Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty — Sarah R. Turnquist

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce 2019 faulty member, Sara R. Turnquist.

Workshop Titles

Say What? Using Dialogue to Enhance Your Story

We’re Engaged! (With Our Readers)

About the Workshops

Say What? Using Dialogue to Enhance Your Story

Dialogue is one of the more essential parts of your novel. You can’t get around it…if you’re writing fiction, it’s pretty much vital. But what its primary purpose? And how can you best utilize it? Keep it from being clunky? Or assist you in delivering backstory in a way that is natural and flows with your story world? Learn all these tricks and more…and you’ll be more confident in writing impactful dialogue.

We’re Engaged! (With Our Readers)– co-taught with Hannah R. Conway

Readers are more than our audience, they are children of God who desire to connect with those who make them feel valued—and that happens to be us as writers. In this course we will learn ways to connect with our readers using today’s technology, discuss cost effective but meaningful gifts we can give, and explore a few old school methods of showing appreciation.

About Sara

I’m a coffee lovin’, word slinging, Historical Romance author who’s super power is converting caffeine into novels. I love those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires me. Well, that and a good love story.

But of all the love stories I know, mine is my favorite. I live happily with my own Prince Charming and our gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning. Happy Reading!

5 Fast Facts

  • I worked for the Disney Company for 15 years.
  • I can unwrap a Starburst in my mouth in under 20 seconds.
  • I have hiked to the Polish border from a Czech village – 6 hours to get to the top of that mountain where the border was! (I am NOT athletic).
  •  I love to paint
  • I learned to read music before I learned to read words.

You can connect with Sara on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Amazon Author Page or website.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet the ACFW Virginia Faculty 2019 — Lisa Betz

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce faculty member, Lisa Betz.

Workshop Title

Seven Story Blunders and the Story World Secrets to Avoid Them.

About the Workshop

Do you know what entices a reader’s brain and what frustrates it? This talk covers seven common mistakes made by writers and the “Story World” secrets that explain how to overcome them and create a satisfying story. Based on material from Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron.

About Lisa

Award-winning writer Lisa E. Betz believes that everyone has a unique story to tell the world.
She loves inspiring fellow writers to be more intentional about developing their craft and
courageous in sharing their words. Lisa shares her words through speaking, leading Bible
studies, writing historical mysteries, and blogging about living intentionally. She is also the
managing editor of Almost an Author, a website for writers.

5 Fast Facts

  • I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • I have been a substitute teacher and a high school drama director
  • One fall when I couldn’t find a suitable script, I (quickly) wrote a melodrama, and let the students have input into their characters. It was a big hit.
  • I am a connoisseur of dark chocolate and aged cheese.
  • I have been a scuba diver since high school.

You can connect with Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or visit her blog, Live Intentionally.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty, JP Robinson

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce 2019 faculty member, JP Robinson.

Instructional Workshop Title

3D Characters: Five Key Strategies to Create Characters That Walk Off the Page.

About the Workshop

Christian authors are called to reflect God’s creativity. Discover five key strategies to make your characters leave your mind and enter their “world.” Learn how to gracefully diversify your pro/antagonists, enhance their emotional appeal, and give them believable depth.

About JP

JP Robinson began writing as a teen for a local newspaper and soon garnered local recognition for his writing.  He gained experience in the fields of Relationship and Geo-marketing by doing promotional work for multi-million dollar medical facilities and non-profit groups. He  is an international speaker, educator, writing coach, and prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction. JP also conducts writing seminars in various parts of the country and heads Logos Publications, LLC, an emerging publishing and book marketing team. Together with his incredible wife, Lois, he runs Fearless Marriage, a non-denominational ministry for Christian couples.

Mentor Appointments

JP is also taking mentor appointments during the conference. Sign up to chat with this multi-published author about your current work in progress, brainstorm a new idea, or gain marketing advice. Click here to schedule an appointment with JP.

**Mentor appointments are open to paid conferees only. To register, click the link below.

5 Fast Facts

  • My wife and I went to Paris for our honeymoon. I speak French fluently so it was a great chance to show off!
  • I graduated high school at 16, college at 19 and was married by 20.
  • I love target shooting (archery and firearms).
  • Favorite coffee brand is Lavazza.
  • Most memorable post-honeymoon trip was to Israel.

You can connect with JP on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Amazon Author Page or by visiting his website.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty — Hannah R. Conway

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce 2019 faulty member, Hannah R. Conway.

Workshop Titles

The Algo-mist: Pointers, Not Potions, for Navigating Facebook & Instagram’s New Algorithms

We’re Engaged! (With Our Readers)

About the Workshops

The Algo-mist: Pointers, Not Potions, for Navigating Facebook & Instagram’s New Algorithms

Over 2.4 Billion people have Facebook and Instagram accounts. Over 75 million check their accounts day, and most from 11 to 18 times a day. Our readers are there, but the new algorithms make it increasingly difficult to reach them. In this course you’ll learn what the new algorithms are, how they impact us as writers, and how to connect with our readers regardless

We’re Engaged! (With Our Readers)– co-taught with Sara R. Turnquist

Readers are more than our audience, they are children of God who desire to connect with those who make them feel valued—and that happens to be us as writers. In this course we will learn ways to connect with our readers using today’s technology, discuss cost effective but meaningful gifts we can give, and explore a few old school methods of showing appreciation.

About Hannah

Hannah R. Conway is a military wife, mother of two, former middle school teacher, best-selling author, and popular speaker. Her novels are a deployment experience of their own, threaded with faith, and filled with twists and turns. Hannah is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My book Therapy. She and her family live near Nashsville, Tennessee.

5 Fast Facts

  • I work in women’s ministry and social media at my church. LOVE IT!
  • I’m actually a HUGE history nerd, and can even sling a little html code (Geeky, I know)
  • I was homecoming queen my sophomore year of high school.
  • My hubby is a football coach, but I’m a basketball fan…soo…
  • Popcorn is an addiction of mine. I literally eat it like 5 out of 7 days.

You can connect with Hannah on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Amazon Author Page or website.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty — Michele Chynoweth

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce faculty member, Michele Chynoweth.

Workshop Title

The Importance of Self-Editing

About the Workshop

You’ve heard the saying, “you never get a chance to make a first impression?” Well, that’s absolutely true when it comes to getting your book published. So many writers are in such a rush that they don’t take the time, nor rely on the resources needed, to polish their book before they publish it. Enter the editing process which plays a vital role in making sure your book is perfect. Best-selling author, writing instructor, book coach and former news reporter and editor Michele Chynoweth will share some crucial editing tips that will help you get started crafting the best version of your book, including advice on style, dialogue, description, organization, proofing, formatting and more – so that, no matter which publishing path you choose, your work will be ready to be successfully launched into the world!

Mentor Appointments

Michele is also taking mentor appointments during the conference. Sign up to chat with this multi-published author about your current work in progress, brainstorm a new idea, or gain marketing advice. Click here to schedule an appointment with Michele.

**Mentor appointments are open to paid conferees only. To register, click the link below.

About Michele

Michele Chynoweth is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Faithful OneThe Peace MakerThe Runaway Prophet and The Jealous Son, contemporary suspense/romance novels that re-imagine Old Testament stories in the Bible. Michele is also an inspirational speaker who has addressed a variety of writers’ conferences and other organizations across the country, a book coach/editor and a writing instructor for the Continuing Education program at Cecil College, and she has won several awards including the Selah Award for Best Suspense (Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, 2018). A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Michele and her husband live in North East, Maryland.

5 Fast Facts

  • My bucket list travel dream is to lead a pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land.
  • I love movies.
  • I am sometimes called “Mrs. Brady” by fellow Toastmasters who heard me give a contest speech on my blended family (3 boys, 3 girls including the dog).
  • I was on my high school synchronized swim team.
  • I am a really good cook if I do say so myself and would love to be on Top Chef (for amateurs) one day!

You can connect with Michele on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Amazon Author Page or visit her website.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty–Zoe M. McCarthy

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce 2019 faulty member, Zoe M. McCarthy.

Instructional Workshop Title

Help Your Reader Commit Identity Theft: Learning to Write in Deep POV

About the Workshop

Based on Rivet Your Reader with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, and topics from Zoe M. McCarthy’s own book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, participants will learn how to help the reader become comfortable in their character’s identity. Through instruction, examples, and short exercises, this workshop will discuss why, how, and where to use Deep POV (DPOV), what DPOV is and isn’t, as well as specific ways to incorporate DPOV in your fiction manuscript.

Mentor Appointments

Zoe is also taking mentor appointments during the conference. Sign up to chat with this multi-published talented author about your current work in progress, to gain marketing advice, or to find out you might be able to enlist a spouse or good friend to help you juggle all your writing commitments. Click here to schedule an appointment with Zoe.

**Mentor appointments are open to paid conferees only. To register, click the link below.

About Zoe

Zoe M. McCarthy is a full-time author and speaker. She writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. She has a book on the writing craft, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days

5 Fast Facts

  • As a Coast Guard brat, I lived in such exotic places as Haiti, Thailand, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba, from which I was evacuated during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • I use my M initial in my name because I don’t want to me confused with a Brit author named Zoe McCarthy.
  • I take sabbaticals to our lake cabin to write and hope to host spiritual and writers retreats there after some updates.
  • I write the lessons and teach the Community Bible Study. We’ve studied the book of John line by line for for two years! Hoping to finish John this season.
  • The daughter of two artists, I crave and thrive on creativity, which has gotten me into trouble … and out of trouble.

You can connect with Zoe on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Amazon Author Page or by visiting her website, ZoeMMcarthy.com.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

Meet ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty — Keynote Speaker, Lisa Carter

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce our 2019 Conference Keynote Speaker, Lisa Carter.

In our general session, Lisa will be presenting both an inspirational and an instructional workshop.

Inspirational Keynote: Writing From Deep Places

Instructional Workshop Title: Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers

About the Workshop

The very first sentence of a story can be extremely powerful. It can stick with you for days, weeks, even years. End your novel poorly and you’ll spoil the whole book; end it well and you will leave the reader satisfied, perhaps even moved. In this workshop, Lisa will review the secret to crafting great opening and closing lines.

Mentor Appointments

Lisa is also taking mentor appointments during the conference. Sign up to chat with this talented, multi-published author about your current work in progress or ask questions about the publishing industry or marketing advice. Click here to schedule an appointment with Lisa.

**Mentor appointments are open to paid conferees only. To register, click the link below.

About Lisa

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of multiple romantic suspense novels, historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense and Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

5 Fast Facts

  • One of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited—there have been many—the Amazon jungle.
  • I lick the icing off cupcakes first. I’m mainly in it for the icing.
  • I am a huge Indiana Jones fan.
  • The feel and taste of the wooden spoon in ice cream makes me shudder.
  •  I have a Netflix addiction to British mystery series.

You can connect with Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, as well as on her Amazon Author Page or her website.

Register

The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.