Just a note – Thanks to Comfort Keepers, Kingsport, TN each conferee will have a plastic cup with a lid and straw for your continued use at The Cove. We’re grateful for Comfort Keepers generosity to help us cut down on trash while we are at The Cove. Please use your cup as often as possible. The lid will help prevent spills and best yet…when all of you are gone…I won’t be dragging a huge trash can through the Training Center cleaning up. My momma taught me, you leave a place as nice as it was when you arrive. It’s a southern thing I guess…but last year I spent an hour and three trashbags cleaning up behind our conferees. Help us keep The Cove beautiful.
*A special thank you to Erin Bailey and Meagan Brown for providing our worship music.
*Assignment 5 is on the blog.
Above is the link for the 2013 Boot Camp Roster. Download it and read it. PRINT IT THE DAY BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR BOOT CAMP. This will allow for us to continue to update the roster and for you to have the most current version.
We want you to be comfortable at the conference but keep in mind, it’s cold in the mountains. Our weather here has been mid to low 20′s. Most conferences ask for your dress to be business casual, but we want you comfortable and WARM. So your jeans are fine. Long sleeved shirts. Coat. We simply ask you bring out the old fashioned jeans…the ones WITHOUT holes. Please dress to what is pleasing to God. The Cove and Christian Devotions will appreciate it.
The Cove is amazing. When you arrive you will be stopped at the guard gate. Be prepared to show identification. Sometimes they will ask for your i.d. Isn’t wonderful to feel safe?
You may arrive early at The Cove, however, you cannot check into the Shepherd’s Inn until 2:00. Feel free to walk the campus, visit the book store and even see the Chapel and downstairs in the training center. There is a wonderful display of Billy Graham’s ministry and family for you to see. Walk the beautiful trails…see all the Cove has to offer as this beautiful retreat center.
Early Bird classes will begin at 3:30. We’re flexible on the time depending on head count. You are not required to attend early bird classes but hey, they are available. Take advantage.
Faculty books will be on sale in the Conference room. You will also be able to purchase the mp3 downloads for the conference classes. These are $10 to conferees and $75 for non-conferees.
Appointments and critiques are still open. We encourage you to take advantage.
YES you may bring your laptop into classes. You are NOT REQUIRED to do so. Your method of taking notes is your own but your laptops are welcome.
Assignment 5 is now posted on the blog.
Bios are due
Your .jpg and bio are due January 15. Our roster is a vital part of boot camp. Please send your bio and .jpg directly to Julie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not place your photo INSIDE a Word document. It’s very labor intensive to extract. Send your bio in a Word doc and your .jpg as an attachment.
2013 Boot Camp Brochure
2013 Brochure (Click the pdf icon to download) – We’re placing the 2013 Brochure here for you to have as a handout to your writers groups and blogs. We’ll update soon with the 2014 Brochure. Download and print the brochure, place them in your churches, the laundry mat, the doctor’s office. You never know who will see.
Assignments are posted on the blog
Assignment 3: Pack a Punch when you Write
Every story, FICTION OR NON-FICTION, needs to have some punch. Read and study this assignment and discover 5 tools that will help you turn out a Knock-OUT story. Take one of your own works-in-progress and apply these tools, then compare the finished product to your original.
Assignment 2: Knee-jerking Mistakes
Read Vonda Skelton’s assignment on mistakes that make editors cringe. Take your most recent work-in-progress and apply what you have learned from Vonda’s assignment. We recommend you print your original copy and save it. Make your corrections and print that copy. Now compare the two. This assignment is a learn at home assignment. You do not need to return this.
Assignment 1 : The Perfect Bio
Your first boot camp assignment is to write your bio. This assignment is due to Cindy by January 15 for our Boot Camp Roster. PLEASE GET THIS TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Attach your bio in a Word doc or Word .docx file. Attach a .jpg of yourself as well. (Do not put your photo in a Word Doc)
Devotional Contest -The devotional contest is drawing to a close. HURRY. Enter now. Winner takes home a cash prize. January 20 is the deadline for this Cash Prize Contest!
Now is the time to choose a WIP (work-in-progress) for critique. Our staff will critique your work and you will be assigned an appointment with faculty to go over your critique. Critiques are investments in your future. You learn so much from this one-on-one time with those who have already walked the path. Check out our Critique page for information. Time is slipping past.
Part of the boot camp experience is for you to have the opportunity to meet with our faculty in short 15 minute appointments. We urge each boot camp participant to request an appointment…whether you have a work in progress or not, schedule an appointment and ask questions. Get to know the faculty. They are there to teach you what to do in a 15 minute appointment. Email Terri Kelly at the email listed and request an appointment with the Staff member of your choice. Click email@example.com to request your appointment.
Faculty Books will be on Sale
Our faculty will have their books available for you to purchase in our main conference room area during group sessions. We recommend you visit and take a look. Perhaps you’ll find a book you like or would like to give away to a friend or church library. Get your book autographed by the faculty member while you’re at boot camp. (We will accept cash and checks only – no credit cards please)