Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship member Vanessa Ingold attended John Fox’s workshop on blogging and has just launched her own blog. Check it out here: http://vanessabruceingold.com/
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More than 200 writers attended this year’s OC Christian Writers Conference 2011, held Friday evening and Saturday, April 29-30 at Mariners Church in Irvine. As always, the venue’s goal was something for everyone.
The Friday night discussion panel returned for its second appearance and was well-received, thanks largely to its being on the same campus . Writer Jeanne Pallos called it her favorite part of the event, “including all the speakers and workshop leaders.”
Here’s how the evening worked, according to Jeanne: “Attendees had submitted questions before the discussion time. John DeSimone, the conference director, read one question at a time, and directed it to the appropriate speaker. Other speakers then added their suggestions, opinions, experiences, or input. I found this the most helpful part of the conference.
“I loved the spontaneous and informal discussions. I especially appreciated Kathi Macias‘s endorsement about self-editing. All the speakers were relaxed, open, and transparent in their sharing. Friday night was a great addition to the conference.”
Saturday’s keynote speakers and workshops represented a well-rounded opportunity to learn, from the basics to the emerging markets and trends.
Writer Judi MacLean of Trabuco Canyon attended workshops on the business of writing with Kathi Macias—her word for it: “excellent”—as well as on the writing craft with Vinita Wright, short story fiction with John Fox, and Fox’s blogging workshop as well.
“Every part of the two days already has made such a difference in my writing goals, namely, I now have writing goals.,” Judi says. “Being with fellow writers is so inspiring and reminds me that simply by association, I can walk and talk the life of a writer. I learned so much about discipline and my joyful obligation to my Creator in thanks for the gift of words given to me.”
Children’s writer Deanna Barnes enjoyed learning from author Nancy Sanders, who “helped me understand the “rule of three” in intricate detail. John Fox rekindled my interest in the advantages of blogging.” And to prove she is ready to put shoe leather to her learning, Deanna added, “This week, I reserved a domain name as my first step in that direction. Lauren Yoho, in her discussion of current preteen challenges, inspired me with this quote: ‘We have the story these kids need to hear.’”
Well said, Lauren. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells the Israelites that the only way the next generation will learn his ways is if we sit them down and tell them his stories—at home, on the road, at bedtime, and when we get up. Whether you’re writing for children, adults, or just for fun—remember that you have the stories that others need to hear.
One of the most important parts of the process of writing a book is trying to get a publisher interested. A book proposal is a tool that can do just that. The OC Christian Writing Conference Book Proposal Contest is a chance for the writer to show his or her idea to a well respected agent or publisher who will be attending the conference. The deadline for the contest is April 10th and any proposal submitted after this date will be disqualified.
Besides the opportunity to present the idea, the OC Christian Writing Conference, along with the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), will be awarding two great prizes to the attendees who present the best two book proposals. These prizes include two six-month certificates to the Christian Manuscript Submission service. Submission normally cost $98. There is no extra fee to enter this contest, besides the price of the conference, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.
This contest is only open to paid members of the OC Christian Writing Conference and only one submission per registered conference attendee is permitted. Attendees must submit a draft of the proposal and then from this draft the writer will write a one page query letter. For help on developing a proposal the writer can go the Create Your Proposal section of the ChristianManuscriptSubmission.com site. The proposal can be submitted digitally in the following formats: rtf (rich text), Microsoft Word, or PDF files. A complete list of rules can be found on the Book Proposal Guidelines page. Winners will be announced at the conference and the attendee must be present to win. This is a great opportunity for the writer to get an idea out there to publishers and learn about writing a proposal at the same time.
The active creative life is a calling, one you have to say yes to discover its true power and joy in your life, according to Vinita Hampton Wright.
If you’re engaged in any form of writing, Vinita Hampton Wright’s The Soul Tells a Story is a valuable resource on the nature and practices of the creative process in the soul of the writer. It’s a calling to a divine process in our lives.Creating is kin to our spiritual lives in that both necessitate a submission to a process that is more than can be comprehended with the conscious mind alone. Through her narrative survey and analysis of this creative process that is both inspiring and enlarging she brings insight to a dimension of the creative life that is often left unexplored. (more…)
Does your first page capture the immediate attention of publishers, agents and readers? Find out as Carol Johnson of J&J Literary Advisors leads the “tough skin” 1st-page critiques Friday night, April 29th.
We can’t think of anyone better to host this free session than Carol Johnson, the agent who is single-handedly responsible for discovering the talented Janette Oke. Janette went on to publish with Bethany House in 1978. That single find helped to catapult Christian fiction as a viable and successful genre.
Carol was also instrumental in establishing the Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction in 2000 as well as the Christian Fiction Task Force, a group of publishers banding together to promote Christian fiction in CBA stores. She even has an annual fiction award named after her courtesy of American Christian Fiction Writers.
How do I submit a page to be critiqued? (more…)
While the OC Christian Writers Conference offers great keynote speakers and workshops, it also offers the opportunity for the writer to have a fifteen minute one-on-one consultation with the experts in his or her field for free with tuition price. This may be offered at other seminars, but there is usually an extra charge attached just for one consultation.
Every author and agent at the conference knows the value of one-on-one attention. While presenting a piece of work or asking a question, sometimes a few minutes talking with the speaker after a workshop may not be enough. With a line of people also waiting to talk to the expert after a workshop, the attendee may feel embarrassed to talk too long. Having fifteen minutes alone with the expert, the attendee will have more of an opportunity to get the answer he or she needs. Although having a consultation is not required, it is highly recommended to get the most out of the conference experience.
All the same it is important to be prepared so the expert’s time is not wasted and the attendee can get the most out of this precious experience. (more…)