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2016 Writing for Life Conference

Writing for Life 2016 Fall Conference

Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9am – 4pm
Maranatha Chapel, Rancho Bernardo

Sign up before 9/30 for only $99!


Conference Book Table: Please fill out and return the BookSellerForm no later than October 7 if you are planning to bring books to sell at the conference.

Faculty Consultation Signups: Special message from Lamp Post publisher, Brett Burner

When: Saturday at 9:00 am SHARP.


Conference attendees may sign up for a maximum of three, private, 15-minute consultation sessions with our faculty. These 15-minute private sessions allow attendees to pitch ideas, submit book proposals and article queries or just ask questions. Please prepare appropriately for your consultation.

Because there are a limited number of faculty and a limited number of consultation slots per faculty member, these slots fill quickly. Study this conference brochure and decide who, if anyone, you would like to meet with. We suggest you select several alternates in case your first choices are taken when you are called to sign up. Although the maximum number of consultations is three, you may certainly sign up for less than three or none at all.

Priority for faculty consultations will be given to SDCWG members and to those who pre-register. We adopted this strategy to promote an orderly, God honoring atmosphere at the sign up table on the day of the conference.

When we receive your paid registration, your form is marked indicating the order it was received. All Guild members receive higher priority numbers than non-Guild members.

You will receive your number when you register (it is on your name tag). Signups begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. People will be invited, in order, to sign up on the sheets provided. Signups will continue until all slots are filled.

One Sheet: Only those who returned a completed One Sheet form by the required date (The Saturday before the conference) will be allowed to sign up with editors/agents. If you returned a project synopsis, you will receive specially marked stickers which will be validated at the signup table. See and download form here: THEFORM. If you do not have a pre-approved synopsis you may sign up with any of our other faculty (just not editors/agents).

The best way to get the consultation you want is:
Be a Guild member, register early and arrive on time.

Your Royalty Note – May 216



SDCWG Fall Conference
with Bestselling author Bodie Theone.

By popular demand, our two-day conference format is back with some exciting changes!

Session 1 kicks off our conference on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm for a meet and mingle fellowship with our faculty, friends and Christian writers, ROUND ONE of consultation signups, our first general session speaker and a faculty panel discussion on the latest in the publishing industry.

Session 2 begins at 7:30am on Saturday and will contain a day of general session speakers, workshops, lunch with the editors/agents and faculty and, private, 15-minute faculty consultation sessions*.

*Priority for faculty consultation signups is based on the order your paid registration is received. Round One of the signups will be done during Session 1 (Friday night). Round Two and Three will be done during Session 2 (Saturday morning at 7:45 am). Please see our web site for details on our faculty consultations and the signup process.

SDCWG Faculty

Brett Burner: Publisher, Lamp Post Publications

Kim Bangs: Senior acquisitions editor with Bethany House and Chosen Books, divisions of Baker Publishing Group.

Blythe Daniel: Agent, The Blythe Daniel Agency

Sandra O’Donnell: Agent, RO Literary Agency

Laura Rothschild: Agent, RO Literary Agency

Lynn Vincent: NY Times Best Selling author

Susan Meissner: Award-winning author

Watch our website and newsletter for faculty additions and other conference news.

Spring Fellowship Brunch & Workshops


SusanMeissner Spring Fellowship Brunch & Workshops with special guest speaker, Susan Meissner.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at The Cove in Rancho Bernardo. 9:30 am – Noon. Only $20. Register online at!

Bring your entries for the SDCWG 2015 writing contest and save postage.

Early-bird registration for the Fall conference will be offered to those attending the brunch.

thoenesSmall SDCWG Fall Conference with Bestselling author Bodie Theone. Early bird registration opens at the Spring Fellowship Brunch.

Conference: Thick-Skinned Critique

The first time I watched Jerry Jenkins do a “Thick Skinned Critique” session, it changed my editing life.  I don’t when I’ve learned so much about writing and editing in one session.    Jennie Gillespie, President, SDCWG Guild

If you’d like to have the first page of your novel, nonfiction book, short story, or article considered for critiquing by Jerry during this session (anonymously—your name will not be revealed), transmit it (that first page only; no children’s books or poetry for the purposes of this session, please) no later than Monday, October 12, to this address:  info @

Please follow these formatting guidelines:

Suggest a title

Specify whether it’s a book or article and fiction or nonfiction

  • Times New Roman font, 12 pt
  • Double spaced (no extra space between paragraphs)
  • One space between sentences
  • Left justification, not full
  • 1” top, bottom, and side margins;  .5” (1/2 inch) first line paragraph indents
  • Microsoft Word.doc or .docx file format


Remember: Only three will be chosen for critiquing.

Conference News: New Faculty and $$ Savings $$


Literary Agents
As D.C. Jacobson & Associates Literary Agency’s first marketing coordinator, Laurel Boruck works with authors and publishers to help get books into the hands of the readers who need them. She works with agents and authors to develop book proposals with great marketing, platform and publicity sections, and helps authors and publishers strategize on marketing plans. Before joining DCJA, Laurel was a project manager and marketing manager at Ooligan Press. Laurel holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MA in Writing and Book Publishing from Portland State University, where she accidentally discovered that she was an absolute nerd when it comes to book marketing and publicity. That enthusiasm gained in the classroom was reinforced by marketing internships at Harper Perennial at HarperCollins in New York, and at Portland’s own Tin House Books. In her free time, Laurel enjoys playing pub trivia with friends and drinking strong coffee with a good book in hand.

Consultation signups with Laurel require an approved one-sheet.


* NY Times Bestselling Author Jerry Jenkins
* Lamp Post publisher Brett Burner
* Baker publishing group acquisitions editor Kim Bangs
* Literary Agent Blythe Daniel
* Literary Agent Tawny Johnson
* Literary Agent Laurel Boruck
* Award-winning novelist Susan Meissner
* “The Organizing Pro” Marcia Ramsland
* Marci Seither
* Award-winning novelist Joanne Bischof
* Magazine and Newspaper writer Carol Crater

* Watch our web site for the latest faculty information.

Our fall writers conference is for all writers–beginners to professionals, and those who are wondering if this is what they are called to do. Our workshops offer instruction in how to get started, self-publishing, fiction, non fiction, marketing, book proposals, screen writing, script writing, journalism, as well as spiritual inspiration —and more. You can see a complete list subjects by going to the Faculty page here.

The all day Saturday conference is designed to instruct, inspire and let you meet the writers, editors, and publishers who are committed to helping you write, get published and follow the Lord’s call on your life. We’re here to help you use your gifts.

Faculty Consultations

Reminder: Guild members receive priority for faculty consultation signups. Signup numbers are awarded in the order your paid registration is received. So, as always, we encourage you to join the Guild and to sign up early in order to receive the consultation of your choice.

New, Lower Prices!

Last day to receive the Early Bird discount is September 30. Register today!

Ticket Prices

  • Members (before 10/1): $125
  • Members (after 9/30): $145
  • Non-Members: $165


You can register online via Paypal or print and mail in your registration form. Do it today!

Thick Skinned Critique

: Don’t miss your chance to receive feedback on your writing from N.Y. Times bestselling author Jerry Jenkins in his “Thick Skinned critique” session at the Writing for Life conference in October. Check the guidelines on our website and sign up and submit today!

Help Wanted!

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Please help spread the word about the conference. Here is a flyer you can print and post on bulletin boards, tweet, promote on Facebook, or just hand out to friends. Or, submit this short blurb to your church bulletin. Thanks in advance!

Bulletin Blurb: San Diego Christian Writers Guild Conference: Saturday, Oct 24, 2015. 7:30am-4:30pm at Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo. Keynote speaker NY Times bestselling author JERRY JENKINS. Do you have a story to tell? This conference is for both beginning and experienced writers. Literary agents, editors, and authors will offer workshops and private consultations. See web site for details: or 760.239.3269. Early bird discount available if registered before 10/1.

Book Table

The book table is available to faculty and SDCWG members who attend the Fall Conference. Please read our guidelines and submit your Book Seller Form via email by Wed., Oct. 24. All books must be picked up no later than 4:30pm.

Schedule & Workshop Info

Check our web page for the latest on schedule and workshop information.

Hotel Information

The conference hotel is the Rancho Bernardo Radisson. It is located at 11520 W. Bernardo Court, San Diego California 92127. All rooms are suites. Please ask for the special rate for those attending the San Diego Christian Writers Guild conference. Note: This is not the location of the conference. The conference is a short, five minute drive from the hotel.