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  1. 3 Free Webinars From Jerry Jenkins

    @carolinamtne I was riding in the basket, taking pictures; my sister was driving. We were doing a training run in Wyoming. It's been several years, but if I remember right, one of my dogs was also on the team that day. I've since retired from racing, and have only five of my Siberian huskies left. I'm in NY while my sister still races in Colorado.
  2. 3 Free Webinars From Jerry Jenkins

    I was able to watch his Sunday evening presentation on 8 Keys to writing a powerful faith based book. There was some very good information given. I could have wished for more detail but it was more of a pre-recorded teaser to buy into his course and workshop - which I did because I felt there was enough to be learned that I needed. I was disappointed that despite there being a "chat box" where you got to ask questions, there was no acknowledgement of questions or any answers to them. I was left with the feeling of "This is great, I need more."
  3. List Of Genres We Write/critique/read

    Writes: My first book is non-fiction Christian living or inspirational but now I'm working on children's books. I'm currently doing an MG historical Fantasy. Reads: I read children's books (MG and YA) to understand the genre better, but for my pleasure I like romance - especially historical romance, and Biblical fiction. I am not interested in Amish romances, or anything that isn't "clean". Critiques - I'm hoping to develop my critiquing skills. For now I want to stick to the genre I'm familiar with so I can hopefully enjoy the read and give a usable critique.
  4. 3 Free Webinars From Jerry Jenkins

    I dearly wanted to watch, but my slow server wouldn't handle it. I have to have pre-recorded to download, or else be free during the non-busy daytime hours. This time I just wasn't free.
  5. Need A Speaker For Our Conference

    The date is tentative riht now depending on the availability of a speaker, but we are aiming for a Saturday in early October. While our Catholic parish, in conjunction with the diocese is hosting it, the conference is set to be ecumenical. The conference theme is "Writing for Evangelization," a concern for all Christians. I have never even attended a conference before, much less attempted to host one, so I'm really going into this blind. The plan is to keep this first year as inexpensive as possible - it will be less than $25.00 per person, and perhaps even free. We will probably limit it to 20 people. I'm thinking we will have a speaker first thing in the morning (after coffee and donuts while we sign in and meet everyone) then move to the church proper for the speaker (depending on how they want to do it) for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then back to the parish hall for some hands on writing time, followed by lunch. After lunch maybe we'll do some sharing, then wrap it up with another short "speaker time." but I have to tell you, I'm really uncertain and certainly will be very flexible. I expect to pay for travel and lodging but we will have a pretty small budget. Who will come? I'm not really sure, having never done this before. I'm expecting this year to bring in mostly middle aged women who would like to become writers, but we'll also be open to professionals, and students. Direct contact information? You mean how do they reach me or how do we contact them? Speaker of participants? As for how I've tried to get a speaker so far, I've posted my request in Christian writer's groups, and have checked with a few speaker's bureaus. I have one speaker tentatively in mind, but he's in Dallas - a lot of traveling expense to get here to upstate New York.
  6. Need A Speaker For Our Conference

    Still desperately searching for a speaker. Ideally we would have two - one for fiction and one for non-fiction, but we'll take what we can get. This is a great opportunity for someone just breaking in to the speaking arena. We are located between Ithaca and Syracuse in central New York state. Help please!
  7. We are in the beginning stages of planning our first ever writing conference. It will have the theme "Writing to Evangelize" While it is hosted by our Catholic parish, it is to be ecumenical. We have the venue and have targeted a date for a Saturday in September. In a couple of weeks we will be attending a workshop to apply for grant money to pay a speaker. My big hurdle now is how do I go about finding a speaker, and how much might we expect to pay for one? HELP!
  8. 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.
  9. Hosting A Conference

    Up in the hills about 20 minutes east of Cortland.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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