2024 Classes

2024 Classes


Early Bird Friday Classes

Edie Melson  2024

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. 


Billy Wayne Arrington 2024

Lyric Crafting - Did you ever want to write a song but didn't know where to start? This songwriting class is for you. Scripture says we should speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melodies in our hearts to the Lord. This class will equip you with tools for making "melody in your hearts" for the Lord and sharing His message with others.


Saturday Classes

Bob Hostetler 2024

Self-Editing: Ten Simple Exercises to Elevate Your Craft – This is a highly practical session prescribing self-editing exercises to help writers develop themselves into craftsmen.

Do I Need an Agent? – This session addresses what agents do, how to know if you need an agent, and how the agent/writer relationship works…or sometimes doesn’t.


Edwina Perkins 2024

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.


Eva Marie Everson 2024

Those All-Important First Pages – What is the first thing a prospective editor, agent, or reader sees? Your first pages. In this workshop, Eva Marie will take you through the first pages works of both fiction and nonfiction to show you what works . . . and what doesn't. 

What Do You Want? – When we begin our journey toward publication, a good question to ask ourselves is simple: What do you want? Did you know Jesus asked this same question of two of John's disciples and then asked it again of Blind Bartimeus? Bring your pen and get ready to go deep into what you are hoping for and what you are hoping for from the Lord.

Lynette Eason  2024

Is it Time for An Agent – In this class, we’ll discuss when the proper time is for you to seek an agent. You’ll learn how to submit, what to submit when to submit – even why you submit to an agent. There is a process and an appropriate time. An agent can’t sell what isn’t written.

Writing Suspense (On MP3s)  – Are you interested in learning what makes a great suspense story? Come join Lynette to learn what goes into making a suspense story stand out from all the rest.

Taking Your Suspense to the Next Level (On MP3s) – Have you already written your story but feel like it just needs something more? Come learn some tips and tricks to up your suspense and keep your readers terrified for your protagonist. 


Taryn Souders 2024

What You SHOULD know about Writing for Children –  Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapters Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult?! There are so many sub-categories that fall under the “Children’s Books” umbrella? Come learn what each age group wants or requires, and what you should or should not do. What should your first pages have? Should you rhyme or not? Do you actually have a story?

Tackling Middle Grade, the “middle child” of stories  – Writing books for kids ages 7 to 12 is a difficult challenge to take on. The age range is huge and the topics are very diverse, ranging from slapstick humor to death. Come and learn about developing characters, which traits to use and which to avoid, plot-driven stories vs. character-driven, Pantsers vs. Plotters, dialogue, and more!


Pepper Basham 2024

Writing Romance According to Austen – In this class we will talk about the art of writing Romance, the formula, romance tropes, humor, and how to pull it all together to make a blockbuster romance.

Linda Goldfarb

Audiobooks: Let Your Book Talk for Itself – Audiobook sales are on the rise. It’s not too early to think about your manuscript as an audiobook! The question is, “Could your book benefit you and your audience as an audiobook?” Why consider audiobooks? What genre works best for audiobooks? Who’s the best voice for your book? What’s the best way to market your audiobook? Before investing your finances, gain an insider’s insight into the world of audiobooks. As an audiobook narrator, Linda evaluates books for audio options on a regular basis. She loves helping authors take their next best step.


Sarah Loudin Thomas 2024

SETTING AS CHARACTER - Appalachia is practically its own character in my novels. We'll talk about how a 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 2024

Book Launch Myths and What You Should Do Instead – There are a few things we’re all told we need to do around a launch. Pre-orders, reviews, sales, and best seller’s lists, the list of tips is endless. But many of these common industry tropes are outdated or aren’t grounded in what works with Amazon’s algorithms in the first place. In this class, you’ll learn what strategies and tips really work to make your launch as successful as possible and avoid actions that are unhelpful or downright hurtful to your book’s long-term sales success.


Tammy Karasek 2024

Street Teams and Launch Teams—Do I Need Them? In this very basic overview of street teams and launch teams, you’ll learn the difference between the two and how to use them effectively.



Larry Leech, Edie Melson, Lori Marett, Billy Wayne Arrington, Linda Gilden, Linda Goldfarb, Andrea Merrell, Denise Loock, and Terri Kelly serve as mentors. Most all will be available for private appointments.

Mentoring spots are open to writers with novel or non-fiction manuscripts.