2018 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
June 1–2, 2018 - Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, Washington
7 Pillars of Writing Historical Fiction by Peter Leavell – Pillars mark the ruins of ancient Near East, Greek, and Roman temples. Like these ageless stone structures, your historic novel can stand the test of time if you know the seven pillars of writing historical fiction. Making sense of primary documents, when and how to break from history, understanding minds that think nothing like ours, how to bridge the gap from the past while still intriguing readers, romance in the past—and more—The Seven Pillars of Historical Fiction will give novelists the confidence to write and account as if they'd just visited the past and saw it unfold before their eyes.
And Exactly How Do I Sell My Book? by Blythe Daniel – Email subscriber lists, podcasting, launch teams and what else? These are the current and proven tactics that sell books, whether you are traditionally or independently published. This workshop will explore what these items are and how to implement them in your marketing plans.
Cracking the Indie Egg: A Recipe for Publishing Your Own Book by Patrick Craig – Frustrated because you can't get your book published? There has been a radical shift in the publishing industry in the last several years. Because of declines in book sales, the demise of many brick-front bookstores, and the advance of self-publishing technology, it has become more difficult than ever to get published by a traditional house. These days, unless you have a well-known agent or a large platform and an existing fan base, publishing houses usually will not even look at your manuscript. But you already knew that, didn't you? So, what can you do? Take this workshop to find out how to publish your own book.
Building Your Social-Media Platform by Adria Goetz – This presentation outlines the basics of how to build an engaged social media following that will catch the eye of agents and editors. It also offers time-and-sanity saving tips that will help you maintain a sustainable and successful social media presence. Workshop attendees will come away with a tangible to-do list.
Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Correct Them by Nick Harrison – In addition to having been an editor at Harvest House Publishers, Nick is also a writer. He understands the frustrations every writer faces. To the beginner, he can offer to show his pile of rejection slips. To the advanced, he can offer to show his pile of rejection slips. Becoming a published writer takes time, talent, and persistence. The mistakes Nick will talk about are indeed common—and he says he has made them all.
Current Picture-Book Trends by Adria Goetz – A workshop that highlights and examines current trends in the general trade picture book market, and where those trends might be heading. Hear straight from an agent’s perspective what is selling, what isn’t, some dos and don’ts, which trends are over-saturated, and how to tap into trends in your own unique way. This presentation includes many quotes from editors and other industry professionals, and shows real deals that have taken place in the last six months.
Effective Book Launch Strategies by Cynthia Cavanaugh – How you develop your book launch strategy can make all the difference. The ins and outs of a strategic debut for your new book can be overwhelming and elusive. Join speaker, author, and leadership coach Cynthia Cavanaugh as she shares 10 strategies to make the most of this very important celebration of the birth of your book.
Effective Time Management by Darlene Panzera – A class on effective time management tips to enable you to pursue your goals, finish your projects, and promote like a pro. Learn the secrets to scheduling, time-blocking, dodging the unexpected, enlisting help, utilizing promotional shortcuts, and come away with valuable tools to get you headed in the right direction.
First Lines and Great Beginnings by Diana Flegal – This is a fun and interactive class where first line and opening page examples will be shared in a safe and friendly environment. Fellow conferees will be asked to honestly express if they would read on. Suggestions will be offered to improve the chances a reader would read on.
From Blog to Book: Steps to Success by Inger Logelin – Have you thought of repurposing your blog posts into a book? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as gathering the posts and publishing them. There are steps that should be taken to produce a manuscript that will engage readers. Discover how to organize your material, what to include and not include, and how produce a professional product.
Landmines in Your Book Contract by Steve Laube – A look at some of the more egregious things that can be found in your book contract. Contracts are a legally binding agreement. What is signed must be followed. Unfortunately, there are certain clauses that can bite authors if they are unaware of their implications. Using real examples from real contracts, this class will take a close look at clauses being placed in front of authors today. This is a rather advanced topic. Be prepared to wear your lawyer hat!
Millennials Becoming Parents: The Future of Christian Picture Books by Adria Goetz – As Christian Millennials begin their families and become parents, their priorities will shape the fiction they want to buy for their children, which will in turn shape the landscape of Christian picture books. Workshop attendees will time travel to the near future and discuss the trends of Christian picture books. This workshop is a cheat sheet to help writers write the books that agents want to represent, editors want to acquire, and most importantly: the books children want to read. This presentation includes many quotes from editors and other industry professionals, and shows real deals that have taken place in the last six months.
Public Speaker Made Easy-ish: Discovering How the Writing Life Prepares You for Speaking by Josh Kelley – Love to write but hate public speaking? Good news: the same skills that make you a good writer—such as transparency, storytelling, and embracing critique—can help you become a confident public speaker. In this practical workshop, author and former pastor Josh Kelley will give you the tools you need to become a better speaker.
Scene Tension Equation by Rachel Hauck – Tension is what keeps the readers turning the page. Whether writing suspense or romance, the scene tension equation will help you make sure every scene is focused and on point.
The Agent Author Relationship by Diana Flegal – Do I need an agent? If so, when do I need one? What does an agent do? And…what should I do that an agent won’t? Understanding the relationship between the author and agent is paramount to a successful career. In this class, you will learn what to expect and what is expected of you as an author. A Q&A time will end the workshop and a writer’s resource list will be offered.
The Complete Book Process: From Idea to Print by Steve Laube – What is the route a book takes while in-house? How the writer can help or hinder? Discover what happens along the entire process inside a publishing company. From book proposal evaluation to pub board decision making to editorial responsibilities to cover design issues and more, this information is applicable whether one is working with a traditional publisher or is publishing independently.
The Power of Story by Dennis Brooke – Since ancient times, storytellers have used their skills to influence communities and even change the course of history. Dennis Brooke will explore examples from the American Civil War, the Bible, and the Camino de Santiago. He’ll also share three powerful storytelling techniques that you can use in writing, speaking, or personal relationships. For beginning to advanced writers.
The Story Equation – Part 1 by Rachel Hauck – Are you overwhelmed after learning so many new techniques and ideas? Are you struggling to know how to implement them into your novel and your publishing strategy? How do you take everything you’ve learned and create a brilliant novel? New York Times and award-winning author Rachel Hauck uses the Story Equation method to give you a tool belt of how-to tools, perfect if you're a plotter, pantser or somewhere in between. You’ll learn how to build and weave your external plot with the characters' internal journey to create an exciting, well-paced story. For beginning to advanced writers.
The Story Equation – Part 2 by Rachel Hauck – See the description for Part 1 above.
What Makes Your Book Eye-Catching to Publishers by Blythe Daniel – Stellar writing, a unique and compelling idea, and your reach to the intended audience. These are the things that make your book attractive to publishers. They want you to write toward a theme that no one else is saying. How do you do this? Blythe will give examples and share how to take a topic and create an angle that will differentiate your book. Also covered will be how to write to your audience so that you are saying something that only you can offer.
What to Do When You Don’t Have a Platform (for Fiction & Nonfiction Authors) by Nick Harrison – Writers hate the word platform, but increasingly it can make the difference between a book sale to a publisher...or rejection. While slowly building your platform, there are some things you can do to compensate for not having a platform. We’ll look at some of those ideas.
Where Is God in This Crisis? Enriching the Christian Worldview in Your Writing by Miriam Adeney – What are the basic ingredients of a Christian worldview? How can they be woven through our writing without making it boring? Do secular people want to hear the Big Story? If so, what parts? What makes the difference between a trivial story and a significant story? As an author and an anthropologist, Miriam Adeney has worked with writers stretching from the Arab World to Borneo, teaching (and learning) skills for writing and thinking on six continents.
Writing Group/Critique Partner Speed Dating by Amy Letinsky – Would you like to find a critique partner or a writing group? Here’s a low stress way to meet fellow writers and find matches for skills, genre, and location. The session will also provide some tips on writing group best practices. Bring some writing samples to take for a test drive.
Writing the Nonfiction Book by Steve Laube – There are common elements in nonfiction books that contribute to their success. This class will explore them and help apply the elements to your work. Issues of craft, presentation of ideas, and connecting with the reader will be discussed.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from these dynamic workshops.
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