reNEW 2020

October (8)9-11, 2020 

Holy Family Retreat Center – West Hartford, CT

Plans for reNEW 202 are in progress. However, we are excited to announce TWO INTENSIVE SEMINARS on Saturday morning. Register TODAY for your first choice. Space is limited. Indicate your choice in the registration form where indicated.

 The seminars will take place on Saturday morning. If you do not wish to attend either seminar, you are free to write on your own at your dedicated writing space. In addition to the two intensives, we will be offering many different workshops on Sunday by our faculty. Workshops will include sessions for speakers by Speaker/Author Maggie Wallem Rowe. 

Intensive 1: “My Questions – God’s Answers”  with Eva Marie Everson 

 So often, as writers, we ask God questions. Daily, we run to Him with concerns and pleadings. “When is this going to happen?” and “When is that door going to swing open for me?” We wonder, “Why her and not me?” or “Should I take this road to publication or that one?” With enough time, the whole thing can become exhausting, especially if we feel God is either ignoring us or that He hears and refuses to answer. But what if God is waiting for us to hear His questions? And what if we could dig into those questions and discover the answers we’ve been waiting on all along or perhaps find a different path? In this intensive, Eva Marie Everson shows participants the method God used with her to bring her writing to a deeper level, her role in Christian publishing to a higher place, and her heart to a new understanding of what it is exactly that God wanted from her. 

Eva Marie Everson is a multiple award-winning author and speaker of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference and North Georgia CWC, and the managing editor of Firefly Southern Fiction. and a frequent speaker. She and her husband reside in Central Florida where they enjoy hearts full of children and grandchildren.


Intensive 2: Marketing and Social Media for Writers & Speakers with Edie Melson 

 Social media and marketing feel like the mechanical side of writing and publishing. It’s something we have to do. It takes time away from our calling and our purpose. Edie Melson suggests that such a mindset is upside down. Social media and marketing aren’t an interruption from our calling—instead it’s a vital part of the call God has placed in our hearts. God is perfect with His plan for us, in His preparation of us and in the time where He’s placed us. This is the vantage point from which Melson teaches social media and marketing, sharing the mechanics and equipping us to navigate this fast-paced paradigm where we live.  For the first time ever, we can reach the world without leaving home. Don’t let Satan handicap you by fear – learn the tools to shine!

As an author, blogger, and speaker Edie Melson has encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. She’s penned numerous books, including Soul Care for Writers. As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her top-ranked blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she directs the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She and her husband, Kirk, live in South Carolina. 


 Additional Guest Faculty 

Maggie Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, blogger, and author whose passion is to connect women to God and each other. She says, My writing opportunities are a direct result of the speaking ministry God called me into decades ago, and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned about speaking for His glory as well as taking words from the page to the platform!” She has contributed to 10 books including numerous devotional Bibles.  Maggie speaks frequently throughout the US and abroad. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College (IL) in communications and biblical studies.   Maggie’s first book, This Life We Share: Journeying Well with God and Others (NavPress) will launch at the reNEW 2020  Book Celebration.. She and her husband, Mike, live in the mountains of western North Carolina.