West Coast

Christian Writers



October 18 – 20, 2023

Roseville, California


Coaching & Critique Appointments (In-Person),

Round Table

Tara is interested in reviewing or discussing:


Fiction: Historical fiction, historical romance

Body language, character wounds, general fiction writing, writing book blurbs and taglines, opening your story with a bang (opening sentences for chapters and dynamic chapter endings)


Tara Johnson is an author and speaker, and loves to write stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves.Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart (Tyndale) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and finaled in the Carol and Christy awards. Her latest releases were also published through Tyndale and Annie’s. She is a certified body language expert and adores making people laugh.


Body Language: The Ultimate Show, Don’t Tell (Fiction Craft): Understanding body language, micro-expressions, and posture adds tremendous depth to dialogue, sets tone, and reveals a character’s emotions through their behavior. This workshop will teach the student how to use universal body language to give their characters rich emotions, as well as how to utilize deception in villains, including language bumps that reveal inner motive.

Character Wounds(Fiction Craft):The key to writing robust characters with deep spiritual arcs (and compelling internal conflict) is found in knowing their wounds. This workshop will look at types of wounds by exploring our characters’ pasts and misbeliefs, and how this will affect their goals, motivation, and conflict. Let’s take your characters from “good” to “stellar”!

2023 Conference

October 18 – 20, 2023


Writers on the Move


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9