2021 Speak Up Conference Agenda

All times EST

(Additional details forthcoming)

Pre-Conference Sessions:

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    • Videotaping & Critiquing of Speeches (15-minute speech with feedback from a faculty member) ½ hour time slot
    • 7 Strategies to Secure Speaking Engagements – Robyn Dykstra (3-hours)

Pre-Conference Sessions:

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Writers’ Pre-Conference Options:
    • Book Proposal Intensive Clinic – Dave & Cindy Lambert (3-hours)
    • Book Proposal Studio – Kathy Bruins & Kim de Blecourt (3-hours)
    • Amazon Boot Camp – Suzanne Kuhn & Vincent B. Davis II (3-hours)
  • Speakers’ Pre-Conference Option 
    • Videotaping & Critiquing of Speeches (15-minute speech with feedback from a faculty member) ½ hour time slot
    • Increase Your Influence & Find Your Stage – Jill Savage (3-hours)

3:00 - 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 - 3:25 – Welcome & Giveaways

3:25 - 3:30 – Moving Moments with Vicki Heath

3:30 pm – Opening Keynote Session

Praise & Worship—Laura Dingman and Team

Michelle McKinney Hammond – “What is Your Message?”

4:30 - 5:00 – Q & A with Michelle McKinney Hammond & Carol Kent

5:00 - 5:15 pm – Break

5:15 - 6:15 pm – Your Choice:  Virtual meal with Faculty Member (Premier & Classic Ticket), Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Stop by Prayer Room or Take a Break

6:15 - 7:00 pm – Panel Discussion: TBA

7:00 - 7:15 pm – Break

7:15 - 8:45 pm – Small Group Critiquing of First Presentation or 1st Page Peer Critiquing

Speakers’ Track - Small Group Critiquing of First Presentation

Writers’ Track - 1st Page Peer Critiquing 

See you tomorrow!

9:55 am – Moving Moments – Vicki Heath

10:00 – Welcome, Announcements, & Giveaways – Carol & Bonnie

10:05 - 10:15 – Praise & Worship – Laura Dingman & Team

10:15 - 10:45 – Stephanie Rousselle – “God’s Glory, Our Delight!”

10:45 - 11:00 – Q & A with Stephanie Rousselle

11:00 - 11:45 – Panel Discussion: Building a Platform

11:45 - 12:00 – Break

12:00 - 1:00 – Virtual meal with Faculty Member (Premier & Classic Ticket) or Lunch on your own (Standard Ticket)

1:00 - 2:00 – Your Choice:  Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Prayer Room or Take a Break

2:00 - 3:00 – Your Choice:  Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Prayer Room or Take a Break

3:00 - 3:05 – Giveaways & Moving Moments – Vicki Heath

3:05 - 3:15 – Tracy DeGraaf – Comedian

3:15 - 3:30 – Scott Lindsey – Research Made Simple

3:30 - 4:15 – Panel Discussion – Platinum Sponsors

4:15 - 5:15 – Your Choice:  Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Stop by Prayer Room or Take a Break

5:15 - 6:15 – Virtual meal with Faculty Member (Premier & Classic Ticket) or Lunch on your own (Standard Ticket)

6:15 - 6:20 – Giveaways

6:20 - 6:30 – Cheri Cowell – Book Awards

6:30 - 6:40 – Praise & Worship – Laura Dingman & Team

6:40 - 7:10 – Keynote – Bruce Martin – "Undivided: How to Disagree without Being Disagreeable"

7:10 - 7:30 – Q & A with Bruce Martin

7:30 - 8:30 – Your Choice:  Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Stop by Prayer Room or Take a Break

See you tomorrow!

9:55 am – Moving Moments – Vicki Heath

10:00 - 10:05 – Welcome & Announcements – Carol Kent & Bonnie Emmorey

10:05 - 10:15 – Praise & Worship – Laura Dingman & Team

10:15 - 10:45 – Megan Brown – "Seeing Jesus: Making the Gospel the Message"

10:45 - 11:00 – Q & A with Megan Brown

11:00 - 11:45 – Panel Discussion – TBA

11:45 - 12:45 – Virtual meal with Faculty Member (Premier & Classic Ticket) or Lunch on your own (Standard Ticket)  

12:45 - 12:50 – Giveaways

12:50 - 12:55 – Moving Moments – Vicki Heath

12:55 - 1:00 – Andrew Hamlet – Spoken Word

1:00 - 1:10 – Speak Up Masterpiece Theater – Bonnie Emmorey & Gene Kent

1:10 - 2:10 – Your Choice:  Breakout Session, Networking in Coffee Room, Stop by Prayer Room or Take a Break

2:10 - 2:15 – Break

2:15 - 3:45 – Speakers’ Track – 2nd Small Group Critiquing Session (live feedback on 3-minute talks)

      Writers’ Track – 8 Hard But Helpful Realities Every Writer Needs to Know with Dave & Cindy Lambert followed by Q & A with publishers, editors & agents

3:45 - 4:00 – Break

4:00 - 5:30 – Closing Session: Praise & Worship – Laura Dingman & Team

    Keynote – Carol Kent

Video Access Information:

  • Standard

    Video access available for two weeks.

  • Classic

    Video access for 3 months.

  • Premier

    Video access for 1 YEAR!