The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop was founded 17 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.
2019 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, returning to our speaker line up is Tim Beals, president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing, and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in English and philosophy at Cornerstone University and then began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed a master's in professional writing from Western Michigan University and later earned his business degree at Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.
After 25 years of working for other publishers, large and small, Tim started his own companies in the service of authors and readers during a period of rapid change in the publishing industry. As president and publisher, Tim fills his days working closely with authors and publishers, bringing words to life. He also travels worldwide to meet with authors and encourage their craft. Tim is the author or compiler of over a dozen books and Bibles published by Crossway, InterVarsity Press, Tyndale, and Zondervan. Tim is sometimes a coach, sometimes a critic, sometimes a counselor, but always a cheerleader. He believes that a book is less like a product—a thing—and more like a person—even a friend—the unique and irreplaceable offspring of an author’s heart, mind, and soul. He will lead sessions on all aspects of publishing, agents and the legal side of writing. The last time Tim was here was 2008, the exact day of the flooding in Cedar Falls. Let's hope there isn't a repeat of that this year!
Shelly Beach will present sessions on the architecture of fiction, memoir and nonfiction books. 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 2019 workshop will also include more time to write and apply learning as we go. There will be sessions on sparking your muse, mind-mapping, building your platform through speaking and workshops that you create from your content, the connection between reading and writing, how to promote your book once it's written, writing poetry and for newspapers and periodicals, and more. We will continue to have one-on-one consultations and networking/connecting times to interact with others, and some longer sessions thrown in as well.
Come join the fun and fellowship! Get engaged and refreshed with your writing!