The Christy Award finalists will be announced October 8 in a free webcast with award winning author Chris Fabry – which will kick-off a series of five weekly webinars for storytellers, writers, and publishers, presented each Thursday at 7 pm central. They are:

  • Oct 8: The Power of Story to Change Hearts and Minds with NYT bestselling authors Lisa Wingate and William Kent Krueger
  • Oct 15: The Essence of Story — Pathway to Transformation with writing coach and award-winning novelist Steven James with devotional by author Tracie Peterson
  • Oct 22: Tips for Cross-Promotional Strategies with author Rachel McMillan, marketer Thomas Umstattd, and fiction book buyer for Baker Book House, Chris Jager. Including a devotional by novelist Tessa Afshar.
  • Oct 29: Conversations about Diversity in Christian Fiction with literary agent Jevon Bolden and a panel of editors, authors, and marketers; including a devotional by novelist Cynthia Ruchti.
  • Nov 5: Learning from Fresh Voices with a panel of editors from the named finalists in the First Novel category — on what makes a proposal shine. Moderated by Art of Writing curator and Bethany House senior fiction publicist, Amy Lokkesmoe. Bestselling author Terri Blackstock will give a devotional at the start of this session.

The Christy Award winners will be announced the following Thursday on November 12 in a special webcast with Lisa Wingate, Chris Fabry, Tamera Alexander, and Steven James. All sessions will be recorded for attendees.


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About The Author

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.