Need AWSA Membership Info?

It’s great to meet you here in Cincinnati at NEXT; the Christian Booksellers Expo.

Thanks for dropping by our booth!

We would love to send you additional information about becoming a member of AWSA. To receive this information, and to be eligible for our drawing for a free membership application, please fill out the form below.

Otherwise, you can read about our AWSA membership application page online.


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


When: 4 Thursday Evening Sessions, February 11, 25, as well as March 10 and 24th.

Time:  Class starts at:

  • 8:00 EST
  • 7:00  CST
  • 6:00 MST
  • 5:00 PST

Length of Classes:  1.5 hours

Your Host:  Linda Evans Shepherd

Teacher:  Joyce Schneider


About Joy Schneider:

Joy2Joy is one of our AWSA resident experts on spiritual warfare.   Not only is Joy our AWSA prayer captain, she has been at the forefront of our popular conference Friday morning time of warfare prayer.

Here’s what Joy has to say about warfare of women in ministry, “We often become aware that we are experiencing spiritual warfare but are ill-prepared to know what to do about it. We do not realize that many of the stresses we encounter are actually the pressures that come with the wrestling that the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 6:12., ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.'”

Joy explains, “We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Therefore, He has given us what we need to overcome.”

More about the Warfare Class:  

The four classes will cover subjects that include:

1. Overcoming fear and gaining confidence in your spiritual identity in Jesus Christ. This class will

explain the segment of spiritual wickedness in high places and what is our weaponry of choice.

2. The enemy operates by darkness. This segment will explain tactics used by the rulers of the

darkness of this world. What the Lord has given us to stand strong and confident is really quite

simple. You’ll see.

3. Are you tired of being bullied by the enemy? You are equipped for this battle against the

authority or powers segment. You will see what you get to use to push back with confidence.

4. Get your lawyer hat out and see what you have to stand in your legal rights in the spirit realm.

This segment will discuss principalities. You will be amazed at what neutralizes the enemy.



BONUS:  You will receive (by mail) a copy of Joy’s book:

Identifying the Hierarchy of Satan: A Handbook for Wrestling to Win!


COST of CLASS:  $30.00  (Includes copy of book.)

Note:  For AWSA Members Only.  Limited seating.  Please sign up before the classes closes.  When ordering the class, please include your MAILING (snail mail) address so we can drop a copy of the book in the mail to you.





Contact Us



You can contact the AWSA office at:


Or write to:

PO Box 6421, Longmont, CO 80501


Online Donation


Linda and Laura Shepherd

Dear Sister,

Thank you so much for looking to contribute to AWSA.  We are a tax deductible organization under Right to the Heart, a 501 (c) 3 ministry.

When you donate here, your money goes to help the ministries of AWSA.

You can donate to AWSA itself; CLICK HERE

OR, you can donate to our Laura Shepherd Memorial scholarship fund.  Click HERE

This scholarship fund helps AWSA sisters and mentees attend our events.  Thank you so much for helping to make this happen.


Linda Evans Shepherd


Scholarship Registration

If you have been formally approved for a scholarship, we need the following information from you. Please fill out the form below and hit submit.

Thanks for for Registering!

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We are so excited that you are coming to our webinar.

Please watch for an email from us with the link you will need to finish the registration process.

We AWSA’s,  Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, are hoping to have many more webinars for you to access instantly on all aspects of writing.

We are building a new website which will be up soon where we will continue to add courses designed just for you regarding writing books, articles, novels, screenplays, blogs and more.

Check back at:  www.InstantWritersConference.com often to watch our progress.


See www.AWSA.com for more information about AWSA


AWSA Books of the Year

AWSA Book of the Year Awards

It’s time to enter the AWSA Book of the Year Awards Contests for both Nonfiction & Fiction Books. Books must be written by AWSA members and published by January of last year through June of this year (providing you can send it in book form before the deadline). The three finalists of each category will be honored at the Golden Scroll Banquet where the winners will be announced. You need not be present to win.

See details HERE.

To Enter Awards Contests:

Send a copy of your books, entry form(s) and payment (You may pay either by an accompanying check made out to AWSA, or pay online below).

We are now accepting entries in:  Bible Study; Children’s Nonfiction and Fiction.

Send books, entry forms and check to:


c/o Linda Shepherd

2217 Lake Park Drive

Longmont, CO 80503

Please download Entry Form HERE

Note: you can enter as many books as you like in either category; Fiction or Nonfiction.  We also award Children of the Year and Bible Study of the Year.

Books should be published from 1/1/  of the year before through 7/1/ of THIS YEAR!

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


Hi Everyone,

Great news – we have  a few 2017 scholarships available to attend the AWSA Conference! If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please fill out and submit the form below:

God’s blessings!



P.S.  Apply soon.

Golden Scroll Awards 2010



Saint Louis – The 300 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) hosted their tenth annual Golden Scroll Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown, Sunday, June 27 th , where they awarded the Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Editor, Fiction Editor and AWSA Member of the Year as well as their Lifetime Achievement Award and the Beyond Me Award.

The Golden Scroll Awards go to editors and publishing houses best demonstrating outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors. This year’s AWSA Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to Tyndale House. Author Pam Farrel said, “ Tyndale is a joy to work with because of their vision to reach the world and their dedication to make God’s word readily accessible through quality materials. They treat authors like family.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll Editor of the Year Award went to Lonnie Hull DuPont of Baker Publishing Group. Author Mary Tatem said, “ Lonnie offers genuine friendship and inspires confidence that helps bring out the best in my writing.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll Fiction Editor of the Year Award was presented to Sue Brower of Zondervan. Novelist DiAnn Mills says, “ Sue is a professional extraordinaire. My experience with her expertise has rewarded me with a deepening of the craft and motivation to excel in the field of publishing. An added plus is I can call her a friend.”

The AWSA Golden Scroll AWSA Member of the Year Award was presented to Rhonda Rhea. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd says, “Rhonda is not only an author and speaker extraordinaire, she lovingly inspires and serves her colleagues in our joint mission to reach the world for Christ.”

The Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sally Stuart by Susan Titus Osborn. Susan said, “Sally has selflessly contributed to the Christian publishing community by compiling and editing The Christian Writer’s Market Guide for 25 years; a remarkable achievement. Though she deserves a gold watch, we are instead giving her our highest Golden Scroll award. May Sally never retire from her mission to serve both authors and publishers.”

In addition, Kathi Macias presented the first Beyond Me Award to author Rebekah Montgomery. Kathi said, “ Rebekah Montgomery, the seventh of eight children and a “preacher’s kid,” received Jesus as her Savior at the age of three—and never looked back. Her servant’s heart and passion for Jesus has led her to preach and minister to countless people around the globe, without concern for self-recognition or personal reward.”

Author and actress Nancy Stafford keynoted the banquet with author Pam Farrel serving as the emcee. Gwen E. Smith performed the special music, including a parody dedicated to the editors and publishers written by humorist Martha Bolton. Following the dessert reception, the producer of Blind Side, Lani Netter, shared insider secrets with the AWSAs and their guests.


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 Golden Scroll Awards 2011


 AWSA Announces Golden Scroll Award Winners

Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced their 2011 winners for the Golden Scroll Awards, Sunday, July 10 th, at the Omni at CNN Center in Atlanta. Honored for outstanding ministry partnership with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year winner went to Discovery House. “ Although small in comparison to other houses, Discovery House demonstrates an enormous capacity to serve the Lord,” said author Penny Monetti.

The Editor of the Year winner went to Terry Glaspey of Harvest House Publishers. Author Connie Cavanaugh said of Terry, “Regardless of whether he is dealing with an author who sells in the millions or in the thousands, he treats us all with dignity, respect and love.”
The Fiction Editor of the Year winner went to Tyndale House Publisher’s Jan Stob. Jeanette Windle said of Stob, “She encourages, motivates, and cheers me on in my writing, but what I most appreciate is that when I think I’ve turned in a good book, she won’t let me rest until it’s an excellent one.”

The 2011 Golden Scroll book awards Novel of the Year went to Kathi Macias for Red Ink (New Hope Publishers), a gripping novel loosely based on a true story about a young Chinese woman who is forced to abort her second child, and eventually goes to prison for her faith.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Margot Starbuck for The Girl in the Orange Dress (IVP Books), a cleverly written, poignant memoir regarding the author’s search for a true “father who does not fail.”

Becky Harling was named AWSA Member of the Year. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Becky is both an abuse and cancer survivor. She inspires audiences, readers as well as our own prayer team to spend time daily praising God.”

Kathi Macias presented The Beyond Me Award to Yvonne Ortega. Macias said, “Yvonne has been through many heartaches and trials, yet she continues to allow God to use her pain to minister to others. She is indeed a “beyond me” person, modeling a “you-first life in a me-first world.”

The 2011 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Patsy Clairmont.

Carol Kent said of Clairmont, “As a much loved keynote speaker at Women of Faith arena events, Patsy’s triumph over agoraphobia has opened doors for her to share God’s healing power through spoken and written words.”

Clairmont keynoted the event, with Linda Gilden as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Linda Evans Shepherd presented the awards. Recording artist Gwen Smith performed a parody written by Martha Bolton and dedicated to editors and publishers.

Following the banquet, Hollywood screenwriting consultant Linda Seger discussed turning Christian books into movies. AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over 300 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.