Bloom with Writing Workshops
Karen Ball will present “Taming the Fiction Dragons,” a hands-on class. You will tackle the most common problems in writing fiction. Bring your work-in-progress and be ready to put what you learn to the test! (Fiction)
“Niche Marketing” will be taught by Geni White. Would you like free books to read? Book reviews as a niche market benefit the writer and other readers[SM1] . Geni will present ways to write a professional review and help you discover appropriate resources. Build your own platform as you share your opinions about others’ books. (Marketing)
Geni, who lives in Eugene, reviews more than100 books per year and posts on two blogs, Facebook, Amazon.com, barnesand[SM2] noble.com, Christianbooks.com, Netgalley, Goodreads, and other sites. She reviews for five publishers and two book promoters as well as individual authors. She’s conducted blog tours for Davis Bunn and reviewed books for Cecil Murphey. God opened the door for Geni to review books when she was too fatigued to write. She began with a single publisher until other publishers discovered her and requested their own book reviews. She has published in LIVE, Storyteller Magazine, Cecil Murphey’s Christmas Miracles Anthology, and Comfort Café (online). In addition, she has had more than 500 book reviews published. She’s an award-winning Toastmasters’ speaker and loves to teach.
“Whisper, Sing, Yell” will be taught by Jane West. Why wait for a poem to strike? Poetry is a good idea at any time. Discover ways to get your inspirational muscles into shape. Dig deep inside, listen to your heart, and find your unique song within. Then … write! (Poetry)
Jane is an author, teacher, and mentor, and has written books, short stories for adults and children, how-tos, newspaper articles, a manual specific to her position as administrative assistant to a Marion County psychologist, and a church-performed play. Her poem, “Tumbleweeds,” won first prize in the Southern Oregon Poets’ contest. She lives in Lake Oswego, writing and enjoying her children and grandchildren.
Christianne Debysingh, Shane White, and Nick Harrison of Harvest House Publishers in [MH3] Eugene, will present a panel discussion, “From the Inside Out.” See an insider’s perspective of the Christian publishing world from a publicist, sales manager, and editor as they discuss what’s involved in taking a manuscript from acceptance to market. A question-and-answer period will follow. Demystify the publishing process. (All genres)
Christianne, of Eugene, who serves as the senior publicist for Harvest House, provides direction for the publicity team and works with authors and the media to obtain print, Internet, radio, and television interviews. Prior to this position, Christianne worked as a program manager with Operation Blessing International, the humanitarian arm of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), serving closely with writers and producers at The 700 Club. She has been with Harvest House for seven years.
Shane White, of Eugene, is a sales professional with 10 years of experience in Christian book marketing. He has served as the national Christian booksellers’ sales manager at Harvest House for the past six years. His role has led the sales and marketing efforts through national Christian retailers such as Family Christian Stores, LifeWay Christian Stores, Mardel, and Christianbook.com. Prior to Shane’s position at Harvest House, he worked as the national sales manager for Sampson Resources in Dallas, Texas, one of the country’s leading publishers of video curriculum for churches and schools.
Nick Harrison spent many years in Christian retail and as a freelance writer before accepting a position as senior editor at Harvest House. He is the author of the recently released As Grandpa Says and has published several books, including Magnificent Prayer, Promises to Keep, His Victorious Indwelling, and 365 WWJD. Nick and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of three adult daughters and resides in Eugene.
“Write Your Passion” by Karen Ball will explore why we’re too often so focused on “making it” that we lose sight of why we’re writing. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what our passion really is, what nurtures passion, what steals passion, and what is the true source of the passion that drives us. (All genres)
Linda Clare will teach “Zoom-Zoom, Zine-Zine: Power Up Your Writing Career.” Hungry to publish? Whether online or in print, magazine editors still need well-written articles that speak to their readers. Learn the basics of good article writing, from idea to query to assignment to byline. Linda will show you how to identify your audience, develop ideas, get an editor to say “yes,”—and much more. (Magazine articles)
The Fence My Father Built (Abingdon, 2009) is Linda’s latest release. The author or coauthor of four books, she is working on a novel to be published in 2014 and writes articles and essays for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul. She teaches writing at Lane Community College and George Fox University and lives in Eugene with her family.
Nicole Miller will teach “Ten Steps to Social Media Bliss (and Success).” The world of social media is ever-changing and ever-expanding. Come discuss ways you can enjoy and utilize social media without it causing more stress and misery. Explore the most common platforms, decide which best fits your needs, and share productivity tools to help maximize your reach with the least amount of time. (Social media)
A writer, history buff, equestrienne, and former rodeo queen, Nicole brings all these components together in her writing. She has received awards for her nonfiction, but historical fiction is her true love. A social-media coordinator at the University of Western States (and self-proclaimed Facebook and Twitter addict) and resident of Milwaukie, she coaches writers and small business owners in utilizing social media as a marketing tool.
“A Day in an Editor’s Life” will be taught by Nick Harrison. A senior editor at Harvest House will walk you through the day-to-day routine in an editor’s office, including how he acquires and shepherds a manuscript from initial presentation to actual production. Have a question about your proposal? Nick, a published author and sought-after conference speaker, is familiar with every aspect of the publishing industry, from writing to retail.