Inspiration and Information from Historical Sources: Ellen Jaquette
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Historic newspapers, diaries, images, maps, and much more are waiting to support your creative writing. Come learn about unique materials to add detail or to inspire your work. We’ll cover digital resources you can access from home, as well as unique historic materials available through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Ellen Jaquette is a reference librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society. She has a law and library degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and previously served as a law librarian at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota before entering the fascinating world of historic materials. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, toddler, two cats, and a dog.

Growing Your Audience with Social Media: KIRK LIVINGSTON
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Every publisher expects their authors to have a platform. Social media is effective for growing a platform when posts, images, and responses are guided by a larger purpose.

We’ll look at attitudes, priorities, and tools for reaching and collecting an audience with the intent to grow a platform. We’ll hone our purpose so we can state it succinctly. We’ll design our social media presence by defining our target audiences, we’ll identify the social media channels where those audiences show up, with practical recommendations on tools, editorial calendars and how to stay sane as a writer.

Kirk Livingston balances responsibilities as a marketing copywriter/president of Livingston Communication, Inc., and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul and the University of St. Thomas. With degrees in philosophy and theology, he writes and teaches about communication and the intersection of work, craft, and faith.

Why Would You Want an Agent on Your Side?: Cynthia Ruchti
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What role do agents play for Christian writers? How important are they in this publishing climate, and at what stage of our writing careers? Do I or will I ever need an agent?

Can an agent make that much of a difference between whether I’m published or not? These questions and more will be answered by Cynthia Ruchti, an award-winning author who has worked with her agent for ten years, and who now also serves as an agent with Books & Such Literary Management, one of the most highly respected and successful agencies in Christian publishing.

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.

Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more.

She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope Ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Publishing Insights: David Sluka
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Publishing Insights: David Sluka

Have questions about traditional publishing and self-publishing? David Sluka, editorial director for BroadStreet Publishing Group, will share insights on the acquisitions process at BroadStreet, as well as answer questions about self-publishing. BroadStreet Publishing Group publishes biographies, adult coloring books, The Passion Translation of the Bible, Christian living, fiction, devotionals, and Bible promise books. BroadStreet also publishes women’s journals, devotional journals, and planners under its Belle City Gifts imprint. Their mission is to create meaningful, inspirational products that share God’s truth with quality, beauty, and creativity.

David Sluka is a writer, speaker, author, and coach who helps leaders prepare, write, and share their expertise and experience in books to expand their influence and multiply their impact. David’s books include What Your Dreams are Telling You: Unlocking Solutions While You Sleep written with Cindy McGill, and Write Your Book: Your Step-By- Step Guide to Write and Publish a Great Nonfiction Book. He has also ghostwritten books for other authors. He is currently the editorial director for BroadStreet Publishing Group. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and children.

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