Providing inspiration and instruction for aspiring and published writers of faith, the Southern Christian Writers Conference (SCWC) has brought writers together since 1991.
SCWC was founded by David and Joanne Sloan, and at the end of last year’s conference they passed leadership down to their daughter, Cheryl Sloan Wray, and their son, Christopher Sloan. The Sloan grandchildren and great-grandchildren also help out.
SCWC offers an annual workshop and other writing and book expo events. SCWC added The Alabama Baptist (TAB) as an official partner in 2018.
“We are enjoying the partnership and hope to assist Cheryl and Christopher with expanded resources and opportunities as they build on the incredible foundation provided by David and Joanne,” said TAB editor-in-chief Jennifer Davis Rash. “The heart and spirit behind what SCWC represents and permeates will track perfectly with the mission and vision of TAB as well as our staff members who all have incredible hearts for Christ and community.”
The 2019 workshop will be June 7–8 at First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa.
Bestselling novelist Eva Marie Everson and Iron Stream Media CEO John Herring will be the keynote speakers for the workshop.
Everson has written 36 novels, Bible studies and books on Christian living. Herring leads the work taking place at New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Books, Ascender Books and New Hope for Kidz imprints. Herring will speak Friday night and Everson will speak Saturday.
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet with book agents Bruce Barbour, Tessa Hall and Karen Moore in one-on-one with sessions and lead workshops along with publishers Ellen Maze and Angela Broyles.
Other workshop topics are blogging with Javacia Bowser, social media and websites with Marlin Caddell, screenwriting with Wayne Franklin, travel writing with Verna Gates, devotions with Jennifer Gerelds, Bible studies with Katy Kauffman, spiritual disciplines with Christopher Sloan, nonfiction with David Sloan, working with editors with Laurie Stroud, writing for magazines with Cheryl Wray and fiction and editing with Maze.
Attendance is limited to the first 200 registrants. The pre-registration deadline is May 31.
Registration will include all the workshop sessions, two meals, access to free one-on-one sessions with agents and publishers, access to the book room and a hospitality room.