The best writers are those with a bit of a child left inside.
~Phil Callaway, Fall Conference 2014
Connect. Learn. Grow.
InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a conference every year on the last weekend in September. Events begin Friday morning and go through until Saturday late afternoon. Fall Conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation and to learn more about the craft of writing. Each year InScribe is pleased to feature a seasoned author as the conference Keynote speaker, plus we offer a variety of workshop topics and presenters. It’s a weekend where writers—whether they are seasoned or just beginning—can connect for fellowship, encouragement, and support. In conjunction with the conference each year, InScribe members are called to enter their submissions in our annual Fall Writers’ Contest. (See the Fall Contest tab on the Contests page for full details and an application). A list of this year’s Conference sponsors can be found on our Sponsors page .
If you would like to attend conference, but are struggling financially, apply for a subsidy. Download the Subsidy Information and Application and follow the instructions.
EXCITING NEW AWARD!
A new award will be presented at Fall Conference 2016. This award will be by nomination, and is only available to InScribe members. Watch for details in the next issue of FellowScript.
Information about all other events is located on our Events page.
2016 Fall Conference
September 22-24, 2016
SAWRIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE
4235 Gateway Blvd. NW Edmonton, AB
Pre-Conference events (VIP Day and the Coffee House Mixer) take place on Thursday,
September 22. VIP Day has a separate fee and limited seating.
Workshops begin on Friday morning.
To register: see the Fall Conference Registration form below on this page.
Early bird (until July 31): Member $260 Non-Member $290
Regular (from August 1st): Member $290 Non-Member $320
One Day: $160
Single Workshop: Member $40 Non-Member $50
Banquet: One ticket $55
Mixer: Members – included. Non-members $15.
Conference fees can be paid online in our store. Don’t forget to register first!
Hotel and conference registration are separate. Call the hotel directly to register for accommodations.
We have partnered with the Sawridge Inn Edmonton South for this event. A special hotel rate and section is blocked at the hotel for our attendees.
Staying at the hotel affords more networking opportunities and so should be looked at as a value plus to your conference experience. Many new projects are hatched in the wee hours of the morning or over an early coffee. New working alliances have also been formed through the extra networking opportunities afforded by staying at the conference hotel. You can cut costs by sharing a room with a fellow attendee, or bring your spouse or a friend who’d like to explore Edmonton while you’re at the Conference.
To make reservations: Call 1-888-729-7343. This number is a general reservation number, but you will be told which extension to dial for the Sawridge hotel, and you will be then be in direct contact with the reservations team at the hotel.
NOTE: At the time of making the reservation, tell the hotel you are part of the Inscribe group. Our guaranteed rate is $115 for Sept. 22 and $112 per night for Sept. 23-24, 2016. Standard guest room with 1 king or 2 queens.
There is ample free parking around the hotel and conference centre.
Directions to Sawridge Inn Edmonton South:
- From Edmonton International Airport – Exit North on QE 2, Travel 23 kms to hotel (turns into Gateway Blvd,) Hotel 4 kms North of 23rd Ave at interchange Gateway Blvd and Whitemud Freeway – on right.
- From the North – South on Calgary Trail (104th Street), exit East (left) on 42nd Avenue 1 block South of Whitemud Freeway. 250 meters turn left (North) onto Gateway Blvd – stay right.
- From the East – Travel Whitemud Freeway West to Calgary Trail, exit South to 42nd Ave (I block south of Whitemud Freeway. 250 meters turn left (North) onto Gateway Blvd – stay right.
- From the West – Travel Whitemud Freeway East to Calgary Trail, exit South (Right) to 42nd Ave (I block south of Whitemud Freeway, stay left). 250 meters turn left (North) onto Gateway Blvd – stay right.
Conference registration includes:
- Friday lunch
- Friday supper (banquet)
- Saturday lunch
Linda spent the early years of her writing career as a journalist and freelance writer. She also worked in the field of adult literacy and wrote curriculum materials for adults reading at basic reading levels.
In 1990, she decided to do something she’d always dreamed of doing: working on her first novel. The book she wrote, The Josiah Files, was published in 1992.
Since that time she’s written eighteen more mystery and suspense novels.
Most of her novels have something to do with the sea. She grew up in New Jersey and her love of the ocean was born there. When she was a little girl she remembers sitting on the shore, watching the waves and contemplating what was beyond. She could do that for hours.
Linda has roots in two countries. In 1971, she married a Canadian who loves the water just as much as she does. They moved to Canada and have lived there ever since. One of the things they enjoy is sailing. In the summer they basically move aboard their 34′ sailboat, aptly named Mystery.
Both she and her husband Rik have achieved the rank of Senior Navigator, the highest rank possible in CPS, the Canadian Power Squadron. Her Senior Navigator diploma hangs proudly on her office wall.
What this means is that she knows how to use a sextant and can ‘theoretically’ find her way home by looking at the stars.
Linda and Rik have two grown children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
For more information about Linda, see her website: writerhall.com
Want to gain more confidence as a writer?
Want to gather more tools for your writing toolbox?
Want to move to the next level?
Join us for this pre-conference event. This fun but intensive writer development day has limited seating. Only 20 spots available.
The goal of this event is to help authors put together pieces for their platform: head shots, one sheets, news releases, elevator pitches etc.
Keynote speaker: Carolyne Aarsen
From Backwoods Writer to a Contract with a New York Publisher
September 22, 2016
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre
$100 per person
Not included with conference. Fee is separate.
info to come
SWITCHING GENRES AND BUILDING YOUR AUDIENCE – Linda Hall
Research says that the average person could have up to seven different careers in a lifetime. Why should this be any different for the writer? What do you do if you find you’re writing in a genre that no longer interests you? Do you feel you might be stagnating in your writing career? Would you’d like to try something new, but are afraid? If so, then this discussion session on changing brands and building a new audience is for you.
FORMATTING FOR E-BOOKS AND PRINT – Rik Hall
This session will cover:
Pre-formatting – what you can do to make the formatting easier, MS Word Styles and how they help so much, things NOT to do.
Formatting – current specifications for the current vendors. How eBooks are different from Print books
Advanced techniques and Tools to make the work go easier
The networking room provides writers an opportunity to meet with our keynote speaker, workshop leaders, and fellow writers. You can make an appointment or meet on an informal basis.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIE PUBLISHING – Rik and Linda Hall
This anecdotal workshop will give a full overview of Indie Publishing. It will deal with vendors, publishers, formats and file types. We will talk pros and cons, pitfalls and benefits. We will share our experiences with having published more than a dozen works personally and more than 850 books as a Formatter and consultant.
Ample time will be given for questions.
TURNING PERSONAL EXPERIENCE INTO A DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE, Part 1 – Susan King
NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 workshop series is for everyone—adults, teens, and beginning, intermediate and advanced writers.
Absolutely essential for anyone who wants to write devotionals, Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message, Part 1 and Part 2 workshop series is for everyone—adults, teens, and beginning, intermediate and advanced writers.
Included will be information about the devotional market in general as well as specialized writing for The Upper Room, the world’s largest daily devotional guide, with the goal that each attendee will create a devotional submission to be turned in tomorrow (Part 2).
TURNING PERSONAL EXPERIENCE INTO A DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE, Part 2 – Susan King
NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 workshop series is for everyone—adults, teens, and beginning, intermediate and advanced writers.
(See description for Part 1) Part 2 will continue focusing on the essential elements of a devotional message.
The Upper Room gives readers a model for reading scripture and then listening for God’s voice to come to them through it. Learning to write well for The Upper Room is learning to write well for any publishing market.
MARKETING YOUR BOOK AS A FUNDRAISER – Irish Beth Maddock
Irish Beth Maddock’s aim is to encourage authors to bring the Gospel to others through their work, in new and creative ways. She will discuss some marketing and fundraising techniques.
In particular, Irish will teach how a published writer can market the story the Lord has given them as a fundraiser. In addition, tips will be shared from the author’s own journey about ways she was able to get her children’s book some recognition in the world of Christian self-publishing.
PLATFORM BUILDING BRICK BY BRICK – Tracy Krauss
What is a ‘platform’ and why do authors need one? This workshop outlines all the pieces: (website, email newsletter, social media, author events, advertising and more) and includes various strategies to help find and keep readers: (giveaways, funnel books, strategic launches, FB events etc.) Taken from her own experience as well as excellent advice and examples from other ‘authorpreneurs’, this session will guide writers through the maze and give them the confidence to build their own platforms brick by brick.
MASTERING GOOD WRITING HABITS – Nina Faye Morey
This workshop is for writers who have resolved to form good writing habits to help them become more successful in their writing careers. While we recognize that our habits play a significant role in our behaviour, we often struggle to form new habits or change our routines in order to become more proficient writers. It takes persistence and practice for new work habits to become a permanent part of our daily routine. In this workshop, we will examine some practical methods for developing, practicing, and mastering good work habits to achieve our writing goals.
MARKETING YOUR E-BOOK IN THE REAL WORLD: FROM DRAGON’S LAIR TO DRAGON’S DEN
– Linda Hopkins
You have spent the last year wrapped in a bubble of fantasy. Dragons and damsels, imaginative worlds and romance have been your constant companions. You have edited and proof-read your story, and hit the ‘publish’ button on Amazon. Your book is a splendid piece of world building, but unless people know about it, they are not going to buy it. So what can an author do to market their book beyond family and friends? This workshop will explore using websites, social media, advertising, blog tours and more as vehicles to market their book. It will tie together real-life experiences of the author, and will point attendees to other resources as they travel through the hard, not-so-creative world of marketing.
REACH YOUR READERS – Dayna Mazzucca
There are 5 Types of Readers. In this interactive workshop you will learn about the 5 Types; take a Quiz to find which type is your type; and explore 5 Reader Profiles to discover the key question, particular demand and spiritual lens each type brings to what they read. This will help you focus your writing time and talent on reaching your type in a meaningful, enriching way. Knowing which type is your type—and how to reach them—also means there is only one set (not five sets!) of needs and expectations your writing needs to meet to succeed. In other words, this workshop is designed to bring more freedom and joy to your writing!
THE BUSINESS OF BEING IN MINISTRY – Sally Meadows
Is your writing/songwriting a hobby, business, or ministry? Join author and singer/songwriter Sally Meadows for an interactive discussion exploring such topics as: taking the leap from hobby to ministry and ministry to business; goal setting; financial smarts; generating multiple income streams; and evaluating your journey along the way. Recommended for beginning to intermediate writers and songwriters.
Freefall helps writers “fall without a parachute, into the words as they come, into the thoughts before they have fully formed in the mind.” Join fellow writers in Freefall writing to a variety of prompts. Writers may be invited to share as time permits.
JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER – Ellen Hooge
Of course we do it! We judge a book by its cover every time! So, what ingredients go into the making of a great cover? Whether you are creating
your own book cover or trying to analyze a cover that is being done for you,
it is important to understand the components of good cover design. In this
workshop we will discuss the emotional impact of color, the important
harmony of font choices, what information needs to be included on the cover
of a book, and design trends for today’s markets. If you are designing a
book cover, please bring your project and take advantage of some valuable
Linda Hall – Keynote
Irish Beth Maddock
Nina Faye Morey
Receive feedback from an experienced writer or editor. First thirty to sign up will be accommodated. Send a two to three page sample of your writing and any questions you would like help with and you will be matched with one of our blue pencil mentors. Deadline for samples: September 1, 2016 Contact: Marcia Laycock.
The Barnabas Fellowship is a grant of $250 enabling a member of InScribe to further his or her progress in writing. It is named for Barnabas, a co-worker with the Apostle Paul. His story is found in the book of Acts. Barnabas means “encourager,” which coincides with the purpose of this award. Applications for the Barnabas Fellowship grant are accepted each Summer (deadline is August 31st of the current year). The Fellowship is awarded at the Fall Conference to a current member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. For full details and to apply, see the Barnabas Awards tab on our Contests page.
Looking for some great winter reads?
Published writers will have books available for purchase, so remember to bring your cheque book or some spare cash and stock up on great books by Canadian authors.
Are you an author with books to sell?
You need to notify us prior to conference if you are bringing books to sell. Please download the Book Table Agreement and return the completed forms to Tracy Krauss by September 12, 2016. InScribe charges a 10% commission for selling books for you.
Are you a Publisher or Business Owner?
Publishers and other book sellers will man their own book tables. You will be charged a flat fee of $25.00 per day for each table you use to display your books. Please download the Book Seller Agreement and return it to Bobbi Junior by September 10, 2016.
Inscribe will refund 75% of your full fee if cancellation is made before Sept. 1 and 50% before Sept. 15. After Sept. 15 there is no refund. Application for refund must be made by Oct. 10. If you cannot attend, your registration is transferable to another writer.
- Focus on your writing passion for TWO whole days!
- Relax and withdraw awhile from the cares of the world, work and family.
- Enjoy wonderful meals and refreshments fit for royalty.
- Form new acquaintances during social times.
- Be affirmed by individuals who totally ‘get it’ when you share your writing dreams.
- You might find a critique partner or mentor.
- Meet writers from your area with whom you could form a writing group.
- Network with professionals in the business.
- Socialize with like-minded people and get a sense of belonging.
- Receive a perfect ‘now’ word from the Lord that encourages or provides direction.
- Learn something new. Remember something old.
- Have an unexpected door of opportunity open up to you.
- Read your own work at the Manuscript Reading session.
- Anticipate that your written piece submitted to the contest might be a winner and could be announced here!
(originally published in FellowScript)
Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship would like to invite two dimensional art submissions from visual artists to be used on the cover of the November 2016 FellowScript Magazine.
Inscribe is a Canada wide writers’ organization for writers of Christian faith. Subject matter and medium are open to the artist’s discretion, and do NOT have to be specific to writing or Christianity. However, submissions should be eye-catching, artistically pleasing, and suitable for reproduction. Visual submissions should be sent as a jpg or pdf along with an entry fee ($15 for members or $20 for non-members per entry. Multiple entries are allowed, but payment must be submitted for each entry.) Pay fee in our store. Submit the following information with each entry:
1. Short artist’s bio (150 words or less)
2. Name of the piece
4. Statement of agreement with the Apostles’ Creed (To view the Apostles’ Creed, go to http://inscribe.org/membership/)
Contest dates: June 1 – August 1, 2016 (All entries must be received via e-mail by midnight on August 1st.)
Submit entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winning submission will be used as the November 2016 FellowScript Magazine cover and be featured on the InScribe website. The winning artist will receive a digital copy of the 2016 FellowScript Magazine cover. Second and third place winners will be featured on the InScribe website.
Winning artists agree to grant Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship the rights to a one time use of their artwork on the website and on the cover of the FellowScript Magazine.
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