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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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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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Today’s Writers’ Tip: Meet the Author Brenda K. Hendricks

Hendricks. Promo Photo

Author/Illustrator

How does Brenda spend a lot of her time when she’s not writing? Brenda says, “Although I enjoy writing, painting has always been my first love. I started with crayon hieroglyphics on my mother’s kitchen walls as a child. A few years ago, I painted a mural on the church wall. That’s progress. Someone once paid me to paint a portrait of Charlie Pride (yes, the singer) on velvet no less. I was also commissioned to do a wildlife painting while at a hunting lodge in Maine. Good thing, too, because my husband was caught speeding on the way home and the fee for the painting covered the cost of the fine with enough left over to buy a new washing machine when we got home.”

Besides painting….

“My days are filled with caring for my elderly mother, encouraging, counseling, and praying for friends, peers, and my sisters and brothers in Christ. I also care for my grandchildren whenever needed. I have combined my love for painting and my desire to encourage others on my blogs—My Quotes of Encouragement and Brenda K. Hendricks. I also have written and illustrated three children’s picture books. On October 11, 2013, Two Small Fish Publications released my newest picture book entitled Much More to Christmas. View it here: http://www.amazon.com/Much-More-Christmas-Brenda-Hendricks/dp/0982658257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386651695&sr=8-1&keywords=much+more+to+Christmas ”

Soon to be released by Helping Hands Press:

Darkness Before Dawn – a short story in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING HORSE STORIES Collection

What’s the story about?

The one thing fourteen-year-old Dawn Williams enjoys most in life, other than simply spending every free moment with her registered Palomino gelding Sundance, is horseback riding with her mother, Sharon Williams. Dawn has planned a surprise, all-day ride for her and her mother. However, Dawn isn’t the only one eager to spring a surprise on the entire family.

Dawn’s father, Doug Williams, decides to take everyone on a four-day vacation…a vacation that excludes horses and ruins Dawn’s all-day ride with her mother.

When tragedy turns the vacation into a living nightmare, Dawn unleashes her anger, frustration, and guilt on the one who could help her through it—Sundance.

 

Sly’s Christmas Surprise – a short story in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING CHRISTMAS STORIES Collection

What’s this story about?

Despite his aversion for the Christmas giving/getting scene, seventeen-year-old Samuel Lee Yeager, a.k.a. Sly, agrees to deliver presents to disadvantaged families for his mother. At his second stop, Sly meets Evie, a twelve-year-old girl suffering from alopecia totalis—a disease that causes total baldness. Concern sends his mind reeling with an idea to get her a wig for Christmas. But he’ll need his friends’ help.

Although Sly’s buddies agree to the scheme, a fist fight at the gym and a mouth battle at home squelch Sly’s enthusiasm for the project. But it’s too late. His buddies have started the ball rolling.

Will Sly rejoin the Wig for Evie Campaign or will he stick to his principles and miss the thrill of discovering the true spirit of Christmas?

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