Christian Writers Resource Guide

Christian Writers Resource Guide

The writer has sometimes been stereotyped as a shy, reclusive creature who rarely appears in public. Because writers often work at home, there is a danger of being isolated in their work. But that doesn’t have to be the case, especially since there are so many writers associations and conferences, as well as online groups available now. Writers can find warm, accepting places to share their work, receive valuable feedback, and discover new places to submit their work for publication. In this article, we’ve listed a number of resources to help Christian writers find the networks and tools to help them succeed.

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

Writers Conferences

Be sure to check 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)
Mar. 24, 2018 WORDFest (Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas) (www.wordwriters.org/events)
Apr. 5-7, 2018 Called to Write Conference (https://calledtowriteconference.wordpress.com)
Apr. 7, 2018 Northeast Ohio Christian Writers Conference (www.neocwc.com)
Apr. 7, 2018 Minnesota Christian Writers Guild – Spring Seminar (www.mnchristianwriters.com/2018-spring-seminar)
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 Middletown, Conn. 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 22-24, 2018 SoCal Christian Writers 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 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 (www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents.aspx)
July 24, 2018 Roaring Lambs Writers Conference (www.roaringlambs.org/conferences)
July 26-28, 2018 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.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. 20-23, 2018 Oregon Christian Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Sept. 7-8, 2018 Phoenix, Ariz. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
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. 12-13, 2018 Breathe Christian Writers Conference (http://breatheconference.com)
Oct. 12-13, 2018 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)
Nov. 7-8, 2018 Writing for Your Life Conference Elmhurst, Ill. (https://writingforyourlife.com/conferences)
Nov. 16-17, 2018 Orlando, Fla. ACW Mentoring Retreat (https://regaforder.wordpress.com/mentoring)

2018 Writers Conferences Closed or Not Yet Scheduled
Northwest Ohio Christian Writers Conference (http://nwocw.org/calendar)
AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Conference (www.awsa.com)
Blue Ridge Christian Novelist Retreat (http://bit.ly/RidgecrestConf)
Christian Authors Guild – Atlanta Christian Writers Retreat (www.christianauthorsguild.org/coffee-quill)
CLASSeminar Writers Contreat (www.classeminars.org)
Concordia Seminary Faith & Writing Workshop (www.csl.edu/resources/continuing-education/faith-writing-workshop)
Heart of America Christian Writer’s Conference (www.hacwn.org)
Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (www.anderson.edu/faithandwriting)
Montrose Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/MCWC-2017)
Orange County Christian Writers Conference  (www.facebook.com/OCChristianWritersConference)
San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild (http://sandiegocwg.com)
She Speaks Conference (http://shespeaksconference.com)
Southwest Christian Writers Association (http://southwestchristianwriters.org/SCWA/Writers_Events.html)
Texas Christian Writers Conference (http://www.centralhoustoniwa.com)
The Word Guild (https://thewordguild.com)

2019 Christian Writers Conferences
Feb. 15-16, 2019 West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference (http://westcoastchristianwriters.com)
Sept. 26-29, 2019 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference (www.acfw.com/conference)

Blogs

 General News and Information

 Grammar, Punctuation, Style, and Citation

 List of Magazines for Submission 

Other Writing Opportunities

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

 Contests

Articles

Book Proposals

Marketing Info

 Publishing Associations

Other Writing Resources

Bible Versions and Bible Resources

Copyright Information

Writers Tips and Training

Critique Services

Submission Services

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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