2016 Classes


2016 Infantry Level

Note classes may change and new ones will be added)

Whys and Hows of Social Media for Writers – Edie Melson -Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on why we need a social media presence before we get a contract. Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one). How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable. How to compose effective updates that increase shares. What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience.

The First Rule of FictionBob Hostetler – In my experience as a magazine editor in the Christian field, I was constantly amazed that 90% of the fiction manuscripts I rejected were returned for the same shortcoming: poor conflict-struggle-resolution.  This workshop will help participants develop that crucial ingredient of strong fiction.

The Bread and Butter of WritersLinda Gilden – Learn the basics of magazine article writing in this information-packed workshop. Topics addressed will be how to break in to the magazine market, where to find marketable ideas, the importance of titles, leads and endings, how to study the markets to find a perfect fit for your manuscript, making the most of your interview time, using the Internet in writing and much more. Discover how to make the most of your research by repurposing it for other articles and books. Find out how to give editors what they want so that your work stands out from the slush pile. Network with other writers for research as well as for encouragement and fellowship and use article placement as a successful marketing tool.

Whose Voice is it AnywayVonda Skelton – The technique of communicating your character’s voice isn’t limited to dialogue. In this workshop you’ll learn how to develop character and dialogue that will make your characters come alive on the page.

 Nonfiction Book Proposal – Larry Leech – For writers working on, or having completed, a non-fiction book, we’ll examine the necessary elements to write the non-fiction book. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn ways to identify your target audience and unique selling point, strengthen your first chapter and one sheet, and eliminate errors that can keep your manuscript from being picked up by a publisher.

2016 Officer Level 

(Note classes may change and new ones will be added)

Laughter is Serious Business – Using Humor in Your Writing – Vonda Skelton – In his blog post, The Secret to Writing Humor, Brent Diggs states, “Nearly every tool of comedy is denied to the writer.” In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find humor in daily life, as well as humor-writing techniques to help you bring laughter through your written words

Sell Everything You Write – Bob Hostetler –  Sell Everything You Write,” one session that outlines the strategy I used when I became a full-time freelancer to never again write something that didn’t sell.

Blogging for Writers – Edie Melson – Most writers dread the time spent blogging, even though it’s a proven method of building an online presence. Edie helps you find alternative ways to blog, without giving up valuable writing time. Included are tips for starting/joining a group blog, how to find topics, and cluster blogging. She will also share tips to engaging your blogging audience, including the etiquette of commenting, the importance of open-ended questions, and formatting to make your posts more readable and shareable.

None of These Diseases: Preventive Health Care for Manuscripts – Denise Loock – No editor, agent, or publisher will be attracted to a sickly manuscript. Preventive health care will ensure that your manuscript is disease-free and ready for publication. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the following diseases and how to cure them: Multiple Verbitis, Phantom Antecedent Syndrome, Chronic Redundancy, Meaningless Modifier Disorder, Metaphor Schizophrenia, and Vitality Deficiency.

When the Work Begins: After the Contract is Signed – Cindy Sproles – This class walks the author through the publication process by teaching the importance of a teachable heart, working with an editor, the editing process, your part in decision making regarding book covers, and marketing. Writing the manuscript was easy, the work begins after the contract.

Combined Classes 

It’s Your Story – Larry Leech – Tips and how-to’s on writing a memoir. In this class you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of putting together a solid memoir that sells.

The Writers Personality – Linda Gilden – The Writer’s Personality? What does my personality have to do with the way I write? Your personality affects the way you see the world. Therefore, everything you write is influenced by your point of view. What are the healthy habits of a sanguine writer? Why does a melancholy writer seem to get more projects done? How can a choleric writer organize his or her checklists for the most benefit? What can encourage a phlegmatic writer? Upon examination we will find that we all have characteristics of more than one personality. Our writing will be stronger if we understand our personalities, the personalities of our characters and our readers.

Friday Early Bird Classes

Murder of a Manuscript – Andrea Merrell– It’s the details that force your manuscript to the bottom of the slush pile. Learn the major points of self-editing and polishing your manuscript instead of murdering your work.

You Need a Platform – LaTan Murphy -Some of us writers are really tired of hearing those SIX intimidating words from publishers, editors, and the like: YOU NEED TO HAVE A PLATFORM! The truth is: YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE!
Attendees will: Be empowered in “the call” as a writer, and as a speaker. Develop confidence after working both collectively, and individually on developing, and establishing their individual platforms.Learn how to polish their platform – making it even more unique, and powerful. Set new goals for using their platform most effectively. Be equipped with newfound courage to step-up and step-out into their individual purpose.

Nailing the Perfect Interview – Scott McCausey – Learn the finer points of asking for an interview: personal invitations for a guest, and protocol for working with booking agents. Discover the right questions to ask and what to do when you have a guest who just doesn’t talk. The Boy Scout motto of “Be prepared” always comes in handy in an interview.

One-on-One Mentoring

Nine spots will be available for one-on-one mentoring by Award Winning, Best Selling author, Yvonne Lehman and two-time Christy Winner, Ann Tatlock, and Social Media whiz-gal, Edie Melson.

Mentoring spots are open to ADVANCED writers who have a novel in progress. The mentoring will be a 1-hour one-on-one time where Yvonne or Ann will work specifically with you on your novel, fiction or non-fiction proposal, plot and writing.  While Edie will work with you on your website, blog, and social media. The cost is $30 (additional to your boot camp registration) and the spots are first come, first serve.  You will contact cindyksproles@gmail.com AFTER you register to apply for one of these mentoring spots.

Vonda Skelton – The Writers’ Brain
Bob Hostetler – Read, Pray, Write
A Writer’s Dream

God asks us to ADVANCE not retreat. Writers ADVANCE!