National Award for the Encouragement of Writing


  If you ever go into bookstores or Wal-Mart or any other place where books are sold, you probably have seen some of Cec Murphey’s books. 90 Minutes in Heaven has been prominently displayed in stores all over the world and has been on bestseller lists since its release in 2006.

He has written more than 130 books and more than 700 magazine articles. Many of his books have dealt with the writing craft, and others have been such notable successes as Dr. Ben Carson’s biography, Gifted Hands, which was made into a popular movie, and Franklin Graham’s Rebel With a Cause.

He not only is one of today’s most successful and prolific writers, but for more than 30 years he has devoted his life to writing and helping others become successful writers. His books dealing with writing, such as Unleash the Writer Within and Writer to Writer, have served as a manual for countless numbers of people who wanted to succeed as writers. His blog Writer to Writer has a huge following, and he speaks at numerous writing conferences every year.

After finishing his Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Columbia seminary, a Presbyterian school in the Atlanta area, he received a scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at Emory University. He planned to become a professor.

However, in 1971 he took a course in writing for publication. Then, in 1983, he resigned his pastorate of a growing congregation in Atlanta to write full time. Writing is what he’s been doing since. Today he is much in demand as a speaker and writing teacher.

The recipient of the 2017 award will be announced in May.

The “National Award for the Encouragement of Writing,” which Vision Press sponsors, will be presented at a ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 2. The ceremony is included as part of the SCWC registration package for those registered for Friday & Saturday or only for Friday.

If you will not be attending the conference, you may still register just for the award ceremony. Dinner is included as part of the ceremony registration. The registration cost for the dinner and ceremony is $15. To register, complete and return the “Ticket Order Form.”

To download a printable ticket order form, please click here: NOT AVAILABLE YET.

2016 award was given to


Cec Murphey is not only one of today’s most prolific writers of nonfiction books, but is a national leader in working with writers and aspiring writers. 

Cec Murphey, the recipient of the inaugural, 2016 “National Award for the Encouragement of Writing,” with Joanne Sloan at the award ceremony