You may choose one Continuing Education Session to attend all three mornings of the conference.

If you’re not attending the conference all three days, you may participate in any of the Continuing Education Sessions you like. Information presented on Day 2 will build on Day 1, and Day 3 will build on the previous two days, and instructors will not be able to take time during class to catch you up if you missed those earlier sessions. However, recordings of all Continuing Education Sessions will be available for Tier 3 and Tier 4 registrants.

Overview of Fiction Writing 

Bill Myers

Intensive overall study of creating unforgettable characters, unforgettable plots, dialogue, scene construction, and comedy.

Writing the Irresistible Nonfiction Book

Joseph Bentz

For writers with a nonfiction book in mind or one in progress, this three-morning class offers instruction on key aspects of the writing and marketing of nonfiction books. Sessions will feature discussions and examples of issues such as:
• Writing a first chapter that propels the reader into the rest of the book.
• Understanding the particular demands and nuances of various nonfiction genres.
• Learning from good examples of query letters and book proposals. 


Screenwriting Basics

Jeff Willis & Bob Saenz

This track will get you started in the right direction for screenwriting. We’ll cover all the basics: concept, research techniques, outlining, character development, transitions, action, dialogue, world building, format, protecting your intellectual property, settings, setups, and payoffs. Tips to ease your way into screenwriting and mistakes you can avoid.


Scifi & Fantasy: Do It Well (and Have Fun Doing It)

Janeen Ippolito

Ready to tackle speculative fiction? Scifi & Fantasy: Do It Well (and Have Fun Doing It) offers an education on and celebration of this dynamic genre. Go beyond the basic “but should we?” and dive right into “how can we do this excellently?” Divided into areas on serving God (everyone has an agenda), serving the story (yes, your world building matters), and serving the reader (know thy subgenre), this course invites you to take your speculative fiction seriously—have fun geeking out. Great for speculative fiction newbies as well as seasoned writers who want a refresher to make sure their fundamentals are on point.

Writing for Children

Valerie Coulman

Writing for children is a rewarding, exciting, and highly competitive, genre. Make your writing stronger by learning these common pitfalls, and what NOT to do with your manuscripts for the children’s market.

Fearlessly Speaking

Tammy Whitehurst

From the written word to the spoken word, writers get a little fearful when the phone rings asking them to speak to an audience. Be ready to step on the stage with confidence and learn how the audience can love you as much as they loved your book.