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.

International Writers Groups and Associations

National Writers Groups and Associations

Local Writers Groups and Associations (By State)

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington State

Wisconsin

Online Writers Groups, Critiques, and Forums

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

2017 CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCES
Feb. 17-18, 2017
West Coast Christian Writers Conference (http://westcoastchristianwriters.com)
Feb. 17-19, 2017 Asheville Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/AshevilleConf)
Feb. 22-26, 2017
Florida Christian Writers Conference (FCWC) (www.floridacwc.net)
Feb. 25, 2017 Oregon Christian Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Mar. 10-11, 2017
Carolina Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/CCWConf)
Mar. 18, 2017 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference (www.midsouthchristianwriters.com)
Apr. 7-11, 2017
Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (http://writers.mounthermon.org)
Apr. 15, 2017 Southwest Christian Writers Association (http://southwestchristianwriters.org)
Apr. 21-22, 2017
Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
Apr. 21-22, 2017
Orange County Christian Writers Conference (http://occwf.org)
Apr. 28-29, 2017 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/WordSowersConf)
May 5-6, 2017 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal (NCWA) (www.nwchristianwriters.org/renewal)
May 17-20, 2017
Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference (http://colorado.writehisanswer.com)
May 20, 2017 Oregon Christian Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
May 21-25, 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/BRMCWC)
June 9-10, 2017
Grand Rapids, Mich. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
June 14-17, 2017
Write-to-Publish Conference (www.writetopublish.com)
June 14-18, 2017 Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan Writers Conference (www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference)
June 21-25, 2017 St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (http://stdavidswriters.com)
June 22-24, 2017 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (www.kychristianwriters.com)
June 25-27 AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Conference (www.awsa.com)
July 7-8, 2017
Atlanta, Ga. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
July 15, 2017 Roaring Lambs Writers Conference (www.roaringlambs.org)
July 16-21, 2017 Montrose Christian Writers Conference (http://bit.ly/MCWC-2017)
July 20-22, 2017 Midwest Christian Writers Conference (www.midwestwriters.org)
July 20-22, 2017 She Speaks Conference (http://shespeaksconference.com)
July 26-29, 2017 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com)
Aug. 4-5, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
Aug. 4-5, 2017 Taylor University Professional Writing Conference (http://bit.ly/TaylorPWconf)
Aug. 15-18, 2017 Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conf. (www.oregonchristianwriters.org)
Sept. 8-9, 2017
Phoenix, Ariz. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
Sept. 21-24, 2017 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (www.acfw.com/conference)
Sept. 22-23, 2017 Inscribe Christian Writer’s Conference (http://inscribe.org)
Sept. 28-30, 2017 Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (www.maranathachristianwriters.com)
Oct. 6-7, 2017 Breathe Christian Writers Conference (http://breatheconference.com)
Oct. 8-12, 2017 Blue Ridge Christian Novelist Retreat (http://bit.ly/RidgecrestConf)
Oct. 13-14, 2017 Nashville, Tenn. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)
Oct. 19-21, 2017 Heart of America Christian Writer’s Conference (www.hacwn.org)
Oct. 21,2017 Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (www.anderson.edu/faithandwriting)
Oct. 21, 2017 Oregon Christian Writers Conference (http://oregonchristianwriters.org)
Nov. 17-18, 2017 Orlando, Fla. ACW Mentoring Retreat (www.acwriters.com)

2017 WRITERS CONFERENCES CLOSED OR NOT YET SCHEDULED
Faith & Culture Writers Conference (http://faithandculturewriters.com)
San Diego Christian Writers’ Guild (http://sandiegocwg.com)
The Word Guild (https://thewordguild.com)
UMI Christian Writers Conference (http://umichristianwritersconference.com)

Blogs

 General News and Information

 Grammar, Punctuation, Style, and Citation

 List of Magazines for Submission 

 Marketing Info

 Publishing Associations

Resources

Writers Tips and Training

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. Next year’s conference is June 8-11. For details, go to www.writetopublish.com  and facebook.com/WritetoPublishConference.

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