East Texas Christian Writers Conference at ETBU
MARSHALL, Texas (10/19/13) - The East Texas Baptist University School of Humanities announces the East Texas Christian Writers Conference (ETCWC) will be held on campus, Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26. The two-day conference will feature over 20 presenters from a broad range of writing experiences. Conference sessions will be held in Scarborough Hall, Marshall Hall, and the Ornelas Student Center.
Author Bill Keith, who has been a presenter at the ETCWC for many years said, "The conference is one of the premiere conferences in the South. It is a gateway for all authors, beginners and those already published, to learn how to write and to be encouraged to do so.”
Don Piper, dynamic speaker and the author of the New York Times best seller, "90 Minutes in Heaven-a True Story of Death and Life,” is the key note speaker at the Friday evening banquet. Entertainment at the banquet will be by Don Burton, founder and CEO of GMMG International, a multimedia company headquartered in Longview. Both Piper and Burton will be speaking in break-out sessions during the two-day conference.
The cost of attending the conference sessions on October 26 is $90 if registered before October 18th. Conference activities begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with the conference ending at 4:30 p.m. If you register after October 18th, the fee is $100 and does not include the Friday evening banquet meal. The noon meal for all participants is not provided by the conference.
The pre-conference workshops on October 25th cost an additional $45 for a two-hour practical hands-on workshop. Pre-conference activities began at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and end at 8:00 p.m. If you register after October 18th, the fee is $50.
Student registration is discounted before October 15th at $60, some scholarships are available, first come, first served.
A writing contest is scheduled and features a grand prize and first, second, and third place prizes. The three categories to enter are Personal Essay, Short Story and Poetry. The entry fee is $10 for each submission. Entries must be received by October 15, 2013. All entrants must be registered for the 2013 ETCWC.
According to Jeanie Pinkston, the ETCWC encouraged her to write more. "Through the conference, I was introduced to successful authors who helped me hone my skills and other professionals who opened up the world of e-publication opportunities.” Pinkston’s first book of Christian fiction, "Sinned, Sealed, and Delivered,” was published on Kindle in February 2013.
Registered attendees at the conference may arrange one-on-one interviews with an agent or editor during the conference. These will be made on a "first come, first served" basis as time slots are available. There is no charge for the personal consultation with the authors and editors.
The session titles for Friday are "Co-authors, Ghostwrites, Partners… Writing with Someone Else,” "Sharing Your Faith: Writing Devotionals,” "It’s Not My Job to Sell Your Manuscript,” "Discover the Denominational Market,” "Building a Writing Investment-Keeping a Personal or Professional Journal,” and "Writing Cinematically,”
The titles for Saturday sessions are "Conference Alumni Panel,” "Hit Your Target and Sell More Books!,” "Reaching Out to Unbelievers With Christian Fiction,” "Getting Started Writing Poetry,” "Pain Into Purpose: Is Your Test a Testimony that Needs Telling?,” "Writing Outside the Academy,” "Selling Books Using Audio and Video: Proven Techniques,” "Becoming an Entrepreneurial Author,” "Editorial Makeover,” "Create a Simple Website,” "The Wonderment of Discovery,” "Writing Christian Non-Fiction,” "Writing for Newspapers,” "Academic Scholarship and Publishing,” "Legal Issues for Writers,” and "Writing a Book!”
Other Saturday sessions titles are "Do It Yourself (DIY): From PlayDay to PayDay,” "Promoting and Selling Your Book on Facebook,” "Introduction to Social Media for Writers,” "Writing Poetry Outside the Box,” "Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul,” "Discover the Denominational Market,” "Time Management and Goal-Setting for Writers,” "Writing for Radio and Television,” "Writing Book Reviews,” "Broader Horizons in Poetic Technique,” and "Legal Issues for Writers.”
Registration fees cover workshops and materials. Registration may be done online at www.etbu.edu/News/CWC or call 903-923-2083. A schedule for both days is also posted on the ETBU website.
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