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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susy is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, including a number one bestseller, Thunder Dog. She’s been a reporter, an educator, a wife and a mom. Now a seminary student and full time writer at susyflory.com, she loves chasing big, true stories with themes of adventure, courage, hope, transformation, and redemption.
Laura helps writers confidently create a polished, professional online presence. She owns Blogging Bistro, a business that builds custom WordPress websites and provides brand, blog, and content development coaching. Laura has authored several books and thousands of articles. She and her husband live in the Seattle area, and are the parents of two young-adult sons.
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. Visit Jeanette at jeanettehanscome.com
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.
Mike is an award-winning author who can’t seem to focus on a particular genre. His non-fiction book, Dublin, came out in 2007, followed by eight novels. He has also published novellas, short stories and writing articles in magazines and anthologies. Turning his attention to film, three of Mike’s screenplays have been optioned by production companies. Visit Mike’s Amazon Author Page.
Sarah is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel The Sea Before Us won the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award, and When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Sarah and her husband live in northern California and have three adult children. Visit Sarah at sarahsundin.com.
Sarah is a freelance editor and published writer—most recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has been involved with Inspire Christian Writers since 2011 and is a member of the Christian PEN. Sarah enjoys ranch life in Northern California with her graphic designer husband and Appaloosa horse, Ransom. Learn more about TrailBlaze Writing & Editing at trail-blazes.com.
Ginny L. Yttrup is a best-selling and award-winning author of women’s fiction, including her Christy Award winning novel, Words. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, and speaks at women’s events and writers conference. Ginny lives in northern California near her adult children. To learn more about Ginny, visit www.ginnyyttrup.com.
- Kathi Lipp
- Cheri Gregory
- Jane Daly
- Suzanne Woods Fisher
- Kay Marshall Strom
- Wendy Lawton
- Mick Silva
- Kim Bangs
“I came home refreshed spiritually, mentally, and excited for what God has ahead.”