In 2011 my favorite non-fiction author, Cecil Murphey, was the keynote speaker at the annual Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. During his keynote, he asked the question, “Why do you write?” The first thought that popped into my head was that I write because I have things to say that people would want to know about. Almost simultaneously with my thoughts, Cec said, “I write because I have things to say that I think people want to hear.” Wow. When the thought first popped into my head, I thought it sounded a bit conceited. When Cec shared why he writes, I knew my thought couldn’t be further from the truth. He writes for the same reason, and he is one of the most humble, gracious individuals I know, and a true man of God. I have read just about every book he has written that is still available in print. He truly does have things to say that people want to hear, and I’ve always been grateful that he allows God to use him in this manner. His books tell a story of actual people and events, and he does so in such a manner that it’s difficult to put the book down, once I start reading.

When most people think of authors, they think of fiction romance, suspense, or perhaps science fiction. The truth is, there are many genres of writing, including poetry and lyrics. If you have a passion for any type of writing, I encourage you to consider attending Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. I’ve been on the committee for some time now, and am new on the Executive Board this year. In that time, I’ve seen many writers get their first publishing opportunity at this conference, and have watched their upward trajectory in the publishing world from what they have learned at KCWC. If this is your passion, I encourage you to explore it, whether at KCWC, or a conference near you. Check it out here:

«The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively» — Bob Marley


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