West Coast Christian Writers

Where Writers Thrive

2023 Conference

October 18-20

2023 Conference – Writers on the Move!

October 18-20, 2023

Bridgeway Christian Church
Roseville, CA

The West Coast Christian Writers Conference is back with a new date and venue for 2023! We are excited to gather again in-person while still offering digital access to those who wish to join virtually. Come be inspired by our keynote speaker, Bret Lott, and learn from an outstanding faculty of publishing industry professionals. The 2023 conference will feature classic WCCW components including:

– 40+ Workshops
– Round Table Discussions
– Coaching & Critique Appointments (in-person only)
– Agent & Editor Appointments (in-person only)
– Pre-Conference CREW Mentoring Option (Wed October 18, 2023)
– Inspirational Worship & Prayer

The Digital Access registration will include video recordings of all workshops and a livestream of the general sessions and keynote speakers. Registration will launch May 1, 2023.



      Keynote Speaker

      Bret Lott

      Bret Lott is the bestselling author of fourteen books, most recently the nonfiction collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (Crossway 2013), and the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House 2012).

      Other books include the story collection The Difference Between Women and Men, the nonfiction book Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life, and the novels Jewel, an Oprah Book Club pick, and A Song I Knew by Heart. His work has appeared in, among other places, The Yale Review, The New York Times, The Georgia Review and in dozens of anthologies. Born in Los Angeles, he received his BA in English from Cal State Long Beach in 1981, and his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, where he studied under James Baldwin. From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at The College of Charleston, leaving to take the position of editor and director of the journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. Three years later, in the fall of 2007, he returned to The College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching. His honors include being named Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel; speaking on Flannery O’Connor at The White House; and having served as a member of the National Council on the Arts from 2006 to 2012. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Hanahan, South Carolina.

      “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