2013 writers’ conference announced

Event slated for October in St. Louis, Mo.

The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters announced a writer’s conference for Oct. 8-13 at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center in St. Louis, Mo., to advance the Army’s publishing ministry in the fields of fiction and nonfiction writing. Salvationists of all skill levels are invited to attend, from beginners to published writers.

Award-winning novelist Patricia Hickman, author of “The Pirate Queen” and “Painted Dresses,” is slated to be the guest speaker. Bestselling Christian author Bob Hostetler, whose titles include “How to Survive the End of the World” and “Quit Going to Church,” and award-winning writer, editor, humorist and minister of communications James Watkins will also participate. National Commander Commissioner William Roberts will deliver the keynote address.

“The National Publications Department has hosted national and international literary conferences periodically,” said Editor-in-Chief Major Allen Satterlee. “Each time delegates come away with a renewed commitment to write for God’s glory. This conference promises to help Salvationists further develop their abilities, while bonding with like-minded writers, authors and special guests.”

Full and partial scholarships (conference cost is $650, including meals) will be awarded to the top three winners of fiction and non-fiction writing contests. Manuscripts, due March 31, should not exceed 1,200 words. Entries will be rated on creativity, plot and character development, message, structure, style and substance. Submit your manuscript at

The conference will also include a riverboat dinner cruise on the Mississippi River.

For information on special group hotel rates, visit Download an application at to submit to your territorial headquarters.

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