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.


Announcing 2018 MSCWC Faculty

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

Author and speaker Brandilyn Collins is this year’s keynote speaker. Her workshop, “The Four Ds: Desire, Distancing, Denial, and Devastation,” focuses on what your character wants and how this desire leads to the other three D’s. Connect with Brandilyn at http://brandilyncollins.com.

Our other workshop leaders are:

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).

Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and loves to write romance and suspense with a twist of romance. Her books include the Logan Point series and two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, all available at Amazon. Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and presentations at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. Visit Patricia’s website at http://ptbradley.com.

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.

Tracy Crump has published two dozen stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies as well as numerous articles and devotionals. As co-director of Write Life Workshops, she has led workshops and webinars on writing for Chicken Soup since 2008. She also edits The Write Life, a free e-newsletter with callouts. She lives with her husband in north Mississippi, has two sons and two perfect grandchildren, and believes Grandma is the most beautiful word in the English language.

Alice Faye Duncan is a librarian in Memphis, Tennessee.  She writes fiction and non-fiction for children and has been writing picture books for Simon and Schuster since 1995. Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 will be released in September 2018.  Her book 12 Days of Christmas in Tennessee will be released in September 2019.  Visit Alice Faye’s website at http://www.alicefayeduncan.com.

Gary Fearon is a songwriter, writer, musicologist, and Creative Director for Southern Writers Magazine. He has written over 300 songs and jingles for numerous advertisers such as Polaroid and created countless song parodies for national radio shows including The Rush Limbaugh Show. His instructional book A Guide to Songwriting Structure is scheduled for publication in 2018. Visit Gary’s website at www.garyfearon.com .

Bethany Jett is a military wife and homeschool boy-mom who is addicted to suspense novels and all things girly. She is an award-winning author, speaker, ghostwriter, Vice President of Platinum Literary Services, Inc., and co-owner of Serious Writer, Inc. In her spare time, Bethany is working on her Masters degree in Marketing: New Media and Communication. Bethany writes on living brilliant at BethanyJett.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Carolyn Tomlin had taught 33 years in public school and at Union University when she heard God calling her to write for the Christian market and to help others learn this skill. Today, she co-teaches the Boot Camp for Christian Writers and has taught over 3,000 people to write-to-publish. Her published magazine and newspaper articles number over 4,500 in both the Christian and secular markets. She’s published 17 books which are mostly focused on teaching writing skills. Carolyn is married to Dr. Matt Tomlin, a Baptist minister. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Shelter dog Ernest Miller Hemingway shares his life with their family and visits nursing homes with Tomlin. https://carolyntomlin.com.

Jon Woodhams has been involved in Christian publishing for more years than he cares to admit. He has worked for David C. Cook, in curriculum development and fiction editorial, and for WaterBrook Multnomah. He has been an editor with Guideposts fiction since 2011, and his series, Miracles of Marble Cove, Secrets of the Blue Hill Library, Mysteries of Silver Peak, and Tearoom Mysterious have more than a million copies in print. A native of Michigan, he now lives in the Memphis area.