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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.

CONTINUING SESSION – The Chase
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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pen & inkwellGuest Blogger
Barbara Haley

I was ten years old when I asked God to show me if He was real. The next day my sixteen-year-old sister was killed in an automobile accident. God was real. I shouldn’t have asked.

Of course, I didn’t tell anyone. Instead, I stuffed the guilt and the excruciating pain when my parents said things to me like, “You may look like her, but you’ll never be as good as her.” Or, “Comb your hair a different way; I can’t stand to look at you.”

Thirty-five years later, I finally opened up to a therapist. He sent me home to write a letter to my big sister from the point of view of a ten-year-old child.

After just a few sentences, my heart connected with the hurting little girl inside, and she began to voice her pain. Begging forgiveness from her precious older sister for causing her death. Suggesting that everyone would have been better off if only she could have died in her sister’s place that day. And finally, admitting how very much she hated God for what He’d done.

My next letter was to that sweet child—explaining to her that she didn’t cause her sister’s death and that God was not angry with her for her honest feelings and reactions. I released that child to be exactly that. A broken and confused child who desperately needed to know she was loved by God and family.

That writing changed my life and instilled in me a desire to learn how to use my life experiences to minister to others through the written word.

But I needed to learn how to write tight. To eliminate wordiness. To organize my thoughts. To connect emotionally with the reader. To stick to one point of view. To create a setting that captures the reader’s imagination and transfers them from their everyday life to an exciting new story world.

Writing conferences. This is where I’m learning the craft. Where I connect with other writers to encourage and be encouraged. Where I receive one-on-one feedback with paid critiques. And where God speaks clearly to my heart through inspiring worship and keynote speakers, informative workshops and continuing sessions, life-changing editor appointments, and most of all—the day to day rapport with fellow writers while sharing meals, waiting in line at the book table, or joining together for intimate prayer and Bible study.

Sure, you can buy books about the craft of writing. My shelves are loaded with them. But only when I began to consistently attend conferences did I really improve as a writer. I needed the immediate feedback and the hands-on practice provided in small groups led by experienced teachers. I grew in leaps and bounds as I jotted down strategies mentioned by other writers and began implementing them in my own writing. And, as I stood amazed, listening to big-name authors share their overwhelmingly deep love for God and His people, I realized just how sacred the ministry of writing is.

Let me encourage you to come and grow in your ministry as a writer at the May 13-16 Colorado or July 29-August 1 Greater Philly Christian Writers’ Conference. The friendships you’ll form will develop into a network of love and support in all areas of your life, and your writing friends will truly become your family. I promise.

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Thanks, Barbie, for sharing your heart and for scheduling the appointments and managing the book table at the Colorado (CCWC) and Greater Philly (GPCWC) conference. You are a blessing!

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CCWC Update – We now have 39 registered from 10 states. If you’re among the next 36 to register, you’ll receive an additional free one-on-one appointment with the agent, editor, or author of your choice based, of course, on their availability. Remember, the earlier you register the  better opportunity you have to get your top choices. If you’re among the first 75 to register for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you’ll receive a total of FIVE appointments. For more info on our appointment procedures click here and on how best to prepare click here. During the coming week I’ll be adding faculty bios and editorial needs to the conference website to help you make the best choices. The appointment request form will not be available until then, but appointments requests received through April 10 will be booked in the order you register.

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Ted & DanGPCWC Update – I’m grateful that Dr. Ted Baehr (on the left), Founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, will keynote and teach a continuing session on “Breakthrough Scriptwriting” at this year’s Philly conference.  Ted hosted the 23rd annual Movieguide Awards February 7. To find out who won, click here. Better still, you can watch the Movieguide® Awards this coming Saturday on the REELZChannel, 7 p.m. Eastern time and 4 p.m. Pacific. www.movieguide.org

I’ll be posting info on our July 29 – August 1 conference to the website soon.

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Dr. Ted Baehr

Founder & Chairman
Christian Film and Television Commission ™
http://www.movieguide.org/

Dr. Ted Baehr will present the opening keynote Thursday morning, August 1, at the 30th anniversary of the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. In “Transforming Our Culture” he will talk about what you need to know about the current state of the mass media of entertainment and how to use your faith to make Hollywood and the world a better place for your children and grandchildren.

Dr. Baehr is also teaching a six-hour continuing session on “Breakthrough Scriptwriting.” Participants will learn how to write a script that is structurally sound, entertaining, morally responsible, and very marketable. He will show you how to go from treatment to theatrical release so you can get the Word out through the mass media of entertainment. He also includes valuable information about key principles of communicating through movies and television from a Christian perspective.

A man with a vision who is making a difference, Dr. Baehr is the founder and chairman of The Christian Film and Television Commission™. He is an award-winning media authority often on television, radio, and in print. His purpose is to be used by God to redeem the values of the mass media and encourage families to use wisdom in selecting entertainment. His books include The Culture-Wise Family, How to Succeed in Hollywood (without losing your soul), and others.

Dr. Baehr is the publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® Magazine (www.movieguide.org). In an email I received from him this morning he said:

“MOVIEGUIDE® is the biggest faith based and almost the biggest family movie and entertainment review site which is why the Hallmark Channel broadcasts the Gala and the short form MOVIEGUIDE® program. Hallmark came to us after looking at the numbers. The average age of people going to most faith based sites, is 55. Our readers average 34 years old with a tremendous growth in 12 to 24 year olds We grew 400% in three years. We are now millions of uniques. We are many times bigger than other sites, because people come to us thinking we are just the most thorough movie review site, whereas we are teaching in all that we do.

“We have a Tuesday DVD newsletter and a Friday new in theaters newsletter on the web (www.movieguide.org).

“We also have a radio program that recently was independently audited to have over 21 million monthly listeners. And we have a TV show syndicated across faith and family networks. www.movieguide.org

“Our iphone app  (www.movieguide.org) was a top 50, and through our various Facebook groups (MOVIEGUIDE ® Facebook group included) we have millions of fans.

“The number of unique readers and visitors of MOVIEGUIDE® has grown 406% over the past three years!!!”

It’s not too late to register for the July 31 – August 3 conference and “Breakthrough Scriptwriting.” No registration is needed for Thursday morning’s keynote at 8:30 am that is open free of charge to the community.

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Yes, it’s been far too long since I blogged! I’ve been focused on mopping up the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (click here for a CD order form) and my garden and my house that are sorely neglected during conference season.

It’s time (okay, I admit past-time) to focus on the July 31 – August 3 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC). Some “News You Can Use” whether or not you’re able to come to the conference (although I hope you’ll prayerfully consider coming):

Looking for an agent? – This year’s GPCWC has five agents on faculty! Two are new agents with established firms: Sally Apokedak with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency and Ruth Samsel with William K. Jensen Literary. Now is a good time to check out the genres they are interested in representing before their stable of clients is filled. You’ll find info at http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/AgentsOthers.

Appointments – Of course, the very best way to land an agent is through meeting with them at a conference, and GPCWC offers more opportunities than most conferences for one-on-one appointments. And good news! Because we have such a large faculty this year, not just the first 75 conferees to register but the first 150 conferees will receive an additional appointment. Also, since I know it’s not possible for everyone to come to the entire conference, all who are among the first 150 to register will receive an additional appointment. That means:

One day conferees – Two appointments

Two day conferees – Three appointments

Three day conferees – In addition to the bonus appointment
for coming all three days (Thursday through Saturday),
will receive an additional appointment for a total of
FIVE 15-minute one-on-one appointments.

Keep in mind that the earlier you register, the better opportunity you have of getting your top picks. Bios and editorial needs for our 16 book editors and 13 periodical editors will be posted in the next few days. I’ll announce on the Facebook conference page when they are online.

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Encouragement and help for novelists – Check out the June issue of Bonnie Calhoun’s Christian Fiction Online Magazine. There is no charge to subscribe to this excellent resource that each month features 35+ columns by the best and brightest authors, publishers, and agents in Christian fiction. 

Bonnie’s “Publisher’s Choice” this month is yours truly with an article that highlights the opportunities for novelists at this year’s conference. From Dr. Ted Baehr’s “Breakthrough Scriptwriting” and Tim Shoemaker’s “Take Your Fiction to the Gym” continuing sessions, two clinics, and numerous workshops this year’s GPCWC offers more than ever for both beginning and advanced novelists.

Scholarships – GPCWC is offering two 50% off scholarships to readers of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. But scholarships are not limited to CFOM readers. If you need scholarship help, you’ll find the application at http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/Scholarships.

Teens Write – You’ve heard the question: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! This year’s Teens Write answers a similar question: How do you write a novel/article, devotion, screenplay? One Word at a Time! Pam Halter has done a fantastic job putting together an exciting program taught by nine authors and editors for teens ages 12-18. For more info on the Thursday, August 1, all-day Teens Write click here Please ask Father if there is a teen He wants you to encourage to come and to mentor.

Let Freedom Ring” in our Churches– Important thoughts from Mike Huckabee in a five-minute video. I’ve chosen never to seek tax exempt status because I don’t want to be muzzled from speaking or writing His answer. And although I pack both the Greater Philly and Colorado Christian Writers Conferences with an outstanding faculty and tons of learning and networking opportunities, I will continue to offer special sessions that are not about the craft of writing or of selling/marketing/promoting our work but that instead focus on the critical issues of our day. If you’re coming to the GPCWC, please prayerfully consider tithing your conference time by attending one of the following two-hour Thursday specials or order the CD.

Prepare for Persecution with C. Hope Flinchbaugh
A Culture in Peril with Rick Marschall
Compassion, Justice, Advocacy with Steven Lawson

Father, I feel such a sense of urgency to “write Your answer” NOW, while the doors to print and distribute Christian literature and take full advantage of the Internet are still open. Help us not to hide our light under a bushel but to effectively and faithfully write what You’re calling us to write whether fiction or nonfiction, stories or articles, poetry or screenplays. Use each one of us, Father, to make a difference in the lives of our readers.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this,
as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you
under a bucket, do you?
I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

Matthew 5:14-15 MSG

 

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I received an exciting email from Ted Baehr who is keynoting and teaching a continuing session on “Breakthrough Scriptwriting” at the July 31 – August 3 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

“Be a part of making Christ’s Voice heard in Hollywood,” Ted writes.”You can change the culture by changing the channel to Hallmark Movie Channel March 6th at 7 pm EST [for the 21st Annual MovieGuide Awards]. . . . We need to show Hollywood that the Christian voice matters, so that they make more faith and family friendly programing.”

Please help not just by tuning in but by spreading the word in church tomorrow and on Facebook, Twitter . . .

Speaking of television, in case you haven’t heard, tomorrow night (Sunday, March 3), THE BIBLE, an epic 5-week, 10-hour mini-series, will premiere on the History Channel (8 pm EST). The final episode will air on Easter Sunday and will feature the death and resurrection of Jesus. To help insure accuracy, many Christian scholars served as advisors and hundreds of Christian leaders have given their endorsement. Again, it’s critically important that we spread the word, tune to the History Channel, send a thank you to the channel (and sponsors), and most of all PRAY.

More news – my good friend Dan Wooding who keynoted at the 2011 GPCWC and the 2012 Colorado Christian Writers Conference emailed that he is “very close to receiving a matching grant from a Christian foundation that said they would give ASSIST a grant of $5,000 to be used to help us continue with our media ministry, if we can raise enough funds to match this figure. This means that a gift of any amount, large or small, that is given will be doubled in value, which would be a wonderful help for us with our funds still extremely low at this time. . . . This is a wonderful way to assist ASSIST, which, by the way, stands for Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times.”

I believe ASSIST News provides a critically important ministry by keeping subscribers informed (there is no charge) of the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world who are refusing to deny their faith in Christ despite persecution. To use ASSIST’s secure site to designate your gift for “Where Needed Most”, please go to http://www.assistnews.net/assist/donations.htm. Or you can mail a check with “Matching Grant” in the memo field to ASSIST, PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. Gifts are tax-deductible. Please pray about helping.

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Donna Brennan’s interview with Robert Liparulo continues. It’s not too late to register for the May 16-19 Colorado conference where Robert is teaching a continuing class on Writing Suspense / Thrillers. The price increases slightly on May 11. Walk-ins are welcome.

Donna Brennan’s Interview with Robert Liparulo

Part 3 – Writing for Hollywood, YAs, and More

Question: Your first two books seemed to have been optioned for film right away, and a novel you’re currently working on has garnered the interest of two movie companies before it’s even released. That has to have something to do with the pacing and how your construct your scenes. Will you be sharing some of your “secrets to success” during the continuing session? Can you give us any hints now?

Yes, I’ll talk about the correlations between pacing in novels and pacing in motion pictures, as well as other ways in which writers can “steal” secrets from movies to make their stories more vivid and attractive to readers who have been raised on film- and TV-based storytelling. I was a motion picture production major in college, so I tend to think like a screenwriter. All the tips and tricks center on one thing: Can you see your story on the screen? I mean, really. Act it out, speak the dialog. Who would play the characters? If you have to change too much to make it fit on the screen-and you want readers to experience a similar sense of immersion into your story as they do in movies-then maybe you need to rethink a few scenes.

Question: How different is writing for the Young Adult market from writing for the general market? Did you have to change the storyline or the language of your Dreamhouse Kings series?

I decided that the only two things I would change from my adult stories for my YA stories were that the protagonists would be younger and that the story would be something younger readers would appreciate more than, say, a police procedural (Dreamhouse Kings is about time travel). Other than that, my style, the structure, even the level of violence and scariness are similar to my adult stories. I didn’t want to “write down” to younger readers. I think they are far more intelligent-especially about character and story-than adults give them credit for. I believe that’s the key to its success.

Question: Surely all those years you spent as an investigative journalist must contribute to your writing style and your research skills. You must have had to do a lot of technical research for Germ, and Comes a Horseman must have involved research into how the FBI works and maybe even some biblical research. Exactly how much research is involved in your books? When do you know you’ve done enough? And how do you resist the urge to include all the details you learned that may be intriguing but have nothing to do with moving the story along?

Honestly, I over-research, but I’m okay with that. I’m always looking for that little gem, that nugget of information that will tell readers that I have done my homework without inundating them with trivia. That nugget is the thing that you can’t find by reading articles or limiting your research to the internet. Once I have that, I don’t worry about anything else. The details about an occupation or a weapon or location or scientific breakthrough will come through the characters, or the needs of the plot.

I don’t want to impress readers; I want them only to feel as though they’re spending time with real people in real jobs with real technology. But still, I always ask myself, why am I putting this tidbit in here? How does this move the story along or how will it impact the story later? If I don’t have a good answer, I don’t write it. Of course, that’s subjective, as all writing is. So I may think describing a fishing boat docked in Sesimbra, Portugal, puts me there, and someone else will think it’s meaningless. That’s where your instincts as a writer come in.

Question: Your road to success seems to have been very different than most authors today. What words of advice do you have for someone just starting out?

Read everything and finish whatever you start. The reading will fill your head with viewpoints of the world outside of your own. It’ll introduce you to vocations and philosophies that you’d have no other way of knowing. It teaches you the cadence of dialog.

Finishing things is crucial to learning how to be a writer. Too many new writers shift gears halfway through a story. They think, “This doesn’t interest me anymore,” or “I’ve been writing about vampires and now zombies are hot. I have to go write my zombie story instead.” But by finishing, you learn the entire arc of storytelling. You learn how to wrap things up, which also teaches you how to set things up. And then you have something to show editors and agents when the opportunity arises. Editors and agents need to be confident that you know how to finish a project, even if it’s not something they want to buy. Finishing is what it’s all about.

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This will be Dianne Butts’ 24th year at CCWC.
I asked her to share why she keeps coming back.

My first year coming to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference was 1989, and I’ve come every year since.

In 1989 my husband and I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I worked at a beer distributor, a job I really enjoyed. But my knowledge and understanding of Jesus was growing and I longed to share what I was learning of Him. It hadn’t been that long since I came to know Him and I knew there were many people who were like me, who would want to know Him if someone would just make the introduction. I wanted to be that someone for them. But how could I reach them? I tried to be a good witness to the two other ladies I worked with, but I wanted to reach more.

I often thought about one high school teacher who encouraged me to write. I’d never wanted to be a writer, never had that dream like so many other writers I know now. But this teacher had seen some silly teen-angst poem I had written and she took an interest. She took me to the library and introduced me to the Writer’s Market. She taught me how to format my manuscript and what a SASE was, and together we sent that poem off to three markets. We got rejections from two. I remember one rejection letter had scrawled across it in handwriting, “This sounds like a Hallmark card.” That wasn’t a compliment. We never heard from the third market.

And that’s all I knew about writing. But I kept thinking if I could write something—maybe an article, though I really wanted to write a novel—and get it published, I could reach many more people for Jesus than I could just trying to be a good witness in my daily life around town. I visited Steamboat’s library. I found the Writer’s Market. It didn’t have many Christian markets in it. I wondered if Christian markets would publish anything I wrote anyway, since I had no training or education in Biblical studies.

One day on the Christian radio station that was rebroadcast into Steamboat Springs, I heard a lady interviewed. Debbie Barker talked about a Christian writer’s conference that spring in Thornton, a suburb of Denver. I couldn’t believe it! A conference for Christian writers?! I asked my husband who said yes. I took a day off work to go. I signed up for the “beginning writers” workshop. I couldn’t believe how many people were in that room! I found an empty seat and sat among them feeling totally inadequate, and yet I took notes as fast as I could, absorbed as much as I could, and laughed at the cartoons about writing the instructor, Marlene Bagnull, kept putting up on the overhead projector.

During an afternoon session, a fire alarm sounded. Nobody moved. Mrs. Bagnull said she didn’t really think there was a fire, said something about the devil didn’t want us learning what we were learning, stopped in mid-sentence and prayed, and then continued on with the workshop shouting over the alarm. The alarm eventually quit. I went home with so much information ringing in my ears I hardly knew where to start, but at least now I knew what to do.

It took a few years before I got my first publication in 1991 in The Lookout, and I’ve been writing ever since—first part time while I worked part time after we moved from Steamboat, then full time after we moved again and jobs were scarce. I now have more than 325 published articles including articles published in Great Britain, Bulgaria, Poland, Canada, and Korea. I’ve contributed to 19 books and have written two of my own—the first, Dear America, published by Marlene’s Ampelos Press, and the other, Deliver Me, out just last year.

We’ve moved many times around Colorado following my husband’s job, so it has been the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference and the friends I’ve made there that have been the constant in my life.

It was my hope and prayer that my writing would go where I could not, to reach people I otherwise would not. But my writing has taken me places I never dreamed of. Talk about Ephesians 3:20!

I think it was in 2000 when a woman named Barbara Nicolosi came to the conference to talk to us Christian writers about writing for Hollywood. You mean screenplays and stuff? I didn’t know the first thing about that kind of writing. But I found myself sitting in all Barbara’s workshops. And I’ve sat in on every screenwriting workshop since, including Ted Baehr’s in 2010. (I plan to sit in his class again this year.) In 2010 I applied to Barbara’s school, Act One, and attended the writer’s seminar that summer in Hollywood.

In February 2011 some of my Act One classmates came to my house in Colorado and we made a film for the 168 Film Project. I learned a ton. I learned so much, in fact, that I decided to form my own team for this year, and in February 2012 I headed up my own film team. (That makes me the Producer, along with my supportive husband, Hal.) I also wrote the script and directed the actors and the entire project. Our 10-minute film, The Choice, isn’t in the running for any awards at the 168 Film Festival coming up March 30-31 but our film is still going to screen the evening of Saturday, March 30, at the Hope Theatre in San Fernando. The Choice is based on a true story in my book Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy.

While our film may not be a “winner” in the eyes of the 168 judges, I am very proud of the film we made. I know our short 10-minute film is going to have a ministry of its own beyond the 168 Film Project because this film is going to reach people I otherwise couldn’t or wouldn’t reach with the message of forgiveness and salvation in Christ Jesus.

Last week we made a movie trailer which you can see here: The Choice – Trailer

I am so very grateful for all the training and opportunities the conference has brought me. I haven’t yet seen the fulfillment of my dream to publish a novel. And I have a dozen other nonfiction books I want to write and hope to publish with a traditional publisher. But the Lord is opening doors in film I never dreamed of and I will follow Him and “ride that wave” as far as I can just to see where it goes. Because for me, it’s not about “winning.” It’s all about taking the message of Jesus, His forgiveness, and salvation in Him to as many people as I possibly can.

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In 1997 Debbie Barker turned the Colorado Christian Writers Conference over to me, Marlene Bagnull. I’ve known Dianne since she first came to CCWC in 1989, and I’m very proud of her. She has earned a spot on CCWC’s faculty every other year. I highly recommend her monthly e-zine for writers. It’s packed with helpful information for beginning and intermediate writers. To sign up for a free subscription go to http://www.dianneebutts.com

 

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