WINNIPEG, Manitoba — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — Goldrock Press is pleased to announce its First Nations Christian Writers’ Conference to be held at Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday March 30th, 2017.
Keynote speaker for the conference will be Mr. Bill Jackson, a Cree pastor, author, and teacher. Workshops will be led by Les Stobbe, an active literary agent for over twenty years; Brenda Fontaine, a Cree author and freelance journalist; and Sue Carlisle, author, columnist, and a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. A launch for First Nations Christian Writers Volume 2 published by Goldrock Press will be held at 2:00 p.m. and will include readings by the authors.
Cost of conference includes lunch and dinner: $100.00 if registered before February 28th; $125.00 if registered after February 28th. Cheques or money orders should be made out to Goldrock Press, Box 1185, Norway House, MB R0B 1B0.
About Goldrock Press
Founded by Dorene Meyer of Norway House, Manitoba, Goldrock Press is a small publishing company existing to publish and promote northern authors. First Nations authors published by Goldrock Press include Flora Rideout, author of Tansi; Brenda Fontaine, author of the Babs’ Adventures series; Byron Apetagon, author of a Cree coloring book; Irene Young, author of Nena; and Pauline Poker, author of Niwanawin. Goldrock Press also has twenty-two anthologies: eleven with adults, three with teens and eight with children.
About Bill Jackson
Bill Jackson is Cree from northern Alberta-he was born at Whitefish Lake Reserve and now resides at Goodfish Lake, Alberta. Bill has written eight books: As Long as the Rivers Run, God and the First Nations, Suicide and Then, Scripture and Traditional Religion, First Foundations for Families, Baptism and Communion, We Sailed to America before Columbus, and A More Sure Word. He has also produced a pamphlet: Dying, Death and Bereavement.
As a child, Bill attended residential school. At age 17, he became a born-again Christian and later graduated from Bible college in 1957. Bill has served as a missionary pastor, Bible school teacher, itinerant evangelist/Bible teacher, radio and television speaker, and author. He and his wife, Shirley, have been members of Northern Canada Evangelical Mission (NCEM) since 1964, and Bill is an advisory member for Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC). The Jacksons raised five children.
About Les Stobbe
Stobbe’s career in the literary world began in Winnipeg as the founding editor of the Mennonite Observer. He went on to teach for a time, then became manager of a large bookstore in Chicago, spending half his time as book acquisitions editor for Moody press. He was also editor of Christian Bookseller Magazine, editorial director of Cambridge Publishers in Winnipeg and founding editor of the Alberta and B.C. Business Journals. He went on to become editorial director of Moody Press, President of Here’s Life Publishers and curriculum managing editor at Scripture Press. Mr. Stobbe has written 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. His life focus has been helping writers succeed. He currently resides in North Carolina. His website is www.stobbeliterary.com
About Brenda Fontaine
Brenda Fontaine is a prolific author with articles and poems published in North Roots magazine, First Nations Voice, Urban NDN, Maranatha News, First Nations Christian Writers and the Northern Writers anthology series. Brenda has also written a contemporary novel titled Tyranny in Our Times and three children’s books in her Babs’ Adventures series, books which tell the story of a young girl growing up in a Cree community in the 1950’s.
About Sue Carlisle
Sue Carlisle is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Sue and her husband, Wes, raised their children in Montana and then immigrated to Alberta in 1989. Sue published several articles in PAOC’s magazine, Testimony, and wrote stories for the Canadian Book of Hope. She has written a column in the Indian Life Newspaper for eleven years. Indian Life also published her book, Walking with the Creator Along the Narrow Road, in 2013.
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