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THE NECESSITY OF WRITERS’ CONFERENCES

The best training you’ll ever receive is that which you’ll get by attending writers conferences. Next to your local critique group, writers workshops and conferences will give you the knowledge you need to become a better writer. The various workshops offered usually take you from A to Z concerning the writing/publishing business with fresh ideas for you to try.

You also make new long-lasting writer friends, kindred spirits who think just like you do. (They don’t call us “Odd Ducks” for nothing.)

Writers conferences also offer you the opportunity to present your work face to face to agents and editors of publishing companies. I’ve acquired four of my five book contracts by meeting editors at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference held in Montrose, PA, every July.

Speaking of conferences, why don’t you check out the details of our last Montrose Christian Writers Conference at https://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx. Plan to come to our next one from July 12th to July 17th, 2020. We plan to have three agents, three editors of publishing companies, and award-winning authors on our faculty.

If you’ve never been to a writers’ conference, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Director of MCWC Marsha Hubler
www.marshahubler.com
www.marshahubler.wordpress.com
Author of the Keystone Stables Series

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THE MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE

Writers, the 2019 Montrose Christian Writers Conference is history for a month already. With over 100 writers, agents, and editors gathered together in mid-July, we had a wonderful week of fellowship and learning how to write better for God’s glory.

Believe it or not, I’m already working on the 2020 MCWC and already have verbal commitments from about 10 authors, editors, and agents. Lord willing, our next conference will be held from Sunday, July 12th to Friday, July 17th, 2020. A few folks who’ve already said yes to coming on faculty are freelance editor Vie Herlocker, literary agents Sally Apokedak and Michelle Lazurek, authors Annette Whipple, Joyce Magnin, and Tiffany Amber Stockton, social media expert Don Catlett, and marketing guru Karen Whiting. There are still about five or six more potential faculty members, so check in often to see the final line-up, hopefully before the holidays are upon us.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer and whether you write fiction or nonfiction, there will be over 40 classes presenting all facets of the writing/publishing world. We also have interesting and fun events Monday through Thursday evenings, often allowing conferees interaction with faculty members.

Then there’s Frank and Bucky, who always liven up the week’s boring moments (if there is such a thing.)

So mark your calendar and start sprucing up your manuscripts. Next July you just might find yourself with a contract in your hands.

 

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The Dynamite 2019 Montrose Christian Writers Conference Faculty

Writers, if you’ve never attended a writers conference, this is the year to do it. We have a tremendous faculty coming who will be glad to sit down with you and review your work in private. Also, plan to attend over 45 classes that will teach you about fiction, nonfiction, poetry, songwriting, marketing, working with editors, finding an agent, and much more.

One of our editors is Roseanna White, (also an author), whose company WhiteFire is looking for juvenile fiction and adult fiction.

Another faculty member is Lora Zill. Lora teaches writing and critical analysis at Gannon University and creative writing for Allegheny College’s arts programs for gifted middle and high school students. She is also a teaching artist with the PA Council on the Arts, conducting artist residencies in public schools and training teachers in arts infused curriculum. Lora edits and publishes a poetry journal, Time Of Singing, and speaks at writing, education, and arts conferences. She has co-authored a chapter on creativity in an academic textbook and her award-winning poetry and nonfiction have been published widely. She is completing a book about feeling God’s pleasure through creative expression and blogs at www.thebluecollarartist.com.

The rest of our faculty include:

Dan Brownell – editor with Today’s Christian Living

Rebecca Irwin Diehl – editor  with The Secret Place

Alison Everill – Praise and Worship Leader

Deb Haggerty – publisher and editor-in-chief of Elk Lake Publishing

Pam Halter – award-winning children’s book author

Jim Hart – agent with Hartline Literary Agency

Gloria Penwell-Holtzlander – acquis. editor with Bold Vision Books

Jeanette Levellie – award-winning author

Elaine W. Miller – international speaker and best-selling author

Linda Rondeau – editor with Elk Lake Publishing

Gayle Roper – award-winning author

Donna Smith – editor of the blog “Almost An Author”

Shawn Smucker – award-winning author

Kim Sponaugle – award-winning illustrator

Diane Stark – award-winning author

Jim Watkins – award-winning author

Please check more details about this faculty at https://www.facebook.com/MontroseChristianWriters/ For more details about the conference and registration forms, please go to http://www.montrosebible.org

Register now, gather your tote bag full of your work, and get ready for July 14th. I’ll look for you then at Montrose!

Marsha, Director

 

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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

INTRODUCING MICHELLE LAZUREK-

AGENT WITH WORDWISE MEDIA SERVICES

 

Michelle looks forward to meeting with authors to review their work.

She asks for you to follow these guidelines:

Nonfiction for adults: devotionals, Bible studies, memoirs

Children’s picture books ideally ages 1-3, 5-8, but will take chapter books for older if needed.

Christian content is ideal but will take secular written by a Christian.

Please submit a fiction proposal and manuscript (per the appropriate template on the Wordwise Media website in the “connect” section)

 

MICHELLE’S CLASSES

Self-Publishing: The Writing Process                                                     

  • In this workshop, we will explore the following topics:
  • What’s your story? The power of a Testimony
  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • 12 Questions to Ask when Creating Character Profiles

Writing for Early Readers                                                                              

To pass on Christ to the next generation, we must lay a strong foundation within them. But how do we communicate God’s truths in a way that doesn’t seem preachy or irrelevant? In this workshop, Michelle offers attendees tips and strategies to create content that communicates the reality of a never changing God to an ever-changing world.

Content:

  • Why is writing for early readers so important?
  • Five tips to get started in your writing
  • How to structure your book
  • A word about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing for children

12 Elements of Character Development                                                       

Do you have a great character in mind for your next children’s book, short story, or YA novel, but don’t know how to start creating one? In this interactive workshop, Michelle helps you create a dynamic main character that will help jumpstart your next writing project. This workshop will help writers create and fully develop characters for their next writing project; a fun and exciting way to develop characters through mind mapping. We’ll cover:

  • 12 Questions to ask when creating character profiles
  • Four rules on creating page turning main characters

Exercise in creating an actual character from start to finish                           

Turning Your One Sheet into a Stellar Proposal                              

You’ve gone to the workshops. You’ve met with publishers. They’ve shown interest in your book. So now what? In this workshop, we’ll review the five essential elements to flesh out your book idea and turn it into a proposal that captures a publisher’s attention. At the end of the workshop, each attendee will receive the resources needed to create a proposal worthy of submission to agents and publishers.

 

WHO IS MICHELLE LAZUREK?

 

MICHELLE S. LAZUREK is a multi-genre award-winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife, and associate literary agent for Wordwise Media Services. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal, and the Maxwell award for best non-fiction, she is a member of the Christian Author’s Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She and her husband live in Coudersport, PA, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.

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Please go to https://bit.ly/2pdcYQC to see more details about all the faculty and to register. I’d love to meet you at Montrose on July 22nd!

Marsha Hubler

Director


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