National Award for the Encouragement of Writing


Bruce Barbour Receives

2017 Joanne Sloan Award

Bruce Barbour received the 2017 Joanne Sloan National Award for the Encouragement of Writing.

The ceremony was held at the SCWC on June 2.

Known internationally for his work as a literary agent, Barbour also is well respected as a mentor for numerous writers. Along with the SCWC, he has served as a speaker and workshop leader at numerous other writing conferences.

The National Writing Award recognizes an individual who has been exemplary in supporting writers over many years. 

Although not officially connected with the SCWC, the award is named in honor of Joanne Sloan, the SCWC coordinator, and is planned to be given each year during the SCWC workshop.

Barbour is the fourth generation of a publishing family that has served authors for almost a century and a half. In 1870, his great-grand uncles, Fleming H. Revell and Dwight L. Moody, started publishing Christian books. Following in the footsteps of his great-grand uncles, grandfather, and father, Barbour joined the Fleming H. Revell Company in 1975 after graduating with honors from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

He has held executive positions at publishing houses including Revell, Barbour and Company (co-founder and Executive VP, 1983-1986), Thomas Nelson (VP, Publisher, 1986-1993), and Random House (VP, Publisher, 1994-1996).

In 1997, he founded Literary Management Group, a full-service agency and consulting firm that has represented best-selling authors and books, and he has consulted with publishing houses including Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Gospel Light, Hach­ette and others. He has also packaged books for speakers, associations, and corporations.

The inaugural award in 2016 was given to Cec Murphey, the author of more than 130 books and a nationally known writing teacher.

Bruce Barbour, the recipient of the 2017 “National Award for the Encouragement of Writing,” with Joanne Sloan (right) and his wife, Karen Moore, at the award ceremony

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: Ticket order form 2017.jpg.