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Date & Location

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Oak Knoll Lutheran Church
600 Hopkins Crossroad
Minnetonka, 55305
Map & Directions


IMG_2902Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, pastor and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty-six books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices)  and the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats.

Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by The Salvation Army. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, served in The Salvation Army from 1980-1992.

In addition to his training for ministry with The Salvation Army, he earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College.

In 2000, Bob (with his wife) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He has served that church in leadership and teaching pastor roles.

He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor,and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron, son-in-law Kevin and daughter-in-law Nina, and grandchildren Miles, Mia, Calleigh, Ryder, and Avery. They live in Hamilton, Ohio.


Registration is available at meetings or online starting January 9, 2017.

Past Seminars

Spring 2016 – Jeff Gerke – Writing Powerful Fiction

Spring 2015 – Ginger Kolbaba – Building Your Writing Skills

Spring 2014 – Andrew Mackay- All About eBooks

Spring 2013 – Jeanette Windle – Crafting Political Suspense

Spring 2012 – Susan May Warren – Advanced Fiction Techniques

Spring 2011 – Lin Johnson – Devotion Writing and 12 Steps for Writing and Selling a Book.

Fall 2010 – Lois Walfrid Johnson – Writing Children’s Literature

Fall 2009 – Jonathan Friesen – Young Adult Fiction (with great general writing principles)

Spring 2009 – Dennis Hensley – Writing and Selling Christian Fiction and Nonfiction

Fall 2008 – Lois Walfrid Johnson – Writing Nonfiction to Inspire

Spring 2008 – Susan May Warren – Getting Your Groove–An Introduction to Novel Writing

Fall 2007 – Writing Olympics (Quartet of past members & presidents): Joyce K. Ellis–Use Fiction Techniques to Write Prize-winning Articles; Sharon Knudson–Write Smart for Maximum Results; Connie Lounsbury – Ignite Inspirational Writing;
Jane Kise–Is it a Book or an Article?

Spring 2007 – Dr. Charles Taylor – Memoir Writing, Creating a Spiritual Legacy for Those You Love

Fall 2006 – Bob Hostetler – The Complete Writer: Writing as Play, Writing as Craft, Writing as Business, Writing as Ministry.

Spring 2006 – Jody Schwen – “How Jacqueline Pine Savage Survives Minnesota Nice and Lives to Write about It —
You Can, Too

Spring 2005 – Marlene Bagnull – Reaching the World Through Our Writing

Fall 2005 – Cecil Murphey – Writing with Authority

Fall 2004 – Dr. Joey Horstman – The Process of Writing from Conception to Final Revision

Spring 2003 – Carmen Leal – The Heart and the Art of Writing

Spring 2003 – Roger Palms – Quality Writing: What is it That Makes Your Writing Different?

Fall 2002 – Penelope Stokes – Fiction Writing and the Writer’s Soul

Fall 2001 – Sue Rhodes Dodd – Promoting Yourself to Publishers

2000 – Jane Kise – Tapping personality type to put yours to work in your writing and “Write from the Start”