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2020 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. Remember, all times are CDT! By registering for the virtual conference, you will also have access to all the workshop recordings post-conference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are encouraged to study the workshop sessions carefully before registering. ** ALL times are CENTRAL

Workshop Elective Session 1: Friday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

WS 1: Now What? The Proposal

Presented by: Joy Massenburge
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Examining the eight components of the proposal that make the beginner, intermediate, and experienced writer irresistible to the publisher.


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A book proposal argues why your book (idea) is a salable, a marketable product. More so, any proposal argues why you are salable, and worth the publisher risking their marketing dollars on your story, your community, and within
your circle of influence.

1. Cover Page
2. Author Biography
a. Long
b. Short
3. Summary Page
a. Tagline
b. Brief Description (Blurb)
c. Target Audience
d. Manuscript
e. Inclusions
f. Endorsements
4. Marketing (What You’ve done. What you’re willing to do.)
5. Synopsis
6. Marketing Analysis (Comparables)
7. One Sheet
8. 3 Chapter or Complete Manuscript


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WS 2: Behind the Seen: Weaving the Spiritual Journey into Your Story

Presented by: Tara Johnson
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If the internal, emotional struggle of a character keeps people reading, then it’s the spiritual journey that God uses to change readers’ lives. This workshop will explore a variety of ways to build spiritual themes into story without being preachy, but with a tender touch to lead readers into a closer walk with God.


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Every vibrant story is made up of multiple components:
1. Memorable characters
2. Intriguing, detail-rich setting
3. Believable goals and threatening obstacles
4. External plot (outside forces working against the character)
5. Internal struggle (internal forces battling within the character)

Closely related to the internal struggle is your character’s spiritual journey. In Christian fiction, this is the message, the core of the story. If the internal, emotional struggle keeps people reading, then it’s the spiritual journey that God uses to change your readers’ lives. But how do you build it without seeming “preachy”? What is the proper balance?

A. Before you pen, or type, one word, pray. Seek to create the story with God.
B. Each story is different in amount of spiritual theme, heaviness and spiritual revelation. Don’t try to push every story through a cookie cutter.
C. Show, don’t tell—-meaning, don’t tell the reader how they should live. Let them figure it out as the characters discover God’s truth and love through their pain and struggle.
D. Have your characters ask questions, and then make them wait to get the answers they seek.
E. Don’t underestimate the power of allegory and drawing parallels between characters (both primary and secondary) and Biblical characters or themes.
F. Symbolism
G. Know your characters’ core wound…then confront that wound and the fear that entails.
1. Fear forces response.
2. People tend to make decisions based on either fear or love. Internal fear can force external plot changes, just like external plot twists can cause internal conflict.

H. Focus on one main spiritual truth you’d like to explore.
I. Know you will have trouble walking your characters through their spiritual journey until you’ve walked with God through your own.


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Workshop Elective Session 2: Friday - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

WS 3: Make ‘Em Weep: Evoking Emotion

Presented by: Angela Hunt
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Readers read novels in order to experience emotion. How can you best evoke emotion in your reader? Having a character cry isn’t enough, so what is the secret? Angela Hunt will tell you.


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Evoking emotion is all about the reader: how to understand her, know how she lives, and then to tap into her emotional experiences. Most beginning writers think that describing emotion with cliched phrases is enough, but it’s not. Writers must tap into the well within each reader in order to elicit the desired emotional response.


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WS 4: Video Marketing for Authors

Presented by: Hallee Bridgeman
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Learn how to market your brand and books with a regular video presence on social media.


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Youtube is the second largest search engine in the world, second only to Google. With the SEO options contained within a Youtube channel AND THEN inside each video, authors who aren’t taking advantage of this platform are missing a massive marketing and discoverability tool.


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Workshop Elective Session 3: Friday - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

WS 5: Conflict: The Heartbeat of the Story

Presented by: Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey
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Learn how to incorporate conflict on every page—and you don’t have to have a body count to do it!


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Conflict is key. It’s the superglue that holds the story together. It’s the heart of the novel, pumping life into the characters, the plot, the setting, the dialogue. In other words, if you don’t have conflict, you don’t have a story. Join best-selling, award-winning author Lynette Eason as she offers tips and tricks to incorporate conflict into every part and page of your story to keep readers invested and coming back for more.


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WS 6: Thriving as a Hybrid

Presented by: Misty Beller
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Balancing traditional contracts with the needs of indie publishing isn’t always easy, but with a bit of planning and the right team on board, you can leverage both publishing models to support the other and grow your author career—without losing your mind!


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Planning Ahead:
• How far out?
• Production schedules
• Contract dates
• Planning your indie publishing schedule
• Communication is key

Writing:
• Managing deadlines (pro tip: build in lots of time!)
• Should there be a mindset shift?
• Tips to use each publishing model to promote sales of the other

Tips for maintaining consistent indie income during trad-pubbed releases:
• Advertising
• Multiple streams of income


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Workshop Elective Session 4: Friday - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WS 7: Visual Plotting

Presented by: Carrie Stuart Parks
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Easy plotting for those who hate to plot!


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Hate plotting? Yeah, me too. Learn how to work out the details of your novel without writing a word. Well, okay, a couple of words. Through visual plotting, storyboarding, and mind-mapping, you can figure out your next novel without pulling out your hair, hating life, or resorting to eating copious amounts of chocolate.

Wait. The chocolate can stay.

Maybe binge eating something equally as bad for you.

Hands-on examples. Maybe have chocolate on hand for this virtual session.


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WS 8: Adjust and Trust

Presented by: Cynthia Ruchti
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Finding your spiritual footing when your writing goals crumble.


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Whether your entire writing career seems threatened, or your deadline whizzes past, or that beautiful pocket of time you’ve carved out in the day to write is stolen like almost-ripe sweet corn in the hands of a family of uncaring raccoons, or you’re still fighting to find a quiet place to write, or your particular sweet spot in the writing world, you’ll use the Adjust-and-Trust principle almost daily as a writer.


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Workshop Elective Session 5: Saturday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

WS 9: The Essentials of Editing

Presented by: Tessa Afshar
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Using examples from her own books, Tessa will demonstrate techniques for creating a better story, and show us how to transform a mediocre first draft into writing that captivates readers.


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In traditional publishing, most books are subject to several layers of editorial scrutiny, often by different professionals. Before your book is ready for professional scrutiny, you have to apply the same layers of editing to your own story. This class will help you recognize and address problems in each layer of your novel, so that your book will be closer to publication ready. Using examples from her own books, Tessa will demonstrate techniques for creating a better story, and show us how to transform a mediocre first draft into writing that captivates readers.




WS 10: The Genesis Secret to Creativity

Presented by: Allen Arnold
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In the first pages of the first book of Scripture, God reveals the blueprint for brilliant, breathtaking, timeless creativity. In this fast-paced, mind-blowing session, discover how knowing God as Creator and Father holds the secret to us creating in confidence, overcoming chaos, avoiding formula, and savoring our creations.

 


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Workshop Elective Session 6: Saturday - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

WS 11: From Book to Movie

Presented by: Rachel Hauck and Denise Hunter
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Three bestselling authors with film experience will answer all your burning questions about the book-to-movie process, including tips on how to make your book more viable for film adaptation.


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Rachel Hauck and Denise Hunter have several Hallmark movies and additional film options between them. They’ll explain what the book-to-movie process was like for them, from option to script to movie premiere, and talk about their experiences on set the movies. In addition, they’ll discuss the impact of their movies on their careers and what you can do to improve your chances of getting your book adapted to film. They will also be giving away DVDs of their Hallmark movies as door prizes.




WS 12: Why You Need an Agent

Presented by: Tamela Hancock Murray
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Authors need a friend in the industry to navigate today’s complex publishing market. That friend is your literary agent. Find out more about why you need an agent, how to get an agent, and what to expect once you sign with an agent. Bring your most burning question!


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With many publishing options available in today’s market, the author’s path from publishing that first book to becoming an established author may not seem as obvious as in the past. Authors need a friend in the industry to navigate this market. That friend is your literary agent. Find out more about why you need an agent, how to get an agent, and what to expect once you sign with an agent. This workshop will lean heavily toward a Q&A format, so be ready with your most burning question!




Workshop Elective Session 7: Saturday - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

WS 13: Staying Organized Amid the Chaos of Writing a Novel

Presented by: Robin Lee Hatcher
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Chaos is often a good description of a novelist’s life. A writer must keep track of plot, characters, productivity, and much more. Over nearly forty years as a writer, Robin has developed a number of techniques and strategies to help her stay organized even in the midst of chaos. This workshop will look at many of the tools she uses or has used to organize her characters from book to book, to make sure her imaginary world comes to life, and to keep herself as productive and positive as possible.


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WS 14: Industry Insights

Presented by: Cynthia Ruchti
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This virtual “panel” of industry experts will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and victories in the publishing world and how authors can learn to surf on the waves, rather than be knocked flat by them. From booksellers, publisher representatives, editors, agents, reviewers, and other industry professionals, you’ll gain the benefit of a seat at their virtual table conversation.


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Workshop Elective Session 8: Saturday - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WS 15: Writing Better

Presented by: Susan May Warren
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Would you like to write better? I hope so—we ALL should strive to write better, right? To up our game, regardless of the level we are at. In this class, we’re going to go deep with advance writing craft techniques to help you level up your skills.

We’ll start with understanding the difference between tone versus voice, and how each is used in developing story. Then, we’ll dig into writing emotions, and how to build in a powerful emotional rhythm. We’ll learn the science of wooing reader attention, and how to balance narrative, action and dialogue to keep the story moving. Then, finally, we’ll learn to make music with our words, using the right kinds of sentences, and how to leave the reader wanting more.

An advanced class for all levels—you’ll leave with powerful tools on how to Write Better!


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WS 16: Understand Branding, Discover Yours, and Apply it Immediately to Your Website

Presented by: James Rubart
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In this workshop, branding expert James L. Rubart will teach students what branding is, how they can discover their own unique brand, then use that knowledge to transform their websites with content and themes that will resonate deeply with readers and potential readers.


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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.

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