If you’ve experienced the magic of a master storyteller, you know the power a well-crafted story wields upon your mind and heart. To mature as a writer is to flourish in the art of storytelling, wouldn’t you say?

The craft of storytelling enriches all genres and all readers. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, your readers remember the feeling your words evoke. Your crafted stories invite readers into another world--glowing or shrouded, hushed or raging, stories show the way.

If you desire to grow in the art and craft of writing stories, join us for the Storytellers Conference where ten authors and writing coaches teach you to cultivate the magic in your writing life.

Our FREE virtual conference is designed to release the power of story into your hands. Ready to add this skill to your writer’s toolbox? Let’s go.

Why Should You Attend the Storytellers Conference?
No Travel
A virtual conference is held online, not in a cold conference hall. The sessions come straight to you - anywhere in the world.  No airport. No driving. No hotel.
No additional expense. 100% convenience.
Expert Speakers
The conference features 10 speakers and writing coaches. As seasoned authors, they present the knowledge 
aspiring and working authors and speakers need 
to grow as skilled storytellers.
Affordable Access
Most writer's conferences are hundreds or thousands of dollars, but not this one. It's FREE during the open access period with a Lifetime Conference Bundle for purchase. 
View Anytime
Access the conference anytime . View each presentation & interview on your schedule, 24-hours a day during the FREE access period from January 20th - 25th, 2020.
Writing is a magical, mysterious, miraculous thing. We need all sorts of stories, all sorts of writers. Each genre meets a unique need whether to entertain or instruct. I encourage writers to write what is familiar, write what they love. 
This is how to serve your readers well.
- Ginny L. Yttrup
Put the magic in your writing with personal instruction from ten writing coaches who teach you to flourish in the art of storytelling.
Mapping Your Novel with Ginny L. Yttrup
In order to take readers on a journey they'll remember, there are essential markers writers need to include in their novel. In this workshop, Ginny L. Yttrup, award-winning author of six novels, will offer an overview of important fiction elements writers need to plan for as they begin writing their novel with special emphasis of designing a hook that draws your readers in and keeps them reading. 

Self-Editing Your Fiction Writing with Tisha Martin
When we reach The End, we're overjoyed at the many pages we've written, the characters we've created, the story we've born. Yet before unleashing that story into the world, we need to go back and carefully examine each story piece to ensure we have told our story well. Self-Editing Your Fiction takes an in-depth approach to the beauty of storytelling and explores two important elements of fiction that will enhance your story and connect well with your readers.
Trends in Traditional Publishing with Blythe Daniel
You have a story to share, but you wonder what format best suits your content and your publishing goals. Literary Agent, Blythe Daniel, discusses the different publishing routes available to authors who want to write and publish their personal story. When writing a memoir, or other forms of personal stories, what are publishers looking for? This interview will help you understand the trends in traditional publishing and position your book idea accordingly. If you're seeking a literary agent to represent you, Blythe shares the keys to a successful relationship.
Write Your Personal Story as a Devotional with Mindy Kiker
Learn how to write devotionals that weave in your personal stories with the Word of God. This form of writing is perfect for creating themed collections, Bible Studies, blog posts, or even for personal study. Mindy presents the FlourishWriter’s approach to devotional writing which begins with a process of Bible study and prayer, allowing your devotional message to emerge as a God Story that captivates readers with compelling insights and practical application. 
Telling Biblical Stories with a Modern-Day Application with Joanna Weaver
Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Joanna Weaver’s books invite readers to experience a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Learn how you too can share Bible stories that become alive and active in the hearts and minds of your readers. Joanna will equip you to communicate ancient truths from the stories in Scripture with a modern-day application.
Serving Your Reader Well with Jennifer Kochert
Have you ever read a book you couldn't put down? Or maybe you've had the opposite reaction, and after a few pages the book you had high hopes for sits at the bottom of your yet to be finished pile. As writers, we have a responsibility to serve our readers with the words we write. Yet, in the midst of the many details involved in writing, this important concept of serving your reader can be lost in the shuffle. During this encouraging and enlightening presentation, Jennifer Kochert breaks down how to clarify and communicate the purpose of your story and how simple storytelling techniques ensure your story is read to the very last page.
Creative Retelling: How God’s Story Becomes 
My Story with Shauna Letellier
If you desire to fill your writing with inspiring vignettes that weave together history, theology, and fictional detail into Biblical accounts, Shauna Letellier is your guide. She shows you how to craft creative retelling about people in the Bible whose stories reveal lessons for us today. Become a writer who shows God at work reviving hope in troubled hearts, imparting faith in troubled times. 
Three Types of Sticky Stories with Shannon Popkin
When we toss out seeds of Truth, it's the "story coating" that often causes the seed to stick, rather than blow away; to sink down into the soil of our audience's heart and take root. In this workshop, you'll learn how to craft three types of stories that stick, and when to use each type.

Communicating Your Story from the Stage with Amy Carroll
People love hearing a story. They have the power to connect, entertain, and spark action, but storytelling is an art. When we use stories from the stage, we need to employ strategies that ensure we’re compelling. From her 15 years of experience as a professional speaker and speaker coach, Amy Carroll will help you communicate your story from the stage. 
Writing Fiction for Young Adults with Kara Swanson
You want to let the unique heart of your story connect and resonate with readers in an authentic way. Kara can help you connect with readers through the power of story by identifying what truly makes a novel stand out. How can you write novels that not only draw in readers but also build lasting community? Find out more about emerging trends in fiction writing for the Young Adult market. 
Meet Your Conference Hosts
Mindy Kiker and Jenny Kochert, co-founders of FlourishGathering and FlourishWriters, are passionate to help women grow in God’s Word. Together they have authored and published numerous Bible Studies and devotionals, workshops, online conferences and training courses. For those desiring to share their God Story in writing, Jenny and Mindy are guides who help birth stories from the heart to the page. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have lifetime access to the presentations and interviews?
Yes, lifetime access to the retreat presentations, including additional Bonus resources, is available in The Storytellers Lifetime Conference  Bundle.
Can I watch the conference on any device?
The videos are designed to function on all computers and mobile devices. If you are unable to view the content on one device, try another. Between computers, phones and tablets, something should work. If you are unsuccessful after giving it your best shot, you are welcome to email us at info@flourishgathering.com.
Where do I find the interviews and presentations? 
When you register for the retreat, you'll receive confirmation that you're registered for the conference. You'll have access to Day One on January 20, 2020 and the free conference will remain available through January 25, 2020.  
What are the conference dates?
The Storytellers Conference is available to view free January 20-25, 2020. You can own all the content with lifetime access if you purchase the Lifetime Conference Bundle. 
Is the conference in person or online?
The Storytellers Conference takes place online. It is not an in-person conference.
What if I can't attend during the free open period?
If you cannot watch the conference during the free open dates of January 20-25, 2020, all the conference presentations and interviews, plus additional Bonuses are available with lifetime access in the Lifetime Conference Bundle. If you purchase the Conference Bundle, you get all conference content in your own learning portal to view at your convenience. 
Who is FlourishWriters?
We are an online ministry whose mission is to equip women to grow in their passion for God’s Word and write their God Stories. You can find us at flourishgathering.com and flourishwriters.com. If you wish to contact us, we answer emails at info@flourishgathering.com.
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