The 2017 conference is scheduled

for June 2-3  (Friday and Saturday) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Below is the

2016 Workshop Schedule. The 2017 schedule will be similar.


Conference registration / check-in begins at

11 a.m. on Friday in the Education Building of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala. On Saturday it begins at 8:00 a.m.

    The workshop schedule will allow you to attend 14 sessions.

    There is no additional charge for the two meals.

    There is no additional charge for individual consulting sessions with literary agents or other speakers and staff members.


FRIDAY, June 17


11:00 a.m.WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPENS

11:15 a.m.AUTHOR BOOK SALES AND AUTOGRAPHING


Noon - 12:50 p.m.     LIVE MUSIC CONCERT


1:00-1:30 p.m.WELCOME AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION


1:30-2:15 p.m.GENERAL SESSION I

“Encouraging Words: Experiences of SCWC Members”


2:15-2:45 p.m.BREAK Author book sales and autographing


2:15-8:15 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


3:00-3:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION I

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles. Part 1: Getting Ideas”

Patricia Sprinkle: “Been There, Met Them: Creating Realistic Places and Characters”

Bruce Barbour: ”Publishing 101: How Does It All Work”

Jan Turrentine: “Working with an Editor”

Julie Gwinn: “Working with a Literary Agent”

Grace Thornton: “Working with a Christian Editor” (small-group Q&A)


4:00-4:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION II

David Sloan: “Self-Publishing & Selling Your Book, Part 1: How To Self-Publish a Book”

Wesley Harris: “Researching Your Story Without Leaving Home”

Karen Moore: “Writing Gift and Devotional Books”

Jan Turrentine: “Working with an Editor”

Laurie Stroud: “Writing for City and Regional Publications”

Grace Thornton: “Working with a Christian Editor” (small-group Q&A)


5:00-5:45 p.m.KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Lurlene McDaniel: ”Selling Your Christian Worldview to the Secular Market”


6:00-7:15 p.m.DINNER AND CEREMONY

NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT

OF WRITING / RECIPIENT: CEC MURPHEY


7:30-8:15 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION III

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles. Part 2: Marketing Your Ideas”

Lawayne Childrey: “Self-Publishing & Selling Your Book, Part 2: How To Sell Your Book”

Joanne Sloan: “Writers’ 10 Most Common Grammatical Errors — and How To Correct Them”

Debbie Dickerson: “How To Catch a Magazine Editor’s Attention”

Christopher Sloan: “Discerning God’s Will in Your Writing”

Grace Thornton: “Working with a Christian Editor” (small-group Q&A)


8:15-9:00 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS



SATURDAY, June 18


8:15-8:40 a.m.WELCOME


8:45-9:30 a.m.WORKSHOP SESSION IV

Lurlene McDaniel: “YA Market – What’s Up”

Lawayne Childrey: “Marketing and Selling Your Book”

Julie Gwinn: “Working with a Literary Agent”

Denise George: “Writing Non-fiction Books”

Ramona Richards: “10 Tips to Winning a Book Editor’s Heart”


8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Individual consulting sessions with literary agents. You may reserve a time when you arrive for the conference registration check-in.


9:45-10:30 a.m. WORKSHOP SESSION V

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles. Part 3: Writing the Article”

Christopher Sloan: “Discerning God’s Will in Your Writing”

Denise George: “Writing Non-fiction Books”

Wesley Harris: “Researching Your Story Without Leaving Home”

Bruce Barbour: “Writing a Proposal for Agents and Publishers”


10:30-10:55 a.m. BREAK Author book sales and autographing


11:00-11:45 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Patricia Sprinkle: “The Mystery of Why We Write”


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. LUNCH


1:00-1:45 p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION VI

Cheryl Wray: “Writing and Publishing Magazine Articles. Part 4: Final Steps to Publication”

Debbie Dickerson: “How To Catch a Magazine Editor’s Attention”

Ramona Richards: “10 Tips to Winning a Book Editor’s Heart”

Karen Moore: “Writing Greeting Cards”

Laurie Stroud: “Writing for City and Regional Publications”


2:00-2:45 p.m.PANEL: AUDIENCE Q&A

Cheryl Wray, Debbie Dickerson, Lurlene McDaniel, Patricia Sprinkle


3:00-4:00 p.m.  Drawing for door prizes

                          Awards Ceremony, 2015-2016 SCWC Writing Contest