Thursday Learning Labs & Workshops

Exciting Thursday afternoon options!

Cost: $55 for a Learning Lab
One workshop $25, Two workshops $40
All three workshops – $55

Coming only on Thursday?

Cost: $85 for a Learning Lab
One workshop $40, Two workshops $65
All three workshops – $85



1:00 – 4:30   Learning Labs                                                       


Build Your Author Platform – Sarah Bolme

The message is clear: To get published and sell books, you need a platform. For both published authors and authors yet to be published, this workshop will teach you six manageable steps to building and growing your online author platform through content marketing. Topics covered will include: author website, blogging, email newsletters, and social media strategies. Newsflash! See Sarah’s blog post, “Are You Using This to Build Your Author Platform?” Click here.


Focus on Fiction – Dan Walsh

Part 1 – How Much “Christian” Should be in Your “Christian Fiction”?

In this workshop we'll explore what the "Christian" in "Christian Fiction" really means. Are we writing as a ministry or just to entertain, or some of both? How much should God factor into what we write and the way we write? What readers are we hoping to reach, non-Christians or believers? How does the answer to that question affect our writing?

Part 2 – Creating Page-Turning Novels

Dan's 19 novels have received over 6,500 Amazon Reviews (avg 4.6 Stars). Perhaps the most consistent remark from readers is, "Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down." This isn't just with his suspense novels, but all of them (even his Christmas books). Dan will share a Bonus Tip on something very specific he does to keep those pages turning for his readers.


The Making of a Nonfiction Book – Diana Flegal

Do you have a nonfiction book idea, outline, or sample chapters? This lab will test your idea and determine what criteria it meets? Does your nonfiction idea fulfill the criteria needed for a book or is it better suited to a blog series or an article? Come away with a clear nonfiction writing career action plan. Tools needed: Laptop or notebook.


Thursday Early Bird Workshops


1:00 – 2:00     Mining for Stories: Discovering Their Worth – Donna L.H. Smith

Where can you get a unique story idea that hasn’t been done before? How can you know if a story idea is worth pursuing? Using my O2EU (Obscure, Opposite, Extreme, Unusual) formula to find a great story idea, you’ll learn how to use every resource available to you to find a unique angle for your story. Once you’ve discovered your idea, how do you know if it’s worth telling? A scoresheet will be included as a handout, but you’ll have to be brutally honest with yourself when scoring your story idea. 



2:15 – 3:15     Get the Most Out of Your Appointments – David Fessenden

A one-on-one appointment with an editor can be pretty intimidating. This workshop shows how, aside from hyperventilating, you can prepare for it.


3:30 – 4:30     Care and Feeding of Editors – Susan Baganz and Chris Richards

Learn how to avoid common errors that cause many beginning authors to be rejected regardless of the quality of their work.



5:00 – 5:30     First-Timer’s Orientation (no charge)


Catered Dinner


7:30 – 9:00     Worship & Keynote
                         Declaring God’s Truth in a Digital Age of Half Truths – Dr. Craig von Buseck