Clinics - 2016

Clinics meet during the two hour-long workshops each day (for a total of six hours) making it possible for participants also to attend a continuing session. Those accepted for one of the clinics must be registered for the entire conference and pay an additional $65 upon acceptance.

Because the clinics will not be taped, we will do our best not to schedule your one-on-one appointments or any paid critiques during this time. A laptop computer is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the clinic. 

Your application must be received by e-mail no later than July 8. You will be notified whether or not you have been accepted by July 13.

Advanced Fiction Intensive

                                                           Click here for application.  
Nancy Rue
Author, Mentor                                        Limit 12 participants 

Nancy comes to the mentoring table with a wealth of experience: 30 years writing both fiction and nonfiction for middle grade, YA, new adult, and adult audiences and 42 years teaching creative writing. She has over 100 published books for adults, teens, and tweens. While continuing to write, Nancy has expanded her ministry through her Writers Mentorship Program to mentor new authors who are led to a writing ministry of their own.

If prior to the conference you will have a completed first draft of your manuscript in any fiction genre, including middle grade or young adult, Nancy will guide you in making your work richer, deeper, and more polished in readiness for submission to agents and editors. Interactive presentations and in-class exercises based on the students’ own work will include:

Strengthening plot
Deepening character
Enriching detail
Improving dialogue
Fine-tuning imagery
Expressing your “message”
Developing the needed platform
Writing a synopsis
Putting together a proposal
Writing a query letter
Writing a series
Revising your own work

Each student will receive written feedback on his/her writing sample.

To be considered for this clinic you’ll need to complete the application and submit a 1 to 2 page synopsis and the first 500 words from your book by July 8.  Again, a completed first draft is a pre-requisite, on the honor system. We trust you’ll respect that.

Developing Your Nonfiction Book

Kim Woodhouse

Bill Watkins
                                                          Limit 6 participants

President, Literary Solutions
Senior Editor, BroadStreet Publishing Group
Award-winning Author



Bill is the president of Literary Solutions and senior editor at BroadStreet Publishing Group. He is an award-winning author with 7 published books and about 150 other kinds of writing, including essays, articles, dictionary entries, booklets, pamphlets, study guides, book reviews, and opinion pieces. In his editing work, which has often included book acquisitions, he has worked with Thomas Nelson, Marvel, Bethany House, Baker Books, Chalice Press, Moody Press, NavPress, Broadman & Holman, Authentic, Servant, and the American Center for Law and Justice. He loves to teach and mentor aspiring writers, and he has worked with hundreds of writers, helping a large number of them find publishing homes for their manuscripts. In his 35-plus years in publishing, he has worked with such authors as Mike Huckabee (the former governor of Arkansas), William Bennett (the former US Secretary of Education), Charles R. Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Norman L. Geisler, Leslie Vernick, Paula Rinehart, William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Dallas Willard, Peter Kreeft, Gary Habermas, Cecil Murphey, Jo Kadlecek, and George Grant. 

​In this hands-on clinic, you will learn the six most important questions to developing a nonfiction book, and you will receive the help you need to answer those questions in relation to your own book idea. You will also work on your book’s focus, table of contents, and opening chapter to help ensure that your book can reach its intended audience with the message you wish to present. This clinic is open to all writers who are serious about writing a nonfiction book.

Click here for the application. In addition to completing the application, you will need to email your first chapter (double spaced), a one-to-three-paragraph overview of your book, plus a descriptive table of contents (i.e., chapter titles with a single paragraph description under each title that briefly tells what that chapter will cover). All are due no later than July 8. Please save all documents as ONE file in Word 2003-2007 or in RTF.

Prerequisite: A serious commitment to complete a nonfiction book, a first chapter, overview, and table of contents.

On acceptance: You will receive the first chapter, overview, and table of contents of the other clinic participants that you will need to read before the conference.

Picture Book Mentoring Clinic

Read it Again, Please?

Pam Halter

Pam Halter                       Limit 12 participants
Children’s Book Editor, Fruitbearer Kids

Author & Freelance Writer
Freelance Editor


Pam was a home-schooling mom for nine years and has been a children’s book author since 1995. She has published two picture books, Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes (Concordia, 2001); articles (The War Cry, Fandangle Magazine); and devotions (three Cup of Comfort books, The Secret Place, For Better For Worse, Making Eye Contact With God). Pam is a member of ACFW and two writers groups. She is the children’s book editor for Fruitbearer Kids and also does freelance editing. She received Writer of the Year in 2014 at the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and won the Reader’s Choice Award in the short story contest hosted by Realm Makers and Brimstone Fiction in 2015. In the ten years Pam has been editing picture books, several of the authors she’s worked with have won awards. Most recently, Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon by Terry Barto won a Storymonsters Award and a Gold Mom’s Choice award. Pam lives in Salem County, New Jersey, with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law.


Kim Sponaugle

Art Director, Fruitbearer Kids
Illustrator and cover designer of children’s books
Owner, PIcture Kitchen Studio

Kim is a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She began working for David C. Cook Publishing designing children’s curriculum and products, but she soon found her heart’s vocation in children’s illustration. In 2000, Kim illustrated her first picture book series, Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes with Concordia Publishing House. She has been fascinated with the process and creation of children’s books ever since. In 2007, Kim started Picture Kitchen Studio and has had the pleasure of interacting and working with both traditional publishers and self-published authors on illustration projects. She is a children’s book cover designer and has illustrated more than 60 books for kids. Kim has been honored to receive The Mom’s Choice Award, Pinnacle Book, CIPA EVVY, Reader’s Favorite Awards. She is Story Monster approved and most recently has won a Purple Dragonfly Award (first place for illustrations, Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon.) Kim lives in Salem County, New Jersey, with her husband, son, and a little Westie named Casey.  

Writing for kids is not easy! 

Award-winning author/illustrator team, Pam and Kim, love picture books! This clinic will break down the picture book process in such a way that participants will leave with a manuscript that is ready to submit to a traditional house or self publish with confidence.

Prerequisite – Applicants need to have a finished picture book manuscript (Christian or a story that does not oppose Christian values) under 1,000 words. They do not have to be published (or self-published).

Click here for application that you will need to submit along with your book manuscript no later than July 8. Please submit in Word 2003-2007 or RTF.

On acceptance you will receive via email a copy of what others in the clinic have submitted that you will need to read before the conference.