West Coast Christian Writers

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2022 Conference – E-merge, Into His Light

February 17-19, 2022

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 West Coast Christian Writers Conference! The recordings for the 3 general sessions with keynote talks, and the 46 video workshops, will be available for conference registrants through April 3, 2022.

The 2022 Conference icluded 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
  • Pre-Conference CREW Mentoring Option
  • Affordability



    The 2022 WCCW Conference

    Plot Twist

    You know how sometimes when you sit down to write, you think the story will go one way but the plot twists and catches you by surprise?

    Well, the WCCW Conference experienced a plot twist.

    Though we’ve eagerly anticipated the opportunity to gather in person, the public health situation has complicated our storyline. Rising COVID activity could risk the health of attendees and faculty, especially those with weaker immune systems. Increasing travel difficulties and canceled flights could affect meeting together. And local regulations, which are among the strictest in the nation, would take some of the fun out of meeting in person. The county requires masking at all times in indoor public settings, and to dine in a restaurant requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. 

    In light of all this, we’ve made the decision to convert to an online conference. We know you share our disappointment in not being able to meet in person, but we also know you share our concern for the health and well-being of both faculty and attendees.

    So we’re leaning into the plot twist. We’re redirecting our energy toward a dynamic online event that includes live keynote and online sessions, in addition to recorded content.

    It’s going to be a page-turner!

    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.

    Mary DeMuth

    Mary DeMuth has loved writing since she was a little girl. That love spilled over into a long-term writing career, and it informed her decision to become a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. As an agent, she loves to equip authors to write to their highest potential and build their platforms with joy and intention. 

    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

    “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