Our coronavirus adaptations and solutions:
We know that part of what draws people to our writers workshop, besides our qualified content each year, are the connections made and sense of community that is built. (We have also been told our food is pretty good!)
Because our first priority is to keep everyone safe from spreading this illness, for the first time in our 18-year history, we were faced with the tough but necessary choice to either cancel, postpone or move the workshop online. We've survived floods and tornado threats, but this was one disaster we just couldn't tempt. We surveyed our writer base to help us decide, based on what they wanted and needed. Canceling and postponing tied, but going virtual won by a slightly higher majority. So thank you for your patience as we watched, waited and then pivoted to move forward.
We are jumping headlong into the online world and will all learn together on the Zoom application. We've been busy learning how to replicate some of our favorite things about our in-person workshop through networking, breakouts, writing time, outdoor breaks, Q & A, Open Mic, and an assortment of sessions. We had to reduce the number of sessions and speakers in order to shorten our days, since virtual events are a little different in how long a person can sit and watch their computer screen. This will not be one long webinar after another. No. We have made great attempts to "funify" things and keep it moving and interesting. We hope! But we need people to come try it out. So we hope you will join us, and for about half the usual price!
If you happened to be one of the people who were looking forward to the session on writing children's books, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. It is not included in this workshop, but may be a stand-alone one later, so get on our list.
We will have a "Tech Test & Taste of Zoom Practice Party" online event prior to the workshop to help everyone feel comfortable with the technology end of things. We will keep you posted on date and time through our email list, so if you're not already on our list, join it in the box below.
Whether you have a desire to explore writing, return to writing, improve your writing or learn how to get published, the Cedar Falls Christian Writers VIRTUAL Workshop STILL has something to offer everyone who attends. Whether you're a published writer or not, this unique opportunity improves your focus on your writing goals and commitment, strengthens your knowledge and skills, connects you with great resources and other Christian writers and nourishes your spirit. You will arrive excited and leave moved, motivated, and making steps forward.
While we won't be in-person at the serene Riverview Conference Center, we will still try to capture the relaxed, informal setting online that allows for an intimate, interactive learning environment and "a time away." We will still be able to align with our vision statement below. Come for an online retreat and leave refreshed.
"The conference was great. It gets better every year. I've seen great growth over the years, not only in numbers but also in content. Thanks."
"This was my first workshop, so I sincerely benefited from each session in different ways. The presenters overall were wonderful."
"Thank you for making this for beginners, too. It was not intimidating at all."
"The speakers were knowledgeable, funny, and intimate. I have been so blessed by this conference and can't think of anything I would change."