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Nationally Known Speakers Featured at Writers Conference
The Utah Christian Writers Fellowship will host two nationally recognized speakers at a local writers conference to be held in Bluffdale on April 14, 2012. Featured speakers at “From Think to Ink,” a writers conference designed to help Christian writers bring their talents from idea to publication, will be Megan Gordon, senior associate editor for Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine, and Lori Copeland, the bestselling author of more than 100 novels. Alongside a faculty of publishing industry professionals, these speakers will present workshops to encourage and educate Utah writers in taking their messages from idea to publication.
The public is invited to attend a free informal reception to meet the faculty on Friday, April 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Staybridge Suites at 3038 South Decker Lake Drive (just east of the E-Center) in West Valley.
Megan Gordon’s diverse professional and personal skill set includes teaching, writing, editing and foster/adoptive parenting. She entered the publication world as a writer, and knows first-hand the joys and challenges of the craft. In her current role as Senior Associate Editor of Thriving Family magazine, she combines her respect for the written word and passion for encouraging families with her eye for editing.
Bestselling author Lori Copeland writes contemporary and historical Christian novels. A multiple award winning author with over 3 million copies of her books sold, Copeland was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2000. Lori recently joined with Utah author Virginia Smith to co-author Lost Melody (Zondervan) and two Amish titles, The Heart’s Frontier and A Plain and Simple Heart (Harvest House).
Besides the two featured speakers, the conference faculty will include including award-winning novelist Virginia Smith, first-time Utah author Kathleen Damp Wright, New York author L. T. Kodzo, mental health counselor and author Marilynn Rockelman and local writer Jim Cook. Workshops will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to meet one-on-one with the faculty, and to learn about a variety of industry segments including fiction strategies, ePublishing, self publishing, writing successful nonfiction, and technical skills.
“From Think to Ink” will be held on Saturday, April 14, at the Midvalley Bible Church, located at 13991 South 2700 West in Bluffdale. Conference registration is offered at a nominal fee. Registration details can be found at www.UtahChristianWriters.com, or by calling 801-965-9503 or 801-647-9464