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Blessing in Disguise

We hope and pray all are staying safe this morning in this crazy spring storm. We were heartbroken to cancel the April Conference, but are certainly grateful no one is traveling now. Keep on writing. Keep building those characters.


Author JD Dudycha

J.D. Dudycha is a former college baseball player and coach. He has over ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. After the birth of his son in 2012, J.D. retired from coaching to be a stay-at-home dad. Since his retirement, he redeveloped his love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of baseball. Though his stories are fictional, he has drawn from his personal life as well as his expertise and knowledge of the game to craft his novels.


Jon’s WAY Class

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Author of Paint The Black JD Dudycha


What makes a character memorable? What draws you in? Creating character’s people will remember is no easy task. There are so many tired clichés that people have read/seen over and over again. The answer may be different for everyone, after all we are all unique.

As an author, it is my job to make you—the reader—feel. I try to tug on the emotional side of your imagination. I try to make you care about what happens on the page, but more importantly, care about the character on the page. If I can do that, then I have done my job.

I will stretch your limits, give you examples of other brilliant characters, and hopefully move you into the direction of creating your own memorable characters.

You can find John here:




Twitter: @JDDudycha

Amazon Author page:



Author J. Chris Richards


Chris Richards has been writing for as long as she can remember and became serious about getting published about 20 years ago. Her debut novel, Shattered Trust, combines her heart for solving problems in community and living as the wife of a police officer and soldier.She is the Young Adult Managing Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

She is a member of ACFW, Words for the Journey, and Writers on the Rock. She has spoken at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, Write to Publish, The Write Stuff, and the Castle Rock Writers Conference. She is also the co-founder of WAY – Words and Youth Conferences; writing conferences for teenage writer and holds these conferences about three times a year. Her passion is for helping other writers fulfill their potential.

Chris’ WAY class:Richards 200

Characters can be built from the outside or inside out.

Which method builds the right characters for your story? We will spend part of the class building different characters for your work in progress.

You can find Chris here:


Author Cherilyn Grace


Cherilyn Grace was born and raised near Baltimore, Maryland.  As a former newspaper columnist, she broke an initial investigative case against a  local School Superintendent and his Chief Financial Officer. They were eventually indicted on charges of embezzlement, theft and forgery.   After  children and marriage, she made a career change in pursuit of fiction and The Great American Novel.  Her first novel is Walking through Rain, which she self-published one year ago.  Currently, she is working on a year-long devotional book, as well as another fiction title.

Cherilyn’s WAY Class

 Everyone has them, but nobody really knows how to make them come to life.  What are they?  Cherilyn bio picThey are your characters!  Join her in an hour-long class as we explore a few points on characterization.  How do we think them up?  Where do they come from?  Does my old Aunt Fanny count as a character?  She will introduce you to a few her own  characters.  What is your guess on them?  Did I allow them to live or die?  Join us at WAY and we will find out the answers!

You can find Cherilyn here:

Find her book on Amazon: Walking Through Rain 


Her website:  Graciesword


Registration Now Open

Registration for April Teen Character Writing Conference is now open. We are very excited to announce we will be BUILDING CHARACTERS. Charcter Building



Whether you are in the middle of your manuscript or just starting, come join us and learn to enhance, debilitate, torture, inflict pain, let fall in love, relieve, or let your character become a hero.

Do you need to motivate your character? Are your character’s actions moving your story along?

Even a villain has some redeeming quality. What is it?

Come join us April 16th for the WAY Words and Youth Character Building Writing Conference.

Conference (and tax) Time

With Writers on the Rock behind us, we’re excited to announce this spring’s WAY Taxes aheadconference. It will be held April 16th the day after your parents worst day of the year. If you are a RETURNING student we sincerely hope you enjoy time spent with friends and learning from our author lineup.

If you’ve DEDUCED you need to learn about the writing craft, come learn in the SHELTER of a relaxed environment. A TREASURY of new skills is close at hand. The DIVIDENDS will be immeasurable.

While your parents are thinking about WRITE OFFS, writers think about writing.

Stay tuned!

Course Description

The Hero’s Journey
The Monomyth:
It is called the Hero’s Journey and it can be seen in the lives of fiction’s greatest characters. Yet perhaps the reason we rally round their stories on such a universal level is because it is the Journey we are all intended to live. From the Champions of Ancient Greece to the overcomers of tomorrow, there is one path that unites them all in the pantheon of beloved heroes. This isn’t just some cheesy formula for selling stories. It is the story that most resonates with the human soul—as though the tale is really our own.
Necessary Evil:
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says that the ability to lift a baby rabbit does not prove great strength, nor does the ability to see the sun and moon display great insight. In the same way, a hero cannot be considered great without the presence of a great villain. Therefore, the antagonist in your story is the most important character because he defines the struggle that makes the protagonist who he is. Do you know how to write a well-rounded, believable, even loveable villain your readers can’t stand? Would you like to learn?

Creating Believable Characters

Even the most thrilling adventure story is only as good as the characters who people it. Good characters, like good people, make us laugh, cry, grow, change, and fall in love. This workshop quickly covers the basics of character development then helps you go deeper to discover what makes your character tick—and your reader bond with your story.

Discovering the Plot

Plotting is a cinch for some and a headache for others. Let’s talk about different ways of plotting your book and discover the best method for you.

Let’s Get Published

Self-Published author Robbie Iobst, Independent Publisher Mike Daniels, and traditional publisher J. Christine Richards discuss different methods of getting your book published. The pros and cons of each method will be discussed along with answering questions to help authors make informed decisions.


Dreading the red pen? Self editing explores all the writing pitfalls authors fall into, including idioms, analogies and cliches. Learn to leave out the danger words and other do and don’ts. Red ink not required.



Author, speaker and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer has published over 300 times in non-fiction markets. Her first novella, “You’re a Charmer Mr. Grinch,” included in the inspirational romance collection, Postmark Christmas, was a Carol Award finalist, and her first historical novel, Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal, continues to earn five star reviews. Once a public school teacher, Paula loves helping others learn to write. Visit her at

Course: Creating Believable Characters

Richards 200J. Christine Richards, (Chris) editor and vice-president of Written World Communications, finds joy in speaking to and working with local writing groups and nationwide conferences. Her passion is to encourage and support writers, especially new ones as they improve their writing skills and walk the path to getting published. She is the founder of WAY – Words And Youth.
She is a member and former officer of South Denver Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers and Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild. As an author, she writes suspense, devotions, short stories and educational materials. Her website is

Course: Discovering the Plot

Mike Daniels has been in the publishing business for the last two decades working with publishers and authors nationwide. As the Great Plains Territory Manager for Four Colour Print Group, Mike consults with authors and publishers with the book production and design. As a publishing coach, Mike guides clients through the publishing process, providing direction, connections and creative insight to reach their targeted goals. Mike is a published author (Living, Loving and Loathing: Modern Rhymes and Limericks for the Romantically Inclined and Humorously Correct). His other accomplishments are: Director of Public Affairs for the Colorado Civil Air Patrol, Editor of Peaks & Planes magazine , past President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, recipient of the CIPA Leadership Award and the Ric Simmons Memorial Life Vest Award, current President of the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation, currently serving on CIPA’s Board of Directors, a contributing writer for A Sheltered Life Magazine, a Rotarian of the Year. Mike holds an MPA in Non-profit Organization Management from the University of Colorado and Harvard. You can reach him at or

Mike will be serving on the Let’s Get Published Panel

Nathan 218N. Paul Williams is a horror writer who specializes in thinking outside the box. The denizens of his mind include a vampire puppet that manipulates its masters, a lycanthropic priest, a director out to ruin his own career, a bogeyman academy, a psycho clown who stands sentinel in the portal between this world and the gates of hell, and a carnival of lost souls found. His other creative exploits include puppetry, songwriting, scripts, haunted houses, short stories, and the general insanity of seeing the world from a completely different point of view.

Course: The Hero’s Journey

SONY DSC Tracy Sockriter, from Elizabeth, CO is the Executive Editor of Written World Communications for Children’s imprints, including Starsongs Magazine (a magazine for children and by children ages 9 – 19). Wife to her knight, Bill, mother of 5, grandmother of 4, she has spent her last 9 years homeschooling her three youngest children. Tracy has worked in ministry both as Children’s Director and Awana T&T director.
She is a current member of the South Denver chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writer’s (ACFW) group and attends Words for the Journey writer’s guild when she’s not blogging, homeschooling or otherwise being the Mom.
Course: Editing


Robbie Iobst is a transplanted Texan, award-winning speaker and author. Her nonfiction work includes the devotional Joy Dance as well as numerous articles, including eight credits in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Robbie lives in Centennial, Colorado with her husband and son. Cecilia Jackson’s Last Chance is her debut novel.
Robbie will be serving on the Let’s Get Published Panel



Why a Teen Conference?

Time to Network

Lots of writers conferences have teen tracks so why should there be a conference just for teens?

Writing can be a lonely job. It is mostly an author curled up with a computer. But I don’t know anyone, even the best-selling authors, who can work alone. Building a network to help is an important part of the writing journey.

This is an opportunity to gather with authors the same age and to start building that network.

So let’s talk networking:

  1. Make writing friends to help brainstorm.
  1. Make friends to celebrate acceptances and share rejections.
  1. Pick the minds of published authors to learn more about writing.

4. Develop relationships with publishers and editors for advice on how to get published.

Check it out


Remember the WAY Conference page is up!

Check out the schedule and the classes.

Class descriptions and bios of the instructors are coming soon. 

Share with your friends interested in writing. Remember the conference is for teens, but if you have 

someone near that age, let us know.