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)

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

Choosing a Small Press – Renae Brumbaugh Green
Story Structure – Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writing the Pilot Script – Andrea Frazer
How Poetry Improves Prose – Tim Riter
Tax Deductions Most Entrepreneurs Miss – Chris Morris
Writing a Book Proposal – MacKenzie Howard
Social Platforms 101 – Sandra Barela

  • 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

I Swear – Parker Cole
Creative Ways to Get the Story Flowing – Miralee Ferrell
Devotional Writing Part II – Susan King
Writing through Adversity – Rachel Marks
Christian Storytelling in the Movies – Brian Godawa
Time Management – Lindsay Franklin
Caring for Your Writing Career – Karen Ball
Creating a Website – Paul Regnier

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

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

  • 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.