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WRITERS, GET YOUR MANUSCRIPT READY FOR PUBLICATION!

Writers, what’s your passion? Fiction? Devotionals? Personal interest stories? Film? Poetry? Picture books? Drama? Other?

Then it’s your time to come to the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, July 16th to the 21st at the Montrose Bible Conference Center, Montrose, PA. You’ll have a choice of over 40 classes, work-in-progress seminars, peer critique group interaction, and private interviews with faculty members to help you get your manuscript ready for publication. Following is a list of the afternoon classes offered:

Indie Publishing vs. Royalty Publishing. What’s New? Faculty Panel Discussion

Why Drama?

Formatting before Beginning

Fiction: Character Building (Part One)

21 Ways to Overcome Writers Block

Get the Most out of the Conference

The Art of Collaborative Writing

Fiction: Character Building (Part Two)

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

Please check out all th details at

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

I look forward to meeting you  July 16th!

Marsha, Director

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The Evening Sessions and Perks at this Year’s MCWC

Learning to write well and how to get that manuscript published is just the start of the terrific week planned for the 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference from Sunday, July 16th to Friday, July 21st. Besides a keynote address by Torry Martin on Sunday evening, four morning challenges, and over 40 workshops, there are numerous evening activities and perks to keep every writer’s mind churning with new ideas:

EVENING EVENTS

MONDAY: TORRY’S POTPOURRI – an organic event that will leave you talking. Whether that’s good or bad is yet to be determined.

TUESDAY: MASTER-piece PAINT NIGHT or TORRY’S MOVIE or FREE TIME –

Painting: a fun activity simplified so anyone can do it. Cost for the event is $20. (Dave Weiss) or A Night at the Movies: view one of Torry Martin’s latest films, “Heaven Bound.”

WEDNESDAY: PICTURES OF JESUS – Dave Weiss will present “Pictures of Jesus,” a program including storytelling, video, and five live paintings each painted in six minutes or less.

THURSDAY: WRITERS’ THEATER: another opportunity for you to shine! Bring your own work, an excerpt from a short story, memoir, novel, or a poem and trimmed to three minutes and read it to the conferees at the Writers’ Theater, a delightful program that celebrates your creativity.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS: Private 15-minute appointments with editors and agents to show them material which may be suitable for their publications and/or to discuss ideas for stories. Sign-up sheets available at the conference. Bring professionally prepared manuscripts. Be sure to bring copies! No charge.

PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES: a great opportunity to have your work evaluated by a published professional. You’ll receive a written evaluation of your manuscript plus a 30-minute private appointment to discuss ways to improve and/or market your piece.

Register for MCWC by June 27 and request guidelines for emailing your manuscript. $40.00 per critique.

  • Vie Herlocker–Christian living, devotionals, memoirs, fiction – any except romance (max. 6 )
  • Gloria Penwell – Bible studies (max. 4)
  • Patti Souder – Drama sketches, monologues, 10-minute plays. (Max. 6)
  • Mike Dellosso – suspense/mystery, spec fic., contemporary, and memoir. No romance, historical, or Amish. (max. 6)
  • B.J. Taylor – Inspirational short stories for Guideposts/Angels on Earth/Mysterious Ways/Chicken Soup for the Soul; Memoirs (max. 6)
  • Diane Stark – Creative nonfiction, essays, parenting articles, 1st person pieces for anthologies (max. 5)

MORNING WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Picture books with Carol Wedeven: $40 (4 sessions) OR a Teen Track with Cathy Mayfield: $25 (4 sessions)

AFTERNOON WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Poetry with Lora Zill: $25 (3 sessions)

CRITIQUE GROUPS and GENRES of INTEREST GROUPS: Opportunity for feedback from other writers. No charge. Held from Monday to Thursday at 4:30

BOOK TABLE: Features books by faculty and conferees. When registering, please indicate books you’ve written which you would like to sell.

BUDGET BOOK SALE AGAIN THIS YEAR! Too many books on your shelves? Bring them with you and donate them to our Budget Book Sale. Looking for some good books at budget prices? Check out this special sale. All proceeds go to the General Scholarship Fund.

FREEBIES: Complimentary publishers’ guidelines and sample copies to save you time and postage.

RECORDINGS: Listen to the sessions you missed or those you want to hear again (Easily loaded into your computer). 

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Shirley Brinkerhoff Memorial Scholarship – $100 grant for tuition: Awarded to a writer actively striving to hone the craft of writing who has not yet secured a publishing contract. Applications are available at montrosebible.org/writers.htm.

General Scholarship help is available according to need. Please inquire when registering.

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Don’t wait any longer to register. The classes are filling up fast! (Check out all the details at http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx )

Marsha, Director

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The 2017 MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE

Classes and Workshops for Practically Every Genre

With over 50 classes and workshops, you’ll be sure to find something to help you get that manuscript ready for publication. Following are just a few of the seminars and classes offered:

MAJOR MORNING CLASSES 10:40-12:10 Monday-Thurs.

                                        

WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?  TORRY MARTIN

WHERE DO I BEGIN? (Help for Newbies)     BARBARA SCOTT

THE JOURNEY TO PUBLISHING NONFICTION     B. J. TAYLOR

THE ART & CRAFT OF POETRY                              LORA ZILL

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SEMINARS (LIMIT 8 CONFEREES EACH)

Morning: 10:40 – 12:10 Monday-Thursday

(Class size: Limit 8 conferees)

PICTURE BOOKS FOR PUBLICATION

CAROL WEDEVEN

READY, SET, WRITE … AND FINISH

(TEEN TRACK)

CATHY MAYFIELD

*Afternoon: 2:30 – 3:15 Monday – Wednesday

* POETRY BOOT CAMP

(Limit 6 conferees)

LORAZILL

 

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SERIES

(How-to instruction on specialized topics)

BLOGGING 101 & THE SOCIAL MEDIA

3 Sessions:  1:30 Tues. – Thurs. Don Catlett

AN EDITOR’S PET PEEVES

4 Session  2:30 Mon. – Thurs.   Vie Herlocker

DRAMA THAT MATTERS

4 Sessions:  2:30 Mon., 1:30 Tues. – Thurs. Patti Souder

WRITING FOR CHILDREN

3 Sessions:  2:30 Tues. – Thurs. Carol Wedeven

Check out all the details and registration forms at:

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

Please plan to attend. I’d love to meet you.

Marsha, Director

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Torry Martin

Author/Film Actor

Do you have a fiction manuscript and you’re wondering how to change it into a screenplay? Then the Major Morning Seminar entitled “What’s the Big Idea?” at the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference from July 16th to the 21st is for you.

Author and film actor Torry Martin will teach four consecutive morning classes, presenting the following information:

What’s the Big Idea?

Two areas in which writers tend to stumble when putting together a story are “the big idea” and pacing.

For “the big idea,” this means “Does this story need to be told as a book or a movie, and will it keep audiences engaged for 300 pages or 90-120 minutes?” Engaging the audience, however, starts on the page. You need a reader to keep turning pages of your book or screenplay in rapid succession because the story propels them forward with energy and purpose. Readers need to see the movie as they turn pages, and if the script drags, the movie certainly will.

How do you determine if your idea is “big” enough to carry a movie? And how do you make sure your script has strong pacing?

In this seminar, we’ll be delving into details about the importance of the big idea and solid pacing. I’ll be using some of my own stories as examples.

Torry will also teach two afternoon classes to help writers with their projects:

The Art of Collaborative Writing

Whether you plan on sharing the fame or sharing the blame, this class will help equip you to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of writing as a team. We’ll be discussing the benefits and pitfalls of collaborative writing, how to find the right partner, how to pitch a project to a potential partner, how to make decision as a team, exploring work time and work space, choosing a project, co-drafting the script or story, and how to make a creative relationship work.

Write for Your Life

A visual and participatory teaching on how to research story material from your own life and turn it into something marketable by adding humor and spiritual applications. You’ll discover how to research your life, edit your stories, incorporate comedy into your writing, and, most importantly, how to have fun while sharing God’s truths.

If you still want more of Torry, he’ll also be involved with two evening events:

MONDAY: TORRY’S POTPOURRI 

an organic event that will leave you talking. Torry says, “Whether that’s good or bad is yet to be determined.”

TUESDAY: TORRY’S MOVIE 

A Night at the Movies: view one of Torry Martin’s latest films, “Heaven Bound.”

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Don’t miss this year’s Montrose Christian Writers Conference! Lots of food, fun, and Christian fellowship await you!

Marsha Hubler, Director

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THE 2017 MCWC FACULTY SPOTLIGHT – AUTHOR CAROL WEDEVEN

Writers, do you have a picture book manuscript and you’re not sure what to do with it? Should you find an artist to do your sketches? Do you lay out the book and send a “dummy” to the publisher? Are you sure your word count is correct for the age for whom you’re writing?

Get all these questions answered at this year’s Montrose Christian Writers Conference from July 16th to the 20th. Author Carol Wedeven is moderating a morning Picture Book Work in Progress. Carol and no more than eight conferees will work on their picture book manuscripts, moving one step closer to publication. Then, in three afternoon classes (open to anyone), Carol will present the nuts and bolts of writing for children:

 Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

If you really want to write for children, dare yourself to become the child who will be your reader. We will observe, think, feel, believe like that child until you are able to see through that child’s eyes.  As soon as you connect heart to heart, you are ready to write.  It’s guaranteed.  Interactive, hands-on handouts from tears to hilarity.

Putting Characters in Place

Pushing and pulling are allowed, encouraged, expected. What words place a main character, a secondary character or a “walk-on” in just the right space within your story’s setting?  See it happen as we choose words which either pull a main character forward or push a secondary or walk-on character toward the background where they belong.  Interactive, hands-on handouts and the final aha!

Writing for Picture: Magazine or Picture Book for Children?

You submit a picture book manuscript, but the editor calls it a short story. What’s the difference? Is it possible to craft one form then change it into the other? How? Using award-winning picture books, you will see, hear, experience, and understand the basic element which makes the difference between manuscripts for picture books and magazines. Interactive hands-on handouts. An eye-opener session!

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Carol Wedeven: author of 11 children’s books, curriculum, poetry, fillers, short stories, & drama scripts. Enjoys drama improvisation, plays with words, hosts a critique group, and mentors writers.

I look forward to seeing you in July!

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

Marsha, Director

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The 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference Faculty Spotlight

AUTHOR MIKE DELLOSSO

 

Writers, are you working on a fiction project and you need help with your character development? How about your setting descriptions? Too wordy? Not enough detail? Have you decided exactly why you’re writing this project?

Fiction author Mike Dellosso will offer four fiction workshops at this year’s MCWC on July 17th and 18th. If you want to learn from one of the pros in the business, you won’t be disappointed if you hear Mike. He plans to present the following workshops to help you spruce up that manuscript.

MIKE’S WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Character Building, part 1

In this workshop we’ll look at the basics of character building. I’ll help you choose the right characters for the right role, name the characters, and show you how to describe them to give them personality. We’ll discuss who gets to be the main characters, secondary characters, and tertiary characters. We’ll also look at point-of-view and dialogue.

Character Building, part 2

In this workshop we’ll dive deeper into character development and discuss motivation and back story. We’ll also talk about getting into character to make your characters come alive and jump off the page.

Setting and Description

In this workshop we’ll discuss how to create a world for your characters to populate, how to blend real locations with fictitious ones, and how to accurately describe those locations so your readers feel like they are there experiencing the same world as your characters are experiencing.

Making Your Fiction Matter

This is where it all gets real. This workshop will focus on writing fiction that really matters. Should we? Why? How much power does fiction really have? We’ll talk about the reasons for writing with purpose and best ways to make your fiction count and get the most emotional and spiritual bang for your buck.

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If you’d like a sample of your fiction work critiqued by Mike, he has offered to review conferees’ work in the following categories: suspense/mystery, speculative fiction, contemporary fiction, and memoirs. Check out the details at the website: http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

Mike Dellosso is the author of a dozen novels and several non-fiction titles. In addition to his writing he’s also a writing teacher, adjunct professor, and healthcare worker. He lives in PA with his wife, five daughters, and their border collie, Kylo.

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Writers, register online at the above URL or call 800-598-5030 for a brochure and registration form to be mailed to your home. I’d love to see you at Montrose this July!

Marsha, MCWC director

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The MCWC Faculty Spotlight

VIE HERLOCKER

AN EDITOR’S PET PEEVES

AFTERNOON SERIES

Writers, exactly how important is it to know whether that comma belongs there or not? Do you really need to know how to spell every word correctly in your manuscript? Won’t the editor at the publishing company “fix” my manuscript?

These questions have run through every writer’s mind. Yet, the average writer, especially newbies, often think the PUGS (punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling) aren’t that important when creating a masterpiece.

My afternoon series of classes will set the record straight. Each class will be very hands on with worksheets and handouts. Everyone in attendance will learn how really important editing your own manuscript is. Here’s what you’ll be learning in my four classes:

Day One

Formatting before beginning: margins, headers, font. Setting up Word for auto indent and no space between like paragraphs.

PUGS—specifically using commas, semicolons, colons, smart quotation marks, dashes, ellipses, plurals (with attention to plural acronym—UFOs, not UFO’s), turning apostrophes the right way (Don’t worry your noggin, just listen to Mama—an apostrophe’s simply a flying comma). Hyphenation, passive constructions, etc.

Day Two

Powerful Sentence Structures: (This is my baby)-examples of poor to good sentences and then showing how reworking them moves them to outstanding. Showing the power of end-loading or front-loading the critical information to get certain reactions from the reader. This day will also work on misplaced modifiers, awkward phrasing, rule of 3, etc. Also varying sentence structures and Whacking the Weed Words and Wonkers that weaken sentences: To be words, repetitions, overused words, adjectives and adverbs, cliches, etc. How to use “search” to help clean up your manuscript.

Day Three

PUGS specific to Christian writers: formatting/punctuating Scripture, capitalization of common religious terms. Using the tools to help you find the answers if you don’t know them. (This info can be part of the Day One PUGS stuff as well.)

Day Four

Understanding the business of writing for publication. I’ve found that most writers we contract at Sonfire have no clue how a book gets from pen to published to distribution and how royalties can be figured more than one way, so 10% one way may be just as good at 20% another way. This day will also work on IEPs. Individual Escape Plans—for hopping off that train or treadmill and taking measurable steps toward their goals. Will talk about investing in yourself, both financially and with time to study/write/rewrite/repeat.

Writers, you CAN improve your own writing!

Commit all that you do to the Lord, trust Him to help you do it, and He will. Psalm 37:5

A Little About Vie

Vie Herlocker is editor for Sonfire Media, a small traditional Christian publisher, and its fiction imprint, Taberah Press, located in Galax, Virginia. She is also a freelance editor at Cornerstone-Ink Editing. She is a member of the Christian Editor Connection, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, ACFW, and ACW.

While editing is her greatest love, Vie coauthored a book for the educational in-service market, ghostwrote a memoir, and has been published in compilation books and periodicals, including Penned from the Heart, Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester’s Soul, Christian Communicator, Church Libraries, Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and more.

Editorial Needs

Sonfire Media publishes nonfiction “Messages that Matter.” We like Christian living and inspirational books, including distinctive memoirs. Themed devotionals are considered, but we prefer these not be 365-day books.

Taberah Press publishes fiction with “Intrigue and Inspiration.” We are looking for YA/New Adult speculative fiction that takes readers on a journey, shows them something about life, and reminds them that there is more.

Contact: vie.herlocker@sonfiremedia.com

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I’m looking forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.

To register, go to http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents/tabid/113/page_550/1/eventid_550/58/Default.aspx

Marsha, Director

 

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