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I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;

I’m singing your song, High God.

Psalm 9:2 MSG

I missed my self-imposed April 15 deadline to open online registration for the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. I did meet the April 15 deadline to request an extension to file my taxes. Actually, drum roll please, I was TWO days early!

Yesterday I began updating GPCWC’s website. Although I still need to add bios for our 41 faculty members, you can view the list of who is coming by clicking here.

Descriptions of our 7 continuing sessions are also online (click here). I’m excited that Father showed me a way to make them longer this year. (They are now 5 hours instead of 3.5 hours.)

I still need to add descriptions for our 4 learning labs and 42 workshops, but you can see the great choices you will have by clicking on Schedule2019.

We’re now offering a full Thursday afternoon program with EIGHT choices each hour, so please plan on starting your GPCWC 2019 experience by arriving Thursday a little before 1:00 pm. You’ll find there is a substantial savings in the registration fee if you come all three days.

I hope to have our 16-page brochure online in the next 10 days and in your hands, if we have your USPS address, by early May. Please email me at mbagnull@aol.com if I do not have your address.

Online registration will open tonight, April 16! Remember, the earlier you register, the better opportunity you have to get your top choices for your one-on-one appointments. If you register for all three days, you are eligible for FOUR appointments. And (another drum roll please), if you are among the first 50 to register for all three days, you will receive a free FIFTH appointment!

Unexplainable computer glitches that even the Geek Squad have not been able to resolve have been part of planning this year’s Philly and Colorado conference. Rather than give up (what I’m sure the evil one wants me to do) I choose to view the glitches as evidence that the conferences are a threat to the kingdom of darkness. Along with the apostle Paul I affirm,


In all these things

we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.

Romans 8:37 (NIV)

Tomorrow we remember how Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the crowds cheered, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Yet less than a week later they shouted “Crucify him!”

Jesus entering Jerusalem

None of this caught Jesus by surprise. Indeed, we’re told in Hebrews 12:2 (TLB) that “He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards.”

Have you stopped to consider that you are the reason for His joy?

Years ago my pastor’s wife told me that if I was the only person on this earth, Jesus still would have come and died just for me.

We know that He is coming again but that He tarries because He does not want even one to be lost. And so He is calling you, He is calling me, to “Get His Word Out.”

An outline of this message – really a Bible study that I’ve given several times as a keynote – is available online. I hope you’ll download it and make time to prayerfully consider the passages.

This week as you focus on Jesus’ passion, ask Him how He wants to use you to share His love with those who do not yet know He loved them enough to go to the cross.

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“Blessed is He
who comes in the name of the Lord!”
The crowd cheered and sang praises.
They waved palm branches
and threw their cloaks before Him.
But Jesus was solemn as He traveled that road –
that road to the cross.

As God incarnate He knew all that was to come.
He saw not just His own death on the cross,
but the persecution of His followers
and the destruction of Jerusalem.
He saw nation rising against nation –
the madness of yet-to-be-born rulers.
And Jesus wept.

He would be wounded and bruised for our sins,
chastised that we might have peace,
lashed that we might be healed;
yet few would accept His gift of life.
The darkness of evil would continue to reign,
but the light of His love
would not be extinguished.

Entrusted to us,
His light will grow brighter.
A cloud of witnesses are cheering us on,
to daily take up our own cross
and follow Him closely.
Blessed is He who is coming – again!

Marlene Bagnull

April 15 really is an important date, and not just to file our taxes or, reminder to self, to request an extension. (Waiting until the last minute makes life so much more exciting!)


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April 15 is also the last day to register for the May 15-18 Colorado Christian Writers Conference before the price increases. It’s not a huge increase, but it is enough to purchase a writing how-to book from the huge selection that will be available at the conference. (If you’ve already registered, just pass this email on to a friend since I’m not able to separate out names that are on multiple lists.)

April 15 was the last day to register for the May 18 Teens Write before that price increases by $10. I have, however, extended the early price through April 30 because I’m still working on getting the info to homeschool groups.

The deadline for our first-ever Teens Write writing contest was also April 15 but has been extended to April 30. If Jesus tarries and we continue to have the freedom to print and distribute Christian literature, teens will be the future of Christian publishing. Ask Father if there is a teen He wants you to encourage to come. Seehttp://colorado.writehisanswer.com/TeensWrite for info.

Clinic applications are also due April 15 (oops, April 16). I need to keep that date for Cindy Lambert’s Nonfiction Book Proposal Clinic, but I’ve extended the date for our other three clinics to April 20.


IMPORTANT: If you’re writing a novel, I want to encourage you to take a close look at Dave Lambert’s Fiction Intensive. If you’ve not read my blog post, “God can use you to write fiction that changes lives,” please do.


If you’ve published or are working on a nonfiction book, you will need a strong platform which includes speaking. Please read my blog post “Writer, you CAN overcome your fear of public speaking!” Roy anschke’s Speakers’ Clinic is an option you need to seriously consider.


Scoti Domeij’s Build a Book Promotional Power Pack Clinic will provide hands-on help with the more than two-dozen marketing pieces you need to successfully launch your book, and Scoti will show you how to do this while you’re still writing your book.


You’ll find more info about all the clinics along with the needed applications athttp://colorado.writehisanswer.com/clinics2019.


If you need financial help to be able to come, it’s not too late to request a partial scholarship and/or time payments. Go tohttp://colorado.writehisanswer.com/scholarships. God can make a way when there seems to be no way. Trust Him!


Please be praying for the faculty and staff as we prepare for what I know will be a life-changing conference.


Serving Christ – Marlene

Stories made a huge impact on me when I was growing up.

I remember the 12 volumes of My Book House, trips to the library and the armful of books I’d lug home, my promises to do the dishes just as soon as I got to the end of a chapter . . .

Stories were my escape from a painful childhood. The friends I made in the pages of the books I read helped take the place of the real-life friends I lacked.

When I became a teenager, I discovered Taylor Caldwell’s Tender Victory and Lloyd C. Douglas’ The Robe. I devoured The Silver Chalice, The Big Fisherman, and all the biblical fiction I could find.

I’m so grateful that God led me to fiction that drew me into a relationship with Him.

The power of fiction, of story, continues to impact lives either drawing readers to, or away from, the One who loves us so much that He willingly endured the agony of the Cross.

What about you and the stories He is calling you to write?

Dave Lambert, leader of the Fiction Intensive Clinic at the May 15-18 Colorado Christian Writers Conference, says:

Learning to write fiction is like learning to play the piano. You don’t just get up one morning and decide you are ready to give a classical piano concert, any more than you suddenly decide you’re ready to write a novel. You have to master an extensive list of skills, and you have to be able to make it all seem effortless.


“This clinic can put you in position to become a better novelist with each book. We’ll examine some of the more advanced techniques: character growth and change, creating believable character emotion, voice, exposition, a sense of place, style, conveying meaning through implication, and more.”

Dave Lambert is a fiction writer, editor, and teacher with more than 40 years of experience including more than 20 years as the former senior fiction editor at Howard Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster, and former executive editor for fiction at Zondervan. As the owner of Lambert Editorial, he has been serving publishers and authors since 2003.

This clinic will be an intensive, hands-on workshop for SIX serious novelists that will help you with your work-in-progress as well as your fiction technique in general. If you’re selected to participate, you will receive a full hour’s worth of critique of the 25-page sample you will submit—a half-hour from the group, and a half-hour from Dave in a one-on-one. He will identify your strengths as a novelist, as well as the areas in which you need to grow, and provide the guidance you need to improve your writing significantly.

To be considered for this clinic you must have previous publication of some type, either traditionally or independently. Local, regional, or online publication okay. Your application (click here) and no more than 25 pages of your work-in-progress, either novel or short stories, must be submitted by April 20.

Thank You, Father, for how I KNOW You will use Dave’s Fiction Intensive to equip the six participants to write fiction that will change lives!

Guest Blog
by Karen Scalf Bouchard, Book Coach and Acquisitions Editor,
Illumify Media

“What do you want to be when you grow up, little girl?”

When I was six, I told anyone who asked me that question the exact same thing: “I’m going to be a writer!”

Not that the path from first grader to published author was an easy one. It took years (first I had to learn how to read), but eventually I got there. Eventually I published 15 books under the name Karen Linamen, collaborated on another 15, and now I get to help people build their platforms, improve their writing, and get published.

But it all started with a dream. And a declaration.

Undoubtedly, you’re further along in your writing journey than I was at the ripe old age of six, but I think there are some milestones in my journey that you may find helpful in yours. There are three that come to mind:

1. One milestone occurred during a college chapel service where the speaker, a published author, encouraged us to stop saying “I want to be“ and start saying “I am.”

I walked away from that event with permission to stop saying “I’m going to be a writer” and start saying “I AM a writer!”

I had nothing published. No contract. No readership. Nobody waiting with longing to read the next installment of my witty observations and wise reflections. But I had permission to call myself what I longed to become—and what I believe God was calling me to be. And I don’t think I would have given myself that permission without encouragement from someone further along on the writing journey.

Do you want to be a writer? Or ARE you a writer? If you haven’t given yourself permission to walk by faith in the name of your calling, do it today. I give you permission to give yourself permission to say the words, “I’m a writer.” Yes, my friend, you are.  

2. Another milestone occurred when I attended my first writers conference.

Looking around the room at the other writers and faculty in attendance, I felt a profound sense of belonging. This was my tribe. I also felt a dazed sense of gratitude. I still hadn’t published anything, but I was starting to realize there were people further along this glorious path who had once stood in my shoes, mentors willing to reach back a hand and help me scale many of the boulders along the way.

Are you putting yourself in the path of mentors who can help you along the way? I don’t think I’ve come across another industry where people who have enjoyed a measure of success are more willing to share practical help and encouragement with others who are hungry to learn. Attend writers’ conferences. Join writing groups. Connect with other writers on social media and over coffee and in your city. There’s strength in numbers, and writers sharpen writers. Don’t try this alone. We really do need each other.

3. Yet another milestone occurred recently when I got to watch two people whose books I had the privilege of shepherding to publication hold those books in their hands for the first time.

I was with one of these dear ones in person, the other I got to watch open his box of books via video. They were ecstatic. To be honest, so was I. The emotion I felt was sheer joy.

Yes, there have been other milestones along the way—completing manuscripts, getting published in magazines and online, holding my own books in my hands for the very first time, reading precious letters from readers, seeing my books in bookstores, doing media appearances and so on. I remember these moments, too.

But as I sat down to write this post, the three that came most strongly to mind were all moments spent with other like-minded men and women who share our calling. In other words, some of the most pivotal and precious moments of my career have occurred during time spent with other members of the amazing community of writers.

I wish I’d known this sooner. I would have started attending conferences and writers’ groups a lot sooner than I did.

But I eventually figured it out. It’s been a game-changer in my writing career, and if it hasn’t already been a game-changer in yours, it can be.

Are you trying to hone your craft and feed your writer’s soul in isolation? Or are you sharing priceless moments with other writers, receiving help from veteran travelers on this amazing journey, as well as encouraging others who began their journeys more recently than you?

Spring and summer provide great opportunities to connect with like-minded souls at writers’ conferences across the country, and if you haven’t nailed something down for May 15th-18th, I know right where you need to be. Marlene’s annual Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, is one of the most robust and anointed conferences you’ll find anywhere, and I promise if you attend, you’ll be profoundly enriched by the experience.

You can Register for the May 2019 Colorado Christian Writers Conference Here

I’ll be teaching a couple sessions at this conference (and at the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference in August as well). I’ll be teaching a workshop on “How to Add More Humor to Your Writing,” and also a six-hour continuing session with Michael Klassen called “Taking Your Nonfiction Book from Good to Great!” If you come to either conference, let’s connect.

I really hope to see you there.

Here’s the bottom line: I’m grateful for YOU. I’m so glad we share this calling, so glad we’re in the same tribe.

Let’s do this thing. Together.

I’ve often said if anyone had told me when I was a teen that God was calling me to a writing and speaking ministry, I would have said, “A loving God would never do that to me!”

The truth is I hated English in high school, and I died a slow death the entire semester I sat in the required public speaking class dreading the day that would come when I would have to stand up and give a speech. I didn’t know how I would survive. Obviously, I did, and I think I even got a decent grade.

Still, I determined that would be my one and only time to risk making a fool of myself. Fear was my friend, and I would allow it to keep me safely in my seat!

Years passed and, amazingly, I found myself wanting to speak–well not up front behind a microphone. I was part of a small Sunday school class that was focused on discussing the difference it makes to be a Christian. I really wanted to participate, but by the time I mentally rehearsed what I would say the conversation had moved way beyond where I was at.

Everyone in the class was college educated and incredibly articulate. We had two lawyers (who loved to debate), a medical doctor, and a seminary professor. I felt ashamed that I was only a high school graduate.

But God didn’t allow me to remain silent. Despite my pounding heart and nervous tummy I did begin to add my “two cents” even though I doubted they were worth much.

What happened about a year later is still hard to believe. Before I could run, I was voted president of the class and was coerced into teaching Sunday school. Seriously? What on earth were they thinking?

By then I had begun writing for publication believing the sales I made to Christian periodicals could take the place of a college degree and qualify me to serve God full time as I had longed to do since I was a teen.

But what happened one night almost silenced me forever. As class president, I had been encouraging the formation of small groups. That evening about fifteen people met. Following my instructions, each one created a montage of what they believed God was calling them to do with their life.

When my turn came to share my montage, I said, “I believe God is calling me to a nationwide speaking and writing ministry.”

No one said anything! I felt my cheeks getting hot and wished I could saw a hole in the floor and vanish out of sight.

That mortifying evening was about 40 years ago. Since then I’ve served on the faculty of over 70 Christian writers conferences and given my one and two-day writing seminars over 50 times around the nation. The joy I feel as I speak at these events and at the 58 conferences I have directed is so much greater than my fear ever was. Best of all, I feel His pleasure knowing I am doing what He created me to do.

If God is calling you to write, more than likely that call (whether it’s part of your plan or not) is also to speak, especially if you write nonfiction. If that fills you with fear, know that God does not want you to live in the land of fear. Because He loves you, He will give you opportunities to face your fear and with His help to overcome it.

The May 15-18 Colorado Christian Writers Conference not only offers a six-hour continuing session on “Speaking and Writing” but also a six-hour Speaker’s Clinic. Led by KPOF Christian radio personality, Roy Hanschke, who has coached beginning and seasoned speakers for over 18 years.

If you’ve been avoiding the challenge to begin the speaking part of your ministry or need to improve what you’re already doing, this clinic (limited to 8 participants) is for you! Roy will help you 1) discover your ministry focus and how to talk about it (power statements), 2) organize one of your talks to maximize time and effectiveness (message development), 3) present your talk with power and pizzazz (voice personality), and 4) market your message through radio (media mania). You’ll have an opportunity to test what you learn and receive helpful evaluation from Roy and your peers.

For more info and the needed application
due by April 15 http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/clinics2019

It’s often said that writing and speaking go hand in hand. That’s why I’m grateful that CCWC offered Roy’s Speakers’ Clinic. Roy is a dynamic example of “show don’t tell” as he actually demonstrates different methods of effective communication. Each participant had the opportunity to try out Roy’s suggestions in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. We learned from each other and went home with a notebook full of useful instructions on how to become a more skillful communicator.
Sue Cameron – Augusta, GA

Father, thank You that You did not let my fear of speaking and lack of a college education stop me from serving You. Thank You that I am no longer ashamed that I am just a high school graduate and for giving me so much joy in doing what I thought I could never do.

Guest post
Sherri Langton
Associate Editor
Bible Advocate,
Now What? e-zine
Churchright

I consider myself the fossil of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, having attended since January 1987. Back then, it was a one-day conference at my local church, Denver First Church of the Nazarene. Betty Robertson, a writer and Nazarene pastor’s wife, was the director.

In 1987, I wasn’t thinking about writing. I worked in the purchasing department of a large downtown bank — and hated it. I begged God to get me out of that stress-filled office, but He remained silent. I now think He was waiting for me to attend my first CCWC to discover what He would do.

The keynote speaker at the conference was Ruth Vaughn, a prolific writer. One thing she said that January day set the course of my writing: “God can make creative use out of your misery.” Ruth sparked an idea to write my own greeting cards. I called the line Godsend, and for several years sent cards to friends and church members who were hurting.

God didn’t stop at greeting cards. When I was laid off at the bank (mercifully), I wrote about my frustrations of job hunting, and my stories were accepted by Standard. Over the years, I’ve seen God make creative use out of depression, death, grief, cancer, and many other miseries. The stories and articles I wrote on these subjects were published in major and smaller Christian publications. I met many of those editors at CCWC.

Now as a magazine editor and faculty member, I “count it all joy” to give back to a conference that has given so much to me. What message will God give you at this year’s CCWC? He can set you on a new path, too!

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Sherri is teaching two workshops at the May 15-18 CCWC:

The Literature of Personal Disaster Wednesday, 4:45 – 5:45
Is a story good just because it relates a horrific event? Why we write about tragedy and how to make it real to the reader as well as redemptive.

Not-So-Extreme Makeover – Saturday, 2:45 – 3:45
Have you written an article that can’t seem to get published? Bring it and we’ll review a checklist of what it needs. come away with specifics on how to improve it.

GPCWC registration opens April 15.
No fooling!

Yes, I had announced that online registration would open today, April 1. It wasn’t meant to be an April Fool’s joke. I simply couldn’t get it together in time. While the faculty and program is 95% in place, I haven’t begun updating the website. And I need to give Scott at Celebration Web Design time to update the registration form.

But I am praising God and thanking Him for answering the many prayers for my husband. Paul is now almost fully recovered from his September 30 fall. I never imagined that Sunday morning when he tripped over a curb going into church that it would be more than four long months before he was again able to drive and get around without a walker. He’s eating again and has gained back half of the 40 pounds he lost. I’m so grateful for all the prayers and encouraging emails.

Now for the exciting news about the August 8-10 GPCWC! We presently have 40 agents, editors, and authors on faculty. Eleven (including 6 editors) have never been to GPCWC. Fourteen were not with us last year or, as is in the case of one of our keynoters, Bill Myers, have not been with us for a number of years.

Thursday afternoon from 1 – 6 pm now includes a FULL program. We’ve got 4 learning labs and 14 workshops to choose from followed by an Italian Buffet and Michael Gantt’s important keynote address, “Cry Mercy!”

Our continuing sessions are now 5 hours long instead of the 3.5 hours I allowed for them last year. I decided that just wasn’t enough time to give you the in-depth instruction you need. So this year each continuing session will include 4 workshops, 75-minutes each – two on Friday and two on Saturday. The topics are:

Write the Truth
Unforgettable Storytelling
You CAN Indie Publish & Market Your Book
Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams
Social Media for the Clueless
Your Nonfiction Book – From Good to Great
Authentic Writing that Changes Lives

In addition, there are 14 workshops on Friday and 14 on Saturday – your choice of two each day – panels, 5 challenging keynotes, one-on-one appointments, and author interviews and book signings.

The conference will again be held at Dock Mennonite Academy just off the Lansdale exit of the North/South PA Turnpike. The campus is lovely with a short walk along a tree-lined path between the main building and classrooms. I’ve reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price at the Holiday Inn in Kulpsville just five minutes from the campus.

I’ll try and send emails to let you know when I’ve posted specifics on the website. But to be in the know ASAP visithttp://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com frequently.

I hope you’ll save August 8-10 for what I know will be another life-changing and writer-enabling conference. A few comments from last year’s conference:

“I actually saw how Jesus personalized this conference for me
and showed me my dream of writing
wasn’t just my imagination.”
Lisa Brooks – Hammonton, NJ

“Loved Dock Academy.
Good meeting spaces close together.
Caterer was awesome.”*
Toni Campbell Crosswicks, NJ

* Lisa M. Bohar and Chef Fred of Villa Vito’s Partnership will again cater the conference!

Reposted with permission from Sarah Bolme’s blog, Marketing Christian Books.

The growth of independent publishing is truly astounding. Consider these figures from Bowker (the ISBN provider):

  • The number of print books independently published grew from 235,639 titles in 2012 to 879,587 in 2017. That is 273% growth in six years.
  • In 2017, 85% of all independently published print books were published through Amazon (CreateSpace) for a total of 751,924 titles.
Photo courtesy of NeONBRAND.

Amazon has leveled the playing field for publishing a book. Almost anyone can publish a book through Amazon (using Kindle Direct Publishing—previously through CreateSpace). Of course, the ability for anyone to publish a book has both positive and negative consequences.

Positive Consequences

1. Anyone can now be an author.
Anyone means anyone. Amazon does not discriminate with respect to whom they allow to upload a book.

2. No gatekeepers.
No subject is taboo. No one has to approve of the content, style, or quality of the writing.

3. It’s free.
Yes, absolutely free to upload a book to Amazon. It does not cost a cent. All it requires is Internet access.

Negative Consequences

1. Anyone can now be an author.
Anyone can be an author whether or not they take the time to hone the craft of writing, understand proper book design, or learn anything about marketing a book.

2. No gatekeepers.
Anything goes. This means that there is no check on quality. There are no guarantees for buyers.

3. It’s free.
The easier and cheaper it is to publish a book, the more people will publish books. The more books published, the more competition all books have for readers’ eyes.

Here’s the deal: Don’t just be anyone.

In other words, be an informed author. If you are thinking about publishing a book, don’t do it just because you can. Take the time to hone your writing, learn about proper book design and layout, and understand what you need to do to market your book. Both you and your book will be better for it.

I am thankful that it is both easy to independently publish a book and it is easy to learn what you need to know to do this. Many sources exist to help independent authors who want to learn.

You have the opportunity to learn directly from me at the upcoming Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park May 15-18, 2019. I will be teaching a Continuing session on “You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book.” This session will teach you what you need to know to publish an industry standard book and to begin the process of promoting your book.

Colorado Christian Writers Conference

NEWSFLASH: Sarah will also teach this continuing session at the August 8-10 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.

If you can attend either conference, I encourage you to do so. You will learn valuable information, not just from me, but from the other presenters as well. Don’t take my word for it; here is what a couple people said about my “You Can Indie Publish & Market Your Book” sessions on Facebook:

Don’t just be anyone. Learn what you need to know and be an author that people want to read and share with others.

Related Posts:
Conferences Are Worth It
Are You In a Rush?
Proof! Author Platform Building Works

Don’t miss out on any of the great information Sarah shares in her blog. Subscribe to receive each post in your email box. Just click here.

Sarah Bolme is the Director of the Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) and the author of Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books. The 4th edition of this must-read book was released March 5, 2019.

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Guest Blog
by Beatrice Bruno

The Write Drill Sergeant for YOU!

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And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight,
and glorified God.

Luke 13:11-13 KJV

Replace this precious woman with yourself. She was ill for 18 years. Her body bent over preventing her from standing straight. She needed healing.

Think about yourself. What is the infirmity keeping you from writing? Doubt. Unbelief. Skepticism. Fear. What is holding you back from completing the book, articles, Bible studies, etc., inside of you? Are you limiting yourself because you just don’t believe you can do it? Are you holding yourself back because of what someone else has said to you about your being a writer? Well . . .

Writer, Thou Art Loosed!

I can guarantee that many, if not all writers have been right where you are right now. Some have overcome their infirmities; some have not. At what stage are you?

I am bringing my key training for writers, Writer, Thou Art Loosed! to the May 15-18 Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. Let me share a little of my writing journey with you.

Because of Doubt! Fear! Unbelief! it took me 10 years to write and publish my first book! I completed and published that first book in 2004 . . . while working as a team truck driver with my husband, no less! Since then, I have authored four other books, articles, and Bible studies as well as ghostwritten four books for my clients. And the number is increasing . . . because I got Loosed!

I had to get over myself and get out of my own way so I could write the first book inside of me! I had to give myself permission to believe I could write a book!

Are you in that space? Do you want to get LOOSED?

Writer, Thou Art Loosed! is designed to help participants get a different view of themselves, a view or perspective that will remove limitations and barriers possibly preventing them from writing that book, article, etc.

Participants will also complete intensive writing and perspective exercises. For three hours of class time on Wednesday, May 15, The Write Drill Sergeant will focus on the you and what you truly need to believe, Writer, Thou Art Loosed!

Give yourself permission to get Loosed so you can write the book that wants to be birthed inside of you.

Your reading audience is waiting!

Sign up today! Don’t miss out!

I look forward to spending time with you!

Writer, Thou Art Loosed!


Learning Lab
Writer, Thou Art Loosed!

Wednesday, May 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost $40
(Coming only on Wednesday – $65)
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Click here for more info and pre-class writing assignment. Click here to register.
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Beatrice Bruno is an Army veteran and former (but always and forever) Drill Sergeant. An ordained gospel minister and life and writing coach, Beatrice loves showing folks how to get over themselves and let go of the PAST. Having trained over 2,000 Basic Training soldiers through Army Basic Training to graduation, she has seen characters who run the gamut from straight-arrow to cone-head! Many of these real life characters will find their way into her fictional characters in her books.

And now, Beatrice has crossed over into an area few, if any, look forward to – Widowhood. Married for 27+ years to John who passed away in August of 2018, Beatrice has raised four children – his, hers, and theirs – to adulthood. Beatrice is now looking for her new normal…if there is such a thing…after losing her beloved husband.

Beatrice is spreading her wings as a novelist and creating the series, The Baby Chronicles, Volume 1, which includes the GI Josephines (Volume 2) and the Soldiers of the Lord (Volume 3). But Beatrice will not stop there. A mind for the unusual Christian experience, Beatrice is also working on Lara Rose, HGPI. Ask her what that acronym means and she will be glad to share it with you.

Beatrice’s passion is in helping others to write the books God has given them to write. Inside of each individual writer, Beatrice believes God has planted a seed within that will glorify Him and edify His creation.