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). 

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.


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

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference

September 21-23, 2018
Wetaskiwin Mission Church, 3610 - 56 Avenue Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 1X1
This conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation and to learn more about the craft of writing. Writers are able to interact with editors, professional writers, and readers—offering workshops and continuing classes in a wide array of creative categories. InScribe members may enter submissions in InScribe’s annual Fall Writers’ Contest, with prizes being awarded at the Friday evening banquet.
At this conference, Associate Editor Susan King will teach two workshops about turning personal experience into a devotional message.

Questions and General Information:  Tracy Krauss, Vice-President vp@inscribe.org or phone 250-242-7165 for questions & general information.


Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference – September 27-29, 2018

Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference Center 4759 Lake Harbor  Muskegon, MI 49441


The most valuable thing you can do as a writer is to attend a writer’s conference. At Maranatha's Christian Writers' Conference, you will learn not only the craft but also the culture of writing. For over 40 years, we have been the right place to equip you to meet your writing goals. Our experienced faculty and staff are ready to give advice and provide direction. And in today’s tumultuous publishing world, good advice from those on the inside is more important than ever. Don't miss this time to be prepared for new ideas and great networking opportunities!  


This year’s theme, “Divine Appointment” allows us to focus on what we are being called to and prepare for the newest trends in the publishing world.


  • Gone are the days when you can simply search for a publishing house to partner with you and expect them to do everything except the writing itself. In today’s economy, publishers have neither the staff nor the budget to do as much for you. You’ll have to do more yourself—so you need to understand the process and be prepared to do the work.  It’s Time to take action!  You will meet many experts in the field of publishing, and have the opportunity to chat with them face-to-face as well as learning in a group setting.
  • Our program is second to none, and offers a number of sessions you’ll experience nowhere else:
    • Keynote speakers that will address felt needs and current events.  Karen Ball and Erin Taylor Young will inspire and instruct and will leave you with tangible tools to use as you move to the next level as a Christian writer.
    • General Sessions and group activities that cover changing trends and new opportunities. 
    • One-on-one consultations with a wide variety of industry professionals, including, for an extra fee, a longer paid consultation in the area of Social Media.
    • A opportunity for interaction with the experts with 1st Page Peer Critiquing.
    • A choice of twenty-four one-hour workshops by industry professionals on a wide variety of subjects crucial to your success.


At this conference, The Upper Room associate editor Susan King will be teaching a workshop entitled “It's All About Style: Achieving Writing Excellence.”


Registration is open!


For more information about this fall conference, visit:  www.maranathachristianwriters.com


Also, stop by the MCWC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/maranathawriter/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaranathaWriter


Sherry Hoppen, Conference Director

Direct questions to: sherry@maranathachristianwriters.com

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

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