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"A friend has been inviting me to Write-to-Publish for the last four years. This was the first year I was finally able to attend. I am so glad! I have felt fed, challenged, encouraged, and highly motivated."
—Rachel Schmidt

"This was my third Write-to-Publish Conference, and every time I come away inspired and re-motivated to write. This conference has become my extended writing family."
—Janet Beagle

Keynote Speaker
Lawrence W. Wilson
Larry is a writer and editor whose freelance career spans three decades. A pastor who always wanted to be a writer, he found a way to combine his passions into a full-time career in Christian writing. He has authored four books, including A Different Kind of Crazy and Why Me?: Straight Talk about Suffering, and ghostwritten dozens more. A former in-house editorial director, he has overseen the creation of hundreds of products, including Bible studies, church resources, devotionals, commentaries, novels, and nonfiction books.
Plenary Speaker
Carol Kent
Carol is a best-selling author, popular international speaker, president of Speak Up Speaker Services, and the founder and director of the Speak Up Conference. She is also a former radio show cohost and regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. She and her husband, Gene, founded the nonprofit organization Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families. Her books include Waiting Together: Hope and Healing for Families of Prisoners, Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything, Miracle on Hope Hill, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, and A New Kind of Normal.

Banquet Speaker
Jane Rubietta
Jane is a freelance writer; international speaker at conventions, retreats, and conferences; and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Abounding Ministries. Her books include Heartbeat of a Mother, Worry Less So You Can Live More, Finding Your Way, Finding Your Dream, Finding Your Name, Finding Your Promise, Finding the Messiah, and Finding Life. She has also written hundreds of magazine articles and devotionals.

Worship and Devotional Leader
Cynthia Ruchti
Cynthia is an award-winning author and speaker who also serves with the worship ministry at her church; speaks and teaches at women's events, retreats, and writers conferences; and serves as American Christian Fiction Writers' professional relations liaison. She is the author of 20 books, including A Fragile Hope, Song of Silence, An Endless Christmas, As Waters Gone By, Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices, Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul, and As My Parents Age. She also contributed to five devotional books.