SoCal Christian Writers Conference @ Biola University
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

This Christian writers conference includes several continuing tracks, plus afternoon workshops and meetings with faculty members. A teen track is offered, and teens get a 30 percent discount on their registration.

Keynote speakers: Mary Demuth and Liz Tolsma

Kristen will be teaching two classes:
Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction and
Unventing Language: Use Real Languages to Inspire Your Fiction

Realm Makers @ Sheraton Westport Chalet
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day

What makes Realm Makers different than every other conference is that people with a faith-based worldview and love spaceships or dragons will find their tribe. Learn from and rub elbows with professionals from both sides of the arts spectrum—the inspirational and the mainstream.

Realm Makers’s first priority is to help foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories. It’s our goal to help the artist who wants to market his or her work under the Christian umbrella, as well as those who want to pursue their goals in the mainstream marketplace. After all, both the “secular” and “religious” markets need excellent content. We recognize and applaud the fact that different artists are called to take their work to different audiences.

So, if you want to come to a Realm Makers conference, expect the atmosphere to be faith-friendly, because we know that sometimes the world of speculative fiction can offer some challenging terrain for the Christian creative.


17th Annual Florida Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety.

Featured Authors: Linda Fairstein, National Guest of Honor; Heather Graham, Florida Writer of the Year; Peter Meinke, Florida Poet Laureate.

6th Annual Florida Youth Writers Conference @ Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Oct 20 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This event for middle school and high school students features a unique series of presentations for young writers:

  • Dynamic Dialogue
  • Writing for Video Games
  • A Passion for Poetry
  • Fight Scenes
  • Exciting Characters

We’ll also have a Q&A with bestselling authors Heather Graham and Linda Fairstein.

Orlando Word Weavers Fall Retreat @ Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day

This year’s keynote speaker will be multitalented author and instructor Michelle Medlock Adams. Most attendees will be Word Weavers members from around Florida, but the event is open to the public. I’ll be teaching a brief overview of the Systematic Editing method.

Florida Christian Writers Conference @ Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Mar 6 – Mar 10 all-day

Florida Christian Writers Conference is a fantastic event with a top-notch faculty of agents, editors, authors, and freelancers. Shellie Arnold and I will again be leading the Manuscript Critique Track, in which writers get in-depth critiques on their works in progress.

The Well at Lake Michigan
May 16 – May 18 all-day

Tosca Lee will be the keynote speaker for this Christian writers conference that folds the intimacy of a retreat together with the instruction of a conference into one fabulous event.