New-Kathy Bruins

Kathy Bruins

Get to Know Kathy:

Kathy Bruins helps writers and authors take the next step in their journey through consultation, teaching, coaching, and praying. Kathy has a freelance business and is the founder of The Well Ministries for Creatives, a nonprofit organization. Prayer is important to Kathy. She has led many organizations in corporate prayer. Kathy serves as President of Word Weavers, West Michigan. Her speaking topics include The Book Proposal Studio with Kim de Blecourt, Collaborating with Style, Mind Mapping Treasure Hunt, and other helpful writing workshops. She speaks at women’s retreats, churches, and human trafficking events. Kathy and Kim’s book is Book Proposal Secrets and includes access to a book proposal template. She lives in Southwest Michigan with her husband and enjoys workouts, classic movies, chocolate-covered popcorn, and puzzles (the tough ones).

Kathy is also the Prayer Connector this year, so you will be meeting her by way of email after you register. You may also find her in one of the Prayer Rooms during the conference.

Pre-Conference Session

Book Proposal Studio (3 hours) 

Presented by Kathy Bruins and Kim de Blecourt 

Limit: 25 registrants

  • Fiction Proposal Template
  • Non-fiction Proposal Template

Prerequisite: Attendees for this session should come with a first draft completed using one of our two proposal templates above. Registered attendees will receive directions (via email, before the conference) to help you pull together the necessary information for your proposal.

The BOOK PROPOSAL STUDIO is for writers in the process of preparing a book-length manuscript to present to agents or editors for traditional publication consideration. An agent or editor wants to get right to the point. A well-written book proposal helps you to clarify your project so you can clearly communicate your idea for publishing consideration. Your book proposal must also answer the questions on an agent or editor’s mind, such as:

  • the message of your book idea
  • your book idea’s audience
  • your book idea’s competition
  • and more

Broken into seven segments, this hands-on clinic will begin with a presentation of each (with an example), then offer you time to refine each proposal element and ask questions. If time allows, we will break into small groups for personal feedback and critique.


The Book Proposal Studio was practical and insightful. Kathy & Kim walked us through each step of writing a book proposal and equipped us with the tools necessary to go home and start the process right away. They made it easy to understand and broke it down so it doesn't seem as scary as it did before the workshop. They are both easy to relate to, treated us all as equals, and were professional. They also answered every question asked. I highly recommend their wisdom and expertise. (Barbara Winters, Attendee)

Breakout Session:

Attention Getting One-Sheets

The one-sheet is a condensed version of your book proposal … only a lot more creative visually. Agents and acquisition editors desire to see your one-sheet at the conference. This is a huge selling tool for your manuscript. This session will show you what needs to be on the one-sheet and what doesnt. To get your creative juices going, we will review several other one-sheets and discuss what works and what doesnt. A color printer will be made available for you to print out your one-sheet before your one-on-one meetings at the conference.

15-minute appointments:

15-minute appointments

Meeting with Kathy Bruins would help any new or intermediate writer take the next steps in their career path, current project, or book proposal/one sheet questions for she has been in the writing industry for over 20 years. Kathy also has a great network of people whom she could suggest on your future steps.


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