Spokane Christian Writers Conference

News Flash! We are pleased to announce the addition of two presenters: Terry Whalin, representing Morgan James Publishing; and Jamie Dougall, representing Sharp Pens, and offering a “Teen-Track” to our conference!

The Spokane Christian Writers Conference will be a great place to:

  • Sharpen your writing skills
  • Network with other writers
  • Gain helpful tips for both traditional and self-publishing
  • Form strategic alliances for writing and publishing your books
  • Blow fresh wind into your sails for writing your first or next book!

Here’s the lineup of great speakers and presenters:

James Rubart (keynote speaker and workshop presenter)

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s a professional speaker, marketer, and a bestselling author of nine novels. His books have merited Christy Book of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews awards. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

James’ Workshop: How to Create Unique Ideas with Spiritual Impact

Do you want to create unique stories that agents and editors (and ultimately readers) are immediately captivated by? That goal isn’t a desire, it’s a must if you want to get published and have readers rave about your books.

During this workshop, bestselling author James L. Rubart will share the techniques he uses to create his own novels, and teach you how to discover the unique ideas buried deep inside you.

Jan Cline 

Jan Cline is the published author of several works of non-fiction and fiction. She is a speaker and presents at conferences and groups in the area. Her first novel was released in 2016, and she is currently working on another historical fiction book.

Jan’s Workshop: Where are your Characters?

It’s important for your book’s setting and characters to interact. When that’s done properly, you can make your scenes realistic, your story compelling, and your characters unforgettable. Jan will walk you through techniques to add depth to your stories by targeting emotion, description, tension, and conflict. Your characters will come alive to your readers as you intertwine them with a setting that is also alive.

Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards is a Communications Strategist, Copywriter, Author, Speaker, and host of one the top iTunes Business Podcasts. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, and with some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business. His clients include New York Times best-selling authors Michael Hyatt (author of Platform and co-author of Living Forward), Tony Robbins (author of Unleash the Giant Within and Money: Master the Game), Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul), Jeff Walker (author of Launch), and many more. Ray’s copy and marketing expertise has helped sell an estimated $200 Million or more in products and services. Ray is the founder of Ray Edwards International, Incorporated, which offers:

  • Copywriting
  • Consulting and Coaching
  • Product Launch Management
  • Training and Instruction

Ray’s Workshop: Best-seller Blueprint: How to Create a Buying Frenzy for Your Book

Congratulations! You’ve written and published your book. It was a long time coming. You put your heart and soul into it. You paid a graphic artist handsomely to craft an eye-catching cover and format the interior beautifully. You’re so very pleased with your book’s appearance and now it is proudly featured on Amazon.com.

But there’s one problem…a BIG problem…your book isn’t selling. Just getting it written and published was such a monumental task, but what if no one reads it? All that blood, sweat and tears for nothing!

Sound familiar? Don’t let this happen to you!

In this workshop, Ray will lay out a simple plan to help you finish what’s for most people the hardest part…selling your book. This is a proven plan that Ray himself has used to launch his book into the status of a best-seller. His consulting clients have used this same method to get their books on the “big” lists – the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Amazon. Your book too, can become a best-seller. Let Ray show you how…

Carrie Stuart Parks 

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist, instructor, author, and an internationally known forensic artist. Her first three books finaled in the mystery/suspense/thriller category in the Christy, Selah, and Christian Retailing Best, and won AN INSPY, CHRISTY, AND two Carols awards. She has presented programs at American Christian Fiction Writers, ThrillerFest (Craftfest), Left Coast Crime, and other writing conferences. She was mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti.

Carrie’s Workshop: Secrets to Great Writing 

Workshop Description: The problem is . . .Separating the story from the tools. Learn a variety of simple steps to polish your writing to its highest level. If you currently have a work-in-progress, Carrie asks that you bring your first 20 pages with you to the workshop.

Kurt Bubna

Kurt W. Bubna has been in pastoral ministry since 1976 and now serves as the founding and senior pastor of Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, Washington. Bubna published his first book, Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, with Tyndale in 2013. He is an author of five other books, an active blogger, a frequent international conference speaker, and a regular radio personality. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for over forty-two years and have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Kurt’s Workshop: So, You Want to Get Published?

Workshop description: Many of the books and courses available on how to get published are long and a bit overwhelming. In this workshop, Kurt will show you what is required to secure a traditional publishing deal, and how to get noticed in today’s market. Getting a book deal is not easy, but it is simple. Find out what must be done to succeed and the clear-cut steps you need to follow. (The first twenty attendees will receive a free copy of Kurt’s book: The Rookie’s Guide to Getting Published.)

Rob Fischer

Rob is a prolific writer having written more than 20 books and hundreds of published articles on a wide variety of topics. He also serves as a ghostwriter, editor and writing coach for numerous other authors helping them get their books published. Some of Rob’s non-fiction books include: The Summit Leadership Series for Men on spiritual disciplines; Comrades in Arms; Enthralled with God; 13 Jars; Rogue Saints; 28:19–The Skills for Disciple-Making; and Becoming Tarzan. Rob’s fiction books: Drazenovich; The Curse of Bael-Malluk; and Ultima Quarry.

Rob’s Workshop: From Concept to Completion: How to Write, Edit and Publish Your Book

What’s your #1 challenge?

  • I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to even begin!
  • I want to write a book, but I don’t feel qualified.
  • I’ve started writing my book, but I’m having trouble disciplining myself to finish it.
  • I’ve started writing my book, but I’m stuck.
  • I’ve finished my book and I need to have it proofed and edited.
  • I don’t know how to get my book published.

Whether you’re a published author, a writer with a book to publish, or an aspiring author you’ll find great solutions in this workshop to move you forward!

Terry Whalin

Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and a writer. He worked as a magazine editor and his magazine work has appeared in more than 50 publications. A former literary agent, Terry is an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing.

He has written more than 60 books through traditional publishers in a wide range of topics from children’s books to biographies to co-authored books. Several of Terry’s books have sold over 100,000 copies. His most recent book is BILLY GRAHAM, A BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S GREATEST EVANGELIST (Morgan James Publishing).

Terry’s Workshop: 12 Ways to Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams 

Many people have dreams and desires about getting into print but they have no idea where to begin or how to create a plan. In this workshop, Terry provides a list of key steps along with seasoned advice for any writer. Whether the writer is a beginner or a seasoned pro, this workshop is certain to stir their imagination and plans in a fresh way long after the conference.

Jamie Dougall

We’re pleased to have Jamie Dougall join our team of presenters. Jamie will be offering a “Teen-Track” for teens from 12-19 years old.

Jamie Dougall is a young author from North Idaho. She is currently working on her third novel and has a passion for encouraging others to live—and write—for the King.

Jamie believes life has no greater adventure than to follow the path Christ has prepared. In addition to writing, Jamie loves snow skiing, travel, art, history and reading. She enjoys directing Sharp Pens, a Christian teen writers program based in Coeur d’Alene.

Jamie’s Workshops: Unlocking the 5.5 Story Essentials & Grasping the Meaning of Story

Unlocking the 5.5 Story Essentials

What is a story? How do you create one that is interesting? Captivating? Unique? In this interactive session, you’ll discover the trick to writing a good story is not a mystery—it’s a systematic and engaging process that starts by unlocking the 5.5 Story Essentials.

Grasping the Meaning of Story

We live in a society that denies the existence of meaning and criticizes Christian stories for being “too preachy.” In this interactive session, we will explore the purpose of fiction, how faith impacts what we write, and how good stories can change lives. When we grasp the meaning of story, we will become effective writers.

Date, Location & Registration

  • Mirabeau Park Hotel & Conference Center (Sullivan Rd. & I-90)
  • Saturday, March 17th, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Morning Danish and lunch will be provided. Please let us know of any special dietary needs.
  • Register by clicking the link below. Hurry! Capacity is limited!
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