Conference Schedule

Here’s our jam-packed conference schedule! Start planning NOW for two days of encouragement and education. Spring Blessings discount has been extended through June 15!  registration


Friday, September 20, 2019  *Please check final schedule and room assignment

12:00 – 2:00 PM   TEAM set-up in Craft-Hemphill (CH) and Hayes Ministry Center (HMC)

2:00 – 3:00 pm  Volunteer orientation in CH-110 Presenters/editors/agents/TEAM prayer and orientation – volunteers meet faculty/Team members [** Recording devices, handouts, attendance sheets info]

2:30 – 4:00 pm  Registration and Check-in (HMC Lobby); online appointment signups

Published authors consign books for sale (CH Lobby)

3:15 – 3:55      BONUS Session Options:

  1. Vanessa Fortenberry “Importance of the 3Rs . . . “ in CH 101
  2. TEEN TRACK Worldbuilding” workshop with Daniel Blackaby HMC
  3. Todd Williams “Engaging Pages” in CH 102
  4. Lori A. Hatcher “Practically Painless Editing “ in CH 108
  5. Jean Matthew Hall “What is a Picture Book?” in CH 109
  6. Book Browsing in Craft-Hemphill Lobby; Appointment sign-ups ONLINE

4:00 – 5:00 PM   Welcome and Warm-Ups

TEEN TRACK: KEYNOTE “Tolkien, Lewis, & Christian Imagination” Daniel Blackaby in HMC

Adults’ Welcome and Warm-Ups  – Two Mini-Sessions (CH 110)

 (A)  Editor-Agent Panel Q & A and (B) Author Panel

5:00 – 6:30 PM  Adults break for supper in the Todd Dining Hall (across from Craft-Hemphill)

(* Use tickets in registration packet – Gluten-free options available; please specify dietary restrictions at time of Registration)

TEEN TRACK Pizza Bash with presenters  (HMC)

Please specify at registration if you require Gluten-free pizza.

Dinner hour free time: Book Browsing, Sign up online/ editor/agent/author appointments

6:45 – 7:45 PM  ALL: Announcements & Introductions of Presenters; Praise & Worship (HMC)

7:45 – 8:45 PM  SESSION A: [please check Teens and/or Adults]

ADULTS only: Tony Snipes “5 MORE Things I learned In Corporate America  That Can Jumpstart Your Writing Business in Under 24 Hours” in HMC

ADULTS & Teens: Kenzi Nevins “An ILLUSTRATOR”S Market: Portfolio, platform, and Proposals” in CH 101

ADULTS ONLY Linda Vigen Phillips “Using Verse to Get to the Heart of Your Story” in CH 102

ADULTS & TEENS: Nancy Lohr “The Plot Thickens” in CH 108

ADULTS only Edie Melson “Love the World You Build” in CH 109

TEENS only: Carol Baldwin “Let Your Characters Do the Heavy Work”                                in CH 110

8:45 – 9:30 PM RECEPTION Coffee & Conversation w/ Presenters/Editors/Agents (HMC) All are invited!

Registered participants will be eligible to sign up online for TWO (2) individual appointments with authors, editors, or agents. Sign-up site will indicate specific location of the person you are meeting.

Book sales are in the Craft-Hemphill Lobby. Teen Pizza Bash and Adult Coffee & Conversation are in Hayes Ministry Center. Photo (Headshot) sessions will be in Craft-Hemphill room TBA). Sign up online.  

  Interactive Features for 2019:

  1. TBA
  2. A Photo Booth – Enjoy taking photos/selfies with our special writers’ props – share on social media!

Saturday, September 21, 2019* Please check final schedule and room assignment *  

7:45 – 8:15 AM       Late Check-in (HMC Lobby)   Please observe workshop status: Adults, Adults & Teens, or Teens only***

8:15 – 9:00 AM           SESSION B

TEENS Only Brenda Covert Poetry Writing: “Playing with Words”                                                                            in CH 110

ADULTS & Teens Tessa Emily Hall “How to Sell . . . to an Agent . . . “ in CH 101

ADULTS only Vijaya Bodach  “Writing Memoir for Kids (I): Techniques”                                              in CH-102

ADULTS only Lori Hatcher  “Ten Ways to Charm an Editor” in CH 108

ADULTS Kim Peterson “A Strong Supporting Cast of Secondary Characters” CH 109

9:15 – 10:15 AM   Adults & Teens Announcements  KEYNOTE                                          by NANCY LOHR :  “Truth-FULL Writing” in HMC

10:30- 11:15 SESSION C

ADULTS only Tony Snipes  “How I turned a Facebook Page into a Weekly Storytelling Medium” in HMC

ADULTS only Daniel Blackaby “Tolkien, Lewis, & Christian Imagination” CH 101

ADULTS only Samantha Bell     “Polishing Your Picture Book” in CH 102

ADULTS only Nancy Lohr        “Read Like a Writer” in        CH 108

ADULTS only Kim Peterson  “Deepen Your Middle Grades/YA Novel”  CH 109

Teens ONLY ** Carol Baldwin “Create a Sensory Setting” in CH 110;

 11:15 – 11:40 Teens remain in CH 110 for NGU Q & A, then proceed to lunch **

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM   ** LUNCH in Todd Dining Hall (Bring tickets in registration packets*)

12:45 – 1:30 PM Session D ADULTS only Edie Melson  “Writing for the YA Audience” in CH 101

ADULTS only Terri Kelly  “How to Write Devotions for Children” in HMC

ADULTS only Vijaya Bodach “Writing Memoir Part II: Being a Witness” in                              CH 102

ADULTS & TEENS Tessa Emily Hall “Create Book Buzz . . . with a Blog Tour” CH 108

ADULTS only Kim Peterson  “Selling Snappy Sidebars” in CH 109

ADULTS & TEENS Steve Hutson “Why You’re Not Getting Published”                                                                           in CH 110

1:45 – 2:30 PM  Book Sales (C-H Lobby) and Book Signing (C-H Comm Center – 110)

2:45 – 3:30 PM  Session E

ADULTS only Jean Matthew Hall “Writing Fiction Picture Books”                                                      in  HMC

ADULTS & Teens Steve Hutson “What NOT to Say to an Editor or Agent” in  CH 101

ADULTS Only Vijaya Bodach “Writing a Book That’s Controversial” in         CH 102

ADULTS Only Todd Williams “Connecting with Kids” in  CH 108

ADULTS Only Andrea Merrell “Turning Pain into Prose” in CH 109

TEEN TRACK Carol Baldwin “Out of This World Fiction & Fantasy” in                                                                      CH 110

3:45 – 4:45 PM   ALL: CLOSING KEYNOTE –  by Edie Melson  “The New Paradigm of Social Media” in HMC

4:45 – 5:00 PM  Writing Awards, Silent Auction results, Grand Door Prize, Closing Prayer  in HMC

Registered participants will be eligible to sign up online for TWO (2) individual appointments with authors, editors, or agents. See online signup for specific location of the person you are meeting.

Book sales in the Craft-Hemphill Lobby close at 2:30 pm Saturday.

Photo (Headshot) sessions in Craft-Hemphill room TBA by appointment; walk-ins may take open slots.

Interactive Features for 2019:

  1. TBA
  2. Photo Booth – Enjoy taking photos/selfies with our special writers’ props – share on social media!

* schedule subject to change

5 thoughts on “Conference Schedule

  1. It’s one more day to receive the Spring Blessings discount (through May 31). After that, there is still an early bird discount good through Aug. 31. Once we reach Sept., registration will be full price. 🙂

    1. Yes, Jean. I’m excited about the lineup. Glad to see you are returning again this year.

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