2016 young writer conference workshop
The 2017 Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today 'Young Writer Conference' is two months away, Saturday 12 August at the Alexander Park Conference Centre, Alexander Headland, Sunshine Coast.
These annual young writer conferences includes the annual Basil Sellers awards where the young writer articles are marked by four teams on Panellists to determine the winners in each young writer grouping.
Australian young writers
New Zealand young writers
International young writers
Sport young writers
2013 young writer conference
Christian Today Australia houses the Australian, International and Sport young writers, while Christian Today New Zealand houses the Kiwi young writers and a monthly sport article.
The philosophy of the young writer program is to ensure these young people have a 'voice' into the international marketplace of ideas.
These young people are published once every five weeks with 10 Cycles a year, with 5 weeks in each Cycle. The young writers are separated into Week allotments each with its own editor and coordinator, whose role is to send the reminders for articles and collate them for the week editor.
Christian Today Australia
Week 1 – Internationals - 12 young writers plus sport
Coordinator Dr Mark Tronson, Editor Emma Seabrook
Week 2 – Australians - 11 young writers plus sport
Coordinator Russell Modlin, Editor Rebecca Moore
Week 3 – Australians - 11 young writers plsu sport
Coordinator Rosanne Menacho, Editor Tim Price
Week 4 – Australians - 11 young writers plus sport
Coordinator Bridget Brenton, Editor Aira Chilcott
Week 5 – Australians - 11 young writers plus sport
Coordinator Ashley Menelaws, Editor Liam Denny
2014 young writer conference
Christian Today New Zealand
Over the five weeks of each Cycle, one article per day coordinated and edited by Irenie How in Christchurch.
2017 Young Writer Conference
This year the conference begins with a swashbuckling display in Musketeer period dress (Fencing) as two of the young writers are part of the Sunshine Coast Fencing Club and recently promoted on Channel 7 news.
There are two plenary's one by Mr Mark Furler the former editor of the Sunshine Coast Daily and now with AAP, his topic 'News Angles'. The other is John Lemmon on Blogging in a Christian context.
There are young writer interviews through the day along with small group discussion and the annual Awards at 4.00pm.
The program runs from 9.00am thru to 6.00pm.
2011 - Tweed Heads
2012 - State conferences
2013 - Melbourne
2014 - Tweed Heads
2015 - Sydney
2016 - Sydney
2017 - Sunshine Coast – Saturday 12 August
2015 young writer conference small group
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 44 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 44 years with 4 children and 5 grand children