AWSA Code of Ethics

IMG_0995b Recognizing the vital and increasingly important role of women in ministry and the desire of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association to provide a professional network of support, resources, encouragement, and prayer to these Christian women authors and speakers, members of the Association have adapted and as a condition of membership, subscribed to the following Code Of Ethics:

Article One: The AWSA member shall act with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. She shall operate her writing and speaking ministry and conduct her personal life in a way that will honor and not bring shame or reproach to the name of the Lord.

Article Two: The AWSA member shall accurately represent her qualifications and experience in both oral and written communications.

Article Three: The AWSA member shall not engage in plagiarism and shall avoid using materials originated by others, either orally or in writing, without seeking permission of the originator.

Article Four: The AWSA member shall treat other authors and speakers with professional courtesy, dignity, and respect.

Article Five: The AWSA member shall maintain and respect the confidentiality of business and/or personal affairs of fellow members. The AWSA member shall use the Membership Directory in accordance with the purposes for which it was created — including fellowship among members, networking, and professional contacts. However, this precludes use of the Directory for personal profit.

Article Six: The AWSA member shall honor her obligations to other ministries and organizations, as well as community and government.

Understanding that the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association exists for the purpose of mutual edification, education, networking, Christian fellowship, prayer, and support, all AWSA members shall subscribe to the following pledge:

  • I pledge myself to faithfully encourage, pray for, and support fellow members. I will speak the truth in love. [Eph 4:1-16] I will refrain from gossip and divisive talk. [Titus 3:1-10] If I believe another member has sinned against me or the Lord, I will follow the principles and procedures directed by the Lord for resolution and reconciliation. [Matt 18:15-17] If I have complaints or concerns about the organization, I will contact AWSA Leadership directly to express those concerns to those who can help find resolutions.
  • I pledge myself to comply with and uphold the standards of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association as set forth in the AWSA Code Of Ethics and the AWSA Statement Of Faith.

AWSA Conference News!

AWSA 2016 Member of Year - Cynthia Simmons getting hugged by Pam Christian

AWSA 2016 Member of Year – Cynthia Simmons gets a hug from Pam Christian at Spring Golden Scroll Banquet at CBA.

We are getting ready to head back to Cincinnati – to the Hilton Plaza Hotel for the 2017 AWSA Conference, Sunday, June 25 through Tuesday, June 27.  CBA starts Wednesday, June 25.  To read more about our conference, click HERE.

Learn more about out 2017 Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, click HERE.

To see who won the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards, click HERE.

We are heading back to Murfreesboro, TN for a RETREAT at Munce in September 16-17, so save the dates.  More info soon.



AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro

AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro


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Our multi-award winning Leading Hearts magazine, which is in its seventh year of publication and awards,  is the official voice of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. The mag is specifically geared for women who lead hearts at home, work, church and in their community… and best of all it’s FREE!

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Our media-enhanced  ISSUU version actually flips like a paper magazine and is full of video and teaching content. You can Just click on the magazine to enlarge it after it opens. Look for the light colored arrows — on either side — to flip/turn the pages. Click on the article you’d like to read to enlarge it. To leave the enlarge feature, click on a button on the bottom right side of the page.

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We are so glad you stopped by our site because we have lots of news!

Check out the latest issue of our magazine Leading Hearts; click HERE.

To see our Golden Scroll Awards Hall of Fame, click HERE.

If you’d like to contact one of our members, check out our DIRECTORY.

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If you are a Christian woman who wants to write books, movies and or speak, click HERE.  We can mentor you!

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We are so glad you stopped by to visit us.

Linda Evans Shepherd; AWSA Founder and President of Right to the Heart Ministries.

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Golden Scroll Awards 2014


The 2014 Golden Scroll Awards & Banquet

Atlanta, GA – AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Editor, and Fiction Editor of the Year as well as the winners of their Books of the Year contests at the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards, Sunday afternoon, June 22 nd at the World Congress Convention Center. Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year went to Abingdon Press.

1401cThe winner of the Nonfiction Editor of the Year went to Katara Patton of Tyndale House Publishers.

1402cThe Fiction Editor of the Year was awarded to Stephanie Broene of Tyndale House.

1403cAWSA Nonfiction Book of the Year Award winners were named as Dena Dyer and Tina Samples for Wounded Women of the Bible from Kregal Publications which tied for first place with Julie Zine Coleman for Unexpected Love from Thomas Nelson. Second place went to Cynthia Ruchti for Ragged Hope published by Abingdon Press. Third place went to Emily Parke Chase for Standing Tall After Falling Short from Wingspread.

1404cThe Novel of the Year first place award went to Eva Marie Everson for Slow Moon Rising: A Cedar Key Novel from Revell which also tied with The Ohana by C. W. Schutter from River Ranch Publishing. Second place was awarded to Sarah Sundin for On Distant Shores from Revell, and third place was awarded to The Survivor by DiAnn Mills from Zondervan.

1406cCAN (Christian Authors Network) also announced their Nonfiction and Novel Books of the Year awards. The CAN Nonfiction Book of the Year first place award went to Kathy Collard Miller for Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Second place was awarded to Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk for I Believe in Heaven from Regal. The third place winner was Dianne Barker for I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore.

1435cThe first place CAN Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Cynthia Ruchti for All My Belongings from Abingdon Press, second place went to On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin from Revell , and third place was awarded to Lena Nelson Dooley for Catherine’s Pursuit from Charisma House Book Group.

In addition, the 2014 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Arlene Pellicane and the Beyond Me Award went to Grace Fox. The prestigious 2014 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jerry B. Jenkins.IMG_7272bJenkins served as the keynote speaker with Stacy Hawkins Adams as emcee. Authors Carol Kent, Pam Farrel, Linda Evans Shepherd and Kathy Macias presented the awards. Recording artist Gwen Smith performed a parody written by Martha Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers

AWSA, the sponsors 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.


Watch our 2014 Conference and Golden Scroll Banquet Highlights:

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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About Us

Advanced Writers and Speakers Association is a professional group made up of the top 10 percent of Christian Women in the publishing and speaking world. Currently, we are more than 800 women strong and are sponsored by the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit ministry of Right To The Heart.

Our main event is the annual AWSA conference which is just prior to the opening of the CPE (Christian Product Expo). We host online mastermind groups as well as the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet where we honor authors, editors and publishers for their excellence.

Our communication centers around an online loop where we find connection and prayer support with those who are traveling similar journeys. Our members can choose to join in the daily buzz and/or  join our online prayer team.

We are also the publishers of Leading Hearts, the award-winning magazine to empower Christian Women for Leadership. Our daily AWSA-authored e-devotionals, Arise Daily, are sent out 365 days a year.

AWSA may be just what you need; your very own tribe of sisters who know what your life is like.  Sisters who will love, care and pray for you.  Sister who will share their trade secrets because, after all, we are all on the same team.

To apply or see how to apply for membership, click HERE.