Conference Schedule


Friday, March 10, 2017


9:30 a.m. –noon

PREWRITING YOUR NOVEL Workshop led by DiAnn Mills                                          




(There is an extra charge for the above optional workshops. Register online or by calling 864-699-4314. $45 before the conference, $60 at the door).


11-noon  FREE First-Timers Preview-Making the Most of the Conference

         Prearranged Appointments


Noon – Faculty Meeting

1:00 – 1:25 – Registration – Pick up Packets and Badges

1:30 – 2:30 – Welcome and Instruction – Linda Gilden, Carolina Christian Writers Conference Director

Staff Introductions, Appointment Sign Up, and Networking


3:00 – 3:55 – Workshop 1

Practical Tips for Freelance Writers—Jimmie Davis

Basics of Fiction—Lynette Eason

What Do You Meme?—Working with Images to Enhance and Grow Your Social Presence—Edie Melson

Writing Bible Studies that Can Change the World—Gloria Penwell

The Anatomy of a Viral Blog Post—Rhonda Robinson

For Teen Writers—Dalene Parker

Mind Games That Discourage and Defeat Writers—Lori Hatcher

Using Screenwriting Techniques to Create a Visual Novel—Torry Martin


4:05 – 5:00 – Workshop 2

The Power of Story—Candy Arrington

Managing the Writer’s Life—Michelle Cox

Unveiling Your Power Words—Edna Ellison

The Writer’s Personality—Linda Gilden

Take a Stroll on the Dark Side—Larry Leech

The Whys and Hows of Social Media for Writers—Edie Melson and DiAnn Mills

Capture the Moments and Set Your Creativity Free—Rhonda Robinson

Teen Writers and Those Who Love Them—Dalene Parker


5:00-6:30 Dinner - On Your Own (restaurant list in your folder)


6:30 – 6:50 – Praise and Worship led by Courtney Johnson and Kelli Wolfe

Explanation of Genre Groups


7:00-7:50 - Self-Editing Panel

Self-Editing Panel to discuss pet peeves of editors, common mistakes, and how to make your work shine. Candy Arrington, Jimmie Davis, Edna Ellison, Larry Leech, Nancy Lohr.

8:00 – 9:00 – Interactive Genre Groups                  

          Fiction—Larry Leech, Lynette Eason, DiAnn Mills

Nonfiction Books—Jimmie Davis, Gloria Penwell, Edna Ellison, Dalene Parker

Children’s Books—Nancy Lohr, Terri Kelly, Torry Martin

Magazine Articles—Lori Hatcher, Ginger Kolbaba, Candy Arrington, Rhonda Robinson

Marketing—Edie Melson, Michelle Cox



Saturday, March 11, 2017


8:30 – 9:00 – Registration

9:00 – Opening 

9:10 – Praise and Worship—led by Courtney Johnson and Kelli Wolfe

9:30 – 10:15 – Torry Martin


10:25 - 11:20 – Workshop 3

Tackling Tough Topics—Candy Arrington

Troubleshooting 101—Michelle Cox

Me? God’s Mouthpiece?—Edna Ellison

How To Unlock The Way You Think and Focus on Being Productive Instead of Busy—Terri Kelly

Understanding the Different Generations and How to Write to Them—Ginger Kolbaba 

Novels for Children, Session 1—Nancy Lohr

Dialogue that Sings, Dances, and Plays the Piano—DiAnn Mills


11:25-12:10 Publishing Trends Panel

Publishing Trends Panel to discuss current trends in publishing and how writers can best find their way to success. Michelle Cox, Larry Leech, Edie Melson, Gloria Penwell, Les Stobbe


12:15-12:50—Lunch With Faculty


1:05 - 1:55 – Lightning Learning



2:05 – 3:00 – Workshop 4


Self-Editing: Essential Tips for Success—Jimmie Davis

Writing Suspense—Lynette Eason

10 Mistakes that Make Magazine Editors Say No—Lori Hatcher

Whip, Puree, or Blend: Proper Merging of Fiction and Nonfiction—Larry Leech

Novels for Children, Session 2—Nancy Lohr

Corralling the Big Idea—Les Stobbe

Creativity in the Heart of the Writer—Edie Melson and DiAnn Mills


3:10 – 4:15 Closing Session

         Torry Martin