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  1. Hosting A Conference

    The key to my plan is being able to secure a grant to pay for the speaker. I have no clue on how much a suitable speaker would cost. Since the grant money comes from an evangelization fund, that dictates the theme. I'm thinking probably something along the line of "Writing to Share the Good News" but a lot would depend on the potential guest presenter. Like I say, I'm feeling my way through this somewhat blind. Next month I have to attend a meeting with the folks offering grants - I need to have some basic stuff figured out to even find out if they will consider such a proposal. Nicola, you have some great ideas - but I imagine most of it will be something to "grow into". For now, we need to just plan on starting very small and seeing where the interest takes us.
  2. Hosting A Conference

    Up in the hills about 20 minutes east of Cortland.
  3. Hosting A Conference

    I live in a very small community in upstate New York. Our local writing group consists of only a handful of people. Part of the attraction of this location is the quiet and the remoteness. I know there are writers nearby, but I don't have names nor know how to connect with them. That's some of what I have to figure out. Right now it seems like there is an awful lot of "must do A before B but must do B before A." There is a university about 20 minutes away that I might be able to draw from but I'm afraid students are more likely to be attendees that speakers.
  4. Hosting A Conference

    I'm looking at the possibility of our church hosting a "mini-conference" this fall. Funds will be limited and the participants few. My first problem is that I've never attended a conference myself, so I don't have much of a background. I think I would like to have a guest speaker in the morning and workshop time in the afternoon. Does that sound viable? How do I go about finding a speaker? The theme will be based around evangelization. I believe it can successfully be done ecumenically, but again, I have no experience. Ideas anyone?
  5. Preachy Fiction

    I suppose people will say I'm just overly sensitive, and that I shouldn't take things personally, but that's who I am. And right now, I'm wondering why I'm even on this forum. I thought it was a place of support and learning, but instead I feel attacked because my choice of medium to spread he Word is writing Christian fiction. I'm hearing Christian fiction isn't a valid way to witness. I'm hearing Christian fiction isn't written well. I'm hearing Christian fiction is fake Christianity. What happened to the Christian ideals of loving and serving one another? Or do you believe that's all a bit of nonsense - Christian fiction?
  6. Preachy Fiction

    Wow! So much conversation while I was away from my computer! So why is Christian Fantasy (and Sci-Fi) important? I already mentioned that I believe the "soft sell" can plant the seeds of faith. In our small community it was important for our high school faith education classes to get together with students in other communities to reinforce the values being taught and to see that there were other kids - cool kids - that also believed in and openly practiced the faith. When young people can find interesting stories that illustrate the hero living a Christian faith (or demonstrating a life with healthy moral values) it encourages them to stick with the values they have been taught as a child. Faith is not something to be outgrown and set aside, but rather something to continually grow into. Good literature helps, and fantasy and sci-fi can be included in that "good literature." The second reason it is important is that those adults who are practicing Christians still want to read for relaxation or entertainment. it can be hard to find stories that reflect our Christian values without being too preachy nor reflect the hideous side of secular "morality." The market may not be large, but that doesn't mean it isn't an important niche. Yes, there should be room at the table for all styles of writing. We don't need to discard any one segment.
  7. Preachy Fiction

    Christian fiction and fantasy is important. It is by the subtle hints and illustrations that His message is imparted to people who aren't already believers. There are many who are hard core believers, and it's OK to preach to them, but don't discount the value of speaking to others, softening their hearts so that eventually they, too, may come to believe. It is these "lukewarm" people who are easily turned off by heavy handed messages. There is certainly room in the literary world for both styles of Christian writing.
  8. Looking For Beta Readers!

    I'm interested. I can't promise how soon I can get to it, as I have some reviews promised, but I would be happy to take a look at it.
  9. Wrap up a note telling him what he got me for Christmas? I don't think that works. Besides, He wanted me to give him ideas under $20 - full price doesn't qualify. (He's already bought my "big" present; he just needs little things to go with it.)
  10. I am part of a Facebook group about marketing your e-book. Just a few days ago they had some great resources for promotions and reviews. One of the posts dealt with the Christian market. I like Book Bub to get myself free and inexpensive e-books. They encourage but don't require readers to give reviews. Another possibility is Goodreads. I've got my print book listed on their giveaway section until Christmas. I know they also have a department for e-books.
  11. <sob> I just saw this today, the 21st, I only peek in here about once a week so I missed it earlier. Hubby has been pestering me for small gift ideas - that would have been perfect.
  12. The Offical Word Count For Nano 2017

    Book Title A Hero Just Where You Are 1. 2. 3. 4.(late start) 970 5. 6. 7. 1310 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Total:
  13. This is my first NNWM - I did the camp over the summer and decided to try the November project despite it being a busy month. I underestimated just how busy I would be and how little time I would have to write! I only have about 2200 words after 8 days. No matter. I knew going in there was no way I would make my goal, but I also knew it would push me to make some real progress. My book is a middle grade "historical fantasy" taking place during the conversion era of Finland - about 1150 AD. It involves a 13 year old gardener's boy rescuing the 8 year old runaway daughter of the manor from the Dark Lord. In the process he rejects his pagan upbringing and takes on the Christian faith, learning that one can be a hero regardless of your position in life.
  14. I'm not sure who posted the initial survey question, but II recently wrote such a journal and would be happy to share it with anyone who would like to review it for me.

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