Karin Berry

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Karin Beery

Beginning Writing Track Leader; Author and Editor

Karin Beery has dedicated the last decade of her life to studying fiction and honing her writing and editing skills. Now, as the coordinator for the Christian Editor Connection and instructor for the PEN Institute, she helps other writers and editors do the same. She currently works as the managing editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ managing editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction at Iron Stream Media acquiring stories that entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

Karin's Sessions

Discover Your Novel Writing Process

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Or both? Or neither? Unsure? And which way is the best way? Is there a “right way” to write your novel manuscript?

Plotting novelist Pegg Thomas and semi-pantser Karin Beery have each found success using different novel-writing techniques … but they also call each other for help when they find a hole or weak spot in their stories and characters. Individually, they’ve discovered the advantages and disadvantages of each novel-writing style. Together, they’ve learned how using pieces of the other person’s techniques can help them create stronger, more engaging stories.

During this class, Pegg and Karin will walk you through the different processes (plot-centered outlining vs. character-centered pantsing), helping you discover which style works best for you and how you can use elements of different novel-writing styles to strengthen your own.

Time Slot: Pre-Conference

How Your Genre is Getting Your Novel Rejected

Not understanding genre requirements or misclassifying genres is one of the top five reasons manuscripts are rejected. Here’s a look at fiction genres, what they mean, and what agents/editors have to say about them.

Time Slot: 2

How to Kill Your Career Before It Starts

Forget your skills and platform—the quickest way to kill your career is to compare yourself to others. With so many artists, speakers, and authors online and available at your fingertips, it’s easy to do, but it’s not helping you reach your personal or career goals.

In this class, we’ll take a look at some of the deadliest comparisons and learn how to use them as encouragement instead of condemnation.

Time Slot: 5

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