Faculty

MSCWC is so pleased to introduce you to our faculty, a group of industry professionals ready to impart to you the knowledge they have gained in their writing journeys.

Please check this page regularly for additions and updates.

Gregg Bridgeman | Workshop LeaderVisit the Olivia Kimbrell Press website

Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an Airborne and Air Assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.

Patricia Bradley | Workshop LeaderVisit Patricia's website

Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy. Her romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case novels. She also has written sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming available as ebooks. Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference in Collierville, TN, including one on Scrivener. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. Visit Patricia's website at http://ptbradley.com.

April Smith Carpenter | Workshop Leader Visit April's website

April is an avid daily journal writer, exercise enthusiast, mom of two, and writer on the fly.  She is mom of two, and is married to David Carpenter.  She has published articles in Memphis Parent Magazine, DeSoto Appeal, DeSoto Times-Tribune, and Parent Guide News. She covers a wide variety of topics focusing on parenting, sports, and women’s health issues, and all things Godly. April served as director of the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference from its inception in 2014 through 2020. Her current duties are faculty chairman and board secretary.

Tamara Clymer | Workshop Leader Visit Tamara's page at CrossRiver

Tamara is a journalist, freelance writer and speaker. Born and raised in the Midwest, she earned a journalism degree from Kansas State University. After working for 15 years in the television and newspaper industry, she felt it was time to use her writing skills to glorify God. In 2010, she founded CrossRiver Media Group—a Christian publishing company. Tamara and her husband, Shad have been married for more than thirty years. They have four children and live in western Kansas where they keep busy with sports, church activities and camping trips to the mountains.

Kathy Cretsinger | Workshop Leader | Visit Kathy's website

Kathy Cretsinger writes under the name of Katt Anderson. She and her husband founded Mantle Rock Publishing, which now operates under new management as Scrivenings Press. Kathy has two historical romance books published about the Melungeon race, her heritage, Callie’s Mountain and Susannah's Hope. Coastal Promises (with Diane Turpin, Pam Harris, and Regina Merrick was published in 2019. In 2020 a cozy mystery, Bogged Down Murder, was published, and she is currently working on another one. Jerry and Kathy are transplants to Kentucky from Tennessee. They enjoy being close to their two children and four grandchildren. They enjoy family, church, traveling, and working with new authors.

 

Susan Page Davis | Workshop Leader | Visit Susan's website

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 90 published novels and novellas. She has also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman’s World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Susan is a two-time winner of the Faith Hope and Love Chapter’s Reader’s Choice Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and a multiple-time winner of the Carol Award. A Maine native, she now lives with her husband in western Kentucky. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Rhonda Dragomir | Workshop Leader | Visit Rhonda's website

Rhonda Dragomir and her family live in Wilmore, Kentucky. A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in Social Work, she is a committed pastor's wife and Bible teacher. Rhonda is also an award-winning writer, being named 2019 Writer of the Year with Serious Writer, Inc., and placing as a finalist with her debut novel in the historical romance category of the 2020 ACFW Genesis Contest. She has published works in five Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and two flash fiction stories in Spark magazine. Rhonda is co-founder of The Dragomir Group, offering websites, typesetting, cover design, book trailers, and other design services to writers. With her unique name, she is easy to find on Facebook and Instagram.

Alice Faye Duncan | Workshop Leader, Visit Alice's website

Alice Faye Duncan is a librarian who writes books for children and adults. She is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) the National Education Association (NEA) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Duncan's first published book, The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Everyday People, was a photo-essay that introduced children to the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. In her visits to schools, Alice plays her ukulele to entertain and inform, but she is also a sought-after speaker and mentor to adults on the topics of literacy and the writing craft.

 

Rachel Hauck | Workshop Leader  | Visit Rachel's website

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year. At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically. A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.  She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and an ornery cat.

 

Harriet Michael | Workshop Leader | Visit Harriet's website

Harriet E. Michael is a multi-published author, freelance writer, and speaker. She has authored or co-authored eight books with more coming soon. Her works include a memoir, novel, Bible study, an anthology she compiled, and several devotionals. She also has hundreds of published articles, devotionals, and short stories in numerous publications including magazines and devotionals by Lifeway, David C. Cook, Focus on the Family, Judson Press, Standard Publishing, Menomedia (Purpose Magazine), American Life League (Celebrate Life Magazine), Chicken Soup for the Soul, Bible Advocate, The Upper Room, Salvation Army (War Cry), and more. Her work has appeared in both Christian and secular markets.

Bethany Jett | Workshop Leader | Visit Bethany's website

Bethany Jett attended her first writers conference with a proposal and a prayer and left with the Writer of the Year award, an agency contract, and interest from multiple publishers. Three months later, she sold her debut book "The Cinderella Rule: a Young Woman’s Guide to Happily Ever After" (Revell), which became a Selah Awards finalist. Bethany is the Founder and Co-Owner of Serious Writer, Inc., and Vice President of Platinum Literary Services where she specializes in marketing, nonfiction proposal creation, ghostwriting, and developmental editing. Bethany is a military spouse, momma-of-boys, suspense-novel junkie who describes herself as “mid-maintenance” and loves cute shoes and all things girly. Connect with her at the website above and across all major social media platforms.

 

J.P. Robinson | Workshop Leader | Visit J.P.'s website

JP Robinson is a full-time author of historical and political fiction. He is also a PA-certified teacher with fifteen years of experience in marketing and education. Publishers Weekly and other industry leaders have praised his high-adrenaline novels. Bilingual in French and pursuing his master’s degree in Education, JP frequently speaks at writers conferences and to church groups across the nation. He has been happily married for over fifteen years to his high school sweetheart.

 

Dell Self | Workshop Leader, Visit Dell's website

Dell Self is a Christian communications specialist in the areas of public speaking, authorship, and personal branding. As a certified public speaker coach Dell equips nervous, rambling talkers with the tools to become confident, purposeful communicators through her Speak Through Me Public Speaker Master Class. She is the author of 20+ publications and the creator of the Head to Hand Writers Workshop as well as Speak Through Me Publishing – a growing one-stop-shop for adults who desire to self-publish an uplifting, faith-based, nonfiction book. Dell is married to the Rev. Juan R. Self. They have 3 adult sons. She treasures quiet moments when she can plan for greater ministry. She also continues to indulge in her nearly 200-pair earring addiction.

Delores Topliff | Workshop Leader | Visit Delores' website

Delores is a college teacher, speaker, and freelance writer with over 360 publications besides providing editing and publishing services. Her writings are found in Aglow, Angels on Earth, Today’s Christian, Family Life Today, the Minnesota Christian Chronicle (later the Christian Examiner and Refreshed Magazines), and Revell, Guideposts, and James Stuart Bell compilation books. Many summers she worked for the Forest Service in both the U.S. and Canada. She enjoys wild life, jewelry-making (including using porcupine quills),  photography, and gives convincing moose calls.

Shannon Vannatter| Workshop Leader  | Visit Shannon's website

Award-winning Shannon Taylor Vannatter writers contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. It took her nine-and-a-half years to achieve traditional publication. She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo-announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. Shannon is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and taught a novel-writing continuing education course at Arkansas State University along with countless sessions at conferences canvassing Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing crafts.