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Spring 2003 | Volume 26, Number 2 | Campus
Christian Writers Conference Features Author-Humorist Liz Curtis Higgs

ON MAY 30 AND 31
, writers will again gather for Seattle Pacific University’s Christian Writers Renewal. Sponsored by the SPU Society of Fellows with support from Promontory Artists Association, the two-day conference offers writers a time apart from their busy lives to grow professionally and to restore their spirits.

Liz Curtis Higgs, humorist and author whose sales of almost two million books attest to her influence on people’s lives, will be the keynote speaker. Dick Staub, popular radio host and publisher of the Web-based “Culture Watch,” will lead sessions on “Influencing America’s Spiritual Journey.” Saturday workshops for published authors, those well on their way to being published, and serious beginners cover such topics as “Working With Editors and Agents,” “Developing Strong Prose and Salable Short-Short Stories” and “Starting and Maintaining Your Writing Career.” On Friday, there will be opportunity for group editorial appointments with editors looking for publishable material.

The public is invited to “An Evening With Liz Curtis Higgs” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30. Individual tickets are $12. Held in Upper Gwinn Commons, this event, which includes a book signing, is free for fully registered conferees.

Registration for the entire conference is $99, and discounts and scholarships are available for university students. For a conference brochure, registration information or Friday evening tickets, call the Society of Fellows office at 206/281-2723 or send e-mail to

The full brochure is also online at

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