North Georgia Christian Writer’s Conference

Welcome to Toccoa!



We are delighted to be hosting people for the 2018 North Georgia Christian Writer’s Conference.

Nestled among the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, the Georgia Baptist Conference Center offers a variety of activities including fishing, hiking, canoeing, fitness center, tennis, and basketball. The facilities include 240 guest rooms, the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, the Service Station Snack Shop and the Lakeside dining room.

As you make your preparations to attend the North Georgia Christian Writer’s Conference, you will be staying at the Griffith Hotel features 97 guest rooms. 77 rooms are interior corridor rooms (with elevator access each floor) while there are 20 exterior corridor rooms with convenient parking. Each of these 97 rooms can accommodate a maximum 5 guests. All rooms have private bathrooms with tub/shower combinations.


A Little About Our Conference

Patterned after the 31-year-old Florida Christian Writers Conference and hosted by the same team, this first-year conference is likely to be the “start of something big.” The setting and more-compact size is designed to give you access to more talent than larger, developed conferences, but with the same level of experience and expertise.

GCWC is an opportune four days to meet agents, editors, award-winning writers, and others who have heard the same call to write. Come and attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers all serve to make this a time to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Georgia Christian Writers Conference, August 23 – 26, 2018.


Your Hosts


Eva Marie Everson One of the original five members of Word Weavers, Eva Marie Everson is a multiple award-winning, bestselling author and speaker. Known as a Southern fiction writer and Bible scholar, Eva Marie teaches at writers conferences, has spoken in churches and special events for women across the country and Canada. Some of Eva Marie’s most notable works are: Reflections of God’s Holy LandSex, Lies, and the MediaThe Potluck Club (series); Things Left Unspoken; The Cedar Key series; Waiting for SunriseUnconditional (novelization of the movie by the same title), The Road to TestamentFive Brides; and The One True Love of Alice-Ann, which was named among the top 10 works of inspirational fiction by BookList. In the autumn of 2016, she had two books release: The Bipolar Experience (written for LeeAnn Jefferies) and God Bless Us Every One. She worked with Eric Eichinger on the biography of Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire) for Tyndale Publishing, which released in 2018 as The Final Race. Also releasing in 2018 is The Ornament Keeper for New Hope Publishers, and Lillie Beth in Summer, which is part of an anthology from Firefly Southern Fiction, A Southern Season. Eva Marie is the president of Word Weavers International, the managing editor for Firefly Southern Fiction, and a freelance workshop leader for AAA. She lives with her husband in Central Florida where they are owned by one short dog. She is a mother and a grandmother.


Mark T. Hancock began his career founding a national advertising agency and running it for fifteen years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a Youth and College Pastor, Associate Pastor, Homeless Ministry Director and Global Event Director for an international ministry, organizing events on five continents. He holds two Masters Degrees in the Mental Health Counseling field, having spent a number of years in private practice, and has taught at secular and Christian colleges. An award-winning writer and conference speaker, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Trail Life USA and lives near Greenville, SC with his wife of 29 years and two sons.


VIP Breakfasts

Keynoter VIP Scholarship Breakfast

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, you will have the opportunity to hear from special speakers in an informal breakfast setting, separate from the dining hall. Proceeds go to our scholarship fund. Donation is $15 for all three breakfasts. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Seating is limited.