PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Thursday

 Workshop Sessions 1: 10:00 am PDT / 11:00 am MDT / 12:00 pm CDT / 1:00 pm ESTWorkshop Sessions 2: 12:30 pm PDT / 1:30 pm MDT / 2:30 CDT / 3:30 ESTWorkshop Sessions 3: 1:45 pm PDT / 2:45 MDT / 3:45 pm MDT / 4:45 EDT
ScreenwritingDifference between Novels & Screenplays – Bob Saenz & Janice ThompsonHow to Survive Hollywood -- Ted BaehrBusiness Basics for Creatives -- Jeff Willis
Writing a screenplay and writing a novel have some similarities. Both must be active, not passive. Dialogue needs to be realistic but not real, using subtext. No blatant author exposition. Overall story structure is similar, with setups and pay-offs, building to a climax followed by a resolution. Some story concepts work better for screenplays or novels; some work well for both. And yet, these two types of writing are very different disciplines. This session will address the differences between these two types of writing, including formatting, terminology, treatments/proposals, cinematic vs. literary transitions, and more.*Session will not be recorded* Whether you want to be in pictures or just watch them, or even just complain about them, it seems that almost everyone is interested in the mass media of entertainment. In HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), Dr. Ted Baehr tells you what you need to know about the current state of the mass media of entertainment, how to use your faith to change the culture of Hollywood, and how to make a creative contribution to the whole world.A broad overview of business matters every writer should be familiar with, including: intellectual property rights, contracts, and financial considerations for those who are self-employed or business owners themselves. The session will also discuss issues of representation, negotiating agreements, and planning for long-term career success.
FictionFour Pillars of Character Development – Aaron GanskyCozy up to a Mystery -- Linda Kozar & Janice ThompsonYou Need Backstory. How to Do it Right – Jennifer Crosswhite
Characters are not as easy as they look. They require deep thought and imagination. This course teaches the foundational pillars that support the creation of unique, memorable characters.The cozy mystery genre is alive and well. Understanding the specifics of the genre will help you get your foot in the door. We'll talk suspects, sleuths, red herrings, settings, and much more in this fast-paced, information-packed class by multi-published cozy author, Janice Thompson.Backstory is important, but it often is done poorly. You’ll learn about brain science and how that influences the importance of backstory for the reader and the writer, why backstory is necessary, and most importantly, how to do it right.
PublishingWriting for SoCal Christian News – Beckie LindseyWorking with a Freelance Editor – Erin BrownPublishing: Writing for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. – Kate Jameson
Learn the importance of God-centered journalism, how to write a news story, the art of the interview, and how to turn a blog post into a news article."What does the editing process look like?" "I’m afraid an editor will change my voice." "Won’t changes the editor makes alter my story?" "What if I lose control of my project?" These are valid questions and concerns when turning over your manuscript to an editor. This workshop will address them and more while explaining how to find the right editor for you, understand the costs of an edit, and determine the level of edit your manuscript requires. From typos to usage to structure, the editor partners with you to strengthen your manuscript and bring out its potential.For those interested in writing for children, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. are a great way to start! Learn about the magazine’s needs and how best to get your foot in the door. We’ll cover research, themes, the submission process, tone, and more.
MarketingMarketing Profile - Stephanie AltonCreative Marketing Plans – Tamara ClymerStories that Stick -- Rachel Marks
When publishers look at your proposal they want to know what you plan to do to market your book. They aren’t so much interested in your 500 Facebook friends or the 800 members of your local church. They need to know what you will do after you work through those lists to keep your book moving. Tamara will offer some specific ideas to move you outside of your marketing box and get your book noticed.
SpecialtyScrivener for Mac and PC – Jennifer Crosswhite & Liz TolsmaWriting for the General Market – Mike DuranDifferences in Spoken Words and Written Ones --Tim Riter
Scrivener is such a powerful tool for writers. But because the learning curve can be a bit steep, some writers are put off by it. Additionally, The Mac and PC versions are different. We’ll cover both versions so all participants will get the information they need.Should a Christian author aim for the ABA or the CBA? What are the potential pitfalls of both approaches? Must a Christian author sacrifice their "message" in order to write for a secular audience? This workshop will address these common questions and discuss reasons why Christian writers should consider writing for secular audiences, some ideas for crossing over from Christian to the general market, as well as the practical and theological issues they will face doing so.Tim Riter passionately helps others both know God and to weave him into the everyday fabric of their lives. He blends together over 20 years as a pastor, 25 as an author of ten royalty books, 17 as a college prof and secondary teacher, and yearns to impact others. Unconventional blog at www.timriter.com.
Writing LifeFailure is Not an Option -- Jennifer FareyBalance Writing with Long-Term Illness – Chris MorrisThriving in the Hardest Years – Kelly Harrel
Many people battle chronic illnesses, and struggle with guilt as a result of it. This is particularly true for creatives, where a bad day can make it impossible to have any progress on projects. In this class, learn how to find a balance between grace and perseverance, how to "forgive yourself" for your illness, and how to move forward even on the bad days. These topics are taught from a deep well of personal experience, and communicated through stories, biblical guidance, and practical tips. The lessons from this course are largely applicable to chronic “anything negative” – chronic pain, chronic fatigue, or chronic stress.In the midst of your writing career, life happens. Health issues, family issues, and mental issues can threaten to destroy your career. Too often when life gets hard, people stop writing. In this workshop, Kelly will encourage you with practical tips that will not only help you survive but will teach you to thrive.

Friday

 Workshop Sessions 1: 10:00 am PDT / 11:00 am MDT / 12:00 pm CDT / 1:00 pm ESTWorkshop Sessions 2: 12:30 pm PDT / 1:30 pm MDT / 2:30 CDT / 3:30 ESTWorkshop Sessions 3: 1:45 pm PDT / 2:45 MDT / 3:45 pm MDT / 4:45 EDT
ScreenwritingScreenwriting Basics -- Jeff Willis &
Bob Saenz
Day Jobs & Side Gigs – Jeff WillisHow to Succeed in Hollywood - Theodore Baehr
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.Writing can be a tough business to break into. Many of us end up having to take on day jobs or side gigs to make ends meet. This course looks at the pros and cons of a variety of ways to supplement your income while you build your creative career.*Session will not be recorded* Whether you want to be in pictures or just watch them, or even just complain about them, it seems that almost everyone is interested in the mass media of entertainment. In HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), Dr. Ted Baehr tells you what you need to know about the current state of the mass media of entertainment, how to use your faith to change the culture of Hollywood, and how to make a creative contribution to the whole world.
FictionBuilding Suspense - Liz TolsmaWriting Your Past into Your Fiction – Susan BaganzSubtext, Subtext, Subtext -- Lori Freeland
A step-by-step guide to build suspense and heighten tension in any story. No matter what fiction genre you write, suspense and tension will keep your readers wanting more.Sometimes our deepest pains and hardships can become fodder for great stories God can use to help others. How can you do this while maintaining privacy and without drowning in memories of the past?Like the adage, “location, location, location,” subtext can be everything. Learn to maximize and fine tune your use of voice cues, expressions, body language, visceral reactions, power words, and internal thought to drive your characters, relationships, and story arcs deeper.
PublishingPublishing Choices: Pros and Cons – Marji Laine & Frank BallSelf-Editing for Writers – Erin BrownThe Rejection Letter – Liz Tolsma
Which is better: traditional or do-it-yourself publishing—something in between? How can you weigh quality against cost and time to ensure the right decision and investment? With more than fifty years of experience in the industry, Marji Laine and Frank Ball will answer these questions and more.Whether you traditionally publish or self-publish, you owe it to yourself and your readers to produce a top-notch manuscript. Before you hire an editor, you must self-edit your work. In this session you will learn self-editing techniques that not only help you become a better writer but also cut down on professional editing costs. We will cover topics such as echoes, pet words, empty words, problematic punctuation, formatting, style manuals, and more. We will explore using automated editing programs, such as Grammarly and PerfectIt. Proficient self-editing is within your grasp.Every author gets one - the rejection letter. And let's be honest. It hurts. This class explores how you can take that rejection and turn it into a positive, and maybe even a contract.
MarketingSales/Marketing While Keeping the Faith -- Janeen IppolitoLet's Get Social! Instagram 101 Plus – Beckie Lindsey & April DillowSpecialty: From God, Through You -- Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott
Do marketing and sales make your stomach ache? Does it somehow feel boastful or selfish to call attention to your book? You’re not alone! This session is loaded with Scriptural truth and practical action items to help you shout your books in a God-honoring way—and banish the doubt!Grab your phone! Let’s dig into your Instagram account with this hands-on workshop designed for writers ready to learn the basics. We’ll show you how to set up your account, create a captivating profile, use hashtags, use Instagram Stories, take appealing photos, and share tools to make it all easier.
SpecialtyHow to Make Money Writing – Janice ThompsonMultiple Author Income Streams – Chris MorrisTransforming Spoken Words to Written --Tim Riter
Writers need to pay the bills. They're tired of wondering if (or when) they will see a payoff for their labors. In this class we'll follow the money trail to discover where paying gigs can be found. Whether you're a novelist or a non-fiction writer, you'll be inspired to try your hand at new things as you pursue an income with your craft.It’s tough sledding as an author nowadays. Mostly gone are the six-figure advances, and the competition is steeper than ever before. Many writers find success as full-time independent business owners by creating several avenues for income. This course walks through how to identify new income opportunities, the best way to initiate an expansion of your brand, and when it’s best to close up shop on a new idea.Tim Riter passionately helps others both know God and to weave him into the everyday fabric of their lives. He blends together over 20 years as a pastor, 25 as an author of ten royalty books, 17 as a college prof and secondary teacher, and yearns to impact others. Unconventional blog at www.timriter.com.
Writing LifeSpecialty: Write Other People's Story -- Robin GunderEmbracing New Technologies to Reach Audiences – Linda KozarFull-Time Author with a Full-Time Job – Kelly Harrel
Getting the word out after you write a book is often more of a challenge than writing it. Techno-savvy writers must understand how to successfully market their brand by embracing new technologies and platforms in order to reach audiences with their books and products through posts, podcasts, videos, memes, ads, and ad campaigns. Learning to market successfully is an uphill climb, but those who do not take the first step will never make it up the hill.Come receive encouragement and practical tips on how you can move forward with your writing career and marketing yourself with limited time in your day. Kelly speaks from experience as a published author who teaches full-time and homeschools her kids. Her practical tips will get you on track to achieve your writing goals.

Saturday

 Workshop Sessions 1: 10:00 am PDT / 11:00 am MDT / 12:00 pm CDT / 1:00 pm ESTWorkshop Sessions 2: 12:30 pm PDT / 1:30 pm MDT / 2:30 CDT / 3:30 ESTWorkshop Sessions 3: 1:45 pm PDT / 2:45 MDT / 3:45 pm MDT / 4:45 EDT
ScreenwritingBook to Screenplay, Screenplay to Book - Janice Thompson & Bob SaenzMarketing Strategies – Jeff WillisThe Kingdom is Within You -- Nathan Scoggins
Writing a screenplay and writing a novel have some similarities. Both must be active, not passive. Dialogue needs to be realistic but not real, using subtext. No blatant author exposition. Overall story structure is similar, with setups and pay-offs, building to a climax followed by a resolution. Some story concepts work better for screenplays or novels; some work well for both. And yet, these two types of writing are very different disciplines. This session will address the differences between these two types of writing, including formatting, terminology, treatments/proposals, cinematic vs. literary transitions, and more.There are a lot of different ways to market your work. This workshop looks at a wide variety of approaches to getting your name out there (both good and bad), as well as how to develop a plan that works best for your needs.The greatest stories are often tied to the personal themes that drive their storytellers. In this class participants will study films that carry these themes through their work, and learn how to apply these themes to their own stories, in the hopes of creating stories that can truly resonate with their audience.
FictionHow to Write Romantic Chemistry -- Janeen IppolitoWriting Inspirational Romance -- Susan BaganzShould Christian Fantasy Include Magic? -- E. Stephen Burnett
It's time to tackle chemistry and heat--without burning the house down! An in-depth breakdown into how to write romantic chemistry in your story, from word usage to sentence beats to tackling those moments of intense feeling and revelation without showing too much. Includes examples, exercises, and tips for writing believable chemistry while still honoring your convictions.
PublishingEscape the Maybe Pile – Kate JamesonWriting a Series -- Rachel MarksTBA
Sending out submissions is hard. But there are ways to make your story stand out to an editor. Take a behind the scenes look at submissions and learn how to use research, sample requests, and cover letters to your advantage.
Marketing/SpecialtyDemolish Reader Stumbling Blocks -- Lori FreelandSpecialty: How to Write to a Postmodern Culture – Mike DuranBranding, SEO, and Content -- Denise Colby
Confusion on the page—with your story arc, characters, setting, choreography, dialogue, and even your writing style—can cause readers to stumble. Learn what to watch for and how to give them a smooth ride that keeps them turning the page.As Western culture has drifted away from a Judeo-Christian worldview, storytelling itself has changed. As those who believe in Eternal, Transcendent Truth, Christian authors now face the difficult task of engaging readers whose very concept of Reality is skewed. This workshop will discuss the obstacles postmodernism has created and how Christian authors can leverage that for their advantage.
SpecialtyJust Say "Tocsynop" -- Dr. Sharon Norris ElliottWriting Can Be So "Taxing" – Chris MorrisSpoken Words to Written: How Poetry Improves Prose: Tim Riter
Most entrepreneurs don’t exactly get excited about taxes or accounting. Actually, it probably stresses you out…but it doesn’t have to. This workshop will cover the following topics:  What you can and cannot write off  When it makes sense to hire a CPA  When you have a business, not just a hobby  Why you might be flagged for an audit, and how to avoid it There will also be time for questions. When is the last time a CPA gave you an open forum to help you out, at no cost?Learn how basic aspects of poetry can be translated into our prose writing for greater beauty and effect. Some writing lives for a season, some for decades. Some has a handful of readers, some has millions. Incorporating principles of poetry works to improve our prose. Many of us may not write poems, but the traits of poetry can add beauty and power and longevity to our writing. Tim Riter, poet and author of nine nonfiction books, will explore how word choices and their sounds, how rhythm and its pace, how implicit writing all entice the reader.
Writing Life/SpecialtyPutting Pop Culture in Its Place - E. Stephen BurnettSpecialty: Legacy Writing -- Robin GunderTBA
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