Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An Invitation to the 2018 Carolina Christian Writers Conference

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

How is 2018 shaping up for you? Even though we are only a two weeks into this new year, I am finding refreshment in viewing a calendar with a little extra space, at least for now. I love feeling like the slate is clean and I have a second chance to meet all my goals and accomplish all the things God has for me.

One of the things I always make sure to put on my calendar is at least one writers conference for personal growth as a writer. Writers need to take the next step in their writing expertise and learn what is new in the publishing field.

What about you? Have you planned to attend a conference this year? I would like to issue a personal invitation to the Carolina Christian Writers Conference, March 9-10, 2018, in Spartanburg, SC. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from professionals and network with others in the writing world.

Why a conference? There is really nothing that equals being in the presence of other people who understand your dreams and desire to write to change the world. When a group of excited writers gather there is electricity in the air. Just walking into the room you feel the energy, and immediately your level of desire, commitment, and focus is heightened.

What will I learn? This year the Carolina Christian Writers Conference offers dozens of workshops that will teach you something new, take you a step further with your current work-in-progress, or encourage you to submit your work to a new market. Workshops this year include Non-Fiction Elements of a Good Pitch Sheet, Tips for Getting Book Reviews, Build Your Author Platform, Writing Like Crazy, Practical Tips for Freelance Writers, Character Arc: Change or Growth, Ten Mistakes That Make Magazine Editors Say No, Make it or Break it Qualities in Novels for Children, Writing for Digital Publication, and so much more. Learn what a book proposal is and how to write one. Find out the newest writing opportunities. Have your urgent questions about publishing answered.

Who will be the keynote speaker? Todd Starnes of FOX News will be our keynote speaker this year. Todd’s expertise in the journalism field is amazing and his excitement about writing to change the world is over the top. If you have never met Todd, you will love getting to know this high profile guy who cares so much about those of us in every level of this business.

So, that’s it? I’ll come take some classes and meet some people? No, there is lots more. Our amazing faculty includes people whose passion is to help other writers succeed with their writing dreams. This year Edie Melson, Les Stobbe, Nancy Lohr, Craig von Buseck, Eva Marie Everson will be there along with many others. Special features of this conference include professional panels, genre groups, lunch together, “Lightning Learning,” and more. There is a bookstore. Larry Leech will be leading a Friday morning optional (for an extra small fee) workshop called, “Your Publishing Opportunities,” And Candy Arrington will offer a free workshop called “First-Timers Preview.” Meetings with the faculty are available for you to pitch your work. Manuscript critiques are available as well.

I’m sure I missed something but please go over to and see all the details and meet the faculty for the Carolina Christian Writers Conference.

I hope you will join us for this special time together March 9-10. The learning is amazing, the opportunities you will find will help boost your career, but most of all, the networking and relationships you develop will result not only in professional connections but some will be sure to grow into lifelong friendships. Our theme this year is Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” 

Early bird pricing of $125 is available until February 15 and after that the cost is $145—a worthwhile investment in following your calling as a writer. Please respond affirmatively to my invitation and join us for this unforgettable time together. 

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Linda Gilden is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loves to take one subject and create multiple articles from that information. Linda finds great joy (and lots of writing material) in time spend with her family. Her favorite activity is floating in a pool with a good book surrounded by splashing children.

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  1. Linda, Thanks for the invite. I'm praying about going. Todd Starnes is a great speaker and godly man.

  2. I'm interested in going, are there any contests?