Monday 21 April 2014

Christian Writers' Conference Update

Thanks to CWD for the opportunity to bring an update on the Christian Writers' Conference. Plans are going well and we have confirmed sixteen workshops with another six on the waiting list. They cover the following topics:

Fictional Writing for published writers/unpublished writers; Non-fiction Writing; Publishing; Self-editing; Characters; Metaphors; Bible Stories; Freelance Writing; Motivation; Marketing; Rejection; Spiritual Obstacles; Time Management; Children's fiction; and Ergonomics.

There is more information about these workshops with presenters' bio's on the website:

We have also confirmed Rev. Dr. David Wilson as our opening speaker at the Friday night plenary session. I first met David when he was principal of Kingsley's College (the Wesleyan Bible College) in Melbourne. Since then he has worked as the Director of Sophia Think Tank with the Bible Society of Australia and in this role he wrote online articles for their website. He is currently the CEO of Urban Seed – an urban community development unit working with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

In one of David's articles he made the comment: "Give me a piece of media, any piece of media on any topic and we’ll be able to find principles in the Bible that are relevant in their application." David will speak on this topic which I believe is relevant for all Christian writers regardless of whether they are writing non-fiction or fiction, overtly Christian or subtle Christian material.

Iola Goulton, Nola Passmore and Rowena Beresford have agreed to be editors at the conference. In order to get the maximum benefit from editors' appointments Iola and Nola will be asking delegates to send material in advance, up to a maximum of 20 pages – double spaced which is approximately 5,000 words. So if you would like to see an editor start preparing now!

Publishers Rochelle Manners from Wombat Books/Rhiza Press and Kris Argall from Acorn Press will also be taking appointments. More details about what to send and appointment request forms will be available on the website in August.

There will be an extensive Light the Dark bookstall with all the newest titles.

Check out our website for costs, timetable, venue and other details. Registrations will open in early May.

Hope to see you there.


Susan Barnes likes to write devotional thoughts on Bible passages, book reviews and inspirational articles. She loves to challenge people's thinking and regularly blogs at She is also a librarian and pastor's wife.


  1. Hi Susan - Thanks for the update. Looking forward to meeting lots of new people in Melbourne and catching up with old friends. Thanks to you and the organising team. Blessings.

  2. I'm looking forward to the conference as well - it will be my first trip to Melbourne.

  3. Thanks for the update Susan - and all the work of putting a conference together. I'm praying that I can get there this year.

  4. What an interesting sounding line-up. I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks, Susan and other committee members, for all the hard work you are putting in.

  5. Sounds like it will be a great time for those who can attend.

  6. Thanks so much Susan for that update. Sounds great and I am looking forward to it very much. Thank you also for the hard work you are doing to get it off ground. Much appreciated! So THANK YOU! And may God be with you and the rest of the team as you do the million and one things that need to be done before we get there in October.

  7. Wow, this is coming along fantastically. Congratulations Susan and the others who are pulling this together. I hope to attend.