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 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.)




Contact Us



You can contact the AWSA office at:

Or write to:

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501


Online Donation


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.


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.

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: often to watch our progress.


See 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).

Send books, entry forms and check to:


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.

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

AWSA’s Instant Writers Conference


InstantWritersConferenceLogo-HighRes-500x500Is God Calling You to Write Novels?
Sure you like to read novels but have you ever wondered how to write one?  Or have you actually tried and wondered how you could make it better or even publishable?
If you’ve ever read a ‘sloppy’ novel you may have felt confused as to which character was speaking.  Was it the villain? The hero? The dog even?

It’s important that you, the author, not only knows who’s talking, but knows how to show your readers who’s talking.  Otherwise, your reader will close your book.  The End of Your Career!

Cynthia Simmons 

Plus, you need to know which character’s head to borrow in order to tell your story; the villain, the hero the dog?  All three and the gardener too??

And for goodness sakes, you don’t want to make the mistake of ‘head-hopping’ in the middle of a scene.  Or do you???

If you’ve ever wanted to bush up on your point of view (POV) skills, here is your perfect opportunity because Cynthia L. Simmons is not only a expert in this topic, but an expert trainer. She will show you all you need to know how to create character’s POV as well as dialogue your readers can follow and enjoy.

In this fascinating webinar, Cynthia will demonstrate the POV techniques you need to understand. But best of all she had HANDOUTS that you will receive when you sign up.  Not only that, Cynthia will demonstrate portraying various perspectives with writing samples as she shows you proper use of each.

Understanding POV!!  What a valuable skill for aspiring authors.

To Register: Click  HERE.

You don’t want to miss this webinar, but if you do — as a registered attendee you will receive an instant replay which will be delivered into your inbox to watch at your convenience.

When you are finished, watch for the email that will direct you to finish the registration process.  If you don’t see that email right away, check your spam folder.  Otherwise, know that our office will be watching to make sure you get into the class.

Hope to see you and your point of view soon!

Webinar Details:

When:  Thursday, March 26

Time:  9:00 pm EST, 8:00 pm CST, 7:00 pm MST, 6:00 pm PST

Where:  Watch our live Webinar on your own computer; or sign up and you will automatically get the replay to watch at your convenience.

NOTE:  Students will receive handouts plus, Cynthia and Linda will be live, in person, to answer your questions.

To Register: Click HERE.

About our Presenters:

Cynthia L. Simmons is a Bible teacher, speaker, author, former homeschool mom, and host of Heart of the Matter Radio. A lover of history, she fills her presentations with lively vignettes from the past. She served as president of Christian Authors Guild and directs Atlanta Christian Writers Conference.

Linda Evans Shepherd is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 30 books.  She’s the president of Right to the Heart, the publisher of Leading Hearts Magazine, an international speaker as well as the director of Instant Writers Conference and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).


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!



P.S.  Apply soon.