SCHEDULE 2019

A NEW THING

I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the wastelands. Isaiah 43:19

 

Thursday October 3

 

3:00–7:00pm Registration Open for Thursday arrivals.

 

3:00pm Personal Writing Desks available in Main Room.

 

Dinner on your own – many nearby restaurants at West Farms Mall.

 

4:00-5:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm Booktable will receive books from faculty and attendees. Bring books to Monastery Lounge.

 

6:00pm Faculty/Team Supper.

 

 

 

Friday October 4

 

Breakfast on your own – coffee and snacks in Monastery Lounge.

 

Faculty/team breakfast in Director’s Lounge.

 

6:00am–4:00pm Personal Writing in Main Room. Desks available by 9:00am for Friday arrivals.

 

9:00am-12:00 noon Registration Open for Friday arrivals.

 

10:00–12:00 noon Pre-scheduled Personal Critique, Coaching and Headshot Appointments. (See Appointments to apply.)

 

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

 

Lunch on your own – many nearby restaurants at West Farms Mall.

 

12:00–1:30pm Faculty/Team lunch and prayer in Lower Dining Room.

 

1:30-3:30pm Pre-scheduled Personal Critique, Coaching and Headshot Appointments. (See Appointments to apply.)

 

1:30–4:00pm Registration Open for Friday Arrivals.

 

2:15–3:45pm Margot Starbuck – Everything You Need to Know to be a Published Writer* — Although every writer will have a slightly different journey to publication, there are practical steps you can take now to realize your dream of being a published author, either for books or articles. We’ll explore what it is that only you can write, discuss how to begin reaching audiences, and identify what it is that publishers and editors must see from writers seeking publication. You’ll leave RENEW with a clear action plan to realize your dream.

 

*This same workshop is offered two different times – Friday and Sunday 

 

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

 

4:00–5:45pm Opening Plenary & Book Celebration in Main Room

Opening Keynote: Rachel Britton

Book Celebration featuring reNEW authors with books published in 2018/19  Rachel Britton and Lucinda McDowell interviewing Authors.

 

6:00–7:00pm Dinner in Dining Hall.

 

7:30–9:00pm Plenary Session with Worship in Main Room

 

Keynote: Jane Rubietta

 

9:00–9:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge. BOOK SIGNING by launch authors.

 

9:30pm Personal Writing in Main Room.

 

9:30pm Friday Night Owl Round Table in Monastery Lounge facilitated by Lori Roeleveld   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.

 

 

 

Saturday October 5

 

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

 

8:20–9:00am Breakfast in Dining Hall.

 

9:00am–12:30pm Personal Writing in Main Room.

 

9:15–10:30am Workshops I

 

Cathy Gohlke – Sharing Influences of Your Life in Your Stories – Bring stones of remembrance to life through your stories in both fiction and narrative non-fiction.  In this workshop identify significant challenges in your life’s journey and the way the Lord has led and comforted you.  Create characters and plots inspired by your story that give God the glory and offer hope to readers. 

 

Lori Roeleveld –The Big Potential in Short Pieces  – Blogs, Devotionals, and Articles – Short pieces we write have more potential than just being stepping-stones to longer projects. There is an art to writing tight and these pieces are necessary at every stage of the writing life – even when we’re publishing books. In this workshop, we’ll cover the keys to writing short pieces and blog posts including engaging hooks, creative titles, power-packed sentences, and reader takeaways. The ability to write short pieces quickly will serve any writer. This workshop will equip you with the tools. 

 

Jane Rubietta – Stage Techniques and Storytelling – Speaking is both art and science! Master the art and craft of speaking through tried and true techniques. Overcome stage fright, master the jitters, and command the stage like a pro.

 

10:30-10:45am Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

10:45–12:15am  Workshops II

 

Tessa Afshar – Transforming the First Chapter of Your Novel – Hook your readers from the first page by creating an evocative, gripping narrative that makes them not want to put your book down.

 

Rachel Britton – Steps to Self-Publishing – Come and learn specific steps to self-publish your manuscript. You will receive practical guidance, checklists and examples to follow. 

 

Heidi Chiavaroli – Creating a Standout Query and Proposal for Fiction If your goal is to break into the world of traditional publishing, you will likely need to present your work in a professional manner to one of the gatekeepers in the industry. While there are no surefire secrets, there are several ways to entice an agent or editor to take a second look at your work instead of passing it by. In this workshop, we’ll go over a sample query and proposal, as well as explore some of the tactics to make you—and your novel—shine.  

 

12:30–1:30pm Lunch in Dining Hall.

 

1:30–3:00pm Plenary Panel in Main Room.

Marketing and Branding for Writers and Speakers  Lucinda McDowell moderating Margot Starbuck, Julie Kieras, Becky Hastings, and Jennifer Chapman.

3:00pm Group Photo on steps outside main entrance.

 

3:00–6:00pm Personal Writing in Main Room and/or walking the grounds/Labyrinth.

 

3:00–5:30pm Booktables open in Monastery Lounge.

 

3:00-5:30pm Headshots by appointment. (See Appointments to apply.)

 

4:30-5:30pm Prayer Room open. Stop by for prayer.

 

6:00–7:00pm Supper in Dining Hall.

 

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

 

7:30–9:00pm Plenary Session with Worship in Main Room

 

Keynote  Margot Starbuck

 

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

 

9:30pm Personal Writing in Main Room.

 

9:30pm Saturday Night Owl Round Table in Monastery Lounge facilitated by Jane Rubietta – Getting Invitations to Speak. You can develop a year’s worth of salary by finding opportunities to speak and lining up engagements. Learn the necessary elements for both generating and securing the invitation. Includes loads of sample forms. 

 

 

Sunday October 6

 

7:50–8:20am Prayer Gathering – Kim Stiver in Monastery Lounge.

 

8:20–9:00am Breakfast in Dining Hall.

 

9:00am–1:00pm Personal Writing in Main Room.

 

9:15–10:15am Plenary Panel in Monastery Lounge.

“Changing Lives Through Story” Tessa Afshar moderating, with fellow novelists Heidi Chiavaroli, Cathy Gohlke and Katy Lee. 

 

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

 

10:30–11:45am Workshops III

 

Jane Rubietta – Craft and Present a Stand Alone Speech – Your work needs to be heard–literally. Writers have to be speakers! Translate your writing into speeches that will engage and energize your audience, and create a platform that will develop your writing and your appeal to publishers.

 

Margot Starbuck – Everything You Need to Know to be a Published Writer * – Although every writer will have a slightly different journey to publication, there are practical steps you can take now to realize your dream of being a published author, either for books or articles. We’ll explore what it is that only you can write, discuss how to begin reaching audiences, and identify what it is that publishers and editors must see from writers seeking publication. You’ll leave RENEW with a clear action plan to realize your dream.

 

*This same workshop is offered two different times – Friday and Sunday 

 

Lori RoeleveldThe Big Potential in Short Pieces  – Blogs, Devotionals, and Articles – Short pieces we write have more potential than just being stepping-stones to longer projects. There is an art to writing tight and these pieces are necessary at every stage of the writing life – even when we’re publishing books. In this workshop, we’ll cover the keys to writing short pieces and blog posts including engaging hooks, creative titles, power-packed sentences, and reader takeaways. The ability to write short pieces quickly will serve any writer. This workshop will equip you with the tools. 

 

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

 

12:00–1:00pm Lunch in Dining Hall.

 

1:00–2:30pm Final Plenary Session and Worship Service in Main Room. 

Homily – Lucinda McDowell “Messenger”

Officiating Communion -Tessa Afshar  (assisted by Britton & McDowell)

 

3:00pm Farewell. We look forward to seeing you at reNEW October 9-11, 2020

 

(Details subject to change.)