Thursday, August 4, 2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
BONUS: A 15-minute appointment with an author or editor.
You’re welcome to come at 8:30 am for opening keynote
and to stay for the Thursday evening keynote.
There is no additional charge if you are already registered for Thursday.
Coming just to Teens Write?
Cost is $45 if you register through July 24,
$55 after July 24 and includes Pizza Feast at lunch.
Homeschooled students - 25% discount
Click here to register.
Parents and Teachers
we encourage you to attend one or more workshops
and/or the morning & afternoon continuing session
while your teen is in Teens Write.
Cost: $30 for one, $55 for two, $75 for three, $90 for four.
Fiction that Grabs & Holds Your Readers 10:00 - 2:00
includes Pizza Feast!
Tim’s Code of Silence was was selected to be on Booklist’s Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth. He’ll use the book as a basis to talk about critical factors to strengthen your fiction.
My Publishing Journey 2:00 – 2:30
Rachel lives in Pennsylvania with her parents, younger sister, and younger brother. This is where her grandparents have always lived, her great-grandparents, and their great-grandparents! She has been homeschooled for nine years and now is taking online courses through Liberty University, majoring in Business/Marketing.
Rachel started writing because she remembered the struggle of finding wholesome books worth reading that actually encourage a young person in their faith. What started as a homeschool project, eventually turned into the Woodsmall Sisters. Her first book, Finding Faith, was independently published in April 2014, with the second book, Discovering Hope, following in January 2015, and the third book, Accepting Change, published in August 2015. Her Christmas novella, Changing Traditions, was published in November 2015 and her nonfiction, A Student’s Guide: 10 Easy Steps to Writing and Publishing, was released in April 2016.
What started as a homeschool project, has resulted in 5 self-published books. From writing to editing, formatting to cover design, Rachel will share her journey.
Making It BIG in the Movies 2:45 – 3:30
Dr. Ted Baehr
Lots of instruction, discussion, training exercises, and critiques. with the founder and chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission.
The First Rule of Fiction 3:30 – 4:15
Bob has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor,and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron, son-in-law Kevin and daughter-in-law Nina, and grandchildren Miles, Mia, Calleigh, Ryder, and Avery. Calleigh and Ryder deal daily with a condition called cystic fibrosis. To increase their prospects for long and healthy lives, Bob participates in Great Strides.
As the former editor of a Christian magazine, 90% of the fiction manuscripts Bob rejected were returned for the same shortcoming - poor conflict-struggle-resolution.
From Aliens to Passing Gas on a Horse 4:30 – 5:15
As a former University of Michigan football player and high school All-American wrestler, Cyle understands the importance of maintaining proper priorities on God’s word. He has authored three children’s books, four books for teenagers, and four books for adults.
Cyle’s greatest joys are being a true child at heart, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and creating card and board games for his children. His greatest fears are hostile alien invasion (thanks Hollywood), missing the rapture (thanks Thief in the Night movie 1972), and police officers (no one knows why).
He is the father of five (two in heaven and three on earth), and he has a beautiful under-rower in his wife Patricia.
Cyle is a self-confessed workaholic who works diligently to help build the kingdom of heaven. He considers himself a “binge writer” and routinely scribes 30,000 words in a weekend. Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry. He serves as managing editor of www.almostanauthor.com, a website devoted to helping aspiring writers become published authors, and is also a monthly contributor to the parenting website, www.just18summers.com, and the writing website, www.thewriteconversation.blogspot.com.
Panel & Wrap Up 5:30 – 6:00