Writers Workshops Led by The Upper Room Editors

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Looking for ways to sharpen your writing skills? The Upper Room magazine editors speak at a variety of Christian writers' conferences each year.  You are welcome to register for any of those conferences to reap all the benefits of a Christian writers' conference—among which are classes on how to write for The Upper Room.

Here is a list of 2018 conferences (detailed descriptions to come).

Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference, April 27-28, 2018 — Omaha, NE

Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat, May 2-5, 2018 — Blue Lake Campground, Andalusia, AL (Details below)

Taylor University's Professional Writing Conference, August 3-4, 2018 — Taylor University, Upland, Indiana

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference, August 20–23, 2018 — Portland, OR

Inscribe Christian Writers Conference, September 21-22, 2018 — Wetaskiwin (outside of Edmonton) Alberta, CANADA

Maranatha Christian Writers Conference, September 27-29, 2018 — Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference Center – Muskegon, Michigan

Check back for more detailed information about 2018 conferences featuring The Upper Room editors.


Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference: “Unfold His Words”
April 27-28, 2018

Grace Central Church, Omaha, NE
Registration: http://wordsowers.com/upcoming-events/annual-conference/

Keynote is Multi Award Winning author, Ronie Kendig, Her brand, Rapid-Fire Fiction, is exemplified through her novels. A great opportunity to interact with editors, agents, and professional writers. Don’t miss Friday evening as prepares it everyone for Saturday’s workshops.

The Upper Room magazine Associate Editor Susan King will teach two classes: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message and Style: The Key to Excellence in Writing

Conference cost is $100, but discount coupons are available on the Wordsowers Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/WordsowersOmaha/

Sign up for the free Wordsowers newsletter to receive information and discounts off the registration price.

Wordsowers Leadership Team: Kat Crawford, Jeanie Jacobson, Pebbles Jacobo, and Teresa Tierney

For more information, email: Jeanie@Wordsowers.com.  Put “Wordsowers 2018” in the subject line.

Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat
May 2-5, 2018

Andalusia, AL
Director - Marilyn Turk
Email: emeraldcoastchristianwriters@gmail.com
REGISTRATION: http://bluelakecwr.com/registration/
Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat is a special opportunity for aspiring or experienced writers to experience quality instruction from writing professionals in a quiet, retreat-type environment. The retreat offers instruction in fiction and nonfiction during morning continuing classes and afternoon workshops. In addition, attendees will be motivated by inspirational speakers and stirring praise and worship by singer/songwriter Lynn DeShazo. All food and lodging is included in the very economical fee.
For more information, email emeraldcoastchristianwriters@gmail.com.
At this conference, The Upper Room associate editor Susan King will be teaching a continuing class, How to Become a Best-selling Author writing Devotions and Articles, which will focus on analyzing magazine markets and writing and marketing non-fiction devotions and articles. She will also be teaching two workshops on polishing an author’s writing style for any genre—especially to meet the challenge of writing a devotional for The Upper Room.

Taylor University’s Professional Writers’ Conference
August 3-4, 2018

Campus of Taylor University, Upland, Indiana

The Professional Writing major at Taylor University is well known for its ability to train future writers, editors, and publishing professionals. Three years ago, Prof. Linda Taylor and Dr. Dennis Hensley, professors of Professional Writing, decided that hosting a writing conference would be a natural extension to what is already an excellent program. The conference was born, and it has proven to be both well needed and well received. This conference is for all types of writers—beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue your writing journey.

The 2018 conference includes three keynote sessions with DiAnn Mills, Karen Porter, and Michelle Medlock Adams. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories: General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and Specialty Writing.

The Upper Room Associate Editor, Susan King, will be teaching three sessions: Writing Devotionals (Parts 1 and 2), and Making It Look Easy: Achieving Excellent Style in Any Genre. She will also be meeting with writers for one-on-one appointments.

Registration opened February 27. For more information about the summer conference, visit: Taylor University’s Professional Writers’ Conference

Also, stop by the Taylor conference Facebook page.

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Linda Taylor, Conference Coordinator

Direct questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference
August 20–23, 2018

Red Lion Hotel (Jantzen Beach) in Portland.
OCW Summer Conference offers 10 morning intensive coaching classes, 23 afternoon workshops on writing craft, one-on-one meetings with editors and agents, mentoring appointments, manuscript reviews and professional panels in a relaxed yet professional setting. Daily worship and general sessions will feature keynoters Robin Jones Gunn, the best-selling author of 100 titles including the Christy Miller series and novels Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas (made into Hallmark films), and Kim Meeder, the best-selling author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope and founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Includes 10 in-depth (7 hours total) morning coaching classes and 23 hour-long afternoon workshops on the craft of fiction, nonfiction, blogging, children’s and young adult writing, proposal writing, using humor, developing ideas, devotional writing, and publishing articles. Donald Maass, a New York literary agent and author, will teach a pre-conference seminar, “The Emotional Craft of Fiction.” Conference also features the Cascade Writing Awards presentations and daily worship led by Aaron Doerr. Oregon Christian Writers, founded in 1963, is known for its “faith-filled” conferences and excellence in writing instruction.
The Upper Room Associate Editor Susan King will teach a seven-hour intensive coaching class “Becoming a Best-selling Author with Your First Credit” (or How to Write for Magazines) and lead a small-group critique “Devotional Writing/Editing,” during the evening “Nite Owls.” Participants will be able to bring any 300-word devotional for sharing and feedback. Susan will also be meeting with writers for one-on-one appointments in the conference Writing Center.

Check the website for further details and registration: https://oregonchristianwriters.org/2018-summer-conference/

Direct questions to: summerconf@oregonchristianwriters.org

Check back for more detailed information about 2018 conferences featuring The Upper Room editors.


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