2nd Annual Aspiring Writers’ Forum

The 2018 Aspiring Writers Conference was on August 17th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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This annual event will be held at the Chino Valley Community Church, 14601 Peyton Dr, Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Each year, we invite successful local authors and coaches to share ideas with aspiring writers at any stage in their endeavor.  If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a book or if you just want to be a better writer, don’t miss this event.  Here are just a few of the speakers for this years event:

Dr. Steven Goodwin

Dr. Steven Goodwin

Dr. Goodwin, the President of TurningWest, Inc., returns this year to share his knowledge. His mission is to create healthier organizations and stronger leaders in order to change the world. He is a coach and an expert on writing.

Jamie Fischer

Jamie Fischer

Jamie is currently the branch manager at the Chino Hills Public Library, which is the highest circulating library in the San Bernardino County Library system. They recently became the first library in County history to circulate a million items in a year! Jamie graduated magna cum laude from California Baptist University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She is passionate about children’s literature and loves to write, mostly in the YA fantasy genre. You can find some of her writings at AllMyPaperBabies.blogspot.com.

Jamie will be presenting on Libraries and the Digital Universe.

Dr. Tom Albaugh


Dr. Thomas Albaugh is an associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, where he has taught Composition and Creative Writing since 2001. His father was a newspaper reporter, and after hearing his father typing late into the night, Tom wrote his first story. This was in the fourth grade, and after he shared his story, his father said, “This is good. Now rewrite it.” His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of academic and small press journals, including In Touch Magazine and Relief. He has also authored Pretexts for Writing, a textbook for first-year college writing. Currently, he lives in Southern California with his wife and their four children. He feels most motivated to write for audiences outside the church, for people who don’t hear about God constantly. Apocalypse TV, his first novel, attempts to do this and deals with Christian themes in terms of character.

Mike Beardon

Mike Bearden

A self-proclaimed “Smog Baby” born and raised in Southern California. I am a 25-year full-time ministry professional turned teacher and influencer at large. In the midst of this life’s journey, I decided to put into print part one aspect of my Identity that drives me as a human being, GROWTH, in the book entitled The Power of Next. In combination with my podcast, my heart’s desire is to connect with as many people as possible. Writing is just one tool that allows me to do so while hopefully inspiring others to use their gifts to do the same.

Courtney Petruzelli


Born and raised in Southern California, Courtney had a very unique childhood in which she began working for Disney at the age of 9. Behind the scenes of the magic kingdom she got to watch the design team dress up, and transform the park into an exquisite Christmas wonderland. She fell in love with the art of Holiday design and later went on to become a successful Christmas designer herself. She left her business to start a family with her husband, and they have been blessed with two young children. Courtney is now bringing the magic of Christmas to the world, in a new way, through a beautifully illustrated and written tale of a truly remarkable Christmas tradition.

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Planning Session for 2018 Conference

The Aspiring Writers Forum meets weekly, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the same address shown above. We are off for the summer right now.

May 21, 2017    First Annual Aspiring Writers’ Forum Conference

Please contact us or check back on this page to get our updated schedule.