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2018 Saturday Workshop Electives

As part of your conference registration options, you will be given the choice of one of the following Workshop Electives from each of the available time slots.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are encouraged to study the workshop sessions carefully before registering. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, handouts for sessions will not be available onsite. You’ll receive handouts for your sessions via email the week prior to conference. If you purchase the complete syllabus, that electronic copy will be included in your registration packet.

Workshop Elective Session 1: Saturday- 9:30 am – 10:30 am

WS 01: Writing a Series Your Readers Will Love

Presented by: Tamera Alexander
Level: all
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Readers love series! Bestselling author Tamera Alexander will teach you the elements of a successful series.


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WS 02: Doing Publicity Without A Publicist

Presented by: Allison Carter
Level: all
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Don’t have your own publicist? HCCP publicist Allison Carter will teach you the ropes.


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WS 03: Cultivating Relationships in the Writing World

Presented by: Colleen Coble
Level: all
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Editors and company employees change constantly. Bestselling author Colleen Coble will teach you how to cultivate long term relationships.


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WS 04: Emerging Trends

Presented by: Industry Guests
Level: all
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Industry guestsLeslie McKee, Seth Satterlee, Carrie Schmidt, Christine Sharborough, and Wilda Williams discuss what they see as emerging trends in Christian fiction


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WS 05: Historical Fiction

Presented by: Moderated by Sarah Sundin
Level: all
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Historical Fiction covers both romance and fiction with true historical events. Join bestselling authors to find out what eras are hot.


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WS 06: Suspense Essentials:
Secrets to Tapping Into Tension Whatever Genre You Write (Part One)
Presented by: Steven James
Level: all
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**NOTE** This is a two hour workshop!

Every story can be improved by increasing the suspense, tightening the tension and ratcheting up the action. This in-depth seminar will help you improve your story by pacing the promises that you make and connecting emotionally with your reader. 


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Workshop Elective Session 2: Saturday- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

WS 07: The Plot Skeleton

Presented by: Angie Hunt
Level: all
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Angela Hunt’s plot skeleton is legendary. Her simple plot method will make it simple.


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WS 08: Panel: Romance
Popular Tropes and How To Make Them Yours
Presented by: Moderated by Karen Witemeyer
Level: all
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What’s a romance trope? Join bestselling romance authors to find out how to use them to jumpstart your sales.


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WS 09: Panel: Romantic Suspense

Presented by: Moderated by Colleen Coble
Level: all
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Romantic Suspense is a hot genre, but there are variations. Find out how bestselling authors craft their stories.


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WS 10: Writing with Compelling Emotional Tension

Presented by: DiAnn Mills
Level: all
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Emotional tension is what pulls a reader through a novel. Bestselling author DiAnn Mills is a master at the skill and will show you how.


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WS 11: Count Your Stars
-What Professional Reviewers Are Looking For in Your Story
Presented by: Carrie Schmidt
Level: all
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What elements make a review give 5 stars? Find out from professional reviewers!


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WS 12: Continuation of Suspense Essentials
Secrets to Tapping Into Tension Whatever Genre You Write (Part Two)
Presented by: Steven James
Level: all
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***Part Two of the Two Hour Workshop***

Every story can be improved by increasing the suspense, tightening the tension and ratcheting up the action. This in-depth seminar will help you improve your story by pacing the promises that you make and connecting emotionally with your reader. 


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Workshop Elective Session 3: Saturday- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

WS 13: Panel: Women’s Fiction

Presented by: Moderated by Deborah Raney
Level: all
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Women’s Fiction is a broad category, and this panel will discuss what elements you need to include in women’s fiction.


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WS 14: How Not To Lose Hope

Presented by: Liz Curtis Higgs
Level: All
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Tired of the fight for publication? Bestselling author and master encourager, Liz Curtis Higgs, will lift your spirits and help you face what needs done.


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WS 15: Networking with General Market Writers

Presented by: Colleen Coble, Rachel Hauck, and Denise Hunter
Level: all
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Inspirational fiction was never meant to be confined to a Christian bookstore. Discover how to network with general market readers to expand both author’s readerships.


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WS 16: Business for Indies

Presented by: Rick Acker and Cara Putman
Level: all
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Indies have special needs when it comes to business. Career attorneys and best selling authors Rick Acker and Cara Putman will teach you what you need to know.


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WS 17: How to Grow Your Newsletter List and Maximize Your Impact

Presented by: Dan Walsh
Level: All
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Your personal newsletter is the best sales tool in your arsenal. Learn tips to maximize its use from bestselling author Dan Walsh.


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WS 18: Face Off: Plotter vs Pantster

Presented by: Lynette Eason and Carrie Stuart Parks
Level: all
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Come see how two best selling, award-winning authors take totally different approaches to lining out their books.


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Workshop Elective Session 4: Saturday- 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

WS 19: Writing in Community

Presented by: Tamera Alexander and Deborah Raney
Level: all
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Writing can be a lonely profession, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Discover how building community can make a difference in your life too.


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WS 20: Panel: Suspense and Thriller

Presented by: Moderated by Brandilyn Collins
Level: all
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Suspense and Thriller Fiction covers many different subgenres. Bestselling authors will talk about the elements they use to draw in the reader and keep them turning the pages.


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WS 21:  Incorporation and Estate Planning for Authors

Presented by: Rick Acker and Cara Putman
Level: all
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A roadmap to the legal landscape, by attorneys and authors Rick Acker and Cara Putman


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WS 22: Engaging the Culture Through Fiction

Presented by: Colleen Coble, Rachel Hauck, and Liz Curtis Higgs
Level: all
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What is inspirational fiction? Bestselling authors discuss how to write novels that engage the culture without preaching.


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WS 23: How To Write a Proposal that Sells

Presented by: Julie Gwinn
Level: all
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A good proposal will get your novel past the initial query. Agent Julie Gwinn will teach you how to craft a compelling proposal


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WS 24: Covers That Sell

Presented by: Kristen Ingebretson
Level: All
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What makes you pick up a book? For most of us it’s the cover and title. HCCP cover designer will explain cover design.


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You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.