Saturday, April 6, 2019

Riverbend Community Church
1015 Corley Mill Rd
Lexington, SC 29072

9 AM - 4:30 PM
Doors open at 8:30 AM

  • Jean Wilund, president of the Lexington Word Weavers Writers Group
    You can’t go wrong with a Serious Writer Tour Stop! They pack more training and encouragement into one day than you’d expect from such a low ticket price. We’ve already had writers contact us to find out when they’ll be back. Serious Writer’s instructors are knowledgeable, practical, and fun. After just one day, I saw an immediate difference in my writing. I can’t wait for the next one.
    Jean Wilund, president of the Lexington Word Weavers Writers Group
  • Britt Mooney
    Serious Writer One Day events are packed full of information and value. The low cost of attendance even makes it a greater deal for the attention of professionals in a small group. And while they are successful professionals, they also become quick friends and a great encouragement!
    Britt Mooney
  • Melinda Eye Cooper
    I have taken a couple Serious Writer classes and attended a boot camp! It was fantastic! I learned so much and am planning on taking more classes online this year. 😊 It’s so easy to learn your craft through Serious Writer Academy. I highly recommend it!
    Melinda Eye Cooper
  • Evelyn Mann, Author of Miracle In My Living Room: The Story of a Little Mann
    The Serious Writer Tour fills a much needed gap in the Writer Conferences space. Most writers don’t have the time or finances to attend a full fledged 4-Day Conference. However, many writers are encouraged to meet agents to pitch their book idea. Enter: Serious Writer Tour. A 1 day intensive where you not only learn industry trends, get writing and proposal tips, but you pitch your book idea to a highly successful agent and industry experts. All this for an affordable cost. What’s not to love. I’ve attended two. Serious Writer Tours and I learned something new each time. I would highly recommend this mini 1 day conference to new and experienced writers. 
    Evelyn Mann, Author of Miracle In My Living Room: The Story of a Little Mann
  • S.A.C., writer
    I loved the encouragement, support and I felt like a part of a family that sincerely cares about the growth of each writer, meeting every writer where they are in their journey.
    S.A.C., writer


Michelle Medlock Adams

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, I Love You the Mostest just won the prestigious Maxwell medal, and her book My First Day of School also took second place in that same children’s category. In addition, her book Happy Birthday to You! won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2017—her third Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012.

In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners. And, her latest release for women, Love & Care For The One and Only You (Worthy) was a finalist for a Christian Retailing Best Award in the Devotional Category and earned “The Gold” for best devotional in the 2017 Illumination Awards. In addition, her book When Chocolate Isn’t Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms (Worthy Inspired) earned “The Gold” for best devotional in the 2016 Illumination Awards.

Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; served as a TV host for TBN’s “Joy in Our Town” show; judged writing contests for Writer’s Digest; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and co-owner of PlatLit Books. She also serves as chairman of the board for Serious Writer Inc., and teaches courses for Serious Writer Academy (online education).

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought after teacher at writers conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has taught at more than 100 writers conferences, including keynoting at Liberty University and the Todd Starnes Inaugural Fall Retreat at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University twice, teaching “Writing for Children” and is currently teaching again this Spring Semester. Michelle also loves speaking to women’s groups, youth groups, and congregations, encouraging others to discover their destinies in God.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two grown daughters, Abby and Allyson, two son-in-laws, and one grandson, as well as a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.

Steven James

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe. In his podcast “The Story Blender,” he interviews leading storytellers in film, print, and web. Listen now to any of the dozens of archived podcasts for free by visiting his website www.thestoryblender.com.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY WICKED MAN—a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY WICKED MAN is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

Bethany Jett

An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany co-owns Serious Writer, Inc., and is the Vice President of Platinum Literary Services where she specializes in marketing, nonfiction proposal creation, ghostwriting, and developmental editing. She is also an Assistant Acquisitions Editor for Little Lamb Books, LLC, a faith-based children’s publishing house.

Bethany's debut book The Cinderella Rule: A Young Woman's Guide to Happily Ever After (Revell) won her Writer of the Year and was a Selah YA Nonfiction Finalist. She then was the collaborative ghostwriter for Lacey Buchanan's Through the Eyes of Hope and the follow-up devotional 40 Days of Prayer (Charisma). Her latest book They Call Me Mom: 52 Devotions for Every MOMent (Kregel) releases in 2019.

Her passion for all things strategy-related combined with her love of social media led her to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts in Communication where she’s studying marketing and public relations. Bethany’s motto is “Learn everything you can; teach as you go.” She is a multiple award-winning author and ghostwriter and finds joy speaking across the country at conferences, retreats, and camps for writers, women, college students, and teens.

Bethany married her college sweetheart and after a decade in youth ministry, they rejoined the military world. She is a homeschooling momma-of-boys, suspense-novel junkie who describes herself as “mid-maintenance” and loves cute shoes and all things girly.


Bookstore will be open during lunch and following the final session.

8:30 AM Registration

9:00-10:00 Opening Session
The Seven Steps to Publication

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Workshops

Workshop 1 with Steven James
Pulling the Rug Out: How to Create Twists Your Readers Will Never See Coming
A great twist will be unexpected, inevitable, an escalation of what preceded it, and a revelation that adds meaning to what has already occurred. Readers want to predict how a story will end, but they want to be wrong—yet still satisfied. In this seminar you’ll discover how to develop endings that leave your readers stunned, thrilled, and panting for more.

Workshop 2 with Michelle Medlock Adams
If You Lead Them, they Will Read
You only have one chance to make a good impression. Leads set the tone, pace, capture curiosity, create atmosphere, inject the spirit, and provide the pull that makes the reader want to continue reading your article. It’s the most important part of your piece, so it better be good.

Workshop 3 with Bethany Jett
Content Marketing 101
In this workshop you’ll learn how to become the “resource expert in your niche. We’ll discuss how to build credibility with your audience and strategies to create content through your blog, social media, and email list that your readers want and will share. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or for children, this class will give you the building blocks that will turn the stress of marketing into an exciting way to provide value

11:15am Break

11:30-12:30 Workshops

Workshop 1 with Steven James
Heroes and Villains: Bringing out the Best and Worst in Characters
A hero’s acumen is measured against the nature of the forces of antagonism she must overcome. Establishing memorable heroes and worthy villains while avoiding cliches and caricatures is vital. This in-depth session will show you how to avoid common pitfalls and create characters that are resonant, powerful, and memorable.

Workshop 2 with Michelle Medlock Adams
Make Money Freelancing
When Michelle quit her "day job" in December 1999 to pursue a freelance writing career, she also left behind that wonderful, regular paycheck. After having a successful freelance career for almost twenty years, Michelle now owns her own freelance agency Platinum Literary Services. Michelle will cover: how to prepare to launch out; how to find writing gigs; how to keep clients coming back; and how to enjoy the journey.

Workshop 3 with Bethany Jett
Email Marketing 101
Your email list is your business or writing career’s most precious possession. This workshop explores various email providers and services, best practices for newsletters and email content, and tips on segmenting, tagging, and nurturing your lists, as well as creating funnels that provide value to your readers. No matter where you are in the process, this course will give you practical examples and information to either grow or launch your list.

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch (On Your Own) & Bookstore

1:15 - 2:30 Main Session
"If You Build it, They Will Buy it: Strategies for Growing Your Platform"

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 3:45 Workshops

Workshop 1 with Steven James
Storytelling Skills for Speakers: How to Present Like a Pro
Gain confidence in your ability to tell stories more effectively when promoting your book. Develop storytelling skills such as voice, gesture, and pacing while you learn how to sharpen the skills you already have. This practical seminar will help you shape talks and speeches that are gripping, attention-getting, and impactful.

Workshop 2 with Michelle Medlock Adams
Break into Children’s Writing and Stay There
The children’s market is exploding right now. In this workshop, learn the tips and strategies to break into writing for children and how to continue writing for them.

Workshop 3 with Bethany Jett
Social Media 101
In this workshop, we’ll cover the best practices for each of the five major social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn so you can strengthen community with your audience and readers.

3:45 - 4:30 Closing Panel


Individual Ticket


  • Admits one

Buddy Tickets


  • $69/each • $138 total

Pricing per ticket:
  • • $79 - Early Bird Individual Ticket (through March 13)
  • • $99 - Individual Ticket (after March 13)
  • • $69/each - Buddy Passes, sold in sets of 2 for a total $138.*

Price includes registration fees and conference materials. Prices do not include transportation, lunch, or hotel accommodations.

Minimum of 20 registered attendees required for event to take place or event may be rescheduled or canceled.

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