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Fall Conference

The best writers are those with a bit of a child left inside.

~Phil Callaway, Fall Conference 2014

Connect. Learn. Grow.

FALL CONFERENCE

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 .

SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE!

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.

Conference Recordings AVAILABLE!

The recordings from our 2016 Fall Conference are now available. You may purchase individual recordings for $5 each or all 17 recordings for only $50.

Information about all other events is located on our Events page

2017 Fall Conference

September 22-23, 2017

SAWRIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE
4235 Gateway Blvd. NW  Edmonton, AB

Pre-Conference events (VIP Day and Authors’ Mixer) take place on Thursday,
September 21
. 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.

Conference Fees

Inscribe member – Early bird (until July 31):  $295

Non-member – Early bird (until July 31): $315

Inscribe Member – Regular Price (from August 1st):  $315

Non-member – Regular Price (from August 1st) : $335

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: Tell the hotel you are part of the Inscribe group to get the guaranteed group rate. (TBA)

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
Attendees will be responsible to purchase all other meals on their own. The Sawridge Inn has a restaurant where breakfast is served.

Shelley Hitz

Founder of ‘Author Academy’: Author, publisher, and marketing guru!

Shelley Hitz has coached thousands of authors through her books, training programs, online events, seminars, and more.   She has over a decade of experience speaking to groups of all sizes, from small workshops to keynote presentations in front of thousands. However, she is best known for injecting energy and enthusiasm into everything she does and inspiring those around her to take action.

Her clients are successfully publishing new books almost every day and some have become #1 Amazon best-selling authors in their category within days of publishing their books simply by following her proven system.

www.shelleyhitz.com

*Shelley will be treating us to THREE keynote sessions, plus TWO workshops AND she will be the guest at our exclusive VIP day on Thursday! (Must register for this separately). Don’t miss out on this amazing woman of faith. She will inspire you as well as give you tons of practical advice.  

 

The theme for 2017 is ‘Writing In Community’.

Ephesians 4:16 – From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (NIV)

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 exclusive pre-conference event with author, publisher, and marketing guru Shelley Hitz! This fun but intensive writer development day has limited seating. Only 20 spots available.

Keynote speaker: Shelley Hitz

As a “get it done” author coach and business strategist, Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message by working smarter, not harder. She teaches you how to sell more books without being pushy or salesy using marketing strategies that fit your strengths. Her marketing systems will help you save time so you can do more of what you love (writing your next book).

September 21, 2017

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre
$150 per person (members) or $175 per person (non-members)

Not included with conference. Fee is separate.

Author Automation:  How to Sell More Books Without Being Pushy or Self-Promotional By Working Smarter Not Harder So You Have More Time to Do The Things You Love

During this VIP day, you will learn:

– How to sell more books without being pushy or self-promotional by working smarter not harder so you have more time to do the things you love

– Where to find NEW ideal customers on a daily basis to sell more books and grow your email subscriber list ALL on autopilot.

– The system you can implement that helps you instantly increase your income with your existing traffic without hard selling (you’ll be able to wake up to sales that come in even while you sleep).

– Why you should add the #1 missing ingredient most authors leave out of their marketing plan. This one step can make or break your success over the long term.

If you’re a published author who is not selling as many books as you would like (or you feel stuck because you don’t want to be self-promotional), this VIP day is for you.

Join us for this VIP day to create your Author Automation Blueprint to sell more books, products, and more on autopilot. Once you set up this system, it will work for you 24/7. It’s time to let your light shine!

NOTE: Those attending VIP Day are required to watch the video on the following page https://authors.lpages.co/author-automation-overview/.

This annual event is a wonderful way to share your work, network, and enjoy the work of other writers from the InScribe family. It’s a fun and informal evening, so come prepared with a reading to share (if you want to) and be prepared to enjoy yourself!

Registration free for those attending the conference.

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, 2017  Contact: Pamela Mytreon

JANICE DICK: Fiction Writing 101

This workshop is for beginning writers, or those who wish to take a look at the basics of fiction writing. We will analyze the elements of fiction, their relationship with each other, and how to combine them to create a strong story structure. We will also touch on editing, polishing, and other preparations for publication. No prerequisites, but if attendees have fiction they are working on, they may bring it along.

Bio: 

Janice L. Dick is an award-winning author of five published historical novels. She also writes contemporary long and short fiction, book reviews and blogs. She lives in rural Saskatchewan with her husband.

SHELLEY HITZ: The Power of Getting Chrystal Clear on WHO Your Ideal Reader is for Your Book

One of the most overlooked steps in the publishing process is researching your target audience. Many authors say their book is for “everyone.” However, if you write your book for everyone, you are actually writing it for no one. Once you know who your ideal reader is, it will make writing your book, preparing your book launch, and marketing your book so much easier. Plus, the process of researching your target audience is much easier than you think! You will learn a simple step-by-step process for getting clarity on your ideal reader in this session.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why getting to know your target audience is key for success when writing your book and building your author platform (and what to do about it).
  • Two FREE tools you can use to research your target audience online for free.
  • The exact questions and process to use to research your ideal reader. You will also receive a handout that walks you step-by-step through the process.
  • Be inspired by a real-life case study where Shelley helps a nonfiction author find his target audience in just 45 minutes after he had been struggling to narrow his niche for months!

This training has helped hundreds of authors get crystal clear on their target audience for writing their book and building their author platform. Join Shelley Hitz for this powerful and practical session.

Bio: As an author coach, business strategist, and Christian entrepreneur; Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message. She has coached thousands of authors through her books, training programs, online events, seminars, and more. Connect with Shelley and download her free training at www.shelleyhitz.com.

SHELLEY HITZ: The Art of Prayer: 3 Simple Ways to Add Color and Creativity to Your Prayer Life

Prayer is our lifeline to God and how we access the power of God in our lives. However, it is easy to get distracted in our culture saturated with technology today. In this workshop, you will learn three simple ways to add color and creativity to your prayer life to help you stay focused during your prayer time and cultivate deeper intimacy with God as you meditate on His Word. Adding creativity to your prayer life can also help you unlock your creativity in other areas, like your writing.
It was just over a year ago that Shelley Hitz thought she did not have an artistic bone in her body. And yet, she learned simple and easy ways to begin integrating creativity into her life that she will share with you in this class.
You will learn the basics of faux calligraphy, which is the easiest way to get started with hand lettering as well as simple ways to sketch patterns and shapes while you pray.
This workshop is for anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with Christ through prayer and explore new methods of creativity.

Bio: As an author coach, business strategist, and Christian entrepreneur; Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach more people with your message. She has coached thousands of authors through her books, training programs, online events, seminars, and more. Connect with Shelley and download her free training at www.shelleyhitz.com.

DAYNA MAZZUCA: Reach Your Reader

Dayna’s been working on this topic for the past three years, developing in-depth profiles of the 5 Types of Readers. Once you’ve mastered your own voice on the page, you need to think long and hard about your Reader. To reach your reader on a more meaningful level; to be audience-centric; to bring the creative journey full circle, this is one of the great joys of writing. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you already know about Your Type of Reader and, at the end this session, well equipped to connect Your Writing with Your Reader even better! Hope you can come! Bring a list of your favourite books, places to read and things to write about.

Bio: 

Dayna has worked in the Communications field for 25 years (and counting!). She’s a writer by design, personality and skill. She’s a former journalist and writing instructor, a long-time freelancer and poet, and a professional speaker with a background in philosophy and theology. She’s online at www.daynawrites.com

DAYNA MAZZUCA: Story Slam!

BE BRAVE. Read out loud and receive positive audience feedback you can use later to promote your work online. You will hear what people love about your work! You will receive feedback on how to better deliver the goods; how to let your words shine a little brighter. This is an encouraging, hands-on, hearts-open environment to equip you to Embrace the opportunities the Lord provides to share your work OUT LOUD with an eager-for-more audience. Come read to us. We’d love to hear you! BRING a piece of your work to read, maximum 500 words. No minimum. Any genre. Published or unpublished work welcome.

Bio:  Dayna brings a drama and storytelling background to this hands-on session. She is a thoughtful facilitator with a background in journalism, broadcast reporting and directing, publishing and marketing. She’s a professional speaker and poet who loves words and writers and giving voice to the depths within each of us. VISIT www.daynawrites.com

SALLY MEADOWS: Top Tips For Writing and Marketing Your Children’s Book

Writing for children can be exceptionally rewarding in and of itself. But in order to maximize your success as a children’s book author, you must have an intriguing/original concept, have a good grasp on how to write for kids, and have a solid marketing plan in place long before you go to print. Join Sally Meadows in this hands-on workshop that will address such topics as: articulating your idea; establishing the mood and arc of your story; painting with words; goal setting; and developing an innovative and effective marketing plan. No requirements other than a pen! (Although attendees may bring their works in progress.) 

Bio: 

Sally Meadows is a five-time national/international award-nominated author, singer/songwriter, and speaker from Saskatoon. In addition to writing children’s books, she also writes short stories for adults and non-fiction articles. Sally is InScribe’s Press Coordinator and is overseeing the production and publication of the new Christmas anthology “Christmas: Stories & More.”

NINA MOREY: That’s My Byline! Becoming a Freelance Writer

Are you serious about building your own successful business as a freelance writer? If meeting and interviewing fascinating people, researching new and interesting subjects, focusing on niche topics, developing expertise in a particular field, and writing engaging stories are things that appeal to you, you’ll find freelance writing exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. If you would be thrilled to see your byline on newspaper articles or magazine stories, this workshop will equip you with practical information to help you achieve your dream. You’ll learn how to hone your writing, marketing, and business skills to be successful in the periodical market. No requirements.

Bio: 

Nina Faye Morey, B.A., B.Ed., is a freelance writer, poet, editor, and speaker. Her writing has been published in Grainews, Manitoba Co-operator, Canadian Messenger, Prairie Messenger, FellowScript, Prairie Journal, and ICWF’s anthology, 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers. She has served as FellowScript’s columns editor and is currently the editor-in-chief.

TRACY KRAUSS: Scrivener Basics

Scrivener is without a doubt the favourite writing software available today. Tracy will walk you through the basics of setting up your projects, importing projects, and basic formatting, along with some fun ‘tips and tricks’ to get you started using this amazing writing tool. Attendees should bring their own laptops and should have ALREADY DOWNLOADED the Scrivener software from http://www.literatureandlatte.com (A thirty day ‘non-consecutive’ free trial is available.)

Bio: 

Tracy Krauss is a multi-published author and playwright who currently serves on the executive as Inscribe’s VP. She has used (and loved!) Scrivener software for about six years, not only for writing, but also as a formatting tool in her small publishing company. For more about her books and plays visit her website: tracykrauss.com – fiction on the edge without crossing the line – 

MARCIA LAYCOCK: Writing Devotionals of Distinction

Devotional writing is one of the best ways to break into the publishing world. This workshop teaches skills such as, show, don’t tell, avoiding rabbit trails, writing effective openings and powerful endings. No requirements.

Bio: 

Marcia has been publishing devotionals for over 20 years. Her work has been widely published in Canada and beyond, as well as in publications such as The Upper Room, The Quiet Hour, and several anthologies. She is a Sunday devotional columnist with Novel Rocket.com and contributes to several websites.

MARCIA LAYCOCK: Crafting Your Testimony To Connect

There is nothing more personal nor more powerful than your own story. This workshop is about learning how to put it together in written and spoken form so that God can use it to His glory. Topics covered will include: How to get started – some helpful strategies; elements in an effective testimony; writing tips to give your story power. No requirements.

Bio: Marcia has been writing and speaking about her testimony for over 20 years. She is a frequent speaker for RSVP ministries (previously Stonecroft) and at women’s retreats.

FREEFALL: Hosted by Sharon Espeseth

Get those creative juices flowing! ‘Freefall’ is a time of guided creative writing and sharing. The results are refreshing, revealing, rejuvenating – and always worthwhile. Seasoned ‘freefall’ leader, Sharon Espeseth, will guide the workshop attendees with a variety of prompts. Often a conference favourite, don;t miss out on this year’s freefall session.

 

BLUE PENCIL:

What is ‘blue pencil’? Submit a writing sample of up to 750 words in any genre and one of our veteran editors and writing coaches will give valuable feedback. Make sure to check the box on the registration form if you wish to sign up for a one-on-one blue pencil session. Submissions must be sent to the blue pencil coordinator in advance to give time for the editors to read and give feedback ahead of time. If you check the box and want a blue pencil session, you will be contacted after registration. See the tab below for more.

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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 Marnie Pohlmann by September 15, 2017. 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, 2017.

  1. Focus on your writing passion for TWO whole days!
  2. Relax and withdraw awhile from the cares of the world, work and family.
  3. Enjoy wonderful meals and refreshments fit for royalty.
  4. Form new acquaintances during social times.
  5. Be affirmed by individuals who totally ‘get it’ when you share your writing dreams.
  6. You might find a critique partner or mentor.
  7. Meet writers from your area with whom you could form a writing group.
  8. Network with professionals in the business.
  9. Socialize with like-minded people and get a sense of belonging.
  10. Receive a perfect ‘now’ word from the Lord that encourages or provides direction.
  11. Learn something new.  Remember something old.
  12. Have an unexpected door of opportunity open up to you.
  13. Read your own work at the Manuscript Reading session.
  14. Anticipate that your written piece submitted to the contest might be a winner and could be announced here!

(originally published in FellowScript)

ICWF Pre-Conference Prayer

from Connie Inglis, InScribe Spiritual Advisor)

Eph. 3:20,21 (NASB):
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

When we pray corporately I know God can and will do above all we ask or think. And as we pray, we will see and recognize His provision with the ultimate purpose to glorify His name as individuals and as an organization.

So, please find attached a Pre-Conference Prayer list. I have divided the requests into five days, though you can pray as you feel led. Even if you can only pray sporadically it’s all good. God hears our prayers.

Day 1:

  • Promotion: that the message gets out to those who God wants to hear it.
  • Shelley Hitz, our main speaker and all the workshop leaders: that the Spirit would guide them in their preparation, so that their words would speak Truth, would be God-honouring and would impart wisdom and knowledge.
  • Volunteers to share the preparation workload.
  • Contests and judges: that many would enter their writing without fear or doubt and that they will be encouraged in the process. That appropriate judges would be found and for wisdom and guidance as they judge all the submissions.

Day 2:

  • Executive and Conference Committee: for unity, wisdom and God’s strength throughout this preparation time. Also for spiritual and physical protection as they work for us all.
  • Subsidy fund: that members would prayerfully consider contributing to help others attend conference
  • Finances: that God would provide the funds for members that want to attend conference
  • More than enough registrants to cover costs

Day 3:

  • Registration process online to work properly
  • Prayer coordinator: for this provision and also that God would give wisdom and guidance to this person in preparation for conference.
  • Scheduling: wisdom in coordination details so that events flow smoothly
  • Artist and Author mixer on Thursday night: for boldness to share and for a spirit of unity and camaraderie, encouragement and joy as we read our writing to each other.

Day 4:

  • Annual General Meeting held during conference: that God would be glorified in the discussion and that His will would be done in the decision-making.
  • Filling of executive positions: that God would provide the right people and that those who are meant to step into executive positions would hear the Spirit’s nudging.
  • Conference Registrar: Bobbi Junior. That all would run smoothly.
  • President: Ruth L. Snyder. For peace, health and strength.

Day 5:

  • VIP Day on Thursday: that those who are meant to be there will be there. And that this day will help the attendees to build their writing platform to get God’s message out.
  • Venue: Sawridge Inn. That God would be preparing hearts there and that the Spirit would be covering it even now.
  • Sponsorships: that good and mutually beneficial relationships can be built.

Fall Conference Registration 2017

    NOTE: There is an additional charge for this session over and above your conference registration. Limited to 20 people. Everyone who attends is required to watch the video at https://authors.lpages.co/author-automation-overview/ before attending.
    NOTE: If you are bringing books to sell, please download the appropriate Agreement from the Book Sales tab above and return the completed forms.
    Donations are appreciated, but you can also donate by purchasing items from the Silent Auction at conference. Remember to bring cash or cheques with you.
    Note: There is no charge for this event
    These tickets are for people who are NOT registered for conference.

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P.O. Box 99509
Edmonton, AB
T5B 0E1

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