ELEVATE
LIVE

Saturday, October 16th
at the Event Center
at Shadow Mountain
from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
SCS Press
2nd Annual
Southern California
Writers Conference

ELEVATE

2021 LIVE EVENT

Join fellow writers for a live conference; a time to reignite your passion! Leave motivated with a new sense of purpose and what to do next. Saturday, October 16th from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. $ $49 Early Bird Registration includes entrance to all events, worship, continental breakfast, lunch, writer’s resources and materials. Early Bird ends September 30th. After Sept. 30th, registration is $69.

ELEVATE LIVE WORSHIP
with Kekoa & Amy Grover

Kekoa and Amy Grover began their ministry together in the spring of 2011 leading worship for Shadow Mountain’s Sr. High Ministry, The Gathering.  Through their collective twenty-plus years at Shadow, they have lead worship, planted a church, worked in Production, and served at both the Encinitas and Alpine campuses.  Both Amy & Kekoa hold degrees in music with Amy earning her Bachelor’s in Worship Leading from San Diego Christian College and Kekoa graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Music.

JOEL RYAN
Session 1 - WHY Should We Then Write? Thinking Biblically About Careers, Callings, and Craft in an Upside Down Age

Joel Ryan has worn many hats in the arts and specializes in writing for children and young adults, receiving his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before returning to children’s and young adult fiction, Joel was a script reader in Hollywood and core trainer for Disney’s Youth Education Series, where he helped develop and oversee interactive educational programs on leadership, story, and marketing. He has also spent time writing for the church, creating immersive theatrical content for youth groups and Vacation Bible Schools and is currently a contributing writer for Crosswalk and Christianity.com. Joel has a passion for helping young writers find their voice and unlock their stories, and when he’s not working on his own fiction, he teaches writing and communications at Life Pacific University.

For more about Joel visit www.perspectivesoffthepage.com

Cindi McMenamin
Session 2 - HOW Should We then Write? 7 Principles for Creating Life-Changing Material

Prolific Author and Writing Coach Cindi McMenamin will provide 7 essentials in writing not just to inform, but to transform. Whether writing books, short stories or articles, these principles will make you a more effective writer who reaches more readers.

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and one another. She is the author of 17 books (all from Harvest House Publishers), including When Women Walk Alone (more than 130,000 copies sold), When  God Sees Your Tears, and When Couples Walk Together (co-authored with her husband, Hugh, a pastor). Cindi has appeared on hundreds of national TV and radio shows, inspiring women to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness. Now a certified Writing Coach, Cindi is helping aspiring writers become published authors, which she’s done in her “spare time” for the past 15 years. She and Hugh live in San Diego County and have an adult daughter.

For more on her ministry, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

Brae Wyckoff
Session 3 - The Benefits of Networking With Other Writers

Brae Wyckoff is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed author, born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, since 1993, and they have three children and six wonderful grandchildren. Brae is currently the Director of Kingdom Writers Association based in San Diego where he is working with writers of all levels to encourage and empower them to pursue their calling as authors. Brae hosts monthly writers’ gatherings with published and unpublished writers to strengthen and spur them on in their passion for writing. He has won several awards, been an Amazon bestseller, and was a top-ten finalist for the Author Academy Awards.

B.J. Taylor
Session 4 - For Such A Time As This

B.J. Taylor writes for GuidepostsAngels on EarthMysterious Ways, and All Creatures magazines (the Guideposts family). Her career also includes selling forty stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul and numerous articles to Writer’s DigestRomantic HomesVictorian HomesJohn Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, and many others. B.J. teaches how to write true stories that sell, and put her winning formula into a succinct book titled Writing True Stories: Using the Winning Formula P MS to a T. She is the author of the memoir CHARLIE BEAR: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances. B.J. lives in Northern Idaho half the year and in Southern California the other half. She enjoys walking her scruffy dog Charlie Bear, golfing, aqua classes, traveling, and helping writers to reach their goals.

Cindi McMenamin
Session 5 - Staying the Course: 5 Ways to Persevere Through the Writing and Publishing Process

Most writers never publish because they fail to follow through, or they give up when discouraged. Yet the battle is common and worth it because of how God refines us through it. Cindi will share inspirational and instructional help to challenge you to stay the course for the prize at the end of the race. 

Jeniffer Thompson

Workshop: Personal Branding and the Three Pillars of Successful Book Marketing

Jeniffer Thompson is a personal branding expert and digital marketing strategist with more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry. She is an award-winning publisher, author, and speaker who is passionate about delivering strategy-rich content and actionable tools that educate and empower authors. Since founding her company, Monkey C Media, in 2004, she and her team have been creating award-winning book cover designs and author websites that integrate digital marketing strategies that work! With a BA in Journalism from SDSU, Jeniffer is an ardent believer in the power of storytelling—she is always looking for, or telling, a story. She believes that story has the power to heal, transform, and create community. She is a co-founder of the San Diego Writers Festival and serves on the board of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association. She is currently writing her own coming of age memoir.  Jeniffer is a rock climber and thrill seeker. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Chad, their persnickety Manx cat, Mishka, and three fluffy chickens who love to follow her around and give her delicious eggs every day. Find out more about Jenniffer at www.MonkeyCMedia.com

Randy Kay

Workshop: Writing Productivity: Tips and Tools

Randy Kay Author Site:  http://www.randykayauthor.com

Author Bio: Randy Kay has authored seven books, both traditionally through Baker Publishing Group, and through his publishing company, UpWord Media. Randy’s newest book, published this year, is Dying to Meet Jesus, which recently qualified as a best seller. He has written over 1,000 articles published in organizations such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He is CEO of PACEsetters, a human development firm, and CEO of TenorCorp, a strategic development firm. His breakthrough research on thriving in life spans several decades, as he has uncovered practical ways to overcome trials.

Overall, Randy has trained over one million people and has appeared on hundreds of television programs, podcasts, and blogs such as GodTV, Cornerstone Television, Charisma Media, and NBC, reaching over 300 million people worldwide. He lives in Carlsbad, California. 

MARGY HILL

Workshop: FOR BUSY WOMEN: FINDING TIME TO WRITE

Margy Hill is an author and teacher of life-changing Bible studies and curriculum for women. Over the last ten years, her studies have been widely used in churches throughout the United States. She is also the founder of the Women’s Ministry Connection, a North County organization that provides training and leadership development for women in the local church. Margy completed her Bachelors in Biblical Studies at SCS, and will be graduating with her Masters in Christian Counseling in May.

Now in her 2nd year as coordinator for the Quia Scriptores writing conference, Margy continues to be passionate about developing a community of  Christian writers that will make their mark as influencers for Christ. On a personal note, Margy and her husband Leroy recently celebrated 21 years of marriage.  Together they continue to serve the local church by making disciples  in and through their positions at Southern California Seminary .

Jason Fikes

handling coaching appointments

Jason Fikes is the director of Leafwood Publishing and came to the Press after almost twenty years of full-time ministry with churches in Texas and California. This real-life experience has prepared him as an editor to ask his authors to be bold, pastoral, sensitive, and attentive to God’s Word.

He holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and teaches graduate courses for Abilene Christian University. A lifelong Houston sports fan, Jason also enjoys watching sci-fi and Marvel movies with his teenage daughters, Leah and Abbie.

NEW AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Jeanette Crystal Bradley

For nearly 25 years, Jeanette Crystal Bradley’s youthful spirit and playful demeanor have connected her with preschool children in enjoyable and distinctive ways. Her hard work and dedication to bringing a new level of excitement into the classroom by adding animal fun to the learning experience help fulfill her goal of delivering joy and smiles into the world. Jeanette brings this same passion to her writing, worshipping Jesus, and pursuit of higher education. She is the Director of a corporate preschool in San Diego, California. She loves laughter, dessert (especially chocolate), and spending time with her incredible family and friends. Although her current writing focus is children, Jeanette’s next book will speak to a believer’s identity in Christ.

LIVE EVENT

ELEVATE

Saturday, October 16th  || 8:30 AM – 3:00PM

SCS Press