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By Becca Anderson, Special to ASSIST News Service

ESTES PARK. CO (ANS – April 17, 2017) — Today’s writers aspire to do more than entertain or inform, they want to change lives. Attendees of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, May 17-20, at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO will hear cutting-edge speakers to help them do just that. They will also have opportunities to interact with editors and publishing representatives to move their writing to publication.

A faculty of 56 editors, writers and literary agents will present 42 workshops and 15 Early Bird workshops, including a 3.5 hour session on “Jumpstart Your Publishing Dream,” “Scrivener from 0 to 60,” and “Advanced Fiction Writing.” The conference also includes eight continuing sessions, keynote addresses, intensive clinics and a special “Teens Write!” program on Saturday.

mjb smallest May 2010 for web“The world of publishing changes continually to keep in step with our culture,” said Marlene Bagnull, who has directed the conference for 20 years. “Writers have more options, including independent publishing, online venues and social media opportunities. We’ve designed the conference to touch on as many areas of today’s publishing as possible, while still feeding the Christian writer’s soul through times of worship, opportunities to talk to other writers and editors, and all in the beautiful surroundings of the Rockies.”

Keynote messages include “Storytelling that Inspires Change,” by D. J. Williams. He will also teach a continuing session on creating a roadmap to create a cause-driven novel or screenplay. Another continuing session, “Writing that Changes Lives,” is taught by Bill Watkins, award-winning author and senior editor at Broadstreet Publishing Group.
Writers will be inspired by keynote speaker Louise Looney, author of five books who was first published when she was 79-years-old, as she speaks on “Opening Doors.” Other keynotes include “Courage for Dry Bones” by Carol Award winner Terry Brennan, and “Undaunted” by full-time author and speaker Tim Shoemaker.

For writers who apply and are accepted in advance, intensive clinics can be life-changing. They include a fiction clinic with Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of over 100 books; a nonfiction book clinic with Craig Bubeck, who is directly responsible for the publication of over 200 books; and a speakers clinic with Roy Hanschke, a 20-year plus veteran of Christian radio who has coached beginning and seasoned speakers for over 17 years.

For more information visit http://colorado.writehisanswer.com or contact the director, Marlene Bagnull, at mbagnull@aol.com or 484-991-8581.

Photo captions: 1) Marlene Bagnull. 2) Becca Anderson.

About the writer: Becca Anderson is a freelance writer and editor based in Texas, and has had two books published — both as a direct result of attending the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. Her e-mail address is: banderson@cablelynx.com.


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Pray that the LORD our God will show us
the way we should go and what we should do.
Jeremiah 42:3 TEV

  • Please pray for CCWC conferees as they choose the faculty they want to meet with at the May 17-20 conference. Father, please help them to take advantage of the wealth of info we’ve provided and to not rush their decision.
  • Please ask Father to show me how He wants me to respond to the requests for scholarship help.
  • Pray for writers who are struggling to justify the cost of a conference because they haven’t yet been made much (or any) income from their writing. Father, please encourage them to believe in You and the gift of words You’ve entrusted to them.

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer. – James 1:5-7 TLB

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When I pray, you answer me and encourage me
by giving me the strength I need.
Psalm 138:3 TLB

  • Please ask the Lord to calm the wind and protect the firefighters as they battle fires in Colorado and three other western states.

Thank you all so much for praying – our community [Haxtun, CO] has been hit hard but it has been incredible to see everyone come together. Please keep praying for the wind to die down. So much loss. But God is good.

CCWC faculty member Kim Woodhouse

  • Please pray for those who are overwhelmed and discouraged by technology and the learning curve. Father, please encourage us all Louise Looney’s example. (Louise started her writing career at age 79. Since then she has written one award-winning book and four more. In addition to keynoting at CCWC, she would love to meet with you during a one-on-one appointment to offer prayer and encouragement.)

I’m on a time crunch getting out entertaining and uplifting You Tubes to start this week-end. Pray they will attract believers as well as non-believers and cause them to want to know the Lord initially or better. The Lord has been with me in amazing ways!

CCWC faculty member Louise Looney

  • Please pray for the mailing to 46 Christian schools and 20 homeschool groups about the May 20 Teens Write at CCWC. Kim and Kayla Woodhouse and Darcie Gudger have planned an exciting day-long learning opportunity. Father, please raise up young people to know You and desire to serve You through the ministry of writing.
  • Pray continue to pray that I will be keenly aware of Father’s leading as I finalize the faculty and workshops for the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and begin work on the brochure and updating the website.

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I love watching Father work!

Presently (January 14) there are 49 on faculty for the May 17-20, 2017, Colorado Christian Writers Conference with more to be added. So far that includes 6 agents, 18 editors, 14 authors, and 11 other professionals.

I’m working on the brochure and have spent the afternoon beginning the process of updating the website. If we have your USPS address, you will hopefully receive our 16-page brochure by mid-February. I’m working to open secure online registration by February 1.

Pray for me, please. Even though this is my 21st year directing the Colorado conference and 34th year directing the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference it doesn’t get any easier. But then Jesus never promised following Him would be easy. What He has promised is always to be with us. We can trust that what He calls us to do, He will equip us to do.

I cling to His promises as the challenge of planning two conferences often threatens to overwhelm me and make me doubt I have what it takes. The hardest part, the same as with writing a book, is getting started. Well, finishing what we start is tough, too!

Do you feel called to “write His answer” and yet struggle with self-doubts? Truthfully, through working with hundreds of writers through the years, I find that those who really have a gift with words and a message that needs to be published are the ones most likely to be crippled by self-doubts.

I shudder when I think of how many times I almost gave up writing because my self-doubts were so loud and insistent. Why would anyone want to read what I wrote? What made me think that I could write for the Lord? I wasn’t qualified! How could He possibly use someone who was only a high school graduate? I felt ashamed and woefully inadequate.

How it must have grieved the Lord when I failed to see that the Cross turns my minus into a plus – when I believed the lies of the evil one instead of His promises. And how much time I wasted in my self-centered and selfish focus on my doubts instead of on the needs Father was calling me to address through the words He would give me if I would just trust Him.

Today I was reminded of the November 2010 ASSIST News interview, “Author of End Times Political Thriller Hits New York Times Best Seller List with His Latest Middle Eastern Novel.” Talking about the decision to write his first novel, Joel Rosenberg said:

Failure has a way of focusing the mind and I’d come off of ten years of political failure in Washington DC and I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m a Rosenberg, yet I am not a lawyer, a dentist, a doctor, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, an accountant or even a stockbroker.

I’ve got no financial genes and I can’t do anything practical. I write ‘Op-Eds’ that people don’t read. I write speeches people don’t listen to; the only thing I know how to do is write and clearly badly. But these are my loaves and fishes and I don’t want to be a failure; I want to be a blessing.

So, I told the Lord, ‘I want to be a servant of yours, Lord Jesus, so could you take these loaves and fishes, limited though they be, and would you break them, and bless them, and somehow feed people with them.’

It was then that I got this idea of writing a political thriller; a Middle East-based terrorism story that would have the Gospel woven into it. I wanted it, as readers got deeper into the book, to see the spiritual temperature rise. But the problem was that I didn’t know how to write a novel as I’d never written one before. I’d never even taken a class on writing a novel and I didn’t even like to read novels. So that was a problem.”

Click here to read the rest of the interview. You’ll be encouraged.

New WHA cover
Are you struggling to see Father at work in your life? Are you battling self-doubts, writer’s block, rejection slips, procrastination? My book, Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers, has 33 chapters of answers I found during my journey of publishing 9 books and making over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals. And to my amazement it’s been in print for 25 years! Click here for excerpts and ordering info.

Father, thank You for calling us to do what seems impossible and for Your faithfulness to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond as we choose to listen to You and not to our doubts.


Yes, I’m trusting Father will enable me to pull the Philly conference together, too. About half of the faculty is in place.

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Possible And Impossible Keys Show Optimism And Positivity

Time does fly! Already the first week of the new year is history.

Did you accomplish what you hoped to get done last week? Or, like me, did you encounter frustrating obstacles? I definitely could have done without sitting in the dentist chair for FOUR HOURS! Still I’m grateful for the amazing technology that made it possible for the dentist to save several teeth.

Yes, technology is amazing, that is, when it’s working! I lost more hours trying to resolve a computer issue. I finally found Microsoft’s number and called. The tech was able to fix one problem, but he said he needed to transfer me to the next level of support to fix the other problem. The cost – $500. So much for the “free” support I thought came with my new subscription to MS Office 365.

I was again reminded again of the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:10 (TLB):

When I am weak, then I am strong –
the less I have, the more I depend on him.”

My paraphrase:

“When I am tired and overwhelmed,
confused, and frustrated,
and when I do not feel smart enough
to figure out a feature on my Smartphone
or find the answer to a computer error message
then I can know His strength.
The less energy, time, wisdom,
and computer expertise I possess,
the more I depend on Him.”

How I thank God for His promises. They are my “faithful armor” (Psalm 91:4) when the evil one tries to convince me something is impossible.

And I’m so thankful for the prayers of friends and Father’s amazing answer when a nephew I hadn’t heard from in over 50 years called. He spent almost five hours with me working on my computer remotely and resolving problems. I am so, so grateful, but not just for his expertise. It was wonderful to connect with him again after all these years.

I had hoped to begin updating the websites for the May 17-20 Colorado and July 27-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. That didn’t happen. But I’m choosing to trust Father and His timing and enabling.

How about you?

New WHA cover
“Marlene Bagnull understands that walking in obedience isn’t easy. When you question your call, want to quit, and feel like God could never use you, pick up this book. You’ll find a soulmate in these pages, a friend, someone who has walked and is walking this path of being a writer for Him. You will gain wisdom, be encouraged, and find the strength to keep going.”
                    ~ Susan M. Cameron, Author

Click here for excerpts and ordering info.

To give your work the best opportunity to get in print, invest in The Christian Writers Market Guide 2017. I love the new easy-to-read format. Copies are available through Write His Answer Ministries at $5 off the retail price of $22.99. Click here to order.

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a-full-inboxIf your inbox is like mine, it was stuffed with pre-Christmas enticements to buy stuff we really don’t need. And now, pre-New Year, you’re also probably overwhelmed with requests for year-end donations from numerous ministries and organizations. The needs are legitimate and dear to my heart.

No child should go to bed hungry, much less starve to death. No child or adult should be sexually abused or homeless. Human trafficking and the persecution of my brothers and sisters in Christ – the persecution of any person for we are all created in God’s image – is deplorable. How the Father heart of God must break.

It’s all too easy to wring our hands in despair when, instead, we need to clasp them in prayer. And then we need to put them to work on our keyboard starting and finishing what He is calling us to write.

An army of Christians committed to “write His answer” can make a difference – a H U G E difference if we don’t get discouraged and give up.

Father has given us a blueprint for our writing ministry in Habakkuk 2:2. I encourage you to end 2016 or begin 2017 by making time to study the Scriptures that amplify each section of this passage:

And the Lord said to me,
Write my answer
Make it large and clear
Write so that anyone can read it
At a glance
And rush to tell the others

You’ll find the references by clicking here. To listen to me presenting this Bible study at a seminar in CT, click here.

Father, You know how easy it is for us to feel overwhelmed by the needs around us. And You know how we doubt ourselves and the gifts You have entrusted to us. Please forgive us and help us to “write Your answer” in the new year.


Other ways you can prepare to make a difference through your writing in 2017:

    • Order the entire 2016 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference as MP3 files on two DVDs. Through next Saturday, January 7, I’m offering 20% off the already low price of $99. That means for only $79 (I’ll pay the shipping) you’ll have over 100 hours of instruction from our outstanding faculty. Click here for the order form and click here for the 2016 brochure for more info.
    • CDs from the 2016 Colorado Christian Writers Conference can be ordered through January 7 for 20% off the price of $6 each for 1-9 CDs. Orders of 10 or more are 20% off the $5 each price. Click here for the order form and click here for the 2016 brochure for more info.
    • Put the May 17-20 Colorado or July 26-29 Philly conference on your calendar. I’m working to begin uploading info to the websites hopefully next week. (The websites presently have 2016 info.) With over 500 prospective faculty on my Excel spreadsheet it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s also exciting – very exciting – to experience His enabling to do what I could never do in my own strength.
    • cwmg-2017To give your work the best opportunity to get in print, invest in The Christian Writers Market Guide 2017. I love the new easy-to-read format. Copies are available through Write His Answer Ministries at $5 off the retail price of $22.99. Click here to order.
    • Join a Christian writers critique group. The new market guide lists groups around the nation. For helps for critique groups (including forming a group), click here. If you live in the Philadelphia area, click here for info about the group that meets in my Lansdale home one Thursday morning a month or call me at 484-991-8581 for info about the women’s critique group that meets bi-weekly on a Thursday evening in my home. Being part of a group is an important key to growing as a writer.
  • If you do not have my book, Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers, or if it’s been some time since you’ve done this study, I encourage you to order a copy. Click here for the 176 page paperback or here for the Amazon ebook.
    New WHA cover5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend This Study
    By WriterGirl on December 30, 2016
    Format: Paperback
    I completed this study some time ago and recently decided to purchase a new book. This study has helped me to focus on the steps necessary to move closer to achieving my writing goals. The questions challenge me to press through to achieve the next goal. I have built a firm biblical foundation for a steady and successful writing career thanks to this study!

    Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. 
    Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)

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Dan Wooding (right) with Brother Andrew – famous for smuggling Bibles into China.

I just received the following from my good friend Dan Wooding, founder of ASSIST News. I’ve known Dan for many years and deeply appreciate him and his ministry. This is an exciting opportunity to work with him in making a difference.

Dan Wooding, founder of the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), a worldwide news service which specializes in stories on persecuted Christians, world missions, and believers who are making a difference for Christ in our world today, is looking for a volunteer who can work closely with him on sending out these many stories. That person would be trained by Dan over the phone, Skype or FaceTime, on how to input and format the stories from his team of writers, and also learn how to re-size and input photos and include the captions. Also, that person would need proof them in American English and punctuation. (Dan’s writers come from all over the world.) Although this in an unpaid position – none of Dan’s team receive a salary, but work as “Media Missionaries” — it would be an exciting way for that person to become part of a unique news service that goes out to some 2,000 media outlets each day. Age is no problem, so if you are interested and love news, just contact Dan initially at his e-mail – assistnews@aol.com – with your contact information and also some background on your writing, and he will then he will get back to you to discuss this further. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to use your talents for the Lord and bring to the attention of many globally important material that they can act upon and prayer for.

I’m working on the May 17-20 Colorado and July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. As always it’s so exciting to see Father’s plans come together.

Open Doors missionary Al Janssen, who with Brother Andrew (pictured above) works to strengthen God’s light in the Middle East, will hopefully keynote at both conferences on “A New Kind of Jihad.” Philly is a definite yes; Colorado still tentative because of a tremendous amount of international travel the first five months of 2017. His message will challenge listeners to join them in a new kind of jihad, leaving vengeance behind in favor of forgiveness, radical love, and unyielding payer. Al has authored or co-authored more than 30 books which have been published in 18 languages.

Literary agent, Leslie Stobbe, introduced me to his client, D.J. WilliamsExecutive Producer | Director | Author. I’m excited to announce that he will keynote and teach a continuing session at the Colorado conference.

With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector.

In his latest novel, Waking Lazarus, Williams has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. Think Jason Bourne meets Homeland. It is a brilliant follow up to his previous novel, The Disillusioned, that garnered the praise of Hollywood’s elite, including Judith McCreary, Co-EP, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and CSI, who said, “The Disillusioned is a fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.”

With the release of Waking Lazarus, Williams is once again capturing the attention of industry veterans including Peter Anderson (Oscar Winner, Cinematographer), who has already endorsed this latest adventure, “Waking Lazarus is a captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.”

Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 350 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.

KEYNOTE – Second Act: Storytelling that Inspires Change
Is the story you desire to write moving you toward inspiring change? The second act in any story is where the main character gets in over his head, is pushed to innovate, to move forward in faith, and to act decisively so the story has a greater purpose. When an elephant charged his safari convoy in Africa, Executive Producer and Author D.J. Williams experienced split seconds of pure clarity about God’s calling on his life: to pursue God’s plan to share stories of the forgotten through social issues that inspire true change. D.J.’s story of faith in the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East will inspire you to seek out God’s plan and purpose for your life, and move you toward becoming a storyteller who inspires others to embrace the pursuit of social causes in a world desperately in need of the Gospel.

A 5-part interactive workshop that dives into the structure that moves novelists and screenwriters to write stories that make a difference in the world. By the end of the workshop writer’s will have created a roadmap to chase their cause-driven novel.

Session 1: Defining Passion, Shaping Habits, Harnessing Raw Ideas
Session 2: Developing Plot, Timelines for Research, Flexible Outlines
Session 3: Creating a World with Characters that are Believable
Session 4: Building Visual Chapters and Dialogue filled with Mystery & Suspense
Session 5: Going Beyond the Last Page

More conference information coming soon!

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