2017 Teen Workshops



4:30 – 5:30 pm


Daniel Blackaby – Becoming a Writer 


5:30 – 6:45 pm       

Pizza Bash


7:30 – 8:30 pm 

Keynote Address: Torry Martin – Discover Your Creative Calling 

Part in depth Bible study, part personal testimony and all fun. This humorous teaching is geared towards encouraging others to step out and start using their gifts.  



8:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Keynote Address: Lisa Albinus – Mixed Media Journaling 

Let your fire of creativity be rediscovered! We will discover the freedom in mixed media journaling, awakening color within. Let’s  clear away the cobwebs and make a stand against the lies that whisper, “You can’t.”


10:00 – 10:45 a.m. (Session A)

Beating Writer’s Block – Daniel Blackaby 

We’ve all been there. You have an amazing story burning inside you. You sit in front of your computer screen, full of excitement and ambition, open blank page, and…you freeze. No matter how long you stare at that cold, white page, you can’t figure out what to type. You, like every writer before you, have just encountered the dreaded writer’s block (dun dun dun!)

You will face writer’s block, but that doesn’t mean you must let it defeat you. Come, join me as I share some super practical tips that has enabled me to finish 8 books in only 6 years, and are sure to help you to break through the wall and unleash that amazing story waiting within you!


Comedy Shorts for Stage or Screen – Torry Martin (Teens and Adults)

Everything you need to know about writing comedy sketches for short films or staged productions. Emphasis on format, story and structure, character and dialogue, dialogue, DIALOGUE! 


11:00 – 11:45 a.m. (Session B)

Poetry Writing: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Reason – Brenda Covert

Everything you need to know to write a sonnet, a quinzaine, and a portrait poem and have fun doing it!


Sketching Faces and People – Lisa Albinus (Teens and Adults)

Adults and youth can join me as we explore the sketching of faces and people and enjoy an introduction to watercolor.


11:45 – Lunch

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1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. BONUS SESSION! 

Creative Teens Impact Culture – Tony Snipes

Creative people have the power to influence. Everything we see, hear, think and act upon in our modern culture was in some way introduced and perpetuated by an artistic mind and their chosen medium. That influence can create an entire culture that ultimately either reflects God or rejects His way of doing things. How do YOU, even as a teen, wield such influence in today’s modern landscape? That’s what we’ll explore!


 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (Session C)

What’s the Big Idea? – Torry Martin (Adults and Teens)

Two areas where 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 class we will be delving into detail about the importance of the big idea and solid pacing. I’ll be using some of my own stories as examples.


Intro to Watercolors – Lisa Albinus (Adults and Teens) 

Have you found that watercolors misbehave and don’t follow the rules? Too unpredictable for your tastes? Let me lead you through some of the basics, that will allow you to fall in love with a medium that is loose and easy, and a joy to work with!


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (Session D)

2 Good 2 Be True/ Good 2 Be Bad: Protagonists & Antagonists – Torry Martin 

Find out how to create believable protagonists and antagonists. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop original characters, research characters to avoid stereotypes, and demonstrate character motivation and growth.


Writing Fantasy and YA – Daniel Blackaby (Teens and Adults)



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