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Redbud Writers Guild is an international community of Christian women who envision a vibrant and diverse movement of women who create in community and who influence culture and faith. Redbud members strive to change the world with words as we foster a safe sisterhood of creatives who thrive in a non-competitive, supportive community.
Afton Rorvik has been a part of the publishing industry since 1987, editing a myriad of adult nonfiction books for the CBA market, while working with both first-time authors and best-selling authors. Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Guideposts, NAB Today, and Wheaton. Her book, Storm Sisters (Worthy Publishing), debuted in 2014.
Afton graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in literature as well as a teaching certificate in secondary education. She and her husband John are the parents of two adult children.
April Yamasaki is the lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church, and the author of Sharing Faith Stories; Christ is For Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary; Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity; Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal; and other books on Christian living. Her main website is Writing and Other Acts of Faith, which features articles on practical spirituality like finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, and how to pray on difficult days. Her second website is When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better, with a focus on improving employment practices in churches and other Christian organizations. Find her on Facebook or Twitter @SacredPauses. Websites:http://aprilyamasaki.com http://whenyouworkforthechurch.com
Carlene Hill Byron’s writing has appeared in marketing materials on 5 continents, as well as in US newspapers and magazines. For a dozen years, she served Christian nonprofits, including as editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian. She lives with bipolar disorder, which means people call her “persevering” and “inspiring” just because she shows up. Find her at Carlene Byron, My House has History, Church and Mental Illness and Christian Purpose Blog.
LARA KRUPICKA is an internationally published parenting journalist and author. She is best known for her Bucket List Life Manifesto and her books, Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms. Lara’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The LA Times, San Diego Family, Family Australia Magazine, Calgary’s Child, and the Chicago Sun Times. She is the events editor for Suburban Family magazine and also serves on the executive board of the Redbud Writers Guild. Lara and her husband Mike are raising their three daughters in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Linda is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer and works in publishing. Her creative nonfiction has been featured in several literary journals and she recently completed a novel, Try Again Farm. Linda earned her B.S. in Communications from Florida State University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the mother of four grown sons and lives outside of Chicago in a mostly empty nest with her husband Bill. She blogs at http://lindamackillop.com
Peggy Mindrebo embraces her calling to “bloom where she is planted.” Wistful Vista Farm is her home, and the place where work, play and worship intersect. She is a Spiritual Director and can be found riding horses, paddle boarding or just walking around her property with those whom she meets. Serving as a pastor at her church gives her many opportunities to speak and teach. Hospitality is her calling, and each week she prepares dinner for twenty at her barn,hosting a time of discussion and evening prayers.