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LifeWay conference helps writers improve skills, get published

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–For more than 20 years LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention has conducted an annual writers workshop to help Christian writers improve their skills and publish their works in the Christian market.

The 2001 LifeWay Writers Workshop is July 30-Aug. 2 at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn.

Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist newsmagazine, will be the featured speaker at this year’s workshop.

“Most selective workshop conferences are led by practicing LifeWay editorial staff with extensive experience and expertise in Christian publishing,” said Michael Fink, workshop director. “Conferences are directed toward people at both the beginning and advanced levels in such areas as writing for curriculum study materials, ministry periodicals, personal growth materials, devotional and life enrichment materials and books.”

The workshop includes general sessions, speaker presentations, editor-led workshops, panel discussions, small-group evaluations and a number of optional activities.

Fink said the workshop is designed for people interested in writing for LifeWay publications. Each year, more than 3,000 freelance writers contribute to 180 periodicals and hundreds of other LifeWay products. While attendance at the workshop provides no guarantee that participants’ works will be published, it does provide opportunity to explore opportunities with LifeWay’s editors and staff.

Judy Bates from Dora, Ala., has participated in several of the LifeWay-sponsored workshops.

“God has so blessed my writing these past few years,” she said. “I have a tiny credit noting my contribution to Lifeway’s new book, ‘Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level.’ I’m speaking quite frequently, doing a regular spot on the midday news on WAKA in Montgomery, Ala. (CBS –www.waka.com), and ‘suffering’ through a lot of writing-related travel opportunities.”

Workshop enrollment is limited to 100 participants. The registration fee is $90 until May 31. After that date, the fee is $110. Registration deadline is July 16. Workshop information is available by calling (615) 251-2756. To register for the workshop, call Events Registration 1-800-254-2022.

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