Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Achieve Your Writing Goals by Attending a Conference This Year

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

As we start a new year, I hope you have taken time to set some goals for your writing and figure out what you’d like to accomplish in 2017. When we assess our writing goals, we need to take a look at markets, article and book deadlines, and creative ways to sell books.

But don’t forget education. Writers need to continue to grow and learn more of the craft of writing. One of the best ways to do that is by attending conferences. In 2017 there are many great choices—Asheville Christian Writers Conference, Florida Christian Writers Conference, Carolina Christian WritersConference, Write 2 Ignite, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian WritersConference, and many, many more.

If you are serious about your writing (or thinking about getting serious) I would like to personally invite you to be part of the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. This conference takes place at the Hangar, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC, March 10-11 and this year the faculty and staff are the best yet. (I know I say that every year but I really mean it!)

Keynote speaker will be Torry Martin. If you have never heard Torry Martin speak you are missing something. Torry is a humorist, writer, actor, and all around funny guy. He will inspire you, encourage you, entertain you, but most of all, nurture the writer within you to seek God’s plan for your writing. One person said when he learned Torry was coming, “It worth coming to the conference to hear Torry!” I agree. You may have seen Torry in several Hallmark movies or known him from the characters he created for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odessey.

Melodie Griffin will be leading our worship. Melodie is a professional musician from Lexington, SC who is also managing editor of the new She magazine.

If you have ever wanted to write fiction, now is the time to learn from the masters. DiAnn Mills, Lynette Eason, Edie Melson, Cindy Sproles, Michelle Cox, Larry Leech, and Ginger Kolbaba will be there to share their expertise in that and other areas.

DiAnn Mills will lead an early bird class Friday morning. “Prewriting your Novel” is an optional class (there is a small additional charge) but gives you two and a half hours of intense training as you prepare your novel for submission to a publisher. This is an invaluable time and will take you quickly to the next step in your novel writing. Don’t miss it!

Ginger Kolbaba will also lead a Friday morning class for nonfiction writers. “The Art to Writing Great Articles” will show you ways how you can publish, and get paid, fast, on your way to establishing yourself as an expert and marketing your books.

Other faculty members include Edna Ellison, Jimmie Davis, Candy Arrington, Lori Hatcher, Nancy Lohr, Terri Kelly, Gloria Penwell, Rhonda Robinson, Les Stobbe, Dalene Parker, Sam Lowry, and Tim Lowry. All bring different areas of expertise to the table and are anxious to meet with you and help you along with your writing.

Many publishers will be represented. All are eager to consider your work for their publications or give you direction as to where might be a suitable, prospective market. Meetings with the professionals are included in your tuition as is Saturday lunch. Lots of opportunities will be present for spending time with the faculty. Manuscript critiques and scholarships are also available. Details are on the website.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and take your writing to the next level. Or perhaps your goal for 2017 is to write a book. Come let the professionals at the Carolina Christian Writers Conference help you progress to the next level. There is room for you and a friend. Register today!

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Linda Gilden is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loves to take one subject and create multiple articles from that information. Linda finds great joy (and lots of writing material) in time spend with her family. Her favorite activity is floating in a pool with a good book surrounded by splashing children!

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  1. I will definitely look into the possibility of coming. I'm working to get published in magazines this year. The Friday morning class alone would be reason enough to come. Thanks for telling us about it!

    1. Joanna, You are right. Friday morning would be a giant boost to your goal of writing magazine articles. Ginger is the best to learn from in that area. Can't wait to see you there. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. Great post. Don't know that I'll make it this year, Linda. But I'm hoping to see you at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.

  3. I'm so looking forward to the conference - teaching and just being with writers.

    1. Can't wait to see you, DiAnn. BTW, your Friday morning fiction workshop will be a tremendous help to our fiction writers as well. Hope all the readers take note o these two great choices! See you soon.

  4. I'm looking forward to Write 2 Ignite and Blue Ridge! I might consider attending Carolina Christian as well, seeing that it's been a few years. I didn't realize Torry Martin was the keynote this year! That makes me want to come even more. ;)


  5. Since there is no Weekend With the Writers this year, I'm definitely thinking about going to the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. Either that one or the one in the Blue Ridge mountains. I wouldn't be where I am with the conferences, and I really encourage aspiring authors to go to as many conferences as they can. I've learned so much, but I know it's only a drop in the bucket.

  6. I have never thought that reading can be so much exciting.