Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fabulous Conference for Aspiring Writers

The 8th annual Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference will be held the weekend of April 8-9 at Cornerstone Church, 775 E. LeClaire Road in Eldridge, IA. The 2011 conference features a faculty of twelve writing professionals with a broad background of experience, and includes two full days of breakout sessions, continuing classes, keynote talks, one-on-one appointments, a panel on the writing life, and a bookstore stocked with writing resources.
The Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference has been called "a hidden jewel in the Midwest." The conference began in 2004 with the goal of helping established and aspiring writers hone their skills and learn the craft.
Faculty members are chosen because of their heart, their skill set, and their experience. Some of the top writing instructors in the nation have come to the Quad Cities to offer their expertise and encouragement. The excellent teaching and God-centered tone of the conference create what one visitor called “something magic.”
Conferees may choose from over twenty-five break-out sessions and six continuing classes covering a wide variety of topics, such as beginner basics, writing for online magazines, beginning and advanced blogging, writing for children, and poetry. A detailed list of classes and descriptions is on the conference Web site (http://www.qccwc.com).

Inspirational keynote speakers include Dr. Gail Hayes, a motivational speaker known nationwide for her empowering and inspiring messages, and Mike Brewer, pastor, professor, and author of four books, as well as hundreds of short pieces. Russ and Kathy Willis round out the keynotes speaking about Reinventing Life in the Middle--You Can Survive a "Do Over" and Live to Tell about It.

Additional faculty for the conference includes RITA award-winning author of over thirty novels, Susan May Warren; Cynthia Ruchti, Frank Ball, Patricia Durgin, Ginger Kolbaba, Jon Nappa, Michelle Rayburn, and Larry Leech. Twila Belk, the conference director, is a radio personality, writer, speaker, and writer’s coach, as well as personal assistant to NY Times best-selling author Cecil Murphey. She will be available throughout the conference for one-on-one appointments and to offer guidance.

For registrations received by April 2, the conference rate is $269 for both days and $159 for one day. The fee covers all sessions and meals. Registrations can be made online using PayPal, or by calling 563-332-1622 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover numbers, or by mail with a check. The conference rate goes up to $279 for two days and $169 for one day after April 2 and at the door.

For registration information and more details about the conference, visit http://www.qccwc.com or call Twila Belk, conference director, at 563-332-1622.

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