Friday Workshops



Chicken Soup for the Soul® receives thousands of submissions but selects only 101 for each book. How can you increase the chances they’ll choose your story? Come learn what Chicken Soup wants, what they don’t want, and how you can stir up a winning Chicken Soup story.

Tracy Crump and Andi Lehman have published two dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul stories between them. Now they want to share what they have learned by writing for this popular series that has been in publication for more than a quarter of a century.

The workshop includes:

• What Chicken Soup looks for in a story

• The difference between story and testimony

• How to submit through the Chicken Soup online form

• What to expect after submission

• How to brainstorm ideas

• How to write to the reader

• The four elements of a good story

• How to use the writing process to your advantage

• And more …

The four-hour workshop includes two hands-on breakout sessions. Attendees will leave with story ideas and a partially-written story they can develop and submit to a current story callout.


The workshop costs an additional $35 with conference registration or $55 for the Friday workshop alone. To register, click here.



with Tracy Crump

and Andi Lehman

Friday, March 15, 2019

 1:00-5:00 p.m.




Johnnie Alexander

Friday, March 15, 2019

 1:00-5:00 p.m.


The opening pages of your manuscript need to shine bright to get the attention of a publisher or agent. You’re invited to submit the first five or six pages (the opening scene) of your novel for critique. As a group, we’ll discuss craft elements such as: opening hook; characters; point of view, showing/telling, and voice. The fee is $25. This workshop is limited to six participants and only those who attend the full conference. As of January 15, 2019, this workshop is full. Five names will be placed on a waiting list, (again, only those who have registered for the full conference). To list your name, email Johnnie at the address below.

To enroll in the critique group and arrange for payment,

please contact Johnnie by email at this address:

Manuscripts need to be emailed to her by March 9, 2019

formatted as a Microsoft Word document.