Writers Workshop

October 28-30, 2010

Theme: Writing Past the Watchful Dragons

Join our workshops and lectures for the jump-start, dusting off, or home-stretch encouragement you’ve been needing to move forward with your writing.

We all know that writing well is, in part, a talent. But moving from God-given gift to a finished — and perhaps published — product requires self-discipline and dogged perseverance, as well the encouragement and feedback of others.

We’ll create an affirming atmosphere for reading and commenting on one another’s work, hear the often grim, full-of-failure background stories of now-respected writers, and discuss specifics for creating a writing life that is more than a rainy-day hobby. Writers of all expertise levels are welcome to come celebrate the creative life — and the privilege of working in community.

The Writers Workshop is part of the larger Southwest Regional Retreat.

Featured speakers:

  • Randy Alcorn – Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the life, thought processes, and habits of a writer with this famous author. And how C. S. Lewis worked his way into most of Randy’s books, fiction and nonfiction. Enjoy these casual Q&A sessions along with corresponding lecture/workshops presented by James Matthew Boyleston of Houston Baptist University.
  • Steve Laube – A Literary Agent responsible for the discovery, evaluation, and development of potential new books for publication, Steve Laube has negotiated nearly 250 contracts and managed over 400 new books during his time as an agent. He is a 29 year veteran of the bookselling industry.
  • Dave Lindstedt – Tyndale House Publishers, Senior Editor, Nonfiction Books, Dave made a mid-career transition to book editing in 1997, when he started a freelance business with no prior experience or training. Dave has been with Tyndale House since 2001, and has had the privilege of editing several best sellers, including Heaven by Randy Alcorn, Don’t Bet Against Me by Deanna Favre, and The Winners Manual by Jim Tressel.
  • “Fiction/Non-fiction” track – Instructional sessions with agent and editor as well as one-on-one appointments to pitch your work. David Lindstedt will offer critique and feedback. Lecture/workshop, poetry and songwriting sessions.
  • Bag End – Evening gatherings for sharing and reading work, casual camaraderie with presenters and attendees.
  • “Writing for Your Church” – If the Lord has called you to write, He also promised to equip you. Sessions on creative writing, interviewing for writing testimonies, public relations, promotion, and social media.
  • “Social Media for authors & churches – Sessions on web-based technologies—Websites, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc., including website critiques.