Appalachian Blessings

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If you’d like to book me for for your event, shoot me an e-mail at sarah@sarahloudinthomas.com


Speaking Topics

  • Writing Classes
    • The path to publication – It’s different for everyone!
    • Pitches, queries, and proposals – What’s in your “sales” toolbox?
    • Compass Point Plotting – Plotting for Pantsers
    • Christian (CBA) or general (ABA) market–which is right for you?
  • Forgiveness – Join me for a lesson in forgiveness drawn from my novels (and more importantly, the Bible!).
  • Place as Character – The setting for my novels–Appalachia–is practically its own character in my stories. Let’s discuss how to make your setting as strong as your story.

Fee Schedule

  • Zoom call/book chat – FREE! (depending on availability)
  • Most events/appearances within 90 minutes of Lenoir, NC – $50
  • Class/workshop – Up to 2 hours of teaching – $75 + travel (depending on location)

If you have questions about your event or want to know if I can teach a specific topic, don’t hesitate to reach out. I LOVE talking about stories, writing, and reading and would be happy to tailor a talk to your event!


Upcoming Events

August 16, 2022 – Virtual Writing Workshop – I’ll be presenting a FREE class titled Setting as Character in partnership with the Carl Sandburg Home. Click through to register and join us for a lively discussion about bringing the setting of your story to life.

September 30-October 1 – GetLit! – Hudson, NC – I’ll be coordinating The Mitford Museum’s first annual literary weekend as well as teaching fiction classes. Join outstanding NC writers including Wiley Cash, Sarah McCoy, and Joseph Bathanti for conversation and education.

October 20-21 – WV Book Festival – Charleston, WV – I’ll be teaching a workshop and trying not to stalk other authors at the event. Like C.J. Box and Elin Hilderbrand!

February 24-26, 2023 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.

Video Introduction to Miracle in a Dry Season

Past Events



February 25, 2021 – Book Chat – Hosted by Mills River Presbyterian Church, this virtual event will offer an overview of my books, a snippet or two of story, and plenty of time for chatting with YOU! To RSVP, contact Kathy Ziprik at ZiprikPR@gmail.com. The first 30 people to sign up will be scheduled for the free one-hour call.

February 26-28, 2021 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.

May 12 – Holly Tree Country Club – Simpsonville, SC – Book club chat about The Right Kind of Fool.

June 22, 2021 – Historical Novel Society North America – Hosting the Inspirational Fiction Conversation Room from noon to 2 p.m. If you’re attending this virtual conference I hope you’ll join us for some great conversation!

June 25, 2021 – ABA or CBA Which is Right for You? – 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Presentation at the Historical Novel Society North America’s virtual conference. Click to learn more!


December 10, 2020 – An Appalachian Christmas – Grab a mug of cocoa and curl up by the fire for a virtual evening with Appalachian authors Ann Gabhart (Appalachian Summer), Cindy Sproles (What Momma Left Behind), and ME! We’ll chat about books, holiday traditions, answer questions, and do some giveaways.

Click for a BOOK CHAT with Lisa Wingate from November 19, 2020 – I so appreciate Lisa, bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends for joining me to chat about my latest release, The Right Kind of Fool.

October 15, 2020 – Get Your Book Done by 2021 – Sharon C. Jenkins and her team are offering a full day for writers to help you live your dream of becoming a published author. I’ll be the featured fiction author along with a non-fiction panelist and media expert. This day-long event is a precursor to The Living Your Dreams Conference at Alpine Lake Resort in Terra Alta, WV.

March 8, 2020 – Mills River Presbyterian Church Book Club – Mills River, NC at 12:15 p.m. – Join me for a lesson in forgiveness from Miracle in a Dry Season.

February 21-23, 2020 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.




November 21, 2019 – Upshur County Public Library – 5:30-7 p.m. – Book release event for When Silence Sings. I’ll share a bit of Thurmond, WV’s, history, read some snippets, and offer books for sale and signing.

November 3, 2019 – Book Launch at Sassafras on Sutton – 3 p.m. – Two days before When Silence Sings officially releases, I’ll be giving a talk and signing books at the cutest bookstore in the South! Come get your early copy (or just shop!) at 108 Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain, NC.

September 13-15, 2019 – Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) – The Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg, SC.

August 10, 2019 – Pennwriters Area 7 Mini-Conference, Leesburg, Va. – Join us for morning and afternoon classes followed by a keynote with George Guidall–audiobook narrator extraordinaire!

June 7-9, 2019 – WV Writers Conference – Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, WV.

February 22-24, 2019 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.




August 19, 2018 – French Creek Pioneers – 5-7 p.m. – Since 1916 the descendants of the French Creek pioneers have gathered at French Creek Presbyterian Church to reminisce, enjoy good food, and conduct a business meeting. The Phillips family from my Appalachian Blessings series is inspired by my own extended family–descendants of David Phillips who was one of those early French Creek pioneers in 1815.

May 3, 2018 – Presbyterian Women Birthday Luncheon – 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – I’ll be speaking at Brevard Davidson River Presbyterian Church in Brevard, NC. I’ll share about my ministry work at Black Mountain Home for Children as well as my writing.

April 20-21, 2018 – Southern Kentucky Book Fest – I’ll be signing books, participating in a panel, and leading a class. The event is at the Knicely Conference Center, 2355 Nashville Road in Bowling Green, KY.

February 16-18, 2018 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference – I’ll be teaching at this annual conference held at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC.




October 27 – WV Book Festival – Time TBD – Can I even begin to tell you how excited I am to be part of a romance writers panel in my home state?!? Stay tuned for additional details.

September 26 – ACFW North Georgia Chapter, 7-9 p.m. – I’ll be leading a discussion about bringing your setting to life (and making it a character all its own!). For me, Appalachia is practically another character in my novels. We’ll talk about how place can add depth to a story.

May 6 – Giant Book Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – One of the last events at the RT Book Lovers Convention will be a HUGE signing at the Hyatt Regency with 500+ authors including me. Bring your own books to be signed or buy them there.

May 4 – Books! Chocolate! Authors! – I’ll be joining a group of inspirational authors at the RT Book Lovers Convention in Atlanta, Ga.

March 25 – Women’s Ministry March Gathering – 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Lake Forest Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. Join us for a lesson in forgiveness drawn from my novels (and more importantly, the Bible!).

February 17-19 – Asheville Christian Writers Conference – I’ll be teaching two classes at this small conference at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville.


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