Vine & Vessels

Betty Ricks Jarman (left) and Joyce A. Sessoms (right), co-directors of the Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Conference from 2008 to 2018

Joyce Sessoms and Betty Ricks Jarman were two of the original members of Delmarva Christian Writer's Fellowship. In 2007, they branched out to co-found Vine & Vessels Writer's Fellowship, and in 2018 hosted their 10th annual Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Conference at Crossroad Community Church in Georgetown, Delaware. Their theme, "Where Pen Connects to Purpose" has touched many lives. 


At the close of the conference, Joyce and Betty announced that they were ending their journey as co-directors. They thanked God for the call and the vision eleven years ago and said they experienced great joy in serving but that God had released them for other venues. Joyce and Betty ask for our prayers as they close out Vine & Vessels Writers Fellowship to embark upon their new journey for Him. They leave us with this message: "Thank you for your support, love, prayers, and encouragement. We love you. Keep writing and publish your work to build the Kingdom of God." 


And God is able to cause all grace to abound toward you,

that ye having all sufficiency, may abound unto every work.

2 Corinthians 9:8



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New Writers WELCOME!

We're a friendly group, don't be shy. If you're interested in becoming a member of DCWF, there are no application forms to fill out or dues to pay. Just show up at one of our meetings where we'll capture your name and contact information. We have a lot of resources and encouragement to offer, and new members always bring a lot to the group.


Established in 1993, DCWF meets the third Saturday of the month at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Tunnell Hall, 203 North Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947, from 9 AM to Noon. Meeting attendance runs from eight to 28. Many are beginning writers who are mentored by those who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with resources to build up the Christian who writes. We follow a meeting agenda, but there is no membership fee or pressure; however, we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing. Meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, manuscript critiques, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats and encourage participation in regional/national conferences. Follow us on Facebook.


QUESTIONS? Give Candy Abbott, the director, a call at 302.856.6649, email, or use the CONTACT US page to send a message. We'll do our best to get back to you as fast as possible.

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