The Christian Writers Guild, a 50-year-old institution created in the 1960s to train the next generation of Christian authors, has suddenly closed down, according to a note on their website from CWG owner and bestselling novelist, Jerry B. Jenkins. Jenkins, who purchased the group in 2001, told Publishers Weekly in an email that he was “narrowing his focus back to his own writing and personal coaching.”
“I’m a bit melancholy, but I have a heart full of wonderful memories too,” Jenkins wrote on the CWG homepage. “It’s been a great ride. I’ve been blessed to be able to give back to an industry that has been so good to me, and it’s been a privilege to help train thousands of writers and try to restock the pool of Christian authors.”
Jenkins assured CWG students that they would get “every last one of their benefits” and would be able to see their courses through “all the way to the end.”
“I’m saddened to see the end of what was a powerful training resource for writers,” said publishing agent Steve Laube as quoted in PW. “Jerry’s vision and desire to give back to the industry have been an inspiration to us all.”
Dave Sheets, president of Believers Press and former president of CWG before his resignation earlier this month, announced that his organization will offer education to aspiring writers, including media services for content creators.