Joanne SloanSCWC coordinator

Workshop Topic: “What Writers Can Learn from Famous Authors”

Joanne is co-author (with Cheryl Wray) of the inspirational books A Life That Matters: Spiritual Disciplines That Change the World and Faith Stories and co-author of two other books.

    She has published articles in a variety of Christian and secular magazines. Among the numerous magazines for which she has written are Focus on the Family, Decision, HomeLife, and Mature Living. Her articles have been reprinted in six different books. She writes a monthly historical biography titled “Heroes of the Faith” for the Alabama Baptist newspaper.

    Along with book and magazine writing, she designed and for 18 years taught the University of Alabama’s feature writing course in the College of Continuing Studies. She has an M.Ed. degree from the University of Arkansas. For many years, she taught high school English. She is the publisher of Vision Press.

David SloanSCWC assistant coordinator

Workshop Topics: (1) “How To Self-Publish Your Book” (2) “Polishing Your Writing Style”

David is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama and the author/editor of more than 40 books, most of which deal with history or journalistic and non-fiction writing. They include such works as The Best of Pulitzer Prize News Writing, Masterpieces of Reporting, Great Editorials, Media Bias: Finding It, Fixing It, The Media in America, and Media and Religion in American History. Among his most recent books are Writing: 2,100 Quotations, Letters to an Atheist Friend, and Self-Publishing & Selling Your Book.

   He has served as national president of both the American Journalism Historians Association and Kappa Tau Alpha, the college honor society for mass communication. In 2010 the AJHA gave him its National Excellence in Teaching Award. On its 90th anniversary, KTA selected him as one of the five most important members in its history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Cheryl WraySCWC assistant coordinator

Workshop Topic: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles” (Her presentation will consist of a two-session track dealing with how to succeed in magazine writing, covering the process from start to finish.)

Cheryl, a full-time freelance writer, has written six books and hundreds of articles and book reviews in a wide variety of magazines. She is a regular writer for al.com and several publications. Writer’s Digest chose her book Writing for Magazines (McGraw-Hill) as a special selection for its Book-of-the-Month Club. Along with its general popularity, it is widely used as a college textbook. Her newest book is Writing Feature Articles.

  She has taught beginning and advanced magazine-writing courses in the continuing education program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at the University of Alabama. She has an M.A. degree in magazine journalism from the University of Alabama.

Christopher SloanSCWC assistant coordinator

Workshop Topic: ”Writing as Spiritual Art: Becoming a Writer in the Image of God”

Christopher is a freelance writer whose publications include magazine articles, columns, short stories, novels, and novellas, both in print and online.

   He has published scores of articles focusing on strength building in national magazines and is contributing editor to Planet Muscle and Ironman, two of the most popular strength magazines in the United States. He is a regular contributor to a variety of other print and online magazines. His recent writing has emphasized the role of faith in physical training and martial arts. In 2011 Planet Muscle selected him as one of the top five strength writers in America.

    He is the author of the fantasy novel The Forgotten Heroes.

    He blogs at Blue Jean Theosis, Classic Christianity, and C.S. Sloan’s Integral Strength.

McKenna WattsWorkshop registrar

McKenna has been attending SCWC workshops since she was one year old — and was “taking notes” on sessions even before she could write. She received her B.Ed. degree from the University of West Alabama, where she was selected as the outstanding graduate in elementary education.

Conference Assistants:

Teresa Berryhill, Tara Sloan, Matthew Sloan, Garrett Sloan, Delaney Wray