The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop was founded 16 years ago by Shelly Jean Beach and Pat Larsen and held annually at the beautiful Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls. It is sponsored by Cedar Falls Christian Writers Group and coordinated by Jean Vaux and Sue Schuerman. Not only do workshop participants love the quiet, more intimate setting and format of the workshop, the speakers love it as well, because it affords everyone more opportunities to connect and communicate.
2018 early-registration tuition is $277 through April 30. Registration from May 1 until the workshop is $297. Tuition includes all sessions and snacks, lunches and suppers. Tuition also includes a 20-minute conference with one of the presenters.
This year, we welcome to our speaker line up our own home-town gal, but nationally-known Jocelyn Green. Jocelyn is an award-winning and bestselling author of historical fiction and nonfiction books. She will open our workshop with the key to being a successful writer. She will also bless us with her varied knowledge and wisdom on historical research, collaboration and cross-promotion, marketing through an author e-newsletter, and the Five Love Languages for Writers, keying off her collaboration with Dr. Gary Smalley and their book, The 5 Love Languages Military Edition.
Shelly Beach will present sessions on how to create a personal brand and electronic media kit, as well as using the elements of screen play in your writing. Beach is an award-winning author of twelve books and co-author of numerous others. She is a national speaker with Advanced Writers and Speakers, as well as Daughters of Destiny prison ministry. She is also co-founder of PTSD Perspectives and has co-authored Love Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma and the Pain of Life with Wanda Sanchez on post-traumatic stress disorder. The 2018 workshop will also include sessions on creativity and legacy, publishing small personal projects, podcasting, how to read your work from an actor's perspective. More breakout sessions than we've ever had before include interesting topics such as finding time to write through life challenges, incorporating irony in writing, travel-writing, making social statements and combating rudeness in our culture. If that isn't enough, we will have comparisons with poetry and the biblical parable, leveraging social media and using word power to break through both writing and life blocks. We will continue to have one-on-one consultations and networking/connecting times to interact with others, and two 90-minute workshop labs on creating a nonfiction proposal and on using Google apps for productivity..