OCW Fall Conference

2013 Pro Writers

A B C D E F G H I J K L M P R S T W Z

Workshop: Guarding the Truth in Biblical Fiction

Biblical fiction is Mesu Andrews’ favorite genre to read and write. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell), won the 2012 ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell), her Song of Solomon story, received a 4½-star rating from Romantic Times Reviews. Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell), the story of Hosea and Gomer, released in March 2013. A fourth book is scheduled for release in March 2014. Mesu and her husband, Roy, enjoyed 14 years of pastoral ministry before moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue the next step in God’s calling. They have two married daughters and live in Washington, where Mesu writes full time.

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Website: Christina Berry

Writing Center: Fiction
Host: Editor Panels

Christina Berry is a freelance editor and author who writes about the heart and soul of life with a twist of intrigue. Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, was a Christy finalist and Carol (Book of the Year) winner. Her new novel, On the Threshold, co-written with her mother, Sherrie Ashcraft, released in May 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in literature yet loves a good calculus problem as well.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Redeemed Writers critique group. For the past eight years she has served on the OCW summer conference staff. Christina also served on the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee.

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Mentoring Author
Prayer Team

Marion Duckworth, a former OCW president, is the author of 17 books, curricula, and hundreds of articles. A former columnist for Power for Living, she has spoken widely and been a frequent guest on various media. Marion and her husband, John, spent 11 years as Village Missionaries and later established Abiding Ministry, a free counseling service. Marion has worked as a book doctor and editor and invites conferees to let her help them. She is also a member of the OCW Prayer Team.

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Mentoring Author

Birdie Etchison, an Oregon native who now lives on the Washington coast, has sold 21 books ranging from juvenile fiction to nonfiction, romance, and historical fiction. A past president of OCW, she has taught for Writer’s Digest School for 22 years, instructing writers of all levels in fiction and nonfiction techniques, novel structure, and the basics of getting started in writing. She loves mentoring new writers, helping them develop their own God-given gifts, and encouraging them to write, write, write.

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Website: Miralee Ferrell

Mentoring author

Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book was published in 2007. Since then, she’s published six more—both women’s contemporary and historical fiction—with another six under contract. Her western romance, Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction and her newest release, Blowing on Dandelions, is the first in a three-book series set in Oregon. Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, riding her horse, and playing with her dogs.

 

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Angella Foret Diehl is a freelance writer, editor, and blog designer. An OCW member for more than 15 years, Angella has served as OCW’s newsletter designer and OCW webmaster. She has written for The Oregonian, Christian News Northwest, and several national publications. A self-professed geek, Angella blogs on foodstuffs at http://www.angelicious.com and writing at http://www.angellaforet.com. Angella leads the Tech Team at summer conference.

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Tom Fuller Pastor Calvary Chapel Newberg
Website: Tom Fuller

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Conference Worship Pastor

Tom Fuller is the OCW Summer Conference Pastor and Worship Leader. Tom pastors Calvary Chapel Newberg, is employed as the Communications Manager for the Oregon Employment Department, and is a published author. His latest book, Images of America: State Capitol Buildings, was published by Arcadia Publishing. Tom spent more than two decades as a television journalist and is the recipient of multiple awards for his work. In his occupation as a communications professional, Tom has many years of experience dealing with the press from both the inside and the outside.

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Website: Judy Gann

Writing Center
Mentor: Library Resources, Nonfiction, and Children’s Books

A children’s librarian for more than 25 years, Judy Gann selects Christian fiction for a large library system in Washington State. The librarian for Library Insider, she also serves as a public library marketing consultant for Christian publishers and authors, assisting them in their marketing efforts to public libraries.

The author of The God of All Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer (AMG), Judy lives in Lakewood, Washington, where, when she isn’t writing her first novel, speaking, or playing matchmaker for books and readers, she enjoys cheering for the Seattle Mariners, collecting children’s books, and taking long walks—even in the rain. Judy is also the manuscript coordinator for the conference and served on the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee.

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Jeff Gerke Editor Marcher Lord Press

Coaching Class: The Power of Plot
Workshop: The Hero’s Inner Journey
Writing Center
Mentor

Jeff Gerke has been called the de facto gatekeeper of Christian speculative fiction. He writes fiction how-to books for Writers Digest, runs an indie publishing company (www.MarcherLordPress), is a multi-published novelist and a full-time book editor, cover designer, and typesetter. Novels he has published, edited, and/or acquired have won Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the EPIC Award, the INDIE Award, and the Foreword Reviews magazine Book of the Year Award.

His writing books include The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next (July 2013). Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children.

Marcher Lord Press is looking for:
Completed manuscripts of 65,000+ words written for Christian adults, teens, or older YA (age 11+) in the speculative genres: science fiction, fantasy, time travel, etc.

They also recently added the Marcher Lord Hinterlands imprint, which is speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, etc.) for adult audiences that has significant Christian content but may also contain more mature content and is targeted to the non-Christian adult or the mature Christian adult reader.

Jeff will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Mary Hake Author Representative Christian Light Organization

Writing Center

Mary A. Hake, a freelance writer, editor, and researcher, is the Teaching Coordinator for the conference. She has hundreds of published pieces, including articles, stories, devotions, poetry, puzzles, curricula, and activities for both children and adults in books and periodicals, including many for Christian Light. Mary has taught writing to students in grades 2–12 and at writers’ conferences. She has been part of OCW for more than 27 years and has helped with many summer conferences in addition to serving five years as president and seven years as program coordinator for OCW’s three annual one-day conferences. She has been married to Ted for 40 years (in June). They have two grown daughters, both teachers. Mary also serves as chair of her local Library Advisory Board and fills in at the library as needed. They are busy raising funding to keep the community library open. (Tax deductible donations are gladly accepted.)

Christian Light Publications is looking for material for:

Story Mates (for ages 4 to 8) and Partners (for ages 9 to 14).

Christian Light story papers are published to foster reverence for God as Father and Creator and appreciation for His plan of salvation. They present God’s Word as Truth to trust and obey, and warn of the dangers and deceptions of the world. They are to build conviction and Christian character and to promote godly living. They should impress readers with the joy of serving Christ. Their purpose is edification, not entertainment, for a conservative Mennonite audience. They use KJV only. Theme lists are available for each quarter to accompany the Sunday school lessons. New writers must fill out a questionnaire before submitting to CLP. Extensive guidelines are available. Submit stories (up to 800 words for Story Mates and 1,600 words for Partners), rebuses, articles, poems, and activities to Mary Hake for review at the conference.

Mary is unable to acquire, but can advise writers if their material is appropriate for CLP.

Mary will review any types of manuscripts for children’s papers at the conference.

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Website: Ingermanson.com

Coaching Class: Marketing 101: Vision, Strategy, Tactics
Workshop: e-Book Success
Mentoring Author
Writing Center

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and two nonfiction books, including Writing Fiction for Dummies. Randy has a doctorate in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the world as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his Snowflake method of designing a novel. His Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine—the largest electronic magazine dedicated to teaching fiction—has more than 28,000 readers. Randy is one of our Mentoring Team leaders and is known for encouraging budding writers, some of whom have gone on to write award-winning or best-selling fiction. Randy sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

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Website: Ronie Kendig

Workshop: Rapid-Fire Your Fiction: When to Pull the Trigger
Workshop: He Giggled?—Maintaining Deep POV for Male Characters
Mentoring Author

Ronie Kendig, an award-winning, best-selling author, grew up as an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, an Army veteran. After 25-plus years of marriage spent in Texas, she and her husband started a new adventure in Northern Virginia with their four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller list and won the prestigious Christy Award.

She was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards; RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards; Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards; INSPY Award; The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards; and Family Fiction’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring.

Find Ronie on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.

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Website: Julie Klassen

Workshop: Regency Fiction: Tips for Writing Novels Set in Jane Austen’s Time
Mentoring Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie’s latest novels are set in the 1800s in England, and her latest is The Tutor’s Daughter. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Read more about Julie in our interview with the author on our Author Spotlight.

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Sherri Langton Associate Editor Bible Advocate, Now What? e-zine
Website: Bible Advocate

Workshop: Using Negative Experiences for Positive Impact
Writing Center

Sherri Langton, associate editor of Bible Advocate magazine and of Now What? e-zine, has worked in Christian publishing for more than 20 years. She is also an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in various Focus on the Family magazines, In Touch, Upper Room, Marriage Partnership, Today’s Christian Woman, Decision, and other publications. Sherri has contributed poetry and articles to the collections My Turn to Care, Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, Faces of Faith, and Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause. In addition, she teaches workshops at several Christian writers’ conferences. Sherri lives in Denver, Colorado, where she enjoys playing drums and percussion at her church and playing with her two great-nieces, Tori and Teresa.

Now What? is looking for:

Articles that address the “felt needs” of the unchurched (grief, depression, sickness, etc.). Each issue is built around a personal experience, with articles related to the topic. Personal experiences show a person’s struggle that either led to faith in Christ or deepened faith in God. No opinion pieces or poetry.

Bible Advocate is looking for:

Anything in the Bible, of the Bible, and for the Bible is welcomed, but we also want writers to share what God is doing in their lives that may not fit exactly with our themes. Bible Advocate exists to advocate the Bible and correct our illiteracy concerning it. We use a teaching article format, but also accept personal experience stories and poetry. No Christmas or Easter pieces, please.

**November/December 2013 Issue: Thanksgiving, Bible prophecy, and end times. Deadline is August, 31, 2013.

Sherri will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Workshop: Writing for Those Amazing Middle Grades
Cheryl loves sunshine, surf, and slipping her toes into flip-flops. After graduating from the University of Oregon and pursuing a successful Parks and Recreation career, she turned her focus to her passion—writing mystery novels. The Hawaiian Island Detective Club combines her love of all things Hawaiian and her fascination with intrigue. Cheryl is a wife and the mother of three grown children. Memories of raising her spirited kids inspire many of her characters’ quirks, relationships, and mishaps. Visit Cheryl’s website and blog http://www.cheryllinnmartin.com (Life in Flip-Flops) at or email her at cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com.

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Chad McComas Editor The Christian Journal

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center: Faith-based articles

Chad McComas has been the editor of The Christian Journal for the past eight years. He is also founding pastor for Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford. He has been married for more than 32 years to Debi and they have two children. Chad feels it is a privilege to serve the southern Oregon and northern California community through the pages of The Christian Journal with articles and stories of inspiration and encouragement. The Christian Journal also has a Christian business directory. Chad serves as the board chair for two nonprofit organizations in Medford: Rogue Retreat, which provides affordable housing for the homeless, and DASIL, which serves the disabled population in Jackson County. He also sits on the board for Interfaith Care Community, which provides social services for the community and transitional housing for veterans.

The Christian Journal is looking for:

Short (500 word) articles that are meant to encourage, inspire, and build up readers in their walk with God. It accepts testimonies and devotionals, but asks that these be written in first person (no preaching). Their monthly theme can be found on the website. Writers who write to that theme will be considered first.

Chad will review articles through the manuscript submissions program.

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Writing Center: Editing

Sue Miholer owns Picky, Picky Ink and freelances as an editor for various publishers and individual clients. She writes mostly short devotional pieces and has edited almost 50 books in the last 15 years. Her four grandchildren are in the area, and she’s involved in their lives. Besides serving as OCW’s business manager and registrar, she is also active in her local church.

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Mentoring Author

Matt Mikalatos is the author of two comedy-theology novels, My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian, as well as a kids’ fantasy novel, The Sword of Six Worlds. His first nonfiction book is coming from Baker Books in 2014. You can catch up with him on Twitter at @mattmikalatos or on his blog at http://www.mikalatos.com.

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Workshop: Blog, Facebook, Twitter: Establishing Your Online Presence
Writing Center: Social Media Consultations

Nicole M. Miller is a writer, history buff, equestrienne, and a former rodeo queen—all of which come together in her writing. She has received awards for her nonfiction, but historical fiction is her true love. A social media coordinator at a university by day, she also coaches writers and small-business owners in utilizing social media as a marketing tool.

See marketing and social media tips at http://www.millermediasolutions.com. Nicole is the media director for Oregon Christian Writers and posts regularly on the summer conference blogsite, http://ocwsummerconference.com/2012/meet-the-social-media-and-marketing-nerd/.

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Website: Caitlin Muir

Workshop: Blog, Facebook, Twitter: Establishing Your Online Presence
Writing Center: Consultations

Caitlin Muir knows the power of social media first-hand. It’s how she’s met friends, discovered events, and landed gigs. Caitlin is on the editorial team of The Social Media Club and serves as the head writer and social media coach for Author Media. She writes about faith, love, and social media for a variety of clients and publications.

For more about Caitlin, visit http://www.CaitlinMuir.com/. The best way to reach her is on Twitter, @ScribblingHappy.

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Website: James Rubart

Coaching Class: How to Write Your First Novel So It Gets Contracted
Mentoring Author

James L. Rubart is the best-selling author of Rooms, the winner of Romantic Times Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year in 2010, plus Book of Days, The Chair, and Soul’s Gate, a 2013 Christy Award finalist. He received his degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Washington and started his career on air at a Seattle radio station. During the day, he runs Barefoot Marketing, which helps businesses and authors make more coin for the realm. He is also an in-demand speaker and consultant. For more about his titles and awards, visit his website http://www.jimrubart.com.

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Writing Center: Fiction
Mentoring Author

Award-winning speaker and teacher Patricia H. Rushford has written more than 50 books. Her latest release is Strangers in the Night. She was nominated for an Edgar by Mystery Writers of America and received the Silver Angel for excellence in media. Pat is enthusiastic, loves people, and enjoys teaching and encouraging writers. In 2011 she served as the creative-writing instructor on a 110-day world cruise.

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Website: Gail Sattler

Writing Center: Fiction
Mentoring Author

Gail Sattler is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels and novellas with Barbour Publishing, Love Inspired, Abingdon Press, and B&H Publishing. In her spare time, Gail is a musician, playing piano for the worship team at her church, electric bass for a local jazz band, and string bass for a Vancouver community orchestra. When she’s not writing or making music, Gail can be found settling down with a cup of hot coffee and a good book written by someone else. Gail lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, three sons, two dogs, and a lizard that is quite cuddly for a reptile, except when he’s eating her houseplants.

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Julee Schwarzburg Schwarzburg Editorial

Writing Center: Editorial Coaching

Julee Schwarzburg has been a fiction fan since eighth grade when her history teacher got her hooked on John Jakes’ 12-volume Kent Family Chronicles. She’s worked in Christian publishing for more than 26 years through in-house positions with Tyndale, Multnomah Publishers, and WaterBrook Multnomah, and as a freelancer. Freelance editing since 2008 and absolutely loving it, her clients have included B&H, Barbour, NavPress, Thomas Nelson, WaterBrook Multnomah, and Zondervan.

Julee is passionate about well-written, entertaining fiction that engages the mind and the emotions as well as working as an author advocate, helping novelists to refine their craft and share stories that glorify God. She’s had the privilege of working alongside such amazing storytellers as Karen Ball, Melody Carlson, Robin Caroll, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig, Tracy Higley, and James Rubart. Married for 28 years, she lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Central Oregon, with the picturesque Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.

**Julee is an editorial consultant, not an acquiring editor. She will be available for 15-minute appointments.**

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Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center: Journalism
Mentor

Cornelia Becker Seigneur divides her time pouring into her five children, her writing, and her students at Multnomah University, where she has taught about article writing, news media, persuasion, and American literature. She serves as the faculty advisor for Multnomah’s MUSE student publication, which she helped launch in 2011. Cornelia pens a Family and Religion blog at The Huffington Post and contributes to Christianity Today and Multnomah’s Cultural Encounters.

As a freelance journalist for The Oregonian since 1996, she specializes in family, community, faith, and culture stories. Cornelia is the author of The Adventure of Motherhood and Images of America: West Linn.

Cornelia loves to mentor aspiring writers and is the founding director of the Faith & Culture Writers’ Conference.

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Mentor

Ann Shorey has been a full-time writer for more than 20 years. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series for Revell, followed by The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream. The Sisters at Heart series, beginning with Where Wildflowers Bloom, is her latest from Revell. Book Two in the series, When the Heart Heals, released this spring. To learn more about Ann and her writing, visit her website http://www.annshorey.com/.

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Coaching Class: Why Active Faith Means Passive Writing
Workshop: Self-Editing: How to Avoid the Slush Pile
Mentor: Editorial Coaching

Mick Silva is a book editor with more than 12 years’ experience acquiring projects for Focus on the Family and WaterBrook Multnomah (the Christian division of Random House)—focusing on heartfelt, artful, “God-seeker” stories—fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir, especially ones that don’t wrap up neatly. His authors include Susan Hill (Closer than Your Skin), Milan and Kay Yerkovich (How We Love), and Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts, a New York Times bestseller).

As a pastor’s son, Mick probably should have been a pastor, but he’s always been a bit of a bookworm. He runs yourwritersgroup.com/, where authors critique and connect through story.

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Coaching Class: Wanna Be a Speaker? Taking Your Message from Page to the Public
Mentor

Poppy Smith is an award-winning writer whose latest book, Why Can’t He Be More Like Me? (Harvest House), received the Advanced Speaker Writer Association (AWSA) 2012 Golden Scroll award for the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. In addition, she has authored three books (published by Bethany House), two Bible studies, and numerous articles.

Her e-zine, Thrive, provides monthly spiritual encouragement and insights to more than 2,000 people around the world. She was also the OCW fall conference keynoter in 2010. Drawing from her extensive experience as a Bible teacher with Bible Study Fellowship as well as her ministry as a popular inspirational speaker both in the US and overseas, Poppy is uniquely equipped to help writers turn their work into meaningful messages.

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Book Giveaway
Mentor

Sally Stuart, of Tigard, has been writing for 43 years—full time for the last 26. She also compiled 25 editions of the Christian Writers’ Market Guide, the only market guide that specifically targets Christian markets. In addition, she has published a dozen other books and countless articles and columns.

As marketing columnist for Christian Communicator, Advanced Christian Writer, and OCW, she is considered the leading authority on the Christian market. She is in demand as a conference speaker nationwide. Sally is the mother of three and grandmother of eight.

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Website: Corban.edu

Coaching Class: Discovering Gold in Others’ Poems, Planting Treasures in Our Own
Mentor

Colette Tennant is an English professor at Corban University. She lives in Salem with her husband, her youngest son, and three cats. She earned her doctorate in English from Ohio State University. Along with teaching creative writing and literature at Corban, she also teaches art in Germany, Austria, and Italy every other year. In addition to writing poetry, she enjoys playing the piano and writing music.

Her poetry book, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010 as an Editor’s Choice. She has had many poems published in journals, including Christianity and Literature, Dos Passos Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

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Susan May Warren My Book Therapy

Coaching Class: Let’s Make a Scene!
Workshop: What’s the Story? The Four Pillars of a Best-Selling Novel, with Chip MacGregor
Workshop: Flying Monkeys: Creating a Fan Base Who Will Fight for You!
Mentoring Author

Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of more than 40 novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill, and Summerside Press. A five-time Christy-award finalist and a three-time RITA (Romance Writers of America) finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award and the ACFW Carol (Book of the Year) award.

Susan’s contemporary novel, You Don’t Know Me is a 2013 Christy Finalist. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of several writers’ workbooks, including one for beginners, From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

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Coaching Class: Why Aim for YA? And How to Hit the Mark, if You Do (Youth Fiction)
Workshop: Storyboarding the Hollywood Way
Mentoring Author: All genres

Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy (for which she won two Christy awards in the speculative category), Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her youth-pastor husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer.

She loves working with teenagers and conducting writing workshops, and she blogs for teen writers at GoTeenWriters.com. Visit her online at http://www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

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Ben Wolf Editor Splickety Publishing Group

Flash Fiction: Workshop
Selling Yourself: Workshop
Writing Center

In seventh grade Ben Wolf saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career. As someone who knows how hectic life can get, Ben founded Splickety Publishing Group to meet the needs of busy folks like him—people who appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. Splickety publishes the world’s best flash fiction. Ben has written five (unpublished) action/adventure novels and has multiple other projects in the works. He is represented by The Seymour Agency.

In addition to his writing career, Ben offers a variety of professional services to aspiring writers, including editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and strategic novel planning. He also teaches and mentors one-on-one in the areas of public speaking, writing, publishing, and flash fiction. For more information about his writing and his professional services, please email him at 1benwolf@gmail.com. You can “like” Ben Wolf’s author page on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

Splickety Publishing Group is always looking for compelling flash fiction stories in the following genres:

  • – Speculative (and all of its subgenres)
  • – Historical
  • – Romance (and most of its subgenres)
  • – Young Adult
  • – Contemporary
  • – Women’s Fiction
  • – Action Adventure
  • – Thriller
  • – Suspense
  • – Mystery

. . . or any combination of those things listed above.

We do NOT accept:

  • Previously published flash fiction
  • Scenes/excerpts/synopses from novels
  • Excessive violence, profanity, or erotica in any form. Splickety publishes from an open-minded worldview, but we do have our limits.

Conversely, we don’t want thinly-veiled stories that preach from a soapbox. We also don’t really have a need or a venue for children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time, as our magazines cater mostly to adults but would also appeal to young adults.

Your well-edited story should be between 500 and 1,000 words long, but we will also entertain micro fiction––works shorter than 500 words––if the story is especially gripping.

For more information on how to write for Splickety, subscribe to or advertise in Splickety’s magazines, or to read our blog, visit http://www.splicketypubgroup.com.

Ben will meet with authors in the Writing Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie Zander Chapters of Life

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)

Julie McDonald Zander is the compiler of the summer conference notebook, co-chair of the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee, and served as OCW’s newsletter editor for three years. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years before launching her personal history business, Chapters of Life, in 1999.

She has published more than three dozen personal, company, and community histories during the past decade, including a 30-year history of the Centralia Christian School. She was in charge of organizing the 2006 Association of Personal Historians conference in Portland. Julie and her husband, Larry, live in Toledo, Washington, with their 18-year-old son, Paul, and 13-year-old daughter, Nora.

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