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To access each session, click on the link showing the time for that session (for instance, 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern). Many of these links will not be “live” until the time of the conference. Following each live session, the link will change from Zoom (for the live session) to YouTube (for the recording of that session) once the recording is available.

Please note: all times are Eastern; end times are approximate; Also please watch for schedule changes.

All sessions can be viewed at the times indicated below, or for 3 months following the conference

All times and sessions are subject to change

If you would like to sign up for any 1-on-1 meetings with selected speakers, here is where to do that. These virtual private meetings are informal 20-minute “get to know you” meetings where writers can convey information about their project and ask questions. They are NOT manuscript review sessions, and the speakers are under no obligation to follow up with you after your meeting. The cost of each meeting is $30 and is non-refundable. The supply of meetings for each speaker is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, until the end of the conference. Please do not sign up for more than 3 meetings. At some point after you sign up, the speaker will contact you to schedule a mutually convenient time to talk, sometime before, during, or after the conference.

If you would like to sign up for an Open mic reading () you may do so here.

Don’t forget to check out our Bookstore! There you can learn about our recommended books on writing, marketing, and getting published, as well as books from some of our conference speakers.

(links to the entire conference to follow below when available)

Monday September 12, 2022

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Brian McLaren 
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM Eastern: “Hunting Dangerous Game: Writing About the Big Five” – Old-time big game hunters talked about the big five, dangerous animals they dared to track into the wild. Brian McLaren will identify five dangerous topics that we need courage to address today, and he will offer guidance in how to track these topics as writers today.
    • 10:45 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Frank A. Thomas 
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern: “Writing Dangerously: I Write to Stay Sane” – In this workshop, I will explore writing to accept, order, and explain dangerous truths to oneself and others. Dangerous writing is not only to tackle taboo subjects, but to do so with a transparency and openness that is vulnerable, risky, and threatening to some. I will illustrate the principles of dangerous writing by the examination of a writing sample and draw principles and lessons that can be applied to anyone’s writing. I write dangerously to stay sane by making sense of my inner and outer world. 
    • 12:45 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 1:40 – 2:20 PM Eastern: Networking Break
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Angela Denker 
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM Eastern: “Writing Dangerously in a Country on the Brink” – Join author and pastor Rev. Angela Denker, author of Red State Christians: A Journey into white Christian Nationalism and the wreckage it leaves behind, for a workshop on writing and leading in an age of growing Christian Nationalism, and violent and hate-filled rhetoric grounded in “Christian” packaging. Learn about Rev. Denker’s post-2016 election research across red-state America, and her continued work to advocate for truth in conservative contexts around COVID-19, racism, and right-wing Christian violence, while serving as solo pastor in a rural Midwestern town.
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Sarah Griffith Lund 
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 5:15 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A

Tuesday September 13, 2022

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern: John Pavlovitz 
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 10:45 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Susan K. Williams Smith 
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 12:45 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Elizabeth Hagan 
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM Eastern: “Save Lives, Write Dangerously” – Have you ever felt a pull to write something but then second guessed yourself because you think “I can’t say that?” There are so many reasons the best parts of our stories aren’t written or published because we fear not only what people think but offering our vulnerability scares us. But what if your that is what the hurting around need to hear the most? What if you could save lives by simply offering what you know about life, love, and loss? Come explore tools to both get you writing about those unmentionable experiences and how to stay grounded in your own mental health as you do. Then, hear how to enter the publishing world with confidence as your brave manuscript comes together. 
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Presenter F
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 5:15 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 8:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern: Second Tuesdays Writer Discussion Group
    • Live via Zoom

Wednesday September 14, 2022

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Brian McLaren 
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM Eastern: “Confronting the Monsters Inside Our Heads” – Sometimes the most dangerous writing shines a light on inner dynamics at play in each of us. We can write best about those dangerous monsters we have fought the hardest inside ourselves. Brian McLaren will name some of those monsters he has had to face inside his own head, and how that struggle translated into writing.
    • 10:45 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Presenter G
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 12:45 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Presenter H
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Stacey Chomiak 
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: The Journey to “Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-Of-Age Story” – Join author and illustrator Stacey Chomiak as she outlines the journey of creating her queer memoir Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story. In her young-adult illustrated memoir, Stacey Chomiak tells the true story of her teenage and young-adult years: of heartbreak, family conflict, trying to become ex-gay, wrestling with her faith, and finding love.
    • 5:15 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A

Thursday September 15, 2022

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern: John Pavlovitz 
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 10:45 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Presenter K
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 12:45 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 1:40 – 2:20 PM Eastern: Networking Break
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Daniel Bowman Jr. 
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Lisa Sharon Harper 
    • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Live presentation and Q&A via Zoom

Friday September 16, 2022

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Amy Julia Becker 
    • 10:00 – 10:45 AM Eastern: “Writing about Hard Topics”: Disease, death, grief, racism, injustice, even faith–all of these are topics we are told to avoid at the dinner table. But writing well about topics that help us explore the deep human questions of meaning and purpose is also crucial for engagement with what it means to be human and live in community with others. How do we craft narratives about the hard stuff of life in a way that welcomes readers and encourages thoughtfulness? How do we make particular experiences into stories that resonate with a broad audience? In a world of endless light content, short attention spans, and ceaseless opportunities to be entertained, how do we write stories that draw readers in and help them think and grow? And how do we bring hope without becoming trite or sentimental? 
    • 10:45 – 11:30 AM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Presenter P
    • 12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 12:45 – 1:30 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Willard Ashley 
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM Eastern: “New Rules for Radicals: Writing Dangerously”: Radicals write poetry and prose to the rhythm of jazz, the rage of protest songs, and the pinpoint accuracy of laser surgery. Radicals who write dangerously call the marginalized masses and muted middle class to analyze, assess and act. Dangerous writing through a radical lens communicates the need for unity, understanding, and urgency. 
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A
  • 4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Presenter R
    • 4:30 – 5:15 PM Eastern: Video presentation
    • 5:15 – 6:00 PM Eastern: Zoom Q&A