2022 Schedule

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Thursday, June 16 , 2022

Meet and Greet - Enjoy refreshments and a time of fellowship with faculty members and other conferees. Find your way around the beautiful ECTC facility!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Our day begins at 7:00 a.m. with a welcome class for Newbies. Workshops and keynote addresses are scheduled for a full day of activities which ends at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Early bird workshops begin at 7:30 a.m. After three workshop sessions, our final keynote address is at 2:30 p.m. and the conference ends at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet

Friday, June 17

7:00 a.m.


7:30 a.m.

Early Bird Session

So You're a Newbie: A Primer for First-time Attendees | Carlton Hughes

8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, and Worship

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address #1

What's Your Flip? | Jim Rubart

9:50 a.m.

Editor/Agent/Publisher Panel

See the Agent/Editor page for participants

10:45 a.m.


Faculty one-on-one appointments begin

10:45 a.m.

Bonus Workshops

A Writer's Armor | Edwina Perkins

Am I Called to Write? | Lori Hatcher

Plotting and Storytelling | Shellie Arnold

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Workshop 1

Self-Publishers, Piranhas, and Pariahs | Jim Watkins

Why Writers Must Also Be Speakers | Lori Hatcher

The Importance of Your Pitch | Edwina Perkins

So You Want to Write a Picture Book | Tama Fortner

2:00 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Workshop 2

Writers Rights | Tracy Crump

The Importance of Editing | Michele Chynoweth

Diving Into Devotions | Julie Lavender

Writing for Kids Today: An Introduction | Leslie Santamaria

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Keynote 2

The Dream Comes True | Jim Rubart

4:45 p.m.

Workshop 3

Create Your Own Book Trailer | Rhonda Dragomir

Sensitivity and Diversity in Manuscripts | Edwina Perkins

Writing for Guideposts Magazine | Diane Stark

How to Research a Nonfiction Children's Book | Tama Fortner

5:45 p.m.


6:00 p.m.


7:00 p.m.

Open Mic

8:00 p.m.

Night Owl Sessions

Twenty-Five Rejection-Proof Markets | Jim Watkins

Find Your Target Reader | Misty Beller

Saturday, June 18

7:00 a.m.


7:30 a.m.

Early Bird Sessions

Breaking into the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series | Diane Stark

Writing Christian Novels that Sell | Michele Chynoweth

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Faculty Appointments

Workshop 4

Lights! Camera! Action! | Michele Chynoweth

Crafting a Compelling Speaking Presentation | Lori Hatcher

Literary Devices and Simple Tricks to Improve Your Prose | Robin Patchen

From Llama Llama to Twilight | Leslie Santamaria

10:00 a.m.


Faculty Appointments

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Bonus Workshops

Are Authors in Their Write Minds? | Jim Watkins

Canva Basics for Writers | Tama Fortner

Writing the Emotional Roller Coaster | Robin Patchen

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Workshop 5

Launch Team Lift-Off: Build a Dynamic Team | Misty Beller

Writing Articles - Extra! Extra! | Julie Lavender

Emotion and Impact in Fiction | Shellie Arnold

One Fish, To (Two) Fish, Red Fish, Blew (Blue) Fish | Leslie Santamaria

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Keynote 3

The Dream Must Die | Jim Rubart

3:15 p.m.

Door Prizes/Evaluations/Dismissal

Brief Faculty Meeting at 3:30