Learning Tracks and Workshops 


Spend one or two days learning at your level from an established professional who specializes in the kind of writing you do:

Writing Fiction
Nonfiction
Social Media
Book Publishing
Book Marketing
Young Adult (Friday only)
Teen Writers (Saturday only)

Check out the Appointments page to see the names and bios of our instructors as well as a description of what will be covered in the track.

Friday and Saturday Conference: $227 (Full Access)
Friday Conference only: $115 (One Day Access)
Saturday Conference only: $115 (One Day Access)

Workshop room only: $100 (Access to Workshop only)
Mentor Resource Center: $125 (Access to Appointment Room Only)
Online Resource Center: $97 (Access to Conference Material online)
Friday Night Manuscript Critique: $100 (Friday Night Editor's Session)

Take one Mentoring Track on both days or a different track on each day.
(Instruction will be different on each day. In most cases, instructors will be different on each day.)

All-Day Appointments in the Mentor Resource Room

Spend a day (or two days) meeting one-on-one with industry professionals and mentors who will provide you with valuable information and resources to develop, improve, and enhance your Christian writing journey.

The Mentor Resource Room will also have a book table where you can purchase books and other resources provided by the faculty.

Check out the Appointments page to see the names and bios of our industry professionals and to schedule consultations. Or show up at your convenience to see if the professionals you wish to see are available for a walk-in consultation.

One day in the Mentor Resource Room (Friday or Saturday): $125
Early Bird Special (Friday and Saturday full access): $227

Meals are not included.  Or, if you prefer, visit one of the several local restaurants.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Time          Speaker                    Event                                                                Room

8:00–9:00 REGISTRATION (Gwendolyn D. Crawford)

9:00-9:30 WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201A

9:30-10:00 FIRST KEYNOTE ADDRESS 

                   Kathi Macias. . . . . . Finding Where You Belong. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201A

10:00–11:00 FIRST WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS       201A

                  Kathy & Kim . . Pt1 . . The Book Proposal Workshop.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .201B 

                  Carla Perez . . . . . . Putting Skin on Your Writing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201C

11:00–12:00 SECOND WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS  201A

                 Kathy & Kim . . Pt2 . . The Book Proposal Workshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201B

                 Steven Hudson. .. .. .. So, You Want to Be a Writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201C

12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own) / Mastermind Sessions & Networking

1:30–2:00 Writers Panel. Room 201A. Moderator Kathy Bruins (Kim, Carla, Kathi, Steven, Susan.)

2:00-3:00 THIRD WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS            201A

                  Kathy & Kim. . Pt3 . .  The Book Proposal Workshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201B

                   Kathi Macias. . . The Train Your Thought Method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201C

3:00–4:00 FOURTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS       201A

                   Kathy & Kim. . Pt4. . . The Book Proposal Workshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201B

                   Antonio Crawford. Behind the Scenes, Book Publishing Case Study. . 201C

Learn insider tips and what Antonio and Kathy Bruins did to Write, Publish, and Promote the book Christian Authors Unite to Best Seller Status using Amazon’s Kindle KDP

4:00–5:00 FIFTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS             201A

                    Aaron Gansky.  Learning from the Masters: Flannery O'Connor. . . . . .201B

                    Susan King. Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Pt1 . . . . .201C

5:00-7:00 Dinner (own your own) / Mastermind Sessions & Networking

6:00-7:00 Group Book Signing (CAU & The Better Business Book). . . . . . . . . . . . .201A

7:00–8:30 SIXTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS                                                           201A

7:00-7:30 FREE Editor’s Night & Editors’ Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  201A

All FREELANCE Editors are invited to attend the editors' night for FREE.  Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in joing us for the editors panel and workshops. 

Editors’ Panel. Room 201A. Moderator Susan King (Tess, James, Arron, Susan O, Sharon)

 7:30-8:30     Susan Osborn Tough Skin Critique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201A

7:30-8:30      James M. Ranson. Editing to Grab Your Readers’ Attention. . . . . . . . .201B

7:30-8:30      Sharon Elliott . Getting Started as a Freelance Writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201C

8:30–9:30 SEVENTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS                                                      201A

8:30-9:30      Antonio L. Crawford 10 Tools to Build Your Author Platform. . . . . . . . . 201B

8:30-9:30      Sharon Elliott . Breaking Your Book into Manageable Bites. . . . . . . . . .201C

Saturday April 22, 2017

Time                              Speaker                Event                                                      Room 

8:00-9:00 REGISTRATION (Gwendolyn D. Crawford)

 9:00-9:30 WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201A

                  Teresa Diane & Chianti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 201A

 9:30-10:00 SECOND KEYNOTE ADDRESS                                                             201A

                   Mark Mikelat Authors Needed! People Are Breathlessly Awaiting Your Book

 10:00–11:00 EIGHT WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS            201A

                   Michael Butler. . . . . Getting to Best Seller Status™. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201B

                    Angela Stout. . . From Passion to Print. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201C

 11:00–12:00 NINTH  WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTAIONS              201A

                    Pamela Williams .Painting Pictures Using Your Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201B

                    Mark Mikelat. Email Marketing, The Lead Generation Strategy You

                    Need to Be Using. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201C

 12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own) / Mastermind Sessions & Networking Groups

 1:30-2:00    Publishing Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201A

Moderator Sharon Elliot. Room 201A. (Aaron, Alex, Antonio, Mark, Michael, Tyler)

 2:00–3:00 TENTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS                 201A

                      Alex Marestaing. Writers’ Roadmap: Start & Finish Your Novel                 201B

                      Susan King.Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Pt. 2. . . . . . . 201C

 3:00–4:00 ELEVENTH WORKSHOP SESSIONS & 1-to-1 CONSULTATIONS          201A

                       Aaron Gansky. . . Learning from the Masters: F. Scott Fitzgerald. . . . . . . .201B

                       Tyler Wagner. . . . . .The Better Business Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201C

                                                 "Strategies For Publishing A Book That Sells"          

 4:00–4:30      Orange County Christian Writers Conference Closing Address       201A

 5:00 – 7:00. . . .Authors Unite Book Release Party & Book Signing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201A



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Contests

Go to the Contests page to enter one of our four writing contests for a chance to win a publishing contract, a book proposal submission subscription, and more.


Freelance Writers 

Turn your passion for writing into a career. Or learn how to make your editorial career more successful. Meet with our Chairman, Antonio L. Crawford. Make a consultation appointment to speak with Antonio about how to start and maintain a successful career as a freelance writer. Or show up at your convenience to see if Antonio is available for a walk-in consultation.


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Friday Night Meet-and-Greet

Make personal connections with our Mentoring Track instructors and industry professionals in a casual setting at the conference meet-and-greet on Friday night. An exciting keynote address, contest winner announcements, and book giveaways will round out the evening.

 


Check out our Mentoring Tracks and Appointment opportunities, then click here to register.

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