Saturday, January 28, 2012

Note from Director, Billie Wilson

Conference details are looking good and it is not too late for you to register for the 25th Florida Christian Writers Conference. We have additional lodging available at Lake Yale and I am asking you to let everyone on your contact list know about the conference.
Hello Fellow Writers,
photo - Crystal BowmanIf you are trying to decide whether or not to attend this year's Florida Christian Writers' Conference, I have one word for you--come
Whether you are a novice writer or a published writer, there are classes designed just for you.
I first attended in 2006, and it was worth every penny. I attended classes, ate lunch with other writers, and had meetings with editors. As a result of that conference, I received several book contracts. I have been a part of this conference ever since, and it just keeps getting better. 
This year I will be teaching the continuing classes on writing for children. We will cover
everything from board books and picture books, to beginning readers and Bible storybooks. We will dissect all the sub-genres within the genre of children's literature, and you will leave knowing how to write like a pro for this age group. Class sizes are small and personal.
The dress code is comfortable and casual. Bring a jacket or sweater for chilly evenings and air-conditioned rooms.
Forget fashion and wear comfortable shoes.
I hope you decide to come, because you will be glad you did. You will meet some amazing people, learn a lot,
and laugh a lot.
See you soon!

Crystal Bowman

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Billie has asked me to share this note with the followers of Florida Christian Writers' conference.  Exciting results from last year's conference.  Check it out by clicking to links in note. Congratulations C. Kevin Thompson.  

Note from Kevin:

The time has come! My debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is set for release mid-February 2012 by OakTara Publishers!  I have attached the news release for you to see!  It shows all the distributors who will be selling the book as well as telling you about it!

You can also check out my website,, to find out the latest, stay informed, and get a sneak peek at the book!!  On that website is the Official Book Trailer, but you may also see the book trailer at!
Thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

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Monday, January 23, 2012


Every year I resolve to be more prepared for the conference. This year is no exception, but I looked at the countdown clock and realized only 37 days until  the day. For some reason, seeing it in writing may be just what I needed. I'm taking another look at the editors and publishers who will be attending. I'm dragging out a couple of devotions that I thought I might polish up a bit and submit to Mary Lou Reddick. I am so glad she will be with us this year-a lovely lady.
 I decided this afternoon that I needed to establish a  time table and a few goals for the next few weeks. My Kindred Hearts will be ecstatic to know they have finally persuaded me that goals are a good thing.
Guest posts for this blog would be so welcome. Perhaps you have some good memories you would like to share, or some of the writing tips you have gleaned from the conference would encourage an undecided conferee.
 Maybe you have a list of items that an individual needs to bring to the conference-for example, unless something has changed hair driers are not furnished.  I realize that has very little impact on your manuscript, but when we meet editors and fellow writers, it does help our self-confidence to feel we are at our best.
Just e-mail me and I will be glad to share your post on this blog.