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:
Who can say for sure what events and experiences in life set a person on the path they eventually take? Many things affect an individual’s choices—the family and socioeconomic circumstances into which one is born, geography, natural talent and even technology. For those who call themselves “writers” or “authors” or “journalists,” do you have a clear memory of what event first set you on the writing path? I’m fortunate because I do. For me, my writing path was forged with the publication of an article I wrote in the fourth grade about a field trip.
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.