BlissDom is the only conference that focuses on writing development year after year. For many of us, writing is the lifeblood of our work. It’s the core around which all else is built. The need to share stories and ideas is what draws us together, while the ability to share those stories and ideas effectively is what makes us a force to be reckoned with on a global scale.
Our medium, the written word, is subtle and artistic, effective and graceful; it’s crucial to our success to ensure we use it to its greatest effect on both a practical and artistic scale. Our 2013 Writing track guides you creatively, sparking momentum, and will lead you lovingly through the art of constructive feedback without all of that icky stage fright.
Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. Author of Perfectly Unique, a spiritual growth book for high school and college girls, Annie is passionate about seeing young women find true value in God and His love for them. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience a fulfilled life with a living God who loves deeply.
When she’s not working on books, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet- blogging at AnnieBlogs and (in)courage- sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie also loves getting to travel around the country speaking to young women as a Girls of Grace speaker as well as at other retreats and events.
Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.
Annie’s Session: Write Now: How To Write Wisely Through All Seasons
Jeff Goins was born and raised outside of Chicago. After graduating from Illinois College, he spent a year on the road with a band and was once recognized on the streets of Taipei. An author, speaker, and writing coach, Jeff’s work has been featured on some of the largest blogs in the world. He lives in Franklin, TN with his family. You can find him online at Goinswriter.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffGoins.
Jeff’s Session: When Good Writing Isn’t Good Enough
Striking a balance and perspective that make her a sought-after voice, Megan Jordan operates her social media vehicles in low gear. Her nuanced approach to integrated marketing has generated solid case studies that are modeled almost immediately. But at BlissDom? She’s focusing on the acclaimed writing that forms the foundation of this community.
Publishing from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Megan infuses her work with depth as rich as mud in the bayou and humor bold as blackened shrimp. She updates her personal blog,Velveteen Mind, at a Southern pace (read: leisurely) and explores the threadbare beauty of parenting at her Babble Voices blog, Threadbare Theory. Her literary magazine, Story Bleed Magazine, aches for you to discover yourself where the lines between our stories bleed together, unexpectedly resonating.
Megan’s Session: Uninterrupted Thought: Power Of Focus
Bianca Juarez Olthoff
Bianca Juarez Olthoff is a writer and teacher in love with two men: Jesus and her husband Matt. She spends her week working as Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization, but loves having dance parties in the living room with her two step-children or cooking for friends.
Passionate about the creative process and literary documentation, she teaches around the globe and blogs about justice, freedom, and the pursuit of awesomeness. Whether discussing topics about justice or pop culture, Bianca has spent over ten years dedicated to mobilizing people to write words that matter—whether behind their computer screen or beside their neighbor.
Shelly Kramer is the Founder and CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing. A 20+ year marketing veteran, she’s an integrated marketing strategist, brand storyteller, digital marketing pro, content marketer, speaker and corporate trainer. Recently recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers, she’s half marketer, half geek, with a propensity for numbers, producing results and a dash of quick repartee.
Shelly and the V3 team often work with agencies and brands, helping them learn how to most effectively work with bloggers and influencer outreach efforts, as well as helping them develop programs and campaigns that maximize results. She likewise works with bloggers and brand advocates/influencers, helping them learn how to get more and better work, form long-lasting relationships with brands and agencies and how to deliver results that will make them sit up and take notice.
Her client experience is diverse and includes working in both B2B and B2C markets. Her blog has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs and by PostRank as one of the Top 100 Most Engaging Social Media Blogs. Find her on Twitter, LinkedIn and read her blog.
Shelly’s Session: Writing For The Web: What, Why And How To Kick Butt At It
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