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 www.johnnie-alexander.com 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.





Friday Workshop: Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

We’re offering something new this year at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

On Friday, March 16th, best-selling indie author Hallee Bridgeman will teach Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing, including tips and tricks for the current market.

This four-hour version of the workshop Hallee presented last year will allow her time to discuss topics on a more complex level.

With more than a half million book sales, Hallee 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 is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the American Christian Writers (ACW), and Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

Learn more about Hallee at her website

The workshop costs an additional $35 with conference registration or $55 for the Friday workshop alone. To register, click here.


With such great workshops, you might have a hard time choosing your top three! But that’s a great conundrum, isn’t it?!

Once again, we’re offering NINE fantastic workshops on various aspects of writing at the 2018 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference. Be sure and check the schedule so you can choose the three you most want to attend.

So bring your laptop or paper and pen. You’ll want to take plenty of notes.

We’ll provide the beverages.


Johnnie Alexander & Patricia Bradley – Popular Clichés 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.

Hallee Bridgeman – 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.

Brandilyn Collins – 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.

Tracy Crump – Stirring the Pot: Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Since Chicken Soup for the Soul receives thousands of submissions and only publishes 101 in each book, how can you increase the chances they’ll choose your story? Come learn what Chicken Soup wants, what they don’t want, and how you can stir up a winning Chicken Soup story.

Alice Faye Duncan – The Future Has a Past: Writing Non-Fiction and Historical Fiction for Today’s Generation

Children, teenagers, and adults need captivating history books and historical novels that inform and inspire. This session will offer writing tips and primary resource tools for non-fiction writers and novelists interested in writing about historical events.

Gary Fearon – Songwriting Shortcuts for the Writer

Finding the perfect music for your lyrics is easy with a few secret tricks geared especially to wordsmiths. Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced songwriter, you’ll discover new and intuitive approaches to crafting memorable melodies in this entertaining, enlightening session.

Bethany Jett – Zero to Book Deal in Three Months

“Zero to Book Deal” teaches how to turn a few resources into publishing opportunities with magazines, radio, guest posts, and speaking engagements. We will navigate the components of creating fantastic nonfiction proposals, building a speaking list, and leveraging every opportunity already in your arsenal.

Carolyn Tomlin – The Four Articles Editors Love and How to Write Them!

This workshop shows an easy format for writing the four basic articles for magazines and newspapers. You will learn how to select and know the magazine, identify the reader, and write a query letter that catches the attention of the editor and results in a contract.

Jon Woodhams – Writing for Continuity Fiction Series

Using Guideposts’ successful fiction series as a model, the workshop will explore the often-untapped potential of writing for continuity fiction series. In addition to learning about Guideposts’ unique place in Christian fiction, topics will include how the Guideposts model works, the ideal writer for a continuity series, how writers collaborate to create a series, the unique skill set needed to succeed as a continuity writer, and more.


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.