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 Faith Blatchford

Learn more about her work at

Contact Faith

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


Contact Deb

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


Contact Linda

Coach Jayme Hull

Learn more about her work at

Contact Jayme

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


Contact Cindi


Coach Yvonne Ortega

Learn more about her work at

Contact Yvonne


Coach Karynthia Phillips

Learn more about her work at

Contact Karynthia



Coach Dr. Evelyn Taylor

As a Theology professor, Dr. Evelyn Taylor helps students to mature in their walk with God. She has seen up close how God can use one person to impact others. She has trained women in ministry for nearly twenty-five years, developing programs for women. She speaks to women’s, writers’ and caregivers’ support groups helping them as individuals to activate what God has already placed in each of them. Evelyn has helped others to awaken their dreams of writing and speaking. Working with her as a coach will enable you to reach your goals. Isn’t it time you invested in yourself?

Learn more about her work at


Contact Evelyn



Coach Monica Schmelter

Learn more about her work at

Contact Monica



Coach Cynthia L. Simmons

Learn more about her work at

Contact Cynthia


Coach Karen Whiting

Learn more about her work at

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


AWSA New Member Kit

Read the Membership Kit on ISSUU 

Download “Welcome to AWSA” PDF


Message from Linda Evans Shepherd

The Value of Sisterhood in the Trenches of Ministry by Karen Porter

Maximize Your AWSA Network by Edie Melson

Protege Power Call: Passing the Baton by Jayme Hull

AWSA Member Services

Right to the Heart Media Network & Creative Services

2018 AWSA Golden Scroll Winners


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

To enter 2019 Golden Scroll Awards, CLICK HERE.

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

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 2019 Golden Scroll Awards Banquet – Registration Closed

You are Invited to the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet 2019

NOTESorry, registration is now closed.

The members of the Advanced Writers and Speaker Association are pleased to invite you to our 2019 Golden Scroll Awards in Murfreesboro, TN, Sunday, August 25, 11:30 am at the

Oakley Ball Room at the Murfreesboro Embassy Suites

1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129



You will be treated to our special guest:

Michael W. Smith

The event will be broadcast of Christian Television Network

Enjoy our program and be a part of the fun as we announce our Golden Scroll Books of the Year as well as our Lifetime Achievement Award winner.




All Invited.  To reserve your spot and to put your name on the guest list, click the button below.




Note:  AWSA members may also register for the preceding AWSA Conference by clicking 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…


2018 AWSA Professional Conference Schedule


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

11:00 Professional Seminar: Ministry Marketing — Rachel Peck


Emcee – Linda Goldfarb

Keynote — Kathy Howard

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

Friday AM Program ENDS

4:00 New AWSA Pro Member Meeting — Jayme Hull

4:00 NEW Member meeting – Cynthia Cavanaugh

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

Emcee – Susan Mead

Worship — Cheri Keaggy

Keynote — Becky Harling

8:00 Members & Protégé Introductions with Susan Mead


Emcee – Cynthia Simmons

8:00 Worship — Jayme Hull

Devotional — Sioni Rodriguez

9:00 Special AWSA Prayer Time — Karen Porter

10:15 Professional Seminar: Making Videos — Monica Schmelter


Emcee – PeggySue Wells

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

Special Announcements


Emcee – Cynthia Cavanaugh

1:15 – 2:20 Professional: Promoting Your Work — Suzanne Kuhns

SATURDAY PM Roundtable Workshops 1 and 2

3:00  Professional Workshops (listed below)

4:30 Final Charge — Dr. Gail Hayes

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

Emcee – Karen Porter

Music — Cheri Keaggy

Keynote — Dr. Erwin Lutzer



  • Torry Martin – Turn your book into a screenplay
  • Radio and Podcasts – Cynthia Simmons
  • Secrets to Collaborating – Linda Goldfarb & Linda Gilden
  • Facebook Groups and Your New Book – Cynthia Cavanaugh
  • Brand Yourself – Amber Weigand-Buckley
  • Book Proposals Secrets – Kim de Belcourt
  • Are You Ready for a Publicist?- Lori Lenz-Heiselman
  • Lynette Eason – Novel Writing 1 and 2 – MAIN MEETING ROOM

Join the AWSA Protégé Power Call

Attention Protégé—AWSA has a special phone mini-conference workshop opportunity just for YOU—the AWSA Protégé Power Call!

Jayme Hull

Jayme Hull, our resident AWSA Mentor Extraordinaire, leads this call every Wednesday.

Jayme will host a special guest, an AWSA member expert, who will share the helps you need.

Then Jayme will open the call for your questions!

And when you hear the questions of your peers, coupled with the advice our experts, you’ll learn things you didn’t even know you needed to know!  It will be an amazing process.

Watch Jayme and Linda talk about Power Call!

Not only is this a great opportunity for you, it’s remarkable that these coaching calls will only cost you about $10 a week.  Compare that with the price of coaching which can be up to $200 an hour, or more.

PLUS, for the first twenty people who sign up, your cost will be slashed in half for your first year!

Remember, you must be an AWSA Protégé member to sign up.  Not a member yet? Click HERE first.

Already a member of AWSA Protégé, click HERE to sign up for the Power Call.

See you with Jayme Hull on March 1st!  And yes, I will be there!


Linda Evans Shepherd

Author and Speaker and AWSA Founder

Right to the Heart CEO

Welcome New AWSA Member

Hello New AWSA Member,

We are so excited that you have joined the Advanced Writers an Speakers Association.  Welcome!  We are 500 Christian women communicators strong and we love to encourage, train and guide our members so that they can reach their audiences with both God’s anointing and excellence.

On this page, you will find several things you need to know about.

Our Daily Loop.  Watch for an email from the AWSA office who will help you get onto our daily loop, an email loop where you can connect and ask our experts questions.

Our AWSA Online Newsletter.  To make sure you receive our colorful online newsletter, packed with the latest news, please sign up for it by clicking HERE.

Our Prayer Team.  If you are interested in joining our prayer team, this same email from the AWSA office will help you get started.

AWSA Mastermind Groups.  Would you like to be part of a small group of AWSA members who meet twice a month, via the internet, to pray for, encourage and train each other?  You may read more about these groups at:

The AWSA Inner Circle.  This is our highest and most professional training AWSA has to offer, with no travel involved.  You can sign up for these wonderful online classes at:

AWSA Fall Conference.  This year we are heading to the Nashville area in September to host our fall conference and Golden Scroll Awards.  After our event you are invited to the Christian Book Expo, where you can sign up for a booksigning to Christian Bookstores.  Check in on updates about our conference at

The AWSA Golden Scroll Awards – Enter your latest book into the Golden Scroll Award.  You may be in the running to win AWSA Golden Scroll Book of the Year!  See

AWSA’s Arise Daily – Daily Devotionals.  You may want to write for our Arise Daily Devotionals.  You can see the website at:  You can read our writer’s guidelines HERE.

Read our fantastic, multiple award-winning magazine, Leading Hearts. Sign up to get your free copy at .Or text LEADINGHEARTS to 64600 for free mobile delivery.  

AWSA Certified Coaching Training.  You can read more about this at:  Classes are offered only a couple of times a year. Please let the AWSA office know if you are interested in being an AWSA Certified Coach.

Work with an AWSA Certified Coach.  Coming Soon! Watch for an announcement about this option in a future online AWSA newsletter.




Be an AWSA Protégé Member!

The members of the Advanced Writers and Speaker Association recently made a commitment to not only to grow our future book, TV and speaking projects, but to help grow other Christian women whom God is calling to become communicators for Him.

That’s why we launched AWSA Protégé.

Who is AWSA?

Linda Evans Shepherd

AWSA is the 500 Christian women of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association who have written books, spoken at conferences, hosted TV programs, published magazines, blogged with huge followings and succeeded at various styles of communications from screenplays, books, to social media.

The organization was founded in 2000 by best-selling author Linda Evans Shepherd and is under the umbrella of Straight from the Heart D.B.A. Right to the Heart Ministries, a 501 (c) 3.

What Does AWSA Protégé Membership Include?

  • You will get a link to watch a wonderful video class called Story Telling for Writers and Speakers by AWSA Steering Committee President Karen Porter.
  • A couple of times a month, you will be invited into our live training webinar with group coaching – for AWSA Club Protégé Members only
  • You will be invited to attend our live events at our conferences and retreats as our very own AWSA Protégés.  You will get to go with us to Book Expos and meet editors, publishers, and bookstore owners.
  • We love our proteges and give special protégé trainings at each of our events.
  • We will have AWSA Coaches available to work with you — and to help you with your questions.  Plus we will tell you how to land your very own AWSA Expert Coach.
  • You will be eligible to join our Protégé Power Call – a monthly live, online training with experts teachers who will explain how to write book proposals, meet editors and explain secrets you need to know. This is a group that will meet, by phone call, monthly to hear trainings and to ask our AWSA experts questions. The additional cost amounts to about $5.00 a week/$20.00 a month; a $200.00 a month value.
  • You will be the first to hear about the online classes we are creating for our all new Reach Your World Academy. (coming soon)
  • You will receive our colorful, email mailings that will tell you all the latest news so you don’t miss out on anything.

Please note that many of the programs mentioned above are add-on programs, and are not included in the cost of your basic membership package.  But also note that before you are allowed to access these special programs, you must qualify and belong to our AWSA Protege Membership.

Do You Qualify?

  1. Are you a Christian woman who is a raw beginner to an intermediate level author, speaker or communicator?  If you are more advanced, with a published book and many speaking engagements under your belt, click HERE.
  2. Do you believe in John 3:16?   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  3. Do you feel God is calling you to communicate for the Kingdom?

Then this is the place for you.

Your Bonus Membership Gift

Join the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association as a Protégé Member ($40 a year) and receive either of Kathy Collard Miller’s e-books: THE COMPLETE GUIDES TO WRITING & SPEAKING PROFESSIONALLY, our gift to you!






Here’s How to Get Started

Hit the payment button to fill out your application and pay your $40 application processing fee which also counts for your first year of membership. We will review your application and get back to you with either a membership to AWSA Protege or a refund.

Hope to see you on the inside soon!

To apply and to pay, CLICK HERE.