Get Organized for a Writing Conference

Put Together Your Own Conference Notebook

By Edie Melson, @EdieMelson   For those who’ve known me for any length of time are aware that organization isn’t my strong suit—at least not in the conventional meaning. My desk is covered in stacks of paper and the walls of my office are papered with rainbow hued sticky notes. It’s a system that works […]

Why Enter a Writing Contest

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson   It’s that time again! Time to start talking about the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference contests. If you have been to BRMCWC before, you know that the awards banquet is one of the highlights of the conference. We dress up. We dine by candlelight. And we hear phrases […]

What the Publishing World Doesn’t Want Us to Know

By Leigh Ann Thomas, @LThomasWrites   The time has come for a good dose of honesty and plain talk. There’s a secret the publishing world doesn’t want us to discover. Writing is an absurd profession—a troubling and illogical way to spend our working hours. To prove my point, I composed a list of what would […]

Copywriting for Faith-Based Organizations

By Holland Webb, @WebbJohnpaul   American Christians have an annual purchasing power of $5.1 trillion. That dumbfounds me, you guys. It’s like the national debt sometime in the Clinton administration. Most Christians shell out money on the same basic expenses our neighbors do – food, mortgages, bills – but we spend other dollars differently. We […]

A Writer’s Fear

by Lynn H Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn   A few years ago, I watched a live Adele concert. The lucky people who filled the venue were an enthusiastic audience. There were cheers, applause, and the occasional sing-a-long when she sang a favorite. I’m a fan so I enjoyed it immensely, but I couldn’t help but be struck by […]

10 Steps to Survive Rejection in the World of Writing

By Deborah Clack @deborah_clack   Let’s just rip the band-aid off. Last month, I received two emails within twenty-four hours from agents declining the opportunity to represent my work. We hear it all the time. Negative feedback is inevitable in this profession whether it be with contests, agents, publishing houses, or reviews. But receiving a […]

Why Do You Think I Called You to Write?

A New Practicum at BRMCWC from Eva Marie Everson

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson In 1981, my husband and I were given two free tickets to see Chariots of Fire, the motion picture that depicted the stories of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, two runners in the 1924 Olympics. Liddell had been made famous, not only by his athletic abilities, but by his decision […]

The W.R.I.T.E Prayer

By Cherrilynn Bisbano, @chingaling3   Acrostic’s are key—at least when I speak and teach. As I stand in front of the audience, Attention Deficit can creep in and take me down bunny trails. I find it difficult to get back on track without my acrostic. The ladies find it easier to remember the teaching also. Like […]

Three Essentials and a Checklist for Entering Contests

by Katy Kauffman, @KatyKauffman28   Hearing my name stunned me. It was my second BRMCWC, and I was waiting to hear whether my article and my devotion did well in the unpublished writers contest (now called the Foundation Awards). Articles was the first category of the night. Honorable Mention was the first award. I won it. […]

Create Text Headings with Overlays Inside of Canva

By Bethany Jett, @BetJett   Canva is a wonderful powerhouse tool for editing photos, creating layouts, and adding text to graphics. One of the best features is the pre-fixed size layouts for all of the major social media platforms, as well as headers, PowerPoint presentations, letterhead, flyers…you name it. In this video, I take you […]