American Christian Writers Conference to be Held

Bethel College is co-sponsoring a writing conference with the American Christian Writers on March 31 and April 1 at the Holiday Inn City Center in South Bend. Published authors will hold workshops and sessions designed to help aspiring writers become published authors.  

Lin Johnson is the keynote speaker for the event. A Gold Medallion Award Recipient, Johnson is editor of  Advanced Christian Writer, The Christian Communicator and Church Libraries. She is in demand as an international conference speaker and will hold workshops on interviewing as well as give the keynote speech entitled "Selling What You Write."  

Writer Jim Watkins is also a featured speaker for the conference. He has sold more than 1,500 works appearing in Campus Life, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, The Christian Communicator, Today's Christian Woman and TIME magazine. He has also written 11 books and has regular columns in three newspapers and Rev Magazine. Watkins will be giving a special address entitled "Dream On."

Bethel College Writer-in-Residence Kim Peterson will address the conference on a variety of topics. Peterson closely mentors student writers in Bethel's writing program and leads a writers group that features many students who have been successfully published. Her career began in high school as a freelance writer for The Elkhart Truth and she has since had work published in numerous Christian magazines as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Rocking Chair Reader anthologies. Peterson will discuss writing for children and young adults as well as selling snappy sidebars.

Reg A. and Elenore Forder will direct the event. Reg is Director of American Christian Writers and publisher of Christian Communicator and annually hosts writer's conferences around the country. Elenore will handle registration, book sales and conference tapes.  

Cost for the event is $189 for both Friday and Saturday or $109 for one day if registered before March 10, 2006. (The cost increases to $209 for both Friday and Saturday and $119 for one day after March 10, 2006.) A 50 percent discount is available for Bethel students.  

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 31, and 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 1. For information contact Hope Olson at 574-257-3427 or at
To register, contact Rachel with the American Christian Writers at 1-800-21-WRITE.

In addition to the writing workshops, attendees will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets for Bethel's Peter Pan. Performances of Peter Pan are March 30 or April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 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 satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.