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Registration for the 2020 SCWC has been pushed back to April 25, so that we can continue to assess the viability and safety of our planned dates. As of now, the SCWC is scheduled to take place on June 12-13, but there is a possibility that it will be moved back to a date later in the Summer. Stay tuned here, via email, and on our "Southern Christian Writers Conference" Facebook page for all the needed updates.

Meet Our 2020 Keynote Speakers...

Ginger Rue and Debora Coty

Ginger Rue will present a Friday night address titled "For the Lord" and also lead the workshop session "Hooks and Gimmicks" on the importance of finding a hook for your work, whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

Debora Coty will present a Saturday keynote address titled "Too Blessed to Be a Stressed Writer" and also lead the workshop session "Writing for Crazy Busy Women" with practical advice for writing for today's Christian woman.


Ginger is a contributing editor for Guideposts Magazine and the author of the Aleca Zamm series (Simon & Schuster), the Tig Ripley series (Sleeping Bear Press), and the novels Brand New Emily and Jump (Tricyle Press). She got her start writing for magazines such as Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Family Circle. She has a widespread understanding of the publication process on multiple levels, while also maintaining a powerful Christian witness. Learn more about Ginger at her website www.gingerruebooks.com 

Debora is an inspirational humorist, columnist, and author of 40 books, including the Too Blessed to Be Stressed series, which has sold over a million copies. In addition to the series, Debora's books include historical novels The Distant Shore (VRP Publishing), Billowing Sails (VRP), the award-winning how-to for writers Grit for the Oyster (VRP), and the devotional books Everyday Hope (Barbour), and Mom Needs Chocolate (Regal). She believes that the stresses of life become manageable when we truly understand God’s blessings. Learn more about Debora at her website www.deboracoty.com

SCWC 2020's Agents, Publishers, and Workshop Leaders

We are proud to announce our 2020 Southern Christian Writers Conference faculty. 

Here are the leaders, and their appropriate workshops, for June 12-13 in Tuscaloosa:

Sally Apopodek, agent with Apopodek Literary Agency: “What Does a Literary Agent Do?"

David Bennett, editor of Home Life Magazine: "Writing for Religious Magazines"

Hallee Bridgeman, novelist: "Writing Squeaky Clean Hot Romance"

Gregg Bridgeman, publisher/author: "Dialogue and Point of View in Fiction"

Angela Broyles, publisher of Bluewater Publications: "What Happens After you Sign a Publishing Contract?" and "Selling More Books Using Amazon, Goodreads, Reviews, and More"

Debora Coty, keynote speaker: "Writing for Crazy Busy Women"

George Daniels, journalism professor: "Social Media for Writers"

Del Deduit, agent with C.Y.L.E. Agency: "The Importance of Platform"

Denise George, bestselling author: "Writing Memoirs"

Irene Latham, poet: "Metaphors be with You: Fun with Poetry"

Allison Mackey, novelist: "How to Pitch and Sell Your First Novel"

Ramona Richards, publisher at Iron Stream Media: "What Do Christian Book Publishers Want?"

Gene Rowley, voice talent/publisher: "Audiobooks"

Ginger Rue, keynote speaker: "Hooks and Gimmicks"

Tasha Scott, life coach: "DISCover Your Writing Strengths"

Christopher Sloan, author: "Spiritual Disciplines for the Writer"

David Sloan, SCWC founder: "Self Publishing"

Joanne Sloan, SCWC founder: "Challenging Yourself as a Writer"

Jean Thomason, performer/speaker: "How Writers Can Start a Speaking Ministry"

Terry Wilhite, communications consultant: "Podcasting"

Cheryl Wray, SCWC coordinator: "Query Letters and Book Pitches" (hands-on workshop)

Learn about all of these agents, publishers, and workshop leaders (and their topics) by clicking on SPEAKERS on the website menu above. You can read their full bios there in the speaker slideshow, and also find out what they'll be offering to SCWC attendees.

REGISTRATION for the Southern Christian Writers Conference will open on March 25. Stay tuned for all the details!

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Just wanted to write you a brief note and let you know how outstanding the conference was this year (as usual!). Each of the classes I attended was excellent.

I am leaving so greatly encouraged and spiritually refreshed! I have laughed, cried, chuckled, and nodded my head in agreement with the speakers. I can’t wait to get started!

Thank you for doing such a fabulous job coordinating the Southern Christian Writers Conference. I am a retired Professional Meeting Planner so I am able to appreciate what all goes on behind the scenes. It was such a great, safe environment in which to learn. Overall, I can sum up my experience by saying this "see you at the next conference".

I know no other conference that compares with this one. It has been more than expected.

There are a lot of hungry and hurting people. Your ministry helps us reach those folks through the ministry of writing. You and your staff probably cannot know the impact the Lord is having in the lives of hundreds of attendees and those they reach. What the Gaithers are to Christian music, you are to the ministry of writing.