CHRISTIAN WRITERS WORKSHOP TO BE HELD AT BETHEL COLLEGE

Bethel College will host a Christian Writers Workshop on March 2-3, 2007. This event will help aspiring writers improve their writing skills through workshops and critiques. The cost for the workshop is $99 with an additional $15 fee for anyone attending the Friday night Dessert and Book Signing. The Dessert and Book Signing will launch the event on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. This event will feature writers signing their books and a variety of cheesecakes. Registration for the workshops will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

The workshops will feature well-known Christian authors Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Andy Sheer, Lois Walfrid Johnson, Holly Miller, Dr. Earl Reimer and Rachael Phillips, who will cover a variety of topics. Participants can choose from sessions on writing fiction, nonfiction and drama, writing for children and young adults and finding an agent.

Dr. Jerry Jenkins, keynote speaker, is the author of more than 160 books, including the 63-million best-selling Left Behind series. Jenkins will speak on "The Feeling Writer" and perform critiques of select writings. Andy Scheer, managing editor and writing mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild in Colorado Springs, Colo., will also be a keynote speaker for the event.  He will critique writings of select authors at the event, as well as speak on "Narratives with a Purpose" and answer the question, "Where Do I Go from Here?"

Lois Walfrid Johnson, inspirational speaker, former instructor in fiction for the Writer's Digest School and author of 34 books including The Disappearing Stranger and other best-selling novels in the Adventures of the Northwoods series, Riverboat Adventures series and her new Viking Quest series, will also teach at the event. Johnson will speak on subjects she has learned about during her career as an author for children and young adults books. Her workshop topics include "How to Plot Your Own Awesome Novel," "Writing Historical Novels that Build Faith" and "Bring Your Characters to Life!" Holly Miller, author or co-author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books and more than 2,000 published magazine articles will address "Working Vacation: Travel
Writing," "Writing the Irresistible Query" and "Writing the Nonfiction Book."

Dr. Earl Reimer, renowned playwright and director who has published 25 world-performed plays, will present two workshops.  Reimer will speak on "Dialogue: Write the Way We Talk; Don't Talk the Way We Write" and "Character: Discover the Master Passion of Each Character." Rachael Phillips, the author of four Barbour biographies, launched her writing career after attending a past Bethel College Christian Writers Workshop Conference. Phillips will return to the Christian Writers Workshop to speak on "Finding an Agent: Mission Possible."

Space is limited for the event and the deadline to register is January 29, 2007. To register for the event or for more information, go to www.BethelCollege.edu/writersworkshop, call us at 800.422.4251 ext. 3427 or e-mail us at davisc@BethelCollege.edu.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.