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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

INTRODUCING NANCY LOHR

EDITOR WITH JOURNEYFORTH

 

For the Tuesday morning challenge in the general assembly, Nancy Lohr will present

“Truth-Full Writing”

Nancy will also present WRITING FOR CHILDREN in a Major Morning Seminar

Monday-Thursday from 10:35 to 12:10

 

PRIVATE CRITIQUES

Nancy is available for Private Paid Critiques with 3 writers of

children’s fiction and picture books.

She’ll also meet writers for 15 minutes in free private critiques of their work

throughout the week.

 

WHO IS NANCY LOHR? 

Nancy acquires for both the youth and adult markets for JourneyForth, Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, SC. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in book publishing and has experience as an educator and children’s librarian. She loves to teach about the art and craft of writing. Her personal writing résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and book reviews and articles for parents and educators.

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Writers, make plans to join us on July 22nd! Check online at www.montrosebible.org for the details!

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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Today’s Writers’ Tip

Plot Number 11: The Metamorphosis Fiction Plot

     

(Photos compliments of Wikipedia)

We’ve all enjoyed stories that have a powerful transformation take place with one of the characters. But writing a metamorphosis fiction plot takes quite a bit of pre-planning and character development. This subgenre is different from your “ordinary” transformation of the main character in an “ordinary” novel at the climax and resolution because…. Well, let’s look at the characteristics of writing an excellent unique story:

The Metamorphosis Plot

Wolfman

Dracula

Beauty and the Beast

  1. The metamorphosis usually results from a curse.
  2. The cure for the curse is often love.
  3. The forms of love include love of parent for a child, a woman for a man (or vice versa), people for each other, or man for the love of God.
  4. The metamorph is usually carried out by the antagonist (the “bad guy”) if the curse can be reversed by the antagonist performing certain acts, and the protagonist can’t hurry or explain the events.
  5. In the first dramatic phase, the metamorph usually can’t explain the reasons for his curse.
  6. The story should begin at the point prior to the resolution of the curse (release).
  7. The bad guy should act as the catalyst that propels the protagonist toward release.
  8. The antagonist often starts out as the intended victim but finishes as the “chosen one.”
  9. The second dramatic phase should concentrate on the nature of evolving relationships between the antagonist and the metamorph.
  10. The characters generally move toward each other emotionally.
  11. In the third dramatic phase, the terms of release should be fulfilled and your protagonist should be freed from the curse. The metamorph might either revert to his original state or die.
  12. The reader should discover the reasons for the curse and its root causes.

Have you got your metamorphic wheels turning? If you’ve wanted to try this subgenre, now you have the ammunition to do so. Have fun!

Next time we’ll look at fiction plot number 12: Transformation

 All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.

(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!)

 

Happy writing!

Marsha

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Today’s Writers’ Tips

Plot Number 9: The Underdog

Plot Number 10: Temptation

Because plot number 9 is so short, we’ll look at plot number 10 as well. If you got a good handle on plot number 8, RIVALRY, then you’ll have no problem with number 9. So, let’s get to it:

PLOT #9

THE UNDERDOG

Joan of Arc

Rocky

Cinderella

  1. The underdog plot is similar to the rivalry plot except that the protagonist is not matched equally against the antagonist. It looks like there’s no chance of the hero winning.
  2. The antagonist, which may be a person, place, or thing (such as a bureaucracy), has much greater power than the protagonist.
  3. The dramatic phases are similar to the rivalry plot becaue it follows the power curves of the characters.
  4. The good news! The underdog usually (but not always) overcomes his opposition.

 

PLOT # 10

TEMPTATION

Adam and Eve

Our Lady’s Child

  1. The temptation plot is a character plot. It examines the motives, needs, and impulses of human character.
  2. This plot should depend on morality and the effects of giving in to temptation. By the end of the story, the character should have moved from a lower moral plane (in which he gives in to temptation) to a higher moral plane as a result of learning the sometimes harsh lessons of giving in to temptation.
  3. The conflict should be interior and take place within the protagonist, although it has exterior results in the action. The conflict should result from the protagonist’s inner turmoil—a result of knowing what he should do, and then not doing it.
  4. The first dramatic phase should establish the nature of the protagonist then be followed by the antagonist (if there is one).
  5. Next, the nature of the temptation is introduced, which establishes its effect on the protagonist, and shows how the protagonist struggles over his decision.
  6. The protagonist then gives in to the temptation. There could be some short-term gratification.
  7. The protagonist often will rationalize his decision to yield to temptation.
  8. The protagonist might go through a period of denial after yielding to the temptation.
  9. The second dramatic phase should reflect the effects of yielding to the temptation. Short-term benefits diminish and the negative sides emerge.
  10. The protagonist should try to find a way to escape responsibility and punishment for his act. 11. The negative effects of the protagonist’s actions should reverberate with increasing intensity in the second dramatic phase.
  11. The third dramatic phase should resolve the protagonist’s internal conflicts. The story ends with atonement, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

Wow, there are some complicated details to writing a TEMPTATION plot, so get your notepad ready and incorporate these points in your manuscript. You’re on your way to creating a fascinating read

Next time, we’ll look at plot # 11: Metamorphosis

All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.

(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!)

Happy writing!

Marsha

P.S.: WRITERS, DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE

MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE AT https://bit.ly/2HGlNYQ

 

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