I first heard Fran Fernandez speak at last year’s MCWC. Fran was attending this year’s conference and I had the chance to record this interview. She credits the Montrose Christian Writers Conference for the knowledge and inspiration to write and get her first book published: The Best Is Yet to Come: 60 Devotions. She gave me the ultimate gift, a signed copy of her book for my wife Judy. Thanks Fran! (Fran gets bonus points…her publisher, Zondervan, has made her book available in a Kindle version too.)
Author Shirley Leonard talks about her “second family” at the 2010 Montrose Christian Writers Conference. Shirley’s devotionals have appeared in the The Secret Place, The Quiet Hour, Devotions, and Penned from the Heart. Her stories and articles have been published in Live, Women Alive, and Pennsylvania Magazine. She is a contributing writer for American Window Cleaner Magazine.
A quick post to let you know that I will be presenting at the Montrose Christian Writer’s Conference from July 25-30, 2010. The conference is held at the Montrose Bible Conference in beautiful Montrose, Pennsylvania, about a half hour from Binghamton, NY. The tuition is a very reasonable $165 for the week (sans meals).
I’ll be teaching a “major morning class” on blogging—90 minutes for four days, Monday-Thursday. We’ll cover the following:
Note: My notes from Day 2 will come along soon. I wanted to pen Day 3 while it was still fresh.
Jeanette Windler – Heralding Hope Through the Storm
Nothing could prepare me for the opening talk at today’s event. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannette Windle at dinner on Sunday evening. She sat a few spots away and we discussed Twitter, Facebook and social media for a few minutes. Jeanette is a fiction author–one of those rare breads that I have tremendous respect for–people that possess a skill and talent that I do not (but wish I did). I have to confess I’m in awe of creative types who can spin yarns ex nihilo. But my thing is nonfiction and the reason I’m attending the conference is to get better at my wordsmithing and to grab those nuggets that will help me be more productive and more creative with nonfiction. So when the headliner for the first session of the morning is a fiction person, I’m curious, but not necessarily eager to listen because, well, there’s only so much a lughead like me will learn, right? Wrong.
Sometimes it seems that God ordains events. It’s as if the Holy Spirit whisphers in your ear, “You’re in the right place at the right time.” And that’s how I felt this first day of the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference. I must confess I waffled on whether or not to attend. It’s a whole week. I haven’t planned for it. There’s a lot happening with work. What if the family wants to take off some time for a summer vacation? Always doubts. But somehow this year it felt right, like it would be a good year to attend. And so, at the last minute, I sent in my reservation, made a few arrangements with work, and decided to go. I’m glad I did.