Writers Conference

Attend the CLASS Christian Writers Conference to learn the craft of writing and increase your chances of an editor or agent reviewing your work.

Join experienced and new authors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and concentrate on your writing career for four days.

Morning teaching labs with top professionals throughout the week will give you the tools to improve your writing and the inside scoop about the Christian publishing industry.

Workshops and clinics will equip you with the skills to self-edit, prepare a polished manuscript, write a proposal, set up a marketing plan, and pitch to an editor or agent.

Top publishers, agents, representatives, and professional writers are available during the conference for one-on-one consultations.

You’ll be spiritually renewed and inspired from keynotes by high profile Christian leaders and outstanding music from experienced worship leaders.

You can leave the conference as a published author by participating in the CLASS Conference Book Project. Every attendee may submit one chapter for the book and polish the piece with a mentor and a small critique group. At the end of the conference, a book will be published and made available for conferees to purchase at a discount. You do not have to buy books to participate in the project.

The 2014 Writers Conference will be October 23-25 at Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church.

Do you want to write a book? When you read magazine articles is your first thought, I could have written that? Are you a writer ready to take your writing to the next level? Have you published a few things but just need to encouragement to try a few more? Are you well-established in the writing world and need the fellowship of other writers who know what the writing life is like?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the CLASS Christian Writers Conference is for YOU!

Writers Conference Registration Form

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Hensley Dr. Dennis E. “Doc” Hensley has published 54 books – including six novels and eight textbooks – as well as more than 150 short stories and 3,500 newspaper and magazine articles. He’s also a recognized authority on the life and works of twentieth-century author Jack London. No wonder Dr. Hensley is called a master of professional writing.
No one could have that kind of literary output without plenty of knowledge and skill – along with a strategic plan. The good news is, Doc’s mission in life is to share his secrets with others who desire to write.

 

 

 

 

What people are saying –
“Doc Hensley was outstanding! Examples were riveting and memorable. Hearing him was a rare treat.”
“Loved the stories to hang on the points; terrific life experience.”
 “Great presentation! Great info that I can take away and use.”
“Wow! What a powerful presentation. I enjoyed learning so much from him.”
“I appreciated his illustrations and examples. He’s very expressive and hits the mark!”
“Great presenter. Held my attention. Engaging and knowledgeable and great advice.”
“So informative. I’m new to this—he gave me so much to think about.”

Here is what is being offered at the 2014 writer’s conference:

Continuing Classes

Karen PorterKaren Porter – CLASSeminar

Karen Porter is an international speaker and the author of six books and a successful business woman. She is a frequent guest on national TV and radio programs, serves on several boards, and coaches aspiring writers and speakers. She and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books a Christian publishing company. Karen says her greatest achievement is her marriage to George. In her spare time, she follows her lifelong quest to find the perfect purse.

CLASSEMINAR

Want to write and speak? At the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, we are offering a unique opportunity for you to hone your skills as a writer and as a speaker. Choose the CLASSeminar as your major daily track and learn the speaking skills you need but still get the opportunity to meet publishers, editors, and attend the writers conference. In this major track, you will discover one of the fresh new and revitalized programs offered by CLASS. Skilled coaches will teach the techniques you need to become a great speaker. You will learn how to prepare powerful and interesting presentations plus discover the secrets of professional speakers—voice inflection, eye contact, humor, body language, and stage presence. You will learn how to speak without notes and how to craft a tantalizing story. Your coach will evaluate and coach your own 5-minute presentation and help you take your speaking to the next level. A marketing professional and a writing expert will direct your next steps and answer your questions. Writers should be speakers too!

 

Dennis HensleyDennis Hensley – Writing and Selling Nonfiction

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master of nonfiction writing. Learn 18 points of contemporary writing, how to communicate effectively with modern readers. Gain writing momentum, face down writer’s block, and quickly organize ideas for articles and features. Also writing devotions, the nuts and bolts of nonfiction, how to create titles that grab editors’ attention, making an effective pitch, and much more.

 

Andy ScheerAndy Scheer – Periodical Power

Andy Scheer serves as editor-in-chief for the Christian Writers Guild and Editorial Director for Believers Press, both Author1Source companies based in Colorado Springs. He’s also served as a freelance book editor, an agent with Hartline Literary, and an editor with Moody magazine. Andy often teaches at conferences and judges national writing contests. A journalism graduate of Colorado State University, he also studied at Denver Seminary. Discover the world of opportunities in writing for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Find effective ways to gain a periodical editor’s attention. Learn how to write two kinds of easy articles for fast publication ― and also publishable articles based on your life experience.

 

Jesse FloreaJesse Florea – Teen Track

Jesse Florea is a teenager trapped inside a man’s body. He’s worked at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. For the past 17, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners. Plus, he is an occasional guest on the “Plugged In podcast” where he talks about movies and culture. Jesse teaches at writers conferences across the country and in local schools where he hopes to inspire the next generation of authors. He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Ill. Additionally, Jesse has 25 years of newspaper experience and written or co-written over a dozen books (including Devotions for Super Average Kids, The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, Linspired: The Jeremy Lin Story, Playing with Purpose: Baseball and Playing With Purpose Mariano Rivera). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs.

TEEN TRACK – GROWING INTO A SUCCESSFUL WRITER

To be a success in writing takes the same determination as being successful in sports or music‹you have to work at it. From age 15, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I landed my first professional writing job that year at a local newspaper and haven’t stopped writing sense. During the course of this class, we’ll look at finding your writing passion, different arenas where you can use your writing skills (books, magazines, newspapers, marketing, blogs), how popular authors became popular, and different tools of the trade. It’ll be practical, interactive, meaningful and most of all fun. Plus, everyone who comes will have the opportunity to be published in the CLASS devotional book that will be created at the conference. God has given you talents that you can use to glorify Him. Hone those abilities and make a difference in the world!

 

Cynthia RuchtiCynthia Ruchti – Fiction Track

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, Retailers’ Choice, and Family Fiction Readers’ Choice as well as finalist honors in ACFW’s Carol Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, among others. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

THE ANATOMY OF A NOVEL

An in-depth look at the anatomy of a novel—its skeletal structure, circulatory system, muscles, nervous system, its heart, mind, soul, and strength—and examine how writers can use our Creator God’s incredible design for the systems of the human body to help us create healthy, thriving novels. Walk away with practical ideas for breathing new life into your stories.

 

LarryLeechLarry Leech– Advanced Nonfiction

(There is a prerequisite for this class.) For more than thirty years, Larry J. Leech II has written and edited in a number of capacities. He began his professional writing career in 1981 at age 18 and spent twenty-three years writing and editing at daily newspapers and magazines. With thousands of published articles under his belt, Larry moved into freelance book editing and writing in 2004. Since that time he has ghostwritten more than a dozen books and coached a number of aspiring writers through their projects. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide each year and has become a much sought after writing coach. Upcoming releases in 2014 include two novels and two ghostwriting projects, one of which is the memoir of Dr. Raymond Damadian, the doctor who invented the MRI.

ADVANCED NONFICTION NEXT STEP

Pre-requisite-at least one published book and 5 published, print or digital, articles (blogs not included) OR participation in Larry 2013 class. Feel like you’re struck or want more from your writing career? Take The Next Step with this hands-on workshop that will help you with the craft, marketing, and publishing choices. Space is limited to eight participants.

 

SusanKing150x170pxSusan King – Writing Devotionals

Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room magazine, also teaches English at Lipscomb University and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer. Susan and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two young grandchildren (both perfect, of course!)

WRITING DEVOTIONALS

If you want to write with such sparkle and verve that you’ll knock the socks off editors, come to this class. If you want them to be falling all over themselves to publish your submission and then clamoring for anything you plan to write in the future, come to this class. A crash course in excellent writing for any genre, this continuing class will focus on the essentials for writing for the Christian market and specific do’s and don’ts in writing devotionals. Participants will come away with concrete tools for self-editing to produce polished works that will attract both editors and readers.

 

Kathy WillisKathy Willis – Marketing Professional

Kathy Carlton Willis enjoys fiddling with words as writer’s coach and marketing pro at KCW Communications. Kathy has been in the Christian literary industry since 2001, and is affiliated as a trainer with several national groups. She’s published in multiple books, magazines and online publications and lives the faith-walk of fulltime ministry. She gets jazzed inspiring others to have their own lightbulb moments. Kathy shines, whether she’s shining the light on God’s writers and speakers, or reflecting God’s light during her speaking events. Look for her books Speaker to Speaker: The Essential Speaker’s Companion and Grin with Grace, releasing in 2014.

Faculty Bios

Twila Belk

Since June of 2007, Twila Belk has worked full time with veteran author Cecil Murphey (author or coauthor of more than 135 books, including the best sellers 90 Minutes in Heaven and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story). Well connected through her work with Murphey, she interacts daily with the media, writers, editors, agents, publishers, conference directors, and other industry professionals.

She has coauthored four books with Cecil Murphey: I Believe in Heaven: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today; I Believe in Healing: Real Stories from the Bible, History and Today; Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware; and Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers. Twila also published Gotta Get ‘em Fixed!.

Also known as the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, Twila is a graduate of CLASSeminars and has spoken for hundreds of events, including retreats, banquets, outreach events, church services, women’s conferences, Christian Women’s Clubs, MOPS, Women’s Aglow, schools, and other venues. www.gottatellsomebody.com.

Edna Ellison

Dr. Edna Ellison, a humorist, poet, and storyteller known as “the Christian mentoring guru,” lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Former editor of a national Christian women’s magazine, Royal Service, she later served as a denominational consultant, speaker, and writer in Alabama and California. Edna will be representing New Hope Publishers.

Edna has been a keynote speaker in London, Frankfort, Panama City, and other world class cities. She has spoken and led writing conferences in almost every US state, including Alaska and Hawaii. An award-winning poetry and writing teacher on the high school, college, and post-graduate level, Edna is the author of 23 books and over 400 magazine articles. Her life has been featured in a Focus on the Family magazine, where she has also been published. A people-lover, she also loves teaching Bible studies, editing, and leading prayer retreats—and most of all, playing with her granddaughter, Blakely.

Jesse Florea

Jesse Florea is a teenager trapped inside a man’s body. He’s worked at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. For the past 17, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners. Plus, he is an occasional guest on the “Plugged In podcast” where he talks about movies and culture. Jesse teaches at writers conferences across the country and in local schools where he hopes to inspire the next generation of authors. He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Ill. Additionally, Jesse has 25 years of newspaper experience and written or co-written over a dozen books (including Devotions for Super Average Kids, The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, Linspired: The Jeremy Lin Story, Playing with Purpose: Baseball and Playing With Purpose Mariano Rivera). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs.

Linda Gilden

Linda Gilden knows the tremendous impact and power of words and loves helping new writers discover the joy in choosing just the right ones. She is the author of the “Love Notes” series, Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Becoming a Writer on Mission (New Hope Publishers), Mama was the Queen of Christmas and Personality Perspectives (OakTara). She is looking forward to the release of her newest book coauthored with Edna Ellison, Called to Write. Linda has written and ghostwritten many other books and hundreds of articles appearing in Focus on the Family, Focus on Your Child, CBN.com, Home Life, Family Fun, The Lookout, Discipleship Journal, Writers Digest, and others. She teaches regularly at national writer’s conferences and directs the Carolina Christian Writers Conference and CLASS Christian Writers Conference. Linda leads a writing group and is managing editor of The Encourager, a monthly magazine of First Baptist Spartanburg, SC where she lives with her husband. They have three children, two children-in-law, five grandchildren, and two granddogs. Linda and her oldest granddaughter just celebrated the publication of a coauthored article in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine.

Linda finds tremendous joy in directing the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and serving alongside everyone else on this list! www.lindagilden.com

Dennis Hensley

Dr. Dennis E. “Doc” Hensley has published 54 books – including six novels and eight textbooks – as well as more than 150 short stories and 3,500 newspaper and magazine articles. He’s also a recognized authority on the life and works of twentieth-century author Jack London. No wonder Dr. Hensley is called a master of professional writing.
No one could have that kind of literary output without plenty of knowledge and skill – along with a strategic plan. The good news is Doc’s mission in life is to share his secrets with others who desire to write.

Vicki Kestell

Vikki Kestell is a Bible teacher, writer, and curriculum developer. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational learning and instructional technologies and has more than 20 years experience as an educator, writer, and instructional designer in academia, manufacturing, health care, and government.

Vikki teaches a Bible study for working women at Tramway Community Church and is working on the third installment in her series, A Prairie Heritage. The Captive Within is due out in October in both Kindle and print formats. Her first two books, A Rose Blooms Twice, and Joy on This Mountain, are available now on Amazon.com and at Bibles Plus and Parchments Bookstore at Calvary of Albuquerque.

Susan King

Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room magazine, also teaches English at Lipscomb University and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer. Susan and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two young grandchildren (both perfect, of course!)

Larry Leech

Larry J. Leech II is passionate about words: reading them, writing them, and editing them. His professional writing career began in 1981 at age 18. He spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at various newspapers. He finished his journalism career with a five-year stint as editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the leading trade publication in the industry. With more than 2,300 articles published, Larry moved into freelance book editing and writing in 2004. Since that time he has written two Bible Studies and ghostwritten more than half dozen books. Larry shares his love of words with aspiring writers by coaching through Word Weavers, speaking engagements, and individual mentoring. Larry is representing Regal Books.

Susan Titus Osborn

Susan Titus Osborn is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service where she heads a staff of 18 editors. She has authored 30 books, is a member of the CLASSeminars staff, and teaches frequently at writers’ conferences, where she represents New Hope Publishers. She lives in Fullerton, California, with her husband Dick. Susan can be reached at Susanosb@aol.com, www.Christiancommunicator.com/.

Beth Patch

Beth Patch is a writer, editor, and Internet producer for CBN.com, the official website for the Christian Broadcasting Network. Her roles include the Daily Devotionals, Battling Addictions Blog, and CBN’s international broadcasting, evangelism, and humanitarian ministries. She’s a CLASS Communicator and has served on faculty at the GPCWC and CWG Conferences.

Gloria Penwell

Gloria Penwell, representing AMG Publishers, will be back to encourage those she meets with. Begin to polish those proposals now so they will be ready to present to Gloria and others.

Gloria Penwell’s expertise and love of the writing world comes from years of traveling with her husband, Dan. Together they attended hundreds of writers conferences while Dan was Acquisitions Editor at AMG Publishing. Gloria is the CLASS Christian Writers Conference Assistant Director. She is an incredible encourager and understands what the writing life is about.

George Porter

George Porter is a brother, husband, father, and grandfather who loves God. As a science teacher for more than 23 years, George bring the scientific world to life in his presentations, Bible teaching, and writing as he helps his audiences embrace the God who made us all.

George is co-owner of Bold Vision Books, an independent, Christian publishing company. George serves as general manager, acquisitions editor, and publisher.

As a teacher in both public and private schools, George served as curriculum team leader and on campus site-based committees. He judged Science Olympiads, implemented pilot curriculum on drug awareness in cooperation with Baylor College of Medicine, and coached tennis teams.

George is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has done graduate work in physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He served as a combat medic and paratrooper in Vietnam and as a bacteriologist in the Surgical Research Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in projects involving the treatment of burn patients.

George is married to Karen and has two children. He makes his home in Texas.

Karen Porter

Karen Porter is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of six books including I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Cravings for Friendship and Faith and Speak Like Jesus. Karen is a frequent guest on regional and national radio and TV programs. She contributes to national magazines such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and American Taste. She has also written curriculum for Lifeway Resources.

Karen served as Vice President of International Marketing of a major food company in Texas for more than 30 years. Karen and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a Christian publishing company. She also serves on the board of CLASSEMINARS, INC, and on the national teaching staff.

Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren! In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse.

Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, Retailers’ Choice, and Family Fiction Readers’ Choice as well as finalist honors in ACFW’s Carol Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, among others. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Andy Scheer

Andy Scheer serves as editor-in-chief for the Christian Writers Guild and Editorial Director for Believers Press, both Author1Source companies based in Colorado Springs. He’s also served as a freelance book editor, an agent with Hartline Literary, and an editor with Moody magazine. Andy often teaches at conferences and judges national writing contests. A journalism graduate of Colorado State University, he also studied at Denver Seminary.

Gerry Wakeland

As President and CEO of CLASSEMINARS, Inc., Gerry Wakeland casts vision, creates relevant new programming, and coordinates all activities for the CLASS ministry.  However, her real passion is to help Christian leaders and communicators recognize that it is out of the depth of their relationship with Christ that they speak and write with authority and authenticity.

A natural leader, Gerry guides the CLASSEMINARS Board of Directors, trains the CLASSEMINARS Teaching Faculty, and mentors many of the CLASS alumni as they all strive to make a difference in the lives of others.

God frequently uses Gerry as a resource, connecting people and ministries and developing strategic alliances for the purpose of strengthening the Kingdom of God. The 35 plus years of experience in both management and ministry that Gerry brings to her role with the CLASS organization coupled with the passion she has for equipping communicators allows Gerry to fulfill her calling as she leads the CLASS team into an exciting new future. Gerry also serves on the staff of Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church in Albuquerque, NM as Volunteer Coordinator.

Lee Warren

Lee Warren has written five books and hundreds of articles for various magazines, newspapers, and websites. Lee is also an editor and critiques manuscripts for The Christian Communicator, he’s on-staff with CLASSEMINARS, Inc., and he owns Christian Manuscript Editing Services (www.christianmanuscriptediting.com).

Kathy Carlton Willis

Kathy Carlton Willis grew up in the heartland of America and married young. She attended Bible College and received the Key Award as outstanding female student. She and her husband Russ have enjoyed serving in local church ministry and recently he joined the KCWC firm.

Kathy has always enjoyed fiddling with words as: writer, publicist, writer’s coach, speaker, and more. She’s built a network of industry connections and is frequently invited to speak at Christian writers’ conferences. She has affiliations with Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Humor Writers, CLASSeminars, and others. A variety of her columns and articles have appeared online and in print publications. Kathy is a contributing author for The Reason We Speak, It Happened By Design: A Series of God-Incidence Stories and Groovy Chicks’ Road Trip to Peace.

Kathy shines, whether she’s shining the light on others through her communications firm, or reflecting God’s light during her speaking opportunities.

Rusty Wright

Rusty Wright is an award-winning author, journalist, syndicated columnist and lecturer who has spoken on six continents. His columns have appeared in mainstream newspapers across the US and internationally. Over 1,000 websites – Christian and secular – have used his articles and media resources in any of 14 languages. He has appeared on secular TV talk shows in cities around the world. He has frequently presented at Evangelical Press Association conventions and his writing credits include many EPA magazines such as Christianity Today, Decision, Worldwide Challenge, Plain Truth, Physician and Pentecostal Evangel. He trains Christian leaders, broadcasters, print-media specialists, and Internet professionals in effective communication with secular audiences and holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. www.RustyWright.com 

Tentative Schedule

Schedule – Wednesday, October 22

1:00 p.m. Welcome at the hotel

2:00-4:30 p.m. On Ramp

 

Schedule – Thursday, October 23

8:15-8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30-10:00 a.m. Opening Session

Introductions

10:30-noon. Teaching Labs

CLASS

Writing and Selling Nonfiction – Dennis Hensley

Advanced Nonfiction – Larry Leech

The Anatomy of a Novel – Cynthia Ruchti

Periodical Power – Andy Scheer

CLASSEMINAR – Karen Porter and Betty Southard

Noon Lunch with editors (Choose your table)

1:00-3:45 p.m. Appointments with Editors and Professionals

CLASS

1:30-2:30 p.m. Workshop # 1

2:45-3:45 p.m. Lightning Learning

4:00-5:00 p.m. Keynote

Supper on your own

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. CLASS Coaching Groups

7:00 p.m. Genre Groups at the hotel

 

Schedule – Friday, October 24

8:30-10:00 a.m. Teaching Labs

CLASS

10:15-11:15 a.m. Critique Groups

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Devotion/Large Group

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:45 p.m. Appointments with Editors and Professionals

Teen Track

1:30-5:00 p.m. Editor Appointments

1:30-2:30 p.m. Workshop # 1

2:45-3:45 p.m. Workshop #2

CLASS Coaching Groups

4:00-5:00 p.m. Autograph Party (Lots of fun, refreshments, and giveaways)

5:30 p.m. Banquet

6:30 p.m. Large Group worship

8:00-9:00 p.m. CLASS media training

 

Saturday, October 25

8:30-10:00 a.m. Teaching Labs

CLASS marketing

10:15-11:15 a.m. Critique Groups

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Devotions

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-3:30 p.m. Appointments with Editors and Professionals

1:15-3:30 p.m. CLASS

1:15-2:15 p.m. Workshop # 1

2:25-3:25 p.m. Workshop #2

3:40-4:30 p.m. Closing Challenge

Scholarship Opportunity

CLASS Christian Writers Conference 2014 Scholarship Program

We are excited to offer scholarships to the 2014 CLASS Christian Writers Conference. Only full tuition scholarships are available and do not include lodging, food, and transportation. Please do not apply for these scholarships if you are not able to cover the additional expenses.

Scholarships available include:

Cec Murphey Scholarships of Full tuition – value $525, do not include lodging, food, and transportation. Please do not apply for these scholarships if you are not able to cover the additional expenses.

Special thanks to Cec Murphey for generously providing scholarships for our conference.

Teen Scholarships – value $99, includes Friday night and Saturday programming, and Saturday lunch. Does not include transportation. These scholarships are also provided by Cec Murphey.

Guidelines

  1. Applications must be submitted directly to scholarship e-mail address – classeminars@gmail.com
  2. All applications must include and be complete when submitted. This includes:

Application form - Click here to download.

Writing sample – What you hope to gain from the CLASS Christian Writers Conference.

A letter of recommendation – stating why the applicant should be given a scholarship and how it would benefit the applicant. (This letter may not come from relatives, CLASS faculty, or CCWC faculty or leadership.)

  1. Applicants will receive an acknowledgment saying the application was received.
  2. All applications must contain name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
  3. No applications will be accepted after midnight on August 15th.

Eligibility

  1. All former Cec Murphey scholarship recipients are ineligible for 2014 funding.
  2. CLASS faculty and family are ineligible.
  3. Members of CCWC leadership and faculty are ineligible.

Deadline

  1. The deadline for submission is midnight on August 15th. Please submit all material at one time to Wendy Leech at WendyELeech@gmail.com.
  2. Announcement of recipients will be made in a blast, on the writers conference blog, and by e-mail on or before September 1.
Writers Conference Kudos Awards

 

Announcing the 2014 CLASS Christian Writers Conference Kudos Awards.

These awards are to applaud and acknowledge the success of our fellow communicators in the publishing industry. Fees from the contest go to our Scholarship Fund.

CLASS Christian Writers Conference Kudos Awards Contest Rules and Guidelines

This portion of the contest is for those present at the conference. The Award of Excellence category is open to writers at the conference and those who do not attend.

FEE per entry: $15

There are six categories:

1) Published Articles – Previously published nonfiction articles of 800-1500 words. Be sure to include date and publication.

2) Fiction – submit synopsis of novel and first chapter. Not to exceed twenty pages.

3) Young Adult (YA) – send synopsis and first chapter

4) Children’s Writing (Picture Books and Middle Grade)

Picture Books – send entire manuscript

Middle Grade novels – send 1 page synopsis and first ten pages

5) Nonfiction (personal experiences, motivational, how-to, etc.) – Submit outline and first chapter, not to exceed twenty pages.

6) Bible Study and Devotionals

Bible Studies – Submit outline and first chapter. Not to exceed twenty pages.

Devotions – Submit five devotions.

Email submissions to Gloria Penwell at gpenwell44@yahoo.com.

CONTEST GUIDELINES and RULES:

  • Contest is open to all 2014 attendees of the conference
  • Deadline for entries is September 30, 2014.
  • Email entries with entry form to Gloria Penwell at gpenwell44@yahoo.com. Mail your check for entry fee to Gerry Wakeland, CLASS PO Box 36551, Albuquerque, NM 87176

Christian Writers Conference Kudos Awards Entry Form

 

CLASS Award of Excellence

Submit one copy of the book. You do not have to be present at the conference to win.

FEE: $25 for each submission.

Contest entries are to be mailed to Linda Gilden. Please mail a copy of each book you are entering and your $25 check payable to “CLASSEMINARS, Inc.” to Linda Gilden, PO Box 2928, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

CONTEST GUIDELINES and RULES:

  • Contest is open to published authors, whose books were published between January 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014 with both traditional and nontraditional publishers.
  • You may enter in the fiction and nonfiction categories. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2014.
  • Both authors must sign the form if the book is coauthored.
  • Entries must be received by September 15, 2014.
  • Mail one copy of the book, the entry form, and a check for each entry to Linda Gilden, PO Box 2928, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
  • All scores are final.
  • Winners need not be present to win (but you will miss a great weekend if you’re not there!)

Lodging in Albuquerque