* Would you like to brush up on your editing skills or learn something new?

* Are you wondering if editing is right for you?

* Are you an established editor looking for some face-to-face connections?

* Are you an in-house editor seeking an editing community or continuing education?

Please join us to learn from industry professionals and network with fellow editors from beginners to seasoned professionals!

 

Meet our 2021 keynote speaker, Bob Hostetler!

Bob’s years of experience as an award-winning author, magazine and freelance book editor, international speaker, and literary agent give him a panoramic view of the publishing industry. His more than fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. Bob is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com). His passionate pursuit of God’s best for his life will inspire you to place your full confidence in God’s ability to direct your career too.

Faculty & Workshops

As the only annual conference for Christian editors, our faculty works hard to ensure every session speaks to our attendees’ specific needs. Whether you are an aspiring editor or a seasoned editor, you’ll find workshops that address relevant issues.

Virtual etworking

Our virtual conference offers opportunities to interact with faculty during workshops and one-on-one appointments. You will also be able to meet and converse with other attendees in our virtual fellowship meetings.

Volunteers

Would you like to join the planning team or volunteer to help at the conference? Contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Audio & Video Recordings

Ready to learn from PENCON faculty now? Audio and video recordings from previous conferences are available for instant download. Order here.

“I was also affirmed in my choice of retirement careers in that so many others shared my experiences and feelings.”

“In spite of being forced online, PENCON did not disappoint! Every presentation brought fresh wind to my sails and excitement about applying what I learned. I’ll go back and watch the recordings of the ones I missed. The conference staff handled the technology like champs. Thank you for providing this opportunity.”

“The 2020 PENCON may not have been traditional, but it was a joy to attend. I took away lots of nuggets to use in my editing business, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference.”

“Virtual PENCON was extremely well organized and facilitated, making for a smooth and pleasant attendee experience. The presenters were knowledgeable and engaging, and even as an experienced editor, I learned a lot. I appreciated the interspersing of prayer throughout the conference and how some editors see their editing work as a calling and even as worship. It was powerful to be among a group that shares not only a profession but also Christian faith.”

“PENCON is the only conference where the other attendees get me. It’s so refreshing to be among like-minded editors who do what they do because they see it as a calling and a gifting rather than a job. I continue to be impressed by the generosity of the presenters and attendees alike. So much sharing.”

“Oh my goodness, PENCON went way beyond meeting my expectations. I learned so much! I can’t wait for next year!”

“I am much more likely to attend a virtual conference in the future. It went so smoothly!”

2020 & 2021 Writers’ Conferences

The Christy Award®
October 8, 2020 at 11am CT: Finalist Reveal | November 12, 2020 at 7pm CT: Winners Reveal

Art of Writing conference
October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 and November 5, 2020 at 7pm CT