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: registration@midsouthchristianwriters.com.

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

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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!

Introducing Our Keynote Speaker: James Watkins

We are excited to announce James Watkins is the keynote speaker for the 2017 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

Known for his love of Scripture, fun sense of humor, and gracious encouragement to other writers, Jim is a popular speaker at writers conferences across the country and around the world.

We could tell you more about Jim. But we think you’d rather hear from him.

So here’s Jim’s intro in his own words:

Whatever anyone dares to boast about, I dare to boast about it, too. Are they writers? So am I with 20 books and over 2,000 articles. Are they speakers? So am I. I’ve spoken throughout the United States as well as countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe—in churches, conferences and colleges such as Liberty and Regent Universities. Are they teachers? So am I having taught writing for 15 years at Taylor University.

But if I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my C in Freshman Composition, hundreds of rejection slips, poor sales figures, clinical depression, mild autism, broken relationships, cancer, four surgeries in three hospitals in two months, and . . . well that’s probably enough. But here’s the point: when I am weak, then I am strong.

So, that’s all you really need to know. I’m simply Jim, a writer saved by grace.

To learn more about Jim, visit http://www.jameswatkins.com.

To hear this amazing man share his wisdom, laughter, and encouragement in person, register today for the 2017 Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.

We hope to see you on Saturday, March 18, 2017!

MSCWC Details: What You Need to Know

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The Fourth Annual Mid-South Christian Writers Conference is only four months away.

That may sound like a long time, but these days are going to fly by. After all, next week is Thanksgiving, and there are only 38 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 25, 2017.

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

BOOK TABLE

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

collierville-first-baptist-churchLOCATION

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 at the  Courtyard by Marriott – Collierville. Mention the Mid-South Writers Conference (Code MCWC).

Courtyard by MarriottThe special rate expires on February 17, 2017 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.

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.