Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.


It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 22-26.


Dr. Dennis Hensley will be our Keynote speaker and a workshop leader. We are looking forward to gleaning from his years in the industry, his expertise, and his heart. Click on the pages above to learn more about the conference directors, faculty and classes, and how to register. Also, read our blog to find out more about the publishing industry and preparation for the conference. Sign up for e-mail updates so you don’t miss great articles from our faculty. 


We hope you can join us!



Newest Blog

Nonfiction A-Z
Friday, December 02, 2016
Edie Melson

Now is the best time ever to be a writer.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or some kind of get rich quick scheme. For writers to capitalize on this amazing time in publishing it’s necessary for us to be savvy and willing to diversify. That’s where nonfiction A – Z comes in. With the economy as it is, lots are feeling the need for additional or even primary income. With some hard work and diligence, nonfiction writing could be the answer you’re looking for.

Nonfiction writing isn’t just about books—it includes blogging, devotions, articles, copyrighting, etc. It takes hard work—and a certain amount of a daredevil attitude. BUT, if you do the work and put in the hours you WILL see success.


Step One—Start Thinking Like a Writer

Now it’s time to start thinking like a professional. By that I mean, everywhere you look and every experience we have has the potential to become the foundation of something we can write. For example, have you been a caregiver? Then you might consider writing a book of devotions for caregivers. Or writing articles for magazine that minister to caregivers. Or write for a blog that’s focused on equipping caregivers.

Being a writer is a lot like packing for a journey. We need to equip ourselves for the things we’ll be facing. We are constantly growing our knowledge base and adding to our experience so we can keep moving forward.


Step Two—Invest in Your Dreams

We can’t move to the position of full-time writer overnight. We have to invest time and money to get where we want to go. We take classes, learn new skills, join groups, and are willing to work outside our comfort zones.

During this continuing class we’ll cover the entire gamut of non-fiction writing. I’ll share some tips on the things you’re probably already doing and insight into some things you never considered. I’ll give you inside tips on where to find paying gigs and when to accept experience in lieu of money.

My motto through the years has been this, “If it’s not illegal or immoral, I’ll write about it.” My quest to be a full-time writer has led me places I never imagined and given me experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything. Now I’m offering those experiences to you so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did and can take advantage of some shortcuts I’ve learned.

I look forward to spending time together making your dreams come true!




Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for fiction readers, parents, military families, fiction readers or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her top-ranked blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. She’s a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. She’s also the Social Media Mentor for My Book Therapy, Senior Editor for www.NovelRocket.com, and regular columnist for www.Guideposts.org, Just18Summers.com and PuttingOnTheNew.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.