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Fall Conference

The best writers are those with a bit of a child left inside.

~Phil Callaway, Fall Conference 2014

Connect. Learn. Grow.


InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a conference every year on the last weekend in September. Events begin Friday morning and go through until Saturday late afternoon. Fall Conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation and to learn more about the craft of writing. Each year InScribe is pleased to feature a seasoned author, publisher, or other expert as the conference Keynote speaker, plus we offer a variety of workshop topics and presenters. It’s a weekend where writers—whether they are seasoned or just beginning—can connect for fellowship, encouragement, and support. In conjunction with the conference each year, InScribe members are called to enter their submissions in our annual Fall Writers’ Contest. (See the Fall Contest tab on the Contests page for full details and an application). A list of conference sponsors can be found on our Sponsors page .


If you would like to attend conference, but are struggling financially, apply for a subsidy. Download the Subsidy Information and Application and follow the instructions.

Conference Recordings AVAILABLE!

The recordings from our 2017 Fall Conference, featuring Shelley Hitz, are now available. You may purchase individual recordings for $5 each or all recordings for only $50.

Information about all other events is located on our Events page

2018 Fall Conference

The FALL CONTEST is offered each year in conjunction with InScribe’s Fall Conference. Members are not required to attend the Conference to enter the contest.

Interested, but not a member? See Membership.

A variety of genres are available and writers at all levels are encouraged to enter. Note that there is no entry fee for writers aged 18 years or younger.


  • Open to all members of InScribe
  • New, unpublished work only
  • Entrance fee of $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique. Critiques will provide entrant with substantial feedback with commentary on every aspect of the judging rubric.
  • All entries are written to stated guidelines within specific categories.
  • Judges are chosen from professional writers, and entries are judged according to these rubrics.


  • Write something ORIGINAL in one of the categories below. Previously published work is not accepted.
  • Name your manuscript by the title of the entry and category. For instance, if you write a poem called “God’s Favour”, title your manuscript “God’s Favour – Poetry”.
  • Put the category in the Subject field of the email – for instance, Fall Contest submission – Poetry.
  • Send your work by EMAIL ONLY in a MICROSOFT WORD ATTACHMENT to contest coordinator at ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1ST. The contest coordinator is not a judge.
  • In the body of your email, provide your name, address, phone number(s), contest category, and word count. Please do not put your name anywhere on your manuscript.
  • $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique
  • Free entry for youth writers aged 18 or under. Please indicate age on entry form.
  • If less than four entries are received in any one category, that category will be dissolved and entry fees refunded.
  • Entrants may enter as many times and in as many categories as they wish as long as the pertinent fees are paid.
  • NO Simultaneous submissions (do not send same manuscript to another contest).
  • Please do not enter the same manuscript in more than one category.
  • Acceptance of a prize grants First North American Serial Rights to InScribe to publish the award-winning manuscript. At the discretion of the editorial staff, the manuscript will be published in FellowScript either in hardcopy or in an online Fall Supplement
  • Late entries will be discarded.


  • 1” margins and double-spacing (except for poetry)
  • Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Emailed by Word doc. Attachment
  • Your name must NOT appear on your manuscript


All unpublished, new work. Every piece may be written for the mainstream or the Christian market. Truth may be presented subtly or overtly, but the pieces will not contradict Scripture in any way.

  • Opinion Piece – Maximum 1500 words – (Essay, Speech, Sermon, Letter, Essay, OP Ed – my goodness even a recipe – as long as a clear opinion shines through and aims to elicit a reaction/decision, whether it be fun or serious.)
  • Poetry – Up to 40 lines. Open. Any Style, but entrant must state style on entry form. Eg.: Rhymed, free-verse, sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, sestina, etc.)
  • Children’s Easy-Read Story – Fiction. Ages 5-9. Maximum 1000 words. Any genre.
  • Song Writing – Lyrics 1-2 pages. Mp3 recording. Any genre. Production quality of the recording and vocal ability are not judged, only lyrics and musicality.
  • Drama – Maximum 1500 words including stage directions. Written script only – no performance submissions. (All types of drama such as scripts, stage plays, screen plays, radio plays, skits, etc.)


Pieces will be judged by these rubrics. (Click to download)


Prizes are available for each category.

First: $100 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

Second: $50 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

Third: $30 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

*Publication in FellowScript is provided only at the discretion of the editorial staff and will appear either in hardcopy or in the online Fall Supplement.

  • Certificates are included with all prizes including Honourable Mentions.
  • Winners are announced at Fall Conference, and in FellowScript, on our Blog and on our listserv. Winning entries may be read or displayed at the next Fall Conference.
  • To encourage quality craftsmanship in the entries, the judges may not award all prizes in a given category.
  • Judges are anonymous and will not enter into a discussion or disputes regarding decisions or awards.
  • The contest coordinator does not judge the entries. Please do not contact the contest coordinator regarding the judging.


  • I have read and complied with contest guidelines, including formatting.
  • I have included all necessary information in my email.
  • My pieces are all new, original work, not published.
  • I have paid adequate entry fees ($30.00 per entry)

Please go to the Contest page and fill out the Fall Contest Entry Form. Thank you for submitting your piece!

Your hard work and determination are highly valued.


September 21 & 22, 2018
Wetaskiwin Mission Church, RR#3 3610 56 Ave, Wetaskiwin, AB

Pre-Conference events (VIP Day and Authors’ Mixer) take place on Thursday,
September 20
. VIP Day has a separate fee  of $150 and is limited to 20 people.

Conference Workshops begin on Friday morning.

To register: Fall Conference Registration will open in June, 2018.

Conference Fees

Inscribe member – Early bird (until July 31):  $295

Non-member – Early bird (until July 31): $315

Inscribe Member – Regular Price (from August 1st):  $315

Non-member – Regular Price (from August 1st) : $335

Friday Only: $230

Saturday Only: $145

Single Workshop:  Member $45   Non-Member  $50

Banquet: One ticket $55

Mixer: No charge

Conference fees can be paid online in our store. Don’t forget to register first! (Form below)

Hotel or other accommodations are separate from conference registration. 

A list of accommodations in Wetaskiwin will be posted closer to conference.

There is ample free parking around the conference location.

Conference registration includes:

  • Friday lunch
  • Friday supper (banquet)
  • Saturday lunch
  • coffee breaks and snacks
Attendees will be responsible to purchase all other meals on their own.

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

Ann-Margret Hovsepian is an award-winning Montreal-based writer and illustrator, with over 25 years of professional experience in various areas of the publishing world. She has written hundreds of articles for dozens of different Canadian and U.S. print periodicals and is a best-selling author of multiple devotional books. Her fifth book project, Restore My Soul, is an exciting devotional colouring book that was released in April 2016 and sat on the Christian Bestsellers list for three consecutive months. Ann-Margret also contributed five original illustrations to Whatever Is Lovely (WaterBrook Multnomah, 2015) and five to EverythingBeautiful, which came out in October 2016.


In addition to her writing and drawing adventures, Ann-Margret has spoken at or led workshops at several professional or ministry events. She is passionate about missions, women’s ministry and children’s ministry. 

2018 Theme: THE ART OF WORDS

2018 Key verse: Psalm 45: 1My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 


Not included with conference. Fee is separate.

This annual event is a wonderful way to share your work, network, and enjoy the work of other writers from the InScribe family. It’s a fun and informal evening, so come prepared with a reading to share (if you want to) and be prepared to enjoy yourself!

Registration free for those attending the conference.

Receive feedback from an experienced writer or editor. First thirty to sign up will be accommodated. Send a  two to three page sample of your writing and any questions you would like help with and you will be matched with one of our blue pencil mentors. Deadline for samples: September 1, 2018  Contact: Pamela Mytreon


2018 Theme – The Art of Words

Key Verse: Psalm 45: 1 My heart if stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.









The Barnabas Fellowship is a grant of $250 enabling a member of InScribe to further his or her progress in writing. It is named for Barnabas, a co-worker with the Apostle Paul. His story is found in the book of Acts. Barnabas means “encourager,” which coincides with the purpose of this award. Applications for the Barnabas Fellowship grant are accepted each Summer (deadline is August 31st of the current year).  The Fellowship is awarded at the Fall Conference to a current member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. For full details and to apply, see the Barnabas Awards tab on our Contests page.

Looking for some great winter reads?

Published writers will have books available for purchase, so remember to bring your cheque book or some spare cash and stock up on great books by Canadian authors.

Are you an author with books to sell?

You need to notify us prior to conference if you are bringing books to sell. Please download the Book Table Agreement and return the completed forms to Marnie Pohlmann by September 15, 2018. InScribe charges a 10% commission for selling books for you.

Are you a Publisher or Business Owner?

Publishers and other book sellers will man their own book tables. Please download the Book Seller Agreement and return it to Bobbi Junior by September 10, 2018.

  1. Focus on your writing passion for TWO whole days!
  2. Relax and withdraw awhile from the cares of the world, work and family.
  3. Enjoy wonderful meals and refreshments fit for royalty.
  4. Form new acquaintances during social times.
  5. Be affirmed by individuals who totally ‘get it’ when you share your writing dreams.
  6. You might find a critique partner or mentor.
  7. Meet writers from your area with whom you could form a writing group.
  8. Network with professionals in the business.
  9. Socialize with like-minded people and get a sense of belonging.
  10. Receive a perfect ‘now’ word from the Lord that encourages or provides direction.
  11. Learn something new.  Remember something old.
  12. Have an unexpected door of opportunity open up to you.
  13. Read your own work at the Manuscript Reading session.
  14. Anticipate that your written piece submitted to the contest might be a winner and could be announced here!

(originally published in FellowScript)

ICWF Pre-Conference Prayer

from Connie Inglis, InScribe Spiritual Advisor)

Eph. 3:20,21 (NASB):
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

When we pray corporately I know God can and will do above all we ask or think. And as we pray, we will see and recognize His provision with the ultimate purpose to glorify His name as individuals and as an organization.

So, please find attached a Pre-Conference Prayer list. I have divided the requests into five days, though you can pray as you feel led. Even if you can only pray sporadically it’s all good. God hears our prayers.

Day 1:

  • Promotion: that the message gets out to those who God wants to hear it.
  • Shelley Hitz, our main speaker and all the workshop leaders: that the Spirit would guide them in their preparation, so that their words would speak Truth, would be God-honouring and would impart wisdom and knowledge.
  • Volunteers to share the preparation workload.
  • Contests and judges: that many would enter their writing without fear or doubt and that they will be encouraged in the process. That appropriate judges would be found and for wisdom and guidance as they judge all the submissions.

Day 2:

  • Executive and Conference Committee: for unity, wisdom and God’s strength throughout this preparation time. Also for spiritual and physical protection as they work for us all.
  • Subsidy fund: that members would prayerfully consider contributing to help others attend conference
  • Finances: that God would provide the funds for members that want to attend conference
  • More than enough registrants to cover costs

Day 3:

  • Registration process online to work properly
  • Prayer coordinator: for this provision and also that God would give wisdom and guidance to this person in preparation for conference.
  • Scheduling: wisdom in coordination details so that events flow smoothly
  • Artist and Author mixer on Thursday night: for boldness to share and for a spirit of unity and camaraderie, encouragement and joy as we read our writing to each other.

Day 4:

  • Annual General Meeting held during conference: that God would be glorified in the discussion and that His will would be done in the decision-making.
  • Filling of executive positions: that God would provide the right people and that those who are meant to step into executive positions would hear the Spirit’s nudging.
  • Conference Registrar: Bobbi Junior. That all would run smoothly.
  • President: Ruth L. Snyder. For peace, health and strength.

Day 5:

  • VIP Day on Thursday: that those who are meant to be there will be there. And that this day will help the attendees to build their writing platform to get God’s message out.
  • Venue: Sawridge Inn. That God would be preparing hearts there and that the Spirit would be covering it even now.
  • Sponsorships: that good and mutually beneficial relationships can be built.

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