Write, Publish, Sell! @ Hilton Rialto
Apr 22 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Authors for Authors spring conference features a fantastic lineup of writing instructors in multiple breakout sessions. Conference also includes discussion groups and a keynote speaker focused on how to write, publish and sell your work.

Kristen will be teaching Satisfying Endings: A Crucial but Overlooked Element of Great Fiction.

PENCON @ DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
May 3 – May 5 all-day

PENCON, a division of Christian Editor Network LLC, is the only conference for editors in the Christian market. We specialize in editing and proofreading for CBA authors, agents, and publishers.

Keynote Speaker Robert Hudson is the author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style and is an editor at Zondervan.

The Well Lake Michigan @ Geneva Camp and Conference Center
May 17 – May 19 all-day

The Well is a ministry to Christian artists who are at all levels of their creative journey. Whether you are just starting out have been in the business for a long time, you are welcome. The Well Lake Michigan conference is called focused on Christian writers. There is a speculative fiction track, a screenwriting track, and general writing workshops.

Kristen will be teaching two classes:
Edit Like a Pro: A System for Editing Fiction and Nonfiction and
Unventing Language: Use Real Languages to Inspire Your Fiction

We’ll see you at The Well!

Orlando Editing Seminar @ to be announced
Jun 16 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

How to Edit Your Novel Systematically

A Method for Revising Your Book Like a Pro

Writers know that great writing requires rewriting, editing, and polishing a manuscript to perfection. But writing and editing are two different skills, and writers are seldom taught how to edit. So writers approach editing haphazardly. We think editing means reading our books over and over, fixing mistakes as we see them until there are no more mistakes to find. But it is possible—and very common—to get stuck in an infinite loop of revision, because one never knows when one is finished.

I struggled with this as a writer, but when I trained to be an editor, I learned a systematic method of editing that allows editors to work through a manuscript efficiently and with sure knowledge about when the job is done.

Once the venue is confirmed, we’ll update this event with more details.

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

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.