‘Write’ on: Writers conference offers resources, encouragement

There’s a big wide world out there for writers looking to share their stories and message with a wider audience.

Fortunately, there’s a way are writers can do just that by connecting with literary agents, acquisition editors, and inspirational mentors at the 2024 Cascade Christian Writers Conference in Canby.

Put on by the Oregon Christian Writers, the conference runs June 23-26 at the Canby Grove Christian Center.

“The best thing about CCWC is the people. It is writers cheering each other on and learning together,” said Christina Suzann Nelson, conference director. “My career as a professional writer began at a writing conference. This is where I made the necessary connections to move forward in publication.”

The Sunday through Wednesday conference features nearly a half dozen in-depth morning coaching classes on how to get published, writing a spiritual memoir, creative thievery, and learning from published authors about the pitfalls and successes encountered on their writing journeys.

The 30 afternoon workshops include “Hitting the Right Pitch,” “The Inside Scoop,” “Writing a Meditation for The Upper Room,” “Interacting with Publishing Professionals,” “From Fact to Fascinating: Nonfiction Kids,” “Writing for Focus on the Family,” “Body Language 101,” “Tightening Up Sagging Middles,” “Red Carpet Reads,” “Your Story Matters,” “Bookkeeping Basics for Authors,” as well as writing for TV, movies and much more.

“We are thrilled to welcome an incredible group of faculty to this one-of-a-kind conference,” said Julie Bonn Blank, president of Oregon Christian Writers. “No matter one’s level of writing, there are things to learn and put into practice. The fellowship is amazing, the worship spectacular, the keynotes unique each time, and we look forward to seeing attendees and helpers.”

Romance writer Becky Wade, and Rachel Dodge, best-selling author of devotionals, will share their experiences as keynoters at the conference.

Wade, a Dallas wife and mother of three, has won several Christy, Carol, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards for her 16 romance novels and novellas, which include books in the Sons of Scandal, Bradford Sisters, Porter Family, and Misty River romance series.

Dodge, who lives in northern California, wrote devotionals based on famous novels, including “Anne of Green Gables,” “Little Women,” and “The Secret Garden,” as well as “Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen.”

Writers can sign up to meet with agents, including Blythe Daniel of The Blythe Daniel Agency; Nick Harrison of WordServe Literary; and Barbara Roose of Books & Such Literary Management. Acquisition editors who will listen to pitches from writers include Andrew Breeden of The Upper Room; Michelle Adserias of Today’s Christian Living magazine; Sherri Langton of Bible Advocate and Now What?; and Rachel Pfeiffer of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines.

Each writer registering for the conference can meet for 15 minutes with a mentor, an established fiction or nonfiction writer who can offer writing or career advice and encouragement.

Early registration runs through April 15. For more information and to register, visit https://cascadechristianwriters.org/events/cascade-conference/. Registration closes June 10.

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