Faculty 2018-03-06T16:44:12+00:00

Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson is a woman who wears many hats. She’s a multiple award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction works, the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and the acquisitions editor for Firefly Southern Fiction. But, best of all, she’s a wife, mother, and grandmother. Eva Marie and her husband make their home on the shores of a lovely unnamed lake in Florida, where they are pretty much owned by their dog.
Website: http://EvaMarieEversonAuthor.com

NOTE: Eva will accept pitches for Firefly Southern Fiction, which publishes work not only set in the South, but with the feel of the South. Southern fiction encompasses stories about her people—the good and the bad—the elements that make her great and those that make her strong and compelling. Submissions should be strong in character, setting, story, and with an understanding of the dialogue and true dialect.

Just added, a special limited participant class for Intermediate to Advanced Writers:

Fiction Practicum (continuing class) Limited to eight fiction writers.

Eva Marie uses her love of leading others to mentor conferees on a one-on-one basis. This ongoing class looks at first pages, opening chapters, character arcs, plot dynamics, dialogue, self-editing, and proper formatting. Participants will glean skills in critique and its value they will use long after the conference ends. You must email Eva Marie at PenNhnd@aol.com with “Blue Lake Fiction Track” in the subject line. You will receive information about what to bring a couple of weeks before the retreat.

Kim Vogel Sawyer

In 1966, Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in libraries. That little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer’s Return. Since then, Kim has watched God expand her dream beyond her childhood imaginings. With almost 40 titles on library shelves and more than a 1.5 million copies of her books in print worldwide, she enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Empty-nesters, Kim and her retired military husband, Don, live in small-town Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s novels. When she isn’t writing, Kim stays active serving in her church’s women’s and music ministries, traveling with “The Hubs,” and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.
Website:  www.KimVogelSawyer.com

Susan King

Susan King has been with The Upper Room magazine (TUR) for over 23 years. As Associate Editor, she has represented TUR — and taught — at 23 different Christian writers’ conferences spanning the U.S. and Canada. During that same period, she taught English and feature-writing classes at Lipscomb University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian University for a total of over 27 years. Early in her career, she served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer.  Susan and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two young grandchildren (both perfect, of course!)

Kathi Macias

James Watkins

​​Jim is the author of over 20 books and 2,000 articles​ with three books winning Christian Retailer’s Choice awards and another winning a Campus Life “Book of the Year.” He has served as an editor and editorial director winning five Evangelical Press Association awards for his work. Jim taught writing at Taylor University for fifteen years. He has spoken​ ​throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe—in churches, conferences and colleges such as Liberty and Regent Universities. He loves God, his family (one wife, two adult children and five grand grandchidren), writing and speaking, and Chinese food–in that order.
Website: www.jameswatkins.com

Connie Stevens

Connie Stevens

A lifelong reader, Connie began creating stories by the time she was ten. These days she stays connected with her writing partners who are spread across the country. She is fascinated by history, and one of her favorite pastimes is browsing antique shops where story ideas often take root in her imagination. Connie’s nineteenth release, the First Loves Forever Collection (Barbour Publishing) is now available, and features her novella, In Due Season. She and her husband of forty-four years live in north Georgia.
Website:  www.conniestevenswrites.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ConnieStevensAuthor/

Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author, literary agent, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His fifty books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, have sold millions of copies. Bob is also the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute (christianwritersinstitute.com). He and his wife, the lovely Robin, have been married for forty years. They have two perfect children and five perfect grandchildren.

Susan Neal

Susan Neal RN, MBA, MHS founded Scripture Yoga™, a form of Christian yoga, and enjoys leading classes at her church, fitness club, women’s retreats and writers conferences. She has published yoga books, yoga decks and yoga CDs. Susan loves to inspire others to be healthy so they can serve God better. Her third book, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates is the first in her healthy living series.
Website:  http://christianyoga.com

Michelle Medlock Adams

Award-winning author of over 70 books with more than 3 million sold, Michelle has also written for newspapers, magazines and websites, the Associated Press, and a worldwide ministry. She is President of Platinum Literary Services and is a TV host for TBN’s “Joy in Our Town”.  Michelle also ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s popular ministers. She teaches at writers’ conferences and universities, and has served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University teaching “Writing for Children.”  Michelle’s book releases in 2018 are: Fabulous and Focused: 365-Daily Devotions for Women Who Work (Worthy Inspired), Dinosaur Devotions (Tommy Nelson), Operation Moonbeam (Lamb Publishing), C is for Christmas (Lamb Publishing), The Power of the Press(Lamb Publishing) and Get Your Spirit On! Devotions for Cheerleaders (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).
Website:  http://www.michellemedlockadams.com

Lenora Worth

Lenora Worth writes romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired and also writes for Tule Publishing. Three of her books finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and several have been RT Reviewer’s Choice finalists. She also received the RT Romance Pioneer Award for Inspirational Fiction. “Logan’s Child” won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RT. She has made the NY Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With close to eighty books published and millions in print, she enjoys adventures with her retired husband, Don. Lenora loves reading, baking and shopping … especially shoe shopping.

Dan Walsh

Lynn DeShazo, Praise & Worship Leader

Lynn DeShazo is the author of some of the Church’s most loved worship songs, many of which have been featured on the live praise and worship recordings produced by Integrity Music. She is best known for such songs as “Ancient Words,” “More Precious Than Silver,” “Lead Me to the Rock,” “Turn My Heart,” “Be Magnified,” and “Be Unto Your Name.”  Lynn has been involved in ministry on the local church level for over thirty years as a worship leader, a songwriter, and a teacher. She was an exclusive songwriter for Integrity Media for twenty-two years. She’s also produced ten of her own music recordings to date and a book, More Precious Than Silver: The God Stories Behind the Songs of Lynn DeShazo.

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