Online Registration COMING SOON
Experienced writers will be spiritually renewed as they sharpen their word-smithing skills and learn about Christian publishing at this annual conference.
- 4 Continuing Morning Classes
- 2 Work-in-Progress Seminar
- 43 Afternoon Workshops
- 1 Faculty Panel Discussion
- Appointments with Editors and Agents
- Professional Critiques and Consults
- Hands-on Mentoring Opportunities
EDITORS AND AGENTS COMING THIS YEAR!
SALLY APOKEDAK – AGENT Apokedak Lit. Agency
SUE FAIRCHILD – EDITOR Elk Lake Publ., Redemption Press; PROOFREADER – Lighthouse Publ. of the Carolinas
DEB HAGGERTY – EDITOR/PUBLISHER Elk Lake Publishing
JIM HART - AGENT Hartline Lit. Agency
VIE HERLOCKER – FREELANCE EDITOR
MATT HOLLIDAY – EDITOR PA Magazine
MICHELLE LAZUREK – AGENT Wordwise Media Services
CINDY SPROLES – ACQUIS. EDITOR Lighthouse Publ. of the Carolinas
This Conference is directed by Marsha Hubler.
3:30 REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 OPENING SESSION
Keynote: “The Crimson Thread” Artist Dave Weiss
9:00 GET ACQUAINTED TIME
9:00 PRAISE & WORSHIP
9:20 MORNING CHALLENGE
M: “Be a Storyteller” Cindy Sproles
T: “Weaving in your World View” Sally Apokedak
W: “Bearing Fruit in the Dry Times” Jim Hart
Th: “Lost and Found” Michele Chynoweth
10:40 MAJOR MORNING CLASSES
1:30 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
4:30 CRITIQUE GROUPS or FREE TIME
5:30 SUPPER and FREE TIME
7:30 EVENING SESSIONS
M: USING WORD TO EDIT YOURSELF or PAINT PARTY V. Herlocker/D.Weiss
T: FREE TIME/REHEARSAL FOR WED. EVENING
W: SINGSPIRATION Alison Everill
Th: WRITERS’ THEATER Patti Souder
8:45 MORNING CHALLENGE - “Be an Esther/Mordecai” Karen Whiting
11:00 BENEDICTION and FAREWELL
Designed to provide in-depth learning and participation. Most valuable when taken as a series but all are open to those who cannot attend every day.
MAJOR MORNING CLASSES
FIRST CHAPTER ESSENTIALS (CHILDREN’S FICTION) SALLY APOKEDAK
FACTS ARE FUN (CHILDREN’S NONFICTION) ANNETTE WHIPPLE
FROM NOVICE TO “NOTICED” (JUST STARTING) VIE HERLOCKER
MARKETING YOUR BOOK KAREN WHITING
ADULT FICTION with ZOE MCCARTHY
10:40 – 12:10 MONDAY-THURSDAY
(LIMIT 8 CONFEREES)
1:30 – 4:15 TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY
SONGWRITING with ALISON EVERILL
(LIMIT 8 CONFEREES)
Afternoon Workshop Series
(How-to instruction on specialized topics)
“Novel Ideas for Writing Great Fiction”
3 Sessions: 1:30 –2:15 Tues. – Thurs.
“Kid Lit Boot Camp”
5 Sessions: 3:30 – 4:15 Mon. – Thurs (4 classes) and 1:30 – 2:15 Tues.(1 class)
1. Hot Topics in the Writing/Publishing World - Faculty Panel
2. Writing Devotions that Strike the Soul - Cindy Sproles
3. How to Grow a Topic - Deb Haggerty
4. Anatomy of a Suitable Magazine Article - Matt Holliday
5. Pick the “Pix” - Dave Weiss
6. From Concept to the Finished Product - Joyce Magnin
7. Secrets of Editing - Sue Fairchild
8. Photography 101 - Matt Holliday
9. Prep the “Pix” - Dave Weiss
10. Formatting - Joyce Magnin
11. Getting Started - Michele Chynoweth
12. From Query to the Finished Article - Matt Holliday
13. Introduction to Social Media Storytelling - Don Catlett
14. Make Diamonds from Coal – Polishing your Ms. - Cindy Sproles
15. Publishing 101: From Query to the Book Contract - Deb Haggerty
16. How to Pitch & Contribute to a Magazine - Matt Holliday
17. From Premise to Published - Tiffany Stockton
18. Sassy Gets the Job Done - Joyce Magnin
19. Basics of Writing a Christian Devotion - Sue Fairchild
20. Preparing a Professional Presentation - Deb Haggerty
21. The Basics of Writing - Tiffany Stockton
22. A Good Sense of Style - Michele Chynoweth
23. Are you Ready to Work with an Agent? - Jim Hart
24. Do You Have a Platform? - Michelle Lazurek
25. Blogging: Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting - Don Catlett
26. Writing Cliff Hangers - Cindy Sproles
27. Small Town Marketing - Jim Hart
28. Writing for Early Readers - Michelle Lazurek
29. Killing History or Bringing it to Life? - Tiffany Stockton
30. The Hero’s Journey - Joyce Magnin
31. Form a Critique Group - Sue Fairchild
32. Make a Scene of your Scene - Zoe McCarthy
33. What Can I Expect from a Professional Edit? - Vie Herlocker
34. Captivating Characters - Michele Chynoweth
35. Marketing for Those Who Don’t Like to Market - Jim Hart
36. From Conference to Contract (Writing a “One Sheet”) - Michelle Lazurek
37. WordPress Quick Start - Don Catlett
2:30 – 3:15
38. I Can Self Publish Just Because I Can - Cindy Sproles
39. Proposals that Pop - Jim Hart
40. 12 Tips for Creating Character Profiles - Michelle Lazurek
41. Your Story and your Personality - Tiffany Stockton
42. Revising Kid Lit for Fun & Hopefully for Profit - Joyce Magnin
43. Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul - Sue Fairchild
44. Share your Writing Journey as Part of your Marketing Plan - Zoe McCarthy
Sally Apokedak: owns the Apokedak Literary Agency. She represents bestselling & award-winning authors including Hannah C. Hall, Taryn Souders, Joyce Magnin, and more. She’s interested in adult books for the Christian market or children’s book (age 0-18) for the Christian or general market.
Don Catlett: truly enjoys sharing the tools and skills he’s developed as a designer & marketing advisor over the past 20 years. As a freelance Wordpress & social media consultant who’s fascinated by content marketing, design, & technology, he transforms creative ideas into effective strategies. He helps his clients bring the right content to the right media, so it's ready at the right time. Looking for someone to help you tell your story on the web? Come along as Don guides you through the journey.
Michele Chynoweth: the bestselling & award-winning author of The Faithful One, The Peace Maker, The Runaway Prophet and The Jealous Son, contemporary suspense novels that re-imagine Bible stories. Michele is also a speaker, college writing instructor, book coach, graduate of the University of Notre Dame, & lives in North East, MD.
Sue Fairchild: has self-published four of her own books as well as helped numerous authors to publish theirs. After starting as a freelance editor, she now works for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., Redemption Press, & Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She’s also an editor for The Christian Pen, Vice President of the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association, & coordinator of her local critique group.
Deb Haggerty: is the publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Elk Lake Publ., Inc., an independent, royalty-paying Christian co. that “publishes the positive.” Deb’s also an author & professional speaker. For over 40 years she’s written stories, is published in over 20 books, & has 50-plus articles in print. She’s looking for fiction (mystery/suspense & contemp. women’s) & selected nonfiction: no Amish, cowboy, memoirs, devos, Bible studies, or poetry.
Vie Herlocker: is associate editor for Surry Living Magazine, Mt. Airy, NC. Her experience includes editing for a small publisher & reviewing for Blue Ink Reviews. She’s a member of Christian Editor Connection, Christian PEN, ACFW, ACW, and WordWeavers. Vie received a nonfiction Excellence in Editing award in 2017, and a novel she edited won a 2018 Selah award.
Jim Hart: is a lit. agent with Hartline. His clients include veteran & debut authors & represent non-fiction & fiction. He serves the Christian & general markets. He’s looking for topics that include Christian living, social issues, parenting, biographies. Fiction includes contemporary, historical, Amish, suspense. Jim’s a singer/ songwriter/worship leader.
Matthew K. Holliday: has been with PAMagazine since 1992. Although his title is “Editor,” his job includes all aspects of the publication process: working with contributors through coordinating production & marketing the magazine to potential subscribers. He enjoys working with regular & new contributors to obtain engaging material. He lives with his wife, teen son, & two golden retrievers in Mechanicsburg.
Michelle Lazurek: a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife & associate literary agent for Wordwise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal & Maxwell award for best non-fiction, she’s a member of the Christian Author's Network & the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She & her husband live in Coopersburg, PA, with their 2 children.
Joyce Magnin: the author of more than 12 books, including the acclaimed Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer novels, Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) and 4 middle grade novels, Boxing Emily, Jelly Bean Summer, Carrying Mason, Cake-Love, & Chickens and Taste of Peculiar, which was awarded a Kirkus starred review. Her debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was named one of the top 5 titles of 2009 by Library Journal & was a Carol Award finalist.
Zoe M. McCarthy: the author of 6 contemp. Christian romances containing humor & tenderness. Her nonfiction book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is designed to shape a not-yet-submitted, a rejected, or a self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines. The book can also be a guiding resource for writers starting a manuscript. Zoe is a member of Word Weavers & Amer. Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA.
Cindy K. Sproles: is the manag. editor for Straight Street Books & Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), & the exec. editor of ChristianDevotions.us & InspireaFire.com. She travels nationwide teaching at writers’ conferences & women's conferences. She’s a bestselling author & serves as a writing mentor. The author of 9 non-fiction & two fiction books, her devotions are published over the eastern seaboard.
Tiffany Stockton: is an award-winning & best-selling author of 23 novels with 400,000 copies in print. She has a B.S. in education & is a graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders & Speakers Services). With 17 years in the writing industry, she has spoken at the Colorado & Philly Christian Writers Conferences, at ACFW, & has been an annual instructor on ACFW’s online conference.
Dave Weiss: Dave’s life was transformed by 2 events, someone introducing him to Jesus and someone showing how his art could be used to glorify God. Today Dave is a pastor/speaker and the author/illustrator of 18 books, ranging from children’s books to non-?ction books on creative ministry.
Annette Whipple: is the author of 5 nonfiction children’s books. This year The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide & Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls will be published. Annette has experience writing magazine articles & Sunday school materials. She learned to love science & history as an environmental educator & classroom teacher. Annette lives in Oxford, PA, with her husband & 3 children.
Karen Whiting: is an international speaker, former TV host, & award-winning author of 18 books. She’s written more than 600 articles for more than 60 publications. Karen writes for Leading Hearts Magazine & Molly Green Magazine. She also writes for women, families, children, & the military. Her bestsellers include God’s Girls & My Princess Devotions.
Alison Everill: began her music ministry as a childhood church musician. From then until now, she has chronicled her faith journey through her beautiful music. From the moment Alison sits at the piano to express her worship for Jesus through one of her original worship songs, listeners are drawn in to hear the passion in her voice & sense her devotion to the Lord through her powerful lyrics that speak volumes not only about her music but also her life. She composes her own music and powerfully delivers each Christ-centered message. She has co-written and published 2 songs on Dove Award winning artist Babbie Mason’s latest record project & has had several songs signed with the Gaither Publishing Company.
This is a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a published professional. You will receive a written evaluation of your manuscript plus a 30-minute private appointment to discuss ways to improve and/or market your piece.
Register for MCWC by June 10th and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.
SALLY APOKEDAK – MIDDLE GRADE, YA NOVELS, PICTURE BOOKS (5)
MICHELE CHYNOWETH – FICTION (5)
SUE FAIRCHILD – PERS. EXPERIENCE & OTHER NONFICTION (4)
DEB HAGGERTY – JUVENILE AND ADULT FICTION (LIMIT 5)
VIE HERLOCKER – CHRISTIAN LIVING, SELF-HELP, MEMOIRS, MISC. (4)
MICHELLE LAZUREK – PICTURE BOOKS – NO LIMIT
JOYCE MAGNIN – JUVENILE FICTION – NO LIMIT
ZOE MCCARTHY – ADULT FICTION (1)
CINDY SPROLES – DEVOTIONS (NO LIMIT)
TIFFANY STOCKTON – HISTORICAL ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY FICTION (3)
ANNETTE WHIPPLE – CHILDREN’S NONFICTION (2)
KAREN WHITING – KIDS’ DEVOS, BK. PROPOSALS, MARKETING, ARTICLES (NO LIMIT)
Private 15-minute appointments with editors and agents to show them your work, which may be suitable for their publications and/or to discuss ideas for stories. Sign-up sheets available at the conference. Bring professionally prepared manuscripts. Be sure to bring copies! No charge.
FOUR-SESSION WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Adult fiction ($40) Limit: 8 conferees
TWO-SESSION WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Songwriting ($40) Limit: 8 conferees
CRITIQUE GROUPS and GENRES of INTEREST GROUPS
Opportunity for feedback from other writers. No charge. Held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Features books by faculty and conferees. When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell. Please tag all books with prices rounded to a dollar.
PRIVATE BLOGGING LESSONS
Work one-on-one with social media guru, Don Catlett, to start a blog or upgrade the one you have. Each 45-minute session is $20.
Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again.
MONDAY: “MS WORD: The Masked Superhero of the Writing World” - Lurking on your computer—ready to jump in and come to the writer’s rescue—is the often-overlooked superhero, MS WORD! Come to this evening session with Book Mama and Miz Moe (Vie Herlocker) and learn to unleash the power of Find and Replace, Find and Highlight, Comment Balloons, and the mastermind, Track Changes.
OR “Masterpiece Paint Class” – Artist Dave Weiss will take you step-by-step from a blank canvas to a finished work of art. He promises that “anyone can do it” with his help. Cost $20.
TUESDAY: FREE TIME or REHEARSAL FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING
WEDNESDAY: SINGSPIRATION - If you love to sing, this is your night! Join our MCWC choir (practice Tuesday evening with our worship leader, Alison Everill) or just come to enjoy singing some of our favorite contemporary pieces as well as hymns that have stood the test of time. Learn the history of some of our most favorite hymns as we worship our wonderful God in song.
THURSDAY: WRITERS’ THEATER- another opportunity for you to shine! Bring your own work, an excerpt from a short story, memoir, novel, or a poem trimmed to three minutes and read it to the conferees at the Writers’ Theater, a delightful program that celebrates your creativity.
Shirley Brinkerhoff Memorial Scholarship: $200 grant for tuition
Awarded to a writer actively striving to hone the craft of writing who has not yet secured a publishing contract. See below for application.
Help available according to need. Please inquire when registering.
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