Keynote

Thursday Keynote

Karen Ball

Karen Ball

Agent, Steve Laube Literary Agency

Friday
Keynote

Kim Bangs

Kim Bangs

Acquisitions editor, Bethany House and Chosen

Saturday Keynote

Allen Arnold

Allen Arnold

Former Publisher/VP of fiction Thomas Nelson, now with Ransomed Heart Ministries

Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life!

Writers, there’s no one out there like you! You’ve chosen to work in an ever shifting industry, where unexpected twists and turns can happen so often and so fast that we end up dazed, wondering what on earth just happened to our career goals and paths. That takes courage, perseverance, and a solid foundation that won’t shift when the industry does. When you cultivate those things in your heart and spirit, you’ll be ready. For God to use you–and take you on the most exciting, humbling, frustrating, life-altering ride of you’ve ever known.

The Astonishing Journey

At the beginning there is great excitement. Our devices are fully charged, pencils sharpened, sticky notes unwrapped, coffee and chocolate ready for days. Our writing spot is neat and just screams of creativity and accomplishment. Soon, however, distractions mount—Facebook, Instagram, husband and kids, the dog, the neighbors’ dog. The journey starts to dull just like the pencils. We lose power just like our devices. The neat spot becomes just another place to clean. It is then we often start asking, “Are we there yet?” Writers, by nature are explorers, quirky folks who don’t settle for the same questions or the same answers. So perhaps the questions to ask are these, “Is it possible that somewhere in between the excitement of beginning and the exasperation of never-ending that there is enjoyment in the process? Is there a secret to enjoying the journey?” Curious? Let the journey begin.

Kintsugi Creativity

What if the path to our truest creativity can only be realized when we face our deepest fears and doubts? In this intriguing Keynote, Allen reveals how Isaiah 61, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi, and even the fierce opposition to our dreams all play a part in our journey as writers. Our scars and setbacks, once healed, can shift from a source of limitation or shame into a strength that becomes our unique signature for everything we create. The reason God called you to be a writer goes far deeper and more personal than you may think – involving your identity, imagination, and heart. This discovery will transform the stories you are writing…and the Story you are living. Are you ready?