Successful Writer Conference 2017

Meet the Speakers

Vonda Skelton
SWC  Keynote Speaker


Vonda Skelton is an entertaining speaker who loves teaching about writing and speaking and the magic that happens when you marry the two! She is the author of four books, including Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe and the Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries for kids. Her third novel, Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island, was nominated for a SIBA Book Award. Her articles have appeared in Christian and general market magazines. She is the Founder of Christian Communicators, a conference and organization dedicated to educating, validating, and launching women in their speaking ministries. Vonda is also owner of The Christian Writer’s Den writing blog and is a frequent instructor at writers conferences around the country. She’s currently working on a novel and screenplay. Vonda and Gary have been married all their lives—and they’re still happy about it! Visit Vonda at www.VondaSkelton.com.

James Pence

James H. (Jim) Pence is a man of many talents. He’s a performance chalk artist, singer, speaker, published author, ghostwriter & collaborator, but he prefers to be known simply as a follower of Jesus Christ and a storyteller. Visit James at www.jamespence.com

RJ Thesman

Certified Writing Coach, RJ Thesman loves to help other writers birth their words. She excels at brainstorming, developing a writing plan, accountability and helping her clients reach their goals. Thesman also holds a Bachelor of Science  in Education. She has published 8 books, 700+ articles and her work has appeared in 14 anthologies. Thesman is a professional member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Kansas Authors Club, the Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network, the Fellowship of Christian Writers and the American Association of Christian Counselors. She is the author of the popular Reverend G trilogy, published by CrossRiver Media. Her most recent book “Sometimes They Forget – Finding Hope in the Alzheimer’s Journey” is a compilation of essays and meditations for caregivers. Thesman enjoys teaching workshops, speaking at various venues, reading, gardening and cooking – especially anything with blueberries.
Follow RJ Thesman on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Goodreads. Check out her website at: www.RJThesman.net.

Lindsey Bell

Meet Lindsey Bell, speaker and author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity

Lindsey Bell is the author of Unbeaten and Searching for Sanity. She’s also a speaker for women’s events, mom groups, and writer’s conferences. Lindsey is passionate about her two silly boys and her husband, Keith. She’s an avid reader and a lover of all things chocolate. Her desire is to inspire and encourage women through honest dialogue about faith. As a woman who has lost four babies to miscarriage, Lindsey loves helping women find God in the midst of heartache. Lindsey writes regularly at www.lindseymbell.com about faith, family, and learning to love the life she’s been given.