More than 170 attendees, faculty, and staff participated in the Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Fishers, Ind.

Held every year the first weekend of November, this year marked the 11th annual event sponsored by Wesleyan Publishing House. Keynote speakers included Matthew Sleeth and Craig von Buseck. Dr. Sleeth is a former emergency room doctor who now teaches, preaches, and writes about faith and the environment. He is the author of numerous books, including 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author, contributing writer for, and editor of

Other faculty members included: Andy Scheer, freelance editor and writer and agent in Colorado Springs; Dennis Hensley, director of professional writing at Taylor University and author of 53 books; Heather Gemmen Wilson, author, writer, and editor; and Safiyah Fosua, writer, writing coach, associate editor, and assistant professor at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Fourteen faculty members were present.

Comments from attendees were positive.

“This was my first writers conference, and I am very glad I attended. It was helpful to be in that environment and learn what expectations are in the publishing arena.”

“I will be back because the Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference is well-run and a great value.”

Plans for the 2013 Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference are underway. 

Pictured: Dr. Matthew Sleeth and Craig von Buseck