Monday, April 20, 2015

The 2015 Conference line-up!

Precious Stones and Living Words  

Don't want the whole conference, but want to meet Stephanie Grace Whitson? 

Our at the door single workshop special is for you!

Hear Stephanie's presentation on Saturday April 25th from 8:45-9:45 AM. Plus, meet her at the book signing immediately following for the single workshop price of only $20.

Want to know about the presenters you'll meet at the 2015 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference?   

Click on the names below for interviews, insights, workshops, and websites.

Author Cheryl St.John: A Story is Feelings: Trigger Emotion in Your Reader

CWHAM founder Jill Hart:  Writing as a Business - Creating a Plan for Success.

Author Rose Zediker: Breaking into the Christian Children's Magazine Market.

Singer/Speaker/Writer Phil Morgan: The Art of Songcrafting

Singer/Speaker/Author Pam Morgan: The Complete Communicator

Author/Poet Sally Jadlow: How to Use Create Space for Your E-book

Author/Webmaster Angela D. Meyer: DIY Techie-Social Media basics on a budget

Standard editor Duane Brush:Article Writing 101- What Your Editor Wants to See 

Author/editor Lee Warren: Friday night: On-Ramp: Industry, craft and conference helps, like how to pitch your ideas to editors. 
Saturday: Using Fiction Techniques in Non-Fiction Writing.

Author Mary Connealy: Where do I begin--The five things you need to do to start your story.

Publisher Tamara Clymer: Marketing Outside the Box

Susan King, Associate Editor: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message


Susan King, editor for Upper Room magazine

Jim Watkins, associate acquisitions editor at Wesleyan Publishing 

Shari Langton, associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine

Rowena Kuo, Managing Editor Brimstone Fiction/ Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Gloria Penwell, AMG Publishers

Editor Troy Gripentrog, Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine


Laree Lindburg: EMoon Publishing

Pat Mingarelli: Professional photo shoots. Conference discount packages from $25 

R.J. Thesman: Certified life coach. Writing one-on-ones. Conference discount price-$25

Author/Webmaster Angela D. Meyer: One-on-one social media and tech help. Conference discount-$25

 Want more?

 Click here for the conference schedule

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Friday, April 17, 2015

CrossRiver founder Tamara Clymer

Publisher Tamara Clymer spent 15 years in the television and newspaper industry before founding the Christian publishing company, CrossRiver Media Group. 

Tamara Clymer, CrossRiver Media publishing
Join us at the Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference for her presentation: Marketing Outside the Box – Ideas for marketing that takes you outside of the traditional and social media marketing box.

Jeanie: Tamara, you worked in the television and newspaper industries for years prior to founding CrossRiver Media Group. What prompted you to make that move?

Tamara: I loved working in the television and newspaper industry, but after fifteen years I felt like I needed to do something  different...something that would use my writing abilities to glorify God. 

A writer/speaker friend of mine sat down with me one evening over hot chocolate and talked about how difficult it was to get her writing published. I knew her work... it wasn't a matter of poor writing or editing. 

It was a limited marketplace that wasn't willing to take a risk on a unproven writer. Over the next few weeks, as she talked, I listened... and I began to believe that God may be calling me to help my friend and writers just like her. A few months later CrossRiver was born.

Jeanie: I'm looking forward to your "Marketing Outside the Box" workshop at theWordsowers Writers Conference in April. Can you share a bit about what you'll cover?

Tamara: We will be talking about specific ways writers can use social media to market their books. It takes more than just sharing blog links and favorite recipes... find out what your fans are needing from you.

Jeanie: In your opinion, when should an author begin marketing their book?

Tamara: Authors really should start their marketing before they have even finished their book. A good solid platform takes time to develop, so it isn't something you want to wait to start when the book is about to be published. Working on your platform before your first book comes out is also a good way to build anticipation of its release. 
 While writing, the author can be working on establishing a blog schedule, finding a following on Twitter and getting their feet wet on Facebook. Not to mention finding speaking engagements and radio

Jeanie: Tamara, thanks for taking the time to chat with us.
Visit with Tamara and learn from her expertise at the Wordsowers Writers Conference April 24th & 25th.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pat Mingarelli, Professional Photography on hand at Wordsower Writers Conference

Pasquale“Pat” Mingarelli is a photographer by trade and served 11 years with CampusCrusade for Christ (now called Cru) as a photojournalist with their magazine Worldwide Challenge. He left Cru to celebrate God as Creator through photography. His ministry, The Creation  Speaks, examines how nature reveals the glory of God and His attributes. It exploreswhat creation declares to our heart soul and mind about God. When we see howgreat God is in creation we will better understand how great He is in our lives! He posts on of his photos and a Visual Bible Verse
Daily. He lives in Bellevue with His wife Patti, their daughter Talitha, their son Pasquale andtheir dog Montana. 

Photo by Pat Mingarelli
In the spring of 2011 Pat became my professional photographer. The photos of me in the poka dots and pink jacket are from a day in the park with Pat. I'm looking forward to a new sitting while at our Wordsowers Conference April 25, 2015

Kat: Do you think it's an advantage for writers to know something about photographer and if so, what?

Pat: We have the perfect photo for the cover of their new book! (Sweet answer Pat.)

Kat: What are three good facts to know about you and why?

Pat:  1)  I am passionate about showing what nature can tell us about God. Why do people need to know this: Because we all need to pursue what God has made us passionate about.
          2)  Over the years I have spent plenty of time hiking, camping, swimming, scuba diving, gardening, walking and exploring the outdoors. Why do people need to know this: We all need to be deeply familiar with what is the focus of our writing and speaking.
          3)  God first, family second,  ministry/photography/writing  third. Why do people need to know this: That is the way it has to be. 

Kat: What scripture has spoke to you the most while you write and/or shoot scenery?


Pat:  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  And Psalm 104 the whole chapter.

Psalm 104.

Kat: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Pat: Focus and believe. A dream is good, but writing it down, making it a goal and pursing it is a whole better. And jobs are for people who want to work for someone else. 

Photo of Kat by Pat Mingarelli 
Note from Kat: Pat will be available for professional photos for writers.

Cost:  $25.00 for writers will have a photo session and their head shot emailed to them. For $40.00 Pat will touch up the head shot and send 4 x 6 prints of the writers choosing. 

Interview by the Lionhearted Kat one of the Wordsowers Leadership Team 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angela D. Meyer Teaches a Workshop: DYI Techie

Wordsowers Christian Writers is excited about our own Queen of the Media, Platform Building and DIY Techie, Angela Meyer, teaching a workshop for our third writers conference.

Angela joined Wordsowers a number of years ago. In the spring of 2011 she volunteered along with Jon Miller (then 17), Teresa Tierney and Kat Crawford to become one of the Wordsowers exciting new leadership team.

The new team of leaders had a dream, hold our first Wordsowers Christrian Writers Conference by spring of 2013. Angela built our website, set up facebook pages and encouraged the rest of the team to dig into building better websites, too.

Along with building the Wordsowers media world, Angela wrote her first book and taught workshops on platform building at the Wordsowers monthly meetings. In December of 2013 she moved from a Leadership Team roll to being Wordsowers Number One DIY Techi on the Advisory Council.  

Kat: You are working on your second novel. When will it be published?

Angela: The second book in the Applewood Hill series will be released in early 2016. 

Kat: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you unblock?

Kat: Ideas are always stirring when it comes to fiction, but sometimes I get so tired, its hard figuring out how to get those ideas on paper. 

Kat: You are presenting a workshop on being a DIY Techie. For the last three
DIY photo from Common Domain Pictures 
years you have created Websites, blogs, and facebook pages for Wordsowers. This year you’ve added memes to the mix. How have you accomplished all this technical stuff?

Angela: When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing and attempted to rope my teenage son into helping me. He would say "Google is your friend, Mom." From then on, when I saw something I wanted to do, I Googled it, read a lot of articles and watched tutorials to help me figure it out. 

Kat: There are many authors online these days teaching writers the basics. Is there one author, or one book that helped you?

Angela: When it comes to writing, one of my favorites is The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke. That book helped me tremendously. 

Kat:  Is there something in particular you would like the WordSowers to pray about?

Angela: Balance. It is really easy to let the marketing part of writing take over you life. I need to make sure I leave room to breathe! 

Check her website for more info:  Encouragement for Your Faith Journey

If you find Angela with nothing to do at the conference, pick her brain. She is full of information and enjoys helping writers. 

Interview by the Lionhearted Kat – One of the Wordsowers Leadership Team

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Susan King from the Upper Room sharing Power Point on Devotion Writing

While skyping into Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference in April, Susan King is in California teaching on location at another conference. She is also directing a writer’s conference this year. She’s a busy woman and shares a great workshop with all her students.

You want to listen with both ears when you attend Susan’s workshop. She crams a three hour course in fifty minutes.

Susan has been with The Upper Room magazine for 20 years.  She has also taught English at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) for 20 years and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. 

Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University and Abilene Christian University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer.

The Upper Room®  is a global ministry designed to support Christians seeking to
Upper Room cover 
know God more fully. It’s a small book that fits in a pocket or purse. You’ll find this devotional in more waiting rooms than most Christian devotions.

Check out the writers guidelines and special emphasis months on the Upper Room Website. And Did You Know? If you are in need of prayer the Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.   

You'll find more info about teens and children materials and the writers guidelines. Check them out. 

Kat: Pray for Susan while she skypes a Power Point presentation into Wordsowers while at another writers conference in California. We feel blessed to have Susan share about writing for Upper Room—and men, she often says she needs male authors. 

I've been privileged to sit in Susan's workshop, have lunch with her and share about devotional writing. She's a woman who loves to encourage writers.  Lionhearted Kat one of the Wordsowers Leadership Team

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Meet Writing Coach Rebecca (RJ) Thesman

Rebecca, better known as RJ, Thesman has attended different conferences over the years. A few years ago I sat in her classroom in a Called to Write Conference in Girard, Kansas. She is a phenomenal workshop leader and excellent writing coach.

RJ has a Facebook group for those caregiving an Alzheimer’s or Dementia patient—she enjoys helping caregivers find hope when life unravels. You’ll also find delightful stories in her books about the Unraveling of Rev.G. Look for them in the Wordsowers bookstore.

This year Wordsowers workshops were all filled, when RJ said, “I enjoy getting to
Book One 
know new writers and coaching them on their journey.”  For the first time Wordsowers is offering one on one coaching sessions. For a mere $25 you can sign up for a time with RJ. We asked what she normally charges. “Usually $75 a session.”

Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Kat: Share a bit of background with me—I have your bio, but help me know you better. Tell me something personal?

Rebecca: I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and it's true you can't take the country out of the girl. I have always been a reader and a writer, but I also wanted to be a pastor and a concert pianist. When God called me into ministry, I gave up the concert idea although I did perform a piano concert while a missionary in Honduras. Never got to be a pastor, although I've been in ministry all my life.

Book Two 
Kat: How many books have you written and how did you choose the topic?

Rebecca: I've actually written 8 books. The 1st 4 were nonfiction and self-published to be used in ministry. Then fiction, so that's the three Reverend G books.
Another book is still unpublished and I'm praying about that. The topic of Alzheimer's came because of my mother's illness, my father's dementia and also  my experience in ministry.

Kat:  What led you into coaching other writers?

Rebecca: I became a Certified Life Coach through my work at GateWay of Hope. But I have always loved teaching at writer's conferences and so it was a natural shift into coaching writers.

Kat: Share a bit with our Wordsowers on what to expect from a writing coach.

Rebecca: A writing coach will help you identify a plan for moving past whatever obstacle you're facing. Maybe it's procrastination. Maybe it's finding your writing time / routine, etc. Maybe it's learning more about your core values so you'll know what topic to write about. A coach provides accountability, resources, a listening ear and encouragement.

Kat: Do you have something you’d like the Wordsowers to pray about?

Thank you!! My car is a concern right now. I've been sinking lots of money into it this past year, and praying about a miracle for replacement. Also, I'm facing several transitions in life and searching for another church. This is a source of grief as well as uncertainty. And then, of course, my mother and her Alzheimer's journey.

RJ will be available for a free interview (10 minute session) or $25 for a writers coaching session. Sign up when you register at the conference. 
You can find more info about RJ on her Website Finding Hope When Life Unravels
Facebook, Author page      Twitter          LinkedIn    Facebook Group 

Interview by the Lionhearted Kat - one of the Wordsowers Leadership Team

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Duane Brush from STANDARD: Story Arc Worskhop

Duane Brush  from a College Graduation Ceremy
Duane Brush, editor of Standard and Reflecting God, was a 30-year pastor and frequently published writer before joining WordAction. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Wordsowers are privileged to have Duane present a workshop, “The story arc—a how to on plotting a story to a satisfying conclusion.”
Nazarene Publishing House 
            Nazarene Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Church of the Nazarene is located in Kansas City, MO. It was first founded in 1912.

Kat: I know you served in ministry for 30 years....did you write during that time?

Duane: I wrote for publication in addition to things written as part of my ministry: mostly newspapers, magazine articles and stories.  

Kat: How and why did you change professions?

Duane: At 58 I was exploring my options. I knew that it was time to leave my current pastoral position. My wife and I were prayerfully seeking God's direction for our future. I am a great believer in knocking on many doors, and trusting God to open the right one. A friend made a house available to us in Kansas City during that time. After working several temporary positions I was offered the editorial position at NPH. 

Kat: Have you published a book?

Duane: I wrote a chapter in a book about our church's response to Hurricane Katrina.
Reflecting God Devotional
I wrote a worship planning guide for the Worship in Song hymnal. I have pitched several books and had two accepted by NPH. Unfortunately those projects are now on hold because of the company's reorganization.

Kat: You've presented workshops at many many and where?

Duane: I have presented conference workshops at the HACWN conference for 5 or 6 years. I did a Skype conference for a Christian writer's group in Raleigh, North Carolina and for Wordsowers in 2014. My workshops have largely focused on article and devotional writing and the changing markets for both. 

Kat: You mentioned family and grandchildren--do any of your family write? 

Duane and wife Nora 
Duane: My wife Nora has written some, she is also a minister and chaplain, she has written both articles and devotionals. Our son, David, has written chapters for books and for his ministry projects. He is a lay discipleship minister at his church and is a graduate of Fuller seminary with a degree in international missions.

Kat: Do you have a "bucket list" in the writing world before retirement, or are you like some of us who will never retire?
Bucket from Common Domain

Duane: I have several book ideas I would like to pursue. A dream project would be a textbook on preaching for ministers from the Wesleyan-Holiness perspective.
Find Duane Brush on Facebook

Kat: A note to Wordsowers: Duane is a great workshop teacher and easy to talk with in interview sessions. Besides the workshop for our conference this year, he has taught “Good theology for Christian writers who aren’t theologians.” Another is, “Character development in short story writing.” Feel free to ask him questions.

          Also, Duane mentioned the the reorganization of Nazarene Publishing House. Pray for all the editors and publishers at NPH during this transition.

Interview by Kat Crawford-one of the Wordsowers Leadership Team