2015 SC Mentors

Mentor Appointments: Focus on the Next Step

We are pleased to offer half-hour career mentoring appointments in our Writing Center, where you can sit face-to-face with an experienced professional author to ask advice about craft, marketing, goal-setting, or the business of writing. Mentoring appointments are not just for new authors. A writer can benefit from wise counsel at any stage of his or her career. An appointment might include a brief prayer, if requested. At the beginning of July, all registered full-time conferees will receive an email asking for their first, second, and third choices for mentors. Only one mentor appointment will be given to each conferee who requests one. What to bring to the appointment: Several pages of your writing if you have craft questions—plus your answers to the following critical questions. Be specific. This will tell your mentor where you are in your writing career and provide insight on how to best help you.

  1. What kind of writing are you doing right now?
  2. How long have you been writing?
  3. What do you want to achieve with your writing?
  4. What is the biggest thing preventing you from achieving that goal?
  5. How can your mentor help you today?

Meet Your Mentors Nancy Ellen Dodd, screenwriting and fiction – http://thewriterscompass.com

  • Coaching Class: The Language of Screenwriting
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Nancy Dodd
Nancy Ellen Dodd

Nancy Ellen Dodd teaches Advanced Screenwriting at Pepperdine University to both undergraduate and graduate students. She also develops and teaches online courses in screenwriting and creative writing for Writer’s Digest University and Screenwriters University (sister organizations under Writer’s Digest/F&W Publications). She also teaches a number of workshops as well as private classes at universities, conferences, writers’ groups, and internationally. She is a writer, editor, and educator who has studied all forms of writing and has business, academic, and creative writing publications in her portfolio. Her book, The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages (published by Writer’s Digest Books, June 2011), teaches the creative writing process and the Aristotle/Freytag architecture of story.

She has published short stories that also have been read on the radio, had her one-act play and short videos produced, produced audio and video interviews for online, and received several awards for writing. Nancy is currently on faculty at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, where she serves as academic editor of the online peer-reviewed journal the Graziadio Business Review (GBR). She has served as editor of two print and two online journals and published more than 130 articles. Marion Duckworth, nonfiction – http://marionduckworthministries.com/

  • Prayer Team
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Marion Duckworth
Marion Duckworth

Marion Duckworth, a past president of OCW, is the author of 17 books, curricula, and hundreds of articles. A former columnist for Power for Living, she has spoken widely and has 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. This is Marion’s fifth year as a mentor at the summer conference.

Miralee Ferrell, fiction – www.miraleeferrell.com

  • Mentor: Writing Center
Miralee Ferrell
Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell is a multi-published author with 12 books in print and five more releasing in the next year. She’s also a speaker, teacher, and accredited lay counselor who has had wide experience sharing and teaching from the pulpit and speaking to historical societies, women’s groups, retreats, conferences, and more. Recently she ventured into new territory as an author of horse novels for middle-grade girls and has been invited to speak at the Colorado Springs Equine Expo. Miralee is branching out—she continues to write for traditional publishers while publishing her out-of-print books and occasional new work through her own small press, Mountain Brook INK, started in January of 2014. She has a heart for authors who have struggled for years to land a traditional contract but have fallen between the cracks with their chosen genre.

Randy Ingermanson, fiction and marketing – http://www.ingermanson.com/index.php

  • Coaching Class: How to Be an Insanely Great Indie Author (Marketing)
  • Workshop: Four Smart Things Rich Authors Do
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Randy Ingermanson
Randy Ingermanson

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 world’s largest electronic magazine dedicated to teaching fiction—has more than 28,000 subscribers. Randy also sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is known for encouraging budding writers, some of whom have gone on to write award-winning or best-selling fiction. This is Randy’s fifth year as a mentor at the summer conference.

Jane Kirkpatrick, historical fiction, nonfiction – http://www.jkbooks.com/

  • Coaching Class: Weaving Story Threads in Fiction
  • Mentor: Writing Center
  • Keynoter Thursday Morning

 

Jane Kirkpatrick, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter
Jane Kirkpatrick, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA best-selling and award-winning author of 27 books, including 22 historical novels based on actual women. She’s spoken internationally; won the Wrangler, Carol, and WILLA awards; and has been a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, Christy Award, Spur Award, and Reader’s Choice Award. Publisher’s Weekly called A Light in the Wilderness (2014)“indelible and intriguing . . . persuasive and poignant.” Jane is known for her well-researched novels. She draws on her background as a mental health consultant on the Warm Springs Reservation and her years of homesteading to create authentic characters and settings.

Bonnie Leon, historical and contemporary fiction – http://www.bonnieleon.com

  • Mentor: Writing Center
Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon

Bonnie Leon is the author of 20 novels, including the newly released Where Eagles Soar and the popular Alaskan Skies series. She enjoys speaking at women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in southern Oregon. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother, and relishing precious time with her aged mother. This is Bonnie’s second year as a mentor at the summer conference.

Hillary Manton Lodge, contemporary fiction and historical ~ hillarymantonlodge.com

  • Mentor: Writing Center
Hillary Manton Lodge
Hillary Manton Lodge

Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Reservations for Two, A Table by the Window, an INSPY Award Finalist, Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA Bestselling book. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring her most recent hometown of Portland. She shares her home with her husband, Danny, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh.

Mary McIntosh, poetry

  • Workshop: Main Street, Tokyo, or the Front Porch: Poetry of Place (Poetry)
  • Nite Owl: Poetry Readings
  • Mentor: Writing Center

 

Mary McIntosh
Mary McIntosh

Mary McIntosh is a poet, freelance writer, and editor who has taught English at several colleges in the Northwest and California. In addition to publishing poems, she has published articles in Spectrum and Oregon Humanities magazines. Her doctoral education in literature and her experience as a writer and teacher uniquely combine to make her an inspired teacher of writing. She especially loves conducting poetry workshops for aspiring Christian writers. Mary teaches private creative writing workshops and workshops for writers, including OCW one-day conferences. She has been active in poetry groups and readings in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, where she lived before moving recently to Medford, Oregon, with her husband. She has two grown children and two grandchildren who live too far away.

Rebecca LuElla Miller, fiction and nonfiction and blogging – https://rewriterewordrework.wordpress.com/

  • Workshop: Blogging and Blog Tours—The Why’s and Wherefores
  • Nite Owl: Critique Clinic (Tuesday Night)
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Rebecca LuElla Miller

Becky Miller is a novelist, freelance writer, editor, and managing administrator for and founder of the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) Blog Tour http://csffblogtour.com/. She is best known for her aspirations as an epic fantasy author. Becky has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She has covered high school sports for a Los Angeles area newspaper group, published articles and short stories in several print and online magazines, and placed in the top 25 in a Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story contest. Most recently, she published the writing-helps book Power Elements of Character Development, second in her Power Elements of Fiction series. She currently blogs Monday at “Speculative Faith”; Saturday at “Rewrite, Reword, Rework”; and Monday through Friday at “A Christian Worldview of Fiction.” Becky’s editing credits include nonfiction and fiction alike, most notably four titles in the Dragons in Our Midst and Oracle of Fire series by Bryan Davis as well as two titles in Jill Williamson’s Mission League series.

James L. Rubart, fiction and marketing – http://jimrubart.com/

  • Coaching Class: Get Published, Stay Published: Advanced Teaching for Career-Minded Novelists
  • Workshop: To Speak, or Not to Speak; There Is No Question
  • Mentor: Writing Center
James L. Rubart
James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award-winning author of six novels. His novels have been nominated for three Carol Awards and two Christys, and his novel Rooms won the Romantic Times Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year as well as a USA Book of the Year Award. In 2013, his novel Soul’s Gate, won both a Christy and an INSPY Award. He’s also a professional speaker and a marketer who helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt-bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to waterski like a madman. This is Jim’s fifth year as a mentor at the summer conference.

David Sanford. nonfiction – www.credocommunications.net

  • Coaching Class: “No Fear” Book Publishing Strategies That Work!
  • Mentor: Writing Center
David Sanford
David Sanford

David Sanford is an award-winning author, editor, teacher, and literary agent. He has helped promising new Christian authors publish nearly 100 books with top Christian publishers, including Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, InterVarsity, Harvest House, and AMG. At Credo Communications, David wears three hats—author, editor, and literary agent. He served as executive editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic, general editor of the popular Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, co-author of the best-selling God Is Relevant,and author of If God Disappears. David has been quoted and interviewed by 100 Huntley Street, Breakpoint.org, CBN, Christianity Today, Moody Broadcasting, Focus on the Family, The New York Times, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, World, and many leading TV, radio, print, and other media organizations. He has personal lifetime book sales of 348,000. David has served as an instructor of mass media at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and as adjunct professor of journalism at Corban University, where he now serves as Director of Institutional Marketing. On top of speaking engagements, media interviews, and numerous articles, Corban’s top leadership and faculty have published 26 books in the past 3.5 years.

  Gail Sattler, fiction – www.gailsattler.com

  • Workshop: To Market, To Market (co-taught with Tamela Hancock Murray)
  • Worship Team
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Gail Sattler
Gail Sattler

Gail Sattler is the author of more than 30 novels and novellas with Barbour Publishing, Love Inspired, B&H, and Abingdon Press. Gail lives in Vancouver, BC (Canada, eh!), with her husband, three sons, two dogs, and a lizard who is quite cuddly for a reptile. When she’s not writing (or at her day job), Gail enjoys making music with a local jazz band, where she plays electric bass, and a community orchestra, where she plays upright string bass. When she’s not writing or making music, Gail likes to sit back with hot coffee and read a book written by someone else. Gail is the coordinator for OCW’s online critique groups. This will be Gail’s third year as a mentor at the summer conference.

Cornelia Seigneur
Cornelia Seigneur

Cornelia Becker Seigneur– Mentor: Journalism, Freelance Writing, Family Blogging Cornelia Seigneur’s passion is to pour her heart and soul into life and people, and to loving her five amazing children. She’s been a regular contributor to The Oregonian newspaper since 1996, penning family, community, faith, and culture stories. She has also been published in Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Woman, and other publications. She blogs for the Huffington Post Parents andNBC’s Today’s Parents. Cornelia loves inspiring other writers and is the founding director of the Faith & Culture Writers Conference.She hastaught writing and communicationcourses at Multnomah University, George Fox University, and Portland State University. Cornelia is a substitute high school and junior high teacher and freelance editor. In her “past life,” she served as a youth director at her church. In her spare time, she loves to go on adventures with her kids, do photography, and travel.

Ann Shorey, historical fiction – www.annshorey.com

Ann Shorey
Ann Shorey

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. Her latest releases include Love’s Sweet Beginning, the third book in the Sisters at Heart series, and two novellas, one in the Sincerely Yours collection and one in The Oregon Trail Romance Collection. This is Ann’s fourth year as mentor at summer conference. Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AnnShorey.

Sally Stuart, nonfiction “Just Ask Sally” – http://stuartmarket.com/

  • Book Giveaways: Lunch
  • Mentor: Writing Center (afternoons)
Sally Stuart
Sally Stuart

Sally Stuart founded and edited the annual Christian Writers’ Market Guide for 26 years. She has been a freelance writer for more than 45 years and is the author of another dozen books. Her latest book, The Writing World Defined—A to Z: A Writer’s Encyclopedia,was released atthe end of 2014. Sally has spoken at conferences across the country for more than 35 years and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award.

Note: Instead of half-hour mentoring appointments, Sally will be available to take on-the-spot “Just Ask Sally” quick questions about all things writing, publishing, and marketing. Sign up in the Writing Center.

Jeannie St. John Taylor, children’s author – http://www.jeanniestjohntaylor.com/

·         Workshop: Write to Touch the Hearts of Children

Jeannie St. John Taylor
Jeannie St. John Taylor

Jeannie has published over 30 books for adults and children. Her picture book Am I Praying was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Award. Jeannie is an illustrator and also cohosts The River blog talk radio show.

Ed Underwood, nonfiction – http://edunderwood.com/

  • Workshop: Platform: To Build or Not to Build?
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Ed Underwood
Ed Underwood

Ed Underwood is the popular and much-loved senior pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door (http://www.churchoftheopendoor.com/) in southern California and the author of When God Breaks Your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild (David C. Cook), and his latest, The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will (Tyndale, August 2014). Ed enjoys teaching the Bible for life change, training and equipping leaders, and leading a church with the faith to ask God for big things.Ed is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. You can find out more about Ed at http://www.churchoftheopendoor.com/about-us/our-pastors/ed-underwood.html.

Susan May Warren, fiction – www.susanmaywarren.com

  • Book Promotions Boot Camp: Preconference early-bird session (Monday morning)
  • Coaching Class: Get Published, Stay Published: Advanced Teaching for Career-Minded Novelists
  • Workshop: Plotting for Heart, Soul and Mind: Crafting a Story That Resonates
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA, and Carol Award-winning author of more than 45 novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill, and Summerside Press. Two-time Christy winner, RITA winner, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the ACFW Carol Award. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the book, Conversations with a Writing Coach. She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors get published . . . and stay published! This is Susan’s fifth year as a mentor at the summer conference.

Jill Williamson, young adult fiction/all genres – www.jillwilliamson.com

  • Nite Owl: Pitch Lab (Monday Night)
  • Mentor: Writing Center
Jill Williamson
Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of a dozen fantasy novels. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, I could do that! How hard could it be? Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards, including the Christy Award. Jill is the product of Oregon Christian Writers conferences, having sold four of her novels here and met her agent too. That history made winning a Cascade Award for her novel The New Recruit even more special. Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion-design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly at www.GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

Julie Zander, journalism and memory books – http://www.chaptersoflife.com/

  • Mentor: Writing Center
Julie McDonald Zander
Julie McDonald Zander

Julie McDonald Zander, compiler of the summer conference notebook and co-chair of the OCW Cascade Writing Contest, served for three years as OCW’s newsletter editor and is now the OCW photographer. 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 50 personal, company, and community histories. In addition to running her self-publishing company, Julie writes a weekly column for The Chronicle in Centralia, Washington. She and her husband, Larry, live in Toledo, Washington. They have two children, Paul, who is attending the University of Washington, and 14-year-old Nora, a budding writer. This is Julie’s second year as mentor at the summer conference.

 

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