What A Conference!
Our 2012 Catch the Wave Writer’s Conference will be held August 23-25, 2012 at the Simpsonwood Conference Center.
Simpsonwood is a first-class retreat and conference center and was rated number 1 in Gwinnett County, GA.
Walk-ins and on-site accommodations are available. The price of the conference included lodging, meals, classes, and evening critique sessions. (Daily a’la carte pricing will also be available in 2012)
Click on link to download our 2012 Catch The Wave Writers Conference application: 2012 Conference Application
Then complete and return via email to: email@example.com
or return by mail to: Christian Authors Guild, P. O. Box 2673, Woodstock, GA 30188
Payment can be made by check or online via PayPal on our Payments page.
While our speaker line up for 2012 is not yet firmed up at this time, here are some of the speakers from our 2011 Conference:
Known for his breakout book, 90 Minutes in Heaven, Cec Murphey continues to impact the writing community with his writing and desire to mentor up and coming authors. Award-winning author Cecil (Cec) Murphey is the author or co-author of more than 100 books, including the NY Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). He is also the author of When Someone You Love Has Cancer, When God Turned Off the Lights, and Christmas Miracles, all 2009 releases. His books have sold millions of copies and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world. Hundreds of his articles have appeared in a variety of publications. Cecil stays busy as a professional writer and travels extensively to speak on many topics such as Christian living, recovery, spiritual growth, prayer, caregiving, significant living, male sexual abuse, and writing. To learn more about Cec, click here.
Lin Johnson – Editor / Author
Lin Johnson is managing editor of Christian Communicator, Advanced Christian Writer, and Church Libraries; author of more than 70 books, with a specialization in Bible curriculum; a Gold Medallion Book Award and an EPA Higher Goals award recipient; and adjunct professor of writing at Taylor University. She also directs the Write-to-Publish Conference in the Chicago area and teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and internationally. Click here to read more about Lin.
Tiffany Colter – Writing Coach
Tiffany is a freelance writer for Today’s Christian, Charisma Magazine, Toledo Business Journal, quarterly features for Afictionado E-zine and a monthly column “Ask Your Writing Career Coach” in Suspense Magazine. She served as coordinator of The Master Seminars for Chip MacGregor, and serves as a judge for multiple writing contests. Read more about Tiffany by clicking here.
Les Stobbe, Literary Agent
Executive Editor of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, Les Stobbe was founding editor of the Mennonite Observer, served as editor at Christian Life Publications, editorial director of Cambridge Publishers (business magazines), Moody Press Books, Christian Herald Books and Book Clubs, and Here’s Life Publishers Ltd., as managing editor of curriculum for Scripture Press and as editor of Christian Education Journal. For seven years he served as president of Here’s Life Publishers. From 1996 to 2001 Les served as Vice President of Communications at Vision New England in Acton, MA. He is author or co-author of 14 books and has written more than 700 published articles—and currently keeps his days filled as mentor, article writer, and literary agent. Read more about Les by clicking here.
Terry Burns – Agent – Hartline Literary Agency
Terry is an agent with Hartline Literary http://www.hartlineliterary.com as well as writing inspirational fiction. As a writer he has over 40 books in print including 10 novels. He has a new series from Port Yonder Press entitled “The Sagebrush Collection” of his collected short works and the first released March 2010 entitled “On the Road Home.” A Young Adult entitled Beyond the Smoke won the Will Rogers Medallion and a new book “A Writer’s Survival Guide to Publication” also from Port Yonder Press was developed out of the month long course he held for ACFW. A popular speaker at workshops across the country, a bookstore of his available works as well as a regular blog can be found at www.terryburns.net. As an agent Terry says “I’m looking for a good book, well written in a unique voice, aimed at a market that looks promising, and where I feel I have the contacts appropriate to be able to sell the book in that market. I’m pretty open as to genre but I don’t do children’s books, sci fi or fantasy. He’s a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR).
Mary Lou Redding- Editor/Author
In her current role as Editorial Director for The Upper Room magazine, Mary Lou is responsible for surpervising, editing, production, and manuscript distribution of the bimonthly magazine with a circulation of 4.6 million copies in 100+ countries and 39 languages. She has authored six books including Breaking and Mending: Divorce and God’s Grace and Meeting God in Scripture Mary Lou has served on the boards of several religious magazine publications. She is the past president of the Associated Church Press, a group of nearly 200 religious periodicals, and the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Educational Press for her children’s story Prisoners of War. CAG welcomes Mary Lou.
Conference Schedule: Click 2011 Conference Schedule
To view a brief video trailer about the conference, click
Manuscript Critiques: Conference attendees enjoyed the opportunity to submit their manuscript(s) in advance to one of our participating speaker/teachers and set up an appointment to review the critique during the conference.
Cost of the Conference
The Christian Author’s Guild kept the fall conference as low as possible. The conference cost included rooms, meals, speakers, breakout sessions, and evening critique sessions.
If you live in the Gwinnett area, you can save even more money by registering for day attendance
Cancellations before July 15 will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. No refunds after August 18. Emergency cancellations will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Member of another writers group were invited to bring their group members along.
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