Background and Training

BACKGROUND:

I attended my first writers’ conference in 1989, and I have been writing for publication ever since. I’ve sold magazine articles, short stories, devotionals, play and movie scripts, and Sunday school curriculum. (Click here to see my Published Works.)

I have been a full-time freelance proofreader and editor since 1998. I’ve done proofreading, editing, critiquing, mentoring, and coauthoring for new and established authors, aspiring writers, editing networks, magazines, and book publishers. (Click here to see my Edited Works.)

I have written three books for writers:
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
Christian Drama Publishing
Typing without Pain

I speak at writers’ conferences across the country, teaching authors how to hone their skills and polish their manuscripts.
Click here to see Topics I Speak On.
Click here to see Where I’ve Taught.

I am a member of:
American Christian Fiction Writers
American Christian Writers
Christian Leaders, Authors & Speakers Services (CLASS)
Christian Writers’ Group
Editorial Freelancers Association
Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship
San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild
The Writers View
Writers Information Network

TRAINING:

Since 1989, I have been learning about how to write for publication through numerous books, magazines, and authors’ websites. I have attended several writers’ conferences, workshops, clinics, retreats, and conventions. I have thoroughly studied the industry-standard references and resources for the book publishing industry.

Here are some of the writers’ conferences, seminars, and clinics I’ve attended:

Cec Murphey Mentoring Clinic, Walnut, CA (2007)
Mount Hermon, Mount Hermon, CA (1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006)
Christian Writers Fellowship, Orange County, CA (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006)
Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose, PA (2003, 2004, and 2006)
Glorieta Christian Writers’ Conference, Glorieta, NM (2006)
American Christian Fiction Writers, Dallas, TX (2006)
American Christian Fiction Writers, Nashville, TN (2005)
Inspirational Writers Alive, Houston, TX (2005)
Christian Writers Guild, Houston, TX (2005)
Bay Area Writers League, Houston, TX (2005)
Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship, Santa Ana, CA (2005)
Christian Writers Fellowship, Girard, KS (2005)
American Christian Romance Writers, Denver, CO (2004)
L.A. Film School, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship, Irvine, CA (2003, 2005, 2006)
San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild, San Diego, CA (2001 and 2003)
American Christian Romance Writers, Kansas City, MO (2002)
American Christian Writers, Fullerton, CA (1998 and 2001)
Christian Leaders, Authors & Speakers Services (CLASS), Redondo Beach, CA (2002)
Romance Writers of America, Brea, CA (2000)
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (1999)
Biola University, La Mirada, CA 1988 through (1990)

Kathy at Cec Murphey’s writers’ mentoring clinic, 2007

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