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Weekend With the Writers

2018 Dates to be set soon!


Our next LIVE STREAM EVENT date is coming!

Our guest author leading this live stream event is Edie Nelson.

Edie Melson

AUTHOR

Topic: Taking Your Blogging to the Next Level
 

Blogging Options for Busy Authors - Blogging isn’t a one-size fits all proposition, but there are more ways to make it work than many authors realize. In this two-hour session we’ll cover:

  •  Blogging options – solitary site or group site (and how to organize an effective multiple author site)
  •  Finding a focus and brand for your blog
  •  Writing for the internet – it’s not the same as writing for print
  •  How often to blog
  •  The importance of titles
  •  SEO, Keywords, Labels and Tags demystified
  •  What does healthy blog growth look like
  • Join us as top blogger Edie Melson shares secrets and shortcuts to a blog that makes a difference.

Edie Melson is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought after writing instructor; and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.

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Guest Authors

Lynette Eason

EVENT HOST & AUTHOR

Lynette will be teaching Mentor-Mentee Relationships.

Mentors and mentees have a special relationship that is hard to find, so Lynette and Lynn have some great advice for those seeking mentors and for those who want to mentor and how to make it all work.

Mentoring others is a way for multi-published authors to give back to those wish to invest the time in learning the craft. This workshop will delve into the complexities of the mentor/mentee relationship.

After giving the definition of mentoring and what a mentor and mentee are, Lynette will briefly share about her journey to publication and the people who mentored her, enabling to reach for her dreams.

Lynn will briefly talk about being mentored, how she found her mentor, and how her first book won two awards (one of those beating out her mentor!)

Lynette and Lynn will also talk about the do’s and don’t's of the relationship and offer tips to creating a successful partnership that will most likely turn into a lifelong friendship.

Lynette Eason is the award-winning, bestselling author of over thirty books. Lynette writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have finaled or won awards in contests such as The Maggies, Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The Carol, ECPA Book of the Year, The Selah, and others. Her most recent wins are the Carol Award in 2013 and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in 2014. She began her teaching career in the public school classroom and has since moved to teaching at conferences all over the country. 

Lynette often speaks at women’s conference and retreats, but finds her first love is teaching writing. In her spare time she can be found hanging out with her family, loving on her nieces and nephews, traveling, and…um…writing. Lynette and her husband Jack live in South Carolina with their two teenagers. Life is never boring, that’s for sure!

           

Edie Melson

AUTHOR

Topic: Utilizing Social Media to Promote Your Writing
 

Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on:

  • *Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one)
  • *How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable.
  • *How to compose effective updates that increase shares
  • *What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience

Edie Melson is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought after writing instructor; and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.

She’s a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is the Senior Editor for Novel Rocket and the Social Media Mentor for My Book Therapy, as well as the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine.

     

Lynn Blackburn

AUTHOR

Topic: Mentor-Mentee Relationships
(co-teaching with Lynette Eason)

Mentors and mentees have a special relationship that is hard to find, so Lynette and Lynn have some great advice for those seeking mentors and for those who want to mentor and how to make it all work.

Mentoring others is a way for multi-published authors to give back to those wish to invest the time in learning the craft. This workshop will delve into the complexities of the mentor/mentee relationship.

After giving the definition of mentoring and what a mentor and mentee are, Lynette will briefly share about her journey to publication and the people who mentored her, enabling to reach for her dreams.

Lynn will briefly talk about being mentored, how she found her mentor, and how her first book won two awards (one of those beating out her mentor!)

Lynette and Lynn will also talk about the do’s and don’t's of the relationship and offer tips to creating a successful partnership that will most likely turn into a lifelong friendship.


Lynn Huggins Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, COVERT JUSTICE, released June 2015 and won the 2016 Selah Award and the 2016 Carol Award! She just contracted her second book with Love Inspired Suspense.

 

Linda Gilden

AUTHOR

Topic: Personality and the Writer

What does my personality have to do with the way I write? Your personality affects the way you see the world. Therefore, everything you write is influenced by your point of view. What are the healthy habits of a sanguine writer? Why does a melancholy writer seem to get more projects done? How can a choleric writer organize his or her checklists for the most benefit? What can encourage a phlegmatic writer? Upon examination we will find that we all have characteristics of more than one personality. Our writing will be stronger if we understand our personalities, the personalities of our characters, and our readers.

Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me- Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives, Called to Write, Why You Do What You Do, The Writer’s Pocket Glossary, Words to Live By, Called to Speak, and many ghostwritten and book doctored books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals, she encourages others to write with excellence. As a speaker, she travels the country sharing the message of God’s hope. As a member of the CLASSeminars training staff and Director of CLASS Christian Writers Conference and Carolina Christian Writers Conference, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. Linda is a Certified Personality Trainer helping others discover the joy of understanding themselves and others. She and her husband live in SC with their family, which includes the six cutest grandchildren in the world (who are a great source of writing material)!

Ronie Kendig

AUTHOR

Topic: Mind Magic: Tips & Tricks to Capture Your Readers
Learn some “sleight of hand” maneuvers to psychologically capture your readers’ minds—without them realizing it! This workshop is not limited by genre. There are elements in writing that will either spur your reader to maintain the journey, or make them detour at the nearest exit. This workshop looks at visual construction, as well as psychological impressions, found in novels. How to make it "easier" for your audience to read and enjoy your story. It’s almost like cheating, using the right techniques, words, sentence structure, and other aspects of writing that have psychological value.

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, best-selling author of fifteen novels and five novellas. She grew up an Army brat and now lives in beautiful Northern Virginia with her husband, an Army Veteran, two of their children, and an intense, quirky retired military working dog, Volt N629. Learn some “sleight of hand” maneuvers to psychologically capture your readers’ minds—without them realizing it! This workshop is not limited by genre. There are elements in writing that will either spur your reader to maintain the journey, or make them detour at the nearest exit. This workshop looks at visual construction, as well as psychological impressions, found in novels. How to make it "easier" for your audience to read and enjoy your story. It’s almost like cheating, using the right techniques, words, sentence structure, and other aspects of writing that have psychological value.

Carrie Stuart Parks

AUTHOR

Topic: Live Critiquing
 

You have a terrific idea for a story. You fully expect agents, publishers, and the reading public to be amazed at your writing prowess. You’ve
written your acceptance speech for the First Novel award. Instead, you get some disappointing news. Crushing. The world has not fallen in love with your writing.
I know all this because I was there.
Having judged for the Carol, Daphne du Maurier, First Impressions,
Genesis, and numerous other writing competitions, I’ve found the same
mistakes muddy a great story premise. Let’s roll up our sleeves, delve into that your manuscript, and make it sing. We’ll look at eight tools to dramatically improve your writing.

Carrie Stuart Parks is a multiple Christy finalist as well as an Inspy and Carol award-winning author. She was mentored for eight years by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic, award-winning watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

Animals have always been a large part of her life. Her parents started Skeel Kennel Great Pyrenees in 1960. Carrie inherited the kennel and continues with her beloved dogs both showing and as an AKC judge. She is the former president of the Great Pyrenees Club of America and a columnist for the AKC Gazette.