Faculty Notes

Now . . . for some last minute info:

Below is the present count of the number signed up for workshops and continuing sessions. This number is likely to change since, as usual, not everyone has told us what they plan to take. Then, too, I tell them they are not locked into their choices but are free to go wherever Father leads them. I trust we'll get last minute registrants and walk-ins. We now have 165 conferees less 4 cancelations. (Same as last year!) That's a far cry from the 200 and more (often over 250) we had for the first 32 years of our now 36 year ministry. Father, please help me to remember that You see hearts, not numbers, and that You are faithful to provide.

Thursday Learning Labs, 1:00 – 4:30
If you arrive early, please slip into a class. There is, of course, no charge!

L1 – How to Craft Page-Turning Novels with Dan Walsh – 21
L2 – Writing a Nonfiction Book with Ava Pennington – 29
L3 – Writer, Thou Art Loosed! with Beatrice Bruno – 21
L4 – Develop a Unique Marketing Plan with Karen Whiting – 20

Thursday Workshops, 1:00 – 2:00
T1 – Practical Productivity with Debbie Maxwell Allen – 22
T2 – Spiritual Footprints with Chris Richards – 5
T3 – Resurrect the Past with JP Robinson – 6
T4 – How to Write a Story with Alice Wootson – 8

Thursday Workshops, 2:15 – 3:15
T5 – Scrivener for Beginners with Debbie Maxwell Allen – 10
T6 – Writing Books for Children with Michelle Lazurek – 9
T7 – Write to Hold the Reader’s Attention with Rob Cook – 12
T8 – Turn Your Preaching or Teaching into Writing with Dave Fessenden – 15

Thursday Workshops, 4:45 – 6:00
T9 – Customizing Scrivener, Advanced Techniques with Debbie Maxwell Allen – 11
T10 – Academic vs. Popular Writing with Charles W. Christian – 14
T11 – Make a Scene with Darcie Gudger – 18
T12 – Inside Your Characters’ Personalities with Lynne Babbitt – 11
T13 – The Brave New World of Indie Publishing with Dan Walsh – 39
T14 – Get Out of the Boat with Angie Bass Williams – 27

Continuing Sessions (Friday 10:45 – 12:00 and 2:15 – 3:30, Saturday 11:00 – 12:15 and 1:15 – 2:30)
1 – Fiction Writing with Bill Myers – 29
2 – Write the Truth with Bill Watkins – 8
3 – Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams with W. Terry Whalin – 15
4 – Social Media for the Clueless Author with Scoti Domeij – 13
5 – You CAN Indie Publish and Market Your Book with Sarah Bolme – 21
6 – Authentic Writing that Changes Lives with Peter Lundell – 13
7 – Your Nonfiction Book – From Good to Great with Michael Klassen & Karen Bouchard – 39

Friday Workshops, 3:45 – 4:45
1A – Give Purpose and Intent to Your Writing with Terrence Clark – 11
1B – How to Handle the Wod of Truth with Michael Klassen – 11
1C – Middle Grade and YA Fiction with Linda Howard – 18
1D – Use FictionTechniques in Your Nonfiction with Barb Haley – 26
1E – Creating a Book Proposal with Karen Whiting – 22
1F – Marketing into Ministry with Michelle Booth – 18
1G – Writing for Focus on the Family with Stephen O’Rear – 15

Friday Workshops, 5:00 – 6:00
2A – Writing Out of a Broken Heart with Michael Gantt (this was originally 3A) – 21
2B – Your Writer’s Voice with Edwina Perkins – 32
2C – The Heartbeat of Inspirational Romance with Susan Baganz – 6
2D – Theological Accuracy in Nonfiction with Catherine DeVries – 14
2E – What Do Editors and Agents Want? with Linda Glaz – 24
2F – Facebook Live 101 with Patricia Durgin – 27
2G – Writing for Young Children with C. Hope Flinchbaugh – 14

Saturday Workshops, 9:45 – 10:45
3A – The Watchman’s Burden with Michael Gantt (this was originally 2A) – 13
3B – Skittles and Editing with Susan Baganz – 21
3C – Ethnic Diversity in Fiction with Catherine DeVries – 4
3D – Write and Publish Articles with Charles W. Christian – 26
3E – Turn Your Writing into a Business with JP Robinson – 29
3F – Attending to Your Audience with Emily Chase – 12
3G – Poetry Packs a Powerful Punch with Angie Bass Williams (this was originally 4G) – 6

Saturday Workshops, 2:45 – 3:45
4A – Write from the Heart with Linda Glaz – 13
4B – Add More Humor to Your Writing with Karen Bouchard – 18
4C – How Much Christian Should Be in our Christian Fiction with Dan Walsh – 13
4D – Confidentially Yours: Ethics in Nonfiction with Emily Chase  13
4E – Heading Home with a Plan with Karen Whiting – 19
4F – Redesign Your Social Media Plan with Patricia Durgin – 29
4G – Write Devotionals and Get Published with Debbie Hardy (originally 3G) – 17

Teens Write (Saturday, 9:45 – 3:45) – 8

Remember – You are welcome to slip in and out of continuing sessions and workshops if you do not have appointments scheduled. Just let the appointment desk know where you will be.

Handouts - Available online. Click here.


When you arrive on Thursday, August 8

If you arrive before the 3:00 pm (the time rooms are available at the Holiday Inn), come to the Dock Mennonite Academy campus. From Forty Foot Road (Rt. 63) turn onto Detweiler Road and park in the two lots to the left of building 11, Clemens Center, the conference hub where registration, keynotes, meals, and appointments will take place and where we will be setting up the book tables. Classes are in building 1 (a very short walk).



If you need help with a box of books
call Eric Sprinkle, 719-322-6992. 

If you have brought books to sell, give us the completed consignment form and feel free to arrange them on one of the tables for faculty or for keynoters. Be sure the price is on each book. And remember, we cannot track “two for $” sales. Each item must be individually priced.

Pick up your faculty packet and envelope with your meal tickets and your neck wallet with your name tag from the table just inside the chapel.

You are welcome to attend a Learning Lab or early bird workshop or to fellowship. There are benches around the pond if it’s not pouring rain or scorching hot. Or you can help us set up! smiley 

Check-in at the Holiday Inn begins at 3:00 pm. 

Dinner is at 6:00 pm in Clemens Center. As I mentioned in an earlier email, there is no separate room for a faculty dinner/meeting so you must review this page to get your questions answered since we’ll be seated with the conferees.

Opening session at 7:30 in chapel just across the hall from the cafeteria. I hope you won’t miss this time of worship and  Michael Gantt’s keynote, “Cry Mercy.”

Weather & What to Wear? 

Well the weather is anyone’s guess :), but it does look like we will be in the 80s instead of the 90s. I know that’s not really hot for some of you, but add Philly’s humidity and it can get quite uncomfortable. So, please, dress cool and comfortable. Shorts and capris are fine. Seriously! This is NOT a dress up
conference. There’s the possibility of rain every day, so bring an umbrella!


Marlene –  484-991-8581 (home & office) 
Cell – 267-436-2503 (only during conference)

Eric Sprinkle – our “go-to” guy for 
rides, help with luggage, etc.
Technical help

Rides between the conference & the Holiday Inn
and pickups at the Pennbrook Train Station
Donna Brennan – 484-264-9028
Debbie Talese – 267-640-9535
Peggy Montagna – 609-675-3952

Jennifer Lebo – 215-630-9209

Will post additional numbers later


Pre-Conference Timeline 2019





June 21 


  Return contract to Marlene. I hope to email contracts by June 15.
  I’m so sorry I never got these done!

July 1

  Book flight and send itinerary to Marlene.
  Run info by Marlene first if she is paying all or part.

July 15

   Return Book Order/Recommend/Donate form to Marlene.

   Email handouts to Chris Richards at passingthequill@gmail.com.

July 26


   Mail free-lit and give-away books to

             Marlene Bagnull
             ATTN: GPCWC freebies
             951 Anders Road
             Lansdale, PA 19446

   Mail items you want to sell to the address above unless you prefer to bring           with you. Put price sticker on each item (20% consignment fee on items

  • Click Here for consignment form REQUIRED to be included.


July 29

   Expect to receive (via e-mail) manuscripts for your paid critiques (if any).  
August 8

   Faculty dinner at 6 pm at Dock Mennonite Academy.

   Worship & keynote 7:30 pm. 



Thursday Learning Labs & Early Bird Workshops

Meet from 1:00 to 6:00 Thursday afteroon. You’re welcome to attend free of charge, of course.


Please view as a PRIORITY! Come ready to focus on the Lord and hear from Him through our keynote speakers.

Continuing Sessions

Meet four times times for a total of 5 hours.


These last 60 minutes.

Handouts – We've gone GREEN!

Email your handouts to Chris Richards at passingthequill@gmail.com no later than July 15.

Paid Critiques

A written critique is not expected, but conferees appreciate notes jotted directly on the manuscript.


For more information about how our appointment system works, click on Appointments.

Father, please give us all much wisdom to know
how You would have us respond to the conferees we meet with.
And please help them to hear what we're saying;
not what they want to hear.

Give them teachable spirits and give us sensitive hearts.


An important note to editors and agents - We are all pressed for time, but if you take a manuscript with you or request that it be sent to you, please try your best to get a response to the conferee in at least three months. If your policy is that no answer within three months means you're not interested, please make that clear to the conferee at the conference.


Book Signing
We encourage you to be part of this on Friday evening and the author interviews. Please choose just ONE book to tell us about.

At the Holiday Inn, Kulpsville, just off the Lansdale Exit of the PA North/South Turnpike and five minutes from Dock Mennonite Academy.



If GPCWC is covering all or part of your airfare, please run the itinerary and price past me before booking to give me the option of using my Frequent Flyer Miles if the price is too high. (If you need to be reimbursed before the conference, let me know.) I suggest you visit www.orbitz.com or www.kayak.com for a helpful overview of times, prices, and airlines. The conference provides shuttle service between the airport and the conference; therefore, we are unable to reimburse you for the cost of a rental car.



Special Needs

Permission to Record

Contact Info

A FEW MORE DETAILS - thank you for reading this far. smiley

Marlene Bagnull
GPCWC Book Table
951 Anders Road
Lansdale, PA 19446

Marlene Bagnull
GPCWC Free Lit
951 Anders Road
Lansdale, PA 19446

Father, thank You in advance for what You're going to do through this year's conference. I especially pray that you will bless each faculty and staff member in special and unexpected ways.


Marlene 484-991-8581 (home & office) or mbagnull@aol.com
Cell – 267-436-2503 (only during the conference)

Barb Haley (Registrar & Appointments Coordinator)

Eric Sprinkle – rides between Holiday Inn and Dock.
 Also assistance with luggage and boxes of books.
Technical AV issues

Donna Brennan  - rides between Holiday Inn and Dock.