Christian Writers Conference to open in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 2:49 pm
The Messenger, April 15, 2010
Elizabethtown, Ky—Virginia Smith’s characters have investigated murders by mushroom, roamed the streets of a famous Kentucky Barbecue Festival and navigated their way through the sometimes shaky bonds of sibling relationships.
This summer Ms. Smith will return home to her native state to serve as the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, to be held June 11-12 at Northside Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.
Ms. Smith, who splits her time between her native Kentucky and Utah, is the author of 14 Christian novels as well as 50 shorter works, including articles and short stories.
Her writing has garnered national attention, including the 2008 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference Writer of the Year award.
“Stuck in the Middle,” book one in her Sister-to-Sister series, was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ 2009 Book of the Year award, and “A Taste of Murder” was a finalist for the 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
“The publishing industry can be a pretty crazy place at times,” said Ms. Smith. “My dream to become a published author took a long time — over two decades. I’m excited for the opportunity to share some of the lessons I’ve learned and hopefully to encourage others as they strive to realize their own writing dreams.
In addition to Ms. Smith’s keynote addresses, the inter-denominational conference will feature workshops and concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, from fiction to devotionals to writing for children.
Faculty will be available for a limited number of private appointments and will serve as mentors for writers wishing to hone their craft.
New to this year’s KCWC are workshop “categories,” in which participants will have the option to focus their attention to a series of workshops in a particular genre. The categories are fiction, non-fiction and marketing/organization.
Complete details on registration and individual workshops can be found at www.kychristianwriters.com.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register as early as possible through the Web site or through the mail, and an early-bird discount and first priority for faculty appointments will be given to those who register by May 1. The deadline for discounts to seniors and to students is May 11.
Registration for both days, with most meals provided, is $180 ($162 before May 1), while one-day registration is $105 per day. Walk-in registration will be accepted both days during the conference, but meals and private faculty appointments are not guaranteed for registrations after May 28.
For more information or to request a brochure contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 330-2773.