2022 Classes will not be viewable until September 2022
Schedule at a Glance
Friday Early Bird classes begin at 1:00 p.m.
Edie Melson: Ins and Outs of Social Media
Eddie Jones: Launch (or Relaunch) Your Publishing Career on Amazon with Kindle Direct Publishing
Sign in at Pilgrims Inn
6:00 – 6:30 Visit our bookstore
6:45–9:00 Report to Duty, opening assembly in the main auditorium
Keynote – Edie Melson
7:50 – 8:00 devotion and worship
8:00-8:45 (Virtual Streaming begins)
Keynote – Bob Hostetler
Eva Marie Everson – Understanding Deep POV
Nancy Lohr – The Plot Thickens
Sarah Loudin Thomas – A Modest Proposal
Denise Loock: Myths about MUGS
Diana Flegal – Why Did I Get Rejected? A View from Behind the Editor / Agent Desk
Bob Hostetler – Hooks that Won’t Let Go
(Live stream ends at 4:45)
4:40-5:00 BOOKSTORE AND FREE TIME
6:00- 6:50 – Enjoy our bookstore
6:50–9:00 (Live Stream resumes)
Keynote – Eva Marie Everson
Worship and Devotion
8:30-8:50 – Final opportunity to visit our bookstore
Keynote – Bob Hostetler
Awards and Marching Orders
(These classes will be available during and after the conference.)
Book, Blog, or Article? (Beginner nonfiction writer) – Diana Flegal
Does my 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 I want to write nonfiction, do I have to be active on social media? Why should I take the time to write an article I will not be paid for? These are a few of the questions we will answer in this class. Tools needed: Ideas, and a laptop or notebook.
Building your Speaker Platform with Jane Jenkins Herlong and Dr. Willie Jolley
Are you ready to take your written work to another revenue stream? Join Jane Jenkins Herlong, author and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame™ as she interviews author, Dr. Willie Jolley who is also a member of the Hall of Fame Speaker.™ In addition, Willie was named one of the top five speakers by Toastmaster’s International. Dr. Jolley is the author of six best-selling books and has taken his writing skills to the stage, on SiriusXM Radio, and has a successful Podcast, Wealthy Ways with Dr. Willie Jolley.
In this interview you will learn:
Take the leap to translate your book into a speech. Learn how to use your god-given gifts to be a blessing to others.
Blogging for Today's Writer – Edie Melson
Recently, I’ve fielded a flurry of questions asking if blogging is still worthwhile for writers and authors. If anything, I believe it’s more important. There have been so many changes on social media that it has never been more critical for us to have a stable place for our audience to always be able to find us. In this continuing class you’ll learn:
Perfecting Your Pitch – Andrea Merrell
Do you know your project so well you can tell someone about it in a few short sentences?
As a writer, you will have various opportunities to pitch your work. The key is to be ready. This class will give some basic guidelines to follow and help you think creatively when crafting a tagline, one-sheet, back cover blurb, or a business card. From an elevator pitch to a fifteen-minute appointment, you can learn to present your projects in a way that will capture the attention of agents, editors, and publishers.
Finding Time to Write the Lines – Terri Kelly
How do you fit writing into a full-time working schedule, a houseful of kids, their sports events, and the inevitable struggles of life? In this class, we’ll target specific ways to juggle writing, maintain relationships, and yes—get a good night’s sleep. You’ll leave with concrete ways to squeeze extra minutes out of your days, plus a plan to manage the pitfalls.