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Pre-Conference Sessions

Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference

Join us for the 2017, 40th annual Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference

In addition to the quality instruction you’ll get during workshops and general sessions, we offer three pre-conference sessions for you to spend quality time with experts who will help you grow in very specifically targeted skills. These three special fee sessions require special advanced registration, so make sure you read the instructions closely.

Follow the links below to learn more and register for these advanced sessions:

Maranatha 2017 Pre-Conference Sessions ($99 each)

Non-Fiction Book Proposal Clinic – Cindy Lambert

Prerequisite: Complete and bring with you a working proposal. Download the template for the nonfiction book proposal template designed by the Lamberts, or you may use a proposal model you’ve found on your own.

A winning book proposal is a tool that entices seven audiences (author, agent, editor, pub board, marketing, creative, and sales) to grasp a contagious vision for a book, and then equips them to successfully play their parts in placing the book into the hands of its ideal readership.

We’ve all heard the common advice, “Write to your audience, not to yourself.” Good advice! Many authors, however, may know the audience of their book, but have no understanding of the true audience of their book proposal. In this two-hour intensive clinic you will be introduced to the business side of publishing decisions, discover what really happens behind the closed doors of editors and publishing boards, and learn how to craft an enticing proposal that captures the interest of editors and publishers.

Please download and use the proposal template in preparation for this session (PDF)

Fiction Intensive – Dave Lambert

Learning to write fiction well is like learning to play the piano—it requires mastery of a long list of techniques, all of which must be performed simultaneously and (or at least so it seems) effortlessly. Writing a novel without first learning the techniques would be like scheduling your first piano concert before you’ve taken piano lessons. In this two-hour fiction intensive, we’ll explore some of the most crucial techniques of fiction: point of view,  dramatization, characterization, handling exposition and flashbacks, dialog, and handling character emotion. Loosen up your hand muscles and prepare to take notes, because we have lots of ground to cover!  

Please download and use the proposal template in preparation for this session (PDF)

Social Media Intensive – Brenda Yoder

A social media presence is crucial for building a writing platform and getting your work to an audience of readers. In this workshop, you’ll gain practical tools to develop a social media platform, while learning how to build online connections with those who will share your work with others.