Write On! is a one-day Christian Writing Conference that brings writers of all levels and genres together to grow their writing, improve their talents and learn how to effectively move forward in their call to write. Participants will attend workshops with experienced authors, gaining encouragement, support, and--especially--know-how, to become better writers who can share their passions and stories as never before. Write On! is sponsored by the Dayton Christian Scribes, a Christian Writing Group that meets monthly in Kettering, Ohio.
We are confident that our conference will provide opportunities for you to connect with other writers, learn a great deal, and be inspired…you may even inspire someone else with your story and experience. Connect, learn and inspire—these are the words that have guided the planning of this event for you!
Claim your spot right away. Registration is limited to 75. Registering is easy—simply purchase your ticket right here on Eventbrite. [Click on the green box, "TICKETS" above, right] Your registration fee of $55 includes all conference materials, a continental breakfast, a yummy lunch, bottled water, and a few munchies throughout the day. (No hungry tummies will interfere with your concentration at this event!)
We are also happy to offer a Student Disounted Price of $30! If you are a student in high school, home school or college, please take advantage of this great price! All of the above is included!
Upon purchase, PRINT YOUR TICKETS and bring them with you to morning registration. That’s it! (If printing tickets is a problem, don't worry--we'll still have your information.) You need not select your breakout sessions at this point; when you arrive at the conference you'll be free to attend the sessions that most meet your needs. We've even structured the schedule so we could offer many of the sessions twice—once in the morning and once in the afternoon—so you won't miss the sessions you most want to attend!
***Important Note: Write On! events will be held on the second floor of Apex Church. Unfortunately, there is not an elevator in the building so please keep that in mind if you plan to attend. We will have people available to help carry books and other items upstairs for you but wanted you to be aware of the conference layout and that it is not handicap accessible, unfortunately. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Are you an author planning to attend the Conference? We offer the opportunity for you to have a book table to sell your books. (Clean books only, preferably Christian.) Simply select “Author Sales Table” for an additional $10 and we will have a table ready for you to strut your stuff!
And There's More!
BONUS! BONUS! BONUS!
In addition to everything else, we have BONUSES you can win on the day of the conference by dropping your name into a drawing. Once you arrive, you can choose to enter to win one--or both--bonuses!
- Get a FREE CRITIQUE of up to ten pages of your manuscript (or a full Chapter of your novel--no longer than twelve, double-spaced pages) by Linore Rose Burkard, Tamera Kraft or Molly Jebber, all multi-published authors,
- Submit up to three poems for a FREE CRITIQUE by author and poet Gerald E. Greene.
Winners will be announced before the end of the day. Our authors will contact you and direct you how to get your work to them. Good luck!
What else can you expect from Write On!? Cool DOOR PRIZES, GOODY BAGS, and tips, hints, and secrets of the industry from professionals in the know. We don't want you to miss out on this one-day, unique event so much so that we've jam-packed it with value!
Lots of conferences take place in bigger, glamorous cities, like NY, Chicago, and Dallas. We've taken the big-city conference mentality (lots of authors, lots of experience, lots of sessions) and brought it right to your back yard in Dayton, Ohio. Don't miss this opportunity!
Read below for all the Conference details including the Schedule, Speakers and Session Topics. We've also included an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet, for your convenience.
WRITE ON! 2016 Conference Schedule
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Opening Session (ALL)
9:30 – 10:10 Keynote Speaker, Lorie Langdon (ALL)
10:10 – 10:25 BREAK - Keynote Speaker Book Signing and Author Book Sales
10:25 – 11:10 Breakout Session 1
- Molly Jebber - “Let’s Talk Marketing for All Genres: Be Ready Before and After Your Book Is Published”
- Kathleen Rouser - “Productivity and the Writing Journey: How to Write More than Ever Before!"
- Teresa Slack - “Dialogue: I Can’t Believe You Said That!"
11:15 – 12:00 Breakout Session 2
- Linore Rose Burkard- “How To Indie Publish Like a Pro (The New, Better Way to Self-Publish!)"
- Tamera Kraft - “Researching Your Historical Novel”
- Katrina Kittle - “Description: Making It Count (And Leaving Out the Parts Readers Skip)”
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH, Networking and Author Book Sales (ALL)
1:00 – 1:45 Breakout Session 3
- Gerald E. Greene - “Social Media for the Writer”
- Tina Toles -“Poetry”
- Carole Brown - “Knowing Your Characters”
1:50 – 2:35 Breakout Session 4
- Molly Jebber - “Let’s Talk Marketing for All Genres: Be Ready Before and After Your Book Is Published”
- Tamera Kraft - “Researching Your Historical Novel”
- Katrina Kittle - “Description: Making It Count (And Leaving Out The Parts Readers Skip)"
2:40 – 3:25 Breakout Session 5
- Teresa Slack - “Dialogue: I Can’t Believe You Said That!”
- Kathleen Rouser - “Productivity and the Writing Journey: How to Write More than Ever Before! ”
- Carole Brown - “Knowing Your Characters”
3:30 – 3:55 Author Panel Discussion
3:55 – 4:15 Closing Session (ALL)
Conference Speakers and Session Topics
Lorie Langdon, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Lorie Langdon is one half of the author team that writes the best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical "Brigadoon." A few years ago, she left her corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now she spends her days tucked into her office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment Weekly.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as USAToday.com, Hypable.com, and BroadwayWorld.com. Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, releases September 27th, 2016. GILT HOLLOW was recently named by Redbook Magazine as one of the "Books By Women You Must Read This Fall."
For more information, visit www.lorielangdon.com.
Lorrie Langdon will be doing a special book signing immediately following her keynote!
Carole Brown, Breakout Session Speaker
Award Winning and Amazon Best Seller Ohio Author, Carole Brown has written since an elementary student. She’s ventured into some journalism, written a few brochures for private schools but her real love has always been in fiction.
Her debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, released in 2013 and finaled in several contests and won the USA 2015 Best Novel Award and the Small Publisher Award in General Fiction. Since then she’s authored the first book in a WWII Spy series, two books in the Denton and Alex Davies Mystery series, two books in the Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series, a nonfiction book and participated in an author-collaborated book.
Mrs. Brown currently serves as the American Christian Fiction Writers, Ohio Division’s Secretary. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, and the simple life.
Session Title: “Let There Be Life--In Your Characters!"
Come find out how to strengthen your story, increase reader engagement, and deepen the impact by getting to know your characters. Please bring a character scene you are currently working on that you would like help with, time permitting, Carole will read those scenes and share suggestions for how to enhance your characters.
Linore Rose Burkard, Breakout Session Speaker
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for her Inspirational Regency romance series with Harvest House Publishers, but she also writes YA/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R.Burkard. Her regencies opened the genre for the CBA., and remain reader favorites to this day. Her YA PULSE EFFEX Series transports readers into a "spine-tingling dystopian America." Linore teaches workshops for writers, blogs with Novel Rocket and Heroes, Heroines, and History, and does editing, copy editing, and other "writerly" pastimes. Her newsletters (a "labor of love') are famously packed with interesting articles and illustrations (readers may subscribe for free at either of her websites). Raised in NY, she graduated from CUNY with a magna cum laude degree in English Literature. She now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children (the youngest of whom is still home-schooled) a Shorkie, and three cats. When not writing, Linore persists in attempting to grow veggies (she's a professed "brown thumb"), swims, cooks from scratch, and juggles the crazy schedules of her maturing family.
Session Title: “How to Indie Publish Like A Pro (The New, Better Way to Self-Publish!)”
Indie Publishing is the new model of Self-Publishing. Gone are the days of authors needing vanity presses and tons of books piled in closets or their garage. However, if you don't do it right, your book will still SHOUT that it's self-published to the world--and to readers. Learn how to do it right. You'll know how to set yourself up for success, avoid expensive and time-consuming mistakes, and look like a pro--even to industry professionals!
Gerald E. Greene, Breakout Session Speaker
After spending 30 years in Information Systems management and business consulting, Gerald Greene joined a Forex brokerage firm as Sr. Vice President. There, he was approached by publisher John Wiley & Sons and asked to write a book that was published the following year, in 2008. In 2012 he retired from business and devoted his full attention to writing and self-publishing twenty-six out-of-print books whose copyrights have expired.
His Social Media ministry began in the summer of 2014 with the launching of the website MySpiritualExercise.com as well as posting to his personal timeline on Facebook.
Today he posts each day to Twitter and Facebook Groups that include over two million people and is not only writing but owns five different Facebook Groups and Pages. He also helps with the administration of six others. His largest Group, “I Will Pray Always Daily Warriors," has over thirty-three thousand members.
Session Title: “Social Media for the Writer” Learn how to effectively utilize the two largest social media tools for writers: Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has 1.3 billion users and Twitter has 600 million waiting for you to reach them with your writing. During this session you will gain an understanding of how to reach a targeted audience and increase your "platform" in order to expand your sphere of influence. Publishers and editors demand that writers have a platform (with precious few exceptions). Social media is a great place to start building yours.
Molly Jebber, Breakout Session Speaker
Molly Jebber is a New York published author writing Amish Historical Romances. Her keepsake pocket quilt series, “Change of Heart”, “Grace’s Forgiveness” and “The Amish Christmas Sleigh” are available in print in stores and in ebook formats. “Two Suitors for Anna” is available for preorder on Amazon and in stores, to release January 30, 2017. She has just signed a contract for a new series! Romantic Times rated her books 4.5 stars. She’s been featured in USA Today’s HEA column, and Change of Heart made Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten List. She’s received rave reviews in numerous magazines and media across the country.
She’s a touring speaker for Stonecroft Women’s Christian Connection, and she speaks to many other groups about her writing journey, about her books, and the Amish. She offers classes for beginning writing on a variety of topics. Visit http://www.mollyjebber.com for a list.
Session Title: “Let’s Talk Marketing for All Genres…Be Ready Before and After Your Book Is Published”
How much time should I plan to spend on marketing my book? Why is branding important? How active do I need to be on social media? Should I consider speaking and where do I start? How should I respond to a negative comment from a reviewer? Are blogs really worth it? Molly Jebber will answer these questions and more during this session.
Katrina Kittle, Breakout Session Speaker
Katrina Kittle is the author of five novels—Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, The Blessings of the Animals, and Reasons to Be Happy. The Kindness of Strangers won the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Katrina teaches creative writing workshops from the third grade to retirement communities, focusing on craft and motivation (and is especially good at jump-starting stalled writers). She teaches in the Dayton-Cincinnati area through Word’s Worth Writing Connections and through online coaching to writers anywhere. She also offers manuscript consultations through Write Sisters Consulting and is a public speaker. She lives near Dayton, Ohio with her wonderful fella, and their sweet beagle and odd cat; has a thing for goats, gardening, and going barefoot; and is totally addicted to coffee, pedicures, and movies. You can find out more at www.katrinakittle.com
Session Title: “Description: Leaving Out the Parts Readers Skip”
Elmore Leonard said, “I try to leave out the parts people skip.” Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description that stop a story’s momentum. No matter what kind of writing you do (fiction, memoir, poetry, essay), this class offers tips, tricks, and exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life. Everyone tells writers “Show, don’t tell,” and this session will show you how to do that effectively and creatively. We’ll look at lots of published samples where description is doing double- and triple-duty in a story, and you’ll write some of your own as well.
Tamera Kraft, Breakout Session Speaker
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and was a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest. Her published novellas include Soldier’s Heart, A Christmas Promise, and Resurrection of Hope. Her full length novel, Alice’s Notions, is due to be released in April. Tamera owns a blog called Word Sharpeners and is a regular contributor to Colonial Quills and Heroes, Heroines, and History. You can find her online at www.tameralynnkraft.net.
Session Title: “Researching Your Historical Novel”
This class covers the importance of accurate detail in your historical fiction, where to find resources for researching, and how to organize your research.
Kathleen Rouser, Breakout Session Speaker
Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She desires to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She is a long time member in good standing of ACFW and a former board member of its Great Lakes Chapter. Kathleen has been published in anthologies, including the Amazon bestseller, Christmas Treasures, as well as in both print and online magazines. Her debut full-length novel, Rumors and Promises, was recently published by Heritage Beacon Fiction in April, 2016.
Previously a home-school mom of three, she has more recently been a college student and a mild-mannered dental assistant. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 34 years, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.
Session Title: “Productivity and the Writing Journey”
Are you stuck? Are your current methods not getting you where you want to be with your writing? This workshop will help you understand how adjustments and new techniques can be helpful depending on your season of life. Learn how to see challenges in your writing life as God's teachable moments for you.
Teresa Slack, Breakout Session Speaker
Teresa Slack writes books about real people facing real issues with humor, grace, gumption and grit. She loves writing romance, suspense, and mystery served up with a healthy dose of laughter. Her books are full of realistic dialog, small town settings and down-to-earth characters that have readers laughing out loud. Her novel, Evidence of Grace, third in the Jenna’s Creek Novel Series debuted at #18 according to Christian Retailing Magazine.
Session Title: “I Can’t Believe You Said That”
All of us communicate through dialog. Whether speaking out loud or thinking about what we wish we had said, dialog is how we tell our story. Your characters are no different. They have a story to tell, and they're going to convey it to the reader through dialog. Dialog can be the most fun part of writing. It should also be the most fun part for the reader. However, getting it right can be tricky. Unlike real life, every word your character speaks or thinks should be necessary to move the story along. This workshop will teach you some fundamentals to keep dialog fun, compelling, and more importantly, to tell your story in a natural, engaging way that brings the story to life for the reader.
Tina Toles, Breakout Session Speaker
Author, Poet, mother, grandmother, and Minister, Tina is a Dayton native and started a Christian writers' group to help other writers fulfill their divine call to write.
Session Title: Poetry for all Occasions
In this session, Tina Toles will discuss the various types of poetry, how to format your poems and how to submit your poetry.
DON'T WAIT! Registrationi is LIMITED! Pre-registration for Write On! is open until Friday, September 23, 2016 at midnight. (See below to register.)
Walk-Ins Welcome! You can register at the door, but the fee goes up to $55. Please bring cash or check only if you plan to pay at the door, thanks!
See you there! Until then, Write On!
Write On! Conference FAQs
I'm not a published author; is this event still for me?
Yes! We are excited to bring writers of all levels and genres together for a day of learning, connecting and inspiration! You need not be a published author to attend or to get valuable information from this event. Because you will get to choose which breakout sessions to attend, you can customize the type of information you'll learn.
Do I have to be a Christian to attend this event?
No. Because this is a Christian-sponsored event, you can expect to hear references to God and Jesus and to hear prayers as we open and close the event. But we welcome all writers, regardless of religious background or prefence and look forward to the opportunity to serve you in this way! The motto of the Dayton Christian Scribes is "Writing for God's Glory!" Note: This conference does not focus on the Christian Writing Market but rather all types of writing.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
While we don't have a specific age requirement to attend the conference, we suggest younger writers wishing to attend are around age 15 and have a strong interest in writing.
What are my parking options when I arrive at the event?
Apex Church has plenty of parking spaces available. See the above map or their website for directions. http://www.apexcommunity.org/ Please pull around to the back of the building, you will see the entrance door for the conference directly in the back of the church.
I'm an author wanting to attend the conference and would love to bring along my books to sell, as well as promotional materials to distribute. Can I do this?
Yes! We welcome authors participating in the conference to sell their books and are happy to provide this opportunity to connect you with fellow readers! For an additional $10, you will get a table to use for selling books throughout the day. If you are interested in this opportunity, please click on the "author selling table" option for purchasing tickets and add it to your registration fee. Please bring any promotional materials to give away (such as bookmarks, etc.) the day of the event.
What should I bring to the event?
1. Feel free to bring your own water and/or snacks if you wish! We will provide continental breakfast snacks including pastries and coffee. We will have small bottles of water available throughout the day. We are also providing boxed lunches. If you have special dietary needs or concerns, you are more than welcome to bring your own lunch to the event. NOTE: Event food may contain traces of nuts and/or dairy and will not be gluten free.
2. We will provide paper and folders to hold all of your valuable material and notes from the event! You may wish to bring your business cards or contact information, as well as any other information you might want to share about your books, etc.
3. For those of you who wish to set up a table to sell books, you may bring a table cloth (if desired) and your book displays. Please also be sure to bring adequate change, if you plan to accept cash for purchases. We will not be able to provide change for you. If you are an author and wish to donate a book for our door prizes, please bring your book on the day of the event and look for the conference coordinator (Kim Villalva) when you arrive. Thank you!
5. We will have authors and speakers selling books throughout the day so if you might like to do some shopping, please bring cash or check for purchases. Not all sellers will be able to take credit or debit card payments. Thank you for supporting our speakers and authors!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your ticket to the event if you are able.
What is the refund policy?
Due to the short timeframe between now and the event, no refunds can be given if you cannot attend the event and have pre-paid.
Can I pay at the door?
Yes, you are more than welcome to pay at the door. Please bring either check or cash. We are unable to accept credit/debit cards at this event. Registration fee at the door is $55.
Is this event handicap accessible?
No, unfortunately all events for the Conference will be held upstairs in Apex so this event is not handicap accessible. The building does not have an elevator. If we can provide assistance to you in helping carry your items up or down the stairs, we will have plenty of people ready to help.
Ready to sign up? We hope you will join us for this day packed full of networking opportunities, learning and inspiration!