Registration, Location, and Lodging

REGISTRATION

The Sixth Annual Mid-South Christian Writers Conference is less than four months away.

That may seem like a long time, but with all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the days are going to speed by faster than the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

So take a few minutes today to register for the conference and make your hotel reservations.

Then enjoy the holidays knowing that before long you’ll be networking with other writers on a day jam-packed with information you need to achieve your writing dreams.

Register before the Early Bird Deadline of Saturday, February 23, 2019 to save $10!

For more information on the conference and to register, visit our Registration Page.

LOCATION

The MSCWC is held in the beautiful facilities of Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Road, Collierville, TN 38017.

LODGING

A limited number of rooms have been blocked off for a special conference rate of $99/night (plus tax) at the Courtyard by Marriott – Collierville and the Hampton Inn – Collierville.

For room rates and conference codes at these two hotels, plus information on additional hotels and their rates, please visit our Location Page.

Note: This is prime soccer tournament time in Memphis. Most hotels will fill quickly, so please make your reservations early.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional details, visit the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference website.

And visit this blog every Thursday for updates, faculty posts, and news

A Day in the Life of a Writer

A Welcome Message From

April Smith Carpenter, Conference Director

The MSCWC committee’s priority, as we plan the 2019 conference, is to connect with you—our attendees.

Personally, I enjoy hanging around with like-minded people. I attend my local Christian writers group monthly meeting for this very reason. I also love attending writers conferences so I can be with other writers.

To welcome you to our blog for the coming conference, I’m sharing six emotions I go through when I sit down to write. Perhaps you go through these emotions, too. Let’s see how much alike we are!

Here is my process.

HAPPY

Happy happens when my words flow freely from my fingers onto the computer keyboard. In my mind, I’m writing the perfect masterpiece that won’t need any editing.

However. . . after take a quick break, this happens.

SCARED

I make the mistake of reading some of what I wrote. I stare at the screen.

I think, “Oh, no, what I wrote is junk!”

My face heats up!

ANGER

I quickly scan everything I have written as my earlier enthusiasm crashes down on my psyche. I might give all my writing a thumbs down. I might even stick out my tongue at the screen.

DEPRESSION

“Are you kidding me?” I say to the cat. “How could this be happening?”

And then, just as my fingers highlight everything I’ve written, and I’m about to hit the delete key, I see that one excellently written sentence.

CONFIDENCE

“Oh, yeah!!! There it is…. maybe this isn’t so bad after all,” the voice inside my head says.

This new confidence allows me to keep going. I don’t delete anything, at least not yet. The realization hits that my “perfect masterpiece” needs some editing. But that’s okay.

RELIEF

The feeling of relief runs through my body.

I might shed tears of joy—especially if I will meet my deadline.

“Thank you, God,” I whisper.

PRAYER

“Oh, No!” Did I pray before I started writing today? (if your memory is as bad as mine, you can’t remember!)

“Thank you, Lord,” I pray, “for the calling you have given to me to be a writer. Help me write today for your Glory, Amen.”

Though the process of writing may be complicated sometimes—okay, how about all the time?—the emotions you invoke, once you’ve finished, aren’t like any other.

HAPPY DANCING!

So, how like-minded are we? While reading this post, were you thinking, “yep, that’s me!”?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

The committee is praying for you, and we can’t wait to see you at the 2019 MSCWC.

MSCWC Conference Wrap-Up with April Carpenter

Faculty Spotlight: Hallee Bridgeman

Meet Hallee

With over a half million sales, Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping, exciting and edgy.  Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband.  Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her.  Visit Hallee’s website at http://www.halleebridgeman.com.

Hallee’s Workshop

Creative Marketing Plan

In a competitive publishing industry, authors must learn to market. But how? And where to start? Join best-selling author Hallee Bridgeman as she shows how to begin marketing your book before it’s even published, where to advertise/market, and how to create a support team that will help spread the news of each release.

Hallee’s Friday Four-Hour Workshop

Best-selling indie author Hallee Bridgeman will teach Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing, including tips and tricks for the current market. This expanded version of the workshop she presented last year will allow Hallee time to discuss topics on a more complex level.

The Friday workshop costs an additional $35 with conference registration or $55 for the Friday workshop alone.

Collierville Awarded America’s Best Main Street

Photo Credit: Stan Carroll

A Guest Post by Beth Gooch

If you’ve attended the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, you know that our sessions are held in a newer section of Collierville, Tennessee, which is a suburb of Memphis.

But if you’re traveling from out of town, you might want to allow an extra day to visit Collierville’s quaint older section, which was rated America’s Best Main Street by Parade magazine.

As the announcement says:

“Start your day by the old train depot in this town (pop. 47,333) outside Memphis and you’ll likely meet Joseph Johnson, who peddles produce from the back of his van.” 

Read what Mr. Johnson, a lifelong resident, has to say about his hometown in the Parade announcement.

We know you’ll enjoy an extra day or two in our fine city!

A Shout-Out to Our Sponsors!

We are so grateful for our sponsors and all they do on behalf of  the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

Anna and William  Hill, owners of Anna’s Pet Service , became sponsors during our inaugural year.

William, who shares a daily prayer in our Facebook group, says they “wanted to help and felt that our sponsorship of worthy causes is the best advertising we can do next to the recommendations of our customers.”

We thank Anna’s Pet Service for their encouraging support.

Southern Writers Magazine is much more than a top-notch magazine–you’ll find encouragement and inspiration in each issue.

Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, will be available for one-on-one appointments, and Gary Fearon, Creative Director, is teaching a workshop on song-writing.

Southern Writers, the Author’s Magazine, has also supported us since our first year, and we are very grateful for their participation. Click here for details on receiving a free issue: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/free-issue.html 

Guideposts Publishing sponsors our Friday evening Meet-and-Greet. We are so privileged to have  Jon Woodhams, Editor, as a supportive neighbor and friend . . . who also brings fun swag!

Guidepost provides hope and inspiration worldwide through their uplifting magazines, books, websites, prayer community, and outreach programs.

For more information on their new video-course, “How To Tell A Great Story: The Essential Writing Course from Guideposts Editors,” visit: https://guideposts-academy.thinkific.com/courses/how-to-tell-a-great-story.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

God Knew Before You Did!

A Guest Post by Brandilyn Collins

Last summer I was on a plane, minding my own business. Simply reading a book. God chose that moment to interrupt and speak to me. He spoke just one sentence.  Eleven words. The sentence was … rather unique, as our amazing God often tends to be.

I marveled at the sentence. Turned its meaning over in my mind. I wrote it down so I would not forget the exact wording.

Within a few weeks of that event, I received an invitation to keynote at this year’s Mid South Christian Writers Conference. Two months later, conference leaders told me the theme: “Lighting the World with Our Words,” based on Psalm 119:105.

I had a good laugh with God over that. He knew this theme before the conference leaders did. He led them to it. And His words to me on the plane two months earlier had begun the work in me to speak to this theme. God has a message for you to hear at the conference. He knew you were coming, even before you did.

Amazing, isn’t it, how we can be on God’s journey, even in times when we don’t know it. How He orchestrates events in our lives for His glory and our growth in Him. God’s speaking to me on the plane that day is only one example of how He’s done this in my life over and over again—even when I wasn’t asking for His leading and wasn’t focused on Him at all.

I look forward to telling you about it.

Meet Brandilyn

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling author of over thirty books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®–fast-paced, character-driven, with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Brandilyn’s awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirationa Readers’ Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer’s Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice. She is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors. When she’s not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers conferences and keynote speaking.

Brandilyn’s Workshop

The Four Ds: Desire, Distancing, Denial, and Devastation

Desire, Distancing, Denial, and Devastation form the story structure for your novel. We’ll talk about each one, focusing particularly on Desire. What does your character want? (Many novelists think they know—until their story starts to sag.) You need to understand the concept of Desire fully, because what your character wants—what deep down drives his actions and perceptions—will catapult him through your story and lead to the other three Ds.