2018 Faculty and Agents

Each market represented at St. Davids is actively looking for new authors! Plus, you will have the opportunity to informally interact with them at meals and breaks, as well as make private appointments to present your projects.

2018 Faculty – MORE COMING SOON!

(See the Workshop Descriptions page for detailed descriptions of each offering.)


Dr. Dennis E. “Doc” Hensley: Author, speaker, professor
Eva Marie Everson:
 Author, speaker, founder of Word Weavers
Barbara Crooker: Poet
Jim Watkins: Author, speaker

Agents & Editors (taking appointments throughout the week) (MORE COMING SOON!):

DENNIS E. “DOC” HENSLEY, Ph.D., is director of the professional writing concentration in the communication department at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he holds the rank of full professor. His ten published novels include Pseudonym (Whitaker, 2016). His ten textbooks on writing include How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It (Random House), The Freelance Writer’s Handbook (Harper-Collins), and Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects (Bold Vision Books, February, 2017).  His nonfiction books include The Power of Positive Productivity (Possibility Press), now translated into 11 languages, Millennium Approaches (Avon), and Staying Ahead of Time (Warner). Dr. Hensley served as a sergeant in the United States Army and was awarded six medals for service in Vietnam. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Ball State University Forum and the Central Michigan University Centralight, as well as such popular trade publications as Havok, Splickety, and Vector. Dr. Hensley and his wife Rose have been married for 45 years. They have two grown married children, Nathan and Jeanette, and four grandchildren. Dr. Hensley is the author of 63 published books and more than 3,500 freelance articles, columns, interviews, devotions, short stories, and reviews.

2012 winner of the Lois Henderson Award from St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference, BARBARA CROOKER has also been an invited presenter for the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Poetry @ Round Top, The Women’s Poetry Initiative at St. Francis College, The Lutheran Writers’ Conference, the Library of Congress, and many others.  Some journals where her work has appeared are: Christianity & Literature, The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Century, America, Sojourners, St. Katherine Review, Windhover, Perspectives, Literature and Belief, The Cresset, Tiferet, Spiritus, The Basilica Review, Ruminate, Rock & Sling, Radix, Relief, Seminary Ridge Review, The Anglican Theological Review, Simul, The Christian Courier (Ontario), The Writer (“Expressing the Inexpressible,” on spiritually themed poetry). It’s been anthologized in places like The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Good Poems for Hard Times and Good Poems American Places (Garrison Keillor, editor) (Viking Penguin), Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature (Abilene Christian University Press), Looking for God in All the Right Places (Loyola Press), and Summer:  A Spiritual Biography of the Season and Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (SkyLights Paths Publishers). Among her awards are the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the New York Yeats Society Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in Liberature.  She’s the author of eight full-length books and twelve chapbooks of poetry; Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017) is her newest, with The Book of Kells (Poeima Poetry Series, Cascade Books, a division of Wipf & Stock, forthcoming in 2019.

Best-selling, award-winning author EVA MARIE EVERSON is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and the contest director for Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Her latest novel, The One True Love of Alice-Ann (Tyndale), was released on April 1, 2017.

JIM WATKINS is an award-winning author of over 20 books and 2,000 articles, who has spoken across the United States and overseas. He has served as an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, an editor with the American Bible Society, taught writing at Taylor University for 15 years, and has guest-lectured at Liberty, Regent and other universities. He is currently writing and speaking full-time as well as editing for ACW Press and other clients. His most important roles, however, are being a child of God, husband, dad and “papaw.”

Unique offerings:

The Writers’ Colony. Use this time to simply write. These individuals will not be eligible to attend any workshops, but can attend nightly activities, group gatherings, agent and editor appointments and meal times. See registration form for pricing. Limited to five spots.

We have an exciting and fun-filled conference planned. It’s time to Write into the Wild!

See you June 20-24, 2018!
Susan Lower
Director of programming