Refresh—2021 AWSA Retreat: NOW OPEN!

  • St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO (just outside St. Louis)
  • August 13 – 15 for AWSA
  • August 15 – 17 for CPE (see details below)

Ready to see the AWSA Sisters? After two long years?

Ready to hug or elbow bump, or just have a conversation with a friend who knows what you life is like?

YES!!!

You can refresh your soul, your heart, and your friendships at our upcoming AWSA Conference August 13 – 15 in St. Charles MO.

You’ll get to hear from Babbie Mason, Carol Kent, Linda Evans Shepherd, Erica Wiggenhorn, Dawn Scott Damon, Deb Maxey, Tina Yeager, Edie Melson, Karen Porter, Dr. Sabrina Black and many other sisters who want to pour refreshment into your spirit.

Keynote Speaker Highlights:

Babbie Mason: This Dove-award winner singer and songwriter has a powerful gospel voice and message that will wake up your heart. You may know her from her popular songs or TV show, but Babbie will strengthen your soul.

Carol Kent – From the Woman of Faith stage to events around the country, Carol Kent has a lot to say about the art, ministry, and craft of speaking. The founder of the Speak Up conference is ready to share her insight on following God’ call to writing and speaking ministry.

Erica Wiggenhorn – Erica Wiggenhorn writes Bible studies and teaches biblical principles for life change. She’s passionate about God’s Word and its ability to transform us personally, along with our relationships.

Karen Porter Karen Porter is an international speaker and an award winning author and a successful business woman. She is President of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, serves on several boards, and coaches aspiring writers and speakers.

Linda Evans Shepherd – A bestselling author of over 36 books, Linda is also an international speaker with a heart focus on the power of prayer. She founded, the Arise Esther Movement,  Leading Hearts Magazine, and the Arise Daily Devotional.

Schedule Overview

  • Early Bird Dinner: 7:00 pm Thurs. August 12
  • Drop In Early Bird Conference: 9:00 am – 4:15, Fri. August 13
  • New Member & Protege Orientation: 4:15 pm Fri. August 13
  • AWSA Opening Banquet: 6:00 p.m, Fri. August 13
  • Sunday Morning AWSA-led Worship with Booksellers: August 15
  • Golden Scroll Banquet: 11:30 am Sun. August 15
  • AWSA Conferences Ends: 1:30 pm Sun. August 15
  • OPTIONAL AWSA EVENTS IF YOU STAY FOR: CPE (Christian Book Expo)*
    • CPE Starts August 15 pm – August 17 pm
    • NOTE: CPE is a separate event with its own registration, banquets, and product floor show. See below.
  • Personality Party at Munce (Author Book Signings): August 15 pm (Sign-ups available at AWSA registration.)
  • AWSA led CPE Christian Writers Conference: Sun. August 15 pm – Tues. August 17 am*
  • AWSA Booth with Book Signings: August 16 – 17 (Sign-ups Available at AWSA registration!)

Conference Seminars:

  • Eddie Melson – Adapting to Ever-Changing Social Media Landscape
  • Carol Kent – Pro-Speaking Tips
  • Kathy Howard – How to Sell More Books by Serving Your Tribe
  • Amber Weigand BuckleyProtege Power-Up Seminars
  • Pam Farrel TBA
  • Sharon Elliott – Business Secrets for Authors and Speakers
  • Patricia Durgin Build Your Email List

Conference Panels

  • State of the Industry Panels with Publishers and Agents led by Karen Porter.
  • Our Famous Counseling Panel led by Dr. Sabrina Black

Conference Workshops:

  • A Coaching Perspective: Close to the Heart of God: Phylis Mantelli
  • A Guide to Finding Healing by Telling Your Abuse Story: Dawn Scott Damon
  • Vlogging: Christine Trimpe
  • Marketing Your Book: From Pre-Writing to Post-Release: Karen Whiting
  • Podcasting: Janell Rardon
  • Children’s Books: Crystal Bowman
  • Fiction: Kaley Rhea
  • Sharon Elliott – Branding Secrets
  • Nonfiction: Jeanette Windell
  • Devotionals: PENDING

Conference Prayer Times:

  • Linda Evans Shepherd’s famous Friday Morning Prayer Warrior Class
  • Praying for our Families, Ministries & More with Tina Yeager Saturday AM

Sunday Highlights

  • Worship Service with Booksellers
  • Golden Scroll Award Banquet
  • Personality Party Booksiging (sign up on AWSA registration)
  • Munce CPE Starts with Sunday night Banquet – Separate Registration (see below)

More Highlights

  • One on one meetings with publishers, agents, and writing coaches
  • Free hotel breakfasts
  • And MOST OF ALL hanging out with your AWSA Sisters!
  • New Member and Protege Orientation and Meetup
  • AWSA Publishing Perks and Opportunities Announcements
  • Optional Friday Lunch
  • Friday night and Saturday lunch banquets
  • Saturday Night Girls Night Out (bring wallet go to restaurant with AWSAs!)
  • The Golden Scroll & Christian Book Market Award Banquet (Aug 15) (Contest deadline May 31st.)
  • Personality Party Book Signing; Sign up on AWSA Registration Form.
  • Stay for the Christian Product Expo (CPE (Aug 15 – 17)
  • Book Signings in AWSA Booth at CPE (Aug 16 – 17)
  • AWSA Led CPE Writers Conference (Aug 15 – 17)

If you would like to know about advertising opportunities (which include placing articles, book excerpts and reviews) in the CPE Annual print issue of Leading Hearts Magazine, going to every conference attendee at CPE and AWSA as well as the Blue Ridge Writers Conference email Amber.

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