Keynote Speaker

John Riddle

John Riddle is a freelance writer, author, ghostwriter, editor and donut eater. As the author of 34 books (for traditional publishers), he has also worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. His byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and he has written articles for over 200 Websites.

Since 1996 he has been working out of his home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer. For nearly 15 years he taught at Christian and secular writing conferences throughout the United States.

His two favorite quotes are:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

“Never, never, never give up!” Winston Churchill

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Meet Gregg Bridgeman

2024 Conference Director

Gregg Bridgeman was born at a very young age. For most of his childhood, he was poor, unemployed, and ignorant. He didn’t even have a high school education. After accepting his pity diploma, he discovered he wasn’t suited to be a tailor. The muffler factory was exhausting. He couldn’t cut it as a barber and didn’t have the patience to be a doctor. He wasn’t a good fit at the shoe factory. He just didn’t put his soul into it. The paper company folded. Pool maintenance was too draining. He got fired from the canon factory. He just couldn’t see a future as a historian.

After matriculating at numerous institutions of higher learning—some of them even accredited—one gave him a bachelors so he would leave and stop eating all the hot-pockets. After serving with the strawberry berets—and having grown accustomed to thankless work—Gregg settled on a career field that was wide open because absolutely no one else wanted to do it. He became an editor. He knows that one day, no matter how he dies, his final words will be, “But, I’m still hungry!”

What is KCWC doing that NO other conference does?

Watch the video at left to learn the answer.


May my spouse or child attend? Is there a virtual conference option? Do I need to register for workshops? How do I sign up for one-on-one appointments? These questions and more are answered on our FAQ page. It contains more information and a link to e-mail the committee.

Worship Team

Life Church Praise And Worship is a contemporary Christian band based in Somerset, KY. Members Matt, Whitley, and Justin have been playing together for about three years at Life Church, and have accepted the challenge of bringing worship outside the walls of the church and into the world. With the goal of spreading the good news, hope, and freedom of Jesus Christ, Life Church Praise and Worship is excited to help lead worship at this year’s Kentucky Christian Writers Conference!

Still Undecided?

Visit the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference YouTube channel to hear testimonials from writers who have been blessed by the conference answering the question, “What does KCWC mean to me?” You may also view videos created by our amazing faculty members who share information about themselves and the workshops they will teach. Click the icon at the left.

Listen to the Ink and Impact podcast with Dalene Bickel as she interviews Gregg Bridgeman on why aspiring and successful writers should attend the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Click the icon at the left.

Listen to the Your Best Writing Life podcast with Linda Goldfarb as she interviews Sara Turnquist in which she mentions KCWC and encourages writers to attend.


The in-person conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Attendees of the past two in-person conferences will remember the convenience, comfort, and technological advantages of this facility.


We are currently negotiating prices for blocks of rooms to be reserved for the conference. With the dates of our meetings being moved from June to October this year, prices and availability will be improved from previous years.

Hurry! The offer for room discounts expires October 1. Please visit the lodging page for the most current information.

The purpose of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference is to provide an annual interdenominational event to equip and encourage writers in their quest for publication. The conference will provide a safe environment where writers can discover their gifts and share their work.

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