2018 Carolina Christian Writers Conference

 Friday, March 9th – Saturday, March 10th, 2018.

The 2018 Carolina Christian Writers Conference will be held at First Baptist Spartanburg, March 9th and 10th, 2018. This two-day event will offer you the opportunity to learn from professionals in the publishing industry. Those who attend can learn about fiction, nonfiction, article writing, humor, children’s writing, book proposals, social networking and more. Discover how to take your story from idea to the printed page. Pitch your work to editors and publishers. Explore the mechanics of good writing and the importance of writing with excellence to change the world. Get encouragement and instruction from professionals.

Now is the time to realize your dream of being a published author. If you are a new writer who wants to learn how to break into the publishing world, this conference is for you. If you are an experienced writer looking for new markets and wanting to network with other writers, this conference is for you. All writers can benefit from two days of companionship, learning, worship, and encouragement.

Everyone has a story and it’s time to tell yours. Learn how to do that with excellence. Join us for two information and inspiration packed days as you spend time with editors, publishers, and professional writers. Let them help you explore ways to share your story with others.


$125 early bird price until February 15

$145 after February 15

For more information contact Linda Gilden
Director, Carolina Christian Writers Conference



Friday, March 9, 2018

9:30 a.m. –noon

Publishing Opportunities Workshop led by Larry Leech                                           

(There is an extra charge for the above optional workshop. Register online or by calling 864-699-4314. $45 before the conference, $60 at the door). 

11-noon  FREE First-Timers Preview-Making the Most of the Conference

         Prearranged Appointments

Noon – Faculty Meeting

1:00 – 1:25 – Registration – Pick up Packets and Badges

1:30 – 2:30 – Welcome and Instruction – Linda Gilden, Carolina Christian Writers Conference Director

Staff Introductions, Appointment Sign Up, and Networking

3:00 – 3:55 – Workshop 1

4:05 – 5:00 – Workshop 2

5:00-6:30 Dinner – On Your Own (restaurant list in your folder)

6:30 – 6:50 – Praise and Worship led by Courtney Johnson and Kelli Wolfe

Explanation of Genre Groups

7:00-7:50 – Self-Editing Panel

Self-Editing Panel to discuss pet peeves of editors, common mistakes, and how to make your work shine.

8:00 – 9:00 – Interactive Genre Groups                  


Nonfiction Books—

Children’s Books—

Magazine Articles—


Saturday, March 10, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration

9:00 – Opening 

9:10 – Praise and Worship—led by Courtney Johnson and Kelli Wolfe

9:30 – 10:15 – Todd Starnes

10:25 – 11:20 – Workshop 3

11:25-12:10 Publishing Trends Panel

Publishing Trends Panel to discuss current trends in publishing and how writers can best find their way to success.

12:15-12:50—Lunch With Faculty

1:05 – 1:55 – Lightning Learning



2:05 – 3:00 – Workshop 4


3:10 – 4:15 Closing Session

Todd Starnes

Keynote Speaker

Todd Starnes is heard daily on hundreds of radio stations around the nation. He also writes a column and hosts a digital show for FoxNews.com. Todd also makes regular appearances on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He is the author of four books and is a frequent speaker. Todd’s journalism has been honored by the Associated Press, the Radio, Television News Director’s Association, and the National Religious Broadcasters.



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Candy Arrington

Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles, stories, and devotionals published by numerous outlets including: Focus on the Family, Clubhouse, Encounter, The Lookout, The Upper Room, CBN.com, Care.com, Healthgrades.com, CountryLiving.com, NextAvenue.org, The Writer, Writer’s Digest and the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort series. Her blog, Forward Motion, covers various topics related to moving beyond what holds you back. She is a member of  CAN (Christian Authors Network) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors). She often writes on tough topics (caregiving, grief, loss, difficult relationships, suicide) with a focus on moving beyond difficult life circumstances. Her books include When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life (Harvest House) and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B&H Publishing Group).

Nonfiction Book Building Blocks

It’s not unusual for aspiring writers to have a beeline focus on publishing a book. But like assembling and implementing the necessary building materials to construct a house, writers need to gain skills and establish credibility before attempting a book. Writing and speaking on your topic lay a good foundation, but there are other skills to master. In this workshop, learn the essential building blocks to construct your book and boost your chances of getting a nonfiction contract.

Essential Elements of a Good Pitch Sheet

Editors and agents often prefer to see your book idea in abbreviated form, a single page “pitch sheet” rather than a full proposal. A pitch sheet summarizes and highlights the important elements of your book in just one page. So how is the sheet structured, what should it include, and how do you know if you’ve effectively conveyed the necessary information regarding your proposed book? Learn the answers to these questions in this workshop.

First-Timers Preview: Making the Most of the Conference

Attending your first writers’ conference is exciting, but it can also be a little intimidating and overwhelming. This first-timers preview is designed to help you learn how to navigate the conference like a pro. We’ll discuss the importance of networking, taking notes, being teachable, following up on what you learn, and provide tips on choosing classes and making appointments. So plan to sign up for this free class to enhance your conference experience.

Sarah Bolme:

Sarah is the Director of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), the owner of CREST Publications, and the author of seven books including the award-winning Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace. She has also written numerous articles. A clinical social worker, Sarah stumbled into the world of publishing after her two self-help books were published by a small publisher. Sarah and her husband then collaborated on a set of board books for infants and toddlers. After much consideration, they decided to indie publish, and this began Sarah’s journey of educating and guiding other indie publishers and authors producing Christian books.

Tips for Getting Book Reviews

Book Reviews Help Sell Books! This workshop covers the importance of book reviews, how to ask readers for reviews, how to find bloggers to review your books, how to secure more online book reviews, and how to respond to reviews.

Build Your Author Platform

The message is clear: To get published and sell books, you need a platform. This workshop will teach you how to build a platform and develop an audience for your books through content marketing. Content marketing is a powerful tool to use in growing an audience for your books. Learn the six manageable steps of content marketing to help you cultivate readers for your books.

Michelle Cox – Editor Just 18 Summers® Parenting Blog

Michelle Cox is a speaker and the bestselling author of fourteen books. Her newest books are When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley (based on Hallmark’s mega-hit When Calls the Heart and co-authored with Executive Producer Brian Bird) and the When God Calls the Heart Journal.

Michelle’s “Life with a Southern Grandmother” posts run each Monday and Thursday at www.Guideposts.org. She has been the food blogger for Fox News Personality Todd Starnes and has written for FoxNews.com, Focus on the Family, Christian Cinema, Whoa Magazine for Women, Leading Hearts Magazine, and numerous other publications. Michelle is the creator of the Just 18 Summers® brand of parenting products and resources, which will include movies, a documentary, music, books (the Just 18 Summers novel released from Tyndale), and other products. The Just 18 Summers® parenting blog (featuring a staff of writers) has a new post each Monday-Friday. Michelle has been a guest on Home and Family, Hannity, The Harvest Show, Focus on the Family, Babbie’s House, Atlanta Live, and on numerous other radio and television stations.

Managing the Writer’s Life

You’ll soon discover that juggling your writing life with the rest of your life can sometimes be challenging and overwhelming. Join me for tips and skills that will help you cope and thrive despite the physical, spiritual, and emotional challenges of the writing journey. We’ll talk about ways to manage your time and become more disciplined, how to deal with rejections and stay motivated, about the rejuvenating power of cupcakes, and a bunch of other stuff.

Writing Like Crazy (with Linda Gilden)

How can you find ongoing freelance writing gigs? What is it like to write with a partner? Can you make your own schedule? What are some tricks to make your writing go faster? Do you ever have a really short deadline? How can you be sure not to miss it? Join Michelle and Linda to explore the world of writing fast, tight, and on a schedule that will assure you meet your deadline and that ensures the editor will be calling you again. Much more in this fast-paced and fun-filled practical workshop.

Jimmie Davis

Jimmie is the author of Virtual You, the Girls’ Ministry Handbook and the Girls’ Ministry Idea Book for Lifeway. Jimmie has led workshops for women, teenage girls, and girls’ ministry leaders all over the US.  She has contributed to several women’s ministry books for Lifeway and several books as a ghostwriter. Jimmie has written numerous articles and currently serves as a ministry assistant editing and working with printed materials for First Baptist Spartanburg.

Jimmie Davis served in Student Ministry alongside her husband, Sam, for over 25 years. She served on staff as the Girls’ Ministry Director at First Baptist Spartanburg in SC for 8 years and as Director of the Deaf Ministry at First Baptist Atlanta for 3 years. Jimmie attended Converse College and has an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Making Yourself Marketable

So you want to become a writer, but you don’t know where to start? Jimmie will help you stop spinning your wheels with practical tips on how to get started and build a business earning a good income as a freelance writer. Writing for others can be fun, stimulating and interesting. It will not only help you build your portfolio as a professional writer but can spur you on to writing your very own book someday. Every author has to start somewhere!  Join Jimmie and get on the track of writing professionally today!

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity Series and the currently releasing  Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller list. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category.

Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

First Page Punch

Your first page makes a statement. You want that statement to be one that is remembered because it’s amazing, not for what it lacks. Submit your first page and let Lynette use it in her workshop to demonstrate how to write it tighter and capture the reader’s—or an editor’s/agent’s—attention. **Author’s name will be removed before presenting to the class.** Participants must e-mail their first pages to Lynette at lynetteeason@gmail.com and put First Pages in the subject line. E-mail your pages by February 25.

Basics of Fiction

Do you have a story in your head, but aren’t exactly sure how to start writing it? Don’t be shy! Even published authors were beginners at one point. Come learn the terminology used by fiction writers and come learn how to start getting the story written. Plot, setting, characters, dialogue, and more. This class will cover the basics in fiction writing.

Edna Ellison – New Hope Publishers

Dr. Edna Ellison, a humorist, poet, and storyteller known as “the Christian mentoring guru,” lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Former editor of a national Christian women’s magazine, Royal Service, she later served as a denominational consultant, speaker, and writer in Alabama and California. Currently Edna is the national president of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Edna has been a keynote speaker in London, Frankfort, Panama City, and other world class cities. She has spoken and led writing conferences in almost every US state, including Alaska and Hawaii. An award-winning poetry and writing teacher on the high school, college, and post-graduate level, Edna is the author of 23 books and over 400 magazine articles. Her life has been featured in a Focus on the Family magazine, where she has also been published. A people-lover, she also loves teaching Bible studies, editing, and leading prayer retreats—and most of all, playing with her granddaughter, Blakely.

Independent Publishing the Easy Way

Ever failed at the difficult process of getting a book published and have a stack of rejected proposals to prove it? Through the easy program of Create Space, this workshop promises to help writers become published authors who:

  • design their own books without restrictions,
  • manage the transformation from manuscripts to professionally-printed books,
  • choose beautiful designs and colors for the covers,
  • advertise through Amazon and other major distributors, and
  • access the books at any time, regardless of the number of copies needed.

Come solve your publishing challenges at this workshop using Create Space.


The Art of Storytelling

Stories are the elements of your writing your readers remember forever. This workshop will help writers remember, create, or select stories for their online media, books, and magazine articles. For the beginner or experienced writer, these excellent storytelling elements will upgrade your writing style, whether you write fiction or non-fiction.

Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie is a CBA bestselling and multiple award-winning author and speaker, including a Christy finalist, a Silver Medallion winner, a Carol, several Maggie and Golden Scroll awards, and an Inspirational Retailers Choice Award. She is one of the original live Word Weavers members, which began in 1997. She served first as the original president (2000-2007) and is now president of Word Weavers International, Inc., which serves writers primarily as a national and international group of critique and educational chapters.

Eva Marie served as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild for several years and has taught at a number of writers conferences nationwide. During the 2010-2011 school year, Eva Marie served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Eva Marie also serves as director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and as a private writing coach and editor.

She is both a past and current student at Andersonville Theological Seminary where she plans to receive her Masters in Old Testament Theology sometime before her ninetieth birthday. If she lives long enough, her doctorate. Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they are owned by one very spoiled dog and two hearts-full of grandchildren.

Character Arc: Change or Growth?

In this workshop, Eva Marie shows participants the difference in character growth and character change by looking at modern and classic pieces of work and in watching a short video.

Some People Walk In A Room

In this workshop, Eva Marie takes a simple idea (some people walk into a room) to show the importance of fleshing out characters, scenes, and senses.


Linda Gilden – Director, Carolina Christian Writers Conference

Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Called to Write, Why You Do What You Do, Words To Live By, and many ghostwritten books, and with hundreds of magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden loves to share a great story.

A national speaker on the training staff of CLASSEMINARS, Inc., Linda enjoys helping others discover and grow their communication skills. She teaches at national writers conferences and “Writing to Expand Your Ministry” in the Women’s Ministry Degree Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  A wife, mother, and grandmother, Linda’s favorite times are those spent with her family. Linda finds tremendous joy in directing the Carolina Christian Writers Conference and the CLASS Christian Writers Conference in NM. Lindagilden.com

The Writer’s Personality

The Writer’s Personality? What does my personality have to do with the way I write? Your personality affects the way you see the world. Therefore, everything you write is influenced by your point of view. What are the healthy habits of a sanguine writer? Why does a melancholy writer seem to get more projects done? How can a choleric writer organize his or her checklists for the most benefit? What can encourage a phlegmatic writer? Upon examination we will find that we all have characteristics of more than one personality. Our writing will be stronger if we understand our personalities, the personalities of our characters, and our readers.

Writing Like Crazy (with Michelle Cox)

How can you find ongoing freelance writing gigs? What is it like to write with a partner? Can you make your own schedule? What are some tricks to make your writing go faster? Do you ever have a really short deadline? How can you be sure not to miss it? Join Michelle and Linda to explore the world of writing fast, tight, and on a schedule that will assure you meet your deadline and that ensures the editor will be calling you again. Much more in this fast-paced and fun-filled practical workshop.

Lori Hatcher 

Lori Hatcher is a women’s ministry speaker, author, magazine editor, blogger, minister’s wife, and healthcare professional. She shares an empty nest in Lexington, South Carolina with her husband, David, and her vast collection of books. Lori’s the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine, a Christian magazine dedicated to celebrating the life and work of Jesus Christ. A homeschool mom for 17 years, she’s the author of two devotional books, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year; and Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. Lori’s also a freelance writer for Crosswalk.com. Her feature articles and devotions have been published by publications such as Proverbs 31 ministries, The Upper Room, War Cry, Today’s Christian Living, Christian Living in the Mature Years, Evangel, The Mother’s Heart, Inspired Women, The Old Schoolhouse, and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori loves to use stories to impart spiritual truths. Encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining are the words people use most to describe her. You’ll find Lori her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time (www.lorihatcher.com). You can reach her at LoriAHatcher@gmail.com.

Ten Mistakes That Make Magazine Editors Say No

This workshop climbs inside magazine editors’ heads to discover why they say no to some submissions and yes to others. A magazine editor herself, Lori will share ten common mistakes writers make that cause editors to reject submissions. She’ll share examples and offer practical suggestions to increase every writer’s chance of acceptance.

The Day I Wanted to Quit—tackling the mind games that discourage and defeat writers

Most writers leave a conference pumped up and empowered. Then they go home. The doubts, fears, and insecurities they left behind begin to whisper in their ears again. Head games—writers play them every day. Is winning the battle in our minds really just a matter of positive thinking, or does God have something to say about it?

This workshop offers a mix of biblical truth, humor, and common sense to empower the most insecure writer to answer God’s call to write boldly for Him, regardless of his or her ability, experience, or education. Addressing the areas of comparison, insecurity, and competitiveness, we’ll examine the biblical roots of each issue, walk through a three-step personal evaluation, and craft a unique

Larry J. Leech II

Larry J. Leech II  spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Florida. He finished his journalism career with a five-year stint as editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the leading trade publication in the Christian industry. With more than 2,300 articles published, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten more than twenty books, edited more than 200 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach. Recent releases include the “Unholy Series,” featuring Unholy QuestUnholy Terror, and Unholy Alliance. Find Larry at www.larryleech.com.

Your Publishing Opportunities

Many writers spend hours working on manuscripts only to come to “The End” and begin hours of staring into space wondering what to do next. Well, here’s the good news. You can stop staring and wondering. Your Publishing Opportunities is a special class designed to introduce you to the publishing opportunities and help you discover a plan that will work for you.

Larry J. Leech II will give you a detailed overview of the many types of publishing available to writers and what to look for when choosing a publisher. If you have a manuscript or just a basic idea, bring them along and let Larry and his team help you decide the most successful path for your work. Finding the right publishing path for your work saves time, helps you plan your writing time, and brings you closer to publication much more quickly.

In this rapid-changing publishing world, this special session also will help those who have already published a book or write articles regularly. So join Larry for an intense time of instruction that ends with a personalized segment focusing on your work- or dream-in-progress.

High Concept, Query Letter, and Book Proposal

In this jam-packed workshop, veteran writer Larry J. Leech II will cover three important topics that will help you help “sell” your book. Come learn how to:

  • Write a High Concept to strengthen your elevator pitch
  • Write a tight and information-packed Query Letter to grab an editor’s attention
  • Load up your Book Proposal with “weapons” to help the editor or agent fight for your manuscript
  • Larry also will offer a bonus, but you must attend the workshop to receive this special offer.

Finish Strong

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, readers expect a great ending to each chapter, as well as a knockout ending to the book. Both entail knowing when to stop and not overdo it. Unsatisfactory endings frustrate and disappoint readers. Don’t disappoint them. Come learn how to leave your readers satisfied and, better yet, wanting more.


Nancy Lohr – JourneyForth Publishers

Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor at JourneyForth Books, acquires for both the youth and adult markets. Nancy has over twenty years of experience in book publishing and was an educator and children’s librarian before moving to publishing. She loves to teach about the art and craft of writing. On the editor’s side of her desk, her responsibilities range from acquiring manuscripts and illustrations to editing manuscripts and managing book production. As an author, her personal résumé includes two historical novels for children, curriculum stories and articles, and numerous book reviews and articles for parents and educators. She is an avid reader who reads widely in both the youth and adult markets, and she happily agrees with C.S. Lewis who said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


The Plot Thickens

An idea, an emotion, a hero or heroine (the protagonist) are all some of the necessary elements to include in a novel for children or adults, but none of these is a substitute for a strong and compelling plot. This workshop will look at a variety of ways to develop a plot that will hold your reader’s attention and deliver a satisfying, forward-moving story.

Read Like a Writer

Just as athletes watch game tapes to study other athletes, writers need to analyze the work of other writers. You should read widely and read well both for inspiration and instruction. Whether intuitively or intentionally, writers need to read with a different focus and greater awareness than the average reader does. This workshop will examine various techniques for reading like a writer.


Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, editor and blogger—Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, military families, fiction readers or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

She’s a leading professional within the publishing industry and travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and is consistently chosen as a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the Mountainside Marketing Conference, as well as Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. In addition, she’s a regular columnist for Guideposts.org, Just18Summers.com and PuttingOnTheNew.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Blogging for Writers: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Blogging is still relevant for writers—and a vital part of connecting to our audience—but it’s definitely something that we need to fit within our personality, our goals, and our time constraints. Edie will share the whys of blogging, how to do it effectively, and all the creative ways we can find to blog when time is a factor.

Social Media for Writers & Authors in 2018

Many writers mistakenly assume it’s either too late or too early to build a solid social media presence. Edie will walk you through the reason social media is non-negotiable for almost all writers, and how to find a way to make it work for your specific situation. Included will be information on

  • Why we need a social media presence before we get a contract
  • Which networks work best for which audience (and why you need to be active on more than one)
  • How to use scheduling programs to keep your social media time commitment manageable.
  • How to compose effective updates that increase shares
  • What you need to know to connect with your book’s potential audience

Beth Patch

Beth Patch is the Internet Ministries Producer for CBN.com, the official website for the Christian Broadcasting Network. She selects, edits and produces content for the Spiritual Life section, which includes daily devotionals, inspirational blogs, Christian courses, Bible reading plans and a wide variety of articles on Christian living. She’s a CLASS Communicator and has served on faculty at several Christian Writers Conferences. Beth earned a Master’s in Journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Virginia.

Gloria Penwell-Holtzlander – Bold Vision Books 

Gloria Penwell’s expertise and love of the writing world comes from years of traveling with her husband, Dan. Together they attended hundreds of writers conferences while Dan was Acquisitions Editor at AMG Publishing. Gloria is the CLASS Christian Writers Conference Assistant Director. She is an incredible encourager and understands what the writing life is about. Gloria works as an acquisition editor for Bold Vision Books.

Writing Bible Studies

Bible studies can be one of the most important writing you’ll ever do. Learn what it takes to shake up your writing of Bible studies, where the market is for them, and are you qualified to write them.

Susan Reichert


Susan Reichert, co-publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a national magazine for authors and readers. She is also the author of Storms in Life and is published in several anthologies and magazines. “I am a big proponent of writing your feelings, life thoughts, prayers and ideas in journals. Something I’ve done for over forty years.”

Reichert discovered one of her life’s purposes when she began to write. “I loved creating stories as a child. Some Saturday afternoons you could find my sister, friends and me acting out the stories.” Her writing took a back seat until she was in her twenties when she began writing a novel, set in Jamaica. “Unfortunately, over the years, it became lost. This may be just as well.”

In the corporate world she wrote creative ads, executive resumes and speeches. Eventually this moved her into creating a small magazine for executive women highlighting women who were successful in overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their business endeavors. She wrote articles about management styles, how to hone executive skills while doing seminars, and working with companies in training their employees on these very subjects.

After retirement, Susan continued writing in journals, prayers and the lessons she was learning through studying the bible. In 2010, she began a writers group, Collierville Christian Writers (CC Writers). The group has published six books; this year will be the seventh. In 2011, she saw  the need for a magazine for authors and felt God’s call to create this. A magazine that would help promote authors, their books and give readers access to learning about wonderful authors who write good books. Reichert found her life’s purpose–Southern Writers Magazine was born. She and a friend formed the magazine. She and selected writer friends, joined forces and created not just the magazine–online and in print–but created promotional venues for authors––an online bookstore, and an author’s blog that has hit over 3 million and The Gallery of Stars.

Susan Reichert writes every day for the magazine and interviews authors. Occasionally, when she grabs some time, she will write for her on purposes. In March 2015 her book, Storms in Life, released. “I felt God laid these words on my heart to touch people who are going through crisis, especially with what is going on in our world today.” She lives in Tennessee with her husband. They have four grown daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Articles—Not Just for Magazines Anymore!

Learn how writing for magazines will open doors for you as a writer and expand your writing world. Garner attention from agents/publishers, increase your book sales, enlarge your list of reader fans, and expand your writing expertise.

Rhonda Robinson – Mondaymondaynetwork.com

Rhonda Robinson is the managing editor for MondayMonday Network, although her first love is writing. For over two decades Rhonda has provided commentary and analysis on the social, political and parenting issues affecting the family. From newspapers to new media, Rhonda has over a thousand articles published. Rhonda Robinson is a columnist at PJMedia where it is not uncommon to have 20K- 40K Facebook shares. Her work has been read on-air by Rush Limbaugh, referenced in white papers of political think tanks, and found on some of the most influential sites around the Web. In 2011, Rhonda led a team of writers creating high traffic content for one of the top 50 conservative blogs on the Internet. Rhonda lives with her husband Mike in the hills of Tennessee. After 40 years of marriage and nine children they are settling into an empty nest and enjoying their 28 grandchildren.

How to Build the Platform Publishers Want in Six Months

“What’s your platform?” is the dreaded question every publisher asks. This practicum class takes you through the process of creating a significant fan base in social media using the techniques of high traffic websites. From start to finish you will learn how to set up a professional Facebook page, read and understand Facebook Business Analytics and then turn your new knowledge into a clear picture of what your readers want, need and fear. We will create an avatar of your target audience, then create a plan to find and build your audience specifically for the readers looking for your book.

How to Feed Your Writing Soul Through Morning Pages

Creativity is a family trait of your father, the Creator of heaven and earth. You have also cultivated a lifetime of mental clutter. Enter morning pages. The daily writing practice introduced by Julia Cameron that has cured countless writers of writer’s block and set their creativity free. Morning pages equips writers to break the barriers of resistance, tangled thoughts, and unanswered questions. Whether you are a seasoned author or a novice with a dream, morning pages will clear your mind and feed the writer’s soul inside you.

Cindy Sproles

Cindy Sproles is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and the cowriter of the popular He Said, She Said Devotions written with her cofounder, Eddie Jones. Cindy’s devotions and articles are published in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard, including Common Ground Christian Newspaper, Tri-County News and Hometown Christian News. She is a speaker to women’s conferences addressing not only the heart of women but also their biblical responsibilities to their families. As a teacher and speaker for Christian Writers Conferences, Cindy teaches writing skills and how to write placing God in the forefront.  She is a contributing author to CBN.com and is the Executive Editor for www.christiandevotions.us and the Devotional Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.  Cindy works along side Scott McCausey and Eddie Jones to cohost the syndicated Blog Talk Radio show, Christian Devotions SPEAK UP. Her newest book, Mercy Rains, transports readers to nineteenth-century Appalachia revealing the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness. Cindy is also the coauthor of He Said, She Said – A  Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of  Passion. She is the mother of four sons and lives in the mountains of East Tennessee with her husband. Cindy can be contacted at www.cindysproles.com.

Keep Those Pages Flipping

There’s nothing sweeter than hearing these words: “I couldn’t put the book down.” “It was a fast read.” “I can’t get it out of my head.” In a time-crunched world, we want to know readers breeze quickly and easily through our work. But more so, that what they read sticks with them – even haunts them. During this class, we’ll discuss the degrees and placement of cliffhangers. We’ll learn that all cliffhangers are not earth shattering but some leave us mid-stream in a thought. We’ll discuss finding the qualities that make your characters exciting and memorable, as well as relatable. Keeping the pages turning is an intentional process. We’ll walk the process together.

Polish that Won’t Crack – Writing to Engage 

Learning to write is an ongoing form of refining. In this class we will talk about those first lines, first paragraphs, and first pages. How do you grab a reader and hold them? And better yet. . .how do you keep them turning the pages. It’s learning to insert a cliffhanger thought without hanging the reader out to dry. We’ll discuss dissecting what the writer’s story is about and then when we find it, how to write that first line that drives the hook in. We’ll look at forming the ending paragraph of each chapter so the reader hungers for the next page. Learn what it means to be engaged with your reader. Conferees are encouraged to bring their first chapter to class so we can become. . . ENGAGED.


Les Stobbe – Writing Coach

Les Stobbe is a writing coach and former Journalist in Residence at Gordon College, Wenham, MA. He has also served as Director of International Christian Writers. The founding editor of the Mennonite Observer in Winnipeg, Les Stobbe served as editor at Christian Life Publications, editorial director of Cambridge Publishers (Canadian business magazines), Moody Press Books, Christian Herald Books and Book Clubs, and Here’s Life Publishers Ltd., and managing editor of curriculum for Scripture Press. For seven years he served as president of Here’s Life Publishers. His most recent full-time position was as Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Evangelistic Association of New England (now Vision New England). He is author or co-author of 14 books and has written more than 700 published articles. Recipient of Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference award for probably having published more first-time authors than anyone else. Recipient of the Partnership Award from The Word Guild of Canada for his significant contributions to Canadian writers who are Christian and The R.A. Torrey Award for Outstanding Service as a Publishing Pioneer. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Les Stobbe by the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Self-Editing that Gets an Editor’s Attention

A veteran magazine and book editor provides questions writers can ask themselves, steps they can take to gain an editor’s approval. Covers both content, writing style and grammatical issues.

Craig von Buseck

Dr. Craig von Buseck is Editor of Digital Content for Inspiration.org, a writer for Inspiration Ministries and TV and a published author. He is a contributing writer for CBN.com, MTL Magazine,and Generals.org. He is a regular guest on Susie Larson’s “Live the Promise” program on Faith Radio Network. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University, and a BA in Speech Communication from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Craig’s most recent book is “Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story”. Craig is also the author of “Praying the News: Your Prayers Are More Powerful Than You Know”, co-written by 700 Club co-host Wendy Griffith; “NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men”; “Seven Keys to Hearing God’s Voice”; along with other ghost-written books.

He has just completed a biography examining the Zionist Movement and the life of President Harry S. Truman to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th Anniversary of the birth of Israel. This new book, “I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel”, will be released soon.

Craig’s professional writing includes work on CBN’s Superbook children’s video series, Charisma Magazine, the Israeli Bureau of Tourism, Nicky Cruz Ministries, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, and several Christian magazines and organizations.

Craig has been a keynote speaker at the Write-to-Publish Conference at Wheaton College;  the CLASS Christian Writers Conference; the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference; the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference; the Colorado Christian Writers Conference; the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference; the Florida Christian Writers Conference; and the Indy Christian Writers Conference. He has been a faculty member at the Jerry Jenkins Writing for the Soul Conference; the Luis Palau Evangelism Conference; the Internet Evangelism Coalition Conference; and numerous CBN ministry conferences and seminars.

Craig has extensive speaking experience and travels often to speak at conferences, professional events and writer training meetings. Craig served for twelve years as Ministries Director and Programming Director for CBN.com, one of the world’s most popular Christian websites. He also served for more than ten years on the Executive Board of the Internet Evangelism Coalition (IEC).

Contact: craigvonbuseck@gmail.com

Fiction Techniques in Non-fiction Writing

Have you heard this quote? “Give me 26 lead soldiers and I will conquer the world.” Did you know that both Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx said it – and they were both correct? In this class you will learn that writing is a transaction between the writer and the reader. Your job is to give them an entertaining read, full of hard-hitting facts and heart-tugging stories. In response they will read your book to the end – and hopefully will recommend it to others. The best way to achieve this goal in the non-fiction realm is by learning how to use the techniques of fiction writers. Find out how you can uphold your end of the bargain and lure readers to your books.

Writing Articles for the Digital Publication

Christian writers are using digital media today to reach literally millions of people around the world with His truth – whether it is through blogs, articles, book excerpts, tweets, or other forms. It’s an amazing time to be alive and to be involved in media ministry. The opportunities are seemingly endless. The world is gathering in the digital space, and it’s important for the Church to be there to greet them in the various forums with the truth of God’s Word presented in a professional manner. This class is designed to help you learn the process of taking the Word to the World through the World Wide Web.


If you would like to apply for a scholarship to the Carolina Christian Writers, please follow the guidelines below.

Include your name, address, and all contact information. Please write a few paragraphs as to why you would benefit from receiving a scholarship to the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. Also include a one-page sample of your writing.  

Email your application to linda@lindagilden.com . Recipients will be notified. Scholarships provide tuition only. Lodging, travel, and meals are not included.  

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  • Submit your application via email to linda@lindagilden.com.
  • Don’t forget to include your writing sample.
  • Scholarship is for full tuition only. Does not cover lodging, meals (except lunch on Saturday), or transportation.


Friday morning 9:30-Noon  Cost $45 if preregistered, $60 at the door.


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Your Publishing Opportunities

Friday morning 10:00-Noon  Cost $45 if preregistered, $60 at the door.

Many writers spend hours working on manuscripts only to come to “The End” and begin hours of staring into space wondering what to do next. Well, here’s the good news. You can stop staring and wondering. Your Publishing Opportunities is a special class designed to introduce you to the publishing opportunities and help you discover a plan that will work for you.

Larry J. Leech II will give you a detailed overview of the many types of publishing available to writers and what to look for when choosing a publisher. If you have a manuscript or just a basic idea, bring them along and let Larry and his team help you decide the most successful path for your work. Finding the right publishing path for your work saves time, helps you plan your writing time, and brings you closer to publication much more quickly.

In this rapid-changing publishing word, this special session also will help those who have already published a book or write articles regularly. So join Larry for an intense time of instruction that ends with a personalized segment focusing on your work- or dream-in-progress.


Larry J. Leech II  spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Florida. He finished his journalism career with a five-year stint as editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the leading trade publication in the Christian industry. With more than 2,300 articles published, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten more than twenty books, edited more than 200 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach. Recent releases include the “Unholy Series,” featuring Unholy QuestUnholy Terror, and Unholy Alliance. Find Larry at www.larryleech.com.

You must be registered for the conference to take this class.

 Manuscript Critiques

Critique fee is $35.

Are you interested in taking your writing to the next level? A good way to determine if you are ready for publication is by submitting your manuscript for critique. Some shy away from having a manuscript evaluated, but if you are serious about improving your writing and achieving publication, a manuscript critique is an important step in the process. And it is a great way to learn from a professional what mistakes you are making in your writing. We look forward to helping you.

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Critique fee is $35.

* Critiques are available for both pre-published and published writers.

* You must register and pay for the conference in order to submit a manuscript for critique. Manuscripts must be submitted prior to the March 1 deadline. You cannot pay for a critique and then bring your manuscript to the conference.

* The critique fee is $35.00 per manuscript and includes comments on your manuscript and a 15-minute private appointment with your critiquer.

* Manuscript format: double spaced, (unless noted below), Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font, one side of the paper. Do not bold, italicize, or use all caps for emphasis.

* Please submit your manuscript prior to the conference via email to canwrite2@yahoo.com Please write “CCWC Manuscript Critique Submission” in the subject line.

* Payment for email submission can be made via the website (by checking the box on the registration page, by mailing a check, or by calling Paula at First Baptist Spartanburg (864-699-4314) with your credit card information prior to emailing your submission. Unless we receive confirmation of your payment your manuscript will not be processed.

* If you manuscript has been critiqued recently by one of our faculty members, please note that on your manuscript or in your submission email.

* Submissions must fit the following criteria. If submissions are longer than the specified guidelines, the critique will not extend beyond the amount listed below.

Devotions: (limit of three – no longer than two pages each)

Poetry: three poems or three pages

Articles: up to 1500 words

Nonfiction book: outline and first 10 pages

Nonfiction book proposal: single spaced complete proposal

Novel: single spaced synopsis (no more than two pages) and first 10 pages (a prologue is included in this page count)

Novel proposal: single spaced proposal and synopsis

Short stories (fiction): up to 2000 words

Personal experience story (nonfiction): up to 1500 words

Bible Studies: outline (single spaced) and up to 10 pages

Children’s picture book: entire book

Children’s chapter book: synopsis and up to 10 pages

Manuscripts that include sexually explicit material or profanity will not be accepted for critique.

Deadline for critique submissions is March 1. Most critiquers have limited the number of manuscripts they will critique so you are urged to send your submissions ahead of the deadline.