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

Faith In Process: Why Prayer is Essential to Our Writing
Friday, March 24, 2017
Terri Rhoden


 

 I wanted to finish the Epiphany story I started writing for my grandchildren two years ago, but I was stuck smack dab in the middle. I knew how it had to end, with the Magi finding the baby Jesus, but how to get there from where I was, well, there lay the scrub.

Getting from Matthew 2: 1, where the Magi are introduced, to Matthew 2:12, when they were told in a dream to return to their home without going back to King Herod, seemed a very long distance, yet time in the scriptures seems so compact.

I went to my closet. I turned off the lights, closed the door, knelt before the Lord God and begged, “What do I write now? Lord, please show me what to say.”

 A scene came to my mind, and I thought, but Lord, that will make the story longer and take so much time to type, and I’m in a rush to finish.

And the Lord said, “Do you want my help, or not?”

I wrote the scene. Got stuck again. Went back to the closet.

“Lord, where do I go from here?” I asked out loud.

The Lord presented another scene. This time, as I typed, I wept. I was a little embarrassed. I reminded myself of a character I had made such fun of, a blonde, ageless actress in a movie with Jack Nicholson. She’d laugh hysterically one moment and cry insanely the next as she typed her play. Here I was doing the same.

Writing can be “such sweet sorrow,” to borrow a line from the bard.

This process of begging and typing went on until I felt I had received a comfortable and satisfying conclusion to my children’s book, I Love Camels. Is it plausible? Well, the reader will have to decide.

After all of that work, and wreestling in the closet with God in prayer, the most wonderful review I have received is this, “Terri, it’s just too Christian.”

Praise God! I’ll take that criticism any day.

Whether or not my little story about a camel-loving, desert-dwelling family and the Magi ever makes it to market, I will be ever grateful for the time the Lord spent with me in my closet.

My prayer is that at least one soul will be saved because something in the story drew him or her to seek that Someone Who is already seeking them. Amen.

 

Where do you go to pray when you’re stuck writing a story? Leave a comment.

 

 

Treesia Rhoden, born in the third-world state of West Virginia, she learned how to speak English in Ohio. A collector of experiences, i.e. sky-diving,, she is a wife, mother, and grandma to 13. She and her husband of 45 years reside in Orlando with their two dogs.