Make a Fresh Start: Fall Conference Workshops
by Marilyn Rhoads, OCW Program Coordinator
A. Colleen Coble will present “Layers: Connect with Your Reader.” A novel is much more fun when there is enough complexity to engage the reader. Layers help your fiction reader identify with your characters. Learn the Rule of Three and how to develop your plot with new ideas.
Colleen, our keynote speaker, is an award-winning author and CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. With nearly two million books in print, Colleen “writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail.” She lives in Indiana with her husband, Dave, and is the mother of two grown children and proud grandmother of three grandchildren.
B. “Active or Passive: Why Does It Matter?” will be taught by Ann Staatz. Want to put punch in your writing? Use active voice. Want to avoid wordiness in your work? Use active voice. Want to write with honesty? Use active voice. Learn why active voice is vital for strong writing. Detect passive voice and convert it. Your readers will notice.
Ann has taught journalism at Multnomah University for 23 years and has seen her work published in magazines and newspapers, on websites, and on the radio. Her students have worked at organizations such as Focus on the Family publications, Christianity Today, and Moody Press.
C. Mary McIntosh will present “Poetry as Memoir.” Personal detail in poetry can vividly suggest universal truth. How can you accomplish this? Observe some samples of memoir in poetry form and discuss the value and possibilities of using autobiographical details in poems. Learn hands-on techniques and craft a poem in class.
Mary 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 recently published an article, “Writing Your Spiritual Story: A Key to Spiritual Health.” She has a piece in Spectrum magazine and a memoir piece in Oregon Humanities magazine.
D. “De-Stressing My Writing World” by Nora Peacock will explore the ways we spell S-T-R-E-S-S. As writers who are Christians, spouses, parents, grandparents, employees, volunteers, how do you find time to write? Nora will provide practical tips to minimize mental and emotional stress. Enjoy your passion and … write!
Nora is married to her practical-joker husband, Arlen, and she’s B-U-S-Y managing a schedule involving seven grown children and eight grandchildren. She works part-time as a senior ministry director and has published in Christian Communicator, The Secret Place, Oregon Women’s Report (2012 Silver Prize winner), and Love Is a Verb.
E. Colleen Coble will present “Romancing the Idea.” Where do you start a novel? Learn how to jumpstart your creative process as you develop plot, character, and subplots with Colleen’s special method. This fun, interactive workshop will surprise you with its starting point.
Colleen, our keynote speaker, is an award-winning author and CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. With nearly two million book in print, Colleen “writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail.” She lives in Indiana with her husband, Dave, and is the mother of two grown children and proud grandmother of three grandchildren.
F. “Photo Illustration” will be taught by Gail Denham. Good photos tell stories, and most photos involve people. Digital photography has taken over the markets and there’s a new learning curve. Take a photo as an illustration or in connection with your article. Learn persistence in marketing and how to place your photos in publications.
Gail has placed photos in magazines, brochures, books, and newspapers for the past 35 years. she is a photo illustrator, focusing on the action and the message of the photograph. Gail has combined photos with her own articles, and other submissions have appeared with news reports.
G. “An Amazing World” will be taught by Tracie Heskett. All writing is based on research, even if that research is personal experience. Writers need research for fiction writing as well as nonfiction. Streamline that process by utilizing the internet, libraries, and a host of other resources. Learn to use them all effectively to your writing advantage.
Tracie, a former teacher, has more than ten years’ experience working with educational materials. She is an author, presenter, and resource developer. She works with Teacher Created Resources and teaches instructional methods. She has experience working with parents, building cultural awareness, and recognizing learning styles.
H. The OCW team of Angella Diehl and Nicole Miller will teach “Online Presence.” Does a writer need to be online? Why and how? Join their panel presentation and learn the latest updates about social media, websites, branding, image, blogging, platform, and linking.
Angella is a freelance writer and a web/blog designer. Involved in OCW for more than 14 years, she currently serves as the organization’s webmaster. Her writing credits include The Oregonian, Christian News Northwest, other newspapers, as well as contributions to technical magazines and national and international internet publications.
Nicole serves as media coordinator for OCW and is a writer, history buff, equestrienne, and a former rodeo queen—all of which come together in her writing. She is a social media coordinator at the University of Western States and she coaches writers and small business owners in utilizing social media as a marketing tool.
* Critique Groups, fiction and nonfiction, will be facilitated by Dawn Shipman. Preregistration is required. Participants should bring three pages of their writing. Please make five copies. Dawn will model an actual critique session. Please sign up to connect to existing groups, create a new group, or critique with partners online.
Dawn is the critique group coordinator for OCW. A freelancer, she sells short stories, nonfiction articles, interviews, essays, poetry, plays, and puzzles. She contributes to the Northwest sporthorse publication Flying Changes. She has two stories in Chicken Soup. Her novel, Desired Haven, semi-finaled in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. z