Conference Workshops


In addition to the one-hour workshops on Saturday, there will be a series of pre-conference two-hour workshop sessions for those interested on Friday afternoon that will consist of intense, personal and practical activities for those willing to get involved directly in the writing process.  These two-hour workshops will require a modest fee ($40 before October 20, $50 day conference begins) beyond the general registration fee of $90 before October 20 and $100 day of conference.

CONFERENCE ALUMNI PANEL:  "What We Learned and How It Has Helped!" - Dr. Jerry Hopkins (Chair), Lynn Hobbs, Kelsey Jackson, Bill Dareing, Terri Lacher, Cindy Anne Duncan, and perhaps others

This session is an open discussion led and coordinated by Conference Director/Planner Dr. Jerry Hopkins.  Each of the participants have attended the conference and other conferences and will share how the conference has benefited and blessed many lives.  Each participant will share how the conference profited them and helped them in their writing.  This session is a good introduction to the many opportunities available the rest of the day.  Each author has experience in writing and publishing.  There is a wide-range of ages and experiences in the panel that will provide valuable information and inspiration.

Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley

FRIDAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - Welcome to the World of Children's Literature:  What Writers Need to Know Before They Begin

This is a two-hour hands-on workshop for writers who would like an introduction to the genre of children's literature, this session will get authors started in the right direction.  Learn the do's and don'ts of writing for children, as well as the sub-genres within the genre of children's literature.  Gain insight into the world of publishing and writing for children.  A question and answer time will be included.

SATURDAY WORKSHOP - The Nitty-Gritty of Writing for Children:  Advanced Workshop for Writers of Children's Literature

This is a six-hour continuing class workshop (all day) on writing for children by two experienced authors.  Writing for children is fun but it's also challenging!  This continuing class will cover the basics of writing for children, as well as dissect the sub-genres within children's literature.  From board books and picture books, to Bible story books and books for beginning readers, writers need to know the specifics in order to catch the attention of a publisher.  For each sub-genre within children's literature, we will take an in-depth look at vocabulary, word play, word count, characters, plot, themes, point of view, and much more.  These sessions will also include question and answer times, as well as a critique session.  Writers are encouraged to bring along stories they have written for children ages 0-8 years.

Terry Burns


The workshop "Writing in Obedience" by editor/agent Terry Burns is for the new Christian writer or the writer looking to decide how God wants them to incorporate their faith into their writing.  How do we know what the Lord wants us to do?  Are we being called to write or do we want to write for Him as an offering?  What is required of the author using their writing for the Lord and how do they go about it?  What do we really want to achieve with our writing, how do we define success?  The program is based on his new book, written with editor Linda Yezak entitled "Writing in Obedience."

SATURDAY WORKSHOP - Survive Your Way to Publication

Publication is not a selection process but a survival process.  Terry walks the author through the entire pitch and submission process, how to do a proposal and what each portion is and what it does.  How to pass the various tests and make it into the 15% of submissions that are actually in the running.  This workshop is presented in a Q & A format based on his book "A Writer's Survival Guide to Publishing.


Ken Camp


In this two-hour hands-on workshop find out about the seven deadly sins of writing, and learn how you can repent of those transgressions.  Discover quick, easy and relatively painless ways to make everything you write better.  Participate in hands-on exercises to tone and tighten flabby prose.  Learn how to work with editors and collaboratively with other writers.

SATURDAY WORKSHOP - How to Get an Editor's Attention--in a good way

Find out what editors really want.  Learn how to pitch an article for publication to an editor.  Find out about editors' pet peeves and discover how to steer clear of committing those peevish deeds.


 Cindy Anne Duncan


A special workshop on writing


Jerry Hopkins

FRIDAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - Building a Writing Investment:  Keeping a Journal

A workshop with an experienced writer who has kept a journal since 1960.  The essentials for a person to use a journal in one's professional life, personal life, or in the classroom will be discussed.  Included in the presentation will be examples of journals from the pastor and present, bibliographical information, philosophical background and reasons for journaling, practical suggestions, and a "hands-on" experiment in journaling.  The presenter will share an array of handouts, bibliographical resources, work sheets and related materials to enhance the journaling experience.  An interesting display of published journals collected by the presenter will be available. This will be a "hands-on" workshop for those who want to begin journaling, or those who are experienced in keeping a journal.  Workshop Level:  Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced


SATURDAY WORKSHOP - Writing Book Reviews


David King

SATURDAY WORKSHOP - Sharing Your Faith:  Writing Daily Devotionals

The focus of this workshop is to help you develop the essentials for good devotional writing.  Discover where and how to start writing meditations.  Learn the significance of being Bible-based and authentic as you share your faith through your writing.  Sample and compare several leading daily devotionals to see how they differ and receive a market list.  This workshop is designed for both beginning and intermediate writers.  Even experienced and advanced writers can benefit from David's ideas and suggestions in this workshop.



Harold Rawlings



SATURDAY DISPLAY - Ancient Scriptures, Valuable Rare English Bibles and Texts

The Rawlings Foundation has one of the best collections of ancient texts of Scripture and rare English Bibles available.  These will be on display Friday and Saturday in the Ornelas Student Center.  Dr. Rawlings is the author of Trial By Fire:  The Struggle to Get the Bible into English, which grew out of his lecture on the History of the English Bible.  He has also authored Basic Baptist Beliefs:  An Exposition of Key Biblical Doctrines and The Words of This Prophecy:  Messages on the Book of Revelation.  His spiritual formation booklet for new Christians, "Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?" is used by churches throughout the United States.




Sally E. Stuart

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - The Sacrifices of the Writers

Although there is great joy in writing, it also demands certain sacrifices that ultimately define who you are and what God demands of you as a writer.  This address will take a closer look at those sacrifices, suggest new and creative ways to approach each writing project, and challeng eyou to be the best writer you can be.

FRIDAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - Understanding and Selling in the Christian Market

A clear understanding of the Christian market and how it functions is critical to making consistent sales.  This hands-on two-hour workshop will give you the necessary insight, and provide a clear and personalized path to those sales.  An inside look at the foundations of marketing success by one who has much experience and founded The Christian Writer's Market Guide several years ago.


SATURDAY WORKSHOP - Book Proposals That Sell

A book proposal is the document that will determine whether your book gets accepted or rejected.  This workshop will not only identify all the elements required, but will help you be sure your proposal will succeed in catching an editor's attention.


Donn Taylor

SATURDAY WORKSHOP - Making Your Poems Different

Many poems written today have a sameness that makes one look much like another.  What, then, can make a poem stand out in the flood of submissions each editor receives?  This session describes and illustrates five techniques that can make your poems strikingly different from most that editors will see.  These techniques will help novices and experienced poets alike.