Events

CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS:

Breathe Christian Writer’s Conference – Grand Rapids MI, October 6-7, 2017

Tracy, a founding member of the Breathe CWC, is thrilled to announce Leslie Leyland Fields as this year’s Breathe conference key note speaker. An accomplished author, editor and teacher, Field’s most recent book Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, was the winner of Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award for Christian Living/Discipleship. Fields also writes for Christianity Today, Books and Culture, her.meneutics, InTouch, and the award-winning Wordserve Watercooler. She teaches university-level classes and workshops, and runs a professional writing business.

About Breathe Christian Writers Conference – “Breathe is for writers by writers who care about words and relationships. We love to connect writers with vital tools for their craft, but also with fellow writers. After all, God never intended us to travel alone.”

To find out more about the conference speakers, sessions and registration, or to win a FREE scholarship to this year’s conference, click here.

 

PAST EVENTS:

Ionia Community Library Cultural Program Series Tuesday April 18, 2017
Ionia Library’s Cultural series seeks to inspire and enhance culture in their community. The Cultural Program Series venue allows for various educational classes to accomplish that goal. Groot’s Christy-award winning novel, Sentinels of Andersonville, piqued the interest of the program’s organizers and they contacted Tracy to speak. Tracy will share from her in-depth research on notorious Andersonville and the social and moral dilemmas faced by all involved.

Breathe Christian Writers Conference October 7-8, 2016
This tenth anniversary features keynote speaker James Scott Bell, author of many books including The Art of War for Writers. Tracy will teach a session for fiction writers titled The Triquetra: Character, Plot , and Voice. She will also host a lunch forum titled On Creating a Good Work. For more information, go to breatheconference.com

Breathe Christian Writers Conference October 8-9, 2015
Keynote speaker was author Steven James. Tracy taught two workshops: How to Get Your Muse to Cough Up the Goods, and Need to Read: A Case for the Classics. For more information on the Grand Rapids conference, go to breatheconference.com.

Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, IN – October 31-November 1, 2014
Tracy’s class What can Historical Fiction Do? addressed the questions, “What gives historical fiction its enduring value?” and “What makes for well-crafted fiction about the past?” To find out more, click here.

Critical Acclaim for Christy Award-Winning Author Tracy Groot’s The Sentinels of Andersonville 
Tyndale’s February 2014 Release Receives Advance Accolades
ECPA Press Release

Andersonville Prison ‘Museum Night’ – Jan. 24, 2015
Tracy spoke at the Andersonville Prison’s Museum night, w/ living history presentation based upon things brought up in the book, as far as the local take about Andersonville.
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Breathe Christian Writers Conference – Oct. 10&11, 2014
Tracy’s workshop, “Coming Strong to Every Scene” focused on the most important component making up the novel: the individual scene. Find out more about the conference, speakers and how you can get a free scholarship to next year’s conference, go to breatheconference.com

Inspire – An Evening of Booksignings, Reading & More! – Oct. 9, 2014
Tracy was be featured alongside Julie Cantrell, Jocelyn Green, Susie Finkbeiner and Sharon Brown for an evening of book-signings, readings and more. To find out more, go to the Baker Book House website.

Holland Museum’s Civil War Muster – Sept. 20&21, 2014

Tracy spoke on Andersonville Prison and shared from her in-depth research of the infamous prison. Check out a couple of photos of Tracy in garb with some famous “historical” figures.

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For information on this event, click here hollandmuseum.org/muster/

Festival of Faith and Writing – April 12-14, 2014
Tracy presented multiple sessions at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College.

  • Conversation, “Old Facts, Fresh Stories” – Tracy Groot and Deborah Heiligman, Thursday April 10 – 3:15-4:15 pm.
  • “What Fiction Can Do” – Panel discussion w/ Sharon Garlough Brown, Hugh Cook, Tracy Groot, Friday April 11 – 8:30-9:30 am.
  • “Writing Historical Fiction: How to Track, Tame, and Fashion Facts into Stories People Want to Read” – Tracy Groot, Solo Presentation, Saturday April 12 – 3:30-4:30 pm.

Photo of Sharon Garlough Brown, Hugh Cook and Tracy
Tracy at FFW

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JOT: The GR-Writers Mini-Conference – March 14, 2014 7-11PM
JOT was created to provide writers with an time to meet each other and strengthen the Grand Rapids literary scene through a fun community event; provide excellent content for writers to learn something about the craft or the industry; and provide busy writers with space and time to actually write and not just talk about it.

This event was successful and packed with local authors and aspiring authors. In Tracy’s words, “Had a fantastic time at a one-night mini writer’s conference! After learning some great stuff from great speakers, time was even given for personal writing–now that’s a writer’s conference!” jotwritersconference.wordpress.com

Photos from the event…
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Baker Book House – February 4, 2014
At the event, Tracy gave a short talk on the research and writing of Sentinels, followed by a book signing for copies of her new book, Sentinels of Andersonville, a Tyndale hardcover-only release. www.bakerbookstore.com

Photos from the event…
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“The Writing Show” w/ Tim Burns & Dawn Scott Jones – February 3, 2014
Tracy was featured in a live interview on The Writing Show, a talk radio blog, which has a vision to help writers find their unique voice, strive for exceptional skills, and raise the quality of their writing. www.thewritingshow.com

Listen to the interview…(starts at minute 13:57)

 

UPDATE – The Sentinels of Andersonville is shipping!

A Civil War story about the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia. A majority of Civil War prisons were infamous in deprivation and hardship for the incarcerated soldier; Andersonville edged out all others.

This is a story about a Confederate prison guard, a fiery Southern belle, a Union prisoner, and a Confederate soldier determined to break his Union friend out of prison.

Sentinels of Andersonville hardcover release is scheduled for Feb. 2014. More Sentinels of Andersonville book signing information to be released soon!
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