2021 AWSA Conference Schedule

Thursday, August 12

  • Around lunch time? Drop in at the hotel restaurant and have lunch with the earliest early birds.
  • 7:00 Come as you are – dinner out

FRIDAY, August 13

  • 8:30 On Site Check In Begins- Downstairs Outside Junior Ballroom C
  • 9:00 Emcee: Beth Deuwel
  • 9:00 Prayer Warrior Class — Linda Evans Shepherd and Team- Junior Ballroom C
  • 10:30- Devotional: Erica Wiggenhorn- How to Get Unstuck
  • 11:00 Professional Seminar One: Kathy Howard: How to Sell More Books by Serving Your Tribe or Protege Seminar: Honing Your Message and Your Mission with Carole Leathem (Executive Board Room Floor 2)

12:00—FRIDAY LUNCH– Boxed Lunch with Us (If you registered for it) or on your own

  • 1:00 Emcee: Sabrina Black
  • 1:00 –4:00 Seminar: Edie Melson: Recent Changes to Social Media & How to Adapt to Future Changes- Junior Ballroom C
  • 4:00- 4:15 Arise Daily and Leading Heart Reports

Friday Day Sessions END – Check in moves upstairs to outside Ballroom C

  • 4:15 New AWSA Pro Member Meeting- Junior Ballroom C
  • 4:15 NEW AWSA Protege Member meeting- Executive Boardroom Floor 2

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

  • Emcee Dawn Scott Damon
  • Worship Babbie Mason
  • Keynote Babbie Mason
  • 8:00 Members & Protégé Introductions

SATURDAY, August 14

  • Emcee: Tammy Whitehurst- Ballroom C
  • Worship Babbie Mason
  • Devotional: Laine Craft
  • 9:00 Special AWSA Prayer Time — Tina Yeager
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Professional Seminar Choose 1:
    • Kaley Rhea: Write to Your Strengths: Building Fiction Muscles with Less Fatigue- D1
    • Jeanette Windle: A Story to Tell: Writing Compelling True-Life Memoir Title- D2
    • Protege Session: Making the Most out of your Protege Membership, Get a Jumpstart to Getting It Done, Encouragement from Former Protege Christine Trimpe- Executive Boardroom

11:30—SATURDAY LUNCH– Ballroom C

  • Emcee
  • Special Announcements- Linda Evans Shepherd

SATURDAY PM Seminar– Ballroom C

  • Emcee: Carole Leathem
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Seminar: Carol Kent- Pro Speaking Tips- D1
  • 2:00- 3:30  Professional Roundtables (listed below)- Ballroom C and D3
    • Vlogging  – Christine Trimpe
    • Marketing Your Book from Pre-/writing to Post-Release; Develop the right plans that use Your Strengths and Connect to Your Readers. – Karen Whiting
    • Children’s Books – Crystal Bowman 
    • A Coaching Perspective: Close to the Heart of God – Phylis Mantelli
    • A Guide to Finding Healing by Telling Your Abuse Story – Dawn Scott Damon
    • Podcasting – Janell Rardon 
    • Branding Secrets – Sharon Norris Elliot 
    • How to Create Landing Pages that Convert – Patricia Durgin
    • Effective Devotionals – Julie Coleman
    •  Getting God’s Word Right in Your Writing – Kathy Howard
    • Detours, Roadblocks, and Speed Bumps How to get back on Track After a Difficult Season. – Cynthia Cavanaugh
  • 3:30-4:30- State of the Industry Panel: Karen Porter (Moderator), Sharon Elliot, Eva Marie Everson, Cherri Cowellm Edwina Perkins, Athena Dean, Cynthia Ruchti- Ballroom C
  • 4:30- 5:30 Counseling Panel: Sabrina Black (moderator), Deborah Maxey, Michelle Nietert, Tina Yeager- Ballroom C
  • 5:30-6:00 Final Charge – Karen Porter
  • 6:00-6:10 Announcements
  • 6:30 Girl’s Night Out- led by Tine Yeager
  • 6:30 AWSA Steering Committee Meeting
  • 8:30-9:30- Meet for Fun Discussion Groups- D3

SUNDAY, August 16 AM

  • 10:00 Prayer and Worship AWSA invites Bookstores to join us!
    • Worship: Babbie Mason
    • Speaker: Erica Wiggenhorn


  • Emcee
  • Music — Babbie Mason
  • Award Announcements: Carol Kent and Dawn Scott Damon
  • Keynote — Cynthia Ruchti


MUNCE Christian Product Expo Officially Opens

Sunday August 16, Afternoon

AWSA-Led CPE Christian Writers Conference

  • Afternoon Session with Susan Neal- Upstairs Room 101
  • CPE Personality Party


  • CPE Banquet Starts


  • Christian Product Expo Opens
  • AWSA Booth – with booksignings open
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference AM Session-Edie Melson: How to Get the Most out of Social Media- D1
  • Lunch on the floor
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference PM Session- Cheri Cowell: Discover the Real Secret to Marketing- D1
  • CPE Banquet

Tuesday at CPE

  • Christian Product Expo Opens
  • AWSA Booth – with booksignings open
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference AM Session- Suzanne Kuhn: How to Build Your Brand- D1
  • Lunch on the floor
  • END CPE Christian Writers Conference.

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