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 faithblatchford.com

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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

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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

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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

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Coach Jayme Hull

Learn more about her work at jaymeleehull.com

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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 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

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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.

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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

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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

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Coach Karynthia Phillips

Learn more about her work at trinitywholenessministries.com

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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/

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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

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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

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Coach Cynthia L. Simmons

Learn more about her work at clsimmons.com

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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 twenty-six books and more than eight hundred articles. Her speaking experience incl;udes hosting a television series and internationally as well as around the country. She is the marketing columnist for The Christian Communicator and 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.

Endorsements

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

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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.

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