2015 Lifetime Achievement Award – Marsha Ward

Portrait of Marsha Ward

Marsha was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She began telling stories at a very early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her tales over milk and homemade sugar cookies. Marsha works with other writers as a mentor, creative consultant, editor, workshop presenter, contest judge, coach, and teacher. In 1986 she founded American Night Writers Association, Inc. (ANWA), a network for LDS women writers. ANWA holds a yearly writers conference, regular writing retreats, and has chapters around the United States.

Marsha was the facilitator of the group in the early years, became the first president, and recently retired as the chair of the Membership Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. She has served on the Executive Committee of LDStorymakers, Inc., the guild for LDS authors; and in leadership capacities with other writers’ associations.Marsha makes her home in a small hamlet beneath Central Arizona’s fabled Mogollon Rim. She has four living children and seven grandchildren. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.