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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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2018 MCWC FACULTY HIGHLIGHT

JULY 22nd to the 27th 

INTRODUCING LISA CRAYTON!

 

Starting this week until the Montrose Christian Writers Conference (July 22nd to the 27th), a member of our fantastic faculty will be featured once a week. If you have any desire to write (in any genre), consider attending this conference. You’ll go home with tons of information and the inspiration to keep on writing until you get published. You might even connect with an agent or editor who’ll possibly be interested in your work!

LISA CRAYTON’S WORKSHOPS:

Tips & Tools for Effective Research

Research is a building block for effective fiction and nonfiction projects. Discover keys to effective research, including where to find relevant source material, and how to sidestep plagiarism and other thorny research-related minefields.

Right to Heal/Write to Heal

Inner healing is possible through Jesus Christ. Writing offers a pathway to healing while also providing a means to help others (children or adults) recover from brokenness. Offers tips, inspiration, writing prompts, and more for writers seeking to move beyond pain to purpose.

Successfully Selling to Mainstream (“Secular”) Markets

Mainstream markets seek articles, columns, essays, fillers, and books. Learn how to write for (and market) to local, regional, national, and international markets.

Writing for Women

Women are hungry for content that addresses their unique needs. Discover nonfiction and fiction needs, market opportunities, and more.

WHO IS LISA CRAYTON?

Lisa A. Crayton, a former corporate editor & writer for multi-million-dollar corporations, is a creative, versatile nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. She’s an author & award-winning freelance writer who writes for general and Christian markets.  She’s the author of I Want to Talk with My Teen About Money Management. Moreover, she has served as a contributing author for several nonfiction books & her work has appeared in regional, national, & international publications. Among other things, she has written articles, columns, essays, devotionals, fillers, Bible study guides, & book chapters.

CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR.  Crayton is the author of 10 nonfiction children’s books, all traditionally published. Five releases in 2018:  Freedom Riders (library bound & Interactive e-book), Teens Talk About Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Everything You Need to Know About Racism, and Everything You Need to Know About Cultural Appropriation.  She’s also the co-author of a six-book series on financial literacy topics

LITERARY JUDGE. Crayton has served as a judge for the Christian Book Awards (fiction, nonfiction, & Kids NF categories), Christy Awards (Kids Lit), & other contests. 

MENTOR. For more than 10 years, she mentored new & intermediate writers enrolled in the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.  

MEMBERSHIP. She’s a member of: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Evangelical Press Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, & Advanced Writers & Speakers.

EDUCATION. Crayton earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (2012). She earned a Bachelor of Arts, dual degree, cum laude, in Public Relations & Journalism from Utica College (1985). She also earned a Certificate in Digital Media from Regents University (2014).

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Please check all the details of the conference at http://bit.ly/2pdcYQC 

Hope to see you there!

 

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IT’S OVER! 

Writers' Theatre 

Thursday Evening’s Writers’ Theatre

BUT PLAN FOR MCWC 2018!

The 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference is history. I can’t believe it’s three weeks ago already that the conference was underway. What a blessing this year’s conference was to me as the director. Without the help of my “committee,” I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off. Thank you, gals. You are deeply appreciated. (And you know who you are!)

I want to personally thank Jim Fahringer and his wonderful staff for providing such an excellent place at the Montrose Bible Conference Center, including fine meals and homey rooms. Without exception, folks say the beautiful setting and family atmosphere are tops.

I also want to thank each faculty member, who made this year’s conference one of the best we’ve ever had. We’ve had almost 100% of positive feedback from the conferees, who gleaned from the faculty’s expertise.

Thank you, Conrad and Donna Krieger, talented musicians, who once again provided spirit-filled Praise and Worship times every morning to start our days with thoughts about our wonderful God.

Then, I want to thank each conferee who sacrificed a lot of money and time to attend this conference. Besides paying tuition, room, and board, the conferees opened their hearts to the needs of others by donating used books for our Budget Book Sale. I’m guessing we had at least 300 books to sell. Along with those book donations, faculty and conferees “purchased” dozens and dozens of those used books and many MCWC can coolers to support the General Scholarship Fund. We raised over $500 to help future conferees with their finances as well as donating $350 to the kitchen staff, many who work as volunteers or get paid minimal salaries.

When our conference closed on Friday, July 21st, we always end with a short praise and worship time, a challenge from a faculty member, and a circle of friendship and prayer. It’s not unusual for conferees and faculty members to part with tears in their eyes, pledging to return next July. Once anyone attends MCWC, he/she is considered “family,” and we look forward to seeing each one every year.         The closing on Friday morning: our circle of friendship, singing, and prayer.

I overheard one gal say “just had to come back next year” and she planned to save all her loose change to put toward next year’s expenses. That’s an excellent idea for those who have to “count every penny” in their budget. In a year’s time, quite a few dollars can mount up.

If you’ve never been to our Montrose Christian Writers Conference, please consider joining us next year. Mark the dates on your calendar: July 22nd to the 27th. I promise you won’t be sorry.

For you who’ve been there for 15 years or just for one year, I look forward, Lord willing, to seeing you again in 11 short months! God bless your writing endeavors over the next year.

P.S. Whether you attended or not, you might enjoy looking at my Pinterest 2017 MCWC Board with over 100 photos of the conference’s faculty, conferees, and events:

If you weren’t at the conference and would like to know what you missed, check out the conference’s details:

http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

Marsha, Director

1 Corinthians 15:10

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TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND A WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

              Two 2017 MCWC Faculty Members: Torry Martin + Carol Wedeven

  1. Your family loves what you’ve written, but now you’ll get the full scoop from editors and agents of how good your manuscript really is (or isn’t).
  2. You’ll learn how to properly submit your work to a publisher.
  3. You’ll discover that your high school English needs A LOT of brushing up.
  4. Words like “genre,” “royalty publishing,” “submission,” and “elevator pitch” will finally have meaning.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with best-selling authors.
  6. You’ll be able to attend dozens of workshops that will teach you all aspects of the writing/publishing business.
  7. You’ll be able to purchase “how-to-write” books at a reduced price that will help you hone your craft.
  8. You’ll be able to meet the editor or agent of your choice to show your work.
  9. You’ll make new writer friends who will encourage you by email or phone.
  10. You’ll leave with the determination to revise, revise, revise and get your work published.

Faculty Member:
Artist Dave Weiss

 

We just had a terrific week at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference. I’m sorry if you weren’t able to join us. Take a peek at what you missed and make plans to attend next year.

http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

Marsha, Director

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Writers, Have You Ever Asked Yourself These Questions?

Writing for publication can sometimes be a lonely and discouraging career path to take. For the last 27 years, dozens of Montrose Christian Writers Conference faculty members have attempted to encourage writers to keep plugging on and to share with them how to become the writers God wants them to be. Too often folks with talent for writing give up too soon on their publishing dreams and quit right before they would have landed that contract.

If you’re a discouraged writer, the 2017 MCWC is just for you. If you’ve ever felt as if there was no hope for what you’ve written, you probably asked yourself some of the following questions. But there’s an answer (a title of a workshop) for every one of your concerns with the classes offered this year:

  1. How do I prepare my manuscript to submit to a publisher?   Formatting before Beginning
  2. How do I get rid of this annoying writers’ block? Three years is long enough!  21 Ways to Overcome Writers Block
  3. How can I change my short story into a drama?  Creating a Viable Stage Production
  4. Would I have a chance at winning a writing contest?  Writing for Guideposts Contests
  5. Will social media, especially a blog, help me sell books?  Blogging 101
  6. Why should I bother writing poetry? No one reads it anyhow.  The Art and Craft of Poetry
  7. Someone told me my characters are “flat” in my kids’ story. How can I fix them?   Putting Characters in Place
  8. Do I need to apply for a tax number to write? To sell my books at book signings?  Understanding the Business of Writing for Publication
  9. What questions should I ask the person for whom I’m writing a profile piece?  Writing the Profile Piece
  10. Is my devotional book different from the tons of devotionals out there already?   Writing Compelling Devotions
  11. Will anyone be interested in buying the book I’m writing?  Marketing for Writers Who Don’t Like to Market
  12. Do folks ever read Bible studies anymore?  Bible Studies That Sell

We could go on and on, telling you about the 40+ workshops offered at this year’s conference, but I think you get the idea. We’ll have practically all genres and pertinent issues about writing/publishing addressed at the conference.

The opening exercise is Sunday evening at 7:30 at the Montrose Bible Conference Center, Montrose, PA. And … as long as there are rooms available for lodging, it’s not too late to register! Even better, if all the rooms  are taken and you are close enough to commute, you can register anytime, even after the conference is underway!

Please check out all the of the classes and special perks available at http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

and register today! You’ll never be sorry!

Marsha, Director

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Our Writers Conference Has Classes for That!

(Eva Marie Everson teaching in 2015)

 

Writers, isn’t it time to get that manuscript ready for publication?

What have you written that you’d like to see published?

A NOVEL?

SHORT STORIES?

POETRY?

PROFILES?

PICTURE BOOKS?

DRAMA?

ARTICLES FOR CONTESTS?

DEVOTIONALS?

MAGAZINE ARTICLES?

FILM SCRIPTS?

BIBLE STUDIES?

WE HAVE CLASSES FOR ALL THOSE AND MORE AT THIS YEAR’S

MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE!

(SOME OF THE CLASSES OFFERED)

Indie Publishing vs. Royalty Publishing. What’s New?

Why Drama?

Formatting before Beginning

Fiction: Character Building

21 Ways to Overcome Writers Block

Get the Most out of the Conference

The Art of Collaborative Writing

Conducting High Profile Interviews

Blogging 101

Creating a Viable Stage Production

Shock the Clock: Time Management

Marketing for Writers Who Don’t Like to Market

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

Powerful Sentence Structures

Fiction: Setting and Description

Write for your Life

Prayer in the Life of a Writer

Creative Blockbusters

Making your Fiction Matter

Writing for Parenting Magazines

Blogging 102

Format and Performance Know-how

Writing Compelling Devotions

No Market for your Book? What to Do

Putting Characters in Place

PUGS Specifics for Christian Writers

Writing for Guideposts and the Guideposts Contest

Graduation Time; What’s Next?

Bible Studies that Sell

Real “Artist-Ship”

Aspects of the Editing Process

Breaking into Anthologies

Social Media 101

Sharing the Fun of Drama

Column Writer as a Platform Builder

Peace in the Literary Storm

Writing for Picture: Magazine or Picture Book for Children?

Understanding the Business of Writing for Publication

Selling Personal Experience Short Stories

What’s an Edit?

Irresistible Queries and Proposals

Proofread with Excellence

Writing the Profile Piece

In two weeks, we’ll be at Montrose, but it’s not too late to register for the 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference, July 16th to the 21st. If you can’t come for the entire time, then sign up for a day or two of your choice.

Check all the details at http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

And register today!

Marsha, Director

 

 

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