2020 Carolina Christian Writers Conference

 Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28, 2020.

The 2020 Carolina Christian Writers Conference will be held at First Baptist Spartanburg, March 27th and 28th, 2020. 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.
Cost of the Conference is $125 (early bird) if registered by February 10, or $145 after that date.
Information for Writing Contest to come.


Registration for the 2020 Writers Conference is now open

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




March 27, 2020

9:30 a.m. –noon


(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 – Making the Most of the Conference

11-noon  Prearranged Appointments with Faculty

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

6:50 – 7:15 Explanation of Genre Groups

Keynote Speaker

7:30 – 8:30 – Interactive Genre Groups


Nonfiction Books—

Magazine Articles—





Writing for the Web

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration

9:00 – Opening 

9:15 – Praise and Worship—led by Courtney Johnson, Kelli Wolfe and Teresa Holliday

9:30 – 10:15 – Keynote Speaker

10:25 – 11:20 – Workshop 3

11:30-12:00  Book Signing

12:10-12:50—Lunch With Faculty

1:05 – 1:55 – Lightning Learning

2:05 – 3:00 – Workshop 4

3:10 – 4:00 Closing Session

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Information – To Come 





2020 Faculty

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Sally Apokedak – Agent

Sally Apokedak owns the Apokedak Literary Agency, a boutique agency specializing in Christian-worldview children’s books aimed at the general market. She currently has two agents onboard, a few hardworking interns, and a select group of wonderful clients.

She’s been working in children’s publishing for 20-plus years. As the manager of the Kidz Book Buzz blog tour she was privileged to work with best-selling authors such as Jeanne DuPrau, Ingrid Law, and Shannon Hale. Now she represents her own list of bestselling and award-winning authors and she teaches online courses to thousands of students in over 90 countries.


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.

Tackling Tough Topics 

Do you feel compelled to write about a difficult life circumstance? If so, you have the opportunity to reach those who are hurting, feel alienated and alone, and are searching for ways to heal their pain. But if you are writing from personal experience, it’s important to make sure you are ready to write and not still processing your experience. Also crucial is how to structure your content, what to include and what to omit. In this workshop, learn methods to craft your tough topic and write with a level of transparency that touches hearts and inspires hope.

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.


Misty M. Beller 

Misty M. Beller is the managing editor of Wild Heart Books, a traditional publisher focusing in Christian Historical Romance novels. She’s also a USA Todaybestselling author with over 20 novels published, as well as a non-fiction book for authors, How to Market a Book Release.

After thirteen years working in professional project management and marketing, Misty uses her experience in the corporate world to develop best practices in her writing and book marketing efforts. It is her passion to help other authors on this same journey.

Misty teaches courses and workshops at writers’ conferences around the U.S., educating authors on effective book marketing approaches and helping them apply that knowledge to their own books.

Bring Your Backlist to Life 

With a few new tools, your backlist can spring to life and find a whole new readership.

A career of writing means you likely have a solid “book inventory.” Whether you’re a traditionally published author getting your rights back, or an indie author seeking to increase monthly income, your older published works don’t need to languish any longer. With the variety of tools available to authors today, it’s never been easier to reinvigorate your backlist with a whole new readership. In this course, we’ll unpack some of those options:

New covers (And how not to confuse readers)

Kindle Unlimited – a great discoverability tool

Box sets – the advertiser’s friend

Email automation – the selling engine behind the scenes

Can your standalones become a series? 

Writing as a Career:

With the right strategies and a healthy dose of hard work, your dream of becoming a career author can turn into reality.

In this class, we’ll talk through many of the considerations and best practices of career authors—whether traditionally published, indie, or a combination of the two.

Thinking like a businessman (or businesswoman)

  • Covering every part with prayer
  • Mission statement
  • Annual goals (book production, platform, skills/knowledge)
  • Production schedule
  • Bookkeeping
  • Quarterly review

Multiple streams of income: Even if your books are in KU or with a single publisher, there are other smaller income sources you can and should utilize.

  • Affiliate income
  • Audiobooks
  • Large print books
  • Foreign translations
  • Signed books or book gifts from your website
  • Patreon

Release schedules

  • Best practices for planning
  • Consistent income
  • Top promotion for each book


Michelle Cox

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.

Writing for the Gift and Devotional Book Markets

Have you ever thought about writing a gift book or a devotional book? Then come to my class where we’ll talk about what you need to know from the time you come up with the idea until the day you see your masterpiece on bookstore shelves and bestseller lists. We’ll cover things like formatting and expanding your book project, finding a publisher, what to expect during the publishing process, and much more. I learned everything the hard way, but after attending my session, you won’t have to do that. (Pausing to adjust my halo.) Please join me so I won’t be sitting in my classroom like a big wallflower!

Jimmie Davis

Jimmie Davis 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.

Writing Articles and Books from Your Speaking and Teaching

What are you teaching others from your personal study and life? What is your expertise? You can write a book from mentoring one on one, leading a small group, or speaking to larger groups. Whether it is teaching from your own personal speaking or writing for others who speak, Jimmie will teach you how to take your writing from podium to print.


Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award-winning author of over fifty books including the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity series, the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She writes for Revell and for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, the IRCC award, the Selah, and the Christian Retailing’s Best Award. She placed in the top ten in the James Patterson 2016 co-writer contest. The movie, Her Stolen Past, based on Lynette’s novel with the same title, aired February 2, 2018, on the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) chapter of RWA as well as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter. 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.

Building Characters

Why do we fall in love with characters in stories when we know the person/people aren’t real? Why do we yearn for more books in the series after the last one is finished? Because the author made the characters feel real. We cared about those characters. We gasped in horror when they were in danger and cheered when they made it through safe to live happily ever after. So, how does the author do this? Come learn some tips and tricks to make your readers emotionally connect to the characters you create.

Edna Ellison 

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.

Five to Come Alive: 5 Ways to Increase Sales Booms

Ever wish you could sell multiple copies of every book you sell? This workshop will offer ways to sell more books and other product to share your message. Learn five sales avenues that have worked from experience in the Christian market. These techniques from a non-fiction writer can also apply to fiction sales. When the market is down, use these group, renewal, and denominational sales ideas to increase interest in your Bible studies, how-to books, and new marketing tools for targeted audiences.

Writing for Thinkers, Talkers, or Thrillers

What is the Spiritual Component that energizes writers and readers and brings them together in a united front to share the gospel? Learn what you have to offer that you didn’t know you had. Find out your own special talent, depending on whether you are a Thinker, a Talker, or a Thriller! Take a simple inventory and use your unique perspective to decide how to compel readers to love your work without boring them to death.

Beth Fortune

Beth Fortune is co-founder of Extreme Joy Ministries where she shares heart, humor, and hope through writing, teaching and speaking. Speaking is her true love (25 years now) but she has been published in magazines and anthologies, written for Chicken Soup for the Soul, blogged for websites like Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries and other devotional sites.

She is a graduate of CLASS Seminar and Christian Communicators. She is a pastor’s wife, active member of Word Weavers-Upstate SC and lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and their rescue Jack-A-Bee, Gracie. You can find her at www.bethfortune.net.

From Paper to Podium – Developing A Presentation

In the publishing world today agents and publishers are looking for writers with a platform. And how do we gain a platform? One way is by speaking. The challenge is that while some people are speakers who write others are writers who need to speak but lack confidence. Sharing a message while speaking in public is much different than sitting in front of a computer. As a new speaker how do you take your message from paper to podium and present it with poise? And what if you feel called to speak? How do you begin? Let me show you how.


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

Articles, Articles, Articles!

Learn the basics of magazine article writing in this information-packed class. Topics addressed will include how to break in to the magazine market, where to find marketable ideas, how to study the markets to find a perfect fit for your manuscript, contemporary article format, and much more. Discover how to make the most of your research by repurposing it for other articles and books. Find out how to give editors what they want so that your work stands out from the slush pile. Network with other writers for research as well as for encouragement and fellowship and use article placement as a successful marketing tool.

Linda Goldfarb

Linda Goldfarb is an award-winning author, international speaker, professional actress, audio-book narrator, and former talk-radio personality. She has over 1000 speaking/stage presentations under her belt, seven published books, and 200+ published articles. Linda is the founder of Parenting Awesome Kids and Live Powerfully Now LLC, cofounder of the LINKED Personality Assessment, Personality Consultant, and Board Certified Advanced Life Coach. She loves frothing coffee for her hubby, Sam and her friends, reading multiple books a month, creating inspirational memes, and face-timing her children and grandchildren. Traveling and playing golf with Sam keeps this Texas writer happy, hopeful, and ever thankful for the adventure God has her on.

Interview Strategies to Gain Exposure and Sell More Books. 

Are you ready to learn the techniques of writing 5-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute interview questions to sell your book and increase your on-air, blog post, and podcast interview opportunities? As a ten-year syndicated talk-radio host with four years experience as a newspaper columnist, Linda Goldfarb equips you to take advantage of every interview opportunity without fear, frustration, or fanfare. This interactive class will help you craft written interview questions and answers while maintaining your voice – including current events – overriding the Google plagiarism ban and make for excellent evergreen content in the process. 

Crafting An Online Study Platform  

Simplified Ways to Increase Your Reach While Staying Personable!

Did you know you can use Zoom, Facebook Groups/Pages, and your own WordPress site to host online studies with effective results? Writers today have opportunities they’ve not had before, a chance to connect directly with their readers, fans, and potential readers via the internet and it’s simpler than you think. International speaker and award-winning author, Linda Goldfarb will show you how to take advantage of what you’re already doing online and introduce a few new hacks to help your content reach more people right from your own home.

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, Columbiamagazine, a Christian magazine dedicated to celebrating the life and work of Jesus Christ. A homeschool mom for 17 years, she’s the author of three 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.Her latest book, Uncommon Insights for an Unbounded Life,is due out in the spring of 2020. 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, andColumbia Metropolitan Magazine.

A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori loves to use stories to impart spiritual truths. Encouraging, inspiring, andentertainingare 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.

(Practically) Painless Editing for the Grammatically-Challenged – A Practicum

Genius isn’t enough when you send your blog post, article, or book out into the publishing jungle. Not only does your work need panache, it also needs polish. And even the most seasoned writer has weak areas. In this nuts and bolts workshop, magazine editor Lori Hatcher will expose the most common errors writers make and teach you how to catch them. Then you’ll have the chance to practice your newfound knowledge in a group editing session.

Out of the Computer and into the World – 8 Steps to Launch your Writing

You’ve done it – you’ve finished your article, devotion, or poem. Now what? How do you get it out of the computer and into the hands of readers? This practical workshop, taught by someone who sits on both sides of the writer/editor desk, will give you suggestions, tips, and resources for finding places of publication for your literary darlings.

Jayme Hull

Jayme Hull is an award-winning author, speaker, mentor and life coach. She is a graduate of New York University with a teaching degree in Speech Communications and Musical Theater. In addition to teaching and speaking, she has spent a lifetime encouraging people to invest in others and make apositive difference in today’s culture for Christ. She loves to help writers and speakers take the next confident step forward in sharing their message with their audience on and off the stage. Jayme works with EA Book’s Published Authors to help them market their books.

In Jayme’s personal ministry she is the host of the Face-To-Face Mentoring Podcast and writes articles for numerous websites including Lifeway Women, More To Life, and others. Jayme and her husband John live in the Nashville area and have 3 adult married children with 5 happy grandkids. 

Evaluating Your Publishing Options

Choosing which publishing path to take can be overwhelming and confusing. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of traditional, independent and hybrid publishing and the differences between them so you can decide which option is best for you and your project.


Tammy Karasek

You’ll find Tammy seeing humor and causing laughter in every aspect of life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, is the driving force of her passion to always encourage others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Larry, for 38 years, a mom to their grown daughter, Kristen, and wrapped around the paw of a little dog named Hattie. Born and raised in Ohio, her family now resides in South Carolina. She is the President of Word Weavers Upstate SC, Vice President of ACFW-SC and member of My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. She’s the Blog Editor for Word Weavers International. A Conference Assistant for Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. A monthly contributor for The Write Conversation. A contributor in the 2018 Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. Also a regular contributor to several other blogs. 

Connect with Tammy:

Website: https://tammykarasek.com



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 is the writing coach for award-winning authors. Find Larry at www.larryleech.com.

Pitching 101

The right pitch makes all the difference in the world—whether you are on the baseball mound or telling someone about your project. You don’t want to throw one in the dirt or hang a curveball. You want pinpoint accuracy.

That means a short, concise pitch for a query letter, book proposal, editor / agent meeting, or talking up your project to someone at the coffee shop. In 25 words or less.

Yes, in 25 words or less for that perfect pitch for every situation.

Nancy Lohr – JourneyForth Publishers

Nancy Lohr, Acquisitions Editor at JourneyForth Books, acquires for both the youth and adult markets. Nancy has nearly twenty years of experience in book publishing and was an educator and children’s librarian for many years before moving to publishing, and she love teaching  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.

Tight Writing: 

Children intuitively understand “story.” They love to hear stories, and they love to tell stories. As their literacy skills develop, they love to read stories. Writers for the youth market need to tap into that internal literary river.

Session 1: a focus on picture books

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.

Social Media:

Social media platforms and interfaces are changing at almost a daily rate. And yet, this medium is still critical for writers wanting to stay connected with their audience. Instead of always running to catch up, learn how to organize your time, find your focus and refine your method to stay on track no matter what happens. 

Soul Care for Writers:

Those who write have opened themselves to specific stresses. We pull from what’s inside us to create a gift. Our ultimate goals and dreams are as varied at the words we use. No matter why we write, I believe we each fight this battle to bring forth words to make the world a better place. We are hope givers, joy bringers, and light shiners.  

To do this though, we must have something to pull from. Writing is an exhausting endeavor, and we cannot do it effectively when the well is dry. So in this workshop will share how to connect with the One who understands us—and our craft—best. 


Dalene Parker – Contest Director

Dalene Parker, a newly “rewired” public high school teacher, loves to encourage and to give. Seeking to do “All but Only” as the Lord directs, she is enjoying this season of recalibration. With two published books, numerous articles and devotions, Dalene is happy to be a resource for other writers.

What I Wish I’d Learned in English Class

This interactive session reviews the basics of solid sentence structure, correct punctuation, and common usage errors. Learn how to steer clear of the Grammar Slammer and become more confident in your writing. Led by a veteran high school English teacher and writer, this class provides nuts and bolts for holding your writing together.

Part 1— Savvy Sentence Structure

Part 2–Precise Punctuation

Part 3—Avoiding the Grammar Slammer: Correcting Common Usage Errors


Beth Patch

Beth Patch manages CBN.com’s Spiritual Life channel, one of five magazine-style sections of the award-winning Christian website. She holds a Journalism Master’s from Regent University and a Communication Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. She acquires, reviews, and approves all devotions, Spiritual Life-themed articles, and online Bible courses on CBN.com. She publishes the approved content on the site, as well as, promotes each post via subscription emails and social media. Beth also manages Christian Courses, Bible in a Year, and Daily Devotion reading plans. On occasion, she interviews best-selling Christian authors and writes movie reviews for CBN.com’s Entertainment section.

Devoted to You

Your life is filled with God-winks and spiritual lessons. Build your platform using the four basic elements of devotion writing to encourage others with your stories.


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.


Molly Jo Realy

A Southern Belle from Southern California, Molly Jo is a writer, editor, social media ninja, and producer of Aaron Gansky’s Firsts in Fiction podcast. She has been featured in children’s magazines, on blogs and devotional websites, and her short stories have earned her awards and scholarships from nationally acclaimed writing programs. She is the founder of New Inklings Press and author of The Unemployment Cookbook: Ideas for Feeding Families One Meal at a Time and other books available through her website and on Amazon. She offers seminars and personal coaching on self publication and building social media/marketing platforms. Frankly, My Dear . . . is her blog where she shares her thoughts on Faith, Family, Food, and Fun, and her corner of the world affectionately known as Bedford Manor (the lesser known one, of course), named after Bedford Falls because, after all, it is a wonderful life. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and as a regular contributor to several blogs.

Come Alive and Stay Wild!

Writing is about grabbing the reader’s attention, and telling the story only you can tell. Embrace your personality and experiences, and let them flow into the characters you write. This course will cover different ways to write (organic v. outline), better self-talk, and how to recognize triggers to writer’s block and other distractions, to turn you into the writer you are supposed to be.


Rhonda Robinson 

Rhonda Robinson is an author, speaker, and marketing coach with EA Books Publishing. She began her writing career as a mommy blogger, back in the day, when they were called newspaper columnists. As the managing editor for a large content marketing company Rhonda taught and led teams to create high traffic, viral content, and engagement rich social media management.

Hundreds of her articles and columns have been published in magazines, newspapers, and influential conservative sites. Her new book, FreeFall: Holding on to Faith When the Unthinkable Strikes,released in January, 2020.

Rhonda’s greatest accomplishment was gaining 574 pounds and losing 500 to win the grand prize of nine children with an unexpected bonus of 32 grandchildren. As a recovering political junkie, she restores her barefoot soul in the peaceful hills of Tennessee with her high school sweetheart.

Friday Morning Workshop

Gathering Your Tribe: How to Grow an Email List From Zero – 1000.

Do you have a large dusty email list? Or have you just realized you need a list and don’t know where to begin? This hands-on class will show you how to rapidly build an email list that connects with your readers. An email list is your direct contact people who want to hear from you. In this step-by-step class Rhonda Robinson will take you through every stage of the process, from setting up your email, creating content, and strategy, to cultivating a tribe of readers eagerly awaiting your next book.

Get Noticed On Amazon

Amazon currently has 32.8 million books listed for sale—how will your readers find you? Like Google, Amazon is a search engine. This workshop will show you how to stand out in the Amazon algorithms, create an author page that gets noticed, and get your book discovered in searches. 



Les Stobbe

An active Literary Agent for 25 years, Les Stobbe now helps writers as writing coach on non-fiction books and as ghostwriter. He started his writing and editorial career as founding editor of the weekly Mennonite Observer in Winnipeg. He became selling floor manager of the Moody Bookstore in Chicago.  He then served as editor of Christian Bookseller Magazine, then editorial director of Cambridge Publishers in Winnipeg.  In 1970 he moved back to Chicago to become editorial director of Moody Press. Since then he has been book club vice-president, president of Here’s Life Publishers, curriculum managing editor at Scripture Press, vice president of marketing and communications at Evangelistic Association of New England, Journalist in Residence at Gordon College. Along the way he has written curriculum, journalism lessons, 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. His website is at www.stobbeliterary.com

Expanding Your Role As a Writer

Many writers fixate on article writing, others on books. This workshop will explore the many opportunities to turn writing skills into evangelizing and discipling not only their world but that of the nation. Participants will work on the basic skills foundational to this expanded role as a writer—and then learn how to adapt these skills for a wide variety of publication opportunities. The goal will be to become a writer of influence well beyond one’s home community–as numerous participants testify.

Craig von Buseck

Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and Editor of Content for Inspiration.org, the website of Inspiration Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina. Craig’s new book, “I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel”, is being released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas on April 22. Learn more at vonbuseck.com.

Fiction Techniques in Nonfiction 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 nonfiction realm is by learning how to use the techniques of fiction writers to make your writing soar.

Narrative Non-Fiction

With blockbusters like “Grant”, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Leonardo Da Vinci” dominating the best-seller lists, the narrative non-fiction and biography genres are burgeoning markets for writers who want to tell true stories with powerful messages. Learn the difference between narrative non-fiction, biography, and historical fiction. Discover how true stories can unlock the hearts of your readers to the ways God can move supernaturally in the lives of people who seek Him – and the tragedies of those who go their own way.


Gerry Wakeland – Conference Assistant

Conference Assistant

Gerry Wakeland has served in many positions in ministry for over forty years, all requiring significant writing and editing. She is a graduate of the Soul Shepherding Institute and currently serves as a commissioned spiritual director. Her greatest passion is teaching God’s Word as she mentors young women in their walk with the Lord. “Our spiritual life is meant to be a journey in which God uses spiritual companions to help guide our way closer to Him.”




Scholarship information

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Scholarship application for the 2020 Writers Conference.

Carolina Christian Writers Conference

Scholarship Application

First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC


Title ________ First Name _________________ MI ___ Last Name _____________________


Address ______________________________________________________________________________


City __________________________________________________ State ______ Zip ________


Phone ____________________________________ Website ___________________________


Email _________________________________________________ Date ________________


I am ____ published ___ unpublished.


My current project is



My writing goals are




What I am doing to reach these goals




I want to attend this conference because




I need a scholarship because




  • Submit your application via email to linda@lindagilden.com not later than Feb. 1, 2020. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 8, 2020.
  • Scholarship is for full tuition only. Does not cover lodging, meals (except lunch on Saturday), the optional Friday morning session, or transportation.


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


Gathering Your Tribe: How to Grow an Email List From Zero – 1000.

Do you have a large dusty email list? Or have you just realized you need a list and don’t know where to begin? This hands-on class will show you how to rapidly build an email list that connects with your readers. An email list is your direct contact people who want to hear from you. In this step-by-step class Rhonda Robinson will take you through every stage of the process, from setting up your email, creating content, and strategy, to cultivating a tribe of readers eagerly awaiting your next book.





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

Gathering Your Tribe: How to Grow an Email List From Zero – 1000.

Do you have a large dusty email list? Or have you just realized you need a list and don’t know where to begin? This hands-on class will show you how to rapidly build an email list that connects with your readers. An email list is your direct contact people who want to hear from you. In this step-by-step class Rhonda Robinson will take you through every stage of the process, from setting up your email, creating content, and strategy, to cultivating a tribe of readers eagerly awaiting your next book.


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.

* 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 the critiquer of your choice. The list of critiquers will be added below by the first week of January. You will contact them and pay them directly. Please write “CCWC Manuscript Critique Submission” in the subject line. Please revisit this page for the complete list of names and availability and deadlines.

* 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 up to the critiquer and will be listed beside his or her name. Most critiquers have limited the number of manuscripts they will critique so you are urged to send your submissions ahead of the deadline.

Below is a list of critiquers (they will do a limited number of critiques).

Larry Leech             larry@larryleech.com  –  Preferred genres are memoir and fiction.  Deadline for submitting manuscript is 

Linda Gilden            Linda@LindaGilden.com   –    non-fiction   –  Deadline for submitting manuscript is 


Additional Critiquers will be added


Deadline: February 1, 2020

 Welcome to the 2nd annual writing contest of the CCWC! It is our prayer that through this contest, we encourage authors to confirm their calling. This part of the contest is limited to attendees whose entries are unpublished and uncontracted for the category entered.

The fee attached to each entry contributes to our Scholarship Fund, enabling talented but financially challenged writers to attend the conference. Thus, when you enter the contest, you are investing not only in your own professional growth, but also in God’s plan of provision for others.

Rules, guidelines, and fees are listed below.  Please read and follow them carefully so as to ensure a valid entry.

Praying for you as you write for Him!

Dalene Parker
CCWC Contest Director

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CATEGORY                                                                         GUIDELINES


Submit your nonfiction article (up to 1200 words)



Submit entire manuscript without graphics or illustrations.



Submit up to five devotions of no more than 300 words each, including the accompanying prayer and scripture/quote.



·       Bible Study

·       Biography

·       Devotions

·       How-to

·       Memoir


Submit a one-paragraph summary of the book, the Table of Contents, plus up to the first 2000 words.



·       Contemporary

·       Historical/Biblical

·       Romance 

·       Speculative/Fantasy

·       Suspense (Mystery/Romance)

·       Young Adult


Submit a one-paragraph summary of the novel, chapter titles, plus up to the first 2000 words.


Note: In your summary, specify which sub-category your novel fits best.

Submissions may only be entered in one category, limited to one submission per category.

POETRY Submit your BEST poem(s), up to five, single-spaced, limited to one page each.



All entries must adhere to the following specifications or risk being disqualified.

E-mail by or before February 1, 2020 to Dalene Parker: 

worddoctor13@gmail.com  with CCWC Contest in the subject line.

Format for contest entry:

Cover pageis crucial and should be the first page of your entry,not a separate document.

On the top line of your cover page, center the words CCWC Contest Entry/Category (Name the specific category of your writing).

In the middle of the cover page, please include:

  • Title of Entry
  • Category with subgenre if applicable
  • Total number of entry pages (not counting cover page)

At the bottom of the page, please include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone

Your entry pages should be numbered, double-spaced (except for poetry), Times New Roman 12-point font, and have a running title in the header, but no other identifying information.

ENTRY FEE: Make check payable to CCWC at a rate of $25 per entry.

REMEMBER:  Make certain you put CCWC Contest on Memo line of check.

Mail check to the following address:

Att:  Paula Nichols

First Baptist Church

250 E. Main Street

Spartanburg, SC  29306


You may write your check for the total number of entries.  However, please attach only one entry per e-mail. You may enter as many times as you wish as long as you enter only one manuscript per category, or for the novel, per subcategory.  Your entry will only be judged if the entry and the entry fee are received on or before February 1, 2020.

Note:  If you prefer, contest entry payment may be made on the CCWC website at the same time as your registration for the conference.

Contest winners will be announced at the closing session of the CCWC on March 28, 2020.

Fine print:

  • Entries not formatted according to guidelines may be disqualified.

Critiques will not be given on contest entries, but a scoring sheet and comments may be included subject to the judges’ discretion.

  • Contest entries will not be returned.
  • Categories may be combined as warranted by number of submissions.
  • Judges may decide not to declare a winning entry in any category if level of entries does not meet publishing industry standards.


Note:  This part of the contest is not limited to registered conference attendees.

Authors whose works have been published between January 2019 and January 2020 may submit a hard copy of the work along with a $25 entry fee payable to CCWC (Please write KUDOS Conteston memo line).

Categories for KUDOS AWARDS:

  • Articles
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction

These entries should be postmarked no later than February 1, 2020 and mailed to:

Linda Gilden, CCWC Director

PO Box 85

Moore, SC  29369


Professional Headshots

Sharon Brisken Photography, will be on site Friday and Saturday as your headshot photographer

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Say Cheese!!!

Sharon Brisken, of Sharon Brisken Photography, will be on site Friday and Saturday as your headshot photographer to capture your photo for your book, website, blog, printed material, posters, business cards and even your FB profile picture!  You will receive images using a variety of backdrops, professional editing, a fast turnaround time and guaranteed satisfaction at a very reasonable price, $45.00.  Sharon is prepared to photograph any special requests, including props and clothing changes.  Special sessions require prior knowledge of your specific needs to allow for time.  Additional rates may apply.

For more info on your photo session and to secure your session time, please contact Sharon either by email, sabrisken@mac.com