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THE 2019 MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE IS ONLY THREE MONTHS AWAY!

Authors! Make your plans to attend the 2019 Montrose Christian Writers Conference from July 14th to the 19th, or just come for a day or two. (Per diem rates are available.) Watch for online registration coming soon at www.montrosebible.org.

From now until July, look for posts featuring one faculty member in each post. Then set your sights on the faculty members with whom you’d like to meet and show your writing skills at the conference. Who knows? You might go home with a promised contract for some of your work.

FACULTY MEMBER DAN BROWNELL

Dan Brownell, editor of Today’s Christian Living, Today’s Pastor, and Smart Retailer, is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in English. He taught junior high and high school English at an international Christian school in Uijongbu, South Korea, before entering the publishing field. Besides editing magazines, he has worked as an educational test writer and editor, copywriter, proposal writer, book editor, and book acquisitions editor. He is married to his sweetheart, Cathy, whom he met in college. They have two children — Elizabeth and Josh — a dog, and according to Dan — way too many cats.

DAN’S WORKSHOPS

(Dan will be at Montrose Wednesday and Thursday, July 17th and 18th only)

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 Nonfiction Book Proposals Part 1 – The Publisher’s Proposal Process

Find out how book publishers decide what gets published and what doesn’t. Understanding what goes on behind the scenes can give you great insight and a big advantage. You’ll learn not only what publishers are looking for, but why. Although Dan is currently a magazine editor, he spent nearly five years as a book acquisitions editor for a major book publisher.

Nonfiction Book Proposals Part 2 – Researching and Writing a Book Proposal

Detailed research and concise, persuasive writing are crucial to submitting an effective book proposal. Discover how to do the background research necessary to attract an acquisition editor’s attention and interest. Also learn how to present a polished proposal with the right information.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 

Five Tips on Selling a Magazine Article

Editors receive far more articles than they have room or budget to print, which can make it hard for even an excellent article to stand out among the competition. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do — that no one does — to move your article to the top of the pile. Learn the secrets of winning over an editor with your article.

Print and Digital Publishing Photo Requirements

Publishing is placing more and more emphasis on the visual impact of stories. Your ability to provide usable photos can make the difference in selling an article. This class provides some basic information you need to know about photo specs and expectations for both digital and print applications. Dan has worked with approximately 100,000 photos and images in his 20-year career as a book and magazine editor.

 

FACULTY MEMBER REBECCA IRWIN DIEHL

Editorial director of Judson Press & ordained to the publishing ministries in 2009, she loves working with authors to bring their words to the printed page. She’s worked in publishing since earning her undergrad. degree in English-writing in 1995. Completing a master’s in theological studies, she “found an ideal niche in Christian publishing, where her love of words meets her passion for God’s Word.”

REBECCA’S WORKSHOPS

(Rebecca will be at Montrose Monday and Tuesday, July 15th and 16th only) 

MONDAY AFTERNOON

Writing Dramatic Dialogue

Learn some tips that are as useful in fiction as they are on stage! This class will feature some excerpts from the classics, the contemporary, and even from the class. Dissect the dialog and discover what works and why. Great for script writers, fiction writers, screenwriters, and even writers of memoir or biography.

The Art of Self-Editing

Getting your ideas on paper (or hard drive) is half the battle—but it’s only the first half. Learn the art of rewriting and self-editing to ensure that your manuscript is as strong as it can possibly be—without bogging down in the quicksand of overwriting. Covers a range of editorial issues, including organization, concept development, syntax, style, voice, and audience.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON

From Query to the 1st Royalty Check

A thorough behind-the-scenes overview of the publishing process from the time a concept is proposed through the first year of sales, including manuscript review and development, production and design, and front list marketing and promotions.

Publishing your Passion

It’s not enough to have something to say; you have to say something people need to hear—and then say it in such a way that they will listen! How to develop a unique and compelling “package” for your passion as a Christian writer. Learn how to do a market analysis and identify both an audience and a need that you are able to meet, not just with God’s Word but with your own words.

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Watch for the online registration to be ready any day now. We’ll also soon have hard copy brochures. Let me know if you would like one snailmailed to you.

Marsha

Director MCWC

 

 

 

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WRITERS, DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING?

 

DO YOU WANT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF OTHER WRITERS?

 

  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

 

2019 Susquehanna Valley Writers Annual Luncheon

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

 

NOTHING HELPS A WRITER GET OUT OF THE WINTER DOLDRUMS LIKE

 

FELLOWSHIPPING WITH OTHER WRITERS.

ATTENTION: Writers in Central PA

join us for the

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY WRITERS LUNCHEON

Saturday, March 16, 2019

10:45 a.m. (registration)
11:00 to 1:30 p.m.

CARRIAGE CORNER RESTAURANT

257 E. Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

(Along Route 45)

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Guest Speaker: Annette Whipple, highly recommended by best-selling author Jeanette Windle,  is an author living in Oxford, PA, with her husband and three children. She strives to inspire a sense of wonder in people while exciting them about the world around them. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Annette enjoys reading a good book and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. Connect on Facebook and Instagram at @AnnetteWhippleBooks and Twitter @AnnetteWhipple. Learn more about Annette, her books, and her presentations at http://www.AnnetteWhipple.com.

On March 16th, she’ll be presenting:

The Creative Calling – Session One

Who are you? You are a writer and so much more. Some of us care for children and aging parents. Some of us work additional jobs and volunteer in our communities. We have ideas to write but haven’t had time to write them. Or maybe we feel guilty when we take time away from our other priorities to write. Learn practical tips as we consider our personal calling without neglecting our commitments.

Skip the Pitch: Work-for-Hire Writing Assignments – Session Two

Want to be traditionally published? Stop pitching publishers and get paid to write informational books and other materials for children (grades K-12). If you enjoy learning and writing about new topics, break into the publishing world or bring in more income by writing for the educational market. This workshop explores a variety of writing opportunities with the educational market.

Session One: 11:00-11:45 AM
Lunch: 11:45-12:45 PM
Session Two: 12:45-1:30

Cost: $25

Includes: Soup and Salad Bar, Beverage, Gratuity, and Speaker Honorarium

If you are an author, feel free to bring your books to sell on the

Authors’ Books Table

Registration Deadline: Saturday, March 9, 2019

For the details to register go to: https://susquehannavalleywritersworkshop.wordpress.com/

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2018 Montrose Christian Writers Conference Photos

Writers, this will be the last 2018 MCWC photo post in this blog. I need to get back to posting blogs about writing well, which I plan to do next week. So enjoy the photos included here. You’ll also see more from time to time in the Writers of Any Genre group in Facebook.

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August 6, 2018

THE 2018 MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE IS HISTORY!

From Sunday evening, July 22nd to Friday morning, July 27th, a stellar faculty of 14, and about 70 eager conferees gathered at the Montrose Bible Conference campus for almost a full week of over 45 workshops to help any writer, newbie or experienced. The evening activities also brought more insight into the world of writing/publishing as well as lots of laughs.

(For all the details of the conference, please go to https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC)

Pictures are worth 1000 words. Thus, no more words…just pictures of the exciting time….

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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

July 22nd to 27th  

INTRODUCING KAREN WHITING

Karen Whiting will present a Major Morning Series entitled

MARKETING THAT FITS YOUR STYLE

Harness the power of the five key areas of marketing to your specific brand/book:

Social Media (FB, twitter, Pinterest, etc.)

Print (articles, freebies, promo materials)

Speaking (events, keynotes, retail stores, libraries, churches)

Media (radio, TV, internet, newspapers)

Expertise (get quoted)

 

Karen will also present three afternoon workshops:

Writing for Today’s Tweens

Writing to engage kids and to motivate them to apply Biblical principles in life, we’ll look at countering the top reasons older teens and young adults leave the church. We’ll review language that interests youth and how to be authentic in writing for kids without writing “down” to them.

Writing Devotionals for All Ages

Karen has written devotional books for preschoolers, women, girls, families, history buffs, and more. Learn about basics in devotional writing and markets for selling single devotionals. Learn how to apply to write devotionals for outsourced products or pitch a book of devotions

Selling to Children’s Periodicals

There are many opportunities for writers, especially aspiring writers in magazines, Sunday school take-homes and denominational newspapers. Learn how to target your writing for the audience.                                                                                            

WHO IS KAREN WHITING?

 Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) is an international speaker, former television host, and award-winning author of eighteen books. She has written more than six hundred articles for more than sixty publications. Currently. Karen writes for Leading Hearts Magazine and Molly Green Magazine. She writes for women, families, children, and the military. Best sellers include God’s Girls and My Princess Devotions.

Her Awards:

Christian Retailing Best 2014, children’s nonfiction

AWSA Nonfiction Book of the Year

Awards: Military Writer Society of America Gold Medal, faith category

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ALSO INTRODUCING BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JEANETTE WINDLE

 Jeanette will present a Major Morning Series entitled

SO, YOU WANT TO WRITE?

How do I get started as a writer? Find material or choose a topic? Create a scene or compelling character? What is the meaning of such cryptic terms as “show, don’t tell”, “passive vs. action”, flashback, deep POV, head-hopping? What are the formatting and editing guidelines an editor will expect? How and where do I actually SELL my writing? These are some of the mysteries veteran author, journalist, editor, and writing coach Jeanette Windle will be clarifying in this continuing track designed for the beginning writer.

This class is hands-on and interactive so bring pen-and-paper or laptop.

 

Jeanette will also present an afternoon workshop on Monday:

A Story to Tell—Your Own or Another’s: Writing the Memoir/Collaborative Title

Non-fiction biography is the bread-and-butter of freelance writing. Whether writing your own memoir or someone else’s life story, this workshop will walk you through the practicalities of breaking down, organizing, and weaving into story form a compelling life narrative. Not writing a full book? Principles apply as well to the personal experience short story/article.

On Tuesday afternoon Jeanette will coordinate a Freebie Peer Critique Group for writers working on

nonfiction: theological/memoir/Christian living

WHO IS JEANETTE WINDLE?

Award-winning novelist, journalist, editor, & collaborative writer Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in almost 40. Those experiences have birthed 21 fiction and non-fiction titles, including Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace (2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards.

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Writers, it’s not too late to register! Go to: http://www.montrosebible.org for more information and the registration form! I’d love to see you next week!

 

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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

July 22nd to 27th

INTRODUCING CINDY SPROLES

Cindy will present an afternoon series entitled

LEARNING THE PUBLISHING PATH STEP BY STEP

Working with your Editor            

Editors are not the enemy. Their job is to set authors up for success. In this class we’ll spend time discussing the process of putting that book into print. From the editing process to covers and back text blurbs. If you’re ready for publication, spend time learning the “process” of birthing your book.

Keep Them Turning the Pages

There’s nothing sweeter than hearing these words: “I couldn’t put the book down.” “It was a fast read.” “I can’t get it out of my head.” In a time-crunched world, we want to know readers breeze quickly and easily through our work. But more so, we love when what they read sticks with them—even haunts them. We’ll discuss the degrees and placement of cliffhangers. We’ll learn that all cliffhangers are not earth shattering, but some leave us mid-stream in a thought.  We’ll discuss finding the qualities that make your characters exciting and memorable, as well as relatable. Keeping the pages turning is an intentional process. We’ll walk it together.

Turn Personal Experience into Parables

Our daily experiences make the best, most heart-warming devotions. Why? Because readers relate to personal experiences. We’ll learn the old school way of Hook, Book, Look, and Took— the four elements you must have to turn a devotion from ordinary to parables that impact. We’ll give you the in to ChristianDevotions.us and how to get your devotion published.

Polishing Your Work

It’s the little things that put the shine on your work. Learn what self-editing steps you can take to improve the quality of your work, as well as diving into deep POV.  Practice losing the clichés and adding descriptions that make the reader’s senses soar. When your work is polished, it will stand above the pack. Join us and learn to put on the shine.

Cindy will also be available for 15-minute private consultations with authors and their work, and she’ll conduct a Conferee Fiction Critique Group on Wednesday afternoon when you may have your work reviewed by several of your peers and Cindy.

WHO IS CINDY SPROLES?

Cindy K. Sproles is an author, teacher, and speaker. She is the managing editor for Straight Street Books and Son Rise Devotionals (imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) and the executive editor of ChristianDevotions.us and InspireaFire.com.  Cindy travels nationwide teaching at writers’ conferences and women’s conferences. She is a best-selling author and serves as a writing mentor.  She is the author of nine non-fiction and two fiction books and her devotions are widely published over the eastern seaboard. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.

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Writers, newbies as well as experienced, it’s not too late to register for this year’s fantastic conference.

For all information, please go to: https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC

I’d love to see you there on July 22nd!

 Marsha, Director

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2018 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

July 22nd to 27th

Joyce Magnin

I’M SORRY TO REPORT THAT DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES, NANCY RUE HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THIS YEAR’S MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE. JOYCE MAGNIN WILL BE FILLING IN FOR NANCY.

JOYCE PLANS TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING:

Joyce will conduct a juvenile fiction work-in-progress Monday through Thursday morning from 10:40 to 12:10. She will work individually with no more than 8 conferees, helping you to polish your work and move closer to getting your work published.  There’s still room for two more conferees!

 

JOYCE’S AFTERNOON CLASSES:

The Future in Writing for Children & Youth. Is There One?

How can we follow that special call in a shrinking market?

Style and Voice in Children’s Literature

We’ll discuss how to find your style and voice and make them effective in a best-seller.

Making Fiction Real for Kids

While writing fiction that comes alive, we’ll include the wholesome and positive too. We’ll emphasize plot, character, and context.

Weaving in the Spiritual Message in Fiction for Kids 

Learn how to write in a way that may actually make a difference in your readers’ lives. 

 

WHO IS JOYCE MAGNIN?

 

Joyce Magnin is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer novels, Maybelle in Stitches (Quilts of Love Series) and three middle grade novels, Jelly Bean Summer, Carrying Mason, and Cake-Love, Chickens and Taste of Peculiar, awarded a Kirkus starred review.

Her debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright’s Pond), was named one of the top five titles of 2009 by Library Journal and was a finalist for the Carol Award.

Joyce is a staff author for Rabbit Publishing where she writes the Honey Moon books and collaborates on the Harry Moon titles. Joyce also writes curriculum with Rabbit Publishing based on the popular middle grade series. She loves to visit schools and talk about the magical world of books and writing.

Joyce is a popular conference workshop leader and speaker. She also mentors new writers. “Writing and story have always been a part of my life. I love to share my passion, my joy and my personal adventure.”

Joyce is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She’s also worked as a teacher’s assistant, and for a time her secret identity was Cafeteria Monitor. Her experience with children has been invaluable to her. She lives in Vancouver, WA with her son, Adam, and their tiny dog, Minnie—because she’s so mini. Joyce loves to play RPGs, read, cross-stitch, and drink cream soda. Joyce has never eaten a scallop.

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Writers, it’s not too late to register for this year’s writers’ conference. You’ll learn everything you need to know to get published!

I’d love to see you in Montrose the week of July 22nd.

Marsha

Director

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