Her love affair with writer’s conferences began many years ago when her husband Dan, who was then working for Hendrickson Publishers out of Boston, returned from a writer’s conference in Oregon and said, “Next time, you go with me.” The rest is history.
In a recent interview, Gloria said, “I get so excited about coming to the CLASS Writers Contreat in Albuquerque because I know I will meet new writers that are struggling.” Gloria has a heart for those new writers, seasoned writers, too, that are in a dry place, not sure where to go next, and just need a little encouragement or a listening ear.
That’s Gloria’s gift. She finds great joy in holding the hand of new writers as they embark on an exciting, yet sometimes scary journey. She urges them to keep learning and spends extra time bouncing ideas around with them that often result in a new direction in their writing.
Gloria’s history with the CLASS writing programs goes back a long way. For many years she accompanied her husband Dan to the Glorietta Christian Wrtiters Conference. Then she and Dan moved with us to the Ghost Ranch in 2009. When Dan passed away in 2010, following a long bout with cancer, Gloria bravely came alone that fall, filling Dan’s shoes as Acquisitions Editor for AMG Publishers.
Gloria and Dan were married for 47 years and have four children, three sons and one daughter, and eight grandchildren. She is very proud of her family.
If you’ve ever wondered if fairy tales come true, just ask Gloria. After 50 years Gloria’s high school sweetheart, Chuck Holtzlander, appeared on FaceBook. Romance rekindled, they decided to get married and tied the knot in May of this year. Gloria should write a book.
In 2012, Gloria was named Associate Director of the CLASS Christian Writers Conference and began to work along-side Director Linda Gilden in molding the CLASS conference into what it is today, a place where writers can learn the tools and techniques of writing and be encouraged by others who understand the heart, soul, and passion of the writer.
When asked what makes the CLASS conference different, Gloria replied, “I just love the spiritual aspect of the conference.” That’s Gloria’s heart. She has a passion for prayer and will once again present her workshop, The Prayer Life of a Writer, at this year’s contreat.
Since her early days of attending writer’s conferences, Gloria has felt strongly about the spiritual component of writing. “Christian writers assume that because they have an idea it came from God. Writers in the Christian market need to know they are doing God’s will. To know this, you must lay a firm foundation with prayer, meditation, and the study of God’s Word, always seeking God’s approval and His covering.”
Gloria’s message to our readers, and all writers is this:
“I am so excited to be coming to the contreat in Albuquerque again this year. I want to invite you to join me there in November. I promise that you will experience growth, spiritual, personal, and professional growth. You will be embraced in the fellowship of other writers on the same path as you. I encourage you to come and spend time with us and learn. I look forward to meeting you, listening to your stories and sharing in your journey.” See you there!
Gloria Penwell-Holtzlander now serves as an Acquisitions Editor for Bold Vision Books and will be representing them at the CLASS Christian Writers Contreat. Visit www.boldvisionbooks.com for more information.