Breathe Christian Writers Conference is for writers by writers who care about words and relationships. We love to connect writers with vital tools for their craft, but also with fellow writers. After all, God never intended us to travel alone.

Conference Info

Conference Info

The Breathe Christian Writers Conference will return October 7 and 8, 2016 for our tenth annual conference. Mark your calendars now to join us for a weekend of developing your craft and connecting with other writers. We’re happy to welcome James Scott Bell as our keynote speaker.




Untitled design (12)The Tenth Annual Breathe Christian Writers Conference will be held on October 7 and 8, 2016 at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. We’re pleased to welcome keynote speaker James Scott Bell.


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  • Speakers & Sessions
  • Planning Committee
  • Keynote Speaker

Untitled design (17)The Breathe Conference features thirty breakout sessions led by industry professionals. Our smaller conference size means you get to mix and mingle with the breakout session leaders and keynote speaker.

All speakers will be available for you to meet with for one-on-one appointments. Be sure to sign up for a time slot when you register.

Learn about our Keynote speaker and his sessions on the Keynote Speaker page. Check out the line up of sessions and speakers on the Breakout & Speakers page. You don’t want to miss Breathe 2016!


Planning Committee

Photo by Wendy Swenson

We are delighted that Breathe has grown far beyond the Writers Guild. While Guild members remain active in the planning and execution of the conference, we have tapped into many talented writers who use their gifts to help us create a conference that is more than we ever dreamed possible.



James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, and thrillers like Don’t Leave Me, Blind Justice,Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back, and One More Lie

Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and several books for the legal profession. He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

His short fiction has appeared in two anthologies and he is currently at work on two series: pulp style boxing stories featuring Irish Jimmy Gallagher and the vigilante nun series Force of Habit.

Under the pen name K. Bennett he is also the author of the Mallory Caine zombie legal thriller series, which begins with Pay Me in Flesh.

He is the purveyor of short and to the point Writing Videos.

Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine, to which he frequently contributes, and has written four craft books for Writer’s Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. His Write Your Novel From The Middle was an instant #1 Amazon bestselling writing book.

He has developed an online, interactive program that will help you write your novel, step-by-step. It’s the next best thing to having JSB in the room with you as you type!

A former trial lawyer, Jim now writes and speaks full time. He lives in Los Angeles. He blogs every Sunday at The Kill Zone.


Keynote Sessions:


Write Like You’re In Love—Friday evening

Unleash the joy in your writing because that’s what makes it unique and memorable. Learn how to go in, let go, and wrap your arms around your work.

Edit Like You’re in Charge—Saturday

Love needs nurture. Once you’re married to your book, you need tools and techniques to make it shine so readers will love it too. Then send it forth with a push and a prayer.

IMG_0307The conference has been central to my growth as a writer. Every year has been a tremendous blessing, and it was great to have the chance to be a part of it this time around.

Thomas McClurg, 2014