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Premium Sessions

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in front page, General | 0 comments

Premium Sessions


In addition to the quality instruction you’ll get during workshops and general sessions, we offer three premium sessions for you to spend quality time with experts who will help you grow in very specifically targeted skills.These three special fee sessions require special advanced registration,  so make sure you read the instructions closely.

Follow the link below to register for these advanced sessions:


Pre-conference Proposal Workshop: Mapping Your Book from Concept to Consumer

A detailed exploration of the book proposal process, the seven audiences of a proposal, a proposal template you can use, and a plan for “mapping” the writing of your book. Taking this workshop Monday equips you to complete or refine your proposal prior to meeting with editors the rest of the week.

Monday morning, Sept. 15, 10:00 to 12:00.

Additional fee: $95.00

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Professional Manuscript Editing & Consultation

Have you ever wanted to work with a professional editor? Take advantage of a one-on-one consultation with experienced editor and author, Lissa Halls Johnson. She will review 20 pages of your submitted project in advance of the conference and then provide a 30 minute consultation at the conference. Submissions are due no later than September 1, 2014Only the first 15 manuscripts will be accepted.
Additional fee: $50.00

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Social Media Consultation

Know you need to beef up your social media and online presence, but not sure how to go about it? Finding it hard to keep up with the rapid-fire changes in the world of social media? Need advice from a specialist on social media tools and strategies? Unsure whether your time and effort are best spent on Facebook, Google Plus, Amazon author pages, or your blog? Then we encourage you to sign up for a private consultation with Tim Haines.

Social media specialist, Tim Haines, an associate of Somersault, will help you understand what strategy and tools will best serve you moving forward. The fee for the half-hour consultation is $50. Tim will be with us only on Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th, and his time is limited, so sign up as early as possible! Send your request to

Sign up now for your half-hour, private consultation with social media specialist, Tim Haines.

Additional fee: $50.00

To register for this premium service, email your request for Social Media Consultation to





Maranatha Bible And Missionary Conference

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in front page, General | 0 comments

Maranatha Bible And Missionary Conference

Described in a local newspaper as  one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets, the Maranatha  Christian Writers’ Conference is held every fall on the campus of the Maranatha Bible and  Missionary Conference.  This land was purchased over one hundred years ago as grounds  for a local church’s camp meeting. Today, the grounds are still focused on building God’s  kingdom in those who come for special events or simply to vacation with purpose.

Some of the regular summer events at the Maranatha conference grounds include a week  set aside for Joni and Friends Ministry. Families and children with special needs from  around the country gather to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline—and  horses equipped with special saddles for special-needs children and adults. Besides the  beach, Maranatha has one of the few full-size in-ground pools built right into the sand along  the lakeshore.

During 2014’s summer, Bible teachers Erwin Lutzer, Jay Kesler, and Paul Nyquist will teach and musical artists Point of Grace, Wintley Phipps, and Phil Keaggy will perform, among many other teachers and artists. The conference grounds’ summer calendar is filled with sports camps for youth, getaway weeks for seniors, and energizing recreation for families. For more information about the conference grounds and the events they offer, visit VacationwithPurpose,org.

Why Attend This Conference in 2014?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Why Attend This Conference in 2014?

Den, Verna, Del-0647  If you can attend only one writers’ conference this year, why should the Maranatha Christian     Writers’ Conference be the one?

First, this conference recognizes the rapidly changing nature of today’s publishing world, and  equips you to prosper in it. This year’s theme, “Every Writer Needs a Team,” reflects that.        Gone are the days when you can simply search for a publishing house to partner with you and  expect them to do everything except the writing itself. In today’s economy, publishers have      neither the staff nor the budget to do as much for you. You’ll have to do more yourself—so you need a team of experienced professionals to advise and serve you in the areas you don’t yet have the know-how, skills, or time to do for yourself. Not only can we help you find the members of your team, but you’ll meet many of them here and chat with them face to face.


Kristen Gearhart

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Faculty | 0 comments

Kristen Gearhart

Kristen manages acquisitions for CBH Ministries (formerly Children’s Bible Hour) and edits, develops, and markets Keys for Kids. She also manages the Seasons of Faith picture book series, which is adapted from CBH’s treasure trove of classic radio stories. Before CBH, she worked at Zonderkidz as a children’s book and Bible editor. At this time, her hobbies include posterior house painting, master bedroom renovations, kitchen facelifts, and courtyard makeovers at her Arts & Crafts home in Grand Rapids, where she lives with her husband and two cats.


CBH Ministries …because kids need Christ!

Box 1001
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1001

From Novice Writer to Published Author

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Conference Staff, Testimonies | 0 comments

From Novice Writer to Published Author

One of the best things about Maranatha is the variety of writing professionals which share their writing and marketing experiences. In the past 5 years, I have found them to be personable and willing to meet for a one-on-one conference to talk about your ideas and give suggestions on how to get it in print.

In 2011, Bill Myers, writer for Focus on the Family’s  Adventures in Odyssey and the McGee and Me series, worked with me to ‘actionate’ my first page by showing and not telling. He helped create a page-turner. If a person wants to write in the secular market of newspapers or magazines, attend Holly Miller’s workshops. Holly is the editor of the Saturday Evening Post. If you want to create story books for children, don’t miss anything Crystal Bowman offers. If you feel led to write devotionals from your life experiences, Eddie Jones is most helpful. If fantasy strikes your fancy, Brian Davis will take your writing into that new dimension.

One of my favorite writers and speakers is Carol Kent, who writes of a heart-breaking experience in her family and the triumph God brought through it. For those of us who are now published, we have to market our books through public speaking. She will lead a workshop on how to speak and promote your book.  I’m also expecting to hear great things from Ruth Graham – daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, who wrote, In Every Pew Sits A Broken Heart. Sounds compelling and I’m sure I will learn something new from her too.