MSCWC Conference Wrap-Up with April Carpenter


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: 

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:


Early Bird Deadline Ends Soon!

A Guest Post by Johnnie Alexander

Are you still trying to decide whether or not to attend this year’s Mid-South Christian Writers Conference? 

You can save $10 by registering today!

The deadline for paying the Early Bird registration fee is Saturday, February 24, 2018. 

What can you do with that extra $10? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bring it to the conference and spend it in our bookstore.
  • Purchase a new blank book to take conference notes.
  • sSave it, add a few more ten-dollar bills throughout the year, and register early for the 2019 conference (LOL)!

Here’s what you won’t need:

  • Snacks. We’ll have plenty of goodies.
  • A tote bag. Each registered participant gets a freebie!:

Visit the Registration Page for more info.

Meet Johnnie

Johnnie Alexander imagines heart-tugging stories in multiple genres whether she’s home in Tampa or Memphis. Her website, Novelists Unwind, features videotaped interviews with inspirational authors. She is the marketing director and a board member of the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference. Sharing Johnnie’s vagabond life are Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at or on her Facebook Author Page (JohnnieAlexanderNovelist).

Johnnie and Patricia’s Workshop

Popular Cliché to Avoid in Your Fiction

We don’t always know what we don’t know and that can lead to rejection. Two experienced authors share what they’ve learned from their agents and editors about the scenes, plots, and clichés to avoid plus their experiences with the traditional publishing process.

Happy New Year’s!

Here’s an easy resolution to make this year:

Attend the

2018 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference


You’ll have the opportunity to network with other writers, meet with writing professionals, and attend three (out of nine) workshops.

Plus you’ll be encouraged, uplifted, and entertained by this year’s keynote speaker, the Master of Seatbelt Suspense®, Brandilyn Collins.

We hope to see you there!

Until then . . . Happy New Year!

MSCWC Special Events

Friday Night Meet and Greet

MSCWC and Guideposts sponsor a “Meet and Greet” event on Friday , March 16, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., All registered attendees, faculty, and staff are invited to meet at Collierville First Baptist Church for light snacks and fellowship. This popular event gives attendees additional opportunities to speak with editors and authors about their writing as well as network with other writers.


A bookstore is a writer’s dream . . . and at the MSCWC, it’s a dream come true!

Your next “favorite book” is sure to be in our bookstore.  Or perhaps you’ll find someone offering a service you need for your writing journey.

If you’re a published author or provide services to writers, be sure to reserve a table when you register.

One-on-One Appointments

Attendees can schedule appointments to meet with publishing professionals during the workshop sessions on Saturday, March 17th. This is a great time to receive feedback on your writing projects.





MSCWC Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas!