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

Faculty Interview with Marti Pieper
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bethany Jett

Marti Pieper’s passion to read, write, and pray makes her life an adventure. In 2005, her involvement in a prayer project led her to assist Brent and Deanna Higgins as they told their son’s compelling story. The resulting memoir, I Would Die for You: One Student’s Story of Passion, Service, and Faith (Revell, 2008) became a young adult best-seller that is now a missions classic. Today, Marti continues to use her gifts as author, collaborative writer (writing nonfiction books for others), editor (check out the “Editing” tab on her website) and conference speaker. Out of the Dust: Story of an Unlikely Missionary, the most recent of her eight nonfiction books, received AWSA’s Golden Scroll Nonfiction Merit Award. Marti is wife to worship pastor Tom and mom to five young adults. Find Marti at www.martipieper.com or serving as chaplain at the FCWC. 

3-Hour Workshop Presented by Marti:

Writing Memoirs 

Do you have a life story the world needs to hear? Do you want to leave a legacy in print for family, friends, and beyond? In this workshop, Marti discusses the do’s and don’ts of this popular genre, including the importance of a narrative thread, how thinking small makes a big difference, and the mystery of marketability. Regardless of which publishing venue you choose or whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the skills learned in memoir-writing can enhance your work and help you tell your story in ways that touch the world. 


Workshop Presented by Marti:

Ethics for the Christian Writer

Today’s publishing climate provides as many ethical challenges as it does opportunities: How true should my true-life story be? When and why do I need permissions for the quotes and illustrations I use? How do I acknowledge those who have helped along the way? How does my character influence my writing? Come explore the answers to these questions and more.  


Our FCWC Chaplain Marti Pieper shares the unique mode of transportation she has mastered, the importance of understanding a culture’s heart-language, and how getting started in the writing industry wasn’t by accident, but by God’s hand.