Christian Writers Resource Guide

Christian Writers Resource Guide

The Christian Writers Resource Guide, compiled by Today’s Christian Living, features three major categories:

1. Writers Groups
2. Writers Conferences
3. Writers Resources

We hope you find this information helpful and time saving!

1. WRITERS GROUPS

U.S. National Writers Groups and Associations

U.S. Local Writers Groups and Associations (By State)

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington State

Wisconsin

Canada

International Writers Groups and Associations

Online Writers Groups, Critiques, and Forums

2. WRITERS CONFERENCES

Be sure to visit websites to verify information and to check for any changes or updates.

2018 Christian Writers Conferences
Jan. 18, 2018 Faith & Culture Writers Conference (http://faithandculturewriters.com)
Feb. 6-7, 2018 Writing for Your Life Nashville, Tenn. (https://writingforyourlife.com)
Feb. 7, 2018 West Coast Christian Writers Conference (http://westcoastchristianwriters.com)
Feb. 16-18, 2018 Asheville Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/AshevilleConf)
Feb. 21-25, 2018 Florida Christian Writers Conference (FCWC) (www.floridacwc.net)
Feb. 24, 2018 Oregon Christian Winter Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Mar. 9-10, 2018 Carolina Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/CCWConf)
Mar. 17, 2018 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference (www.midsouthchristianwriters.com)
Mar. 23-27, 2018 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (http://writers.mounthermon.org)
Apr. 5-7, 2018 Called to Write Conference (https://calledtowriteconference.wordpress.com)
Apr. 7, 2018 Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (www.internationalwritersassociation.com/writer-s-conference.html)
Apr. 7, 2018 Minnesota Christian Writers Guild – Spring Seminar (www.mnchristianwriters.com/2018-spring-seminar)
Apr. 7, 2018 The Word Guild – Ottawa, Canada (https://thewordguild.com/ottawa)
Apr. 12-14, 2018 Festival of Faith & Writing (http://festival.calvin.edu)
Apr. 19, 2018 Faith & Culture Writers Conference (http://faithandculturewriters.com)
Apr. 20-21, 2018 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Apr. 22-27, 2018 Green Lake Christian Writers Conference (www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2084/exploring-the-writer-in-you/dates)
Apr. 27-28, 2018 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference (http://wordsowers.com/upcoming-events/annual-conference)
May 2-5, 2018 Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat (http://bluelakecwr.com)
May 8-10, 2018 Writing for Your Life, Raleigh N.C.  (https://writingforyourlife.com)
May 16-19, 2018 Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference (http://colorado.writehisanswer.com)
May 19, 2018 Oregon Christian Spring Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
May 20-24, 2018 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/BRMCWC)
June 1-2, 2018 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal (NCWA) (www.nwchristianwriters.org/renewal)
June 5-8, 2018 Frederick Buechner Writers’ Workshop at Princeton Seminary (http://coned.ptsem.edu/events/2018-frederick-buechner-writers-workshop)
June 8-9, 2018 Grand Rapids, Mich. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
June 8-9, 2018 Southern Christian Writers Conference  (http://bit.ly/SCWC-Alabama)
June 13-16, 2018 Write-to-Publish Conference (www.writetopublish.com)
June 13-17, 2018 Wesleyan Writers Conference (www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference)
June 14-16, 2018 Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop (www.cedarfallschristianwritersworkshop.org)
June 19-20, 2018 Publishing in Color Conference, New Brunswick N.J. (https://publishingincolor.com)
June 20-24, 2018 St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (http://stdavidswriters.com)
June 21-23, 2018 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (www.kychristianwriters.com)
June 21-23, 2018 SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference https://socalcwc.com
June 28-30, 2018 Speak Up Conference (http://speakupconference.com)
July 6-7, 2018 Atlanta, Ga. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
July 13-14, 2018 Northwestern Christian Writers Conference (www.northwesternchristianwritersconference.com)
July 14, 2018 Roaring Lambs Writers Conference (www.roaringlambs.org)
July 17-19, 2018 Concordia Seminary Faith & Writing Workshop (www.csl.edu/resources/continuing-education/faith-writing-workshop)
July 19-21, 2018 Midwest Christian Writers Conference (www.midwestwriters.org)
July 19-21, 2018  Realm Makers Writers Conference (http://realmmakers.net/conference)
July 22-27, 2018 Montrose Christian Writers Conference ((http://bit.ly/MCWC-2018)
July 26-28, 2018 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com)
July 26-28, 2018 She Speaks Conference (http://shespeaksconference.com)
Aug. 3-4, 2018 Taylor University Professional Writing Conference (http://bit.ly/TaylorPWconf)
Aug. 3-4, 2018 Minneapolis, Minn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Aug. 4, 2018 Texas Christian Writers Conference (http://www.centralhoustoniwa.com)
Aug. 20-23, 2018 Oregon Christian Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Sept. 6-8, 2018 North Carolina Christian Writers Conference (www.northcarolinachristianwriters.com/schedule)
Sept. 7-8, 2018 Phoenix, Ariz. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Sept. 7-9, 2018 AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Conference (http://awsa.com/?p=2231)
Sept. 15, 2018 Christian Authors Guild – Atlanta Christian Writers Retreat (http://www.christianauthorsguild.org/coffee-quill)
Sept. 20-23, 2018 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference (www.acfw.com/conference/future)
Sept. 21-22, 2018 Inscribe Christian Writer’s Conference (http://inscribe.org)
Sept. 21-22, 2018 Write2Ignite 2018 (http://write2ignite.com)
Sept. 27-29, 2018 Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (www.maranathachristianwriters.com)
Oct. 5-7, 2018 ReNEW Retreat for New England Writing (https://renewwriting.com)
Oct. 6, 2018  Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Atlanta, Ga. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Oct. 7-10, 2018 Blue Ridge Christian Novelist Retreat (http://bit.ly/RidgecrestConf)
Oct. 12-13, 2018 Breathe Christian Writers Conference (http://breatheconference.com)
Oct. 12-13, 2018 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Oct. 19-21, 2018 Heart of America Christian Writer’s Conference (www.hacwn.org)
Oct. 20, 2018 Northwest Ohio Christian Writers Conference (http://nwocw.org/calendar)
Nov. 1-3, 2018 Ohio Christian Writers Conference (https://ohiochristianwriters.com)
Nov. 6-7, 2018 She Speaks Studio (http://shespeaksconference.com)
Nov. 6-8, 2018 Writing for Your Life Conference Elmhurst, Ill. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
Nov. 8-9, 2018 Publishing in Color Conference Elmhurst, Ill.
(https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
Nov. 16-17, 2018 Orlando, Fla. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)

2018 Writers Conferences  Not Yet Scheduled or Closed
CLASSeminar Writers Contreat (www.classeminars.org) Permanently Closed as of website announcement 3/1/2018
Orange County Christian Writers Conference  (www.facebook.com/OCChristianWritersConference)
San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild (http://sandiegocwg.com)

2019 Christian Writers Conferences
Feb. 14-16, 2019 West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference (http://westcoastchristianwriters.com)
Feb. 22-24, 2019 Asheville Christian Writers Conference (www.ashevillechristianwritersconference.com)
Feb. 23, 2019 Oregon Christian Writers Winter One-Day Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
March 6-10, 2019 Florida Christian Writers Conference (FCWC) (www.floridacwc.net)
March 12-14, 2019 Writing for Your Life Conference, Indianapolis, Ind. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
March 15-16, 2019 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference (www.midsouthchristianwriters.com)
March 25-27, 2019 Publishing in Color Conference, Los Angeles, Calif.
(https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
March 27-29, 2019 Writing for Your Life Conference, Los Angeles, Calif. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
March 27-30, 2019 Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat (http://bluelakecwr.com)
Apr. 4-6, 2019 Called to Write Conference (https://calledtowriteconference.wordpress.com)
Apr. 12-13, 2019 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Apr. 12-16, 2019 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (http://writers.mounthermon.org)
Apr. 26-27, 2019 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference (http://wordsowers.com/upcoming-events/annual-conference)
May 15-18, 2019 Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference (http://colorado.writehisanswer.com)
May 18, 2019 Oregon Christian Writers Spring One-Day Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
May 19-23, 2019 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/BRMCWC)
May 21-23, 2019 Writing for Your Life Conference, Holland, Mich. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
May 31-June 1, 2019 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal (NCWA) (www.nwchristianwriters.org/2019Renewal)
June 7-8, 2019 Grand Rapids, Mich. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
June 10-12, 2019 Writing for Your Life Conference, Madison, NJ. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
June 12-14, 2019 Publishing in Color Conference, Madison, NJ. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
June 19-22, 2019 Write-to-Publish Conference (www.writetopublish.com)
June 19-23, 2019 St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (http://stdavidswriters.com)
June 20-22, 2019 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (www.kychristianwriters.com)
June 20-22, 2019 SoCal Christian Writers Conference (https://socalcwc.com)
July 11-13, 2019 Speak Up Conference (http://speakupconference.com)
July 12-13, 2019 Atlanta, Ga. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
July 12-13, 2019 Northwestern Christian Writers Conference (www.northwesternchristianwritersconference.com)
July 14-19, 2019 Montrose Christian Writers Conference (www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents.aspx)
July 18-20, 2019  Realm Makers Writers Conference (http://realmmakers.net/conference)
July 25-27, 2019 She Speaks Conference (http://shespeaksconference.com)
July 30-Aug. 1, 2019 Concordia Seminary Faith & Writing Workshop (www.csl.edu/resources/continuing-education/faith-writing-workshop)
Aug. 2-3, 2019 Taylor University Professional Writing Conference (https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com)
Aug. 2-3, 2019 Minneapolis, Minn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Aug. 6-10, 2019 North Carolina Christian Writers Conference (www.northcarolinachristianwriters.com)
Aug. 12-15, 2019 Oregon Christian Winter Summer Four-Day Coaching Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Sept. 6-7, 2019 Phoenix, Ariz. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Sept. 26-29, 2019 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference (www.acfw.com/conference)
Oct. 3-6, 2019 ReNEW Retreat for New England Writing (https://renewwriting.com)
Oct. 11-12, 2019 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Oct. 18-19, 2019 Breathe Christian Writers Conference (http://breatheconference.com)
Nov. 15-16, 2019 Orlando, Fla. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)

2019 Writers Conferences  Not Yet Scheduled or Closed
AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Conference (http://awsa.com/?p=2231)
Blue Ridge Christian Novelist Retreat (http://bit.ly/RidgecrestConf)
Carolina Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/CCWConf)
Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop (www.cedarfallschristianwritersworkshop.org)
Christian Authors Guild – Atlanta Christian Writers Retreat (http://www.christianauthorsguild.org/coffee-quill)
Faith & Culture Writers Conference (http://faithandculturewriters.com)
Frederick Buechner Writers’ Workshop at Princeton Seminary (http://coned.ptsem.edu/events/2018-frederick-buechner-writers-workshop)
Georgia Christian Writers Conference (www.georgiachristianwriters.com)
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com)
Green Lake Christian Writers Conference (http://glcc.org/conferences.html)
Heart of America Christian Writer’s Conference (www.hacwn.org)
Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (www.anderson.edu/faithandwriting)
Inscribe Christian Writer’s Conference (http://inscribe.org)
Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (www.maranathachristianwriters.com)
Minnesota Christian Writers Guild – Spring Seminar (www.mnchristianwriters.com/2018-spring-seminar)
Montrose Christian Writers Conference ((http://bit.ly/MCWC-2018)
Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (www.internationalwritersassociation.com/writer-s-conference.html)
Ohio Christian Writers Conference (https://ohiochristianwriters.com)
Roaring Lambs Writers Conference (www.roaringlambs.org)
Southern Christian Writers Conference  (http://bit.ly/SCWC-Alabama)
Texas Christian Writers Conference (http://www.centralhoustoniwa.com)
The Word Guild – Ottawa, Canada (https://thewordguild.com/ottawa)
Wesleyan Writers Conference (www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference)
Write2Ignite (http://write2ignite.com)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Pensacola, Fl. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Tallahassee, Fl. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Tampa, Fl. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Orlando, Fl. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, San Antonio/Austin, Texas (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Newark, Del. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, West Virginia (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Missouri (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Lexington, S.C. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, East Tenn. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, New York City, N.Y. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Tulsa, Okla. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Kansas (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Colorado Springs, Colo. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Indianapolis, Ind. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Lexington, Ky. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Chicago, Ill. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, North Alabama. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)
Serious Writer 1-Day Writer Book Camp, Washington, D.C. (www.seriouswriter.com/tour)

2020 Writers Conferences
April 16-18, 2020 Festival of Faith & Writing – Calvin College (http://festival.calvin.edu)
Sept. 17-20, 2020 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference (www.acfw.com/conference/future)

2021 Writers Conferences
Sept. 9-12, 2021 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference (www.acfw.com/conference/future)

Writer Group Tips

 

3. WRITERS RESOURCES

Blogs

 General News and Information

 Grammar, Punctuation, Style, and Citation

 List of Magazines for Submission 

Other Writing Opportunities

  • Act One
    A Christian community of entertainment industry professionals who train and equip storytellers to create works of truth, goodness and beauty.
    www.ActOneProgram.com/about

 Writing Contests

Articles

Traditional Book Publishing Versus Self-Publishing

Book Self-Publishing

Book Proposals

Book Publishing FAQs

Marketing Info

 Publishing Associations

Other Writing Resources

Bible Versions and Bible Resources

Copyright and Fair Use Information

Editorial Rates 

Writer Tips and Training

Writing, Editing, Author Coaching, and Critique Services

 Book Proposal Submission Services

  • Christian Manuscript Submission
    www.christianmanuscriptsubmissions.com
    ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com (CMS) is the only manuscript service created by the top Christian publishers looking for unsolicited manuscript proposals in a traditional royalty based relationship. It allows authors to submit their manuscript proposal in a secure, online format for review by editors from publishing houses that are members of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

Editors’ Wish List When Working with Freelancers 

  1. When pitching to a publication for the first time: Study the publication you’re pitching to in order to make sure your story idea is in line with their mission.
  2. Ask for a copy of the writers’ guidelines. (Better yet, see if they’re available on the website before you ask.) Most publications likely have some already in place that they’d be happy to send you, and the editor will be grateful you asked. (But the editor isn’t grateful you asked her to send you something you could easily find online.)
  3. Read the guidelines before pitching your idea. No, seriously—read them and take them to heart. This will tell you a lot about whether you’re on the right track. For instance, some publications seldom publish unsolicited material, or only pay for those pieces they commission. Make sure you understand the publication’s needs and preferences as well as your own.
  4. If your pitch is not accepted, graciously thank the editor for his/her time in considering it. You want to be known as someone enjoyable to work with.
  5. If your pitch is accepted or you are given an assignment: Make sure you are clear about the deadline and word count. Be prepared for at least a week after the deadline to address any rewriting requests.
  6. Then, look at the publication again. How are the stories formatted? Do they all have titles? Decks and or bylines? Do they break up the copy with subheads every few hundred words? Do they include footnotes, or taglines for the author at the end? Whatever you see in its pages—DO THAT. The easier you can make an editor’s job, the more likely he or she will be to keep hiring you. Nobody wants to spend extra time reformatting your work or putting your name on it for you.
  7. A deadline is a deadline, and a grace period is a grace period. If you turn in your piece after close of business on the day of the deadline, you’ve missed the deadline. And if you think you’ll need more time to finish than you were given, it’s good manners to let the editor know as early in the process as possible so he or she can make alternate plans if necessary. Most editors are pretty gracious with that sort of thing, but nobody wants to be forced to scramble to fill a hole at the last minute.
  8. If an editor sends back your edited copy and asks for you to fill in more information or make some other revisions, work with the edited copy. Don’t make the changes to your original file. The edits were made to move the copy one step closer to what the editor needs; nobody wants to do the same work twice.
  9. Don’t be a diva. Not every word that falls from your fingertips is made of pure gold. Learn how to stand up for your work graciously, but know when to bend and let things go. We’re all trying to do the best job possible here. There’s room for discussion, but remember: At the end of the day, the editor is responsible for preserving a host of things, including missional integrity as well as the publication’s standards.

The Editors’ Wish List was compiled by Karla Dial, editor of Citizen magazine, with input from Diane McDougall, editorial director for Journey Group. Courtesy of Evangelical Press Association (EPA).

Build Your Freelance Writing Library: Top Dozen Books for Christian Writers

1. Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Jerry B. Jenkins
    Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest) — for the general market
2. A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication edited by Susan Titus Osborn (ACW)
3. An introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr (ACW)
4. Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James-Enger (Writer’s Digest)
5. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino and the editors of Writer’s Digest Books (Writer’s Digest)
6. The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style edited by Robert Hudson (Zondervan)
7. How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool (Writer’s Digest)
8. Book Proposals That Sell by W. Terry Whalin (ACW) — nonfiction
The Sell Your Novel Took Kit by Elizabeth Lyon (Perigee) — fiction
OR
 Step by Step Pitches and Proposals: A Workbook for Writers by Chip MacGregor with Holly Lorinenz (Benchman)
9. Mastering the Craft of Writing by Stephen Wilbers (Writer’s Digest)
OR The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr and E.B. White (Longman)
10. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (Harper) — nonfiction
OR Crafting Novels and Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction by the editors of Writer’s Digest (Writer’s Digest) — fiction
11. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (Nelson)
OR Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Rob Eager (Writer’s Digest)
OR Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer’s Digest)
12. The Productive Writer: Strategies and Systems for Greater Productivity, Profit and Pleasure by Sage Cohen (Writer’s Digest)

Freelance Writing Library List courtesy of Lin Johnson, director of Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area. The 2018 conference is June 13-16. For details, go to www.writetopublish.com  and facebook.com/WritetoPublishConference.

 

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