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How to Benefit from a Conference Writing Session :: Denise Hughes {Ep 14}

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a writing session at a conference and hoped you would walk away a better writer?

Wishing that perhaps the speaker would hand you the elusive rainbow unicorn you have been in search of? That you would finally figure out what is meant by “find your writing voice”?

Well, today’s podcast guest, Denise Hughes, a professor of Freshman composition at Azusa Pacific University and Declare Conference speaker, is offering her words of advice to conference attendees. Her goal is to help us benefit from her writing session offered at Declare.

Thank goodness.


More specifically, we chat about:

  • Denise’s first blog–like stones of remembrance; the journey to calling herself a ‘blogger’
  • What Denise loves about blogging conferences
  • How to get the most out of a writing session at a conference
  • The fallacy of feedback & writing to your strengths
  • Aristotle & Plato’s thoughts and how they apply to writing quality content
  • Story Telling based on John 1:14  (“Jesus came from the Father full of grace and truth”)
  • Denise’s practical tips for writing out your story, without offending others.
  • Comparing an autobiography to a memoir and how it directs your content.
  • The biggest challenge every storyteller faces
  • Comparison of early 20th century novels and today’s generation of readers
  • What makes good literature timeless, and the danger of pop culture references

One of my favorite quotes from the show:

“A properly placed comma never transformed anyone’s life.”-Denise Hughes

Connect with Denise:

Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram

Show Notes:

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Ann Voskamp
  • John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 What do you hope to learn about writing in Denise’s session?

How to Listen to the Declare Conference Podcast:

1. Listen on the blog. Go to and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .doesn’t work on smartphones).

2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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