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 2019 conferences (detailed descriptions below).
SoCal Christian Writers Conference – Fullerton, California – June 20-23, 2019
Oregon Christian Writers Conference – Portland, Oregon – Aug 12-15, 2019
Detailed Conference Descriptions
SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference
June 20-22, 2019
Hope International University (Fullerton, California)
This three-day conference features continuing education sessions for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, platform, and editing, plus mentoring sessions in fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting, as well as numerous afternoon workshops and a full-conference teen track. Faculty includes representatives from major book and magazine publishers plus agents and experienced freelance authors. Keynote speakers are Mesu Andrews, whose novel Isaiah’s Daughter was the 2018 Christy Award winner for Best Historical Fiction, and Pam Farrel, author of the best-selling Men Are like Waffles, Women Are like Spaghetti. Numerous opportunities are available to meet one-on-one with the faculty. Bonus features include one-on-one mentoring with Frank Ball, personalized help using MS Word with Julie Williams, and pre-conference proposal critique with literary agent Stephanie Alton. Post-conference activities at Southern California tourist attractions with conferees and faculty are encouraged.
At this conference, Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room magazine, will be meeting individually with writers and teaching workshops on “Writing for The Upper Room,” “Writing Great Magazine Queries” and “Writing Poetry."
For more information or to register online, visit www.socalcwc.com.
Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference
Red Lion on the River Hotel — Jantzen Beach, Portland
August 12-15, 2019
Keynoters Brian Bird, screenwriter/producer (When Calls the Heart, Hallmark Channel original series) and New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers (Redeemed by Love, Voice in the Wind) join an outstanding faculty of top editors, agents, and award-winning authors to help writers of all levels and genres reach their writing goals. A preconference early bird seminar, “Troubleshooting Your Novel,” will be taught by best-selling author and Writer’s Digest contributing editor Steven James. The conference includes 10 in-depth (7 hours total) morning coaching classes and 24 hour-long afternoon workshops on the craft of fiction, nonfiction, devotional writing, children’s and young adult writing, pitches and proposals, marketing, writing for magazines, and much more. The conference offers manuscript reviews, appointments with editors and agents, mentoring with published authors, plus professional panels. The conference also features the Cascade Awards Wednesday evening and daily worship. Oregon Christian Writers, founded in 1963, is known for its “faith-filled” conferences and excellence in writing instruction.
The conference theme will be “Following Your Call,” based on Hebrews 12:1–2 (NIV).
The Upper Room Associate Editor Susan King, will be teaching a two-part workshop (two hours), “Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message,” and will lead a small-group evening critique on “Devotional Writing/Editing.”
Registration is open. Check the website for registration details: https://oregonchristianwriters.org/2019-summer-conference/
Lindy Jacobs, Conference Director
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