Speaking & Workshops

The first business of a story is to be a good story. –C.S. Lewis (letter to Cynthia Donnelly, August 14, 1954).

Writers, readers, and editors never seem to exhaust the topics of good reads, writing well, and publishing. On occasion I have the opportunity to play a small part in leading  or joining in those discussions, which always teach me even more than I contribute.

Upcoming Events

November 5-6, 2019 — ECPA PubU, editorial track

“Far-cited: Why editors need to pay close attention to accurate attribution (and how we can better encourage our authors to do the same)”

News reports of plagiarism in Christian publishing—they make us cringe, double check our author’s footnotes, and then wake up in a cold sweat the night before a book goes to print. Even for longtime editors, rules about fair use and properly citing sources can be confusing. For those new to the industry, deciphering these aspects of the editing process can make their eyes start to cross. In this workshop, we’ll talk about what we need to look out for as we edit manuscripts, the tools that can support our efforts, and the ways we can help ensure that the importance of accuracy is crystal clear to our authors.

March 19-22, 2020 — Refine {the retreat}

Pilgrimage will be the theme for this year’s powerful and renewing retreat for writers, led by writer and speaker Kris Camealy.

Past Events

September 26-28, 2019 — Maranatha Christian Writers Conference

I will be available for one-on-one appointments with writers who feel their books may be a good fit for Moody Publishers. Be ready to pitch!

July 11, 2019 — Bridge Teen Center: Advanced Writing: 5 Tips to Improve Your Fiction Writing

A few times a year, I lead workshops with kids from the 130 communities served by our local teen center. More information at TheBridgeTeenCenter.org.

February 21, 2019 — Bridge Teen Center: Advanced Writing: How to write like your favorite YA author

February 9, 2019 — Guest Interview, Writing with Grace book proposal workshop 

I was excited to be back with author and writing instructor Ann Swindell as we talked publishing during this special online workshop. I encourage you to check out her website and sign up for news about her online courses.

September 15, 2018 — The Perennial Gen: co-host, Growing Sage, Wheaton, IL

Our online community’s inaugural workshop for Christian women over 45 explored purpose and vocation in the second half of life.

June 28, 2018 — Bridge Teen Center: Advanced Writing: Character Development


June 23, 2018 — Writing with Grace Retreat: panelist, pitch sessions

A writing retreat to help women writers connect with each other and more deeply with the Lord through their love of writing. More information at WritingwithGraceRetreat.com.

April 18, 2018 — Festival of Faith and Writing: panelist, Wisdom in the Shadows: Bringing Seasoned Women’s Voices to Light with Jennifer Grant, Kathy Khang, Michelle Van Loon

Those in the second half of life—particularly women—are often just beginning to discover their voices as writers. But it can be discouraging when it seems like attention is skewed toward the young and novel, instead of the experienced and wise. What’s an older writer to do? This panel explores these challenges and issues a call to see the wisdom that comes from age and experience.