“I know that without the jump start of my first conference, I may not be a writer today.”

“Thanks to attending my first writers’ conference, I have published three successful books. Because of what I learned about writing, marketing, and publishing, my first book was published within a year. Most beneficial were the many networking opportunities with authors, editors, speakers, agents, and a publisher. I know that without the jump start of my first conference, I may not be a writer today. After the first conference, I went on to actively participate in more conferences as a panel member, speaker and coach. Whatever the initial cost in time or expense, the conference experience has paid me back many times in countless positive ways. As a bonus, I met some fellow writers and kindred spirits who have become lasting friends and colleagues”. — Brenda Hill

Testimonials from the 2019 conference

2019 seemed to be more Spirit-led than I’ve ever noticed. Whether in workshops, sessions or meetings, I was continuing pointed to the Lord, in prayer, truth, expression of faith more than I’d sensed before. It was really exciting!

I cannot speak highly enough about the SoCal CWC. From the Kathy Ide’s leadership team to the inspirational keynotes, the helpful classes, great connections, teen track, and just plain fun—there is something for everyone at every stage of writing. I’m already looking forward to next year!

I loved the variety, the overheads/slides, great teaching (orderly and concise), humble attitude and willingness to answer any question whether in class or at meals (loved the opportunity to chat with them then).

I loved the keynotes! So encouraging for my walk with the Lord and my author’s journey. And the camaraderie among the attendees and congenial and helpful conference organizers were a plus!

The staff appointments were amazing! I loved getting to chat with and receive feedback from industry professionals!

The Teen track was so cool and taught me new ways to brainstorm and to be creative!

Testimonials from the 2018 conference

I learned so much from the professionals who “walk the walk.’

This conference exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere was prayerful and infused with power. The faculty was accessible, knowledgeable, and relatable. The speakers were dynamic. Best of all, I connected with other Christian writers who will probably be friends for life!

As a newbie exploring the world of writing, the SoCalCWC was an excellent conference to begin my journey. Thank you for a very well organized and informative conference.

I felt discouraged and unsure from time to time. This conference gave me confirmation of what I’m doing and gave me tools and encouragement to pursue my memoir writing. This will help me to write other books.

As a newbie exploring the world of writing, the SoCalCWC was an excellent conference to begin my journey. Thank you for a very well organized and informative conference.

The conference was my first. It was life changing!!

Great opportunity to meet other writers and professionals in the industry and have in-depth conversations about the next steps in my career.

From marketing to all types of the writing process, I learned new ideas and focus.

I enjoyed this writing conference with a great mix of experts and novices (writers, publishers, technologists) in an environment blessed with inspiration! I’m eager to dig back into my documents to implement what I’ve learned.

The moving of the Holy Spirit was very powerful at this conference.


Here are responses from attendees at other Christian writers’ conferences directed by Kathy Ide.

“I wanted to thank the entire faculty for an incredible event. Everything was very smooth and enjoyable. My wife and I greatly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the industry. Thank you again for all you do.” —Andy

“The conference was great. I came away so inspired and with great information that I am excited to put to work on the book I am working on. I took the advanced non-fiction classes on both Fri and Sat. Joseph Bentz was great as always. His input, along with the class members, considerably helped me out with how to lay out my book. And, for the first time, Marci Seither actually opened my eyes with new ideas as to how to promote and market my non-fiction book. Thank you, Marcie, along with the class members. Thank you, Kathy.” —Muriel

“Marci Seither was amazing at the conference with the Advanced Nonfiction Track. I got so much info on how to proceed with my book. She is personable, funny, smart and a great mentor. Thank you, Marci!” —Sallie

“Incredible day on Friday. Connected with old friends, learned and inspired by the intermediate fiction track, and saw God’s presence in the entire day.” —Debbie

“Special shout-out to the great industry professionals I met and talked with this weekend. Donna Stanley, Ben Wolf, Kathi Macias, Merrie Destefano, Rebecca LuElla Miller, Mike Duran, and Lindsay Franklin, you all spoke with wisdom and encouragement. Thank you all.” —Wendy

“God certainly met with us at the conference. So thankful for all the delightful people I met and gleaned from. The track with Kathi Macias was a true inspiration. I went home afterward and hugged my children. I love the Lord!” —Erendira

“Had a great time at the conference this weekend! Wonderful people who love writing and who are on their way to accomplishing their publishing dreams! —Sharon

“Great group of conferees! Lots of interesting people with a desire to write and with ideas that can impact our culture. I loved meeting people with creativity, commitment, a heart for people and for the God we serve.” —Rebecca