Included with the main conference are:

  • One-on-one-meeting with a speaker (optional) – at onsite registration, attendees will have the opportunity, on a first-come, first-served basis, to sign up for a 20-minute, one-on-one meeting with one of our selected Conference speakers or special guests. These meetings are not manuscript feedback sessions, and attendees should not expect the speakers to provide anything after the meeting. However it is a rare chance to have an informal, friendly chat with someone heavily engaged in the publishing world. Many of these one-on-one meetings will be offered; however they will only be available while supplies last! So come to onsite registration early!
    • In addition to our conference speakers, the following special guests will also conduct 1-on-1 meetings:
      • Jenny Baumgartner – Acquisitions Editor, Thomas Nelson Books
      • Joanna Bradley – Acquisitions Editor, Upper Room Books
      • Margaret Philbrick – fiction author, Redbud Writer’s Guild
      • Amy Parker – author of many Christian children’s books
      • Tomi Wiley – writer, editor, Public Relations consultant
      • Brittany Sky – Senior Editor, Children’s Resources, United Methodist Publishing House
      • Brian Allain – marketing consultant for spiritual writers
  • Open mic session – On Tuesday February 6 at 7 PM, attendees will have the opportunity to present a short excerpt of their writing to other conference attendees.  Each speaker will have 5 minutes, including their introduction and reading.  Each speaker will be limited to 5 minutes.
  • Bookstore – again this year Parnassus Books will have books available from our conference speakers.
  • Book signings:
    • Brian McLaren: Tuesday at 4:30 PM
    • Carol Howard Merritt: Wednesday at 4 PM
    • River Jordan: Wednesday at 5 PM

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