Below is the list of  workshops/presentations for adults.



Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Meet the Presenters – What are Editors and Agents Looking for?


Keynote Address at 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Discover Your Creative Calling – Torry Martin

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.  


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Keynote Address at 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Mixed Media Journaling – Lisa Albinus

Let your fire of creativity be rediscovered! Take a colorful, creative adventure where we will find beauty in the darkness and rescue you from your past. 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)

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! 


The Value of Brevity: Marketing Your Book with Brief, Effective Strategies – Janis Whipple

Much of today’s communication happens in sound bytes. As a writer, you need to learn to use brevity to your advantage for your next book. Your ability to effectively create brief, effective tools is key to the success of your project. In this workshop, we will learn how to first create a succinct informative book pitch to market to agents, editors, and publishers. We will also explore how to effectively use social media to your advantage in marketing your book. 


Connecting with the Homeschool Market – Bonnie Rose Hudson

Based on her long experience working with homeschool publications and publishing The Old Schoolhouse, Bonnie Rose Hudson will address writers interested in writing articles and educational content aimed at homeschooling families. Topics of discussion include effective ways to market to the homeschooling community.


Imagine Like a Child – Kim Peterson 

To write for children a writer must nurture imagination and creativity, and think like a child. Reconnect with your “inner child” who sometimes gets lost in deadlines and pressures.



11:00 – 11:45 a.m. (Session B)

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

Adults and youth can explore the sketching of faces and people.


Writing for Kids’ Magazines – Vicki Moss

Sounds easy doesn’t it? Yet writing for children can be even more difficult than writing for adults. While being taught from Vicki’s book of the same title, learn how to break into kids’ magazines by using theme list prompts to write poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  


Hook, Line and Synopsis – Kim Peterson

Don’t try to worm your way out of crafting these components of a book proposal. Join this hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn to use just the “write” bait to reel in an agent or editor.


11:45 – Lunch 

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1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. BONUS SESSION! 

Free Publicity and Press Kits – Torry Martin 

Learn how to successfully market yourself or your project for maximum exposure at minimal cost. 


Hard Truths for Tender Hearts – Bonnie Rose Hudson 

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to share stories of the persecuted Church with children in a sensitive way, enabling them to understand the stories without feeling frightened.  


15 Things NOT to do when Writing a Picture Book – Samantha Bell

In this workshop, you’ll go through the picture book-making process from both an author and illustrator’s point of view. You’ll also learn about some common mistakes to avoid as you write for younger readers.


 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!


More than Just the Facts, Ma’am – Writing Nonfiction – Samantha Bell 

There’s more to writing for the educational market than just getting your facts right. In this workshop, you’ll not only discover how to find reliable sources, but you’ll also learn how to submit to publishers and book packagers, write for a particular reading level, complete work-for-hire assignments, communicate with editors, deal with revisions, and, of course, get more assignments!


Crafting Quality Queries – Kim Peterson

Master the dos and don’ts of pitching your ideas to editors. Uncover the secrets of hooking the editor, selling your ideas, asking for the assignment and making a good first impression. Bring an idea to class and craft a quality query during this workshop designed to make you a writer whose name editors love to see in their inboxes.


Publishing with Excellence: Choosing the Right Options for You – Janis Whipple

In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditional publishing, answer some forbidden questions, and take a look at the many options for self, independent, co-publishing, and partnership publishing. In addition, no matter what publishing route is your best option, you’ll need to understand the importance of excellence in your manuscript and/or proposal, so we’ll look at some tips for the editorial process.


Keynote Address at 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

The Power of Story – Daniel Blackaby 

We do not learn to tell stories – storytelling is encoded into our very DNA. It’s part of being human. We are, after all, created in the image of the Great Storyteller. As writers, we need to emphasize these essential stories. 


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (Session D)

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


How Creatives Impact the 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 wield such influence in today’s modern landscape? That’s what we’ll explore!


Creating Products for Homeschool Markets – Bonnie Rose Hudson

Learn how to create products that both entertain and educate! 


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