2016 Golden Scroll Winners

Announcing our 2106 Golden Scroll Winners

Cincinnati – AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Non-Fiction Editor, and Fiction Editor of the Year as well as the winners of the Golden Scroll Books of the Year contests at the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards and Banquet, Sunday, June 26th at the Duke Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DSC_0025Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to Worthy Publishing. AWSA author Cynthia Ruchti says of Worthy, “They are fully invested in publishing books people need to read. No detail is left to chance or whim. It’s a prayed-over publishing process at Worthy.”

Andy Mcguire was named the winner of the Golden Scroll Non-Fiction Editor of the Year Award. AWSA author Terri Roberts said of Mcguire, “Andy showed great support and encouragement through the entire process even though I was battling serious health challenges of stage 4 cancer. He and his staff were there for me.”

DSC_0028The Fiction Editor of the Year was awarded to Jamie Clarke Chavez of JamieChavez.com, AWSA author Cynthia Ruchti says of Clarke, “Her breadth of knowledge and depth of caring are immense. She not only impacts the finished product, but me as an author.”

DSC_0033The Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Saundra Dalton-Smith for Come Empty from SonRise Devotionals. The judges remarked, “Saundra encourages the reader to spend intimate time with Jesus who will not only fulfill our longings but will fill the emptiness within.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction were also awarded to Patrica A. Ennis for God is My Strength from Christian Focus, Tina Samples and Dave Samples for Messed Up Men of the Bible from Kregel Publications and Deb DeArmond for I Choose You Today from Abingdon Press.

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction went to Nan Corbitt Allen for Small Potatoes and Tuesdays @ The Piggly Wiggly from Allen House Productions, Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle for Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace from Bethany House Publishers and Susan K. Steward for Formatting e-Books for Writers from Practical Inspiration.

DSC_0037The Golden Scroll Novel of the Year Award went to Lynette Eason for Always Watching from Revell of Baker Publishing Group. The judges agreed, “This novel earns a five-star plus in our book.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction were also awarded to Deborah Raney for both Another Way Home and Two Roads Home from Abingdon Press and Eva Marie Everson for Five Brides from Tyndale House Publishers.

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction went to Sandra Picklesimer Aldrich for Zetta’s Dream from Bold Words, Inc, Kathi Macias for Return to Christmas from New Hope Publishers, and Sarah Sundin for Through Waters Deep from Revell of Baker Publishing Group.

DSC_0039The Golden Scroll Children’s Book Merit Award was awarded to Lee Ann Mancini – for What a Bragger  from GLM Publishing LLC. The Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Lazurek for Daddy, am I Beautiful? from Pauline Books & Media. The judges remarked, “This delightful children’s books shows girls that true beauty exists when we show God’s love from the inside out, even if they have green skin and spaghetti and meatballs for hair.”

DSC_0040The Advanced Writers and Speakers Association is Proud to have created our very own magazine for the Christian Women Leaders of the Church. This Magazine, which is building a huge audience in it’s own right, has been awarded The Evangelical Press Association Merit Award for a Christian Ministry Digital Publication two years in a row.  Torry Martin was presented the Leading Hearts Magazine Award for his article “A Hairy Situation” which also  placed in the Humor Article Category in EPA’s High Goals Category.

DSC_0046In addition, the 2016 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Cynthia L. Simmons. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd says of Cynthia, “She serves the Lord with her whole heart, whether it’s writing her books, hosting her radio show, directing the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference or mentoring home school moms.”

DSC_0041The Beyond Me Award went to Sheryl Giesbrecht, an acclaimed author and radio host who has a heart for missions around the world. The prestigious 2016 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Kay Arthur. Shepherd says of Arthur, “Kay may be the famed author of over 100 books, a TV show host, and the founder of Precept Ministries International, but her accomplishments have come as a result of her service unto her Lord Jesus Christ.”

DSC_0018Torry Martin served as the keynote speaker along with recording artist Babbie Mason and Linda Goldfarb serving as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Pam Christian presented the awards. Babbie Mason also performed a parody written by Martha Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.

AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 400 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.


See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.


2016 Golden Scroll Winners

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2016 FALL AWSA Retreat @ Munce CPE Mufreesboro

AWSA Bonus Fall Retreat Schedule, Murfreesboro, TN

September 17-18, 2016 Saturday, Sunday (Munce 18-20)


Morning Session
8:00-8:10        Emcee: Rhonda
8:10-8:15        Welcome: Linda, Karen
8:15-8:20        Prayer: Monica Schmelter
8:20-8:40        Devotional Speaker: Cynthia Cavanaugh
8:40-9:40        Speaker: Linda Shepherd – speaking, then leading in a special time of prayer
9:40-10:00      Break
10:00-11:00    Edie Melson – Advanced Social Media Marketing
11:00-12:00    Workshops
Cynthia Ruchti – Fiction
Karen Whiting – Marketing/Branding
Linda Gilden – Mentees
12:00-1:00      Lunch – hotel
Early Afternoon Session
1:00-1:10        Emcee: Cynthia Simmons
1:10-1:15        Prayer: Andy Lee
1:15-3:40        Industry Update:  Karen Porter
Mastermind groups (including a mentee group) – facilitated by Karen Porter
3:40-4:00        Break
Later Afternoon Session
4:00-4:10        Emcee: Karynthia Phillips
4:10-4:15        Prayer: Debbie W. Wilson
4:15-5:00        Speaker:  Anita Brooks “Fresh Faith Focus: Finding Out What Resonates Without Wasting Your Resources”
5:00- 5:30       Media exchange/networking minute – facilitated by Anita Brooks
5:30-7:00        Dinner – on our own
Evening Session
7:00-7:10        Emcee: Linda Gilden
7:10-7:15        Prayer: Karen Whiting
7:15-7:30        Devotional Speaker:  Michelle Medlock Adams
7:30-8:20        Prayer: Joy Schneider – Prayer teaching, then leading us through a prayer time (not yet confirmed)
8:20-8:30        Ending with Linda Shepherd – Insights from the day, announcements, etc.
9:00-9:10        Emcee: Julie Gillies
9:10-9:15        Prayer: Robyn Dykstra
9:15-9:40        Worship: (per Karynthia)
9:40-10:00      Devotional Speaker: Monica Schmelter
10:00-10:20    Break
10:20-10:25    Prayer
10:25-11:15    Speaker:  Cynthia Ruchti
11:15-11:30    Farewell: Linda, Karen, Rhonda – Closing Prayer: Linda
11:30               Buffet lunch

Go Back to Fall Retreat Registration Page, click HERE.





AWSA Fall Retreat at MUNCE Sept 2017

The 2018 Retreat Date and Location are NOW SET!

We will be having our AWSA Conference and Golden Scroll Awards at the

Sheraton Music City  in Nashville, TN

Sept 14 -16  with  the  Munce Christian Book Expo Sept 16 – 18.

You are invited to stay and participate in the Munce Expo Booksigning and AWSA Booth for Christian Booksellers at Expo.

More information soon. 

In the meantime, you can see the format of last year’s conference to help you plan for this year!

The 2017  –  Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Presents

AWSA Retreat at Munce and More

(5 Different Events) 

September 15 – 19; Pick your days to come or stay the whole time!


Below is info about our 2017 Event to help you see what our 2018 event will be like….


AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro

Hooray!  It’s time for our Advanced Writers and Speakers Retreat in TN, in conjunction with the book store group MUNCE and the Christian Product Expo!  Look at these events you can get involved with!

  1. Event 1:  AWSA Friday Night Girl’s Night Out (for everyone) Fri. pm., Sept 15
  2. Event 2: The AWSA Fall Retreat (limited seating) Sat. Sept 16 – Sun. Sept. 17.
  3. Event 3:  Book-signing party at Munce (ALMOST SOLD OUT) Sun. Sept 17 (afternoon)  (Members can register to sign books!)
  4. Event 4:  AWSA Booth at the Christian Product Expo  Mon. Sept. 18 -Tues. 19 (sign your books to retailers at the Munce Christian Book Expo!) ALMOST SOLD OUT!
  5. Event 5: The Munce CPE Expo (Banquets and more!) Sun. Sept 17 – Tues. Sept. 19  This is not part of AWSA and you  have to register separately with links provided below.

Also below, hotel info, travel, and CPE registration.


EVENT 1:  AWSA Girls Night Out (For Everyone)  Hotel Restaurant.

Friday, September 15th PM:  (Pre-Retreat Fun. Everyone Invited!)

AWSA Girls Night Out – We will meet at the hotel for dinner at 7:00 or as you arrive to the retreat.  AWSA Members and Proteges invited.  (optional event – but if you attend, please bring your wallet!)

EVENT 2:  The AWSA Fall Retreat!

Saturday, September 16th thru Sunday 17th: 

Hotel Registration Info at bottom of Page.

2017 AWSA RETREAT! – Starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday.  Fantastic hands-on trainings and Mastermind Groups Sessions, media interviews and more – Member only – with 15 spots held for AWSA Proteges (Non-Members).  Prayer, fellowship with AWSAs, practical hands on helps with social media, publishing news, speaking ministry insights and more!  Retreat ends Sunday lunch the 17th.  Schedule is coming!

NOTE:  Addition MUNCE EXPO events are available from SUNDAY EVENING the 17th through TUESDAY the 19th.  See details for MUNCE EXPO Event  below.

See current schedule, Click HERE.

NOTE:  Cut of registration date is September 11th.

AWSA Fall Retreat Registration Links Below:

Before August 30, Click HERE. 



Hopefully this will resolve the problem.  Otherwise, contact our office and we’ll help.

NOTE:  Only 15  Mentee/Protege spots available  

EVENT 3:  Sunday, September Afternoon – Author Book-Signing Party

This is at 4:00 pm on Sunday.  There are only 15 spots to grab to sign books for the bookstores.  Members coming to our AWSA Fall Retreat get first priority to participate in this event! If you would like to have a spot, members can sign up with AWSA Fall Retreat registration.   ALMOST SOLD OUT

EVENT 4:  AWSA Booth at the CPE Munce EXPO, Signing

This is so much fun!  Hang with the AWSAs, meet the book sellers!  Sign your books. To reserve you spot, members can sign up with AWSA Fall Retreat registration.  Otherwise, CLICK HERE.  ALMOST SOLD OUT

EVENT 5:  MUNCE (Christian Product Expo) Banquets and CPE Registation

Sunday pm, September 17 THRU Tuesday Lunch, September 19  

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.  But note, this is an event  which is entirely separate from AWSA, and if you wish to attend their banquets, you must register with the link we have provided for you here.

NOTE:  Sunday Banquets to feature our AWSA Lifetime Achievement Award and AWSA book award winners!  Charles Stanley keynoting.  This would be worth coming to,


See you in Murfreesboro, TN.

Flying?  Land in Nashville (32 minutes away)

Need a shuttle or transportation to get to the hotel from the Nashville airport? See Munce’s recommendations; click HERE.

Highly recommend UBER as well.  You’ll need to download the app into your phone, if you haven’t already, then order a car when you arrive at the airport.


HOTEL INFORMATION for 2017, 2018 tba

We are staying at the beautiful Murfreesboro Embassy Suites for a SUPER PRICE of $149 for 1 to 2 beds in your suites.

Click HERE to register for your room.



Sending books to the hotel for the  Munce Conference..

1.  Embassy Suites will receive and hold your packages at no charge.  There will be a charge to deliver your packages to your room.

2.  Your mailing label should look something like this:

       Guest:  Your Name

       Arrival date:   your check in date

      Embassy Suites Hotel

      1200 Conference Center Blvd.

      Murfreesboro, TN 37129

3.  If you have further questions, call 615-890-4464

4.  Try to have your boxes arrive no sooner than three days prior to arrival.

Praying for you and your packages’ timely and safe arrival.

Laura Kay Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund

Miss Laura3Hi Dear Friends,

We are blessed and humbled that you want to participate in the Laura Kay Shepherd Memorial Fund.  Laura Kay is the daughter of AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd.  Though Laura lived a life of disablities, she was filled with joy, peace, kindness and joy!  Laura died just a day after her 30th birthday, July 23rd, 2016.  She is sorely missed by her family.

Thank you for helping to make Laura’s memory a living legacy of help to our AWSA sisters who need scholarships for our upcoming events.


Karen Porter; 2016 AWSA President

Donation Opportunities Below:

$20.00 Click Here

$50.00 Click Here.

$100 Click Here.

$500 Click Here.

$1000 Click Here.

NOTE, if you don’t see the exact account you want to use, can mix and match and also add multiple entries to get the number you wish to contribute.

Otherwise please send a Check with MEMO:  Laura Shepherd FUND


Linda Shepherd

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501

CBA Booth 2017


If you would like to purchase a badge – please go to:




Once again, the AWSAs are sponsoring a CBA booth and you can be a part to showcase yourself and your books with your own book signing.

Both space is limited, so hurry. The spaces are filling up fast and the deadline is for reservations for booth time, and all floor badges is around the corner.. Please note you must be an AWSA member to participate.

This year the booth space cost is $160.00 for one hour.

Floor badges for Exhibitors are available for $35.00. As before, we need volunteers. All Exhibitors are asked to commit to three hour service. It may actually be 2 hours but we need an initial commitment of three to be assured we have all the help needed.

Non-Exhibitors who volunteer to help can secure Floor Passes from AWSA for $50.00. The number of badges are limited, so act fast.

As an Exhibitor, if you want your Booth Happenings to be published in the CBA Daily paper, CBA charges $25.00 per listing.

When AWSA receives your purchase, Pamela Christian will be advised. She will then send you the form she requires in order to complete your purchase, schedule your time, and obtain all needed information.

To place your order please Click Here and check off the services you wish to purchase, then pay following the promptings.

How to Get a Badge if You are NOT Signing at our Booth.


If you are volunteering to help in our booth (no less than 2 hours,) you can get a badge for $50.00.  Please purchase in advance and please coordinate your time slot with Pam Christian.  (See our directory for her email address.)  To order this badge, Click Here.


Need AWSA Membership Info?

It’s great to meet you here in Cincinnati at NEXT; the Christian Booksellers Expo.

Thanks for dropping by our booth!

We would love to send you additional information about becoming a member of AWSA. To receive this information, and to be eligible for our drawing for a free membership application, please fill out the form below.

Otherwise, you can read about our AWSA membership application page online.


Yowarfareu don’t want to miss AWSA’s first ONLINE class which will meet:


When: 4 Thursday Evening Sessions, February 11, 25, as well as March 10 and 24th.

Time:  Class starts at:

  • 8:00 EST
  • 7:00  CST
  • 6:00 MST
  • 5:00 PST

Length of Classes:  1.5 hours

Your Host:  Linda Evans Shepherd

Teacher:  Joyce Schneider


About Joy Schneider:

Joy2Joy is one of our AWSA resident experts on spiritual warfare.   Not only is Joy our AWSA prayer captain, she has been at the forefront of our popular conference Friday morning time of warfare prayer.

Here’s what Joy has to say about warfare of women in ministry, “We often become aware that we are experiencing spiritual warfare but are ill-prepared to know what to do about it. We do not realize that many of the stresses we encounter are actually the pressures that come with the wrestling that the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 6:12., ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.'”

Joy explains, “We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Therefore, He has given us what we need to overcome.”

More about the Warfare Class:  

The four classes will cover subjects that include:

1. Overcoming fear and gaining confidence in your spiritual identity in Jesus Christ. This class will

explain the segment of spiritual wickedness in high places and what is our weaponry of choice.

2. The enemy operates by darkness. This segment will explain tactics used by the rulers of the

darkness of this world. What the Lord has given us to stand strong and confident is really quite

simple. You’ll see.

3. Are you tired of being bullied by the enemy? You are equipped for this battle against the

authority or powers segment. You will see what you get to use to push back with confidence.

4. Get your lawyer hat out and see what you have to stand in your legal rights in the spirit realm.

This segment will discuss principalities. You will be amazed at what neutralizes the enemy.



BONUS:  You will receive (by mail) a copy of Joy’s book:

Identifying the Hierarchy of Satan: A Handbook for Wrestling to Win!


COST of CLASS:  $30.00  (Includes copy of book.)

Note:  For AWSA Members Only.  Limited seating.  Please sign up before the classes closes.  When ordering the class, please include your MAILING (snail mail) address so we can drop a copy of the book in the mail to you.





Join a AWSA Mastermind Group Now Open!


A virtual online place for help, prayer and community, for AWSA members only.

What happens in a group?

  1. You will meet together twice a month, at regular intervals, via our Zoom.us account, an online conference place.  This technology allows us to  see one another  on an online screen (computer or smart phone.)
  2. Your mastermind facilitator will ask you and other attendees four questions:
  • What are you working on?
  • What did you learn since we last met?
  • What do you need help with?
  • How can we pray for you?

AWSA Mastermind Group Members

(You will be amazed what you will learn as well as the bonds you will create!)

3.  Your meetings will last about an hour and a half.

These groups will not only build community, they will give you a jump start in the help you’ve longed for and the prayer you’ve wished for.  Best of all, we will limit each group to 5 to 10 people so everyone can be heard.


(The length of time you stay in a group is up to you.)

Current Groups Accepting Members

Thursday DAY  Author Speaker Group – Openings Available!

Sheryl Giesbrecht

This is going to be a wonderful group, just for AWSA sisters.  They will discuss all matters concerning writing, publishing, and speaking, plus anything else that you need help with.  Plus, the times of sharing and prayer will be sweet.   The group will be led by Sheryl Giesbrecht and Penny Carlevato!  This group opens May 11, 2017 and meets every other Thursday, two times a month at:

11:00 am PST
12:00 noon MST
1:00 pm CST
2:00 pm EST
To Join, Select payment method below:
To ask questions, see form below.

Tuesday Morning Author Speaker Group:  Openings Available!

Cynthia Simmons

Would you love to be mentored by caring authors and speakers?  We have a couple of openings in our Tuesday morning Mastermind group that might have you name on it.  The group discusses all things writing, publishing, speaking, conference planning, meeting planners, social media, publicity, and all the secrets and tricks of the trade – discovered by our members.  Don’t go it alone.  Don’t try to reinvent the wheel – when we can help you.  We will praying for you, and encourage you!  This group is led by Cynthia Simmons with Linda Evans Shepherd.

It meets every other Tuesday morning, two times a month at:

8:00 am PST
9:00 am MST
10:00 am CST
11:00 am EST
To Join, Select payment method below
To ask questions, see form below.

AWSA Hollywood Group: Openings Available!

Dianne Butts

Thinking Hollywood?  Writing screenplays, or wish you were?  Wonder what it would take to convert your novels into screenplays, and then how to get them to a producer?

If any of these scenrios sound like you, maybe you would benefit from our all new AWSA Hollywood Mastermind group to be led by Dianne Butts.  Dianne is an AWSA member who listens to the pulse of Christian Hollywood.  She is an award winning screenwriter, a graduate from ACT 1, and is already very involved in Christian Hollywood.  She currently  has screenplays being reviewed by producers now!
Dianne has agreed to lead our all new Hollywood Mastermind Group where we will be discussing all things Hollywood, from writing screenplays, converting them from novels, and getting your plays and ideas to Hollywood.  Plus she always knows the latest happening, contests, and opportunities.
If you would like to join Dianne and a small group of AWSA sisters who want to write for Hollywood, you might consider joining our AWSA Hollywood Mastermind Group.
This group meets twice monthly for and hour and a half, the second and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
Check your Time Zone for times:
8:00 am PST
9:00 am MST
10:00 am CST
11:00 am EST
To Join, Select payment method below
To ask questions, see form below.
Sorry, our Thursday Night Mastermind Group is Full.

Wonderful Alternative Group meets Tuesday


Consider joining AWSA Inner Circle – the best, expert training we offer.  Click HERE for more information.

(Use contact form below to ask questions about the groups.)




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