Cascade Christian Writers Conference offers writers a chance to meet and share their work with editors and agents.
CANBY — Fiction and nonfiction writers looking to connect with editors and agents who can publish their work will find those opportunities June 23-26 at the Cascade Christian Writers Conference.
The nonprofit conference includes keynote addresses from Tricia Goyer, author of more than 70 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, as well as seven intensive morning coaching classes and 23 afternoon workshops .
Topics in hands-on coaching classes, taught by experienced authors, editors and agents, include writing non-fiction from scratch, learning from experienced writers, writing like a published novelist, a deep perspective, branding and marketing and publishing pursuit. A writing retreat option is also available.
The event has been around for years, spokeswoman Julie Zander said.
“I attended my first OCW summer conference around 2002 at Canby Grove (conference center) with Francine Rivers as the speaker. …” she added.
The conference has produced many good results for participants over the years.
“I met my first agent at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference, now the Cascade Christian Writers Conference,” said Christina Suzann Nelson, award-winning author of five novels and now conference director. “That connection led to a contract for my first novel with Kregel.”
The author of Philomath publishes his sixth novel, his fourth with Baker Publishing Group.
“A lot of what I learned happened at writing conferences,” she said. “There really is no substitute for that kind of interaction.”
So is Melanie Dobson, a Portland-area author of nearly 30 historical and thriller novels who has won several prestigious Christy and Carol awards. She is a mentor and coaching course instructor at the Cascade 2022 conference.
“I got several book deals from writers’ conferences,” she said. “Writers’ conferences have been crucial to my career as a novelist. I’ve learned the craft of writing fiction, met publishers, contracted for several books, and made lasting friendships with other writers at conferences like the Cascade Christian Writers Conference. At every conference I have attended, I have been encouraged and inspired in my own calling as a writer.”
The afternoon workshops at this year’s event will cover topics such as writing devotionals and articles on experiences, tragedy and spirituality without being boring; ditch the first person for a close third perspective; traditional or independent publishing; develop a platform; ghost writing; writing for children; story overlay; publishing of collections of poetry; finance for writers; public speaking; write a first page that appears; find a literary agent; and author of historical novels.
The teaching staff includes five literary agents, seven acquisition editors, and seven published authors as writing mentors.
Early bird prices for members ($400) and non-members ($450) are available through May 15. The registration cost increases by $50 each day thereafter.
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