April Carpenter, Conference Director and President of Byhalia Christian Writers, is pleased to announce the mentors for the 2018 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

These publishing professionals, along with some of the faculty, will be available for one-on-one appointments with attendees.

Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.

Tamara Clymer is a journalist, publisher, and speaker. Born and raised in the Midwest, she earned a journalism degree from Kansas State University. After working for fifteen years in the television and newspaper industry, she felt it was time to use her writing skills to glorify God. In 2010, she founded CrossRiver Media Group—a Christian publishing company. Tamara and her husband, Shad, have been married for more than twenty-five years. They have four children and live in western Kansas where they keep busy with sports, church activities, and camping trips to the mountains.

Kathy Cretsinger is the owner of Mantle Rock Publishing. Her company is always interested in acquiring proposals for Christian Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Kathy and her husband began Mantle Rock Publishing in 2012 to help new authors get their foot in the publishing world. They live in Western Kentucky and enjoy being close to both of their children and four grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, family, church family, and helping new authors.

Julie Gwinn is currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency and has more than a decade of experience in Christian publishing, including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing manager for Abingdon Press. She is interested in Christian Fiction, especially romance, mystery, historical and contemporary women’s fiction. Her non-fiction interests include spiritual growth and Christian living titles. Julie lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two children and enjoys freelance editing and DIY projects around the house.

Jessica R. Patch is a multi-published author who writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series and several Love Inspired Suspense novels including Fatal Reunion and Deep Waters. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family in Horn Lake, Mississippi, you can find Jessica watching too much Netflix and collecting recipes to dishes she’ll probably never cook.

Susan Reichert is co-publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a national magazine for authors, writers, and readers. She is also president and co-founder of a writers group. She is a published author of Storms in Life, seven anthology books, and hundreds of magazine articles.



Introducing Our Keynote Speaker: Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®—fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline

“Don’t forget to    b r e a t h e . . .”®

She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor.

Brandilyn’s first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows.

Brandilyn’s awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers’ Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailing’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 (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing in 2002.

When she’s not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers conferences and keynote speaking.

To hear this talented writer share her experiences and wisdom, register today for the 2018 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

We hope to see you on Saturday, March 17, 2018!

MSCWC: Registration, Location, and More!


The Fifth Annual Mid-South Christian Writers Conference will be here before you know it!

Though March may seem like a long time from now, the days are going to fly by faster than we can sing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

After all, next week is Thanksgiving, and there are only 39 shopping days left till Christmas.

So do yourself a favor, and cross “register for the MSCWC” off your to-do list today.

You’ll save $10 when you register before the Early Bird Deadline of Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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


Registered attendees may reserve either a half-table ($10) or a whole table ($15) to sell their books or author services.


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


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. Mention the Mid-South Writers Conference (Code MCWC).

Courtyard by MarriottThe special rate expires on March 1, 2018 or when all the blocked rooms have been booked. Regular rates are $195-229/night.

The Courtyard by Marriott is located at the Carriage Crossing Mall, 4640 Merchants Park Circle, Collierville, TN 38017.

Phone: 901-850-9390.

Additional hotels and their rates are listed on our Location Page.

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


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

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

2017 MSCWC Wrap-Up

A Guest Post by

April Carpenter, Conference Director

While deciding what I should say in this blog post, I thought about James Watkins’ first keynote presentation, “Ten Creative Commandments.”

His third commandment is:

“Thou shalt hang around creative and funny people.”

There are two excellent ways to do this.

  1. Join a local writers group. The conference packet included information on Memphis writing groups for our local attendees. If you’re not from the Mid-South area, please check out the 2017 Christian Writers Market Guide’s list of writers groups for your state.
  2. Join our new Facebook page. Whether you attended this year, a previous year, or plan to attend in the future, we invite you to “like” our conference Facebook page once it’s created. Be sure you’re following this blog so you’ll know when the page goes live.

During the last keynote address,  “I Have a Dream,” Jim encouraged us to make our dreams specific and realistic.

So… how is your writing going since the conference?

I pray you have thought about and written down your specific, realistic dreams and that you are pursuing them every day.

I pray that this year’s theme, “Changing the World with Words,” inspires you to create stories, articles, devotions, poems, Bible studies–whatever God has called you to write–that will change lives in a powerful way.

On behalf of the committee, we thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to join us. This year’s conference included 96 participants, nine presenters, and one keynote speaker.

Thank you, too, for your kind words in the evaluations and for the thank you cards you wrote the day of the conference.

We read each evaluation and truly take what you suggest to heart.

It’s not too late to give us your opinion. Please feel free to send your comments to:

We are so glad you joined us this year, and hope to see you again in 2018.

Early Bird Deadline February 25th

canstockphoto37333127Are you still trying to decide whether or not to attend this year’s Mid-South Christian Writers Conference?

Maybe this will be the push you need to take the plunge into conference waters.

The deadline for paying the Early Bird registration fee is Saturday, February 25, 2017.  After that, the fee increases by $10.

Visit the Registration website for more info.


New Year’s Resolution: Attend MSCWC!

ny-day-fireworks-235813_1280Here’s an easy resolution to make this year:

Attend the 2017 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 self-proclaimed “threat to society,” James Watkins.

We hope to see you there!

Until then . . . Happy New Year!