September 16th, 2021 UPDATE
Due to latest Covid-19 Alberta restrictions, our Fall Conference will now exclusively be virtual.
Registrants for in-person Fall Conference will be refunded and may register for our virtual Fall Conference. Thank you for your patience as we continue to bring you Fall Conference 2021 during these changing times!
Fall Conference 2021
Sept 30-Oct 2, 2021
Contest winners will be announced at the 2021 Fall Conference.
Check HERE for 2021 Writing Contest categories and guidelines.
Award winners will be announced at the 2021 Fall Conference. Find out how you can be an award recipient HERE. (open for members only)
Connect. Learn. Grow.
InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a three-day conference every year in September. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we hosted our very first Virtual Fall Conference. We condensed our three-day conference into two days of information, participation, and inspiration. We are always excited to connect with many more of you from across Canada in new ways – and while you will learn more about the craft of writing, our emphasis is to come together again.
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, publisher, or other experts as the conference keynote speaker. Plus, we offer a variety of workshop topics and presenters. We make time for getting to know other writers or personal creative time. If you want feedback on your writing, join blue pencil. This is a weekend where writers—whether they are seasoned or just beginning—can connect for fellowship, encouragement, and support.
At the Fall Conference each year we hold the Inscribe Annual General Meeting.
In conjunction with the conference each year, InScribe members are called to enter their submissions in our annual Fall Writing Contest.
2021 FALL CONFERENCE GUEST SPEAKER
D. S. Martin is a Canadian poet who is Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series from Cascade Books, and is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. His books of poetry include: Ampersand (2018), Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013), Poiema (2008), and the chapbook So The Moon Would Not Be Swallowed (2007, Rubicon Press).
His poetry has appeared in many journals in both Canada and the US, such as Canadian Literature, Christian Century, Dalhousie Review, and Queens Quarterly. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Brampton, Ontario. They have two adult sons.
Workshop Presenter: Glynis Belec
How to be a Children’s Writer in 500 Easy Steps (And Other Tall Tales)
This is a presentation for emerging and new children’s authors; those who are looking to learn the ropes, explore what one needs to write for children, some tips and thoughts on the business of writing; the different age levels and criteria for each; audience, and some basic techniques for writing for children.
Glynis Belec is an award-winning Children’s Author, Speaker, Freelancer, and winner of a trophy holding her breath the longest under water. She counts her writing a success when her words cleverly cling together to bring hope and glory to God and a smile on the face of her readers.
Note: This workshop will be presented by Glynis via ZOOM at conference.
#1 UNANSWERED QUESTIONS-responding through poetry and prose. There are personal questions on our hearts. Often the dialogue around these questions shows up in our writing, whether we write fiction or non-fiction, creative or technical prose, the questions of our heart are often the meat and potatoes of what we serve our reader. This mean diving into those unanswered, tricky, uncomfortable, or awkward questions is key to not only spiritual growth, but vocational impact. This workshop makes space for those questions, in a respectful, private way. It uses poetry to allow the things on our heart to come to the surface, take shape and be transformed in prayer back to God. Come with your questions, bring paper and pen, and be open to the process. I will not leave you hanging, or if I do, you’ll be in good hands, as we trust the things on our heart to the Lord, together.
#2 POETRY AS PILGRIMAGE. On the journey, there are spiritual practices that help lift us up when we are down, that serve to renew our hope, and give us energy to soar, on wings, like eagles. I explore seven of these historical Christian spiritual practices in my new book, LONGINGS OF THE SOUL, A POETIC RESPONSE. This workshop offers writers in all stages a chance to sit with the longings on their heart and explore practices such as Solitude. Silence. Contemplation. Forgiveness. Presence. Vocational Alignment with our spiritual gifting and taking a Sabbath-like Day of Rest. We will talk about each one and participate in hands-on writing exercises to flesh out which one(s) speak to you where you’re at. This workshop is soulful and intentional. Thoughtful, creative and prayerful. Bring pen and paper and come to be blessed.
Dayna Mazzuca is a long-time member of Inscribe who enjoys writing and speaking. Her formal background is in Journalism, Philosophy and Spiritual Formation. She has nine books of poetry published, the latest one, LONGINGS OF THE SOUL, A POETIC RESPONSE, focusing on seven spiritual practices that lift our heart to God. Dayna brings a dynamic and interactive approach to her workshops and has received great feedback. She’s online at www.daynamazzuca.com
Workshop Presenter: Raelynn Reimer
Building Your Brand on Instagram: How to Market Yourself Effectively
This workshop digs into the importance of effectively branding yourself and creating a compelling Instagram feed that will attract your niche market. Raelynn will show you how to properly market your work using branding, hashtags, and top Instagram features that will help land your feed in the path of potential readers, publishers and other within your field.
Raelynn is a top social selling leader and leads a team of nearly 1000 women, teaching them how to effectively build their business using Instagram and Facebook. With a background in marketing and communications, she has become a student of Instagram, mastering the art of social media marketing.
Workshop Presenter: Lea Storry
Write Stuff: Preserve your memories-not your stuff
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34
Stuff-we all have it. Some of us want to streamline our lives, while others are looking to downsize. Whatever the reasons, along with stuff, come memories – the dining room set that hosted family suppers and celebrations, the t-shirt that you bought at a rock legend’s concert or the piece of pottery made by a close friend. These things hold stories. So let’s tell them. This way we can keep the story and give the object away.
- writing exercises
- instruction in finding focus
- delving into Christianity and clutter
- discussions about memories, mindfulness and passing down our stories.
Lea Storry is a published writer, editor, indie publisher and Christian. She knows that she can’t hold onto things just for the memories — it’s the stories that matter, not the stuff. Lea has also instructed classes on memoir writing, creative writing, journaling, blogging, Kijji, and using social media.