About Our Organization

The Writing Champions Project (TWCP)

Founded in January 2019 by Natalie Banks, TWCP seeks to elevate writers by supporting them in their endeavors, connecting them with valuable resources, and advocating for literacy through author promotional opportunities.

Our Mission

The Writing Champions Project empowers global literacy by connecting writers with readers, education, opportunity, and community. Our organization’s mission is to develop and inspire aspiring writers through education and promotion while bridging relationships between readers and writers to promote literacy.

Our Vision

Our board seeks to expand opportunities, create connections, celebrate diversity, showcase creativity, develop talents, and provide support for our writers to encourage the pursuit of writing and reading among communities worldwide.


Core Foundations

● Creativity Empowerment
● Honoring Literacy’s History
● Inspiration
● Motivation
● Education

Natalie Banks


Natalie Banks is a best-selling and award-winning author of four novels with a fifth in the works. Natalie studied Creative Writing at NC State University and JCC but has been writing since the age of twelve. Natalie combines a love of Carolina settings, breath holding suspense, and sweeping romance to bring to life stories that showcase women’s lives as they live, love, hurt, and heal.


Julie Navickas

Executive Director 

Julie Navickas is a contemporary romance novelist, author of the Trading Heartbeats trilogy. She instructs writing-based courses focused on public relations and magazine production and design in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. Julie has a master’s degree in both English studies and organizational communication from Illinois State University.

Robert Charles Gompers

Vice President

Robert Charles Gompers is an award-winning poet and playwright whose plays have been produced in several major cities across America. His latest book, P Town Boys chronicles a group of close-knit friends who summer in Cape Cod each year. With over 25 plays to his credit, career highlights include Museum, an interactive theater retrospective of women in history, to The Long Ride Home, which won Best Play at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City.

Julie Navickas

Isabel Jolie

President’s Assistant

Isabel Jolie is an Amazon bestselling contemporary romance novelist. Her work focuses on topical women’s issues in both urban and small-town settings. She has a Journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from New York University. She loves being a part of a supportive writing community and learning more each day about the ever-evolving publishing industry.


Michelle Young


Michelle Young is the Canadian author of Your Move, a psychological thriller novel, and two poetry books, Salt & Light and Without Fear. Her work focuses on subjects related to adoption, infertility and mental health. She is currently working on publishing her second thriller novel. She loves to help and inspire others with her words and would love to connect with you! 

April Woodard

Design Chair

April M Woodard is an advocate for the autism community, sharing how she worked with her own autistic traits to create a fictional book series.  She is also a mentor to authors, helping them focus on how they can connect with their ideal audience.

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Heidi Suydam

Social Media Chair

Heidi Suydam is the founder of the SOS Blog, Simply Our Society, focused on midlife, mom-life and mental health. As content manager and an author on the SOS Blog it is her desire to provide quality content, reliable resources and an easy, user friendly format for women of all ages looking for inspiration, help and encouragement in life. 

Habby AB

Habby AB

Education Chair

Habby AB is a mental health warrior and advocate, working as a social worker in the field of child welfare and protection in Norway. She’s a writer of contemporary inspirational fiction and non-fiction. A writer of life lessons, love and bravery, her works focuses on human experiences along with emotions, and hopes to inspire and empower others through the art of storytelling. Habby enjoys connecting and encouraging others and would love to connect with you.