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.

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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.

Meet the ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty–Lori Altebaumer

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce faculty member, Lori Altebaumer.

Workshop Title

Seasoning Your Story with Setting and Description

About the Workshop

A novel without setting and description is like a play performed on an empty stage–in the dark. Setting and description are the spice that gives flavor to your story. But like any other tool, the writer must know how to use it, how much to use, and when. This workshop will guide the writer in answering these questions as they consider the needs of their story. We will discuss the functions and uses of setting and description, the need to use them with authenticity, and how to grow your skills in harvesting details to use in your story.

About Lori

Lori Altebaumer is a writer who only half-jokingly tells others she lives with one foot in a
parallel universe. Lori loves sharing the joys of living a Christ-centered life with others through
her writing. She is a wandering soul with a home-keeping heart and a love of words and story
Now that her nest is empty, Lori enjoys traveling with her husband and visiting her adult
children where she can rummage through their refrigerators and food pantries while complaining
there’s nothing good to eat here. While she works to complete her fiction novel (due out later this
year), Lori blogs regularly from her website at www.lorialtebaumer.com.

5 Fast Facts

  • I played the alto sax in the high school marching band, neither of which I did well. Apparently having a sense of rhythm is key.
  • I have a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University, so I decided to be a writer.
  • I love peanut butter and sour cream sandwiches. My doctor is telling me, based on lab work, they don’t love me back.
  • I fell in love with books and story when my mother gave me the complete set of Little House on the Prairie books for my birthday one year.
  • I am involved in the Called to Change women’s prison ministry.  And there has never been a time when I went into the prison and didn’t come back out feeling more blessed than when I went in.

You can connect with Lori on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

The Winners of the 2018 Crown Award

ACFW Virginia is happy to announce the winners of the 2018 Crown Award!

The winner of the Historical / Historical Romance Category ……….
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ELIZABETH ANN BOYLES!

 

The winner of the Contemporary / Contemporary Romance / Thriller Category…………

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JAYNA BREIGH!

 

The winner of the YA / Speculative / Middle Grade Categroy………..

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ROSEMARY JOHNSON!

Congratulations to all the winners! Keep on writing!