The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop was founded 15 years ago by Shelly Jean Beach and Pat Larsen. It is sponsored by Cedar Falls Christian Writers and held annually at the beautiful Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls. 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.
Early registration tuition is $255 through April 30. Registration from May 1 until the workshop is $275. 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 Cynthia Ruchti, author of more than twenty award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction book and devotionals.She tells stories of “hemmed-in hope” through her writing and speaking for women and writers. Cynthia will talk about a balanced writing life, how to tailor writing for today’s preferences, how to write through our senses to improve the “sound” quality, and a practical session on how to enjoy self-editing.
Shelly Beach will present sessions on what you need to know before sending your proposal to a publisher and two sessions on fiction 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 2017 workshop will also include sessions on writing your way through self-doubt, creating complex characters, expressive writing for healing and practical sessions on time management, organization and improving photos. This year, we have planned longer networking/connecting times to interact with others, and two 90-minute workshop labs on creating a proposal and on creating a blog.