2016 Word Weavers Christian Writers Summer Seminar Registration & Information
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Join us for

Word Weavers Christian Writers

Summer Seminar


Saturday, July 23, 2016

8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Riverbend Community Church
1015 Corley Mill Rd.
Lexington, SC


Register Below


The Lexington, SC chapter of Word Weavers International invites you to a one-day Christian Writers Summer Seminar.

Word Weavers, Lexington launched in January 2015. Since its first critique meeting, the chapter has witnessed exciting results.

Members have signed with agents, published articles and books, and won awards.

Attending a writer’s conference is one of the best things a writer can do to improve their writing.

Join us.




8:30 – 9:30       Registration & Refreshments

9:00 – 9:30       Early Bird Session: The Writer’s World 101
                               (Jean Wilund)

9:30 – 9:45       Welcome & Give-Aways

9:45 – 10:40     Social Media & Platform Building Before You Have a Book Deal
                               (Edie Melson)

10:45 – 11:15    Why It Pays to Give Your Writing Away
                               (Lori Hatcher)

11:15 – 11:30    Break

11:30 – 12:30    Connecting with the Hearts of Today’s Audience
                               (Lael Arrington)

12:30 – 1:15      Lunch

1:15 – 2:15        Ten Steps to Building a Successful Blog
                               (Edie Melson & Jean Wilund)

1:15 – 2:15        Ten Mistakes That Make Magazine Editors Say No
                               (Lori Hatcher)

2:15 – 2:30        Break

2:30 – 3:30        Creative Pizzazz in Writing
                                (Lael Arrington)

3:30 – 4:00        Closing Session & Give-Aways




The Writer’s World 101:
Intro to the Terms & Path to Publishing

by Jean Wilund – Author, Blogger & President of the Word Weavers Lexington Chapter

You’ve decided to enter the writer’s world, but found you can’t speak the language or read the map to publishing. The Writer’s World 101 will clear the confusion.

Jean Wilund will translate writing terminology and shine a light onto the path from where you are to where you want to be in the writer’s world.


Jean Wilund is the president of the Lexington chapter of Word Weavers, Intl. She’s a Bible teacher, humor columnist for AlmostAnAuthor.com, and an award-winning blogger and writer, as well as an active member of Toastmasters. She’s passionate about coffee, comedy, and helping others follow God’s call to write for His kingdom. She loves to connect with her readers on their journey of faith in Christ right here at JeanWilund.com  as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Social Media & Platform Building Before You Have a Book Deal.

by Edie Melson – Author, Writing Conference Director, & Social Media Specialist 

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Snapchat, Periscope, and the list goes on. Do we really need to jump into social media with both feet? Can we build our platform without it? And shouldn’t we wait to mess with it until after we have a book to promote?

Edie Melson has the answers to these questions and more to help you sort through the noise of social media and platform building. Find out exactly what a publisher expects from an author before they’ll offer a book deal and how to use social media to get it without spending hours sending out tweets, posts, and snapchats.


Edie Melson— author, blogger, and speaker—is a leading professional within the publishing industry as well as a popular instructor and mentor. Her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers across the country.

As a respected expert in social media, she has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in without sacrificing valuable writing time. Her bestselling ebook on this subject has recently been updated, expanded, and re-released as “Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers.”

Her top-ranked blog for writers, www.TheWriteConversation.com, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She’s also the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, and the Senior Editor for www.NovelRocket.com. Connect with Edie on Twitter and Facebook

Why It Pays To Give Your Writing Away

by Lori Hatcher – Author & Editor of Reach Out, Columbia Magazine

Most writers hope one day to earn a living, or at least get paid for their writing, but how do we get there? How do we establish ourselves as experts in our field? How do we find our target audience? How do we reach the place where editors are asking us for our work?

Or maybe we have no desire to write a book, but we know God has given us the gift of writing and expects us to use it. What are some ways we can minister to others through writing?

By giving our writing away.

In this thought-provoking and inspiring workshop, we’ll brainstorm dozens of ways to give our writing away that can lead to invitations to guest blog, write online, write professionally, and submit articles and book proposals. Not just a means to a paying end, however, giving our writing away can also become one of our greatest avenues of ministry.

This is a workshop appropriate for the beginning writer or the writer looking for new avenues of publication.


Lori Hatcher is the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine and the author of two devotional books and the blog, Hungry for God … Starving for Time (www.LoriHatcher.com). She’s taught workshops at numerous writing conferences, including Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers conference and the Asheville Christian Writer’s conference. A Toastmasters International Award-winning speaker, Lori’s passion is helping busy women connect with God in the craziness of everyday life.

Connecting with the Hearts of Today’s Audience

by Lael Arrington – Speaker, Author, and former Radio Host

We are living in the midst of a revolution of worldviews. Our neighbors, co-workers and family members increasingly hold different perspectives on truth, virtue, justice, meaning and hope. “Post-modernism is the air we breathe.”

This most requested message offers an easily understood summary of how our culture is changing from modern to postmodern and what that means for a writer or speaker. It constructs a profile of today’s audience and offers practical strategies to connect our message, especially the gospel, in a winsome and compelling way to their needs and cultural sensibilities.


Lael Arrington is the author of four books, most recently Faith and Culture (Zondervan). She speaks at women’s, business and educational events. She counts it a privilege to have mentored writers at the CS Lewis Foundation, Glorieta and AWSA conferences as well as many local writers’ groups. For her Houston/Dallas radio show she interviewed guests as diverse as health guru Deepak Chopra and Ravi Zacharias, Dallas Willard and atheist Sam Harris about what we believe and why we believe it. She blogs about faith and culture at laelarrington.com and Bible.org and her articles are often featured by The Stream news digest (stream.org). Six years ago Lael moved from Houston to Columbia with husband Jack, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, and Strider, an antelope stuffed in the body of a German Short-haired Pointer. Their adult son remains too far away in Austin, TX.

Ten Steps to Building a Successful Blog

by Edie Melson and Jean Wilund

“I never wanted to blog, but Edie told me I should. So I did.
Now I never want to stop.”
~ Jean Wilund

God has given each of us a unique personality, individual gifts, and varied experiences to tell the story He’s placed inside us — a story only we can tell. A blog is one of the best avenues for using our gifts and personality to tell our story. It’s also one of the best ways to build our platform.

If you’ve ever thought of starting a blog, but didn’t know how, this is the seminar for you. If you’ve already started a blog, but want to take it to the next level, this is for you, as well. 

In this hands-on seminar, Edie and Jean will walk you through the ten steps to creating a a successful blog. They’ll send you home with the tools and know-how you need to enter the exciting world of blogging with a site you’ll be proud to share. 


Edie Melson 
Author, Writers Conference Director,

& Social Media 

Jean Wilund

Author, Blogger, & President of Word Weavers, Lexington

Ten Mistakes That Make Magazine Editors Say No

by Lori Hatcher – Author & Editor of Reach Out, Columbia Magazine

This workshop climbs inside magazine editors’ heads to discover why they say no to some submissions and yes to others. The editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine, Lori Hatcher, will share ten common mistakes writers make that cause editors to reject submissions. She’ll share examples and offer practical suggestions to increase every writer’s chance of acceptance.


Lori Hatcher
Author & Editor of Reach Out, Columbia Magazine

Creative Pizzazz in Writing

by Lael Arrington – Speaker, Author, and former Radio Host

We have two ways of knowing: reason and imagination. To appeal to reason we use facts, evidence and logic. To appeal to imagination we use story, image, metaphor, symbol and myth. How might we appeal to both in today’s culture when we want to convey substance to an audience that connects more with appeals to imagination?

This message offers creative ways to organize our messages and practical suggestions to strengthen creative elements in our fiction and non-fiction writing. Topics include linear and non-linear organization, showing motivation, introductory and illustrative segments, prose that pops with creative images, drama and story in nonfiction and other possibilities.


Lael Arrington
Speaker, Author, and former Radio Host





Word Weavers Members – $35

Non-Word Weavers Members – $45

(A Chick-fil-A boxed lunch is included.)

Walk-ins Welcome.

To register, fill out the form below:


Make sure to click “Submit” to register.

After you click “Submit,” the form will disappear and you’ll receive an email from Word Weavers Lexington with instructions for your payment.

Check your spam/junk folder if you don’t get an email right away.

Spread the word about this great event by posting copies of the flyer below at your church, coffee shops, libraries, and bookstores. Anywhere writers may hang out.

Your church may be willing to include a copy of the flyer in their newsletter. Email them a copy.

You don’t want to miss it and neither do your writer friends.

For a printable PDF of the following flyerWord Weavers Summer Seminar Flyer 2016


This conference is sponsored by Word Weavers International – www.word-weavers.com

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