March 11-12, 2022

For all writers


March 10, 2022

Special day for pastors and ministry leaders.

Come just for the day or add this on to the conference.

Pastor’s Day Only – $50

Pastor’s Day and Full Conference – $160


Fiction • Nonfiction • Article writing • Humor • Children’s writing • Mechanics of good writing


Book Proposals • Social Networking • Pitching to Editors and Publishers


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, or 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 learning, fellowship, 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, agents, publishers, and professional writers. Let them help you explore ways to share your story with others.   

Conference Early Bird price until February 22, 2022 – $125.

Conference Regular price after February 22, 2022 – $145

Conference One Day – $100



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


Thursday, March 10, 2022


Special Day for Pastors and Ministry Leaders

Schedule Subject to Change

9:30 – 10:00









Introduction of Faculty


Explanation of Appointments and Sign-up

10:45 – 11:30

What to do If You Don’t Know What to Do

11;35 – 12:35

LUNCH with Dr. Wilton

12:40 – 1:05




Linda Goldfarb


Linda Glaz


Linda Gilden






Larry J. Leech II

Friday, March 11, 2022


Schedule Subject to Change

9:30 – 11:30

Make Canva Work for You



10:30 – 11:30

Prearranged Appointments



1:00 – 1:25


1:30 – 2:30

Welcome and Instructions


Staff Introductions

2:30 – 3:00

Appointment Sign-Up and Networking

3:00 – 3:55

Workshop 1


Jimmie Davis


To Blog or not to Blog


Deep, Deep, Deep Deeper POV






The Benefits and Business of Podcastin for Writers


Industry Standards, Guidelines and a Roadmap


Unlicking the Mystery of Key Words


Amazon Boot Camp


Confirming Your Calling, Charting Your Course

4:05 – 5:00

Workshop 2


How to Write Narrative Non-Fiction


I Have my Main Idea, Now What




Articles! Articles! Articles!




Do I Really Need a Launch Team?


Turn Your Memoir into Christian Living


10 Insider Tips to Getting Your Articles and Devotions Published


Michelle Cox

5:00 – 6:30

Dinner – on your own

6:30 – 6:45

Praise and Worship

6:45 – 7:10

Explanation of Genre Groups

7:15 – 8:00


What Editors are Looking For


8:10 – 9:00

Interactive Genre Groups

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Schedule  Subject to Change         

8:30 – 9:00





Praise and Worship

9:30 – 10:15

Big Class

10:25 – 11:20

Workshop 3


Devoted to You


Amazon Marketing Solutions for Every Author


The Story Teller in You


Hit and Run Suspense


High Gear Writing: How to Unlock Your Thinking


Writing Bios that Bring Business and Blessing


What Do Editors and Agent s Want


Karen Porter


Go Network  –  Say What?

11:30 – 12:00


Publishing Trends


Lunch with Faculty

1:05 – 1:55

Lightning Learning

2:05 – 3:00

Workshop 4


Organizing and Fleshing Out Your Non-Fiction Book Ideas




Writing Christian World View into the General Market


Writing the Five Introductions Every Writer Must Have


Strong Foundation Strong Fiction


Determining a Book Idea’s Feasibility


All Things Mentoring

3:10 – 4:00

Closing Session

Your Publishing Plan

4:00 – 4:20

Contest Awards


Introducing EA Books Book Contributors

4:20 – 4:30

Closing Worship


2022 Faculty


Scholarship information

Scholarship Application

Carolina Christian Writers Conference

First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC

Deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 15, 2022

Title ________ First Name _________________ MI ___ Last Name _____________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________

City __________________________________________________ State ______ Zip ________

Cell Phone ____________________________________ Website ___________________________

Email _________________________________________________ Date ________________

I have received a scholarship to the Carolina Christian Writers Conference in the past.  ___yes ___no

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 Be sure to put Scholarship Application in the subject line. This is very important.
  • Scholarship is for full tuition only. Does not cover the optional Friday morning session or recordings.
  • Before applying for a scholarship make sure you will be able to attend.
  • Please send application as an attachment if possible.


Friday morning 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Cost $45 if registered by March 4, 2022, $60 if registered by March 10, 2022.


Make Canva Work for You

Canva Workshop by Katy Kauffman

Add this creative and colorful tool to your writer’s arsenal. Join us for a fun time of learning how to use Canva to create promotional materials for your book, blog, or speeches, and make beautiful graphics to encourage your audience. Bring your laptop, because here’s what we’ll do together:

  • Learn how to add text to a blank page and then put a photo or background behind the text; use these “memes” for a variety of promotional ideas
  • Customize a Canva template to make a One Sheet to pitch a book project, promote a published book, or share about a speaking engagement
  • Add Canva music to a series of memes that Katy will supply to create a slideshow for social media

Receive on-the-spot instruction to create these small projects. You can use the free version of Canva, and if you don’t have an account yet, we will make one in class. (Hint: If you use Katy’s referral link, you will receive a freebie that you can use for your projects.)

This class will be two and a half hours long with a fifteen-minute break in the middle, so we’ll have time for everyone to make these projects and ask questions. You’ll come away with a knowledge of how to use Canva’s tools and templates for great-looking projects.

If you register for this class, email Katy at for more details on what to bring. If you plan to create a One Sheet to pitch a book project or something else, she can tell you exactly what you need to prepare beforehand, such as your book description, bio, and headshot.



Welcome to the Conference Workshop:

Making the Most of the Conference

Attending your first writers conference is exciting, but it can also be a little intimidating and overwhelming. The Welcome to the Conference Workshop 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 pre-conference class to enhance your experience.




Friday Morning Workshop

Canva Workshop by Katy Kauffman

Add this creative and colorful tool to your writer’s arsenal. Join us for a fun time of learning how to use Canva to create promotional materials for your book, blog, or speeches, and make beautiful graphics to encourage your audience. Bring your laptop, because here’s what we’ll do together:

  • Learn how to add text to a blank page and then put a photo or background behind the text; use these “memes” for a variety of promotional ideas
  • Customize a Canva template to make a One Sheet to pitch a book project, promote a published book, or share about a speaking engagement
  • Add Canva music to a series of memes that Katy will supply to create a slideshow for social media

Receive on-the-spot instruction to create these small projects. You can use the free version of Canva, and if you don’t have an account yet, we will make one in class. (Hint: If you use Katy’s referral link, you will receive a freebie that you can use for your projects.)

This class will be two hours long with a fifteen-minute break in the middle, so we’ll have time for everyone to make these projects and ask questions. You’ll come away with a knowledge of how to use Canva’s tools and templates for great-looking projects.

If you register for this class, email Katy at for more details on what to bring. If you plan to create a One Sheet to pitch a book project or something else, she can tell you exactly what you need to prepare beforehand, such as your book description, bio, and headshot.

 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 what mistakes you are making in your writing. We look forward to helping you.


Critique Guidelines


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 appointment with your critiquer. You will need to request an appointment by e-mailing Joh n Gilden at

* 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 added below by January 15, 2022. You can pay this when you register. You must be registered for the conference in order to request a critique and the critique fee must be paid for. 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 and their cutoff dates

 Name                          Cut-Off Date              E-Mail Address.                          Genre

Les Stobbe                   March 1                      Non-Fiction

Mae Francis Sarratt     March 1                             Fiction

Larry Leech                  March 1                            Fiction, Memoir and Self Help  

Linda Gilden                 March 1                        Nonfiction books and articles

Linda Glaz                     February 15                      Suspense, historic including romance                                                                                                                                in these genres

Candy Arrington           March 9                           Nonfiction book proposals,                                                                                                                                                 devotionals, blog posts, articles

Tammy Karasek            March 4                       Women’s Fiction, General Fiction,                                                                                                                                     Christian Living, Romance, Romantic                                                                                                                                 Comedy

Edie Melson                  No Cut Off             Nonfiction, speculative, blog posts,                                                                                                                                   articles, I’ll also do a social media                                                                                                                                       assessment

Terri Kelly                      No Cut Of                 Children’s non-fiction or fiction

Tessa Hall                      February 20         Middle Grade and YA fiction

Edna Ellison                  March 11                             Poetry  5 pp or less  or Devotion   (300-                                                                                                                           500 words)





Deadline: February 15, 2022

 Welcome to CCWC writing contest! 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 $25 fee for each entry goes 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. 

Deadline for this year’s contest is February 15, 2022.  


Praying for you as you write for Him! 


Melissa Henderson
CCWC Contest Director



View Guidelines


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

Formatting contest entry:

Cover page is crucial.

On the top line of your cover page, center the words CCWC Contest Entry/Genre (Name the specific genre 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.

E-mail contest entry no later than February 15 to:

with CCWC Contest in the subject line.

ENTRY FEE: You may pay for the contest when you register or mail a check to Paula Nichols (see below). 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
CCWC Contest
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 fee has been received on or before February 15, 2022.

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 12, 2022.

Fine print:

• Entries not formatted correctly may be disqualified.
• Critiques will not be given on contest entries.
• Contest entries will not be returned.
• Categories may be combined.
• Judges may decide not to declare a winning entry if level of entries does not meet publishing industry standards.

Contest Guidelines

This part of the contest is limited to attendees whose entries are unpublished and uncontracted for the category entered.


ARTICLES – Submit your nonfiction article (up to 1000 words)

BIBLE STUDY – Submit an outline or table of contents plus first 1000 words.

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK – Submit entire manuscript without graphics or illustrations.

DEVOTIONS – Submit your best devotion of no more than 300 words, including the accompanying prayer and scripture/quote.

NONFICTION BOOKS – Submit a one-paragraph summary of the book, the Table of Contents, plus up to the first 1500 words.

NOVELS – Submit a one-paragraph summary of the book, plus up to the first 1500 words. Note: In your summary, specify which sub-category your novel fits best.  Submissions in the novel category are limited to one per sub-category.

·               Contemporary

·               Historical/Biblical

·               Mystery/Suspense

·                Romance

·                Romantic Suspense

·                Speculative/Fantasy

·                Young Adult

POETRY – Submit your best poem, single-spaced, limited to one page


Deadline: February 8, 2022

 Welcome to the 4th annual Kudos writing contest of the CCWC! It is our prayer that through this contest authors will confirm their calling.

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

Authors whose works have been published between January 2021 and January 2022 may submit a hard copy of the work along with a $20 entry fee payable to CCWC/FBS (Please write KUDOS Contest on memo line).

The fee attached to each entry goes 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!

Melissa Henderson

CCWC Contest Director

View Guidelines



Note: This part of the contest is not limited to registered conference attendees. Authors whose works have been published between January 2021 and January 2022 may submit a hard copy of the work along with a $20 entry fee payable to CCWC/FBS (Please write KUDOS Contest on memo line).

Categories for KUDOS AWARDS:

• Articles
• Fiction
• Non-fiction

These entries should be postmarked no later than February 8 and mailed to:

Melissa Henderson
CCWC Contest Director
3048 Caspian Ct.
Mount Pleasant, SC 2946

Contest winners will be announced at the closing session of the CCWC on March 12, 2022.

(Contest Entries will not be returned)


Please include the following information with your entry:

Title of Entry








Professional Headshots

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

Headshot Information

Sharon Brisken Photography

Perhaps it is time for a new professional headshot/portrait for your book jackets, business cards, advertising, social media, promotional releases, blogs and websites. Carolina Christian Writers Conference is pleased to provide an opportunity for you to do just that.  

 Once again, Sharon Brisken Photography will be available during the CCWC to meet your headshot and portrait needs. Sharon has been our on site photographer for a number of years and ministers to her clients by providing professional headshots at a reasonable price.  Sessions run for 30 minutes, providing at least 10 full resolution headshots  with different poses and backgrounds, for $50.00.  Within your session time, clothing changes are acceptable, as are props.  Sharon does ask that if you are including clothing changes and props, you let her know at the time of scheduling your photo session.  Payment will be at the time of your session.

 Don’t wait to sign up!  Sessions will fill up quickly.  Contact Sharon at to schedule your session or to ask any questions.  


Meet Your

2022 CCWC Faculty

Candy Arrington


Candy Arrington is a writer, blogger, and speaker. She frequently writes on the topics of faith, health, personal growth, and methods for moving through, and beyond, challenging life circumstances. Candy’s publishing credits include three nonfiction books: Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books), When Your Aging Parent Needs Care (Harvest House), AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group), as well as hundreds of articles and devotionals in numerous print and online outlets—Focus on the Family,,,,,,,, and Writer’s Digest.

Candy gains writing inspiration from vintage photographs, historic architecture, nature, and the application of scripture to everyday life. She enjoys teaching at writing conferences, guiding writers in how to best craft their ideas to experience publishing success.

To learn more, visit where you can read and sign up to receive her blog, Forward Motion – Moving Beyond What Holds You Back


To Blog Or Not to Blog

To Blog, Or Not to Blog – Answers to Your Questions about Starting and Maintaining a Blog

Are you thinking of starting a blog, but don’t know how to begin? Or did you start a blog, but abandoned it because your posts were unfocused, and you couldn’t attract an audience? Blogging is a crowded arena, so your blog needs to be more than an online journal you occasionally add to. To have a successful blog, you need to think through your purpose and focus and then lay a good foundation before beginning. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to select a blog topic you can sustain for the long haul, consistently produce engaging content, navigate the basic framework for blogging, discover how to garner an audience, and learn how to promote your blog.

Organizing and Fleshing Out Your Nonfiction Book Ideas

Organizing and Fleshing Out Your Nonfiction Book Idea

Do you have an idea for a nonfiction book? An idea is the seed, but you need to be able to build a framework and then flesh out the book bones to successfully produce book-length nonfiction. In this workshop, we will discuss book titles, overarching themes, producing an annotated outline, and adding structure, story, and content. Come with your idea and we will brainstorm some potential paths for creating an attention-grabbing nonfiction book.

Jimmie Davis


Jimmie Davis has served as the editorial Ministry Assistant to Dr. Don Wilton at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. from 2012 to the present. Jimmie is also the author of Virtual You, the Girls’ Ministry Handbook, and the Girls’ Ministry Idea Book for Lifeway.  She has contributed to several women’s ministry books for Lifeway and has written numerous articles. The highlight of her editing ministry has been assisting in Dr. Wilton’s book, Saturdays with Billy: My Friendship with Billy Graham, published by Thomas Nelson.


Workshop Information to Come

Workshop Information to come

Vincent Davis


Vincent B. Davis II is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and soldier. After graduating from East Tennessee State University, he quit his day job and decided it was as good a time as any to follow his dream. With a shoestring budget and no platform to speak of, he’s now published six historical fiction novels, three of which have become Amazon International Best Sellers.
He is passionate about helping authors learn the marketing and advertising tactics he used to succeed. Focusing primarily on the intricate algorithms of Amazon, he loves making the complex simple so that authors can build up their platform and increase their sales.


Amazon Marketing Solutions for Every Author

Amazon Marketing Solutions for Every Author:

This class is for every author. Whether you’re traditional or indie published, a beginner or a best seller. Amazon is where books are sold, and it’s important that every author have a dedicated strategy to take advantage of America’s largest book retailer. In this class, we’ll be discussing the options available to every author to build up a platform on Amazon that’s built to

Amazon Bootcamp

Amazon Bootcamp:

Amazon is where books are sold. Nearly 80% of all eBooks are sold on Amazon, and upwards of 40% of paperbacks are sold there as well. But if other online stores feel like barren deserts, sometimes Amazon can feel like attempting to sell in shark-infested waters. But there are tools and tricks available to all authors to improve their visibility on Amazon, and in this course we’ll be discussing some of the very best. We’ll go over the basics of metadata (keywords and categories), price points and price promotions, and the benefits of Amazon exclusivity. Whether you’re a bestseller or a first-time author, this course will give you additional tools to help your book become more discoverable on the world’s largest bookstore.

Lynette Eason


Lynette Eason is the bestselling, 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 and and @lynetteeason on Twitter.


All Things Mentoring

All things Mentoring: Do you want to be a mentor? Do you need a mentor? Are you wondering how to find a mentor? Are you curious what a mentor can do for you? Not sure what to do about any of those things? Come join Lynette Eason who will discuss various topics related to mentoring and answer all questions related to mentoring. 

Hit and Run Suspense

Hit and Run Suspense: Are you interested in learning what makes a great suspense story? Come join Lynette for a “hit and run” hour of learning what goes into making a suspense story stand out from all the rest.

    Dr. Edna Ellison


    Dr. Edna Ellison, a humorist, poet, and storyteller known as “the Christian mentoring guru,” lives in Spartanburg, SC. 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 a past 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.


    "Oops and Uh-Oh" Something New in Poetry

    “Oops and Uh-Oh!” Something New in Poetry

    Contrary to public opinion in the twentieth century, poetry sales are booming. Every book store, local or online, has hundreds of new books in fresh poetic genres. Could one of them be yours?  

    This workshop will train authors to write poetry for twenty-first-century readers in these areas: Sounds: from Assonance to Onomatopoiea. Rhythms: from Iambic Monometer to Spondaic Octameter. Order: from Found Lines and Shakespearean Sonnets to Figures of Speech.

                We will discuss this year’s poetry entries/awards in class.  


    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.


    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 Glaz 


    Linda S. Glaz is an experienced editor, reviewer and writer, has been a proofreader for two publishers, an editorial assistant to for Hartline becoming an agent four years ago. She has worked as a professional reviewer for a romance site, and just loves anything to do with books. She’s extremely active in the judging community and speaks at conferences nationwide. She is also a member of AWSA, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association which takes her speaking from libraries to ladies teas, churches, and conferences. Linda understands writers, because she IS a writer.


    Deep, Deep, Deep Deeper POV

    Deep, deep, deep deeper POV 

    Authors stumble and stammer when trying to write solid deep POV. And that’s to be expected when there’s confusion about what deep POV even means. Let’s have some straight talk about ways to write deep POV correctly and to understand when it is and when it isn’t necessary.

    Can we go any deeper, and why should we?

    Checking nooks and crannies for obvious signs that we are “telling” the story

      What do Editors and Agents Want?

      What Do Editors and Agents Want? 

      It’s all so confusing. We read on blogs and agency sites that first this is wanted and then that. But what can really make us stand out as seasoned authors when approaching agents and editors? Or will we “stand out” in negative ways? Some hints and tips that will push your letter to the top of the slush pile and help you to navigate the industry like a pro instead of a rookie.

      I’m SO confused!

      Looking professional right from the start

      Learning the tricks to let them know you mean business from page one to publication

      Linda Goldfarb 


      Linda Goldfarb is an award-winning author of the LINKED® Quick Guide to Personalities series, international speaker, professional actress, podcaster, and audiobook narrator. She is a traditionally and independently published author who holds a board-certified advanced diploma in Christian life coaching.

      As the podcast host of Your Best Writing Life, Linda interviews industry experts weekly, keeping her current with all things writing related. Linda works with EABooks Publishing as the Audiobook Division Director, an Acquisitions Editor, and Voice Professional. She loves helping writers and speakers take God’s next best step to reaching their publishing goals and beyond.

      As a coach, Linda helps her clients recognize God’s next best step for their personal, relational, and professional lives. She and her hubby, Sam, have four adult children and many, many, grandbabies. They live in the Texas hill country and enjoy hiking, playing golf, and relaxing with family and friends as often as possible.




      Writing Bios that Bring Business and Blessing

      Writing Bios that Bring Business and Blessing

      Bios are not one size fits all! This class helps you discover the must-have content and the toss-out content to make your bio work for you professionally. If you have a multifaceted business as a writer, speaker, podcaster, photographer, and coach, etc. this class will help you skillfully weave who you are into what you offer each audience without coming across as splattered in your career choice. 

        Writing the Five Introductions Every Writer Must Have

        Writing the Five Introductions Every Writer Must Have

        If you write, you will be called to speak. When you speak, your introduction should work for you not against you. Linda shares five introduction templates to make your professional life easier, your online media kit cleaner, and to give your next event host, blog host, and podcast host peace-of-mind in how to introduce you to their audiences.

          Tessa Hall


          Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who wrote her debut novel when she was sixteen. She is now a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction inspirational yet authentic books for teens, including her latest release, LOVE YOUR SELFIE. Tessa’s passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as a Literary Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite and a YA Acquisitions Editor for Iron Stream Media. She is a regular writer for, and her works have been published in multiple publications, including Devozine, Guide Magazine, Broken But Priceless Magazine,, and more. When Tessa’s fingers aren’t flying 128 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, teaching at writing conferences across the country, and acting in inspirational films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to connect with readers is on her mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website:


          YA Christian Fiction: What Teens Really Want to Hear - and What They Don't

          YA Christian Fiction: What Teens Really Want to Hear—and What They Don’t

          Books are powerful tools when it comes to reaching lost youth. However, teens aren’t searching for a sermon when they pick up a novel; they’re seeking a story and escapism. In this workshop, Tessa will discuss how you can deliver a story that appeals to the heart of youth, all the while avoiding major pitfalls that YA Christian fiction writers tend to make.

          Lori Hatcher – Chaplain


          Lori Hatcher is a women’s ministry speaker, author, editor, blogger, minister’s wife, and healthcare professional. She shares an empty nest in Lexington, SC with her husband, David, and her vast collection of books.

           Lori served as the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine for more than a decade. She’s authored three (soon to be five) devotional books, including Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible (Our Daily Bread Publishing) and the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year, Hungry for God … Starving for Time. Lori writes devotions for Our Daily Bread and Guideposts projects including All God’s Creatures, Evenings with Jesus, and God Knows Her. Her feature articles and devotions have been published by Proverbs 31 ministries, Revive Our Hearts, The Upper Room, War Cry, Today’s Christian Living, and Christian Living in the Mature Years. A contest-winning Toastmasters International speaker (ACG, ALB), Lori loves to use stories to impart spiritual truth. Connect with her at (


          Confirming Your Calling, Charting Your Course

          Confirming Your Calling, Charting Your Course —  Has God called you to write? How do you know? If He has, how do you know what you’re supposed to write? How do you handle the mind games that threaten to discourage and defeat you? We’ll address Insecurity, Doubt, and Competitiveness, walk through a five-step personal analysis, and craft a personal mission statement that will focus and direct the course of your writing life.

          10 Insider Tips to Getting Your Articles and Devotions Published

          10 Insider Tips to Getting Your Articles and Devotions Published

          Why do editors say yes to some submissions and no to others? This workshop climbs inside magazine editors’ heads to discover the reasons behind their decisions. As a magazine editor and a freelance writer, Lori knows that simple things charm editors and increase a writer’s chance of success. She’ll share ten suggestions, complete with real-life examples in this fun, interactive workshop.

            Melissa Henderson – Contest Director 

            Contest Director

            Award winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of “Licky the Lizard” and “Grumpy the Gator”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at

            Tammy Karasek


            Tammy Karasek uses humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, drives her passion to encourage and inspire others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s gone from down and defeated to living a “Tickled Pink” life as she believes there’s always a giggle wanting to come out!

            She’s the Social Media Manager for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Founding President and current Vice-President of ACFW Upstate SC, Founding President of Word Weavers Upstate SC.  She’s a writing team member for The Write Conversation Blog, Novel Academy, and MBT Monday Devotions and others. Her work was published in a Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. When not writing, she’s The Launch Team Geek helping authors launch their books and a Virtual Assistant for authors.

            Connect with Tammy at


            Do I Really Need a Launch Team?

            Do I Really Need a Launch Team?

            I have been a participant, helped an author or ran successful teams on more than 200 Launch Teams since 2011. I’ve loved it so much, I now run Launch Teams regularly for authors.

            This presentation will draw on my experience beginning with the explanation of the difference between a Beta Reader, Street Team and a Launch Team. Also when, or if, you need any of them. Hint – yes!

            I’ve been on teams that were very successful and some that were not. We’ll look at hints and ideas on how to choose what fits for you to make your team as successful as possible. 

            Go Network—Say What?

            Go Network—Say What?

            Been to a Writers Conference or Workshop and heard the instructor say go out there and Network to build your Platform? Was your response either out loud or to yourself, Say What? 

            When I first started writing and heard someone tell me to Go Network, I almost quit before I wrote the first paragraph. I thought I just needed to write the book. But I was wrong. 

            In this workshop I will give you tips on how you can boldly go out into the world and network by first giving you several key points to get you started—hint: it’s not just passing out your business card! I’ll give you suggestions that you can tweak and make your own, but give you the steps to move forward while doing so.

            Whether you are an extrovert like me who loves to talk or an introvert who has already started to break out in hives, I’ll help you see that you really can Network effortlessly and efficiently. It’s not just about being able to talk. It’s knowing why you need to talk and what the goal is in your conversations everywhere. 

            Let me help you conquer the fears and give you confidence to connect without the stress. 

              Katy Kauffman


              Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. She graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a BA in Religion (2004), and she has taught the Bible to women and teens. Katy loves working with writers on Refresh and compilations such as Feed Your Soul with the Word of God, a 2020 Selah Awards finalist. At the conference, she represents Refresh, and will gather names of potential contributors, provide information about the magazine, and collect articles for the 2022 issues. She contributes to three blogs on writing.



              I Have My Main Idea, Now What?

              I Have My Main Idea, Now What?

              As rushing waters flow from the top of a waterfall, our writing plan should flow from our main idea. In this workshop, we will look at 2-3 main ideas and work in class to develop a writing plan for each idea. We will draw from a list of over 25 “ingredients,” such as Scripture, examples, steps, encouragement, cause and effect, and more. This strategy should work for any Scripture-based writing, including your blog.

              Terri Kelly


              Terri Kelly is the author of Mary Slessor: Missionary Mother. As a writer she has contributed to several books, including Divine Moments, Stupid Moments, Faith and Family and Spirit and Heart.  Terri has published articles in Kids’ Ark Magazine, Clubhouse, WHOA Magazine, Asheville Lifestyles, and numerous online publications. She is a teacher at writing conferences and assistant director of Asheville Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Terri helps teachers survive and thrive the classroom at


              How to Write Narrative Non-Fiction

              How to Write Narrative Non-Fiction

              Do you want to know how to take true facts and write a dazzling magazine article, engaging blog post, or “can’t-put-it-down” book?


              In this class, you will learn five tips on how to dazzle readers using the key elements of fiction, and create a compelling story that will enlighten and impact readers. As an added bonus, learn what to keep and what to delete, how to select and organize helpful resources.

              High Gear Writing: How to Unlock Your Thinking

              High Gear Writing: How to Unlock Your Thinking

              Every writer confronts days when they’re unfocused, uncreative, and unproductive. In this workshop, we’ll learn to unlock our minds from original thinkers like entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists to focus and stay productive.


              Discover how to stoke creativity, deal with procrastination, and tweak habits to meet your writing goals. This class is appropriate for writers of all genres.

              Turn your thoughts into actions and write.

                Larry J. Leech II


                Writing coach of award-winning authors and a senior editor at Iron Stream Media, Larry J. Leech II has spent more than 40 years working with words. After a 23-year journalism career that began in 1981 and 2,300 published articles, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten nearly 30 books, edited more than 300 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and can be found online on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

                Find Larry at


                Industry Standards, Guidelines, and a Roadmap

                Industry Standards, Guidelines, and a Roadmap

                Those entering publishing often shiver, quiver, and shake their head because there’s so much to learn in so little time. Fret not. In this workshop, we’ll equip you with necessary knowledge to keep you on the road to a successful career as an editor. We’ll discuss how to establish contacts and grow a freelance business, maintain a healthy editing schedule and regularly make deadlines, and properly and quickly research information, as well as discuss a few editing shortcuts. 

                Strong Foundation, Strong Fiction

                Every builder will tell you that a strong foundation is needed to build. In fiction, that means correct use of POV, character arc, story arc, emotion, setting and description. Knowing when and how to use each will lay the perfect foundation on which to build your story. Even if you feel you have a grasp on these, come see if you have the right mixture in your foundation so your story won’t crumble.

                  Wendy Leech

                  Appointment Coordinator

                  Wendy Leech has served in the magazine publishing industry for over thirty years. Specializing in managing production and design teams, Wendy is creatively organized. Volunteering at writers conferences is a passion as she delights in helping writers connect and flourish. Wendy has been married to Larry J. Leech II for 20+ years. They recently move to Upstate South Carolina to be close to their son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter.


                  Nancy Lohr


                  Nancy Lohr is a freelance editor who works for clients worldwide on books in many genres for a variety of readers. Nancy has over twenty-five 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 and has written historical novels for children as well as curriculum stories and articles for the youth market 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.


                  Tight Writing

                  Tight Writing – Writing the rough draft is where the process begins, but self-editing is a necessary task for every author. We will look at categories of edits that every author should be working through either daily in small bites or at the completion of the full rough draft or maybe both. 

                  Publishing is a Team Sport

                  Publishing is a Team Sport – When the manuscript is ready to prepare for publication, what should the author expect? What stages remain and who is responsible for each of those? We will look at flow charts and breakdowns of the polishing and preparation that takes a raw manuscript and makes it reader ready both in the traditional publishing world as well as in self-publishing or indie publishing.

                    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, and Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


                    Social Media and Platform Building for Writers in 2022

                    Social Media & Platform Building for Writers in 2022

                     Social media is continuing to evolve and change. The one thing that’s not changing is the necessity of writers to be able to reach readers. In this workshop Edie will share how to use social media to build real connections and build your email list. Included will be

                    • Tips for working with platform algorithms
                    • Up to date information on scams & tips to stay safe online
                    • How building an email list is enhanced by a growing social media presence
                    • Which new platforms should be on the radar for writers & authors.
                    Soul Care for Writers

                    Soul Care for Writers

                    Just like it’s not possible to pour water out of an empty bucket, a writer can’t serve an audience effectively when the spiritual well is empty. Edie will provide practical tips to keep your connection with God strong while sharing insight on how to weather the difficult challenges found writing in the midst of a pandemic. Included will be:

                    • A list of Biblical Affirmations for Writers
                    • How to keep writing when the mood disappears
                    • 12 promises all writers must make to themselves 
                    • Writing in the bits & pieces of time

                    Beth Patch


                    Beth Patch manages and produces’s Spiritual Life channel, the inspirational section 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 devotionals, Spiritual Life-themed articles, and biblical studies on She promotes the content via subscription emails and social media.



                    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.

                    Karen Porter


                    Karen Porter is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of seven books, including If You Give a Girl a Giant…Fighting for Your Life; I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Cravings for Friendship and Faith; and Amplify!

                    Karen is a frequent guest on regional and national radio and TV programs. She writes a regular leadership column for Leading Hearts Magazine and has contributed to national magazines such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and American Taste. She has also written curriculum for Lifeway Resources.


                    Karen and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a traditional Christian publishing company. The two also own Stone Oak Publishing, a hybrid publishing company, and Kae Creative Solutions, a communications consulting firm.

                    Karen served as Vice President of International Marketing of a major food company in Texas for more than 30 years. She traveled around the world and her varied experiences (including dinners with Fidel Castro and other heads of state) contribute to the richness and depth of her writing and speaking.

                    Trainer/Mentoring Ministry/Certified Coaching

                    As a certified coach of speakers and writers, Karen helps aspiring writers learn the craft of writing, as well as editing and developmental book doctoring. Karen coaches speakers in her Amplify! program, helping speakers refine content development, stage presence, and storytelling.

                    Karen served on the board of CLASSEMINARS, INC, as well as lead trainer on the national staff. She also serves on the board of First Place 4 Health, one of the nation’s top health and nutrition programs, and she is president of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.


                    Karen is a people person, plain and simple and you will love to laugh with her and maybe even cry a little as she shares her joys and struggles. Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren! In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse.


                    Workshop Information to come

                    Workshop Information to come

                    George Porter

                    George Porter


                    George Porter is a brother, husband, father, and grandfather who loves God. As a science teacher for more than 23 years, George bring the scientific world to life in his presentations, Bible teaching, and writing as he helps his audiences embrace the God who made us all.

                    George is co-owner of Bold Vision Books, an independent, Christian publishing company. George serves as general manager, acquisitions editor, and publisher.

                    As a teacher in both public and private schools, George served as curriculum team leader and on campus site-based committees. He judged Science Olympiads, implemented pilot curriculum on drug awareness in cooperation with Baylor College of Medicine, and coached tennis teams.

                    George is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has done graduate work in physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He served as a combat medic and paratrooper in Vietnam and as a bacteriologist in the Surgical Research Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in projects involving the treatment of burn patients.

                    George is married to Karen and has two children. He makes his home in Texas.


                    Workshop information to come

                    Workshop Information to come

                    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.


                    Unlocking the Mystery of Key Words

                    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.

                    Turn Your Memoir into Christian Living

                    Workshop information to come

                      Mae Francis Sarratt


                      Mae Frances Sarratt is an author, speaker, writing contest judge, Podcast guest, and Sunday school curriculum developer.

                      Mae Frances’ story, Doing it Alone, was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s 2021 summer release, I’m Speaking Now. She has been a contributor to, Getting Old Ain’t for Wimps, by Karen O’Connor, and Life on Pause, by Candy Arrington. Her article, Our Roller Coaster Ride, is due to be released in the next edition of I Ascend magazine.

                      Mae Frances has been a featured guest on several podcast, including, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association Library of Congress.    

                      Mae Frances is a graduate of Gardner Webb University, with a degree in Human Services, and a retired registered nurse with forty-three years of experience. She is a minister and often speaks at women’s retreats.

                      Mae Frances has been married to Willie Dean Sarratt for forty-nine years. They have two children and four grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family and decorate when she is not reading or writing.


                      Key Ingredients to Make Your Story Stand Out for Chicken Soup

                      Key Ingredients to Make Your Story Stand Out for Chicken Soup

                      Eight key ingredients to make your story stand out to Chicken Soup for the Soul for publishing.

                        Cindy Sproles


                        Cindy K. Sproles is an author, speaker, and conference teacher. She is the co-founder of, dedicated to spreading the Word of God daily through devotions, and offering writers their first writing credits. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference and a co-founder of Write Right Author Mentoring Services. With 20 years of experience under her belt, Cindy is a best-selling and award-winning author and was honored to receive the 2021 Novel of the Year from the Christian Market Book Awards. Proud of her mountain heritage, Cindy spins stories of the Appalachian Mountains where she was born and raised. She has served as a managing editor for two publishing companies and now works as a freelance editor. She travels nationwide teaching and speaking at writers conferences where she loves teaching new writers. Cindy can be reached at or via email at


                        The Storyteller in You

                        The Storyteller in You

                        In this class, we will explore the five important factors that make a writer and storyteller come together. Every good storyteller is not a good writer and vice versa, but they can be. The two must intertwine and work together to make a product where the reader can be fully immersed. We will discuss these five elements and show how to incorporate them into a great novel that draws the reader in and won’t let them go.

                        Writing Christian World View into the General Market

                        Writing Christian Worldview into the General Market

                        In this class, we will discuss what Christian World view is and the decline of this in our nation. We will broach hard subjects and show ways we can stop preaching to the choir and step out into the general market, bringing solid messages that gently show Christ to a world that is quickly forgetting. This class will go against the grain of the average Christian writer but the tools held within will help you write to a larger market and introduce them to God. It’s different. It’s scary. But it’s a must if we are to continue to spread the news of Christ to a failing world.

                          Les Stobbe

                          Associate Acquisitions Editor for Elk Lake Publishing

                          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


                          Determining a Book Idea’s Feasibility

                          Drawing on 25 years as literary agent and decades as mentor of writers at conferences, Les will identify key factors that determine whether an agent or editor will become interested in your book project. His experience includes identifying publishable book ideas in a 15-minute interview with numerous struggling writers.