The 2017 conference is scheduled

for June 2-3  (Friday and Saturday) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Workshop Schedule


Conference registration / check-in begins at

11 a.m. on Friday in the Education Building of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala. On Saturday it begins at 8:00 a.m.

    The workshop schedule will allow you to attend 14 sessions.

     There is no additional charge for the Friday dinner and ceremony for the National Award for the Encouragement of Writing.

    There is no additional charge for Saturday lunch.

    There is no additional charge for the Hospitality Room.

    There is no additional charge for individual consulting sessions with literary agents or other speakers and staff members.


FRIDAY


11:00 a.m.WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPENS

                     Hospitality Room opens — and will remain open

                     throughout the conference.

11:15 a.m.AUTHOR BOOK SALES AND AUTOGRAPHING


Noon - 12:50 p.m.     LIVE MUSIC CONCERT


1:00-1:30 p.m.WELCOME AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION


1:30-2:15 p.m.GENERAL SESSION I

“Encouraging Words: Experiences of SCWC Members”


2:15-2:45 p.m.BREAK Author book sales and autographing


2:15-8:15 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


3:00-3:45 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION I

Bruce Barbour: Part 1: “Writing Your Book-and-Marketing Proposal to Land an Agent”

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles. Part 1: Writing”

Christopher Sloan: “Writing as Spiritual Art: Becoming a Writer in the Image of God”

Julie Morris: “How to Write a Non-fiction Book”

Sheree Martin: “Copyright and Other Legal Issues for Writers”


4:00-4:45 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION II

George Daniels: “Using Social Media in Your Writing”

Gretchen Cook: “Writing for Regional Magazines”

Jennifer Rash: “Working with Christian Editors”

Joanne Sloan: “What Writers Can Learn from Famous Authors”

Karen Moore: “Writing Devotional Books”


5:00-5:45 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Austin Boyd: “Never Never Give Up”


6:00-7:15 p.m.DINNER AND CEREMONY

NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT

OF WRITING / RECIPIENT: BRUCE BARBOUR


7:30-8:15 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION III

Chandra Sparks Splond: “How to Write a Novel”

David Bennett: “Working with a Magazine Editor”

David Sloan: “How to Self-Publish Your Book”

Joe McKeever: “Writing Effective Blogs”

Larry Clayton: “Writing Essays for Publication”

Jennifer Rash: “Working with Christian Editors” — Small-group Q&A


8:15-9:00 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS



SATURDAY


8:15-8:40 a.m. WELCOME


8:45-9:30 a.m.     WORKSHOP SESSION IV

Austin Boyd: “Investing in Your Writing”

Bruce Barbour: Part 2: “Writing Your Book-and-Marketing Proposal to Land a Publisher”

Gretchen Cook: “Writing for Regional Magazines”

Joe McKeever: “Writing about Painful Experiences in Life”

Julie Morris: “How to Write a Non-fiction Book”


8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


9:45-10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP SESSION V

Chandra Sparks Splond: “How to Write a Novel”

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles, Part 2: Publishing”

David Sloan: “Polishing Your Writing Style”

Larry Clayton: “Writing Essays for Publication”

Tessa Hall: “How to Submit to an Agent: What to Do, What Not to Do”


10:30-10:55 a.m. BREAK Author book sales and autographing


11:00-11:45 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

David Bennett: “Everyone Has a Story. How Will You Tell Yours?”


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. LUNCH


1:00-1:45 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION VI

Christopher Sloan: “Writing as Spiritual Art: Becoming a Writer in the Image of God”

George Daniels: “Using Social Media in Your Writing”

Karen Moore: “Writing Children’s Books”

Sheree Martin: “Copyright and Other Legal Issues for Writers”

Tessa Hall: “How to Submit to an Agent: What to Do, What Not to Do”


2:00-2:45 p.m. PANEL: AUDIENCE Q&A

Cheryl Wray, Austin Boyd, David Bennett


3:00-4:00 p.m.  Drawing for door prizes

         Awards Ceremony, 2016-2017 SCWC Writing Contest