2019 Schedule

Meet & Greet on Friday, April 5, 2019


Coming soon. . . 


Main Event on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tentative Schedule . . . 

Christian Fiction Readers Retreat
Event Date:April 6, 2019
Activity
8:15 AMRegistration / Sign In Begins
9:00 AMWelcome & Grab some light breakfast
9:15 AMWelcome from Stewards & Announcements
9:30 AMOpening Prayer led by Author Debby Giusti & Worship led by Rachel & Zach Dixon
9:45 AMSpeaker Session 1:
10:30 AMGames / Break
10:45 AMAuthor Panel 1 "Historically Speaking"Authors: Bethany Turner, Janet W. Ferguson, Jean C. Gordon, Lindsay Harrel, Melissa Tagg, Toni Shiloh
Moderated by:
11:30 AMSpeaker Session 2:
12:15 PMLunch Break
1:30 PMAfternoon Praise & Worship
1:45 PMSpeaker Session 3:
2:30 PMGames
2:45 PMSmall Groups (See list below)
3:30 PMAuthor Panel 2 "A Bunch of Characters"Authors: Roseanna White, Misty M. Beller, Lisa Carter, Kristi Ann Hunter, Erica Vetsch, Cathy GohlkeModerated by:
4:15 PMGames / Special Feature (Costumes)
4:30 PMBreak / Snack
4:40 PMSpeed Chats / Breakout Session
5:30 PMClosing Praise & Worship
5:45 PM
Closing Prayers & Announcements including Grand Prize Winners
6:00 PMSigning for all

Small Groups: (groups of 10 lead by the following authors)


"Upside-Down Influence"  1 - Authors get to ask readers questions about what they look for when choosing a book; what they like best in covers; all sorts of questions authors wonder about. How interactions with readers shape and direct new writing.
  • Mesu Andrews
  • Dani Pettrey
"Upside-Down Influence"  2 - Authors get to ask readers questions about what they look for when choosing a book; what they like best in covers; all sorts of questions authors wonder about. How interactions with readers shape and direct new writing.
  • Stephanie McGee
  • Megan Whitson Lee
"Diversity"  - How to include everyday family issues, people of color, how to address that respectfully in a book and how people deal with these things in real life... as opposed to how we often see them in Christian fiction. (Or don't see them at all....)
  • Ruth Logan Herne
  • Elaine Stock
"Find Your Story" - How do you "find" your stories in general, and how did you specifically find your latest story?
  • Sandra Ardoin
  • Susan May Warren
"Book Buzz" - How fans can REALLY help their favorite authors with book buzz...
  • Eva Marie Everson
"What Should I Read Next?"  - Help readers discover newbies who are similar to their well-known favorites.
  • Lindsay Brackett
  • Mikal Dawn
"Early Influences" - What early influences moved you toward becoming an author, and how do those impact your stories now?
  • Carrie Turansky
  • Mary Connealy
"Kiss and Tell" - Authors share how they wrote some of our favorite kissing scenes
  • Dawn Crandal
  • Kristin Noel Fischer
"Research, Research, Research" - Talk about researching for your stories. Questions like what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever googled, how did you research a place you have never been to, what’s the most effective way to research a different profession, what is the coolest thing you’ve learned while researching, have you ever changed something in your story because it was too difficult to research, etc?
  • Kimberley Woodhouse
  • Carole Towriss
"How-to" - The nuts and bolts of writing a book and pursuing a publisher. Many readers dream of becoming authors one day. What better way to be encouraged than to see and hear real people sharing how-to. It could also include Indy published authors and how they went about the process.
  • Gabrielle Meyer
  • Debby Giusti
"The Faith Thread" - A panel on writing how we authors integrate our faith into our writing.
  • Tracey Lyons
  • Aubrey Grayson

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