The theme for this year's Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (NEOCWC) is Humor. What else are you going to do when the conference date falls on April 1st? Then, the search began to find a keynote that would help embody that theme.
The NEOCWC selection panel is proud to present Jeanette Levellie. “Nutty with a Dash of Meat” best describes Jeanette Levellie’s writing, speaking and life.
A spunky pastor’s wife and former History teacher, Jeanette authors a weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Greater, a popular feature in her local newspaper since 2001. She has published hundreds of stories and articles in anthologies, Christian and secular magazines, greeting card verses, and poems. Jeanette is also a prolific speaker for both Christian and secular groups, and has a unique flair for finding humor in unlikely places, bringing laughter and hope to her audiences.
Laughter is the best medicine.
This year's Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference is on April 1st. That's right, no foolin'.
In honor of April Fool's Day, we're making fun and humor this year's theme.
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (NEOCWC) is now open for submissions from Presenters, Panelists, and Workshop facilitators. We invite you to submit your topic ideas or to be a Guest Presenter by going to the NEOCWC Guest Application page on our website.
Do you have something you want to share with other writers?
Do you have something you'd like to share with others? Writer tips, publishing strategies, marketing skills, ideas on infusing humor into your writing, editng, illustrating, publishing trends, surviving the writing life, or more.
This year's NEOCWC will be held on April 1, 2017 in Amherst, OH. You can find out more about it here.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (NEOCWC) welcomes Sheryl Buckley, M.D., M.S. as a sponsor for this year's conference. Sheryl is a graduate of Hiram College where she majored in philosophy and pre-medical sciences. She received her medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania. While practicing medicine for over 30 years she chaired hospital ethics committees at several institutions. For over 20 years she has taught courses in bioethics and end of life issues at Hiram College and spoken about these issues to various audiences. She is a long-time elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA and a Past Moderator of the Presbytery of The Western Reserve.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome first-time presenter Robin Richards. Check out her presentation on Navigating Daily Obstacles and Improving Your Writing Habits.
Robin is a Christian blogger and former minister. She has been a blogger and also published an article on line at Whole Magazine and is currently looking for freelance opportunities. Robin is also working on a book and a devotional which will help people to grow closer to God in their daily lives. Robin's passion is to help people grow in to their full potential in God. As a writer, this is what Robin strives to do as she seeks to encourage others.
The Creamed Corn Award is a new addition to the Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference this year. Would you like a chance to win this fabulous award? If your donated food items weigh more than anyone else's you could take home the first Creamed Corn Award.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome returning presenter Debbie Alferio. Check out her presentation on Bringing Your Characters to Life.
Debbie is an award-winning inspirational romance author and speaker whose Forever Love series was inspired by an actual dream. She has appeared in local television, radio, and newspaper interviews, and is listed in two Who’s Who directories. Debbie is the Ohio Representative for Authors Across America and a member of the International Writer’s Association, American Author’s Association, Ohio Professional Writers, Writer’s Ink, and the Sauna Friends Writer’s Group. She donates a portion of her profits to the American Cancer Society. When she’s not writing, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, walking, reading, and being outdoors. A true animal lover, she shares her home with eight cats, three dogs, a rabbit, a mouse, and her son’s ball python. Visit the author’s website at http://www.freewebs.com/debsbooks and follow her blog at www.debbiealferio.blogspot.com. Debbie Alferio can also be found on Facebook.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome returning presenter Dr. Mary Hillaire Tavenner to the NEOCWC this year. Check out her presentation on The Life and Times of Helen Steiner Rice.
Dr. Tavenner is the author of nine books. She owns her own publishing company, has taught nearly (or close to) 3,000 children and 2,000 adults during her career. She is the founder of the International Writers Association/Friends of Helen Steiner Rice and their current president. Dr. Tavenner has a Bachelors in Education from Catholic University in Washington, DC; a Masters in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and a Doctorate in Reading/Language Arts from the University of South Florida, Tampa.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome first-time presenter Jody Thomae. Check out her presentation on Writing Bible Studies and Devotionals.
Jody is the author of "God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You," a devotional Bible studies designed to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians and artists. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, serving as worship arts ministry pastor, worship leader and creative arts director. She has coordinated artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She regularly performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She also leads worship at local seminars, retreats and women’s events. In addition, she has recently released a devotional album entitled "Song of the Beloved," available through CD Baby and iTunes. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in the way in which God uses the arts to bring formational development and healing to His people. More at: http://www.jodythomae.com
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome first-time presenter Mina Raulston. Check out her presentation on the Jack of All Trades: Seven Ways to Develop Multiple Streams of Income from Your Writing.
Mina, single mother and grandmother, is working on her second career. She began her work life working in retail, just like many other people. Later, she spent several years working in the mortgage industry and has spent the last several years doing customer service in a call center. These were her “day jobs”. Ever since the mid-1990’s Mina has been building a second career, all while raising two children and caring for her elderly mother before she passed. That career has become her passion. That career is writing. Mina didn’t begin writing until after her divorce due to domestic violence and her gift of healing from God 4 years later. For the last 20 years Mina has written for her church newsletter, Christian and Community newspapers, Christian and Community magazines, and websites. She also has a steady job writing speeches. One of the subjects she writes and speaks about is domestic violence awareness. Mina became a small publisher when she self-published her first book, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims. Mina is currently writing a companion book to this tentatively titled Roadmap to Freedom and Wholeness for Domestic Violence Victims. In 2014, Mina formed her own business, Hat Rack Books, LLC, where she sells her books.
The Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference would like to welcome returning presenter Kelly Boyer Sagert. Check out her presentation on Play Writing: 15 Tips to Easier Play Writing.
Kelly, is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), has a BA degree in psychology – plus extensive experience in book publishing, including the following titles:
• Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer's Weekly Devotional (Loconeal, 2015)
• Icons of Women’s Sport (co-authored this two-book series, ABC-Clio, 2012)
• FabJob Guide to Become a Freelance Writer (e-book, FabJob, 2010)
• Flappers (Greenwood Publishing, 2010)
• FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner (e-book, FabJob, 2009)
• Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (Greenwood Publishing, 2009)
• American Popular Culture Through History: The 1970s (Greenwood Publishing, 2007)
• FabJob Guide to Become A Funeral Director (e-book, FabJob, 2005)
• All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), a look at one of the most talented - and controversial - athletes of our century
• Birth of Illumination (2001), a work-for-hire book about the rise of the public library system in Toni Morrison's hometown
• 'Bout Boomerangs: America's Silent Sport (PlantSpeak Publications, 1996), which the Australian boomerang coach called "nearly perfect"
• Sagert’s book, Trail Magic, is being made into a PBS documentary with a release date of March 2016. She will receive writing credits.
Kelly has also sold thousands of pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals. For four years (1997-2001), she served as managing editor of Northern Ohio's Over the Back Fence. This magazine, which profiled the art, history, intriguing people and fascinating places along Lake Erie's shores, was nominated by Writer's Digest for their "Top 100 Award" in 1998 and 1999. She served as the contributing editor for the Southern Ohio edition of Over the Back Fence as well, and she also edited five trade magazines and numerous business directories, community guides and travel planners for the company.
Kelly's first commissioned play, Freedom's Light: A Stop Along the Underground Railroad, was performed in the Cleveland area in May 2009; in August 2013, a second play, Trail Magic, was performed; and her third play, Sisters Forever: The Burrell Family Letters, was performed in January 2014. She writes biographical and educational material for encyclopedias and other anthologies, including publications put out by Macmillan and Gale Group, Greenwood Publishing, Charles Scribner's Sons, ME Sharpe, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Indiana Press and Facts on File. Since February 2000, Kelly has been teaching writing online through the Writers Online Workshops program by Writer's Digest; through this venue, she has taught writing techniques to adults throughout the United States and in several countries around the world. Kelly speaks regularly on communications issues at writer's conferences and workshops, including at the American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Conference, held in New York City, plus those held at The Ohio State University, Youngstown State, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University and Lorain County Community College. She has spoken at Progressive Field (the Cleveland Indians stadium) and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and she appeared on an ESPN2 program called 'The Top Five Reasons You Can't Blame the Black Sox.'