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WRITE: Colorado Christian Writers Conference and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference

Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, Marlene Bagnull, SUSIE Magazine, WRITE | 4 comments

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others” (Habakkuk 2:2).

My dear friend, Marlene Bagnull, takes this verse as the theme of her writing life. Along the way, she’s published several books and hundreds of articles and devotions. She’s served her family, which includes a husband, three grown children, and three active grandchildren. And through the years, she’s grown her roots deep in God.

This devotion to her Father, I’m convinced, is what sets Marlene’s two conferences—one in the heart of the rugged Rocky Mountains, the other cradled in the countryside near Philadelphia—apart. Yes, you can find authors, editors, and agents (more than 70 on each faculty) at both events. Yes, you’ll receive top-notch instruction in almost any area of writing. And yes, you’ll connect with writers of many genres, various experiences, and great expertise.

But God’s Spirit pervades these events in a way I can only trace back to Marlene’s unique walk with God. Who else but a surrendered servant would break into prayer as she makes conference announcements? Who else would choose faculty not on the basis of renown but of ministry capacity? And who else would focus each conference on an issue she believes writers need to address?

You see, Marlene’s conferences go beyond helping writers achieve publication. She uses these events to equip writers to use their words to change the world. Keynote speakers address issues that matter and suggest ways writers’ messages can connect. 
I’ve served on several conference faculties, but I’ve never had my call to write renewed and reaffirmed in the ways I have at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) and, in a few more weeks, as I will during my first visit to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC). I’ve wept. I’ve prayed. I’ve been reminded to listen to His voice about what and how I write.

Last year at the GPCWC, I taught Writer WannaBe, a continuing workshop for new writers. This year, I have the privilege of teaching Book Doctor, a nonfiction book proposal clinic, at the CCWC along with a workshop that’s become my personal favorite, Master the Memoir. I’ll also represent SUSIE Magazine, the only print Christian magazine targeted exclusively toward girls ages 11-19. 

Do you have an interest in writing? Do you believe God wants to use your words to make an impact? Check out either or both of these conferences. Scholarships are available and registration deadlines loom.

Does God have an appointment for you at the CCWC or GPWC this year? Don’t miss His invitation to write His answer.

Do you have a conference (one of Marlene’s or another) experience to share? How has God encouraged you to “write His answer”? I’d love to hear your story and encouragement for other Writer WannaBes. Leave a comment and join the discussion.

(Almost forgot! The winner of Because You Care is commenter Mary, caregiver for a husband who struggles with several health problems. Please pray for Mary and others who care for those who need special help.) 


  1. Thanks Marti. You are going to love the Mountains.

    And for your readers: As we like to say, “God will meet you on the mountain.” Come to the Rockies and join us for a great time!

  2. I can’t wait. I know He is waiting there!

  3. Hi Marti, I received a link to your blog from Marlene, and it’s very nice to meet you! I’m new to the world of writing and certainly appreciate your endorsement of the GPCWC. I live within driving distance and this is certainly something I’m considering attending. It’s great to ‘meet’ you via your blog! I look forward to reading more…I’d never heard of Susie Magazine and look forward to exploring that also. Blessings!

  4. Hi Kathy! It’s nice to meet you as well. I’m glad the blog blessed you and thrilled to hear of your interest in both the GPCWC and SUSIE Magazine. I’m admittedly biased, but I heartily recommend both. Blessings back!

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