Schedule

SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference

Event Schedule

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Thursday

  • 7:30–8:30 Breakfast/Registration
  • 9:00–9:45 Welcome, Faculty Introductions, Orientation
  • 9:45–10:00 Break
  • 10:00–11:45 Continuing Session (meet each morning)

Claire Hutchinson – Writing for Hollywood/Screenwriting
Erin Taylor Young – Writing as a Career
Frank Ball – Beginning Fiction
Jill Williamson – Speculative Fiction
Joseph Bentz – Intermediate/Advanced Nonfiction
Kathy Collard Miller – Beginning Nonfiction
Lynn Donovan – Marketing/Publicity/Branding
Rich Bullock – Indie/Subsidy/Self-publishing
Sarah Thebarge – Memoir Writing
Shannon Dittemore – Teen Writers’ Track
Tosca Lee – Intermediate/Advanced Fiction

  • 11:45–12:00 Break
  • 12:00–1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00–1:15 Break
  • 1:15–5:15 Mentoring, Editor, and Agent Appointments
  • 1:15–2:30 Workshop Session 1

Demolish Reader Stumbling Blocks – Lori Freeland
Doing Ministry the Write Way – Tim Riter
How to Pitch Your Book Idea – Kim Bangs
Making the Most of First Impressions – Julie DeEtte Williams
Screenwriting for a Specific Brand – Bob Saenz
Sell Your Book to an Agent – Tessa Hall
The Current Picture Book Market – Adria Goetz
Those We Do Not Speak Of – Parker Cole
Writing Flash Fiction that Sells – Ben Wolf

  • 2:30–2:45 Break
  • 2:45–4:00 Workshop Session 2

Blogging Basics – Stephanie Alton
Devotionals for All Ages – MacKenzie Howard
How to Publicize Your New Release – Miralee Ferrell
Keys to a Successful Book Proposal – Sandra Barela
Navigating the New Publishing Frontier – Allen Arnold
What Hollywood Agents Want – Terry Porter
Writing for Children #1 – Valerie Coulman
Writing by Emotion – Martha Bolton
Writing for the General Market – Mike Duran

  • 4:00-4:15 Break
  • 4:15–5:15 Publishing Panel
  • 5:15-5:30 Break
  • 5:30–6:30 Dinner
  • 6:30–8:00 Keynote and Worship

Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life! – Karen Ball

  • 8:00-9:00 Evening Events

Friday

  • 7:30–8:30 Breakfast/Registration
  • 9:00–9:45 Welcome, Faculty Introductions, Orientation
  • 9:45–10:00 Break
  • 10:00–11:45 Continuing Session (meet each morning–see Thursday’s schedule)
  • 11:45–12:00 Break
  • 12:00–1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00–1:15 Break
  • 1:15–5:15 Mentoring, Editor, and Agent Appointments
  • 1:15–2:30 Workshop Session 3

Blogging to Book Deal – Stephanie Alton
Creating with God – Allen Arnold
Devotional Writing Part I – Susan King
Fighting Basics for Writers – Ben Wolf
Frame Your Scene, Build Your Story – Lori Freeland
Song Writing 1 –  Sally Klein O’Connor
The Future of the Christian Picture Book Market ¬– Adria Goetz
Working with Agents and Editors – Karen Ball
Writing a Series – Rachel Marks

  • 2:30–2:45 Break
  • 2:45–4:00 Workshop Session 4

Choosing a Small Press – Renae Brumbaugh Green
How Hollywood Works – Terry Porter
How Poetry Improves Prose – Tim Riter
I Swear – Parker J. Cole
Social Platforms 101 – Sandra Barela
Tax Deductions Most Entrepreneurs Miss – Chris Morris
Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message – Part 2 – Susan King
Writing for Children #2 – Valerie Coulman
Writing the Pilot Script – Andrea Frazer

  • 4:00-4:15 Break
  • 4:15–5:15 Agent Panel
  • 5:15-5:30 Break
  • 5:30–6:30 Dinner
  • 6:30–8:00 Keynote and Worship

The Astonishing Journey – Kim Bangs

  • 8:00-9:00 Evening Events

 

 Saturday

  • 7:30–8:30 Breakfast/Registration
  • 9:00–9:45 Welcome, Faculty Introductions, Orientation
  • 9:45–10:00 Break
  • 10:00–11:45 Continuing Session (meet each morning–see Thursday’s schedule)
  • 11:45–12:00 Break
  • 12:00–1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00–1:15 Break
  • 1:15–5:15 Mentoring, Editor, and Agent Appointments
  • 1:15–2:30 Workshop Session 5

Caring for Your Writing Career – Karen Ball
Christian Storytelling in the Movies – Brian Godawa
Creating a Website – Paul Regnier
Creative Ways to Get the Story Flowing – Miralee Ferrell
Song Writing 2 – Sally Klein O’Connor
Time Management – Lindsay Franklin
Writing a Book Proposal – MacKenzie Howard
Writing for Children #3 – Valerie Coulman
Writing through Adversity – Rachel Marks

  • 2:30–2:45 Break
  • 2:45–4:00 Workshop Session 6

After You Write Your Screenplay – Bob Saenz
Bookkeeping without Losing Your Sanity – Chris Morris
Critique Like an Apostle – Julie DeEtte Williams
Don’t Fence Me In – Martha Bolton
Humor Writing – Renae Brumbaugh Green
Pitching a Magazine Article – Andrea Frazer
The Power of Your Premise – Kim Bangs
Writing for Children #4 – Valerie Coulman
YA Christian Fiction – Tessa Emily Hall

  • 4:15–5:15 Autograph Party
  • 5:30–6:30 Dinner
  • 6:30–7:30 Keynote and Worship
  • 7:30–9:00 Book Giveaways, Prizes, and Awards Presentation

Sunday

  • 8:00 Breakfast on your own or with a group
  • 10:00 Church service on your own or with a group
  • 12:00 Lunch on your own or with a group
  • 2:00 First after-conference activity

Monday

  • 8:00 Breakfast on your own or with a group
  • 9:00 Second after-conference activity

If you’re staying in the dorm,
park in Lot K.

If not, park in Lot A, B, or S.