EPA 2015 Convention registration now open

Registration is now open for EPA’s 2015 convention scheduled for April 8 to 10, 2015 at the Westin Westminster, located between Denver and Boulder, Colorado. The annual convention is EPA’s main attraction as members from all over North America join together each year for three days of inspiration, instruction and interaction.

Here are highlights of some things new and different for 2015.

 Pre-Conference Sessions

EPA is offering two eight-hour intensive seminars that will take place Tuesday afternoon, April 7, and Wednesday morning, April 8, prior to the official beginning of the convention on Wednesday afternoon.

  •  “Unlocking the Secrets of Writing Powerful Stories,” led by Anne Marie Winz
  • “Award-winning Magazine Design: A professional magazine design seminar,” sponsored by Magazine Training International

 Morning Plenary Sessions

The morning plenary sessions and lunch speakers are designed after the popular TED Talks to spotlight trends and issues that impact the evangelical publishing world.

 Conversations About Contemporary Thinkers

Following the example of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and their conversations with the Inklings, we've invited some of EPA's seasoned editors to share thoughts on contemporary thinkers and their impact on culture and the publishing world. Participants are invited to ask questions, offer insights and even debate the topics discussed. This is a late night option for connection and networking.

Three-Part Design Field Trip

Part I: Learn more about engaging readers in meaningful ways with this visit to Gloo, a Boulder-based technology firm. Gloo collaborates with organizations that serve people who champion spiritual formation, leadership development, marriages, and families, using content and digital engagement to teach and reinforce principles and practices that those organizations know are essential to cultivate and support those "champions." Scott Beck, the company's founder, will share Gloo's collaborative process: How the company creates valuable content experiences by first shaping the knowledge its partner organizations possess, and then by delivering that knowledge through digital platforms designed with the habits and preferences of champions in mind.

Part II: Hear and see the story of how Boulder-based advertising firm Sterling Rice Group uses collaboration to generate ideas and designs, and then deliver them across multiple channels to build and expand the reach of numerous global brands, such as Wendy's, Quaker, Pepsi, California Almonds, and Hershey's.

Part III: Dine with fellow tour participants at one of Boulder's unique restaurants. Reflect on what you heard, saw, and learned, and discuss what lessons you see applying toward your own publishing endeavors (note: this is a "dinner on your own" option).

Early Morning Guided Prayer Walks

Join fellow EPA colleagues for a one-mile walk on trails near the convention hotel.