Introducing the 2020 Southern Christian Writers Conference faculty

We are thrilled to announce the wonderful professionals and inspirational leaders who will serve on the faculty for the 2020 Southern Christian Writers Conference on June 12-13 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Our keynote speakers for the weekend are Ginger Rue and Debora Coty.

Ginger Rue (pictured above) will present the Friday night keynote session, which is titled "For the Lord." She 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 

Debora (pictured above) will present the Saturday keynote session, "Too Blessed to be a Stressed Writer." 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

Our other workshop leaders--including publishers, agent, writers, and other communications professionals--are as follows:

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"

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)

You can read full bios for our entire faculty by clicking "Speakers" on the main menu on the front page of our website.

In addition to these workshops, there will be breakout sessions Friday night led by facilitators on such topics as:

Travel writing

Writing mysteries

Social media marketing

Graphics for writers

Writing science fiction and fantasy

Finding time to write

Starting a blog

Scripts and screenplays

Writing devotionals

And more!

We can't wait to see you at the SCWC and learn alongside you from these instructional and inspirational opportunities.

Stay tuned for all the information you need to register for the workshop. Registration will open on March 25!

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