2nd Annual Peak Writing Conference

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Second Annual Peak Writing Conference here in Colorado. Last year’s was a huge success and help to many. Below are the descriptions of the three workshops as well as the bios on our incredible speakers this year – Erin Healy, Rachelle Gardener, and Colleen Coble.

The conference is an all-day event and will be held on Feb. 27 in North Colorado Springs, food is provided, there will be a booksigning, and Q&A time.

For more information, please visit: http://acfwcolorado.com/events.html
Make sure you check out the Early Bird price before Jan. 31!

Self-Editing for Novelists
You’ve read Browne and King and mastered many important details of fiction writing: pure points of view, snappy dialog, showing like a movie screen. Now go deeper by learning how to ask the questions that probe the very heart of your novel—plot, character, theme, pace, and originality. Having sat in both the editor’s and writer’s chairs, Erin can teach you how to self-edit what matters most before you shop your novel in this highly competitive industry.

Erin Healy is co-author with Ted Dekker of Kiss and Burn and has been editing novelists such as Colleen Coble, Melody Carlson, Lisa Samson, James Scott Bell, Jane Kirkpatrick and many others for more than a decade. Her first solo novel, Never Let You Go, comes out from Thomas Nelson in April 2010. Erin lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.

Grab an Agent’s Attention from the Very First Line
The opening page of a novel can determine whether a reader will turn the page or put the book down. It can also determine whether an agent or editor will read any further, making the difference between being published—or not. In this workshop, we’ll look at opening paragraphs from successful and critically acclaimed books, identifying exactly what makes them powerful. We’ll discuss specific techniques for creating captivating opening lines, including an in-depth examination of the Writer’s Voice—what it is, and why it’s so important. Please bring the opening page of your own novel for class interaction.

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with WordServe Literary and works with both fiction and non-fiction authors. In the last two years she’s sold books to Zondervan, Bethany House, Baker Books, David C. Cook, Guideposts, Harvest House and others. Prior to being an agent, she spent many years as an editor and writer. She lives in Colorado with her firefighter husband, two daughters, and lovable yellow lab.

The Joy of Revisions: Yes that’s right – JOY. There’s something magic about revisions. The right ones can take your novel to a whole new level. Best-selling author Colleen Coble will discuss how to tackle those big revisions and put the unexpected into your story.

Colleen Coble is the best-selling author of twenty-seven novels and nine novellas. She is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and has won the ACFW Mentor of the Year award twice. Her books have won or finaled in numerous contests including RWA’s Rita award, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, Booksellers Best, the Daphne du Maurier, and the National Readers’ Choice Award.
Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com.

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