Reserve Your Space Now! Special 2019 Christian Products Expo Print Edition of Leading Hearts

Take Your Brand to the Next Level!

Are you interested in getting your ministry, book project or story in front of a thousand leading industry professionals?

Currently, there is limited space available (including the Cover Feature) in a special 24-page PRINT edition of Leading Hearts magazine, which will be made available at the 2019 AWSA Conference to all attendees, during Sunday Morning Worship, Golden Scroll Awards and distributed at the Greater Munce Christian Product Expo.

Please Note: As we are trying to alleviate the confusion of verbal or emailed confirmations, please fill out the form below to guarantee that your request has been received. We will follow up with you to verify if we are able to fulfill your space request.

If you have any questions, please email Amber (barefacedjourney@gmail.com) or Linda (Lindareply@gmail.com)

Have You Saved the Date?—AWSA 2019 and Munce Christian Publishers Expo


Exclusively for AWSA Professional and Protege Members— CLICK HERE

Mark your calendars for our AWSA Conference, now August 23 – 25 followed by Munce’s new Christian Product Expo August 25–27 in Murfreesboro, TN, at the Embassy Suites.  Registration opens soon.

Come and enjoy our conference, followed by the Golden Scroll Awards, the Book Store Book Signing and the AWSA booth!

Our Golden Scroll Book Contests has new categories including: Nonfiction, Children’s, Bible Study, Christian Living, Inspirational/Gift, Memoir, Novels, Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense.

Follow this link to the ‘Book Contest Entry Form’ and enter now! 

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#AWSAGiving: Your Chance to Give Back (and Reap the Rewards of Membership)

Sisters, Thank you for giving your best gift this #GIVINGTUESDAY to support the ministry and teaching efforts of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

We have had an amazing year and conference, but it hasn’t been without its unanticipated financial challenges. Would you give today to help keep us on track for finishing 2018 strong?

There are a few simple ways you can help us do that:

  • You can pay your membership dues.
  • AWSA Professionals – You can take advantage of our AWSA Inner Circle or Mastermind Groups
  • Protege: You can sign up to be a part of the monthly Protege Power Call.

Also, any additional amount you give today, $10, $25, $100, $500, $1000 or more will help support our operations which provide us with resources like Leading Hearts Magazine, Arise Daily and nurture all of the communications and training opportunities available through Right to the Heart Ministries. As a bonus, every gift you give is tax deductible.

Thank you for giving today!


AWSA Certified Coach Directory

AWSA Certified Coaches are available to help you get to the next step in your writing and speaking career. We encourage you to time to read through our complete directory and spend time in prayer to find the coach that best aligns with your personal and professional needs.

To get more information on how to get your AWSA Coaching Certification click here. 

Coach Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an international speaker, and author of best-selling “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and newly released companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.” She has been a neuropsychologist for over twenty years. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own website.



Coach Faith Blatchford

Learn more about her work at faithblatchford.com

Contact Faith

Coach Cynthia Cavanaugh

Cynthia is an author, speaker, life coach and leadership influencer. Her transparency, humor, and faithful commitment to God’s Word inspires women across North America. Cynthia longs for others to flourish with their own remarkable influence. Like most people, she has her share of ups and downs and she speaks candidly from her own journey. She believes that no pain is wasted and in those dark seasons she has found her strength in the ironclad promises of Jesus to weather the storm. Her mantra is “Live Bold and Leave a Legacy.” She believes God is calling His daughters out at this time in history to champion truth, justice, and strength. She is the Founder and Director of Women Emerge, a movement that encourages intentional networking and collaborating for training and greater influence. One of her most recent ventures is teaching international and adult students as an adjunct professor in the leadership degree program at Trinity Western University. She is the author of Unlocked: 5 Myths Holding Your Influence Captive, Under the Broom Tree: A Devotional Journal for those Struggling with Depression and several self-published bible studies. She loves connecting over tea or coffee with a friend and indulging in fine chocolate. Shopping for just the right pair of shoes with a girlfriend makes her smile! Unashamedly, she loves Jesus and doing life with her big, loud and sometimes crazy family–faithful husband, three amazing sons, their lovely wives, AND the joyful opportunity to spoil six yummy grandchildren.



Coach Debora Coty

Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker and multiple award-winning author of over 200 articles and 40 inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series, with over one million books sold in three languages worldwide. An orthopedic occupational therapist and stress management specialist for 36 years in physical therapy clinics, Debora enjoys sharing practical and entirely doable tips on how to decom-stress with new BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever) via her unique brand of biblical truth gift-wrapped in humor. Deb lives in central Florida with her long-suffering husband of 40+ years and is doubly blessed to have her two grown children and five adorable grandpals nearby.

Contact e-mail: Debora@DeboraCoty.com 

website: www.DeboraCoty.com

Coach Lauren Crews

Lauren is an award winning author who holds a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is active in women’s ministry and enjoys speaking and teaching. She resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and two brown dogs who have their humans well trained.


Coach Deb DeArmond

Deb DeArmond is an expert in the fields of communication, relationship, and conflict resolution. As an author and professional speaker, Deb’s books focus on marriage, the family, and women. She’s authored three non-fiction books in the Christian Living category.

As a business and life coach for 15+ years, Deb helps others achieve their goals, both personal and professional. She now utilizes those skills alongside her AWSA Coaching Certification in her work with aspiring authors and speakers. Learn more about her work at debdearmond.com


Contact Deb

Coach Patricia Durgin

Is your message missing some unidentifiable “something?” Perhaps Patricia Durgin can help. Patricia has an unquenchable desire to provide her audience measurable results, and to help those she serves do the same. She’s delivered over 2,500 sessions as a professional trainer, conference faculty member, community speaker, Bible teacher (alongside a pastor), and Facebook Live program host. No matter the environment, Patricia always ends up teaching. She served adult survivors of childhood abuse, teaching them how to enjoy healthy relationships, first with God and then with others, until He closed that ministry door after 30 years. In 2003, Christ called Patricia to serve Christian writers and speakers. Her overall topic? Online marketing. Mastering this helps Christian communicators reach beyond their close-knit circles to the broader marketplace, so they (and their message) consistently reach new audiences for God’s glory. Her sub-topics include messaging, email list building, marketing strategies, FB Live training, creating marketing funnels, branding, and helping her audience develop their marketing “promise,” the practical, measurable results their message offers. This single concept drives all their marketing efforts. Patricia serves her audiences in four formats: 1) as the host of Marketers On A Mission, a 60-minute Facebook Live program, 2) as the Admin of a private Facebook group, 3) via private consultations, and 4) hosting short Live-on-Location interviews at Christian writers and speakers conferences. All exclusively for Christian writers and speakers. Patricia and her husband live near Atlanta. Their two daughters are children’s pastors and their two sons-in-law are youth pastors.



Coach Loretta Eidson

Loretta Eidson is an award-winning author who loves writing romantic suspense. Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency is her agent. Loretta is also a member of ACFW, BRMCWC, the new FHL, SinC, and HACWN. She loves chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Loretta lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi with her husband, Ken, a retired Police Captain.

Contact Loretta: loretta@lorettaeidson.com

Coach Catherine Finger

Dr. Catherine Finger is pleased to announce the launch of Loving the Leading—offering executive, personal, and author coaching services. Catherine received her AWSA Coaching Certification in August 2020 and has completed over 100 hours of professional training through the College of Executive Coaching. She is also on track to earn her credentialing through the International Coaching Federation in January 2020.

Her years of successful experience as an educational leader, board member, adjunct professor, award-winning author and community leader equips her with unique insights and deep intuition on both organizations and individuals.

Catherine’s passion of instilling hope extends to her both her coaching and her writing practices.

Check her out at www.catherinefinger.com

Contact Catherine

Coach Linda Gilden

Linda Gilden is an award-winning writer, speaker, editor, and experienced writing and speaking coach. She is the author of 14 books including Called to Write, Words to Live By, Called to Speak, Articles, Articles, Articles!, The Linked Quick Guide to Personalities series, and more. With over a thousand published magazine articles, Linda Gilden loves to share a great story. Linda enjoys coaching others in their writing/speaking skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. Her favorite activity (other than coaching writers and speakers, of course) is floating in a pool with a good book surrounded by splashing grandchildren!

Specialties Include all aspects of nonfiction writing and speaking

Learn more about her work at lindagilden.com


Contact Linda

Coach Virginia Grounds

Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and  effective communicator. She has a passion for God’s Word and serving in ministry.  Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s word have given her success in  those areas for more than 30 years. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry helping to meet the needs of  hurting people which motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a  devotional book for overcoming fear and anger. Her second book, Rock Solid Trust, trusting God when life is hard, was released last year and is available  on Amazon. Her newly released book is titled, Living Your Glory Story and is a Bible Study of knowing  God’s word for sharing your story. Her latest project has been preparing a manuscript for publication titled A Lamp to My Feet…100 Days  in the Word by Chris Taylor. She formatted, designed interior and prepared the book for Amazon  distribution. Chris said this; “Virginia was a joy to work with. She was patient and thorough. She  provided encouraging feedback and made numerous helpful suggestions to improve my book. She did  an incredible job formatting for publication. I was very pleased with the final product and would gladly  work with her again.” Chris Taylor, Pastor and Author. She served on the Women’s Ministry Team at one of the largest churches in the nation for many years,  and writes for the purpose of growing women in their faith and teaching life lessons for survival in our  world today. She completed Biblical Studies from Liberty University online, and from her years of study and  teaching, she received an honorary Masters in Ministry from Primus University of Theology. Virginia is married to her husband of 45 years with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry  website is majesticinspirations.com. Her author website is virginiagroundsauthor.com.  

Contact Virginia: Vgrounds770@outlook.com

Coach Sarah Hamaker

Sarah Hamaker loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s written romantic suspense novels and nonfiction books, as well as stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. As a writers coach, her heart is encouraging writers. She’s a member of ACFW; ACFW Virginia Chapter; and Faith, Hope and Love, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Her podcast, “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four teenagers, a preschool foster child and three cats.

Website: sarahhamakerfiction.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahhamaker
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarah.s.hamaker/

Coach Jayme Hull

Learn more about her work at jaymeleehull.com

Contact Jayme

Coach Michelle Lazurek

Michelle S. Lazurek is a multi-genre award winning author, speaker, pastor’s wife and mother. She is a two time Children’s Book of the Year award and Article of the Year award winner among other honors. She is a regular contributor for ibelieve.com and crosswalk.com and is a literary agent for Wordwise Media Services and a certified writing coach. When not working, she enjoys sipping a Starbucks latte, collecting 80s memorabilia and spending time with her family and her crazy dog, Cookie.

Contact Michelle:


For more info, please visit her website http://www.michellelazurek.com

Coach Phylis Mantelli

Phylis Mantelli is an author of the book “Unmothered” Life With a Mom Who Couldn’t Love Me. She is an inspirational speaker at churches, retreats, and rotary groups. She is the co-host of the Podcast “24 Carat Conversations” with Phylis and Rhonda. She has been a co-leader of women’s small groups for over twenty years. She is a married wife of over 30 years, and mother of two grown daughters. She is the grandmother of one delightful grandson, with a granddaughter on the way. She loves to read, cook, take walks, and will break out in dance if the opportunity arises!

She is a member of AWSA, a graduate of the B.L.A.S.T. program by Shannon Ethridge and a graduate of Christian Communicators Conference.

She loves helping protege’s with their personal stories. You can reach her for a 30-minute consultation at www.phylismantelli.com.



Coach Gari Meacham

Gari is a popular international speaker and author of eight books. Her highly acclaimed book, workbook and DVD series Spirit Hunger  is a favorite among churches and book clubs across the country. Gari has been published in esteemed publications such as Believe, Sports Spectrum, Voyage Houston, Absolutely Magazine and the New York Times.

Gari’s been a featured guest on numerous radio and TV shows such as FOX News, Life Today, Pro Athletes Outreach,The Harvest Show and Life,Love,and Family.  In 2020 Gari and her co-host launched a new podcast called Gutsy Faith which quickly garnished a large audience of faithful and curious listeners.
Gari is also the Founder and CEO of The Vine Uganda, a haven for women and children who are abandoned or severely vulnerable in rural Uganda. She uses her love for people, the Bible, and helping sojourners find their true purpose as the cornerstone of her life.
Gari is a certified Writing, Speaking, Leading and Life coach. Her specialty is helping people get unstuck and on their path with true vision and inspiration. To learn more or reach out for a free initial visit, contact Gari at www.garimeacham.com.

Coach Janet McHenry

With 35 years invested in Christian publishing–writer, speaker, and life coach Janet McHenry would love to help you.

  • About the coach:   

    • National speaker and author of 24 books traditionally published by WaterBrook/Random House, Harvest House, Bethany House, Worthy/Hachette, AMG, Annie’s Publishing, David C. Cook, and First Place for Health. Two books reached bestseller lists: PrayerWalk and 50 Life Lessons for Grads. 
    • B.A., Journalism, UC Berkeley; teaching credential, English, National University
    • Certified life coach, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association 
    • Host of the Sierra Valley Writers Retreat
    • Instructor at numerous writers’ conferences
    • Freelance book editor for numerous writers and publishers 
    • Co-creator of the Squires courses for the Christian Writers Institute 
    • Recipient of numerous AWSA awards, including AWSA Member of the Year and the Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award
    • 26 years of experience teaching writing as a high school English, journalism, and creative writing teacher 
    • Formerly a daily newspaper reporter and city editor . . . and regular contributor now to local newspapers 

    Contact info: See https://janetmchenry.com/lookingup/janet-mchenry-coaching/ to inquire about your free initial consultation or email Janet at janetmchenry @ live.com

Coach Cindi McMenamin

Cindi McMenamin has 15 years experience helping aspiring writers become published authors. She specializes in helping women turn their passion and creative ideas into a speaking or writing platform. Cindi is an award-winning writer and author of 17 books (all from Harvest House Publishers), and a national speaker whose ministry has taken her to 36 U.S. states and Canada.

Learn more about her work at strengthforthesoul.com


Contact Cindi

Coach Susan Neal

As a Certified AWSA Writer Coach, Susan Neal RN, MBA, MHS, desires to help others publish and sell their God-given message. She is the author of seven healthy living books. Her #1 Amazon best-seller 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates, won the Selah award. The Christian Study Guide sequel won the Directors Choice and Golden Scroll awards.

To assist other authors with book marketing she created the course How to Sell 1000 Books in Three Months. She has consistently sold a thousand books every quarter for the past couple of years.

Would you like to sell more books? Susan can teach you how. Her MBA makes her an ideal coach for those desiring to market and sell more books. If you are interested in a free author coaching session with Susan, schedule one at SusanUNeal.com/AuthorCoaching.

Contact Susan

Coach Yvonne Ortega

Do you feel discouraged or stuck? Yvonne Ortega believes as long as you have breath, there’s hope.

As an AWSA Certified Speaking and Writing Coach, she will come alongside you and offer you encouragement, support, and accountability.

Yvonne has taught speaking and writing sessions at CLASS Christian Writers Conference (CWC) in New Mexico, the Colorado CWC, the Greater Philly CWC, the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers, the Richmond Christians Who Write, Capital CW Fellowship, the Stowe Weekend of Hope in Vermont, and many local and online events for the general market and the faith-based market.

Look to multi-interviewed and award-winning international speaker Yvonne to help you move forward and fulfill your dreams.

Learn more at https://www.YvonneOrtega.com

Learn more about her work at yvonneortega.com

Contact Yvonne

Coach Ava Pennington

Would you like help in moving forward to achieve your goals? Ava Pennington’s coaching specializes in nonfiction writing and speaking.

Ava has taught classes at writers’ conferences such as the Florida Christian Writers Conference, The Colorado Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, and the Florida Writers Association state conference.

She is also a Mentor with Word Weavers International and a Bible study teacher with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). And she is a sought-after speaker for both faith-based and general market events.

Ava is equipped with an MBA from St. John’s University and training from Moody Bible Institute. So she understands both the business and ministry aspects of the Christian publishing industry.

Work with Ava for encouragement and clarity to help you achieve your writing and speaking goals.

Learn more at avapennington.com

Contact Ava

Coach Karynthia Phillips

Learn more about her work at trinitywholenessministries.com

Contact Karynthia

Coach Lori Stanley Roeleveld

is a multi-award-winning author and speaker with decades of experience writing articles/blog posts/books, teaching, speaking, and ministering to others. She’s authored four books (her most recent book won The Golden Scroll in 2019) and contributed to five others (and counting). Her blog has had one post go viral (over 2 million views) and several others shared thousands of times on Facebook (one over 67,000 times).

Lori has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies and uses her skills in motivational interviewing to help individuals and families in crisis. She knows what it’s like to face overwhelming barriers, to want to give up, and to continue to write/minister through a personal crisis. If you’re just beginning your writing journey, feel stuck and tempted to quit, or are trying to write/speak through a personal crisis – Lori’s coaching will be the support you’ve been praying would appear.

Learn more about Lori at https://loriroeleveld.com/programs/coaching/

Contact Lori

Coach Dr. Evelyn Taylor

Coach Evelyn helps women to clearly define a vision for their personal and professional life. Working with them to develop strategies and tactics to accomplish their goals.

She is been a women’s ministry leader since 1994, and theology professor since 2010.  She coaches writers, speakers, and women in ministry.

Learn more about her work at evelynjtaylor.org


Contact Evelyn

Coach LeighAnn Thomas

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

  • Do you long to share with others—through writing or speaking—what God is teaching you in prayer and in study of His Word?
  • Do you find yourself scribbling notes and ideas on napkins, scraps of paper, or in the margins of your church bulletins?
  • Do your most intriguing story or article ideas take root as you’re trying to fall asleep at night?

If one or more of these questions brought a smile and a resounding yes, then you have the heart of a communicator! And like Eric Liddell felt God’s pleasure when he ran in the 1924 Olympics, you feel the joy of walking in step with God when you write or speak the words He’s given you to share with the world.

Leigh Ann Thomas Coaching offers the encouragement to embrace your unique gifts and abilities and to seek God’s heart on your writing journey. Whether you are just starting out in writing and speaking, or you are ready to fine-tune a book proposal, there is a coaching package ready to accommodate your needs.

Visit LeighAThomas.com to learn more about Leigh Ann and to schedule a free 30-minute get-acquainted session.

Coach Monica Schmelter

Learn more about her work at monicaschmelter.com

Contact Monica

Coach Cynthia L. Simmons

Learn more about her work at clsimmons.com

Contact Cynthia

Coach Karen Whiting

As a writing and marketing coach, Karen helps clients overcome obstacles, maximize strengths in writing and marketing, find direction, focus on what’s salable, and improve their writing ability (learn to tighten, make writing more relatable, organize content, and more). She brings her experience as an author of over two dozen books and more than eight hundred articles. Her speaking experience includes hosting a television series and internationally as well as around the country. She writes a monthly marketing blog The Write Conversation. Her marketing blogs have been chosen numerous times for twitterific.com as well as The Writer’s Knowledge Base.


Karen is an incredible writing coach. She has connected with who I am and has tailored her approach for me specifically. Her follow-up skills are exceptional and her advice is spot on. ~ Laura McPherson, MS, LPC, LMFT

Karen has a breadth of knowledge. She helped make my nonfiction writing more personal and relatable with useful suggestions that were easily applied. She provided the most useful understanding of “show don’t tell” I have ever received. I believe her services have made me a better, more aware writer. ~ Lauren Crews, MDIV, Bible Study teacher, author

Learn more about her work at karenwhiting.com

Contact Karen

Coach Debbie W. Wilson

Do you feel stuck? Do you have a message you want to get out

As an AWSA certified writing and speaking coach, Debbie Wilson will come along side you and help you uncover and polish the treasure buried within you. Debbie provides Writer/Speaker Coaching sessions for AWSA Professional and Protégé Members

Are you exploring the idea of becoming a speaker or writer? Are you a seasoned writer in need of a fresh perspective on a project? Debbie’s clients describe her as a W.I.S.E. coach—Warm, Insightful, Spirit-filled, and Encouraging.


Contact Debbie

Coach Lisa Worthey Smith

gnite your gift. Shine for Him.

Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NASB20)

We all have God stories to share that the world desperately needs to hear. Is doubt, procrastination, discouragement, or fear hindering you from sharing yours?    

Lisa Worthey Smith serves as a coach who will walk alongside those who want to impact the world for Christ but bypass the years of trial and error. She specializes in helping new writers gain skills and experience as well as develop marketing skills. Lisa wants to help you ignite the gifts and calling He has placed within you, so you can be a beacon of light, shining to glorify Him. She can

  • ·       provide feedback on your drafts,
  • ·       brainstorm with you while your book idea is still developing,
  • ·       beef up your writing skills,
  • ·       direct you toward resources needed to move forward,
  • ·       help you clarify, set, and move toward your writing goals,
  • ·       find meaningful ways to share with others,
  • ·       while praying with you and for you along the way,
  • ·       glorifying God in the process.

An accomplished author and speaker, Lisa Worthey Smith’s life mission is equipping others to recognize and pursue God’s call on their lives. She serves as president of the North Alabama Word Weavers chapter, President of Kerysso Press, is a member of Christian Indie Publishers Association, AWSA and is an AWSA certified writing coach. Her books have won numerous awards and are often on Amazon bestseller lists.

Visit Lisa’s website – http://lisawortheysmithauthor.blogspot.com and look under the Coaching and Consulting tab for more information. Email her at LisaWSmith57@gmail.com to set up your free 30-minute consultation to see if you might be a good fit to work together.

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2018 AWSA Golden Scroll Winners


See more about the 2019 Golden Scroll Awards program, Click HERE.

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2018 Golden Scroll Award Winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2018 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Sunday, September 9, at the Music City Sheraton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Golden Scrolls Book of the Year was awarded to Cindy K. Sproles for Liar’s Winter from Kregel Publications.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to authors of two books: Cynthia Cavanaugh for Anchored: Leading Through the Storms (New Hope Publishers) and Linda Gilden and Linda Goldfarb for Linked (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Janell Rardon for Overcoming Hurtful Words from Worthy Inspired and the honorable mention was awarded to Janet Holm McHenry for 50 Lessons for Grads from Worthy Publishing.

The Novel of the Year Award went to Eva Marie Everson for The One True Love of Alice-Ann from Tyndale House Publishing.


Second place for Novel of the Year went to Deborah Raney for Home at Last (Abingdon Press); honorable mention was awarded to Lynette Eason for Chasing Secrets from Revell of Baker Publishing Group.

The Novel of the Year Award went to Eva Marie Everson for The One True Love of Alice-Ann from Tyndale House Publishing.

The Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Adams for My First Day of School from Worthy Kids.

Congratulations to our 2018 Golden Scroll Award Winners

Second place for Children’s Book of the Year went to Sheri Schofield for The Prince and the Plan from Carpenter’s Son Publishing and third place went to LeeAnn Mancini for Forever With Jesus from GLM Publishing.

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Pam Farrel for Discovering the Hope in the Psalms from Harvest House Publishers.

The Devotional Book of the Year was awarded to Leigh Powers for Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing From Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry from FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group.

The Memoir of the Year was awarded to Eleanor Isaacson and Jeanette Windle for Dancing From Darkness from Eleanor Isaacson Publications.

Julie Coleman, the editor of Arise Daily, AWSA’s online devotional, awarded Rhonda Rhea the Devotional Writer of the Year.

AWSA’s official magazine, Leading Hearts, won their fourth straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award and honored their columnists, including Pam Farrel, Michelle S. Cox, Penelope Carlevato, Saundra Dalton-Smith, Sharon Elliot, Karen Porter, Rhonda Rhea, Karen Whiting, and Cynthia L. Simmons and Edie Melson. Leading Hearts also honored Tom Young as the 2018 AWSA MVP.

The 2018 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Erica Wiggenhorn. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Besides her busy schedule, which included the launch of her latest Bible study, The Unexplainable Church, Erica volunteered behind the scenes at our conference.”

The Beyond Me Award went to Sioni Rodriguez, an advocate for women who have been sexually assaulted and victims of domestic violence. She is a dedicated team member of Our Freedom Journey Ministries (Stand against Human Trafficking).

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who received the Golden Scrolls Lifetime Achievement Award, served as the keynote speaker.

Professor, author and Life Coach Cynthia Cavanaugh announced the first class of AWSA certified speaking and writing coaches including Yvonne Ortega, Jayme Hull, Cynthia L. Simmons, Karen Whiting, Faith Blatchford, Debbie Wilson, Debbie DeArmond, and Linda Gilden.

Recording artists Dick and Mel Tunney performed the special music. AWSA President Karen Porter served as emcee. CTN host Monica Schmelter and author and AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd presented the awards and Mel Tunney performed a parody written by Martha Bolton and dedicated to bookstores.AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 500 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

See the 2017 winners, click HERE.

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 2020 Golden Scroll and Christian Market Book Award winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2020 Golden Scroll and Christian Market Book Awards at their Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The awards were presented by Monica Schmelter, host of “Bridges,” a daily program on the Christian Television Network (CTN). This is the 12th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards. The Golden Scroll Awards are open to all 600 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

The Golden Scrolls Book of the Year was awarded to Dr. Michelle Bengtson for “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises” (Revell of Baker Publishing Group).

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones and Karla Dornacher for “Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: A Creative Devotional Study Experience” (Harvest House Publishers).

The Novel of the Year Award went to DiAnn Mills for “Fatal Strike” (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.).

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to two authors: Michelle Medlock Adams for “How Much Does God Love You” (WorthyKids) and Crystal Bowman for “Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers (Zonderkids).

Second place for Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams for “Cuddle Up Prayers” (WorthyKids). Third place went to Michelle Lazurek “The Best Gift of All” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Donna Frisinger for “Bink and Slinky’s Christmas Adventure” (Progressive Rising Phoenix Press).

Second place for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams for “I Love You Bigger Than the Sky” (WorthyKids). Third place went to Michele McCarthy for “Daddy and Me” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to Cynthia L. Simmons for “Pursuing Gold: A Historical & Critical Thinking Curriculum” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). 

Second place for Christian Educational Book of the Year went to Pamela Christian for “Prepare for the Harvest! God’s Challenge to the Church Today” (Protocol, Ltd.).

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded for two books: Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones and Karly Dornacher wrote “Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Devotional Study Experience” (Harvest House Publishers), and Misty Phillip authored “The Struggle Is Real: But So Is God” (MistyPhillip.com).

Second place for Bible Study Book of the Year went to Jennifer Smith Lane for “Transformed: Eating and Body Image Renewal God’s Way” (Jennifer Sue Lane). Third place went to Janet H. McHenry for “Stronger Every Day” (First Place for Health).

The Memoir of the Year was awarded for two books: Ginny Dent Brant wrote “Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer” (WestBow Press), and Luann Mire, with Patti Richter, wrote “Signs of His Presence: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering” (Carpenter’s Son Publishing).

Second place for Memoir of the Year went to Lisa W. Smith and Thanh D. Boyer for “The Ground Kisser” (Kerysso Press). Third place went to Paula Jauch for “Cross Addicted: Breaking Free from Family Trauma and Addiction” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Living Book of the Year went to Robin Luftig for “God’s Best During Your Worst: Living Under His Umbrella” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for Christian Living Book of the Year went to Tina Yeager for “Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You” (New Hope Publishers). Third place went to Lucinda Secrest McDowell for “Soul Strong: 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” (New Hope Publishers).

The Devotional Book of the Year went to Lucinda Secrest McDowell for “Life-Giving Choices: 60 Days to What Matters Most” (New Hope Publishers).

Second place for Devotional Book of the Year went to Leigh Ann Thomas for “Smack Dab in the Midlife Zone: Inspiration for Women in the Middle” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). Third place went to Karen Whiting for “52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve” (Rose Publishing).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Adria Wilkins for “The Joy Box Journal” (Ellie Claire Gifts).

Second place for Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams for “Encouraging Words for Mothers (Morning & Evening): Daily Devotions for a Mother’s Soul” (Barbour Books). Third place went to Cynthia Cavanaugh for “She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith” (Romans 8:28 Books: An Imprint of Redemption Press).

The Western Novel of the Year went to Janet Chester Bly for “Beneath a Camperdown Elm” (Bly Books).

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Jocelyn Green for “Veiled in Smoke” (Bethany House Publishers). 

Jocelyn Green also received second place for “Between Two Shores” (also from Bethany House Publishers). Third place for Historical Novel of the Year went to Rebecca Price Janney for “Sweet, Sweet Spirit: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey to the Asbury College Revival” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Kaley and Rhonda Rhea for “Off-Script & Over-Caffeinated: A Novel” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for Contemporary Novel of the Year went to June Chapko for “Legacy’s Path” (Legacy Treasures). Third place went to Deborah Raney for “Chasing Dreams” (Kregel Publications).

The Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year went to Carrie Stuart Parks for “Fragment of Fear” (Thomas Nelson).

Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year went to Catherine Finger for “Capsized by Death” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). Third place went to Lori Altebaumer for “A Firm Place to Stand” (BookBaby).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to Sheri Schofield.

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won their sixth straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The “Leading Hearts” Columnist of the Year went to Saundra Dalton Smith for her column, “Health Tracks.” Article of the Year went to Lisa Burns for her article, “Breakthrough the Movie: An Exclusive Interview with Pastor Jason Noble.” 

The 2020 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Edie Melson.

The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Janet Holm McHenry.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stormie Omartian in honor of AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 600 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally.

This is the first year to present the all new Christian Market Book Awards. These awards are open to all authors who publish in the Christian market.

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Anne Greene for “Shadow of the Dagger” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). 

Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded for two books: C. Kevin Thompson wrote “The Letters” (Mantle Rock Publishing LLC), and Buck Storm and Bill Perkins wrote “The List” (Compass Publishing). Third place went to Jeanette Morris for “Her Shining Eyes: A Novel” (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Lauren Crews for “Strength of a Woman: Why You are Proverbs 31” (Ascender Books).

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Rhonda Robinson for “FreeFall: Holding onto Faith When the Unthinkable Strikes” (New Hope Publishers). Third place went to Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett for “They Call Me Mom: 52 Encouraging Devotions for Every Moment” (Kregel Academic & Professional).

The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “I Love You Bigger than the Sky” (WorthyKids).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year went to Amy Houts for “God’s Protection Covers Me” (Beaming Books). Third place went to Michelle Medlock Adams for “How Much Does God Love You” (WorthyKids).

The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Luann Mire, with Patti Richter, for “Signs of His Presence: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering” (Carpenter’s Son Publishing).

Monica Schmelter and Linda Evans Shepherd, author and AWSA founder, presented the awards, Stormie Omartian gave the keynote address and recording artist Cheri Keaggy performed a parody.

See past winners,  click HERE.

See winners from past years:

See the 2019 winners, click HERE.

See the 2018 winners, click HERE.

See the 2017 winners, click HERE.

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.

AWSA 2018 Fall Conference Protégé Schedule


9:00 Prayer Warrior Class — Linda Evans Shepherd and Team

11:00 Protégé Seminar: Invest to Increase — Deborah DeArmond


Keynote — Kathy Howard

1:05–4:00 Seminar (For Everyone): The New World of Social Media — Edie Melson

4:00 New AWSA Pro Member Meeting — Jayme Hull

4:00 New AWSA Protégé Meeting — Cynthia Cavanaugh

6:00 —FRIDAY DINNER (Reception at 5:45)

Worship — Cheri Keaggy

Keynote — Becky Harling

8:00 Professional & Protégé Introductions with Susan Mead


8:00 Worship — Jayme Hull

Devotional — Sioni Rodriguez

9:00 Special AWSA Prayer Time — Linda Evans Shepherd

10:15 Protégé Seminar: Be Irresistibly Relevant — PeggySue Wells


Industry Update — Vicki Crumpton, Sr. Editor Baker Publishing Group


1:15 – 2:20 Protégé: Publishing — Cindi McMenamin Writing — Amy Williams

SATURDAY PM Roundtable Workshops

1 and 2 3:00 – 4:30  Protégé Workshops — Patty Mason and Joyce Zook

4:30 Final Charge — Linda Evans Shepherd

Girls Night Out


9:00 Prayer and Worship led by Karen Porter and recording artist Karin Simmons —

AWSA invites Bookstores to join us!


McGavock’s Ballroom

Music — Cheri Keaggy

Keynote — Dr. Erwin Lutzer


AWSA Protégé: Join us in Nashville for the 2018 AWSA Conference!

NEW DATES:  Sept 7 – 9, 2018 

WHERE: The Sheraton Music City in Nashville, TN.


Cheri Keaggy Our Musical Guest

AWSA Proteges Join Us in Nashville!

You are invited to come to our AWSA Conference this September.  We have wonderful workshops, speakers, training, prayer times, and our special musical guest will be Cheri Keaggy.

Try to get to town by Friday morning, so you can experience our fantastic AWSA Protégé Seminars planned just for you, under the direction of Jayme Hull.  Feel free though to drop into the festivities whenever you do arrive, then stay for our  Friday night kick-off banquet.  Following that is a full day of training, prayer and fellowship on Saturday.  You can mingle with the AWSA pros, sign up for free coaching sessions, and also enjoy special events just for protege members.  Our grand finale happens Sunday without wonderful Golden Scroll Award Banquet which features book awards and Dr. Erwin Lutzer as keynote and recording artist Cherri Keaggy with our special music ends about 2:00 pm.  If you can, stay for the Christian Book Expo book-signing and evening banquet following. This is followed by Monday and Tuesday’s Christian Product Expo Show which you can also attend if you wish.  See more details below.

Hope you can come!

You can review our schedule of  AWSA-only events HERE.

Register for AWSA Conference Events 

The AWSA Conference Events include:

AWSA Event 1:  Friday- AWSA AM Prayer Time, All Day Protege Seminar, Lunch and Evening Banquet with the AWSAs and Cheri Keaggy.  Be introduced and meet our profession and protege members. 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Sept 7.  (Lunch and Dinner options.)

AWSA Event 2:  Saturday Conference Day –  Sept 8   (Breakfast and Lunch options.)

AWSA Event 3:  Saturday PM Girls Night Out – Sept 8. (Bring your wallet.)

AWSA Event 4:  9:00 am Sunday—AWSA Led Worship Service – Sept 9 (Open to all.)  Come worship with Karen Porter, recording artist Karin Simmons and the booksellers.

AWSA Event 5:  Sunday—The AWSA Golden Scroll Banquet – Sept 9 (Included with purchase of full conference.)  

Register Early Bird Rates for Full Conference CLICK HERE.

(Note our rates go up significantly on August 15.)

For EARLY BIRD RATES for SINGLE DAYS or Events – SEE BELOW (Mix and Match)

  • Friday only (all day with lunch and dinner)  CLICK HERE *
  • Friday only (half day.  Includes seminars and 1 meal, either lunch OR dinner)  CLICK HERE *
  • Saturday only (all day; includes breakfast and lunch) CLICK HERE *
  • Saturday  only (half day; includes 1 meal; breakfast or lunch) CLICK HERE *
  • Sunday Golden Scroll only. CLICK HERE *  
  • If you are attending the Golden Scrolls, additional guest tickets can be purchased at a discount; CLICK HERE *

Book-signing Events

  • Enjoy the Book Signing Party – Sunday afternoon.
  • Hang out at the AWSA booth on Monday and Tuesday at Expo.  Meet the booksellers!

To See Complete Schedules of Events, CLICK HERE:


Immediately Following Our Conference:

You are invited to stay and participate in the Munce Expo Booksigning and AWSA Booth for Christian Booksellers at Expo.Sept 9 – 11.  See more information below…

Christian Product Expo Events

September 9 – 11, at same hotel in Nashville (Sheraton Music City.)

You are invited to stay over and participate in the Munce Christian Book Expo banquets, book signings, the AWSA book-signing booth, and meeting  book buyers.

Keep Reading to Register for these Events Separately:


You are Invited to the Munce CPE Expo (Banquets and more!) Sun. Sept 9 – Tues. Sept. 11  LINK COMING


LINK COMING 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 Evening Banquet to feature our AWSA Lifetime Achievement Award and AWSA book award winners! This would be worth coming to,


See you in Nashville, TN.

Flying?  Land in Nashville, blocks from our hotel!



We are staying at the beautiful Sheraton Music City.  Discounted Hotel Reservation LINK is coming.


Sending books to the hotel for the Munce Conference…