Spring Conference Details

Writing That Endures

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 NIV)

Oregon Christian Writers Spring Conference
with Terry Glaspey Keynoting

March 11, 2023

Salem Evangelical Church
455 Locust St NE
Salem. Oregon 97303

Registration Opens February 15th


Join us at 8:30 a.m. (PST) through 4:30 p.m. (PST) at Salem Evangelical Church for our Spring one-day conference. Keynote address will be delivered by Terry Glaspey.

Terry Glaspey – Keynoter

Terry Glaspey is the author of more than a dozen books, including Not a Tame Lion: The Life, Teachings, and Legacy of C.S. Lewis, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know, The Prayers of Jane Austen, and Discovering God through the Arts, How We Can Grow Closer to God by Appreciating Beauty & Creativity. He has won two Christianity Today book awards, as well as awards from the Gospel Coalition and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Formerly an editor with Harvest House Publishers. Dr. Glaspey is currently a professor at Northwind Theological Seminary, as well as a writer for the Tony Evans ministry. He has spoken at churches, conferences, and universities throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, and Taiwan. His special area of interest is the intersection of theology, spirituality, and the arts.


Terry Glaspey keynoting:

General Session I: “What C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me about Writing”

General Session II: “Telling It Slant: Finding Fresh New Ways to Tell the Old, Old Story”

Conference Schedule


8:30–9:00        Registration, Continental Breakfast, Bookstore 

9:00–9:05        Welcome and Introductions: President Maxine Marsolini

9:05–9:15        Call to Worship

9:15–9:30        Devotional

9:30–10:20      General Session I: Terry Glaspey, “What C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me about Writing”

10:25–10:45    Morning Break: Refreshments and time to visit the bookstore

10:45–11:35    General Session II: Terry Glaspey, “Telling It Slant: Finding Fresh New Ways to Tell the Old, Old Story”

11:35–12:25    OCW Business Meeting: Election of new president; recognition of first-time attendees; introduction of workshop teachers

12:25–1:35      Lunch

1:40–2:40        Workshops: Session 1

2:40–3:00        Break: Bookstore is open.

3:00–4:00        Workshops: Session 2

4:00–4:30        Dessert, Autograph Party, and Photo Session—all authors available to sign their books

Workshops: Session 1


A. Terry Glaspey – Writing that Endures (all genres)

What do Jane Austen, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Mark Twain, and Saint Augustine have in common? They’ve written words hundreds (and thousands!) of years ago that people still read! Join us in this presentation to discuss what they did and how you can do it too.

B. Amy Earls – Build Your Mailing List with Book Funnel and Story Origin: Marketing Tools for Published and Pre-Published Authors (marketing)

Increase email subscribers by learning how to use the marketing tools Book Funnel and Story Origin, two services that help you promote books by offering free copies of your work in exchange for reviews. This can be a great way to get more readers and build your presence in the book community.

C. Melanie Dobson – From Spark to Story (fiction)

Do you have the spark of an idea for a novel? Or maybe you have an entire story burning in your head and you’re ready to organize the blaze. This workshop will provide a detailed roadmap of the 10 major elements needed—including strong opposition, heroic characters, and a persuasive message—to write a novel across genres that will engage and inspire readers.

D. Colette Tennant – Experiencing God’s Abundance While Writing Poetry

Christian writer G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long.” Chesterton, who wrote more than 80 books was well acquainted with God’s abundance. For poets, one of God’s wonderful blessings is the abundant inspirations all around us—from our natural surroundings to other people’s poems to our life stories. We will discuss how to find poetic inspirations every day, and when we’re finished, participants will have two new poems.


Workshops: Session 2


E. Terry Glaspey – Creative Icons

Have you ever wondered about the connection between faith and imagination? In this professionally produced half-hour documentary, Professor Glaspey discusses the connection between a strong theological foundation and artistic creation. Q & A follows with lots of practical takeaways!

F. Amy Earls – Podcasting for Authors: How to Start a Podcast

Learn the skills and tools you need to understand in order to start a successful podcast. Develop best practices for hosting a podcast, from setting up hosting and distribution to gaining loyal listeners. You will gain all the knowledge you need to create a powerful platform for your business, brand, and message.

G. Tracie Heskett – Research Skills for Writers

Dive deep into the delightful world of research. This workshop introduces writers to practical resources for research that apply to nonfiction as well as fiction writing. Together we will explore ways to research setting and location, culture, characters, and sensory details. Participants will learn tips to maximize their research time.

H. Julie Bonn Blank – Getting Your Book into the Top 10 in Your Amazon Category

With two of her ebooks regularly hitting these markers, Julie shares what she has learned, including an easy way to discover what categories your book will thrive in, how to go about adding eight additional categories to what Amazon usually allows, and online and offline tactics that help push your book into the top 10 in sales.



Amy Earls has a master’s degree in education for adult learners with a focus on writing and teaches first-year college students. She is passionate about helping young adults build a strong faith. When she’s not grading papers, Amy is writingpodcasting, or dreaming up ways to make life an adventure. She lives in a bike-riding and Beaver-loving college town in Oregon with her husband, two daughters, and a never-dying goldfish.

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and dreaming up new stories. The award-winning author of almost 30 novels and co-author of the writing resource A Split in Time, Melanie enjoys researching and then weaving together historical and time-slip fiction, including The Winter Rose, The Curator’s Daughter, and Catching the Wind. She has won five Carol Awards, the ForeWord Book of the Year, an Audie Award, and received two Christy nominations. More information about her journey is available at melaniedobson.com.

Colette Tennant, an English and humanities professor at Corban University, teaches creative writing, literature, and humanities classes. She has two books of poems, Commotion of Wings and Eden and After. Her most recent book, Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale: A Brief Guide, was published in September 2019 to coincide with Margaret Atwood’s publication of The Testaments. Colette has taught poetry workshops throughout Oregon and Washington and has taught art in Germany, Austria, Italy, England, and Scotland. In her church, she teaches adult Sunday school, plays piano, and writes music.

Tracie Heskett is a freelance author whose work-for-hire contracts include best-selling teacher resource books, a textbook, fiction and nonfiction leveled readers, ghostwriting, conducting research for a nonprofit organization, and writing Bible study materials for an international Christian publisher. She holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has written curricula and educational material for national educational publishers. Tracie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and enjoys quilting, hiking, and playing her piano as well as playing in the kitchen and with her grown twin sons whenever possible.

When Julie Bonn Blank is not writing, she designs websites, works a day job with ARMS/Abuse Recovery Ministry Services, and loves to garden and walk on the beach. She is a Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate, an expert on the topic of domestic violence, and an abuse recovery coach. She is the facilitator of the Washington County Survivor Voices Committee and also provides training in abuse recovery as well as on many marketing and writing topics. She facilitates North Coast Christian Writers. She and her husband have four children, one granddaughter, and one fur-child. Visit Julie at https://juliebonnblank.com.

Registration Fees & Details

  • $60 for members younger than 62

  • $45 for members 62 and older

  • $45 for students

  • $90 for nonmembers

Online registration opens February 15 and closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8.

All registrations after that will take place at the door for an additional $10 fee.

Registration Opens February 15th