Christian writers will pick up tips at conference
CANBY -- Fiction and nonfiction writers eager to connect with editors and agents who can publish their work will find those opportunities June 23-26 during the Cascade Christian Writers Conference.
The nonprofit conference features keynote addresses by Tricia Goyer, author of more than 70 fiction, nonfiction and children's books, as well as seven intensive morning coaching classes and 23 afternoon workshops.
Topics for hands-on coaching classes, taught by experienced authors, editors and agents, include writing nonfiction from the ground up, learning from experienced writers, writing like a published novelist, deep point of view, branding and marketing and pursuing publication. A writing retreat option is also available.
The event has been around for years, spokesperson Julie Zander said.
"I attended my first OCW summer conference in about 2002 at Canby Grove (Conference Center) with Francine Rivers as keynoter. ...," she added.
The conference has produced plenty of good results for attendees over the years.
"I met my first agent at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference, now the Cascade Christian Writers Conference," said Christina Suzann Nelson, award-winning author of five novels and now conference director. "That connection led to a contract for my first novel with Kregel."
The Philomath author is editing her sixth novel, her fourth with Baker Publishing Group.
"So much of what I've learned happened at writing conferences," she said. "There's really no substitute for this kind of interaction."
The same is true for Melanie Dobson, a Portland-area author of nearly 30 time-slip, historical and suspense novels who has won several prestigious Christy and Carol Awards. She is a mentor and coaching class instructor at the 2022 Cascade Conference.
"I've received several book contracts as a result of writers' conferences," she said. "Writers' conferences have been crucial to my career as a novelist. I've learned the craft of fiction writing, met editors, contracted for multiple books and made lifelong friendships with other writers at conferences like the Cascade Christian Writers Conference. In every conference I've attended, I've been encouraged and inspired in my own calling as a writer."
Afternoon workshops at this year's event will address topics such as writing devotionals and articles about experiences, tragedy and spirituality without being annoying; ditching first person for close third perspective; traditional vs. indie publishing; developing a platform; ghostwriting; writing for children; layering stories; publishing poetry books; financials for writers; public speaking; writing a first page that pops; finding a literary agent; and authoring historical novels.
The teaching staff includes five literary agents, seven acquisition editors and seven published authors as writing mentors.
Early registration prices for members ($400) and non-members ($450) are available through May 15. Registration cost rises $50 each day after that.
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