Thursday, July 07, 2005

Philadelphia Christian Writers' Conference

This message came to me from Marlene Bagnull. She gave me permission to post this on our blog.

TO NJCWG MEMBERS: A number of NJCWG members have attended the Philly conference in the past. If you want to attend this year's conference, let me know and I'll see who else is going. You might be able to car pool.


Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference
August 18 - 20, 2005
Holding Out the Word of Life
Shine out among them like beacon lights,
holding out to them the Word of Life.
Philippians 2:16 tlb
Marlene Bagnull
Founder & Director

New Hands-On Opportunities at This Year's Conference & Scholarship Help (if needed) for a Member of Your Group
In 1983 I founded the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship and planned our first day-long seminar. I've often said that if I knew how God was going to grow this ministry, my lack of confidence in myself would have caused me to run the other way. But God has patiently shown me that self-confidence isn't the answer. God-confidence is what's important! And so what started as a day-long seminar in 1983 has grown to a three-day conference with a faculty, this year, of 53 authors, editors, and agents. God surely is doing "exceedingly, abundantly beyond . . ."

One of the challenges of directing for over twenty years is to keep the conference fresh and new. Therefore, this year, I've expanded the hands-on opportunities.
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Fiction Clinic with editor and fiction coach, Kathleen Wright
Energize your stalled story.
Revitalize your flat characters.
Discover how to draw readers into your character's journey
while building to an exciting climax.
In this six-hour clinic, Kathleen will analyze a 1-2 page synopsis and first chapter (maximum 12 pages) of your novel and determine its strengths and weaknesses. She will demonstrate hands-on techniques that you will practice on your own story. Learn by doing! "In working with clients," Kathleen says, "I have observed that problems fall into common areas: tension through focus, The Five Levels of Intensity, goal-motivation-conflict and story gaps with the Hero's Journey."
Best-selling novelist, Lauraine Snelling, says:
"Kathleen has an innate sense of story structure. She can find holes in the
story and problems with point of view and characters with the accuracy of an
Olympic marksman."
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Nonfiction Clinic with Mark Littleton, a prolific author of more than 80 books and literary agent.
Do those rejection letters keep rolling in? Learn how to hone a manuscript that will excite an agent or an editor. Find and fix common problems that can get in the way of becoming a successful non-fiction writer. In this six-hour clinic Mark will demonstrate hands-on techniques for you to practice in each session based on the book proposal and first chapter (maximum 12 pages) submitted by group members prior to the conference. By the end of this clinic, you’ll have a marketable proposal ready to go . . . or close to it!
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Each clinic is LIMITED to 10 serious authors. You need to be registered for the entire conference to participate in one of the clinics. Click on "Clinics" at for an application. Your application needs to be received (via email) no later than JULY 23. The clinics are held during the 6 hour-long workshops.
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New Hands-On Workshop Track (for those not in one of the clinics)
Choose 6 hour-long workshops from the 42 offered, including these new hands-on workshops:
Spurring Your Creativity
Selling What You Write
Beware: 28 Pitfalls Ahead
Overcoming Writer's Block
Bringing People to Life
How to Edit Your Own Manuscript
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8 Continuing Sessions
Fiction 101 ~ Randy Ingermanson
Let There Be Lights...Camera...Action ~ Kathryn Mackel
Nonfiction that Impacts Lives and the Kingdom ~ Craig Bubeck
Spirituality vs Strategy ~ Allison Gappa Bottke
Write Expectations ~ Lisa Crayton
Writing to Change Lives ~ Donna Partow
Writing for Children ~ Cindy Kenney,
Tim Shoemaker, Etta Wilson, Jennifer Reed, & Karen Whiting
and new this year
The Nangie Experience for Advanced Novelists
Nancy Rue & Angie Hunt
NOTE: The application for The Nangie Experience
(click Continuing Sessions at
needs to be received by email no later than July 23.
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Please forward this email to members of your group and encourage them to pray about coming. If there is someone in your group who has financial need, I'll be glad to work with you. Please contact me ASAP either by email or calling 610-626-6833 or (if you get a recording) 610-209-2623.
In His Service - Marlene
For more conference info visit:

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference
is more than a place to meet editors and learn the craft.
It is truly a spiritual retreat
for all those called to write as ministry and mission.
Even as a teacher, I always leave hearing God more clearly.
Nancy Rue - Award-winning author

Encouraging and equipping you to write about a God who is real,
who is reachable, and who changes lives!
Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D.
Encouraging & equipping Christians to "write His answer" through
books, tapes, seminars, mentoring, and conferences since 1983!

Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference
August 18-20, 2005 at Philadelphia Biblical University, Langhorne, PA

Colorado Christian Writers Conference
May 17-20, 2006 at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
316 Blanchard Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026-3507

"Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone
can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others." Habakkuk 2:2 TLB

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