Friday, August 12, 2011

Free Online Christian Writer’s Conference

For my friends who are writers and would be writers, I wanted to share a great opportunity available to you.  Elaine Wright Colvin, Writer’s Information Network founder and director, shared the following email:
Author with Seven Million Books Sold Presents at Online Conference for Christian Writers
MEDIA ADVISORY, August 9, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Athanatos Christian Ministries is an apologetics ministry with a mission: defend the faith in the culture by cultivating Christian authors, artists, and musicians. On top of their annual Christian writing contests, they have now added a free online writing conference. The conference will be held on August 18th, 2011. The conference website is
ACM is not new to virtual conferencing. It has hosted two online apologetics conferences in the last two years. This spring, Dr. Gene Edward Veith was the keynote. The 'keynote' to ACM's writing conference is also connected to Dr. Veith. John Erickson, author of the 'Hank the Cowdog' series, which has sold 7.5 million copies, has more recently penned a book speaking specifically to Christian writers and Dr. Veith writes the introduction. (Nancy Pearcey writes the foreword.)

"Story Craft: Reflections on Faith, Culture & Writing" shares Mr. Erickson's experiences and perspectives with the Christian author in mind.

Since the conference is free and takes place online, Christian writers from across the globe can participate.

Other presenters include the conference's host, ACM's Executive Director, Anthony Horvath. Author Dr. Holly Ordway will present on the 'art of wordsmithing.' The winners of ACM's first annual Christian novel contest will also be presenting: Shirley Tucker, author of the upcoming release "Diamonds in the Dust" and Robert Abernathy, whose title "The Walk to Walden Hill" is officially available September 1st. Other presenters include published short story author Pastor Jamie Greening and screenwriter Robert Kramer.

ACM has been actively reaching out to Christian authors and spurring them on to excellence for three years. Its second annual Christian novel contest is taking submissions through September 1st. $2,500 awaits the winners, plus possibly an offer to publish. ACM's fourth annual Christian short story and poetry contests begin taking submissions on September 2nd. A scholarship is available for eligible high school entrants and the winner of the adult category is invited to present at one of ACM's conferences. Last year's winner of the 19 and up category, Robert Cely, is presenting at ACM's August 18th conference.

To learn more about ACM's contests and to submit an entry visit
The online conference is free but registration is required. Register and learn more at

Thanks Elaine for the great information. 

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