The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop was founded in 2003 by Shelly Jean Beach and Pat Larsen and has been held annually at the beautiful Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls until this year, when we had to move it online for a live virtual event experience, due to the coronavirus threat. Our virtual dates are a little varied from our original dates. We will still meet both Thursday and Friday all day, although we will end in the afternoons. Rather than extend it into Saturday morning, we chose to start the workshop with a kick-off keynote and get-acquainted time on Wednesday evening before. The workshop will end on Friday afternoon. Check the Schedule tab for details.
We hope to be back in 2021 at this serene venue in person, so keep this image to your left in your mind and these dates on your calendar: June 17-19, 2021. And if it is possible to gather in person before the 2021 workshop, we just might have a little party or co-working retreat there.
Our workshop is hosted by Cedar Falls Christian Writers Group and coordinated by Jean Vaux and Sue Schuerman, with Shelly Beach consulting and Mary Potter Kenyon helping with marketing. Not only do workshop participants love our workshop, the speakers love it as well, because it affords everyone more opportunities to connect and communicate.
This year, Shelly Beach is the keynote of the very workshop she helped to start. She and her husband, Dan, moved back to Iowa from Michigan in 2019 and we are blessed to have her and all her talent and connections back in our community.
She also helped co-found Breathe Writer’s Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Shelly is also co-founder of PTSDPerspectives.org with Wanda Sanchez and founder of Caregiving Journey on Facebook.
She is a multiple award-winning author of more than twelve books and co-author of numerous others. She served as managing editor for the NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible (Zondervan) and also contributed to the Mosaic Bible (Tyndale) and one of three writers for the NIV Stewardship Bible (Zondervan). Shelly is a national speaker for Prison Fellowship and speaks and consults across the nation. She can be found at PTSDPerspectives.org, PTSDPerspectives and Caregiving Journey on Facebook, and ShellyBeachOnline.com
Another highlight is the return of James Watkins, an award-winning author of over 2,000 articles and author, co-author and contributor to over 40 books, (see https://www.jameswatkins.com/books-2/book-list/), including a timely Our Daily Bread Guide to Everyday Life: Overcoming Fear and Worry, published in late 2019. He has served as an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, an editor with the American Bible Society, editorial advisor for ACW Press, and taught writing at Taylor University for 15 years. Jim has been a guest-lecturer all over the country and the world, including the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop in 2015. He is currently writing and speaking full-time as well as consulting in book development. His most important roles, however, are being a child of God, husband, dad and “papaw.” Jim lives in Indiana and is passionate about spreading hope and humor and teaching others to express themselves through writing. His prolific website resides at www.jameswatkins.com and you can find his hope and humor on Facebook at James Watkins. Jim is a very funny guy and he will be giving us the straight story on editing so that your work is more likely to be accepted.
The 2020 live online workshop will include time to write, break into smaller groups and apply learning as we go. Come join the fun and fellowship! Get engaged and refreshed with your writing!