Now that the new year is upon us, my mind is focusing on this year’s writers conference this April at Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. This will be my third year attending and it is a delight and blessing to be able to attend this premiere conference.
Every year about 300 writers converge to network with literary agents, editors and publishers, to pitch their books or writings. The conference is five days of workshops, morning tracks, and critiquing of your work. I have met wonderful writer friends who have encouraged me and critiqued my work along the way. For the past two years I have led a writers group on the San Francisco Peninsula, and hope to meet others this year who will want to be part of the group.
I am writing my first book, my memoirs, particularly on my time as a Christian missionary in Israel. Tentatively titled: Finding God in the Midst of My Mess: My Love Story with Jesus, it tells my life story, the traumas I have faced in childhood and on the mission field, and how God has healed and restored my life. I am writing the book to bring healing to others who have suffered the same things I have, like depression, sexual abuse, and addiction, through the love and healing power of Jesus.
This year at the conference my friend and mentor Kay Marshall Strom will be leading a morning class on writing memoirs. I will be there expectantly, to learn how to strengthen my manuscript, and hopefully complete it with a fourth rewrite. Writing is all about rewriting. I began my book journey two years ago
this January and have rewritten it three times. I was blessed with a talented critique partner, Jenni Brummett, who helped me make my story more compelling and refined my grammar and flow. Now I am seeking how to engage the reader more effectively in my story. I know Kay, a renowned Christian author, will have those tools for me to do so.
As a small Christian art and writing ministry, money is tight and I need to solicit donations from others who believe in my book and would like to see it published. The cost of the five day conference is $1100 which includes room, meals, transportation and the conference. Would you prayerfully consider helping me with a donation? As a way of saying thank you, I will send you a free copy of my book once it is self published 🙂
Secure donations can be made through Pay Pal below. My deadline to raise the money is April 9, 2014. Thank you so much!
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