2023 Early Bird Classes
Classes with ** are bonus classes found on MP3s only
Classes may update and revise.
Edie Melson 2023
Hows and Whys of Social Media – 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.
Eddie Jones 2023
Book Marketing Jesus’ Way – Jesus already had in mind what he was going to do. (John 6:6) Is this the way you come to your book promotion? Do you already have in mind what the outcome will be? How many copies will sell, home much you'll spend? What your ROI will be? Or are your efforts simply based on hope and a vague prayer for blessing from God?
There is a better way to promote your books: one that doesn’t require going broke. If you believe in Jesus and his power of restoration and life, you might be a candidate for Book Marketing Jesus’ Way. Class requirements: faith in Jesus, your Bible (recommended but optional).
Bob Hostetler 2023 Classes to be announced
Finding Your Platform – Five steps to establishing a platform: Define Yourself, Know Your Audience, Determine Your Strategy, Create Valuable Products, and Lay Your Platform’s Planks.
Hooks That Won’t Let Go - Twenty ways to write a hook to your article, story, query, or book that will compel interest.
Maggie Rowe 2023
Speaking for His Glory - You see yourself as a writer, but what if you’re asked to speak? Or perhaps you’re an experienced speaker who is launching her first book. How do you establish and maintain a speaking ministry that is first and foremost for God’s glory? A former college speech instructor and thirty-year professional speaker will discuss with you the call, cost, content, and channel of delivering messages that bring glory to God as well as the practical considerations of obedience to a speaking ministry. (Can also be a two-part workshop).
Edwina Perkins 2023 – Classes to be announced
Sensitivity and Diversity in Manuscripts – The number of books with ethnic characters has risen over the last few years. Because publishing houses are looking for more diversity in what authors are submitting, non-ethnic writers need to address some important issues when it pertains to diversity in their manuscripts. This workshop addresses writing about a culture outside of your own and the need for sensitivity readers.
**What’s Your Voice? – One of the biggest struggles new writers face is how to find their writing voice. It’s also the key to unlocking their creative potential. Spending time deliberating over voice is worth your attention and focus. No matter what you write—fiction or nonfiction—your voice is essential. Take time to learn your unique voice.
Eva Marie Everson 2023 Classes to be announced
Once Upon a Time in My Childhood – Writing about our childhood can be therapeutic but it can also add the exact spice to whatever we are working on. As Christians, we pull from our memories to write about the Spirit’s work in our lives. Those lives begin at birth, and they weave a thread through the tapestry of our stories. But to be effective, we must first be honest. So, where do we begin? Using a variety of methods, Eva Marie has created a hands-on workshop that will not only have you penning your memories in class, but growing from them as a writer long after.
The Benefits of Critique Groups (and what they are really for) – As the president of Word Weavers International (a 501(c)6 ministry for Christian writers who seek the benefits of critique, community, and conference) Eva Marie has spent nearly 25 years at or near the helm of the benefits of critique. During this session, Eva Marie answers questions like: What is critique and how is it different from editing? What should writers look for in critique groups and critique partners? What are some of the most common mistakes writers make and how can they learn from them? If you want to learn more about how critique can serve you in self-editing and how you can, in turn, serve others, join Eva Marie for this workshop.
Linda Glaz 2023 Classes to be announced
**What Do Editors and Agents Want? – It’s all so confusing. We read on blogs and agency sites that first this is wanted and then that. But what can really make us stand out as seasoned authors when approaching agents and editors? Or will we “stand out” in negative ways? Some hints and tips that will push your letter to the top of the slush pile and help you to navigate the industry like a pro instead of a rookie.
Get Aging Out of Your System – No, Horace and Harold are not romantic leads in 2021. And Matilda probably won’t get many likes as well. So is it only names that need to be updated? Groovy! Oh, boy, another way we age ourselves is with our dialogue. Help! All of us over 45 need help. Stay relevant in your writing. Don’t let your writing give away your age. Place yourself in an age category. Discuss what each age group writes. Show examples of “aging out” of relevance. Examples of how to remain relevant. Ideas for hitting the target audience without showing your age.
Nancy Lohr 2023 Classes to be announced
**Tight Writing - Writing the rough draft is where the process begins, but self-editing is a necessary task for every author. We will look at categories of edits that every author should be working through either daily in small bites or at the completion of the full rough draft or maybe both.
Publishing is a Team Sport - When the manuscript is ready to prepare for publication, what should the author expect? What stages remain and who is responsible for each of those? We will look at flow charts and breakdowns of the polishing and preparation that takes a raw manuscript and makes it reader ready both in the traditional publishing world as well as in self-publishing or indie publishing.
Martin Wiles 2023
Writing Dynamic Devotions – Have you been sitting on a devotion that needs to see the light of day? Perhaps, you haven't even written it yet, but you have hundreds of ideas floating around in your head but don't know how to organize them into a devotion. Maybe, you are an article writer or book author who has never written a devotion. Well, this class is for you. We'll show you how to HOOK your audience and give them a TOOK from God's Word that will take hold of their lives. We'll teach you how to write a dynamic devotion with guidelines that will not only allow you to publish your devotion with Christian Devotions but will also allow you a good chance at having it published at almost any site that publishes devotions. A devotion is sometimes the only Bible some people read, and it is often read by more people than an article, short story, or book ever will be. You will not want to miss this class.
Pepper Basham 2023
5G Tips of Connecting with Your Prepublished Self – Speaking from her experience as an author who pursued publication for eleven years before getting "the call", Pepper Basham provides 5 encouraging, devotional, and practical tips to help authors as they navigate the road toward publication.
Sarah Loudin Thomas 2023
ABA or CBA—Which is Right for You? – Join in a lively discussion of the differences between ABA (American Booksellers Association) and CBA (Christian Booksellers Association). We'll talk about what sets Christian fiction apart including the words, tropes, and situations that might make your work difficult to place with a Christian publisher. We'll also talk about what Christian fiction is NOT (boring, tame, preachy, etc.)! And finally, we'll cover seven questions you can ask yourself to determine which path is best for you.
SETTING AS CHARACTER - Appalachia is practically its own character in my novels. We'll talk about how place can add depth to a story. How do you choose your setting? How do you bring it to life? How much research should you do? We'll answer those questions and others you might have about bringing your setting to life.
Vincent Davis 2023
Amazon Boot Camp (Advanced) – Amazon is where books are sold. Nearly 80% of all eBooks are sold on Amazon, and upwards of 40% of paperbacks are sold there as well. But if other online stores feel like barren deserts, sometimes Amazon can feel like attempting to sell in shark-infested waters. But there are tools and tricks available to all authors to improve their visibility on Amazon, and in this course we’ll be discussing some of the very best. We’ll go over the basics of metadata (keywords and categories), price points and price promotions, and the benefits of Amazon exclusivity. Whether you’re a bestseller or a first-time author, this course will give you additional tools to help your book become more discoverable on the world’s largest bookstore.
One-on-One Mentoring – 2023
Larry Leech, Edie Melson, Linda Gilden, Les Stobbe, Billy Wayne Arrington, and Terri Kelly serve as mentors. Most all will be available for private appointments.
Mentoring spots are open to writers who have a novel or non-fiction manuscript in progress.
Linda will address speaking, magazine articles, and non-fiction. Speakers should have the beginnings of a platform. Linda will work specifically with you on your novel, non-fiction proposal, and presentation.
Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media.
Larry and Linda will help with your non-fiction, magazine submissions, and memoirs.
Les has years of experience editing and managing non-fiction titles.
Billy Wayne is awesome with the Arts like the screenplay, song lyrics and writing, and ministry development.