2019 Classes

CLASSES LISTED BELOW ARE 2018 – NEW CLASSES WILL NOT LIST UNTIL LATE SPRING...keep checking back. Our faculty is not fully in place for 2019.


2019 Early Bird Classes (Friday afternoon – no additional charge)

2019 classes are in the development phase. Classes may update and revise.

*Hows and Whys of Social Media – Edie Melson – Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on why we need a social media presence before we get a contract. Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one). How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable. How to compose effective updates that increase shares. What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience. 

*Conquering Your Writing Fears – Emily Wickman – We all have them: fears. And for the writer, they can prevent us from moving forward. This class will equip writers to conquer their fears by emphasizing three disciplines: Prayer: God Is Able. Building Relationships: With God and Other Writers.          Education – God’s Word + Writing Skills.

2019 Stepping UP

Classes for new to intermediate writers

 (Note classes may change and new ones will be added)

*Some People Walked Into A Room – Eva Marie Everson – One of the weaknesses in new writers is forgetting to paint a picture. How does a writer show a scene with enough detail that the reader feels they are there vs. with such little abstract detail they are left feeling nothing. In this workshop, Eva Marie incorporates class participation to help bring one simple idea to a full-blown story. 

*All the Wrong Moves – Bob Hostetler –  Sometimes a writer knows there is something wrong with a chapter (or book), but can’t quite put a finger on it. This session will provide a working list of the most common reasons a page, passage, or chapter isn’t working. 

*Pitches & One-Sheets: What’s in Your Toolbox? –  Sarah Loudin Thomas – Writing the book can feel like the easy part when you realize you now have to “sell” it to an agent or editor. We’ll discuss how to sit down opposite a publishing professional at a 15-minute appointment without hyperventilating, crying, or spilling a bottle of water in the professional’s lap (I totally did that). Bring your best verbal pitch and copies of your one-sheet if you’re up for a friendly critique, otherwise just come prepared to listen and ask questions that will help you pitch your work.

*You Are Not Her! – When Writers Compete - Lucinda Secrest McDowell – How did she get so many social media followers? Why did that agent sign her and not me? I’ve been writing far longer and yet she signs a book contract before me? Why don’t they ask me to speak – I have years and years of wisdom? Though competition is a natural response in this industry, it can be deadly to your own mission and message. In this workshop we are going to get real and dig deep to establish our confident identity, our own unique story and our strategy for living and speaking authentically to a hungry world.

*How to Get Published – Lin Johnson – Do you like to write but don't know how to get your words published? Are you tired of receiving rejection letters instead of checks? Do you long to see your name in print? Learn the nuts and bolts of getting published in this class. Topics include focusing your ideas for publication, targeting the right markets for your ideas, writing articles, rights and copyright, query letters, keeping records, dealing with rejection, and basic resources you'll need.


2019 Stepping OUT

(Classes for Intermediate to Seasoned Writers)

(Note classes may change and new ones will be added)

*Character Arc: How Does Character Change Differ from Character Growth and Why You Need to Know the Difference – Eva Marie Everson - We talk about Character Arc enough to make us dizzy from it all, ... but do you know the difference in character growth vs. character change? And what about the steadfast character? Which of these choices is best for your characters? It's not unusual to discover that even the most experienced writers are confused by these three traits. In this animated, story-telling class, you'll see first hand the difference ... and leave knowing how to apply the application to your characters as well.

*Strategizing a Path to Publication – Bob Hostetler –  One session that is included in the Writing Nonfiction and Your Best Book Now continuing classes again, suggesting a linear strategy for conceiving and selling books in the new and ever-changing marketplace of today.

*Turning Your Pain into Prose – Andrea Merrell – Finding inspiration and passion in the hard times then turning it into amazing and touching work.

*Writing Articles – Lin Johnson – If you want to get your message to the widest audience, write for magazines. This class will help you focus, research, and structure articles in general. Plus you’ll learn how to write a variety of types of articles.

*Writing with Power – Latan Murphy – Make your writing the best it can be. Words are powerful and there are tips you can use to make them shine.

*Writing Short Devotions that Both Inspire and TeachLucinda Secrest McDowell – Can you really combine solid content with inspirational stories in such a way that the devotional both inspires and teaches? Even with a short word count? Absolutely. This class will help with devotional writing, not placement/marketing. Come with a particular scripture text or idea in mind and let’s create!

One-on-One Mentoring – 2019

Eleven spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by Award Winning, Best Selling author, Yvonne Lehman, author and teacher, Larry Leech, Social Media whiz-gal, Edie Melson, and successful author and speaker, Linda Gilden.

Mentoring spots are open to writers who have a novel or non-fiction manuscript in progress. The mentoring will be a 1-hour to 1.5 hours one-on-one time where Yvonne will work with fiction. Linda will do speaking, magazine and articles, and non-fiction. Speakers should have the beginnings of a platform. And she will work specifically with you on your novel, non-fiction proposal, and presentation.  While Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media. Larry will help with your non-fiction and magazine work, also memoirs. The cost is $50 (additional to your boot camp registration) and the spots are first come, first serve.  You will contact Terri Kelly at [email protected]  AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.


2019 Keynotes

Bob Hostetler

Eva Marie Everson

Lucinda Seacrest McDowell