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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.


Fall Conference 2018 Registration is now open! Click here –> online registration form to register for conference!

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a conference every year on the last weekend in September. Events begin Thursday evening 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 grant.

To apply, send us a one page letter telling us:

  • Why a grant is needed
  • What writing or editing experience you have (if any)
  • What you hope to gain from this support
  • What amount you can afford to pay
  • Attach
    1. A one to two page sample of your writing
    2.  A letter of reference from your pastor or an InScribe member

Send your application electronically to the Grant Committee who will review your application and respond as soon as possible.

Conference Recordings AVAILABLE!

Details coming soon!

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.


  • 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.
  • Open to all members of InScribe. Not a member yet? Please join us here: Membership.
  • Cash prizes. See below.
  • A variety of genres are available. See below. Writers at all levels are encouraged to enter.
  • New, unpublished work only.
  • Free entry for writers aged 18 years or younger.
  • Entrance fee of $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique.
  • Critiques provide commentary on every criteria of the Fall Conference Rubrics.
  • Judges are professional writers, and entries are judged according to the Fall Conference Rubrics.
  • If less than six entries are received in any one category, that category will be dissolved and entry fees refunded.
  • 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.

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Seven Steps to Enter your piece(s)

  1.  Membership required. If you are not a member, please join us here.
  2. Write something ORIGINAL in one of the categories below. Published work is not accepted.
  3. Follow the Fall Conference Rubrics to craft a winning piece. Points deducted for improper formatting. Please see rubrics!
  4. Manuscript. In your manuscript please include your piece, which follows word count, formatting, and rubrics; your title and category. Eg: “Painting with Words”/ Nonfiction Essay to Theme. Please do NOT put your name on your manuscript.
  5. 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.
    • BODY of your email: Provide your name, address, phone number(s), contest category, and word count.
    • SUBJECT FIELD of your email: “Fall Contest Submission” AND category: For example : “Fall Contest Submission: Adult Fiction”
  6. Fill out the online contest form below.
  7. Pay for your entry/entries. Enter as many pieces as you wish. $30 per entry including critique by professional judge/writer. FREE entry for 18 and under.


  • 1” margins and double-spacing (except for poetry)
  • Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Points deducted for improper formatting. Please see Fall Conference Rubrics.
  • Emailed by Word doc. Attachment
  • Your name must NOT appear on your manuscript, only the title of your piece and the contest category


All unpublished, new work. Pieces may be written for the mainstream or the Christian market. Truth may be presented subtly or overtly as long as Scripture is not contradicted. The message of each piece will support the Apostle’s Creed.

  • Nonfiction– To Conference Theme: “The Art of Words” – Maximum 1500 words
  • Poetry– Maximum 40 lines. Open. Any Style, but entrant must state style on entry form. Eg.: Rhymed, free-verse, sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, sestina, etc.)
  • Adult Fiction– Maximum 1250 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. See specific formatting on rubrics.
  • Devotional – Maximum 300 words including scripture.


Pieces will be judged by the Fall Conference 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.

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

Questions? Please contact Contest Coordinator at

Your hard work and determination are highly valued.


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

Authors’ Mixer takes place on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Conference Workshops begin on Friday morning.

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

Conference Fees

NEW! Combo Registration (one member and one non-member): $500

Inscribe member – Early bird (until July 31):  $270

Non-member – Early bird (until July 31): $290

Inscribe Member – Regular Price (from August 1st):  $290

Non-member – Regular Price (from August 1st) : $310

Friday Only: $200

Saturday Only: $120

Single Workshop:  Member $45   Non-Member  $50

Banquet: One ticket $50

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. 

Suggested hotels: 

Map for Wetaskiwin Mission Church

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.

InScribe President interviews Ann-Margret Hovsepian, keynote speaker for our InScribe Fall Conference. 

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. 

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.

What is Blue Pencil? Think opposite of Red Pen.

Remember when your Instructor returned your assignments covered in Red Pen? How did you feel? Discouraged? Deflated? And you couldn’t erase all that red ink!

A Blue Pencil Session is a free, uplifting, 15-minute meeting at Fall Conference with a published writer. You will feel encouraged and more knowledgeable about the next steps for your writing journey.

The feedback from your mentor will not be about your subject matter, but rather on the mechanics of your writing. For example, if you are writing nonfiction, your mentor might have something to say about unity or structure; if you are writing fiction, you might get feedback on characterization or conflict. Check the Fall Conference Rubrics for an idea of what your mentor might be looking for.

Whether you are just starting the writing journey, or an old sage, you are welcome to sign up for a session and get some free professional commentary. Sessions are limited. Book early.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select something you previously wrote (1-3 pages) or write something new (1-3 pages) on which you want some feedback. Please do not exceed 3 pages.
  2. Select one of the Blue Pencil Mentors from the list.
  3. Email that mentor and ask if they would be willing to be your Blue Pencil mentor at Fall Conference.
  4. If yes, work out a time and meeting place together. We recommend meeting at the Silent Auction table and proceed from there.
  5. Email your piece to your mentor by September 1st.
  6. Come prepared with 2 or 3 questions for your mentor and keep your meeting to 15 minutes to respect their schedule.
  7. Leave a comment on our evaluation form about your Blue Pencil experience.

A huge thank you to our Blue Pencil mentors! And remember,  . . . no red pens allowed!

Quotes from 2017 Blue Pencil Participants:

“I found the Blue Pencil a very positive experience. I don’t have a group or many individuals I can look to for an honest critique of my work. But the Blue Pencil experience was more than that for me. It stretched me and gave me areas where I can improve my writing.  Just having someone outside my family reading my work was a learning curve for me. I’m glad I took part in the Blue Pencil and I would gladly do it again if given the chance.” Ruth Sakstad

“I had a wonderful session with my Blue Pencil mentor. She went above and beyond, not only providing feedback for my short story but helping me sort out the big picture for me as a writer. It was one of my “God-moments” at the conference and I am so glad that I connected with her.” Sally Meadows

Deadline for samples: September 1, 2018  Contact: Pamela Mytreon

The Barnabas Fellowship Award 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 Award tab on our Contests page.

The Janette Oke Award is a grant of a minimum of $250 awarded every second year. Applications for the Janette Oke Award are accepted each Summer (deadline is midnight of September 1, 2018).  The Award is presented at the Fall Conference to a current member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. For full details and to apply, see the 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.
  • Ann-Margret Hovsepian, 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
  • Registrants: Pray that God would prepare the heart of each registrant as he or she prepares for conference

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:

  • Executive Retreat on Thursday: that those who are meant to be there will be there. And that God would guide regarding future direction and activities of InScribe and its members.
  • Venue: Wetaskiwin Mission Church. 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.

Payment is separate from registration.

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