"Excellent! Great sharing of ideas, thoughts."

"Thank you for your care and support of others who want to give back to God the gifts He has given."

"Thank God I came here today! It was inspiring and deeply motivating."

Are you a writer, leader or speaker or aspire to be one? Treat yourself to Greater Harvest Workshops where multi-published authors and speakers present insider tips and instruction on such topics as:

Improving Your Platform
Promoting Your Work
How to Write the Novel Inside You
How to Write Children's Books
Public Speaking
And more.

If you have ever felt the call to write, lead, or speak, we want to encourage and instruct you. Don't settle for wishful thinking and hoping that someday you'll get it together. God can use you. Together, we want to help you be ready for action and move forward in your calling - all in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Greater Harvest Workshops

"Though our workshops, we want to sow seeds and produce MUCH fruit. Let us use our talent for writing, speaking, and leading to reach out to others with the plan of salvation and works that encourage Christians. Let's grow spiritually, and begin to see God use our lives to influence others in a growing and more profound way for more and more influence. Then use that influence for HIS honor and glory." - Donna Shepherd, founder, GHW.

Update (November 1, 2012): 
What a wonderful time we had at our day of workshops in October! From the comments we received, everyone who attended received encouragement and inspiration to either begin writing or continue with renewed purpose. 

We plan to have more workshops in early 2013. Linore and I look forward to seeing you there. 

Feedback from 2012 workshops: 
  • Great content. I love that you gave specifics and not generalities.
  • Helpful resources and handouts.
  • Wonderful advice and collaborative spirit! Greatly appreciated!
  • Challenged and ministered to me, as a person who is discouraged very easily.
  • Donna, thanks for blessing us with song.
  • Linore was helpful and personal.
  • Very helpful. It challenged me to pray about what God wants me to do with my writing and to then create action steps.
  • Always wonderful to hear Donna sing and giveaways are great.
  • Appreciated the meeting with Linore.
  • Great atmosphere and enthusiasm displayed.
  • I know much more about publishing now and have a place to start with confidence.
  • Linore was able to narrow in on what I needed to focus on. Awesome. Thank you. 
  • Donna has a beautiful voice. Lovely ending to a worthwhile conference. 
  •  Good practical applications and examples. Thank you!


Mark your calendar as busy on October 20, 2012. If you'd like to register, click the PayPal Button now! 

(You do not need a PayPal account to register.) 

"Loved the workshops..up close and personal, very relaxed atmosphere." - Shelia
"...Like hearing advice from a friend." - George

Schedule for October  20, 2012

New features! 

Do you drink coffee or tea when you write? How about a Sharpie to sign all those books you'll have published? Names of all those who register online will go into the drawing for a Writer's Gift Basket worth more than the price of your registration.*

Bonus (NO extra cost): 15-minute manuscript evaluations by Linore Burkard for those who sign up early. 

Only 10 6 slots available (as of 9-27-2012).

When you arrive at registration, you will have the opportunity to schedule your appointment with author and editor Linore Rose Burkard to review your project idea, first chapter, one-sheet, or the idea that's only in your head! Let her feel out the project you WANT to do before all the work is done. Many authors think they have a great idea until the book is done and no one wants to read it except family and friends. Book your appointment with Linore when you arrive for the event. 

Bring-A-Friend or Send-A-Friend Drawing: If you refer a friend, when he or she registers, you'll BOTH be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card! The friend must be a first-time attendee to our workshops.*

Registration: $34 (Dayton Scribes Members - $29; Previous Attendees - $29; MAC Writers $29)
Walk-ins Welcome. Cash or Check Only: $36.

8:30-9:00 - Registration w/Coffee, Tea, etc.
9:00-9:20 – Opening Session
9:30-10:30- Workshop #1
10:30-10:45 – Break - Refreshments
10:45-11:45 - Workshop #2
11:45-12:00 – Break - Refreshments
12:00-1:00 - Workshop #3
1:00-1:20 – Closing Session

9:30-10:30: Workshop 1

Tiffany Colter: Using Articles to Get Fiction and Nonfiction Published
When I started writing I hated the idea of writing articles. It was part of my training, but I didn’t like it. When I started trying to pitch my books, however, I discovered the true benefits of article writing. In this class we’ll look at:

How articles help the novelist
How articles help with non-fiction

This session will be jammed full of information, but we’ll try to save some time for your questions at the end too.

Wayne Holmes: Self Publish for Under $100
We will discuss the practicality of publishing for little or no money. Yes, it can be done for a hundred or even less, but you may need to learn some new editing and computer skills. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of how it’s done.

10:45 –11:45: Workshop 2

Carole Topp: Writing as a Ministry 
If you write as part of a ministry of service to others, are you running a business, a hobby or a nonprofit organization? When does your writing hobby become a business?  We'll find out and discuss the pros and cons of forming a nonprofit organization as part of your writing ministry, too.

Wayne Holmes: Self Publish or ePublish?
In this session, we will talk about the how-to of self-publishing on a minimal budget. I will open the discussion to broader topics pertaining to self-publishing and eBooks. If time permits we may be able to do some hands-on training. Bring your laptop if you want to participate.

12:00 -1:00: Workshop 3 - Combined Session

 Tiffany Colter: Success in the Changing Publishing Industry
Things are changing. Articles tell us that the days of the professional writer are ending while at the same time e-readers fly off the shelves.  What is the truth? How can a newbie writer get established? How can an established writer stay afloat? What are the keys to success in this changing industry? We’ll discuss these questions and many more. I earn my living by writing and I’ll tell you honestly what I did to do it. And I’ll name names!

1:00 - 1:20 - Closing Session: 

Singing and worship with Donna Shepherd.
Door prizes, drawings, and giveaways!
(*One prize/person) 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

About the GHW Speakers

Tiffany Colter, a Writing Career Coach, freelance writer, speaker, and business owner, has written for Today’s Christian, Charisma Magazine, Toledo Business Journal, as well as doing a quarterly features for Afictionado E-zine and a monthly column “Ask Your Writing Career Coach” in Suspense Magazine. She speaks frequently to writing groups about how to make a living with her writing. In 2007 she won the Daphne du Maurier award. Tiffany travels, speaks, and teaches business, marketing, time management, and runs online classes. 
Wayne Holmes: Six published books headline Wayne’s achievements. Five titles were published with Bethany House and WaterBrook, and his most recent title was self-published. Wayne also is an accomplished editor, and has worked with other authors to polish their work for publication. He is a member of Toastmasters and has won several local and area contests.  
Carol Topp: A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as an author, Carol specializes in tax preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting. She has presented numerous workshops on money management, business start up, taxes, budgeting and homeschooling to writers groups, community, church and homeschool organizations. Her goal is to make unclear topics (like taxes for writers) easy to understand.  
Linore Rose Burkard writes Romance to Warm the Soul. Growing up in a family of ten in New York City, she graduated from the City University of New York with a magna cum laude degree in English Literature. Her novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square, and The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian romance with immaculate research. Her books and newsletter captivate readers with little-known facts, exciting stories, and historical insights. Short stories by Linore include Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale, and Her One True Soldier - available as ebooks. 
Donna J. Shepherd, children's picture book author and inspirational writer, has hundreds of articles and devotionals to her credit. Her writings appear in Daily Grace for Women, Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms, and The Best Grandma in the World to name a few. Donna's children's books  feature short, playful rhymes and humorous illustrations. Donna is the founder of Greater Harvest Workshops and Middletown Area Christian (MAC) Writers. She's also in demand as a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and singer. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What Attendees Say about Greater Harvest Workshops

New: Feedback from 2011 Workshops: 
  • Amazing! Please tell me more as I am clearly only interested (now I know) in self-publish options.
  • This was life-changing for me. 
  • Very informative and helpful from one (Linore) who has done it all ways.
  • Good plug for traditional approach when many advocate new S/P methods.
  • A great resource for new writers to get published and what not to do.
  • Love it!
  • Excellent. Donna clearly gifted in her craft & is a wealth of information.
  • Good overview of points relating to children’s writing—thanks for allowing discussion—your talk was very helpful!
  • Great job overall. I would love to see this grow more in attendance, perhaps some day a longer session with more speakers?
  • Thank you for the time to put together!
  • Very helpful! Thanks for all the great info!
  • Useful, inspiring and informative.
  • Great job! Helpful with new ideas for my writing.  
Feedback from 2010 workshops:

· Very good and informative.
· Came away encouraged and feeling like I can get to work and get published.
· I love that you share your own experiences plus the list of resources we can contact.
· All the info I needed to help me decide what my next step will be.
· Wish the class could have been longer!
· Very good key points. I liked starting with a scriptural base.
· Awesome! Lots of information I can apply.
· A great lecture on how to keep focused.
· You reinforced my thinking and gave me other areas to consider in the area of marketing.
· I feel like I can get organized with confidence.
· Thank you for offering a workshop to help speakers.
· As a preacher, too, this information was vital. You're awesome!
· Everything you share always points to giving God the glory and encouraging others for His kingdom.
· Got some ideas of different ways to use things I've already written.
· Presenters were very knowledgeable of their subject matter.
· Organized but also flexible and informative.
· Thank you for a wonderful day. I learned so much!
. Donna's delightful and attractive realism...very good!
. I like that Donna tied Scripture to writing.
. The speaker's heart is so beautiful and sincere.
. Easy, understandable..I'd like more time - we just got started.
. Good outline. I like how Christ-centered the message was.
. Good speaking/voice presentation.
. I like the enthusiasm and encouraging spirit of the speaker.
. Very inspiring. Thanks for the ideas and resources!
. Relieved a lot of my stress. Now I know my project is doable.
. I learned that we all have a story to tell that can inspire others.
. Inspirational w/much pertinent information.
. Absolutely awesome! Very encouraging, helpful.
. Makes me want to set specific time aside to continue in my writing.
. Yes! This has been so helpful in finding forms, identifying barriers (so freeing).
. Very helpful – exactly the kind of info I wanted.
. Very informative. Love actually having handouts for records.
. Great to connect with other writers and to keep one another accountable.
. A good start to putting legs on the project.
. Enjoyed Donna and worship songs.
. Thanks for the door prizes and great element of fun.
. Excellent! Great sharing of ideas, thoughts.
. Thank you for your care and support of others who want to give back to God the gifts He has given.
. Thank God I came here today! It was inspiring and deeply motivating.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Flyer for October 2012 Greater Harvest Workshops

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Lodging Information

Coming from out of town? Click HERE for a list of area hotels located near Healing Word Assembly of God.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Prefer to Pay by Check?

Please contact us by email if you prefer to pay by check.

After your registration and payment are received by email or snail mail, you will receive a confirmation email giving you the opportunity to indicate your workshop preferences.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Two Most Often Asked Questions About Greater Harvest Workshops

1. Can we just show up for the Workshops?

We'd love for you to come either way, but we'd prefer that we have your registration ahead of time. It helps us to plan for the day knowing how many handouts are needed, which room to set the class up in, etc. All that said, you can still register the day of the workshops. 

2. If I can't make it to this one, will you be having more?

Yes, we are continually planning for more workshops. Please note though - each time we will have different guest speakers and topics.

Thank you if you've already registered. Linore and I will see you soon! - Donna
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