Workshops

NEW! Friday Workshop Session | 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Response to Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing, the workshop Hallee Bridgeman taught in 2017, was so positive that an expanded offering is available this year on Friday afternoon.  Click the button below for more information about this opportunity!

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A)   Bethany Jett - Zero to Book Deal in Three Months

“Zero to Book Deal” teaches how to turn a few resources into publishing opportunities with magazines, radio, guest posts, and speaking engagements. We will navigate the components of creating fantastic nonfiction proposals, building a speaking list, and leveraging every opportunity already in your arsenal.

B)  Alice Faye Duncan - The Future Has a Past: Writing Non-Fiction and Historical Fiction for Today's

      Generation

Children, teenagers, and adults need captivating history books and historical novels that inform and inspire. This session will offer writing tips and primary resource tools for non-fiction writers and novelists interested in writing about historical events.

C)  Gary Fearon - Songwriting Shortcuts for the Writer

Finding the perfect music for your lyrics is easy with a few secret tricks geared especially to wordsmiths. Whether you're a newcomer or an experienced songwriter, you'll discover new and intuitive approaches to crafting memorable melodies in this entertaining, enlightening session.

Saturday Workshops

Session 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.

A)  Brandilyn Collins - The Four Ds: Desire, Distancing, Denial, and Devastation

Desire, Distancing, Denial, and Devastation form the story structure for your novel. We'll talk about each one, focusing particularly on Desire. What does your character want? (Many novelists think they know—until their story starts to sag.) You need to understand the concept of Desire fully, because what your character wants—what deep down drives his actions and perceptions—will catapult him through your story and lead to the other three Ds.

B)  Tracy Crump - Stirring the Pot: Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Since Chicken Soup for the Soul receives thousands of submissions and only publishes 101 in 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.

C)  Hallee Bridgeman - Creative Marketing Plan

In a competitive publishing industry, authors must learn to market. But how? And where to start? Join best-selling author Hallee Bridgeman as she shows how to begin marketing your book before it’s even published, where to advertise/market, and how to create a support team that will help spread the news of each release.

Session 3 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.

A)   Jon Woodhams - Writing for Continuity Fiction Series

Using Guideposts' successful fiction series as a model, the workshop will explore the often-untapped potential of writing for continuity fiction series. In addition to learning about Guideposts' unique place in Christian fiction, topics will include how the Guideposts model works, the ideal writer for a continuity series, how writers collaborate to create a series, the unique skill set needed to succeed as a continuity writer, and more.

B)  Johnnie Alexander & Patricia Bradley - Popular Clichés to Avoid in Your Fiction

We don't always know what we don't know and that can lead to rejection. Two experienced authors share what they've learned from their agents and editors about the scenes, plots, and clichés to avoid plus their experiences with the traditional publishing process.

C)   Carolyn Tomlin - The Four Articles Editors Love and How to Write Them!

This workshop shows an easy format for writing the four basic articles for magazines and newspapers. You will learn how to select and know the magazine, identify the reader, and write a query letter that catches the attention of the editor and results in a contract.