2017 Conference Schedule, Sept. 28 - 30, 2017 - Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference | Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference

2017 Conference Schedule, Sept. 28 – 30, 2017

Let’s Celebrate! – Schedule Overview

Thursday

9:30 a.m.             Registration Opens

10:00-12:00        Pre-Conference Options:

  • Book Proposal Clinic – Cindy Lambert
  • Fiction Intensive – Dave Lambert
  • Social Media Intensive – Brenda Yoder

Noon                  Lunch for those who preregistered

1:00-1:45           First Timer Orientation with Mary Morgan

2:00-2:30          Welcome

2:30-3:30          Keynote: Sandra Aldrich – Embrace the Celebration!

3:30-3:45          Break

3:45-4:45          General Session – Dave & Cindy Lambert – Publishing: Looking Back & Looking Forward

4:45-5:00          Break

5:00-5:45          General Session – Eddie Jones – Writing in an Echo Chamber

5:45-6:00          Break

6:00-7:00          Dinner & Networking

7:00-7:15           Praise & Worship – Scott Griffin

7:15-8:15            Keynote:  Doc Hensley – Where Is the Battleground?

8:15-8:30           Break

8:30-10:00        Ice Cream Social – Network for New Ideas

Friday

8:00-9:00            Breakfast

9:00-9:15             Vital Info & Praise & Worship – Scott Griffin

9:15-9:30             Morning Devotional – Andrew Hamlet

9:30-9:45             Break

9:45-10:45          1st Page Peer Critiquing – Doc Hensley

10:45-11:00          Break

11:00-12:00         Mock Pub Board – Dave & Cindy Lambert

12:00-1:15             Lunch

1:15-2:15            Workshops #1

  • Writing a Compelling Non-Fiction Book Proposal – Cindy Lambert
  • Advanced Dramatization – Dave Lambert
  • Marketing & Platform – Cheri Cowell
  • From Proposal to Print – Shannon Popkin & Janyre Tromp

2:15-2:30            Break

2:30-3:30           Workshops #2

  • Self-editing Your Manuscript—with Help from an EditorLinda Taylor
  • Online Security and Privacy Issues – Christopher VanOosterhaut
  • What to do with a Blank PageBob Hudson           
  • Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message (Part 1)Susan King

3:30-3:45            Break

3:45-4:45            Workshops #3

  • Today’s GPS for Writing Magazine Articles – Sandra Aldrich
  • Do I Need an Agent and How Do I Get One? – Dan Balow
  • A Busy Person’s Guide to WritingSusan Call
  • Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message (Part 2)Susan King

4:45-5:00            Break

5:00-5:45           General Session – Christopher VanOosterhaut – Using Social Media

5:45-6:00           Break

6:00-7:00          Dinner & Networking

7:00-7:15            Praise & Worship – Scott Griffin

7:15-8:15            Keynote – Sandra Aldrich – What’s Your Goliath?

8:15-8:30            Break

8:30-10:00         General Session – Cyle Young – The S.P.R.I.N.G.S. Method

Saturday

8:00-9:00           Breakfast

9:00-9:15            Vital Info & Praise & Worship – Scott Griffin

9:15-9:30            Morning Devotional – Gary Feenstra

9:30-9:45            Break

9:45-10:45          Workshops #4

  • 18 Rules for Contemporary WritingDoc Hensley
  • Genres in FictionTravis Thrasher
  • Go Green!Cheri Cowell
  • The Tension of Two Callings – Katie Reid

10:45-11:00            Break

11:00-12:00            Workshops #5

  • Binge WritingCyle Young
  • Point of View & VoiceDave Lambert
  • Writing from your Area of Expertise – Brenda Yoder
  • To Tell or Not to TellCindy Lambert

12:00-1:15            Lunch

1:15-2:15            Workshops #6

  • Memoir WritingTravis Thrasher
  • Building Online Communities… for DummiesKate Motaung
  • Writing Kid’s DevotionalsCrystal Bowman
  • Why You’re Not Getting Book Contracts & What to do About ItEddie Jones

2:15-2:30            Break

2:30-3:30            General Session – Travis Thrasher – Ten Years of Surviving the Wonderfully Wacky World of Writing Full-Time

3:30-3:45            Break

3:45-5:00            Closing KeynoteDoc HensleyWhere do we go from Here?