Join an AWSA Mastermind Group

AWSA Mastermind Groups are 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.

Cost: $14.99 a month.

Linda Goldfarb

Please check out our open groups below.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Goldfarb, our AWSA Mastermind Group Chair,  and she will help you find your place in our group.

To Join or Ask  Linda Goldfarb questions CLICK HERE or fill out form at bottom of page.

Current Groups Accepting Members

Thursday DAY  Author Speaker Group – Openings Available!

Penelope Carlevato

This is going to be a wonderful group, just for AWSA sisters.  It 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  Penelope Carlevato!  This group meets every other Thursday, two times a month at:

11:00 am PST
12:00 am MST
1:00 am CST
2:00 am EST
To Join or ask questions, CLICK HERE.

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 L. Simmons.

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 or ask Questions, CLICK HERE.

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 or Ask Questions, CLICK HERE.

NEW THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP FORMING

To Join or Ask Questions, CLICK HERE or use the form below.

 

 

 

Contact Us

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You can contact the AWSA office at:

ReachOut2Linda@gmail.com

Or write to:

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501

 

Online Donation

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Linda and Laura Shepherd

Dear Sister,

Thank you so much for looking to contribute to AWSA.  We are a tax deductible organization under Right to the Heart, a 501 (c) 3 ministry.

When you donate here, your money goes to help the ministries of AWSA.

You can donate to AWSA itself; CLICK HERE

OR, you can donate to our Laura Shepherd Memorial scholarship fund.  Click HERE

This scholarship fund helps AWSA sisters and mentees attend our events.  Thank you so much for helping to make this happen.

Blessings,

Linda Evans Shepherd

 

Scholarship Registration

If you have been formally approved for a scholarship, we need the following information from you. Please fill out the form below and hit submit.
Thanks,
Linda

Thank for for Registering!

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We are so excited that you are coming to our webinar.

Please watch for an email from us with the link you will need to finish the registration process.

We AWSA’s,  Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, are hoping to have many more webinars for you to access instantly on all aspects of writing.

We are building a new website which will be up soon where we will continue to add courses designed just for you regarding writing books, articles, novels, screenplays, blogs and more.

Check back at:  www.InstantWritersConference.com often to watch our progress.

 

See www.AWSA.com for more information about AWSA

 

AWSA Books of the Year

AWSA Book of the Year Awards

It’s time to enter the AWSA Book of the Year Awards Contests for both Nonfiction & Fiction Books. Books must be written by AWSA members and published by January of last year through June of this year (providing you can send it in book form before the deadline). The three finalists of each category will be honored at the Golden Scroll Banquet where the winners will be announced. You need not be present to win.

See last year’s (2017) banquet details HERE.

To Enter Awards Contests:

Send a copy of your book(s), entry form(s) and payment (You may pay either by an accompanying check made out to AWSA, or pay online below).

We are now accepting entries in:  Bible Study; Children’s Nonfiction and Fiction.

Send books, entry forms and check to:

AWSA

c/o Linda Shepherd

2217 Lake Park Drive

Longmont, CO 80503

Please download Entry Form HERE

Note: you can enter as many books as you like in either category; Fiction or Nonfiction.  We also award Children of the Year and Bible Study of the Year.

Books should be published from 1/1/  of the year before through 7/1/ of THIS YEAR!

To pay the $30 entry fee online, click button below.

Scholarships

Hi Everyone,

Great news – we have  a few 2017 scholarships available to attend the AWSA Conference! If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please fill out and submit the form below:

God’s blessings!

Love,

Linda

P.S.  Apply soon.

Golden Scroll Awards 2010

 

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Saint Louis – The 300 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) hosted their tenth annual Golden Scroll Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown, Sunday, June 27 th , where they awarded the Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Editor, Fiction Editor and AWSA Member of the Year as well as their Lifetime Achievement Award and the Beyond Me Award.

The Golden Scroll Awards go to editors and publishing houses best demonstrating outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors. This year’s AWSA Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to Tyndale House. Author Pam Farrel said, “ Tyndale is a joy to work with because of their vision to reach the world and their dedication to make God’s word readily accessible through quality materials. They treat authors like family.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year Award went to Lonnie Hull DuPont of Baker Publishing Group. Author Mary Tatem said, “ Lonnie offers genuine friendship and inspires confidence that helps bring out the best in my writing.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll Fiction Editor of the Year Award was presented to Sue Brower of Zondervan. Novelist DiAnn Mills says, “ Sue is a professional extraordinaire. My experience with her expertise has rewarded me with a deepening of the craft and motivation to excel in the field of publishing. An added plus is I can call her a friend.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll AWSA Member of the Year Award was presented to Rhonda Rhea. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd says, “Rhonda is not only an author and speaker extraordinaire, she lovingly inspires and serves her colleagues in our joint mission to reach the world for Christ.”

The Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sally Stuart by Susan Titus Osborn. Susan said, “Sally has selflessly contributed to the Christian publishing community by compiling and editing The Christian Writer’s Market Guide for 25 years; a remarkable achievement. Though she deserves a gold watch, we are instead giving her our highest Golden Scroll award. May Sally never retire from her mission to serve both authors and publishers.”

In addition, Kathi Macias presented the first Beyond Me Award to author Rebekah Montgomery. Kathi said, “ Rebekah Montgomery, the seventh of eight children and a “preacher’s kid,” received Jesus as her Savior at the age of three—and never looked back. Her servant’s heart and passion for Jesus has led her to preach and minister to countless people around the globe, without concern for self-recognition or personal reward.”

Author and actress Nancy Stafford keynoted the banquet with author Pam Farrel serving as the emcee. Gwen E. Smith performed the special music, including a parody dedicated to the editors and publishers written by humorist Martha Bolton. Following the dessert reception, the producer of Blind Side, Lani Netter, shared insider secrets with the AWSAs and their guests.

 

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.

The Golden Scroll Awards 2011

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 AWSA Announces Golden Scroll Award Winners

Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced their 2011 winners for the Golden Scroll Awards, Sunday, July 10 th, at the Omni at CNN Center in Atlanta. Honored for outstanding ministry partnership with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year winner went to Discovery House. “ Although small in comparison to other houses, Discovery House demonstrates an enormous capacity to serve the Lord,” said author Penny Monetti.

The Editor of the Year winner went to Terry Glaspey of Harvest House Publishers. Author Connie Cavanaugh said of Terry, “Regardless of whether he is dealing with an author who sells in the millions or in the thousands, he treats us all with dignity, respect and love.”
The Fiction Editor of the Year winner went to Tyndale House Publisher’s Jan Stob. Jeanette Windle said of Stob, “She encourages, motivates, and cheers me on in my writing, but what I most appreciate is that when I think I’ve turned in a good book, she won’t let me rest until it’s an excellent one.”

The 2011 Golden Scroll book awards Novel of the Year went to Kathi Macias for Red Ink (New Hope Publishers), a gripping novel loosely based on a true story about a young Chinese woman who is forced to abort her second child, and eventually goes to prison for her faith.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Margot Starbuck for The Girl in the Orange Dress (IVP Books), a cleverly written, poignant memoir regarding the author’s search for a true “father who does not fail.”

Becky Harling was named AWSA Member of the Year. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Becky is both an abuse and cancer survivor. She inspires audiences, readers as well as our own prayer team to spend time daily praising God.”

Kathi Macias presented The Beyond Me Award to Yvonne Ortega. Macias said, “Yvonne has been through many heartaches and trials, yet she continues to allow God to use her pain to minister to others. She is indeed a “beyond me” person, modeling a “you-first life in a me-first world.”

The 2011 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Patsy Clairmont.

Carol Kent said of Clairmont, “As a much loved keynote speaker at Women of Faith arena events, Patsy’s triumph over agoraphobia has opened doors for her to share God’s healing power through spoken and written words.”

Clairmont keynoted the event, with Linda Gilden as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Linda Evans Shepherd presented the awards. Recording artist Gwen Smith performed a parody written by Martha Bolton and dedicated to editors and publishers.

Following the banquet, Hollywood screenwriting consultant Linda Seger discussed turning Christian books into movies. AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over 300 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.

Golden Scroll Awards 2012

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AWSA  Announces 2012 Golden Scroll Award Winners

gs5Orlando, FL – The Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) held their 12th Golden Scroll Awards Banquet Sunday, July 15th, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year went to Harvest House Publishers. Author Poppy Smith said of Harvest, “I’ve appreciated their enthusiasm and warm support of my recent book.”

The Golden Scroll Editor of the Year went to Kim Bangs, now of Regal Books. Author Vonda Skelton said of Bangs, “She is so much more than an editor. She’s a friend, prayer warrior, and sister in the Lord who loves to serve Him.”

The Golden Scroll Fiction Editor of the Year went to Julee Schwarzburg of Schwarzburg Editorial . Novelist Gayle Roper said, “Julee is a fabulous editor with a strong sense of story as well as a keen eye for the particulars that make a story zing.”

The Golden Scroll Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Poppy Smith for Why Can’t He Be More Like Me (Harvest House Publishers). The AWSAs found Smith’s book both entertaining and informative as well as from her heart. The Golden Scroll Award for Novel of the Year went to Susan May Warren for Heiress (Summerside Press). The AWSAs recommend Heiress as a compelling novel about two sisters who discover that being an heiress might cost them the chance for true love. The Golden Scroll Award for the Inspiration and Gift Book of the year went to Mary Tatem for The Quilt of Life, A Patchwork of Inspirational Thoughts (Barbour Publishing). The AWSAs recommend the The Quilt of Life as a gem which weaves brilliant quotes throughout its pages.

gs3The AWSA of the Year was presented by AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd to Pam Farrel. Shepherd said, “Pam has accomplished so much as and her husband founded both Love-Wise and Farrel Communications and also wrote 30 books, including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti with over 300,000 sold.

The Beyond Me Award, presented by Kathi Macias, went to Jeanette Windle. Macias said, “No one better epitomizes a ‘beyond me’ life than Jeanette. She selflessly gives herself away, both at home and on the mission field, and abundantly blesses those she meets. I’m honored to know this devoted lady, and to call her my friend.”

The prestigious 2012 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award went to bestselling author and international radio personality June Hunt. Hunt is the founder and CEO of Hope for the Heart, a biblical counseling ministry with radio programs Hope for the Heart and Hope in the Night heard on 1000 outlets worldwide.

June Hunt was also the keynote speaker and recording artist Gwen Smith performed a parody written by Martha Bolton. After the banquet and dessert reception, Suzanne Kuhn, owner of SuzyQ, a full-service author promotion and retail development service, talked about ways to maximize book sales .

AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over 350 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

 

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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.