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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 118:29 TLB

Yes, Father, I am more than thankful. Indeed, words can’t begin to express my gratitude for all You have done, are doing, and will do.

Thank You for my family and friends, for my home and health, for freedom to worship and serve You . . .

Thank You for 34 years of ministry and for providing a new vision and new home for the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. And thank You for the added blessing that Dock Mennonite Academy is only ten minutes from my home!

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Thank You for the wonderful staff at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. Bless John, Brenda, Lori and their teams for how they go the extra mile, and then some. Thank You for the thousands of  writers You have enabled us to encourage and equip in our 20 years of ministry there. 2018 CO banner.png

Thank You for the opportunity to direct the new “Write to Impact Lives Conference” with The Munce Group in Lancaster, PA, February 9-10. (The Munce Group offers numerous marketing programs and services to help bookstores target their customers and to simplify their job as independent Christian retailers. Conferees have the option of staying for one or more days of the Munce Christian Product Expo February 11-13.)

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Thank You for the critique groups that meet in my home and for the joy of editing Becky Toews’, Between the Lamp Posts, 365-day devotional, and Louise Looney’s, The Best of Days for The Rest of Your Days. 

Father, keep us mindful of Your blessings not just at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. And “make us a blessing.”

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I know I am. Do I hear an “Amen”?

I am so hoping I’ll be able to slip in to at least some of Al Janssen’s continuing session at the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

Al JanssenRevive Your Spirit;
Revive Your Message

Al Janssen
Author, Speaker, Pastor
www.aljanssen.com

Al has authored or co-authored more than 30 books that have been published around the world in more than 20 languages. For ten years he served as Director of Book Publishing for Focus on the Family. Since 2002 he has traveled the world ministering to Christians who suffer the most severe persecution because of their faith. Al and his wife Jo teach a marriage course in Muslim countries, based on his best-selling book Your Marriage Masterpiece. He is co-author with Brother Andrew of Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ. When not traveling the world, Al enjoys watching the Colorado Rockies play baseball at Coors Field in Denver.

Are you tired? Worn out? Has writing become a burden? Speaking a chore? Jesus invites you to come and rest. He wants us to walk with Him and learn from Him. In our five sessions together, we will explore various spiritual disciplines to help you draw nearer to God and hear what is on His heart for your next writing or speaking project. Al is certified in spiritual formation and leadership. He teaches weary pastors and Christian leaders around the world how to slow down and rekindle their joy of relationship with Jesus. In the process they find their ministry revitalized. This will be an interactive seminar in which we learn and practice several spiritual disciplines in community.

It’s not too late to register! Meals and some lodging is still available but do not delay.  If you bring a copy of this blog with you, I’ll give you book table credit for the $15 “Procrastinator’s Fee.” 🙂

For more info and register securely online go to http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com. And if you need time payments, just ask.

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After 34 years, the last Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) is July 26-29. The conference format is ending this year (a good reason not to miss coming), but the ministry is NOT ending. I believe the more affordable and focused events throughout the year (with much smaller faculties) that Father is leading me to plan will continue to encourage you to “write His answer.” The bottom line –

I’m NOT quitting or retiring!

I’m praying you will come to be encouraged and equipped to “write about a God who is real, who is reachable, and who changes lives.”

  • You will be inspired to “write His answer” by our 8 keynotes.
  • You will sharpen your writing and marketing skills from your choice of 8 continuing sessions and an exciting line-up of 20 early bird workshops on Wednesday.
  • You will receive practical and valuable information in your choice of  workshops from the 42 offered in these tracks:

Writer’s Life
Craft
Fiction
Nonfiction
Get published
Marketing
Other

  • You will have the opportunity to make appointments with the faculty of your choice (based on their availability) when you arrive.
  • You will form deep friendships with others who share your passion for the Lord and for words.

As I consider the critical days we are living in, I cannot think of a more important assignment than to “write His answer” through screenplays, novels, nonfiction books and articles, poetry, devotionals, and more. I’m praying you will accept His assignment and make plans now to join us July 26-29 at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA, for our 34th and last GPCWC.

Can’t make the entire conference? One and two-day registrations are accepted. Meals and lodging on campus are still available. Time payments can be arranged if needed. To find out more and register online go to:

http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com


“The Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference
is among the premier writing conferences in the USA.
The conference brings together people from all walks of life
to interact with some of the finest minds in Christian publishing,
and every year bears rich fruit in the education and publication
of articles, poems, drama, books, and more.”
Bob Hostetler, Int’l speaker & author of 48 books

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“Though I was only able to be at the GPCWC for one day,
it was action- and helps-packed. 
Measuring it by that day alone I’d give it an A+!”
Nils Ohman ~ Texas

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The Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference is more than a place to meet editors and learn the craft. It is truly a spiritual retreat for all those called to write as ministry and mission.

Nancy Rue – Best-selling Author of 100+ books

My life is STILL being touched every day by the Philly conference.
I am writing more, and with a greater sense of purpose,
yet with no concern or worries about my writing
as I know God will use me and what I write as He sees fit.

Thom Smith, conferee from New Hampshire

 

As a 25-year publishing veteran who has worked with close to 1,000 writers (including numerous NY Times best-selling authors), I’ve experienced a huge variety of writer conferences. Two that consistently stand out as a force for making good writers better and launching new authors are the Greater Philly and Colorado Christian Writers Conference – both, not coincidentally – led by Marlene Bagnull.

Marlene’s passion and industry knowledge has created a powerful place for Christian creatives to gather and grow. I have personally invested in both conferences as a speaker and teacher. The reason why is I’m a fan of her vision for writers because I see the breakthrough that occurs at these events. 

Allen Arnold
Author, Speaker, Former Christian Industry Executive
Allen is the author of The Story of With, an allegory that reveals a better way to live and create through the doorway of identity, imagination, and intimacy. His mission is to help people actively pursue and transform their talent by discovering how to pursue it with God. As the founding Fiction Publisher for one of the world’s largest Christian publishing houses, Allen oversaw the development of hundreds of novels. He knows first-hand how common it is for creators to become disheartened, overwhelmed or burnt-out–as well as what it takes to help the dreams of writers become reality. In

I’ve served on several conference faculties,
but I’ve never had my call to write
renewed and reaffirmed in the ways I have
at GPCWC. . . . I’ve wept. I’ve prayed.
I’ve been reminded to listen to His voice
about what and how I write.
Marti Pieper
Author, Editor, Collaborator

 

I don’t think it’s possible to count all the books, articles, and devotions that have been published due to this conference. Personally, the conference has helped me go from a few published books to 25 and to speak around the world.
Karen Whiting – Author, Speaker

A multi-ethnic, interdenominational conference
that is a model for what American culture
should be. GPCWC has for years
stood for a simple belief
that by lifting up the name of Jesus
without selfish agenda miracles will occur.
Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr.
Author, leadership consultant,

family life blogger

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Don’t miss it!
The July 26-29 GPCWC
is the 34th and last
in the conference format.

I’m not quitting or retiring! Instead, I believe Father is leading me in a new direction. I’m envisioning several events each year with a much smaller faculty and a sharper focus.

Although I am sad to see GPCWC end after 34 years, I am excited to see what Father is going to do next. But meanwhile, I’m praying you won’t miss what He is going to do this year. On campus lodging and meals and time payments (if needed) are still available, but the registration fee increases For more info and to register online go to http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com.

The May 16-19, 2018, Colorado Christian Writers Conference will continue in its present format.

 

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Snow CO 2017 Terry Whalin

Guest post and photo reprinted with permission of W. Terry Whalin, faculty member at this year’s Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

Terry shares a wealth of knowledge on “The Writing Life” in his blogs at terrywhalin.blogspot.com. At the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference he will teach two workshops, “Go Viral: Social Network Marketing” and “Nonfiction Book Creation from the Ground Up.”

Terry took this photo on May 19, 2017, in Estes Park, Colorado, during the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.

For many years I’ve been attending conferences. My time at the recent Colorado Christian Writers Conference was unusual because in mid-May, we had over three feet of snow. It snowed for almost two solid days after we arrived at the event. Some faculty members who arrived late were stuck at the Denver airport. The snow made for an unusual and memorable event.

Some people wonder how I’ve published such a range of magazine articles and books. I’m not the best writer in the room but I am one of the most consistent. If I pitch an idea and an editor says, sounds good, send it to me. I make a little note, then go home, write the article or book and send it. Yes you have to write what the editor wants but overall I’ve found such a simple strategy works.

Just attending conferences is a financial investment of money, time and energy. In this article, I want to highlight five ways to profit from a conference.

First, listen for opportunities then take action. For example, one editor I met told me about a forthcoming series of Bible studies that his publisher will be doing. I’ve written Bible studies in the past and enjoy this type of writing. I noticed the opportunity so I made a point to email this editor and affirm in writing my interest in the project. The editor was grateful for my interest and said at the right time he would be in touch. This type of follow-up work leads to additional writing opportunities. You have to be listening for them.

Another editor at the conference has worked on a publication that I’ve never written for. It has a large circulation and I wanted to write for this publication for the exposure as much as a new writing credit. I’ve emailed the editor and we are corresponding about some ideas which I believe will lead to an assignment and eventually publication. You have to listen for the opportunities, then take action.

Advanced preparation before the event is a second way to profit from the conference. Study the faculty and see what they publish and then write pitches and book proposals. Most publications have writer’s guidelines and other information easily available online. Several writers at the recent conference brought flash drives with the electronic copy of their material. I appreciated the effort of these writers and it moved their submission to the top of my stack. I put their material into our internal system and moved it forward through the consideration process. In one case I’ve already turned in a writer’s project to my publication board and I’m hoping to get a contract for this author in a few weeks. The germ of this activity was her arrival at the conference prepared for her meetings. You can learn and mirror such actions when you attend an event.

Most conferences have a freebie table with magazines and writers guidelines. These publications are looking for freelance writers. You have to pick up the publications, read the guidelines then make your pitch or query or follow-through. This consistent action of follow-up is the third way to profit from a conference. When someone mentions an interest in your material, make sure you exchange business cards with them. Then when you get home, send them an email and follow-up.

At the conference, I met many people and came home with a large stack of business cards. I’ve been following up with writers and encouraging them to send me their proposal and/or manuscript. Yet few of them have reached out to me—and this type of situation is typical from my experience. If you reach out to the editor and take action, your actions will receive positive attention and you will get publishing opportunities. This is the fourth way to profit from a conference.

One of the reasons to attend a conference is to learn a new skill or a new area of the writing world. The fifth method to profit from a conference is to take action on these new skills. Are you learning how to write fiction or a magazine article or tap a new social network? A variety of skills are taught at conferences.

It’s easy to put away the notes and never look at them again. The writers who get published take a different course of action. They review the notes and apply it to their writing life. At the Colorado event, I taught an early bird workshop about Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams (my book). I worked hard on my handout which had many additional resources and links for those who used it. Here’s my handout for your reference: http://terrylinks.com/js I encourage you to download the handout, print it and follow the extra material to profit for your own writing life. I’ll be at the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and other events this year. Check my speaking schedule link to connect and I hope our paths cross later this year and I can help you one on one.

As writers we are continually learning and growing in our craft. A conference can be a huge growth area if you take a action and follow-up.
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It’s not too late to register for the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. Lodging and meals on campus are still available. But don’t delay! The “procrastinator’s fee” kicks in on July 19.

 

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We are pressed on every side by troubles,
but not crushed and broken.
We are perplexed because we don’t know why
things happen as they do,
but we don’t give up and quit.
2 Corinthians 4:8 TLB

What the apostle Paul and other early followers of Christ endured – what they endure today in nations where there is no freedom of religion – certainly wouldn’t make for an appealing help wanted ad.

We have been beaten, put in jail,
faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion,
stayed awake through sleepless nights of watching,
and gone without food.
2 Corinthians 6:5 TLB

Can you imagine being with him in an inner dungeon, sitting in filth, your feet clamped in stocks, rats nibbling at your toes, and your body in agony because of the beating you just received? Would you, would I, be singing hymns to the Lord? (See Acts 16:23-26.)

What if Paul had said, “I’ve had enough! I quit!” Who would blame him?

But he didn’t quit! And we must not either.

There is a way over, through, around the obstacles if we will

P R A Y 

P E R S E V E R E

and K E E P   O U R   E Y E S   O N   J E S U S who for the joy set before Him endured the cross  (Heb. 12:2).

I am convinced that Father is allowing obstacles in order to strengthen our faith muscles for the difficult days that are ahead as our nation slips farther and farther away from Him.

I have faced one obstacle after another preparing for the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. I am praising God that one of the biggest obstacles has been overcome. I will be able to provide meals and lodging for late registrants and walk-ins. This is H U G E. With 47 to 71 conferees registering in the last two weeks, I’ve not known how we would feed them and find a bed for their head. But PTL that obstacle has been overcome!

So you can still register and purchase meals and lodging on campus. Although the price has increased, I am happy to offer you free of charge MP3s of my “Grow your Writing Ministry” seminar that I taught this March. The workshops include:

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I am so excited about this seminar and about the new direction Father is taking GPCWC. Although the conference format is ending this year (a good reason not to miss coming), I believe the more affordable and focused events throughout the year will continue to encourage you to “write His answer.” The bottom line –

 

I’m NOT quitting or retiring!

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crowded beachDuring what’s often called “the lazy, hazy days of summer,” are you making time to seek God’s purpose for you and your writing? Or are you content to lay on the beach and let the clouds float by?

Please don’t misunderstand me. There’s nothing wrong with taking a vacation. I’d sure like one right now. But with the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference only two and a half weeks away, I’ve got more than enough work to fill 12-15 hour days. This isn’t a complaint. It just is what it is.

But whether you’re hard at work or getting a much needed vacation from work, are you aware of the growing darkness around you? Are you seeking Him for how the words He would have you write can make a difference?

In Against the Night, Living in the New Dark Ages published in 1991, Chuck Colson wrote:

against the night

“Dark Age” is a strong term. I recognize that. Yet  in recent  years I’ve had a growing sense of storm clouds gathering on the horizon . . . The forecast is foreboding . . . We scan the horizon with unease.

We sense that things are winding down, that somehow freedom, justice, and order are slipping away. Our great civilization may not yet lie in smoldering ruins, but the enemy is within the gates.

The times seem to smell of sunset. Encroaching darkness casts long shadows across every institution in our land. . . . We do face a crisis in Western culture, and it presents the greatest threat to civilization since the barbarians invaded Rome.

I’m reminded of what Michael Gantt asked in a keynote address in Colorado a number of years ago.

Do you believe, really believe,
that God can use you to make a difference?

While I believe the words we write can impact our culture, just as important is the one person who may be drawn to the Lord through the words we write. And what about the reader who is struggling with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness who we can encourage because we’ve been there?

“Say yes to God: live with purpose,” Kevin Wayne Johnson, GPCWC’s Saturday morning’s keynoter, says. “As God unfolds His purpose for your life, accept it, walk in it, and watch Him unveil the vision and provision that is just for you. Say yes to the assignment with joy.”

I’m praying that you’ll prayerfully consider saying yes to the opportunities the July 26-29 GPCWC offers to “encourage and equip you to write about a God who is real, who is reachable, and who changes lives.” It’s not too late to register, but after July 10th I can’t guarantee that meals and lodging will be available on campus. But God will make a way if He is calling you to come. Trust Him!

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