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Aspiring Authors Scholarship Award Available

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Aspiring Authors Scholarship Award Available

Time: May 1, 2010 all day
Location: Mariner's Church
City/Town: Irvine
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Event Type: writer's, conference
Organized By: OC Christian Writers Fellowship
Latest Activity: Jan 14, 2010

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OC Christian Writers Conference Announces the First Annual Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award
The Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award will be announced at the OC Christian Writers Conference on May 1, 2010. The winning writer will receive a full scholarship, access to all writing workshops, and appointments with editors and authors.

PR Log (Press Release) – Jan 14, 2010 – The first Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award will be made to a writer wishing to attend the OC Christian Writers Conference, May 1, 2010 in Irvine, California. This past April, our beloved Co-Director Emeritus, Beverly Bush Smith, went home to be with the Lord. To everyone who knew her, Beverly exuded class, spirituality, and passion in all of her efforts—as a Christian woman, a mother, a friend, a writer, and a board member of OCCWF. We all miss her. As a way to memorialize her spirit and her willingness to help new writers we have inaugurated The Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award. This award will consist of an annual scholarship in Beverly’s name and acknowledging of the new writer as someone she would have singled out for her help and encouragement.

Application deadline is April 1, 2010. Go to for more information. There is no entry fee required and award will be based on merit alone.

Beverly was a noted journalist with the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Orange County Register. A resident of Lake Forest, CA, Beverly was celebrated for her cooking and restaurant reviews. In addition, she was a beloved Bible teacher and women’s speaker, avid skier, hiker, and swimmer—plus an award-winning sailor. Her family cherished her as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to newspaper writing, Beverly was a book author. Her titles include Uniquely You, Change for the Better, Caught in the Middle, Wings of a Dove (from her Zoe Journal series), and Evidence of Things Unseen.

No matter how successful she was in her own writing career, Bev never lost her great compassion for other writers, especially new, aspiring ones, and her desire to help them find their own voice, market, and ministry. That’s why she spent years actively helping Orange County writers and leading our organization. Indeed, until her death last spring, she continued to help OCCWF as an official advisor, encouraging and inspiring us with her passion for the Lord, for people, and for writing.

How to Apply for the Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award.
If you or someone you know would like to apply please go to The application process is free and all the details are listed on the Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award page. Please feel free to pass this on to your writing friends. The conference will have a wide range of writing workshops for beginners to advanced writers and will be held in Irvine, California. We hope to see you in May at the OC Christian Writers Conference.

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OC Christian Writers Conference is an organization dedicated to helping writers who want to work in the inspirational market. We hold an annual one-day conference every spring, sponsor critique groups, and publish a monthly newsletter along with keeping an up to date e-mail list for publishing opportunities. Annual dues are $25.00 and admission to the conference is $150. Go to for more information.

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