Optional Friday Morning Workshop

Prewriting the Novel

Friday morning 9:30-Noon  Cost $45 if preregistered, $60 at the door.


Some writers are seat-of-the-pant writers. Some are married to their outlines, and some are a little in-between. This  workshop is for all of you, because every cleverly crafted novel has its roots in the beginning. In every instance, the writer chooses a character and assigns traits. Out of a character’s flaws, strengths, wants, and desires, the character is motivated to spring into action and go after a goal or solve a problem. Novels are about strong characters who have a problem to solve. This is about character and the value of developing character and where it fits into prewriting a novel. This workshop is about an easy to follow technique to pre-write and plot your novel.


DiAnn Mills


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.


You must be registered for the conference to take this class.


Get Published--and Paid--Fast: The Art to Writing Great Articles

Friday morning 9:30-Noon  Cost $45 if preregistered, $60 at the door.



Do you dream of having millions of people around the world read your work? Do you long to have those same millions see your byline? How about wanting to make some quick-ish cash as well? You can when you write for magazines. Former editor of two national publications and a digital magazine and author of more than 400 articles, Ginger Kolbaba brings her experience and knowledge to share tips on how to get your writing above the competition’s and beyond an editor’s slush pile. She’ll share what you need to know about coming up with great ideas, writing queries that get an editor's attention (in a good way!), putting together a solid article, handling rewrites, repackaging your work, and figuring out contracts. She’ll also discuss the differences between writing for print and digital, and how you can use magazines to boost your writing platform to lead toward other writing potentials (books).




Ginger Kolbaba is an accomplished, award-winning author, editor, and speaker. She has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Your Best Happily Ever After, and more than 400 magazine and online articles. In the publishing industry for more than two decades (she started very young), Ginger is the former editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine, Marriage Partnership magazine, and the founding editor of Kyria.com, all award-winning resources of Christianity Today. Four years ago, she started her own writing and editing business, in which she works with both major publishing houses and individuals. You can visit her at www.gingerkolbaba.com, Facebook.com/gingerkolbaba, or Twitter @gingerkolbaba.


You must be registered for the conference to take this class.