“Writing to Inspire” Workshop
Instructor: Twila Belk

When: Saturday, July 14th 2-4 p.m.
Where: Midwest Writing Center (RIPL, 401 19th St. Rock Island, IL 61201)
Cost: MWC Members: $15 for one workshop
Non-MWC members: $20 for one workshop
High school and college students: free admission

Do you have a burning desire to share life-changing truths with others?
Would you like to stir people’s hearts and spur them to action?
Do you want to offer comfort and encouragement to those who so desperately need it?
Do you hope to make a difference with your words?

That’s great! But your writing can’t do that unless it’s read.

To make sure it’s read, you need to . . .

  • target the right audience;
  • get it in the proper hands;
  • put it in the correct format;
  • engage the reader;
  • and get the word out.

In this class, we’ll talk about do’s and don’ts of writing to inspire, including the points mentioned above. We’ll also guide you in shaping your message and allow you time to write (if possible). Bring your questions with you.

To register, you can use PayPal below to register online; call Ryan Collins at 309-732-7330 to pay over the phone; or send a check with a note to Midwest Writing Center, c/o RIPL, 401 19th St., Rock Island, IL, 61201. Space is limited, so register today!

What school do you attend?

Also known as the “Gotta Tell Somebody Gal,” Twila Belk is a popular speaker and writer with seven published books. Her newest release is The Power to Be: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous, a 40-day devotional (BroadStreet Publishing). She has contributed to several other books and has written numerous articles and promotional materials.

In addition to writing and speaking, she enjoys teaching and keynoting at writers conferences across the nation. She directed the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference for eight years and a national writers conference for two years. Owning a Christian bookstore, medical transcribing, hosting an online radio program, and being a journeyman machinist and spec writer at the Rock Island Arsenal are all part of her broad background.

Since June of 2007, Twila has worked closely with Cecil Murphey—author of 140 published books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). Well connected through her work with Murphey, Twila frequently interacts with the media, editors, agents, publishers, conference directors, and other industry professionals.

She has a good amount of experience in the field of publishing and enjoys brainstorming and working with aspiring writers. Now transitioning into the role of The Writer’s Champion, Twila offers coaching, editing, and additional services to those who need help with their next steps.

Twila is a panelist for The Writer’s View (TWV) and is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), Christian Authors Network (CAN), The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, and Christian Humor Writers.

Learn more about Twila at www.gottatellsomebody.com.


This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Regional Development Authority and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.