Become connected with Presbyterian writers and friends from across the country who seek to nurture their skills and support each other in “telling the story” through a wide variety of communication vehicles.
The Writer is the Guild’s online newsletter. It is published every month or two as news becomes available. Each issue of The Writer offers updates on our writers, gives information about upcoming events, presents columns related to writing, and provides helpful links.
The David Steele Distinguished Writer Award is given to Presbyterian writers whose works have made an impact on the church at large; the PPC First Book Award is given to Presbyterian writers for a first published book. The David Steele Distinguished Writer Award offers a prize of $1,000 and the PPC First Book Award, underwritten by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, offers a prize of $500. The awards are presented at the Guild’s biennial luncheon at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly.
Help for members is available from two scholarship funds. The Vic Jameson scholarship may be awarded to Guild members needing assistance (up to c. $300) to attend Guild conferences. The Hines/Jameson scholarship offers financial aid (up to c. $5,000) for PC(USA) college or seminary students, ages 18 to 35, who are interested in pursuing communication careers in the PC(USA).
The Guild offers occasional training events, conferences, and workshops . The Guild has also partnered with the Presbyterian Outlook to offer writing webinars and contests.
To encourage writers and to expose their talents to publishers, the Guild has sponsored a three-phase writing contest in 2015-2016. Winners will be published in The Writer and The Presbyterian Outlook and will be reviewed by Presbyterian Publishing Corporation for potential future writing opportunities.
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Presbyterian Writers Guild Board 2016–2018
Emily Enders Odom, President; John Underwood, Past-President; Bill Lancaster, Treasurer; Anita Coleman, Vice President; Jerry Van Marter, Recording Secretary; Ann Rehfeldt, ex officio corporate agent; Eva Stimson, Newsletter Editor; Kathy Bostrom (corresponding member), Cathy Chisholm, Jill Duffield, Jack Haberer, Rebekah Hutto; Todd Jenkins, Ken Kovacs, Stephen McCutchan, Duane Sweep
Dues support our Guild
The Presbyterian Writers Guild depends on our annual $25 dues to support our activities. Members may pay by check or by credit card using Pay Pal.