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 21-25.



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Waiting for the Yes to Come
Friday, March 02, 2018
Katy Kauffman

(Photo by Katy Kauffman)


It wasn’t coming.

The sun took its time to rise above Lake Yale during FCWC 2018. Although I sat on the wooden bench only for a few minutes, it felt like hours. My anticipation to watch the sunrise glow in all its glory above the lake made my spirit restless. I believe God woke me up at 4:45 that morning to drink in this beautiful event.

And it was beautiful. As I wrote in my journal about waiting on God and wanting to trust Him for some things to happen, the sun peaked above the horizon. Its yellow-pink light shone brilliantly as if telling me, “Now why did you doubt?”

God keeps His promises.

The prayers we have prayed for days or even years will find their answers one way or another. Also, the strength we need, the grace and peace, the wisdom—God supplies it. In just the right time, in just the right way. He even supplies publishing opportunities.

After my second writers conference, I took home two awards and sat on my bed to ask God what to do with them. I asked if I should publish the article and devotion that won, and I heard a no. Wait, what?

I asked God again.

Same answer.

My heart sank.

God had other plans.

I needed time to remember that I was writing for Him, not myself, and He wanted to steer my focus in a new direction—books. My article that won Honorable Mention found its home in my first book. The waiting period to see that piece published grew me as a person and a writer. I found my voice and my love—writing Bible studies.

Did you hear a yes at the conference?

Does an editor or agent want you to send a book proposal or a manuscript?

Follow God’s lead and walk through that open door. As you wait for another yes—a contract—keep writing. Keep growing. Keeping looking for the sun to rise on your future career as a writer.

If you heard a no at the conference, I join you in waiting for hopes to become realities.

I have seen God take a no and turn it into a beautiful, glorious yes.

He may have a home for that piece of writing that you haven’t thought about yet. He may want you to tweak your book, work on building your platform, and try again next year. He may have some adventures for you to live before your piece is accepted somewhere.

Never waste a season of waiting.

God never wastes any trial or challenge, but uses them to teach us, grow us, and use us to be a blessing to others.

So don’t just see the final yes as glorious. Use this period of waiting for an answer to stay close to God, to write, and to learn what He wants to teach you.

The sun will peak above the horizon, and you will wonder why you ever doubted. 


Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. She has taught the Bible to women and teens, and her Bible studies focus on winning life’s spiritual battles. Her writing has appeared on CBN.com, Thoughts-about-God.com, in online magazines, in three compilations, and on numerous blogs. She regularly shares writing tips and encouragement online at The Write Conversation and the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference blog, and she loves connecting with writers and their work. She makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.