Monday, May 12, 2014

WTP Faculty Interview: Pam and Bill Farrel, Evening Speakers and Daytime Teachers

Pam and Bill Farrel share about their respective continuing classes and the evening sessions 
they co-teach.

Pam Farrel
Writing Nonfiction Books and More

Give us a snapshot of your continuing class.

Strong writing + a strong relationship with the reader = a strong writing future for you. Learn the nuts and bolts of practical skills to sharpen and hone your nonfiction writing, so publishers and, more importantly, readers will love what you write. These tips will refine your writing by enhancing key ingredients that make a writer valued by the industry and treasured by your audience. Our ministry is “Love-Wise” and we live at the intersection of love and wisdom, and my nonfiction session uses the wisdom of sharp writing skills to help a reader fall in love with your writing!

What is the most important thing a student can learn from your four-day class?

You will learn the practical, “hands on” skills to be a nonfiction writer.  You will also gather the tools to get that first book written, and /or learn how to hone your skills so each book written is done better, faster, and in a manner that you actually LOVE writing book after book! You will also acquire the abilities to parlay those same skills in any nonfiction writing you do for blogs, magazines, newspapers, curriculum, etc.

Is there anything an attendee can do to prepare themselves prior to the conference?

Come rested! Come prayed up! Come with comfortable shoes! Come with your Bible! Come ready to share your heart, vision and purpose! Come ready to write!

Anything you would like to add?

Come with a servant’s heart. Don’t worry about trying to MAKE connections happen instead come looking for ways you can be a blessing to other writers, the faculty and those God places along your path. Writing is servant’s work, so come looking for how you can help others and allow God to then bless and help you.

Bill Farrel
       Establishing a Biblically Solid Platform 
for Your Writing

Give us a snapshot of your continuing class.

Learn to study God’s Word to glean His truth and application to today’s lives in order to write biblically accurate manuscripts across all platforms—books, magazines, blogs, social media, etc.

In this intensive, we will explore ways to build the CORE of our message. This is for the writer who wants a solid, healthy Biblical foundation. Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Any writing, therefore, that reflects God’s truth in an accurate and skillful way will change people’s lives and set people free.

What is the most important thing a student can learn from your four-day class?

To harness the power of God’s word in our writing we must strengthen our abilities to discover the Context, Observations, Relevance and Empowerment that is inherent in the Word of God. We will explore ways to establish our CORE in four sessions. I have spent my life as both a pastor and a writer and communicator, and it is our joy and responsibility to handle God’s Word with care and accuracy so lives are changed and people come to know the Living Word, and the Author of all life.

Evening Sessions 
by the Farrels

Best Decisions a Writer Can Make: Pick Up Your P.E.N. to Change Your Life and the World. We will share honestly, authentically, and transparently, so the audience can see into the life of a writer and the writing lifestyle both personally and professionally. By using the PEN acrostic, each participant will
leave with the tools to Decide to Be:   

Partners with God

So that the world is left a better place because he or she decided to “pick up a PEN” and write!

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