken Raney as we look at the design considerations for a compelling book cover that gets noticed, communicates well, and looks as professional as the writing inside. We will look at typography, stock photography, illustration, and other considerations, including some case histories for strong covers. This class will prove helpful to all levels of writers, from beginner to seasoned pro.
Specialty: Sharing Your Faith through Flash Fiction
Jesus, the Master of flash fiction, used parables. He introduced relatable reference points, a plot, and a story structure with a clear beginning, middle, and end. In this workshop, you’ll learn these story elements and determine how and when to use intentional framing and twists that will captivate readers. You’ll leave this class prepared to build your platform, earn publishing credits and income, nurture a loyal reader base, and submit your stories to a publisher that reaches 18,000 readers. Ten students will receive an opportunity to submit a story (1,000 words or less) for instructor feedback.