Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Saturday, March 14th
Vonda Skelton will be here on that date to encourage and inspire us with her keynote sessions.
Our workshop presenters will be presenting the same great workshops.
God has gone before us and smoothed the way.
Even if we don't know what His plan is, we know He has one, and we look forward to seeing what He has in store for us on the 14th.
If you have any questions, please email April Carpenter, Conference Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Thank you for reading today’s blog!
I am so very excited about attending this year’s Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2015. I am looking forward to meeting writers from all genres that love the Lord and love their craft.
While I have always felt an inclination to write, it was just a few years ago when I discovered my passion for writing. I was going through a time of transition in my career and praying about what was next in my life. The answer to my prayer and the bridge through my transition was to start writing.
I was already used to writing in my journal or writing a prayer for church or writing a sermon to preach but I was not in the practice of writing regularly to share with others. I was not sure where to start but on the day I was guided to that answer, I was watching Oprah and she said a word of wisdom that triggered something inside of me so I started a blog.
Now I knew that my blog was not to be the kind of public diary that hundreds of blogs are based on. I felt like my blog had to be something different so I began to write my reflections on scripture. My blog, Salvation and Stilettos, was launched during my time of transition and it was a way for me to encourage myself and hopefully inspire others.
Since that time, I have posted nearly 400 blog posts and self-published two books as well as started a writing group and developed my own step-by-step pattern for helping writers and those who do not consider themselves writers, to discover their voice and craft their message. I love to write and I make no apologies for that. Writing has changed my life and since most of my writing is based on scripture, I am able to discover and rediscover God’s amazing love and grace through my reflections.
The Writer’s Conference is a wonderful opportunity for people at all levels of experience, to gather together to ignite and sustain their passion for writing. It is a place where you will find like-minded men and women who love to write and are willing to encourage you along your journey. It is a place where you can think through ideas and gain tools for honing your craft. It is a place where you can pray and discern what is next for our life’s writing journey amongst friends. It is the place where I hope to meet you and where you want to be found on Saturday, March 7.
God Loves You and I Do Too!
The purpose of this workshop is to lead you through a process of writing that intentionally incorporates the Word of God as the primary inspiration for conveying your message. We will walk through the process from inspiration to imagination, through investigation to the point where you will initiate your particular writing project.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency. She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries. Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.
Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.
In mid-1999, because of her husband's work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA. She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.
Marie and her mystery novels have been featured in Click! Magazine, At Home Memphis and MidSouth Magazine, Portico Magazine, and Southern Writer's Magazine. She has been a guest on WREG's Live at 9, BookTalk, and The Earle Farrell Show. She has given 30 minute presentations: Whodunnit? Crafting the Mystery Novel and Finding A New Career in Mid-life to numerous civic groups, senior citizens groups, libraries, and from The Balancing Act Stage as part of the program of The Southern Women's Show. She has served as a program panelist for Malice Domestic Mystery Conference (Bethesda, MD, 2012 and 2013) and Killer Nashville Mystery Conference (2013). In 2013, Marie’s books were specially chosen for inclusion in the onboard libraries of all the Holland America and Seabourn Cruise Line ships. GAME DRIVE, Book 2 in The Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery Series, was named Finalist in Foreword Review's 2013 Mystery Book of the Year. Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
Monday, February 9, 2015
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Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence
curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense
books include the Logan Point series set in Mississippi—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect—and Matthew’s
Choice a Heartwarming romance. Her
workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction
Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in
Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and
see what happens. (Co-taught with Johnnie Alexander)
A Hero You Love . . . A Villain You Love to Hate
Once upon a time the heroes wore white hats and the villains wore black. But modern readers aren’t interested in stereotypes. Create the hero of your readers’ dreams and the villains of their nightmares by adding surprising dimensions to your characters. Learn how to deepen your story with memorable characters an agent, editor, or reader will love . . . or love to hate.
(Co-taught with Johnnie Alexander)