Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets< Return to Workshops May 30 – June 2, 2013
Paula has been involved with children’s literature all her life, first as a child reader, then as a children’s librarian, and then as a long-time editor of children’s books and magazines at Cricket Magazine Group and Cricket Books.
Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and general-interest publishers alike are seeking hopeful books with solid values. Some material can “cross over” into both markets. If you want to write books offering hope to young people, join Paula Morrow (Christian editor, writing teacher, and book reviewer) and Kristi Holl (author of forty-two books for general interest and Christian publishers) for a weekend that’s both practical and inspiring.
In this workshop, you will
- see the distinctions among the publishing terms religious, spiritual, Christian, inspirational, and crossoverand decide where your own work fits best;
- learn how to write strong characters who are believable and multifaceted, yet flawed enough for kids to identify with;
- participate in discussions on surviving the writing life – and thriving – plus self-care for writers;
- learn how to infuse tension into your characters, plot, settings, and dialogue;
- explore inspirational market guides, plus find books especially for inspirational writers; and
- understand and learn to deal with “gatekeepers”: parents, gift-givers, librarians, editors, and agents.
Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press ; ends on Sunday, June 2, after lunch.
Event Cost: $990