Mission and Vision
West Coast Christian Writers (WCCW), aims to equip and encourage writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing for publication through an annual conference offering quality instruction, industry updates, community, and personal inspiration. WCCW is affiliated with Inspire Christian Writers and operates under Inspire’s 501(c)(3).
WCCW, formerly the Christian Writers Seminar, was founded by Pastor Jon Drury, who directed the seminar as a ministry of Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley. The first Christian Writers Seminar was in 1993 with Ethel Herr as the keynote speaker. Other past keynoters include James Scott Bell, Cecil Murphey, and Francine Rivers.
Jane S. Daly
Susy Flory, Conference Director
Susy is the New York Times bestselling author of Thunder Dog. The author or co-author of eleven books, she’s been a reporter, an educator, a wife, and a mom. Now a full time writer at susyflory.com, she loves chasing big, true stories with themes of adventure, courage, hope, transformation, and redemption.
Cheri Gregory, Director of Education & Connection
Cheri spends her weekdays teaching high school students and her weekends speaking at women’s retreats. She’s co-author of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life: 12 Ways to Stop Trying Harder and Start Living Braver. Cheri speaks, performs, and blogs about expectations, “baditude” and hope.
Laura Christianson, Marketing Director
Laura helps everyone from pre-published writers to best-selling authors establish a vibrant online presence. Laura owns Blogging Bistro, a business that builds custom websites and provides website and blog education for entrepreneurs. She has authored several books and thousands of articles.
Kathi Lipp, Program Director
Kathi is a Publishers Weekly bestselling writer and the author of 17 books, including The Husband Project, Clutter Free and Overwhelmed. She hosts the Clutter Free podcast and co-hosts the Communicator Academy podcast with our 2017 keynote, Michele Cushatt. She is the founder of the Leverage Conference, equipping writers to share their message through speaking.
Jeanette Hanscome, Faculty & Attendee Communications Director
Jeanette is the author of five books, including Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Message of Hope, Grace, and Promise. She pours her leftover creative energy into singing, knitting, crocheting, and anything that allows her to use her lettering pens. Jeanette and her younger son enjoy living in the same East Bay Area city where she grew up.
Jane S. Daly, Finance Director
Jane is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey From Grief to Hope and The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent. When she isn’t hunched over her computer, she can be found riding on the American River Bike Trail.
Marci Seither, Hospitality Director
Marci is a freelance writer who lives in California. She has written for local papers as well as larger publications, but mostly she tells people she is a “mom who writes.” She has been married to John for over 26 years. They are the parents of six pretty awesome kids who have provided her with volumes of great material, symphonies of laughter, and loads of laundry. On her website, she encourages women to reconnect with others and savor each moment one wooden spoonful at a time.
“I came home refreshed spiritually, mentally, and excited for what God has ahead.”