The Founders


The Writers Guild founded Breathe Christian Writers Conference in 2006 when nudged to take their writing outside of themselves and reach into others’ lives. This group of spiritually – minded West Michigan writers is dedicated to encouraging one another and fellow travelers in the call of writing.


Meet the Guild:


150_cynthia_beach_bwLong-time English professor Cynthia Beach freelances and serves as a writing and creativity coach through her organization Soul Seasons ( She recently completed a MFA in fiction and her novel manuscript, The Seduction of Pastor Goodman, is under consideration. She has over a hundred articles and short stories published and has contributed to Media Ethics and the Zondervan grief Bible, Hope in the Mourning (2013). She speaks on creativity, short forms and other topics related to writing or creative and spiritual formation.


AnnByleAnn Byle is a literary agent with Credo Communications, representing both fiction and nonfiction projects. She is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly, Christian Retailing,, and Grand Rapids Magazine. Ann is coauthor with surfer Bethany Hamilton of Soul Surfer Devotions and with Troy Evans of The Edge of Redemption, as well as author of The Baker Book House Story. She is a cofounder of Breathe Christian Writers Conference.


IMG_2607aSharron Carrns writes studies to accompany fiction and non-fiction books, devotionals, ministry resources and corporate training. Her work includes the Basic Training feature for Military Wives’ New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs edited by Tim Beals and Jocelyn Green, and the Weekend Features for the Hope in the Mourning Bible edited by Tim Beals and Shelly Beach and the study guide for Sensible Shoes with Sharon Garlough Brown. She is a contributing author to Faith Deployed…Again by Jocelyn Green and Mother of Pearl by Margaret McSweeney.


150_lorilee_craker_colorLorilee Craker is the author of 12 books, including the New York Times bestseller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears, the ECPA and CBA bestseller My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman, and the 2012 Audie Awards nominee for best audio book, Money Secrets of the Amish, which she wrote and narrated. She lives in a rambling 1924 house, crammed full with her family, friends, and assorted pets. This is where she writes her books and also contributes to the entertainment pages of The Grand Rapids Press and

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150_tracy_grootTracy Groot writes historical fiction novels, two of which received Christy Awards: a WWII story, Flame of Resistance in 2013, and story about the Gerasene demoniac, Madman in 2007. Her latest work, The Sentinels of Andersonville, is a story set in the Civil War about the notorious Andersonville Prison. Tracy returns to WWII with Maggie Bright; A Dunkirk Novel, about the evacuation of the British Army at Dunkirk. Maggie Bright is due for release in May, 2015.

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Pic, 2013, Alison HodgsonAlison Hodgson is a gifted communicator who writes and speaks about all the gory details of following Jesus. She is a regular contributor to the design website and has guest blogged for Her.meneutics, the Christianity Today blog for women, Jana Riess’ Flunking Sainthood blog on Religion News Service and Her writing has been published with Baker Publishing Group and Zondervan. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Paul, their three children, and two good dogs.

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Twitter: @HodgsonAlison