Thursday October 4

 

3:00–5:00pm Registration Open: Thursday arrivals get registration folders and check into rooms.

 

5:00pm Personal Writing (desks available for Thursday arrivals.)

 

Supper on your own – connect with other folks near Main Room.

 

Worship Team rehearses in Monastery Lounge. 

 

7:00–8:00pm Registration Open. Thursday arrivals get registration folders and check into rooms.

 

All Thursday arrivals bring books to Booktable in Monastery Lounge.

 

 

Friday October 5

 

Breakfast on your own – coffee and snacks in Monastery Lounge (faculty/team breakfast in director’s lounge).

 

6:00am–4:00pm Personal Writing (desks available by 9 for Friday arrivals.)

 

9:00–3:00pm By appointment Headshots Outside (Marla Darius).

 

10:00am–12 noon Booktables Open in Monastery Lounge.

 

10:00am–3:00pm Pre-scheduled Personal Critique Appointments. 

 

Lunch on your own – many restaurants only 5 minutes away near West Farms Mall.

 

12:00–1:45pm reNEW Faculty Meeting and Lunch.

 

2:00–4:00pm Registration Open: Friday Arrivals check into rooms.

 

2:00–3:00pm Insta Tips You Can Use Right Now Roundtable with Deidra Riggs. Insight to help you develop a more cohesive theme on Instagram, grow your following, maximize your impact, and have fun on social media. Bring your mobile device and laptop.

 

2:00–3:00pm Booktables Open in Monastery Lounge.

 

4:00–6:00pm Opening Plenary & Book Celebration.

 

5:30–6:00pm Featured books for purchasing and signing in Main Room after Celebration.

 

6:00–7:00pm Supper in Dining Hall (each faculty will host a table).

 

7:30–9:00pm Plenary Session – Main Room (worship). Bob Hostetler  If John Had Not Answered the Call to Write.

 

9:00–9:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge after Plenary Session.

 

9:30pm Personal Writing.

 

 

 

Saturday October 6

 

7:50–8:20am Prayer Gathering – Lucinda Secrest McDowell.

 

8:20–9:00am Breakfast in Dining Hall.

 

9:00am–12:00pm Personal Writing.

 

9:15–10:30am Workshops I

 

Bob Hostetler

Your Best Book Now! (Part 1) Conceiving, Crafting, Completing and Selling the best non-fiction book you have in you now.

 

Cynthia Ruchti

How God Can Use Fiction’s Bent Canoes, Guacamole, Prison Time, and Stolen Kisses for His Kingdom If you write fiction, you don’t need to be convinced of the power of story. But sometimes in the fog of deadlines and plot problems, we risk losing our connection with fiction’s impact on author, editor, readers, and the overarching Story that reigns over all. Come reconnect with this revitalizing look at how your creativity serves God’s purposes.

 

Lori Roeleveld

God’s Big Plan for Your Blog – and Beyond –  Could God have a vision for your blog that is even greater than your own? You want a platform, but could there be even more at work? The answer is a resounding Yes! You’ll come away from this workshop inspired by God’s plan for your blog. You’ll learn key steps that will make the experience of blogging useful for both finding your voice, locating the people God wants you to reach, and expanding your reach. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of your ideal reader, a list of useful guidelines for writing posts people will read, and practical ideas for gaining readers. This workshop will revolutionize the blogging experience for you and for your audience.

 

Amy Carroll

Your Message Matters! Developing a message for each audience that is fresh, focused and faith-filled.

 

10:30–11:00am Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

11:00am–12:15pm Workshops II

 

Bob Hostetler

Your Best Book Now! (Part 2) Conceiving, Crafting, Completing and Selling the best non-fiction Book you have in you now.

 

Christa Parrish

Writing Fiction as Worship It is easy to see how non-fiction – writing testimonies, devotionals or Bible studies, or Spiritual Life books – are an act of worship. But how does crafting fiction, words that many view as inherently untrue or a form of escapism, become an act of worship? In this workshop, we’ll explore the idea that authentic fiction is a way to glorify God with our words and actions.

 

Cynthia Ruchti

The Joy of Self-Editing In this practical workshop, we’ll dig out from under the sometimes drudgery-like task of editing to rediscover where joy is buried. We could call the workshop “Editing Hacks” if hack didn’t have such an unfortunate alternate meaning. Learn what it takes to nip-and-tuck your writing to afford it the best possible chance of garnering a contract. You’ll leave this workshop with practical tips and a new appreciation for the joy of self-editing.

 

Amy Carroll

A Speaker’s Strategy on Finding Open Doors for Ministry How to be the kind of speaker who gets invited over and over again. Also includes practical suggestions for building your speaking engagements in today’s climate.

 

12:30–1:30pm Lunch in Dining Hall (each faculty will host a table).

 

1:30–2:30pm Plenary Session – Main Room Rachel and Colin Britton Get Published Now – Finding your purpose in the changing world of publishing. 

 

2:30–6:00pm Personal Writing.

 

2:30–5:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

2:30-5:30pm By appointment headshots (Marla Darius).

 

6:00–7:00pm Supper in Dining Hall (each faculty will host a table).

 

7:00–7:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

7:30–9:00pm Plenary Session – Main Room (worship) Cynthia Ruchti Taking the Scenic Route in Writing and Speaking: My Journey

 

9:00–9:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

9:30pm Personal Writing.

 

9:30pm (facilitated by Lori Roeleveld) Saturday Night Owl Round Table. The Secret Life of Every Christian Writer – Join us for a night owl round table conversation about the struggles, questions, obstacles, doubts, and temptations that plague every Christian writer. Listen to some veteran writers share effective coping strategies and maybe contribute a few of your own.

 

 

Sunday October 7

 

7:50–8:20am Prayer Gathering – Lucinda Secrest McDowell.

 

8:00–9:00am Breakfast in Dining Hall.

 

9:00am–12:00pm Personal Writing.

 

9:15–10:15am Plenary – Main Room Amy Carroll – When God Calls Imperfect People

 

10:15–10:35am Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

10:30–11:45am Workshops III

 

Bob Hostetler

Writing Outside the Box By acting boldly and creatively you too can find new avenues for publishing. Exploring article writing and other opportunities will be just a start to this practical workshop on getting published in places you never dreamed.

 

Cynthia Ruchti
Devotional Writing for Blogs, Compilations, and Your Own Book Writing devotions requires a unique skill-set based on observation, application, and the ability to distill an idea to its essence…all while engaging the reader and fostering life-change. No small task, despite a devotion’s short stature. This workshop will equip you with the philosophical, spiritual, and practical insights to write life-impacting devotions.

 

Rachel Britton
I Self-Published a Book and You Can Too Do you have a manuscript you want to see in print? Roll up your sleeves, and come and learn specific steps to self-publishing. You will get practical guidance, checklists and examples to follow.

 

Lori Roeleveld
Our Souls and Goals – How to Move Forward in Writing with Your Soul Intact The road to reaching your writing goals can be long, arduous, and lonely. It can take a toll on the writing soul. In this workshop, we’ll discuss steps to take to achieve your writing goals, as well as spiritual strategies for surviving with your soul intact. Practical career tips combined with spiritual disciplines and an eternal, kingdom-informed perspective.

 

Christa Parrish
How to Write With Children at Home Finding time to write while raising children can be difficult, and the challenges change as your kids grow and change. Novelist and homeschooling mama of three Christa Parrish facilitates a conversation with other writers/parents on how to write whilst raising kids. Join us for the sharing of questions, ideas and prayer.  

 

11:45am Authors must pick up all their remaining books from Booktable and close out.

 

12:00–1:00pm Lunch in Dining Hall (each faculty will host a table).

 

1:00–2:45pm Final Plenary Session and Worship Service in Chapel. Kim Bolton: Come To The Table and Lucinda Secrest McDowell: Steadfast In Your Calling with communion led by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Fantasia.

 

3:00pm Farewell.