Are you a fiction writer struggling with the “messy middle” of your story? Do you want to develop depth in your characters, whether fiction or non-fiction? 

These are the topics that Kathi delves into today with her guest, Melanie Dobson, author of almost 30 books and workshop presenter at the upcoming West Coast Christian Writers Conference. Melanie will share some of the challenges she has faced as a writer and help us think through ways to weave together a compelling story. 

Listen in and learn:

  • The importance of writing fiction that is believable.
  • Why you need external and internal conflict in your story.
  • Ideas for understanding your characters’ personalities more deeply.

So tune in and get a taste of what’s to come in Melanie’s workshop at the 2022 West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

Want to join Kathi, Melanie, and many other authors at the next West Coast Christian Writers Conference? Sign up for the WCCW newsletter here to get the latest info and links for the flash sale, which will run from November 29-December 3, 2021.

The conference will be held February 17-19, 2022, in-person and online with keynote talks, workshops, pre-conference mentoring groups, small groups, and appointments with agents/editors. Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, CA, a spacious church in a suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area, will be hosting. Attendees will find easy access to public transportation and proximity to hotels and restaurants.

Insider’s scoop: Since the beginning, this conference has always had a friendly, low-key feel together with high-level speakers and teachers. The conference organizers are friends, and when you attend, you become a friend, too.

Exclusive offer to Kathi’s audience: If you are listening to this podcast after the flash sale is over, you can still register and get the flash sale price by using the coupon code “REDHOUSE.” All you have to do is go to our website, click on the register button, and use this coupon code during registration to get the sale price even after the sale is over!

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Meet Your Hosts

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

Author, Speaker, Communicator Academy Creator and CEO

Communicator Academy founder, Leverage: The Speaker Conference creator and master instructor Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 17 books including “Clutter Free,” “Overwhelmed,” and “The Husband Project.”

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

Kathi’s desire to help fellow speakers and authors avoid the mistakes she made, increase their confidence and be the person God made them to be, inspired her creation of Communicator Academy. Her newest adventure, is The Red House where she offers writer’s retreats and Writers in Residence events. Learn more about the Red House at

Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson

The award-winning author of almost thirty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical fiction including Catching the Wind, The Curator’s Daughter, and Memories of Glass. She is also the co-author of A Split in Time: How to Write Dual Timeline, Split Time, and Time-Slip Fiction.

Melanie’s novels have won five Carol Awards, the Audie Award for Inspirational Fiction, and the ForeWord Religious Fiction Book of the Year.

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