2020 Classes


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2019 Early Bird Classes

(Friday afternoon – no additional charge)

Classes may update and revise.

*Hows and Whys of Social Media – Edie Melson – Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on why we need a social media presence before we get a contract. Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one). How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable. How to compose effective updates that increase shares. What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience. 

*Conquering Your Writing Fears – Emily Wickman – We all have them: fears. And for the writer, they can prevent us from moving forward. This class will equip writers to conquer their fears by emphasizing three disciplines: Prayer: God Is Able. Building Relationships: With God and Other Writers.          Education – God’s Word + Writing Skills.

2019 Stepping UP

(Classes for new to intermediate writers)


*Some People Walked Into A Room – Eva Marie Everson – One of the weaknesses in new writers is forgetting to paint a picture. How does a writer show a scene with enough detail that the reader feels they are there vs. with such little abstract detail they are left feeling nothing. In this workshop, Eva Marie incorporates class participation to help bring one simple idea to a full-blown story. 

*All the Wrong Moves – Bob Hostetler –  Sometimes a writer knows there is something wrong with a chapter (or book), but can’t quite put a finger on it. This session will provide a working list of the most common reasons a page, passage, or chapter isn’t working. 

*Settings As Characters –  Sarah Loudin Thomas – Learn how to craft both believeable and enduring settings that impact your reader from beginning to end.

*You Are Not Her! – When Writers Compete - Lucinda Secrest McDowell – How did she get so many social media followers? Why did that agent sign her and not me? I’ve been writing far longer and yet she signs a book contract before me? Why don’t they ask me to speak – I have years and years of wisdom? Though competition is a natural response in this industry, it can be deadly to your own mission and message. In this workshop we are going to get real and dig deep to establish our confident identity, our own unique story and our strategy for living and speaking authentically to a hungry world.

*How to Get Published – Lin Johnson – Do you like to write but don't know how to get your words published? Are you tired of receiving rejection letters instead of checks? Do you long to see your name in print? Learn the nuts and bolts of getting published in this class. Topics include focusing your ideas for publication, targeting the right markets for your ideas, writing articles, rights and copyright, query letters, keeping records, dealing with rejection, and basic resources you'll need.

*Tight Writing— Nancy Lohr – Moving from a first draft, a messy draft, a rough-rough-rough draft to a tight, cogent, reader-ready manuscript requires focused editing. This hands-on session will identify some common causes of flabby prose.

2019 Stepping OUT

(Classes for Intermediate to Seasoned Writers)

*The All-Important First Pages – Eva Marie Everson – Why are first pages so important and why should writers make such efforts concerning them? Studied show that potential buyers, if they are intrigued by the cover of the book, will read the back cover copy. And, if they continue to be intrigued, they will flip open the front cover and begin reading the first pages. What they find there will determine if they purchase the book or not. First pages are even more important when trying to sell your work to an agent or editor, which ultimately puts the book--your book--on the bookshelves. In this workshop, bestselling, multiple award-winning author Eva Marie Everson explains why first pages are so important and shows you practical ways to make yours the best they can be.

*Strategizing a Path to Publication – Bob Hostetler –  One session that is included in the Writing Nonfiction and Your Best Book Now continuing classes again, suggesting a linear strategy for conceiving and selling books in the new and ever-changing marketplace of today.

*Writing Articles – Lin Johnson – If you want to get your message to the widest audience, write for magazines. This class will help you focus, research, and structure articles in general. Plus you’ll learn how to write a variety of types of articles.

*Writing with Power – Latan Murphy – Make your writing the best it can be. Words are powerful and there are tips you can use to make them shine.

*Writing Short Devotions that Both Inspire and TeachLucinda Secrest McDowell – Can you really combine solid content with inspirational stories in such a way that the devotional both inspires and teaches? Even with a short word count? Absolutely. This class will help with devotional writing, not placement/marketing. Come with a particular scripture text or idea in mind and let’s create!

*The Plot Thickens – Nancy Lohr —An idea, an emotion, a hero or heroine (the protagonist) are all some of the necessary elements to include in a novel for children or adults, but none of these is a substitute for a strong and compelling plot. This workshop will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold your reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying, forward-moving story.

*Finish Strong – Larry Leech – Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, readers expect a great ending to each chapter, as well as a knockout ending to the book. Both entail knowing when to stop and not overdo it. Unsatisfactory endings frustrate and disappoint readers. Don’t disappoint them. Come learn how to leave your readers satisfied and, better yet, wanting more.

*The Agent Author Relationship – Diana Flegal Do I need an agent? If so, when do I need one? What is the agent’s role? And…what is mine? Understanding the agent-author relationship is paramount to a successful career. In this class, you will learn what to expect from your agent and what is expected of you. A question and answer time will end the workshop.

*From Paper to Podium – Beth Fortune  In the publishing world today agents and publishers are looking for writers with a platform. And how do we gain a platform? One way is by speaking. The challenge is that while some people are speakers who write others are writers who need to speak but lack confidence. Sharing a message while speaking in public is much different than sitting in front of a computer. As a new speaker how do you take your message from paper to podium and present it with poise? And what if you feel called to speak. How do you begin? Join me as we take the fear out of speaking so that you can reach your dreams and your goals.


One-on-One Mentoring – 2019

Eleven spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by Award Winning, Best Selling author, Yvonne Lehman, author and teacher, Larry Leech, Social Media whiz-gal, Edie Melson, and successful author and speaker, Linda Gilden. speaker and author LaTan Murphy, and Agent Emeritus – Les Stobbe.

Mentoring spots are open to writers who have a novel or non-fiction manuscript in progress. The mentoring will be a 1-hour one-on-one time where Yvonne will work with fiction. Linda will do speaking, magazine and articles, and non-fiction. Speakers should have the beginnings of a platform. And she will work specifically with you on your novel, non-fiction proposal, and presentation.  While Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media. Larry will help with your non-fiction and magazine work, also memoirs. LaTan can guide you in your speaking and also in your ministry work, while Les will lead you in fiction and non-fiction. The cost is $50 (additional to your ACWC registration) and the spots are first come, first serve.  You will contact Terri Kelly at [email protected]  AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.


2020 Keynotes

Bob Hostetler

Eva Marie Everson