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West Coast Christian Writers

Where Writers Thrive

Online Conference October 8 – 10, 2020

Fall Online Conference

At the 2020 Fall Online Conferece, our misson was to serve writers – to provide specialized opportunities for learninng, and connection within the Christian writing community. To that end, we offered video workshops from the very best in the writing and publishing world, Zoom video meetups and games, live morning devotionals, and plenty of community engagement in our dedicated Facebook private group, created just for the conference.

We can’t wait to connect with you at our next online conferenc in February of 2021!

All-Access Pass


ALL-ACCESS passholders will receive links to the following workshop videos via email.

Before registering, be sure to whitelist The conference workshops, handouts, and bonuses will be delivered from that address.


Life of the Writer

Patricia Raybon

Writing for God, Not Google

Chasing author fame and glory, best-selling, award-winning author, Patricia Raybon, finally found professional peace and purpose by seeking to write “with God, not for Google.” But what does that mean?

During this workshop, Patricia will share an approach that will light a fire under your writing and speaking ministry and will help you level-up your impact and reach among your professional and personal connections. Learn how to bear fruit for God – with God.

Patricia writes top-rated books that inspire believers to move big mountains. An award-winning, best-selling author and journalist, she writes to encourage people in God’s Word, stirring people to love God and love each other. A regular contributor to Our Daily Bread and DaySpring (in)courage ministries, she’s a supporter of Bible-translation projects worldwide and lives with her retired educator husband, Dan, in their beloved home state of Colorado.

Writing Strategy

Marci Seither

Brainstorming Banana Peels

Writers, speakers, and bloggers will discover how brainstorming can bring valuable breakthroughs to your writing journey. Whether it is digging deeper to understand your audience’s felt needs, catching a vision for marketing outside the box, or discovering untapped themes, this workshop will revolutionize the way you think. (What does brainstorming have to do with banana peels? That is something we are going to have fun with in this workshop.)

Marci is a creative storyteller whose writing career began after her humorous account of a cookie-baking fiasco appeared in a small-town newspaper. Since then, she has authored two books and written hundreds of articles, as well as contributing to Guideposts and Focus on the Family. She is wife to John, is mom to six kids, and grandma to five of the cutest grandkids this side of the Mississippi.

Susy Flory

Map Out Your Book

Like riding a train to a destination, readers want to feel like they’re going somewhere when they read your book. A great book requires a thought-out plan or “story structure,” as well as a structure or plan behind each chapter.

In this workshop, Susy leads you step-by-step through the process of understanding story structure and how to create a captivating one for a book or story the reader can’t put down.

Susy is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 15 books, including over a dozen memoirs (both her own and with other people). She directs West Coast Christian Writers nonprofit, and recently founded “Everything Memoir” to help those writing a memoir or personal story. She lives in the mountains of California and volunteers at a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center.

Genre Writing 

Grace Fox

Writing Dynamic Devotions

Effective devotionals change readers’ lives. In just a few powerful words, they show how God’s Word is relevant.

This workshop will teach you where to find ideas, how to craft a devotional that spans cultures, and how to edit your work so your message brings hope and inspires transformation.

Grace, an author and international speaker, has written nine books, including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation and Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women. She is a devotional blogger, a member of the First 5 writing team (P31 Ministries) and an annual contributor to Mornings With Jesus, a 365-day Guideposts devotional. She and her husband are career missionaries based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ginny L. Yttrup

Hooked! Crafting an Engaging Fiction Hook

When considering the myriad elements included in a novel—plot, protagonist, point-of-view, to name a few—one the most important elements is the hook. What’s so important about the hook? In mapping your novel, the hook is what entices your reader to experience the journey with you.

In this workshop, Ginny will lead you through crafting a strong fiction hook: where to place it in the story, how to create it in a way that’s sure to engage readers, and how to use the hook when marketing the completed novel.

Ginny is a novelist, speaker, and writing coach. She is the author of the Christy award-winning novel, Words, and six other contemporary women’s fiction titles. Ginny is passionate about encouraging other writers through coaching, developmental edits, and teaching. She is the adoring mom of two adult sons, Justin and Jared, and mom-in-law to the lovely Stephanie.

The Business of Writing

Kathi Lipp

Rooted Marketing

Does marketing your book feel like the necessary evil that comes after writing what you love? What if developing your marketing plan could be as rewarding and fulfilling as writing your book? In this freeing workshop, Kathi shares the concept of Rooted Marketing, a guide to create your marketing plan while you’re writing your book.

You will learn:

• Why marketing is your most creative endeavor
• How to love on your readers through the act of marketing
• Why you will develop fans for life by  marketing with love

Kathi is a national speaker and the best-selling author of 20 books, including Ready for Anything, The Clutter-Free HomeClutter FreeThe Christmas Project PlannerThe Get Yourself Organized ProjectThe Husband Project, and Overwhelmed. Kathi co-hosts (with Michele Cushatt) the Communicator Academy podcast. Through teaching and coaching over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of writers and speakers find their audience and increase their platform.

Chris Morris

Tax Tips for Authors

As a writer or an entrepreneur, you probably don’t get excited about taxes or accounting. In fact, you might be stressed out just reading about it . . . but you don’t have to be. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

• What you can and cannot write off
• When it makes sense to hire a CPA
• How to handle quarterly taxes, or if you should at all
• Why you might be flagged for an audit, and how to avoid it

Chris, an accountant and author, is the founder and managing partner for Chris Morris CPA LLC, an accounting firm focused on meeting the needs of small business owners. He has worked in accounting and finance for nearly two decades, but over the past five years has been focused on building his firm and serving his clients. Developing niche expertise for creatiPave entrepreneurs and specifically authors, which now represent more than 65% of his clients.

Laura Christianson

‘Less is More’ Website Makeover

Clutter. The enemy of your website. Yet many author websites are plagued with lengthy blocks of text, postage stamp-sized images, and a confusing array of widgets.

Laura will show you how to perform a header-to-footer self-audit of your website, so you can identify problem areas and bust that clutter. The result? A website that powerfully promotes your life-transforming message.

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 is the host of The Professional Writer podcast and 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. She serves as director of the WCCW Online Conference.

Premium Access Pass

PREMIUM ACCESS passholders will receive links to all the workshop videos above, PLUS the following BONUS workshops and interviews with literary agents, editors, and emerging writers.

Before registering, be sure to whitelist The conference workshops, handouts, and bonuses will be delivered from that address.



Agent & Editor Presentations

Helen Lee

Serving and Engaging Diverse Audiences

Diversity matters for social good and is part of God’s intention for his church. In this session, you’ll learn about the importance of inclusion from a variety of perspectives. You’ll walk away with fresh ideas for serving and engaging multiethnic audiences.

Helen will explain how writers and publishers who support diverse Christian authors and books are seeing effective audience engagement that proves diversity not only matters for spiritual good, but also makes good business sense.

Helen is the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for InterVarsity Press (IVP) and the director of content and resource development for Missio Alliance. She has previously served as an editor and marketer at IVP and acquired, edited, and marketed numerous books, in particular those by authors of color. Helen is an award-winning writer and the author of The Missional Mom. She has contributed to many other devotionals, Bibles, and articles over her more than 20 years in Christian publishing. Helen lives in the Chicago area with her family.

Rick Hamlin

The Most Important Question a Writer Should Ask

“Readers are very selfish about their time,” says Rick Hamlin, Executive Editor of Guideposts magazine.

So how do you hook a reader? In this interview, Rick shares what readers look for when they’re reading, and how writers can use storytelling to capture “the least likely reader.”

Executive editor of Guideposts magainze, Rick has written a slew of books, both fiction and non-fiction, most recently Pray for Me (FaithWorks) and 10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without. He blogs regularly at and is featured in their eLearning course, “How to Tell a Great Story.” His short eBook, Called to Write, shows you how to act on that deep calling.

Bob Hostetler

Publishing Potholes: How an Agent Can Help You Avoid Them

Writers can easily stumble into a publishing pothole when they focus on what’s immediately in front of them instead of looking at the big picture. Bob (a literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency), will help you avoid potholes by sharing “big picture” publishing industry trends and guiding you through how to set realistic expectations and timelines for your writing projects.

Bob is an award-winning author, literary agent, and international speaker. His more than fifty books include Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. Bob is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute.

Rachelle Gardner

Developing a Business Mindset

Literary agents are on the lookout for authors who demonstrate a business mindset, says Rachelle Gardner, an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. During this interview, Rachelle unpacks what it means to have a “business mindset,” and she also explains:


  • How to find an agent who’s a good fit
  • Whether to re-submit a re-worked manuscript after an agent turns it down
  • Why authors should never pay an agent directly
  • How to cordially part ways when the agent-author relationship isn’t a good fit
  • How agents help their author clients stay focused and productive

Rachelle is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management, representing fiction and nonfiction. Having worked in publishing since 1995, Rachelle has been on the inside of two publishing houses in sales, marketing, and editorial. She’s been an agent for 12 years and currently represents an impressive list of 75 bestselling and award-winning authors, in addition to coaching un-agented authors and teaching in her online course,

Emerging Writer Presentations

John Drury

Post-Retirement Publishing

Passionate about equipping and launching new writers, Jon shares how he fulfilled his dream of writing for publication after retiring from his pastoral career. Jon started by publishing small pieces. Article writing led him to self-publishing books, and then into making audiobooks. It’s never too late to begin your publishing journey!

After longing to write for publication, Jon attended Mt. Hermon in 1992 and took Ethel Herr’s Beginner’s Basics. Selling his first pieces – bulletin devotionals – he studied and branched into article writing. Longing to help others birth the writing dream, he founded the Christian Writers Seminar, now West Coast Christian Writers. Many themes from his inspirational articles formed his first book, Lord I Feel So Small. Stories of his flying in Vietnam formed his next book, BOU Pilot. He has now sold or published over five hundred articles.

Lindsay Franklin

Why I Chose Traditional Publication Instead of Indie

While Lindsay’s ultimate goal is to be a hybrid author – having books published by both traditional, royalty-paying publishers while also indie-publishing other books – she opted to start with traditional publishing.

Lindsay will explain the reasons behind her choice, and she’ll reveal how she found an agent, how she met her publisher, and what she did to develop her writing career during the years of submission, rejection, resubmission.

Lindsay is the best-selling author of Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women and The Story Peddler; an award-winning editor; and a homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman.

Don’t Miss the 2020 Online Conference Writing CONTEST!

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2020

This year the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest we have experienced has forced every one of us to confront significant and unexpected changes. Things are simply not as they were, and for many of us one way to respond to these new circumstances is through writing.

 For some, trying to make sense of what is happening, or tell others what God has taught you, create a lament, or bring joy through humor may take the form of an essay or opinion piece; for others, a fictional or autobiographical short story, a poem or children’s story. Whether writing is a longstanding habit or a new desire, if you’ve felt a need to share how these events have affected you or others, we want to give every attendee registered for the 2020 WCCW Online Conference, October 8-10, the opportunity to submit one unpublished piece to this year’s writing contest.


February 25-27, 2021

“By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (Philippians 3:12-14 MSG)