"Excellent! Great sharing of ideas, thoughts."

"Thank you for your care and support of others who want to give back to God the gifts He has given."

"Thank God I came here today! It was inspiring and deeply motivating."

Are you a writer, leader or speaker or aspire to be one? Treat yourself to Greater Harvest Workshops where multi-published authors and speakers present insider tips and instruction on such topics as:

Improving Your Platform
Promoting Your Work
How to Write the Novel Inside You
How to Write Children's Books
Public Speaking
And more.

If you have ever felt the call to write, lead, or speak, we want to encourage and instruct you. Don't settle for wishful thinking and hoping that someday you'll get it together. God can use you. Together, we want to help you be ready for action and move forward in your calling - all in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Greater Harvest Workshops

"Though our workshops, we want to sow seeds and produce MUCH fruit. Let us use our talent for writing, speaking, and leading to reach out to others with the plan of salvation and works that encourage Christians. Let's grow spiritually, and begin to see God use our lives to influence others in a growing and more profound way for more and more influence. Then use that influence for HIS honor and glory." - Donna Shepherd, founder, GHW.

Update (November 1, 2012): 
What a wonderful time we had at our day of workshops in October! From the comments we received, everyone who attended received encouragement and inspiration to either begin writing or continue with renewed purpose. 

We plan to have more workshops in early 2013. Linore and I look forward to seeing you there. 

Feedback from 2012 workshops: 
  • Great content. I love that you gave specifics and not generalities.
  • Helpful resources and handouts.
  • Wonderful advice and collaborative spirit! Greatly appreciated!
  • Challenged and ministered to me, as a person who is discouraged very easily.
  • Donna, thanks for blessing us with song.
  • Linore was helpful and personal.
  • Very helpful. It challenged me to pray about what God wants me to do with my writing and to then create action steps.
  • Always wonderful to hear Donna sing and giveaways are great.
  • Appreciated the meeting with Linore.
  • Great atmosphere and enthusiasm displayed.
  • I know much more about publishing now and have a place to start with confidence.
  • Linore was able to narrow in on what I needed to focus on. Awesome. Thank you. 
  • Donna has a beautiful voice. Lovely ending to a worthwhile conference. 
  •  Good practical applications and examples. Thank you!


Mark your calendar as busy on October 20, 2012. If you'd like to register, click the PayPal Button now! 

(You do not need a PayPal account to register.) 

"Loved the workshops..up close and personal, very relaxed atmosphere." - Shelia
"...Like hearing advice from a friend." - George

Schedule for October  20, 2012

New features! 

Do you drink coffee or tea when you write? How about a Sharpie to sign all those books you'll have published? Names of all those who register online will go into the drawing for a Writer's Gift Basket worth more than the price of your registration.*

Bonus (NO extra cost): 15-minute manuscript evaluations by Linore Burkard for those who sign up early. 

Only 10 6 slots available (as of 9-27-2012).

When you arrive at registration, you will have the opportunity to schedule your appointment with author and editor Linore Rose Burkard to review your project idea, first chapter, one-sheet, or the idea that's only in your head! Let her feel out the project you WANT to do before all the work is done. Many authors think they have a great idea until the book is done and no one wants to read it except family and friends. Book your appointment with Linore when you arrive for the event. 

Bring-A-Friend or Send-A-Friend Drawing: If you refer a friend, when he or she registers, you'll BOTH be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card! The friend must be a first-time attendee to our workshops.*

Registration: $34 (Dayton Scribes Members - $29; Previous Attendees - $29; MAC Writers $29)
Walk-ins Welcome. Cash or Check Only: $36.

8:30-9:00 - Registration w/Coffee, Tea, etc.
9:00-9:20 – Opening Session
9:30-10:30- Workshop #1
10:30-10:45 – Break - Refreshments
10:45-11:45 - Workshop #2
11:45-12:00 – Break - Refreshments
12:00-1:00 - Workshop #3
1:00-1:20 – Closing Session

9:30-10:30: Workshop 1

Tiffany Colter: Using Articles to Get Fiction and Nonfiction Published
When I started writing I hated the idea of writing articles. It was part of my training, but I didn’t like it. When I started trying to pitch my books, however, I discovered the true benefits of article writing. In this class we’ll look at:

How articles help the novelist
How articles help with non-fiction

This session will be jammed full of information, but we’ll try to save some time for your questions at the end too.

Wayne Holmes: Self Publish for Under $100
We will discuss the practicality of publishing for little or no money. Yes, it can be done for a hundred or even less, but you may need to learn some new editing and computer skills. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of how it’s done.

10:45 –11:45: Workshop 2

Carole Topp: Writing as a Ministry 
If you write as part of a ministry of service to others, are you running a business, a hobby or a nonprofit organization? When does your writing hobby become a business?  We'll find out and discuss the pros and cons of forming a nonprofit organization as part of your writing ministry, too.

Wayne Holmes: Self Publish or ePublish?
In this session, we will talk about the how-to of self-publishing on a minimal budget. I will open the discussion to broader topics pertaining to self-publishing and eBooks. If time permits we may be able to do some hands-on training. Bring your laptop if you want to participate.

12:00 -1:00: Workshop 3 - Combined Session

 Tiffany Colter: Success in the Changing Publishing Industry
Things are changing. Articles tell us that the days of the professional writer are ending while at the same time e-readers fly off the shelves.  What is the truth? How can a newbie writer get established? How can an established writer stay afloat? What are the keys to success in this changing industry? We’ll discuss these questions and many more. I earn my living by writing and I’ll tell you honestly what I did to do it. And I’ll name names!

1:00 - 1:20 - Closing Session: 

Singing and worship with Donna Shepherd.
Door prizes, drawings, and giveaways!
(*One prize/person) 
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