2014 Northwest Christian Renewal Conference - April 11 and 12

A Passion and a Calling


8:30 a.m. Registration Opens. Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willow Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

9:30  10:30 a.m. Welcome. Announcements. Orientation. How to make the most of editor/agent appointments.
Learn how to talk to editors and agents, what to avoid, and what will make you and your idea stand out. Intro with Dennis Brooke; session led by Jim Rubart. Come with your questions and learn how to shine!

10:30 Break

11:00 a.m.  12:10 p.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Group Editorial Appointments (Friday only).
Appointments with editorial representatives Apokedak, DeVries, Jensen, Kent, Kerr, and West. Editorial appointment requests made when you register online. Priority given based on registration date so register early. See conference information on the website for specifics about what each editor or agent wants to see.

11:00 a.m.  12:00 p.m.1:30 – 2:30 p.m, and 3:00 – 4 p.m. Ask the Experts. Informal roundtable discussion groups on topics of broad interest. Join with other writers and knowledgeable facilitators for a free and open discussion. 

Writing with Rhythm and Rhyme. Marty Nystrom presents practical tips for the lyricist and poet. These include: How to build a great marriage between lyrics and melody, choose the most effective meter for your poetry, and use printed and online resources to enhance your creativity. www.martynystrom.wordpress.com 

Self Editing Tips and Tricks. Diana Savage, a professional editor and multi-published author, will discuss key principles for editing your work and how to select an editor when it’s time to bring in a pro. Will also discuss key reference resources for editing. www.dianasavage.com

Perseverance and Providence in the Writer’s Journey. A conversation with Darlene Panzera, a multi-published author who launched her career with Debbie Macomber as a co-author. www.darlenepanzera.com 

Writing for an Audience of Two: The Importance of Personal Writing. Vanessa Brannan will cover different methods of personal writing like basic journaling, keeping a prayer journal, and morning pages, as well as highlighting the benefits of this sort of writing which include, but go far beyond improving our craft. www.vanessabrannan.com

11:00 a.m.  12:10 p.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Critique Sessions (Friday only). 15-minute critique session with a published author or critique group leader. Bring a query letter, a chapter, or article. Sign up on-site.

12:10  1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 4 p.m. Group Editorial Appointments, Ask the Experts, and Critique Sessions. See the descriptions above. These will be a repeat of the 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. sessions.   

4:00  Break

4:15  5:30 p.m. Elective Workshops Session #1

Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal / Beth Jusino 
You have a great idea, but now you have to pitch it. Understand the three key questions that every book proposal needs to answer and what red flags to avoid in order to catch the attention of busy agents and editors.

Writing Devotionals that Speak to the Heart / Jan Cline
Do you have a heart to write devotionals? Jan will share with you her experiences in publishing devotionals in book form and other types of publications. From study to submission, discover what you need to write and sell this genre. 


From Your Mind Screen to the Movie Screen / Skipper Moody  A screenplay is a vision made plain. The foundation for every movie is THE SCRIPT, THE SCRIPT, THE SCRIPT, but where there's no vision there's no script? Let's take your vision to the next level. Dreamers welcomed.

Self- vs Royalty Publishing: The Pros and Cons / Angie Breidenbach
Discover whether self- or traditional publishing avenues are right for you. Learn the questions you need to ask along the way. Angie self-published Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and royalty-published Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-Filled Life (non-fiction) and A Healing Heart (romantic fiction with Abingdon Press).


The Tree-Hugging Four-Star General (Character) / Kathleen Kerr
In this engaging, interactive workshop we’ll discuss the secret behind every strong character and examine the ways in which that secret propels a plot forward. Come with a notebook and pen, or a laptop, but always a ready imagination.

Start Your Writing Journey / Diana Savage 

Format? Queries? Platform? Marketing? How to become a money-making writer, repurpose your writing for additional income, and confirm your professional status.  Learn from a pro the right publishing doors for you!

– 8 p.m. An Evening with T. Davis Bunn: “A New Definition of Success”

Dinner   (included with conference registration. Guests may buy additional tickets for $12.00)
Dessert (included with conference registration. Guests may buy additional tickets for $10.00)

Come hear T. Davis Bunn speak on the need as servants of God's calling to create a balance between who we are as writers, and what the commercial world requires from us and our work. We will study this issue in carefully defined steps, and see how this requirement actually bonds us to two thousand years of our church's history. 

The evening includes music, dinner, and book signing for Davis Bunn and all authors with books on consignment in the Conference Bookstore, and delicious desserts.

“One of the great challenges of the writing profession is the need to balance our calling with the requirements of the world beyond our writing haven. Part of the problem is learning how to share our passion with the readers, so that they know a passion of their own. We will break this down into components that can be recognized and applied to future work, and hopefully help bond you to the readers eager to receive your work.”

T. Davis Bunn, Keynote Speaker


8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome. Singing. Devotions. Announcements.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Continuing and Elective Workshops Session #2

Strategy for a Successful Writing Career: Part I (two-part workshop, Part 2 continues at 10:45 a.m.) / Angie Breidenbach
Learn the "big picture" and key tools to establish a writing ministry/career, while building portfolio and platform. Includes how-to books, markets, social media, and other aids. How to submit writing like a pro and work with editors/agents. For newer writers.

Or choose one of these five electives:

A New Vision for Outlining / T. Davis Bunn
“A successful outline needs to do the impossible, in my opinion. It should create a blueprint for your future work, but far more importantly, it should ENERGIZE. Too often writers avoid the process because they fear that the story and their emotions will both grow stale. I understand this concern because I share it. The objective, then, is to form a method that will do the opposite--create a greater sense of excitement, and do so on a daily basis. And that is the key. How to aid the author in returning swiftly to the emotions and the surging joy that brought them to the writing process in the first place. Outlines can do this. Truly. I will show you how.” For intermediate and seasoned writers.

What Is a Platform and Why Do I Need One? / William Jensen
Discover what it takes to get noticed by a publisher and why a platform is imperative. You may be surprised at the importance of editorial content versus the marketability of the author and book.Today a well written book is proving not to be enough. This workshop will equip you with the ideas you will need to build a platform, especially in social media, that will get the attention of publishers.

Weaving in Your World View (aka Christianity without Clobbering) / Sally Apokedak
We need to craft theme as carefully as we craft plot and characters. If you want to know how to write without sounding preachy, this class is for you. We'll look at some expertly written MG and YA novels.

Solving the Pinterest Puzzle / Melissa Norris / Janalyn Voigt
With 4-million active daily visitors, and as the fastest-growing social media site (now second only to Facebook), Pinterest is a site many writers should include in their social media platforms. Learn what to pin, how to create boards, and effectively harness the power of Pinterest for your writing. Melissa shares the secret that led to one of her pins being pinned more than 158,000 times and how it drove a phenomenal amount of traffic to her website! Includes a PowerPoint presentation, handout, and a question-and-answer session.

Writing for the Children’s Book Market / Catherine DeVries
What are the elements of a strong manuscript? What role does illustration play in storytelling, including “watch outs.” Pitching your book, managing expectations, setting goals. 

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. –12 Noon Continuing and Elective Workshops Session #3

Strategy for a Successful Writing Career: Part II (two-part workshop, conclusion) / Angie Breidenbach
Learn the "big picture" and key tools to establish a writing ministry/career, while building portfolio and platform. Includes how-to books, markets, social media, and other aids. How to submit writing like a pro and work with editors/agents. For newer writers.

Indie Publishing – a Good Option? Part I (two-part workshop, Part 2 continues at 2:30 p.m.) / Lynnette Bonner / Lesley Ann McDaniel
A general overview on what independent publishing is, how it is accomplished, who is best suited to go that route, and the best way to go about it. Touches on creating good quality covers, clean copy for interiors that are edited, and speaks to pricing and ebook formatting that shines.

Or choose one of these four electives:

Market While You Write: 6 Ways to Build Your Audience Before Publishing Your First Book / Beth Jusino
Like it or not, being an author means marketing as well as writing. But building an audience isn't as hard, or scary, as it sounds. Here are six practical, inexpensive, and realistic ways for “pre-published” authors to develop a community.

Writing Memoir and the Tough Stuff of Our Lives / Shannon Huffman Polson
Polson discusses the writing of North of Hope, and how work on the craft of writing deepened her walk of faith.

Author Branding Made Simple / Melissa Norris / Janalyn Voigt
Attendees will learn how to apply an author brand both online and off. They’ll come away knowing how to develop branded products for their specific audiences, and how to use their branding to find new opportunities. This interactive workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation, handout, and a question-and-answer session.

Voice: What You Can’t Learn from a Workshop / Kathleen Kerr
We’ll discuss voice - all the elements of style, diction, and syntax that make your writing distinct. We’ll look at authors with a well-developed voice and learn concrete ways to make your own voice stand out. Come find your voice!

How the Essence of God Shapes Christian Inspirational Romance / Jamie West
Let’s explore how to develop the romantic relationship, write good dialogue, build strong characters, and infuse the spiritual essence of God into an Inspirational romance
Workshop attendees need to bring a hard copy/paper print-out of the first 5 pages of their manuscript and a set of 4 highlighters in blue, pink, yellow, and green.

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (included in your registration)

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. General Session: Reality Panel of Publishing Experts

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Continuing and Elective Workshops Session #4

Indie Publishing – Market and Distribute Like a Pro: Part II (two-part workshop, conclusion) / Lynnette Bonner / Lesley Ann McDaniel Learn what choices are out there, and how to know which choices are best for you. How to market without making your Facebook friends run for the hills each time they see a post from you. We will cover paperback, audio books, and ebooks.

Or choose one of these four electives:

The Four Keys to Co-Authoring/ Mark Cutshall
Do you know someone who might have a compelling story but needs you to help write the book? Learn the thorough four-step approach that can help turn good questions and invigorating conversation into marketable articles and books.

Research Rescue / Rachel Kent
Chasing down the facts for a manuscript isn’t easy. We will go into detail about the research process--including tips from some of Rachel’s multi-published clients and a list of resources to help with researching for multiple kinds of projects. This class is for every writer. Research and fact checking are important for all genres.

Writing Nonfiction Articles for Periodicals / Catherine DeVries
How do you tell your story in a way that connects with readers and leads them to insights personally and spiritually? Principles and examples of being authentic and open in your writing along with guidance on providing the right amount of details. Tips on photography as well. 


25 Marketing Tips So Hot They’ll Scorch Your Keyboard / Jim Rubart
Want marketing theory? Or things you can do immediately to rocket- launch your marketing efforts? During this workshop, marketing guru James L. Rubart, will share the tips (as well as his friend’s tips) that made him a bestselling author.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Sound Off / General Session / The Year Ahead.
A time of community sharing and our closing session with 


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