West Coast Christian Writers

Where Writers Thrive

2022 Conference

February 17-19

We’re Getting Together!

2022 Conference – E-merge, Into His Light

February 17-19, 2022

Our 2022 West Coast Christian Writers Conference will be held in-person at Golden Hills Community Church, located in Brentwood, a San Francisco suburb. The 2022 Conference will include all the hallmark traits of a WCCW Conference:

  • An Outstanding Faculty of Industry Professionals
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Over 40 Workshops
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Coaching and Critique Appointments
  • Agent and Editor Appointments
  • Inspiration and Worship (including a celebration choir led by Jeanette Hanscome!)
  • Pre-Conference CREW Mentoring Option February 17th
  • A Digital Access Option, Including all Workshops and Keynote Sessions
  • Affordability – Watch for Our Flash Sale November 29 – December 3, 2021!

    Our beautiful venue for 2022, Golden Hills Community Church, will accommodate the growth of the WCCW community, is surrounded by nearby hotels and restaurants, and allows for easy access for conference participants.

     

    Conference Registration Dates & Prices:

    FLASH SALE: Nov. 29-December 3, 2021: Lowest rate! $279
    Early-Bird Registration: December 4, 2021 – January 31, 2022: $329
    General Registration: February 1 – 11, 2022: $379
    Pre-Conference CREW mentoring groups, to be held February 17, 2022 (registration deadline January 15, 2022): $149
    Digital Access Pass ONLY (not attending in person), February 17, 2022 purchase deadline: $179

    Health & Safety

    In order to provide a safe environment for both faculty and attendees, WCCW will follow all state and local health regulations in place at the time of the conference, which may or may not include masking, COVID vaccination, and/or proof of a negative COVID test. Attendees must be willing to comply with those regulations.

    WCCW reserves the right to cancel the in-person conference due to a pandemic or other extreme circumstances, and to convert to a virtual conference. If this were to occur, you would receive a partial refund to match the digital access price.

    If you’re scheduling flights, please ensure that any plane tickets booked are either refundable or may be re-used as a credit at a later date.

    Keynote Speakers

    Sharon Norris Elliott

    “Live significantly!” That’s the inspiring message of Sharon Norris Elliott, award-winning author, editor, agent, speaker, and minister. Author of 13 books, she’s associated with several prestigious organizations such as AWSA, ACE, SCBWI, and HSBN.tv; co-director of the WCCW conference; and founder/CEO of AuthorizeMe® Consulting, Coaching, & Editing Firm, and Literary Agency.

    Steve Laube

    Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry over four decades. His agency has represented nearly 2,000 new books and Steve was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. In addition, Steve is the president and owner of Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. He is the author of the annual Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks

    The 2022 Conference Story

    For writers, there is a story behind everything, so would you expect any less from a writers conference planning team?

    When the WCCW Leadership Team had our planning retreat in July for the February 2022 conference, we spent an entire morning deciding on a theme. We brainstormed words, phrases, animals, and smiling office supplies that we could attach writerly metaphors to without being overtly cheesy. We considered what all of us had experienced (and were still experiencing) since the 2020 Lit Masterclass, which got in just under the wire before the world shut down. Between COVID, racial issues, and politics, we’d been living under a dark cloud of fear, loss, division, and isolation. We were finally coming out of the darkness into the light, even as we grieved and tried to process all that had happened. And the conference would be in person. Whoohoo!

    That’s when we thought of the word emerge. After searching for an appropriate Bible verse, we found Isaiah 9:2: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”

    We had our theme: E-merge.

    Then Delta hit with a vengeance, spiraling us backward and leaving us wondering if we would even be able to have an in-person conference in February. The most devastating fire season on record left whole communities in ruin.

    Should we change our theme?

    It didn’t take long for us to decide not to. Though we had no idea where we would be in February, the word emerge still applied to us as writers and Christ followers. It’s a reminder that we always have hope. That the darkness won’t last forever. No matter how dark things are, we have the opportunity to draw people out of the darkness and point them toward the Light of Christ.

    By the time we meet in February, no matter what “meeting” looks like, the idea of emerging will mean something different to each of us. We will all have a unique story to tell about seeing His light in the darkness.

    We look forward to hearing your stories of emerging into His light. Between now and February, all of us on the WCCW board and leadership team pray that the light of Christ will brighten your days and inspire your writing.

    Jeanette Hanscome

    Community Director, WCCW

    2022 Conference

    February 17-19, 2022

    “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”

    Isaiah 9: 2 NLT

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