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2016 Golden Scroll Winners

Announcing our 2106 Golden Scroll Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

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2016 Golden Scroll Winners

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AWSA Sept 2018 Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN

NEW DATES:  Sept 7 – 9, 2018 

WHERE: The Sheraton Music City  in Nashville, TN.

 

Cheri Keaggy Our Musical Guest

 

Join Us in Nashville!

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

Hope you can come!

You can review our schedule of events HERE.

Register for AWSA Conference Events 

The AWSA Conference Events include:

Bonus Thursday Night – There will be a very fun get together, maybe dinner on a steamboat.  More news about this soon.

AWSA Event 1:  Friday- AWSA AM Prayer Time, Early Bird Seminars, Lunch and Evening Banquet. 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 Morning Worship – Sept 9 – Come and worship with us and the booksellers, Karen Porter and special guest recording artist Karin Simmons. (Open to all)

AWSA Event 5:  11:30 am Sunday Golden Scroll Banquet – Sept 9 (Included with full conference.)  Our grand finale happens Sunday with out 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.  

NEWS NEWS NEWS – The Christian Television Network will be on sight to  film and later broadcast our Golden Scroll Banquet!

MORE NEWS  – Wednesday the 12th, Christian Television Network is sponsoring an AWSA interview day, open to 8 AWSAs.  More info about this soon.

Register Early Bird Rates CLICK HERE.

(Note our rates go up 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

  • Sunday Afternoon Book-signing Party (only 14 spots or fewer spots)  FULL
  • AWSA Book-signing Booth (You get 1 book-signing spot, either Monday or Tuesday, Sept 10 – 11)  FULL

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:

Munce Event 1:  Book-signing party at Munce Sun. Sept 9 at 4:00 pm.  (AWSA PRO MEMBERS ONLY.)  FULL

Munce Event 2: AWSA Booth at the Christian Product Expo. Mon. Sept. 10 -Tues. 11 (sign your books to retailers at the Munce Christian Book Expo!)  FULL.  Note:  Pro or Protege Members may participate.

Munce Event 3: The Munce CPE Expo (Banquets and more!) Sun. Sept 9 – Tues. Sept. 11  (see below)

MUNCE INFORMATION BELOW

CLICK HERE for MUNCE registration from.  Note, this is an event  which is entirely separate from AWSA, and if you wish to attend their banquets or get a name tag for the Christian Product Book Expo, you must register with the form attached to the provided link above.

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

TRAVEL INFORMATION

See you in Nashville, TN.

Flying?  Land in Nashville, blocks from our hotel!

 

HOTEL INFORMATION for 2018 

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

Phone:  Call 888-627-7060 and refer to group name “Christian Product Expo 2018”.

Online:  www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1801208349&key=2CD49B62

Rates per night:  1 – 2 people = $159; 3 people $169; 4 people $179

SHIPPING BOOKS 2018

Sending books to the hotel for the  Munce Conference..

You books must arrive between 9/3 and 9/7

There will be a $6 fee from the hotel, per box.

Send to

Sheraton Music City Hotel

ATTN: GUEST NAME/CPE

777 McGavok Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Box(es)_____ of_____ (multiple boxes must be numbered)

Laura Kay Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund

Miss Laura3Hi Dear Friends,

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

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

Thanks,

Karen Porter; 2016 AWSA President

Donation Opportunities Below:

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

Otherwise please send a Check with MEMO:  Laura Shepherd FUND

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Linda Shepherd

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501

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.

Online AWSA Class: SPIRITUAL WARFARE HELP FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY

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

Where:  ON YOUR COMPUTER OR CELL PHONE!

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

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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.

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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.

 

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Join an AWSA Mastermind Group

 

AWSA Mastermind Groups are a virtual online place for help, prayer, and community—for AWSA members only.

We are currently seeking new facilitators for our mastermind groups!

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 smartphone.)
  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 at 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, but they will also 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.

Please check out our open groups below.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Rebecca White and she will help you find your place in our group.

To Join or Ask  Dawn Damon questions CLICK HERE or fill out the form at bottom of the page.

Join one of our wonderful Mastermind Groups!

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 your name on them.  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 be praying for you, and encourage you!  If you see a ‘full’ group that you are interested in,  be sure and inquire – just in case we have a new opening.

Tuesday Afternoon Group: NEW

Meet with Dr. Deborah Maxey the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, at 1pm ET. Dr. Deborah is an award winning fiction author and a powerful speaker.

It meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 1 pm ET, two times a month at:

10:00 am PST
11:00 am MST
NOON  CST
1:00 am EST
 
To Join or ask Questions, CLICK HERE.
 

Wednesday Afternoon Group:  NEW

Meet with Teresa Janzen the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1pm ET, starting March 23rd. Teresa-is a missionary in Africa and is a certified POWER Speaker.

10:00 am PST
11:00 am MST
NOON  CST
1:00 am EST
To Join or ask Questions, CLICK HERE.

 

Tuesday Morning Group: FULL

Pam Farrel

Pam Farrell is set to lead our new AWSA Mastermind Group, starting on Tuesday mornings, September 7th 2021. 

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.
 

Tuesday Morning Author/Speaker Group:  Full

Cynthia Simmons

Check for openings if you think this popular group led by Cynthia L. Simmons is for you.

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 scenarios 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 happenings, 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 an 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.

Thursday Morning Group – Full

Linda Goldfarb

 

This is a BRAND new group and it’s filling fast, led by our fabulous Linda Goldfarb, our AWSA Mastermind Chair.  This group meets every other Thursday a.m., 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.
 

Wednesday Article Group-Room Available

Learn the basics of magazine article writing in this information-packed MasterMind group. Topics addressed will be how to break in to the magazine market, where to find marketable ideas, how to study the markets to find a perfect fit for your manuscript, making the most of your interview time, and much more. Discover how to make the most of your research by repurposing it for other articles and books. Find out how to give editors what they want so that your work stands out from the slush pile. Network with other writers for research as well as for encouragement and fellowship and use article placement as a successful marketing tool. This group will be led by Linda Gilden

Tentative time is 7:00am PST, 8:00am MST, 9:00am CST, 10:00am EST

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

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Or write to:

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501

 

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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

 

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Linda