Faculty 2020

KCWC workshop leaders are successful agents, editors, and authors. They have been carefully chosen as instructors based on their commitment to Christ and their desire to share valuable wisdom and insight with other Christian writers.

This page lists only faculty who will teach workshops. For a list of more faculty members who will NOT teach, but who will participate on the Agents & Editors Panel and receive one-sheets after the conference and/or offer critiques, visit the Submissions page.

This page will continue to be updated as new faculty is added. Visit again soon!

Agents

A literary agent represents writers and their written works to publishers and assists in sales, promotion, and deal negotiation.

Editors

An editor works for a media outlet and facilitates the publishing process, sometimes including proofreading, copy-editing, and critiques.

Authors

A Christian author is a person who writes to glorify God. KCWC faculty members are recognized industry professionals.

Crystal is an educator and award-winning author of historical romance filled with danger, love, history, and hope. She was a finalist for the 2019 RWA Golden Heart Award, a semi-finalist for the 2019 ACFW Genesis Award, and the 2018 winner of the RWA Touched By Love Award. 

When not teaching, writing, or studying, Crystal can be found playing board games with her husband and boys, caregiving for loved ones, traveling with her extended family, hiding in a book, or drinking copious amounts of hot tea.

Cherilynn Bisbano

Cherrilynn Bisbano is a writing coach, editor, and partner at The Write Coach Team

As former managing editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest.

Cherrilynn is a speaker with Women Speakers. She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly, a contributor to award winning books, Breaking the Chains, Heart Reno, Get to the Margins, and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles books. She writes for the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Blog and her latest book, Shine Don’t Whine, releases October 2020.

Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.

Gregg Bridgeman

Gregg began operating Olivia Kimbrell Press in 2011 acting as Editor-in-Chief. Then as now, he operates the press as a ministry. The primary objective remains that of lifting up and helping ministry-minded Biblical authors fulfill the Great Commission—to bring the Gospel message to the entire world—for every tribe and every nation. Gregg currently serves in the National Guard, is a decorated combat veteran, and is best known for his technical savvy and attention to the smallest detail.

Hallee Bridgeman

With over half a million in sales, Hallee is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her.

Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter is the best-selling author of multiple romantic suspense novels, historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

Crystal Caudill

Crystal Caudill is an educator and award-winning author of historical romance filled with danger, love, history, and hope. She was a finalist for the 2019 RWA Golden Heart Award, a semi-finalist for the 2019 ACFW Genesis Award, and the 2018 winner of the RWA Touched by Love Award. 

When not teaching, writing, or studying, Crystal can be found playing board games with her husband and boys, care-giving for loved ones, traveling with her extended family, hiding in a book, or drinking copious amounts of hot tea.

Hannah Conway

Hannah is a military wife, mother of two, middle school teacher, speaker, and an author with Olivia Kimbrell Press. Her novels are a deployment experience of their own, threaded with faith, and filled with twists, sure-to-thrill turns, and encouragement. Hannah is agented by Jessie Kirkland, and she is a member of both the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My Book Therapy. Though Hannah is native to Elizabethtown, KY, she and her family now reside in Tennessee outside of Ft. Campbell. Connect with Hannah at www.hannahrconway.com.

Deb Haggerty

Deb is Editor-in-Chief at Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.,  an independent, royalty-paying Christian publisher. Elk Lake has almost a hundred authors and more than one hundred sixty books in print.

Deb is a lover of God, a wife, and a mother. Born in Benson, Minnesota, she graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, in 1969 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in music and religion. She also earned an MBA in Human Resources Management and Organizational Design.

In 1985 she founded Positive Connections®, a management consulting and training firm. After successfully battling breast cancer in 2000, she started a website to encourage others on that path, PositiveHope.com.

2010 saw the start of her Christian book review site, PositiveGrace.com. In 2016, she purchased Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

Deb teaches at many Christian writers’ conferences, has been published in over twenty books, and has over fifty articles to her credit. She loves talking with groups about her relationship with Jesus Christ.

Rhonda Dragomir

Rhonda is an author, pastor’s wife, and speaker with experience in website design and typesetting. A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in Social Work, she is a committed pastor’s wife and Bible teacher.

Rhonda is also an award-winning writer, with published works in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, and Spark magazine. She was named 2019 Writer of the Year by Serious Writer, Inc., and is a semi-finalist in the 2020 Genesis Contest run by ACFW. She has completed her first historical romance novel, which is currently in the book proposal stage.

Rhonda has taught classes on MS Word for Writers, Websites for Writers, and workshops on creating images for social media. Her business, The Dragomir Group, offers services to other writers.

Tama Fortner

Tama Fortner is a bestselling writer and ghostwriter with more than thirty titles to her credit, including Easter Is Coming! and God Is Always Good! She is the ghostwriter behind a number of bestselling titles, including Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Scienceand the wildly successful Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids. She enjoys a crazy-busy, wonder-filled life in the hilly suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two kids, and an incredibly lazy dog who doubles as a foot warmer.

Carlton Hughes

Carlton’s work has been featured in Let All Nature Sing, a 365-day devotional from Worthy Publishing; Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game; Simple Little Words; the Instructor’s manual and test bank for Inter-Act, an interpersonal communication textbook; and a Christmas play collection from Carpenter’s Son publishing. His most recent book is Adventures in Fatherhood: A Devotional, released in April 2020.

Carlton has won awards for playwriting from Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and for his work in children’s ministry from the Church of God denomination. In his day job, Carlton is a professor of communication at Southeast Kentucky Community College and a site coordinator for the dual credit program at Harlan County High School. He is the children’s pastor at Lynch Church of God and a year-round volunteer and Relay Center Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. He and his wife Kathy have two sons, Noah and Ethan. Carlton is a fan of chocolate, good books, basketball, and classic television shows like “I Love Lucy.”

Kristy Horine

Kristy is a Kentucky writer: journalist by trade, creative by grace. She declares herself Southern by birth and by heart. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an artist, a chicken keeper, a gardener, a redeemed Child of God, freelance journalist, and friend. She founded 3rd Letter Christian Writers in Lexington, KY in August 2015.

Kristy makes her life in Paris with her husband, Eric, and four children – Hanson, Anna, Emy, and Sadie. Her professional and creative work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. She believes that words have power to offer sustenance and hope and healing, and that they are the express gift of God. 

Kenzi Nevins

Kenzi is a junior agent representing the Cyle Young Literary Elite agency. She is also an award-winning writer with a passion for magic realism and mythology. A 2018 graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing and theatre programs, she spent two semesters studying in the story-laden Wicklow Mountains of eastern Ireland.

In 2018, Kenzi won second place for theatre journalism and critique from the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre, and her short story, “The Last Freedom,” was published in eBook and paperback by StoryShares in 2017.

When she isn’t writing, Kenzi can be found watering her fairy garden, experimenting with little-known tea flavors, or wandering the aisles of her small-town Kentucky library. You can connect with her on Facebook (Kenzi Melody Author) and through the blog on her website, at www.kenzimelody.com.

Karynthia Phillips

Karynthia is a speaker and author whose workshops, coaching, and blogs integrate the importance of effectiveness in life by beginning with self-care of spirit, mind, and body. She is a minister, internal medicine practitioner, and adjunct professor at American Baptist College.  Karynthia is an advocate for decreasing disparity of cancer among women as demonstrated in her work with Echoes of Hope.

Karynthia’s coaching style is visible in her passion to see clients connect the dots and step beyond their personal boundaries into fulfillment of goals and dreams as speakers, business owners, leaders, and authors. Her unique ability to combine well-being with dreams strengthens clients’ weak areas, which make their stronger characteristics shine brighter as they journey forward achieving their vision as God designed.

She is a contributing author in Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie’s book, Not Without a Struggle: Leadership for African American Women in Ministry.  Karynthia is also a contributing writer for Our Daily Bread.

A wife and mother, in her spare time she  enjoys crocheting, horseback riding, color painting, and playing the flute. Her desire to see a revival of Scripture reading is her prayer. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee.

J.P. Robinson

J.P. is a prolific writer of historical and political fiction. His published titles include In the Shadow of Your Wingsthe first of his Northshire Heritage novels. He also writes YA science fiction novels, including Genesis Conspiracy.

J.P. leads writing workshops in various parts of the country,   and he heads Logos Publications, LLC, a publishing house and book marketing team. You can learn more about J.P. on his Facebook page @jprobinsonbooks.

Gene Rowley

Turn on any TV and you’ll hear Gene’s voice. He has won numerous awards for his narration on television and audiobooks. One nomination was for Sapphire Ice by Hallee Bridgeman.

Gene is also an author, playwright, publisher, and entrepreneur. His Jumpmaster Press is the home of the The JumpCard® and JumpCardID™ , innovative solutions that have the potential to revolutionize the grassroots distribution of audiobooks and eBooks!

KCWC attendees will be blessed to learn from Gene’s expertise in many areas during the workshops he presents.

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior.

She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys.

When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family.

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