CWOW is an Affiliate of American Christian Fiction Writers
CWOW Annual Writer's Mini-Conference - January 24, 2015
Christian Writers of the West is proud to announce our speaker for this year's Mini-Conference ...
Author/Publisher/Agent Karen Ball
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Karen Ball has been blessed to use her love of story during over 30 years in publishing. Currently the owner/operation of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, and a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, Karen has been dubbed “the Fiction Tiger” of Christian publishing. She has built and led fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. She’s acquired and worked with some of the top novelists in publishing, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Angela Hunt, Ginny Yttrup, & Robin Jones Gunn. In addition, Karen is an in-demand mentor for writers, helping them take their craft to the next level, and a best-selling, award-winning writer and a popular speaker. She lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and two four-legged, furry “kids.”
Karen will lead two interactive workshops which appeal to writers at all levels and will take your writing to the next level:
TAMING THE FICTION DRAGONS - In this session we wrestle together with the most common problems fiction writers face: POV, Show vs. Tell, Character Voice, Dialogue, and beats. We'll learn what these things are, why they're important, and how to tame them in our writing. And we'll use what we've learned to work on our WIPs.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - Working together, we'll dig deep to make our characters live and breathe. We'll explore such things as: What makes characters compelling; How to make characters believable; Developing your characters' voices; Characterization through Scenes; Characterization through relationships.
January 24, 2015
Doors open for registration @ 9:30 a.m.
Sign in 9:30 a.m., Morning session 10-12, Lunch 12-1, Afternoon session 1-3
Camelback Church of Christ
5225 E. Camelback Road
The Early Bird payment option has expired, however tickets will be available at the door for $35 CWOW Members, $45 all others. You may bring your lunch, as no restaurants are located nearby. Bottled water will be provided
Announcing the 2014
Phoenix Rattler Writing Contest
Category Winners and Overall Winner:
Contemporary - Torn Edges by Christina Suzann Nelson
Historical- Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer - www.cynthiaroemer.weebly.com
Romantic Suspense- A Memory to Live For by Jan Davis Warren
Young Adult - The Masquerade by Emily Claire
SciFi/Fantasy- Banished by Tamara Bowers - www.tammybowers.com
And the Overall Winner of the 2014 Phoenix Rattler contest, with the highest score is...
Christina Suzann Nelson with her
contemporary novel, Torn Edges
Congratulations and best wishes, Christina!
Meet Christina on-line at:
The finalists for Contemporary are:
The Rebel's Search by Traci Rhodes
Loving Dillon by Linda Truesdell
Torn Edges by Christina Suzann Nelson
The finalists for YA are:
The Masquerade by Emily Claire
Cavernous by Monica Mynk
The Uncloaked by Jennifer Rodewald
The finalists for SciFi/Speculative/Fantasy are:
Banished by Tamara Bowers
The Enchanter's List by Elizabeth Kitchens
Mardan's Mark by Kathrese McKee
The finalists for Romance/Romantic Suspense are:
No More Regret by Nick Kordings
A Memory to Live For by Jan Davis Warren
Dark Guest by Sarah Hamaker
The finalists for Historical are:
No Neutral Ground by Terri Wangard
A Pony Express Romance by Misty Beller
Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer
Thanks to all who entered the annual Rattler Writing Contest.
Next General Meeting - March 28, 2015
Speaker to be announced.
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