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CREWs

2024 WRITERS CONFERENCE

Looking to get even more out of your conference experience? This add-on day offers more focused instruction and interaction in a small-group setting with an expert mentor.

What is a C.R.E.W.?

CONNECTION
REFINEMENT
EQUIPPING
WISDOM

Extend your conference experience and take your writing to the next level with specialized small-group instruction on pre-conference day Wednesday, November 6 (in-person) and post-conference day Saturday, November 9 (online only). CREWs are limited to eight people and spots are available first come, first serve. In 2023, this popular add-on sold out, so don't delay! New for 2024: a brand new CREW group for intermediate to advanced writers, by application only. See below.

Build It

The Essential Foundation for Your Nonfiction Book

Attendees of this CREW will learn four skill sets:

1—How to structure five genres: Bible studies, devotionals, Christian living books, gift books, and memoirs.
2—How to study a book’s form, using a real mentor book chapter.
3—How to build a chapter.
4—How to storyboard an entire book outline in a dynamic exercise.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Janet McHenry
Janet McHenry

From Idea to Manuscript to Masterpiece

You have held this book idea in your heart and mind long enough. It’s time to get it out of your brain and down onto paper. But you want to do more than simply write it; you want it to touch the souls of your audience, and you want it to be really good. This multi-part workshop helps develop your thinking and writing to reach toward that goal. Learn to think like an acquisitions editor and publisher as you write the book, to capture the attention and soul of your reader, and to organize your thoughts so they flow beautifully on the page. You will walk away from this workshop positioned to be a best-selling published author yourself.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
 Sharon Elliott
Sharon Elliott

Mapping Your Writing Year

Creating Your Plan and Professionalizing Your Writing

Professional writers not only need to plan for next week, but also for the year to come. In this workshop, we will help you craft a year-long roadmap across all your platforms: writing, speaking, and social media. Gain insights from guest experts, create a tailored plan, and receive personalized feedback to ensure a successful, goal-oriented year in your writing career.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Kathi Lipp
Kathi Lipp

The Joy and Agony

Creating Queries and Proposals

Author and experienced editorial assistant Michelle Ule will lead an interactive day examining how to write a query letter to spark interest, as well as the value of and how to write a proposal. Participants should have at least a nearly-completed manuscript and be prepared to share and work together.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Michelle Ule
Michelle Ule

The Seismic Story

How to Write Heart-Pounding, Soul-Stirring, Thought-Provoking Fiction

Has a fictional story ever stirred something deep inside you or inspired you to see the world in a new way? This CREW will explore all the components needed to create a compelling, life-changing novel across genres. We’ll discuss characters, theme, moral premise, conflict, setting, and how to welcome readers into a new story. Then we’ll break out into small groups to practically apply these techniques. If you’re working on a manuscript, please bring two copies of the first five pages.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Melanie Dobson
Melanie Dobson

Writing to Heal

Sometimes it’s a difficult or life-changing experience that has prompted us to write. This CREW will offer suggestions and writing opportunities to look more deeply at your story to continue your healing journey. You'll also identify or refine your core message as a part of preparing to write for impact, as well as deeply caring for your readers.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Jan Kern
Jan Kern

Recipe for Indie Publishing Success

USA Today bestseller Shelley Adina Senft will help you put the indie publishing ingredients together to create a successful career. You’ll learn to understand the retailers and their metadata, make good product development decisions, and build marketing into your books that will help make readers come back for more.

In-Person, Pre-Conference
Shelley Adina Senft
Shelley Adina Senft

NEW! For intermediate and advanced writers, by application only.

The Career / Professional Author

Elevate Your Writing, Build Your Author Brand, Explore Publishing Pathways, and Cultivate Connections for a Thriving Writing Career
In-Person, Pre-Conference

Whatever your genre (including blogging and podcasting), this intensive experience will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and connections to confidently pursue your calling as a writer. This one-day intensive workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced writers who are seeking to take their writing careers to the next level.

 

Through interactive sessions and expert guidance, attendees will gain valuable insights and strategies to elevate their craft, establish a strong author brand, navigate the diverse publishing landscape, and build a supportive network within the writing community. Key takeaways include:

  • Proven techniques to refine your writing skills and elevate your storytelling abilities to captivate readers.

  • Strategies for developing a unique and compelling author brand that resonates with your target audience.

  • An in-depth exploration of traditional and self-publishing pathways tailored to the Christian writer, including e-books, print-on-demand, audiobooks, and more.

  • Tips for effectively marketing and promoting your work across various platforms and channels.

  • Networking opportunities with fellow writers, industry professionals, and potential collaborators. New writer friends!

  • Resources and tools to support your continued growth as a writer, from advanced workshops to comprehensive publishing guides.

  • Spiritual support and refreshment

 

For writers who have already embarked on the author’s journey, this daylong workshop offers the chance to gain fresh perspectives, overcome challenges, and above all, be encouraged. Whether you're an established author seeking to reinvigorate your brand or a seasoned freelancer exploring new ventures, this immersive experience will provide the time to think through and discuss this whole new publishing world, and how to mindfully and prayerfully plan for the years ahead.

To apply, select the career CREW during registration, answer the questions in the registration form, and submit your registration. If you don't qualify, we will refund your CREW ticket. Please note that this CREW will have a larger group size, with up to twenty attendees. Questions on this new CREW group? Email Susy Flory at info@westcoastchristianwriters.com.

Online CREWs

How to Write a Bible Study

Bible study writers craft a modern-day gospel message from Scripture paired with personal story, drawing up living water and pouring out a thirst-quenching message. Learn to identify the journey of transformation and design a study that connects your readers with the heart of God.

Online, Post-Conference
Mindy Kiker
Mindy Kiker

Launch a Successful Email Newsletter

Do the people who need to hear your life-transforming message know you exist? Email is your secret weapon for finding, connecting with, and serving your ideal readers. If you’re feeling nervous about building an email list, Laura Christianson will guide you in your journey from “invisible” to “visible.” Approachable. Trustworthy. You’ll learn how to:

Create a free offer that will attract a steady stream of the RIGHT subscribers.
Plan a newsletter that gets opened, read, and remembered.

Online, Post-Conference
Laura Christianson
Laura Christianson
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