Thursday, January 8, 2015

LCW Meets Saturday, January 17th, PLUS Looking for Graphics Artist Volunteer



Our first Lancaster Christian Writers is coming up quick on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Join bestselling author, speaker and marketing expert Karen Whiting and author/editor/speaker Jeanette Windle for a Q&A Session on topics of your choice.

Q&A SESSION: The weekend of January 16-18 is also the first Jerry Jenkins/Cec Murphey Christian Writers Retreat in Hershey, in conjunction with the Munce Christian Produce Expo. With a number of LCW members attending, we have rescheduled our planned January speaker (award-winning novelist Eliot Pattison) for February, so that no one will have to miss his presentation. Instead, we will be hosting a Q&A Session, with queries on any fiction and non-fiction topic fielded by Karen Whiting (in town for the Christian Product Expo) and Jeanette Windle.  Help us prepare by sending your questions in advance to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

SPEAKERS: Karen Whiting is an award-winning author of sixteen books, including Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (2013 Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal and 2013 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year) and The One-Year Princess Devotions (2014 Christian Retailing Best Award, children's nonfiction). Karen Whiting has seen in print as well more than 500 magazine articles in more than sixty periodicals. She is a marketing expert, vice-president of Christian Authors Network, and regular speaker on radio and TV shows.

Award-winning novelist, journalist, speaker and editor Jeanette Windle has authored 16 fiction and three non-fiction titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist, sequel Freedom's Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist, and Congo Dawn, 2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year. She is senior editor of an international ministry magazine, and mentors writers on five continents. 

GRAPHICS ARTIST VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR SUPER SATURDAY 2015 FLYER:
Speaking of upcoming events, we are excited at the outstanding faculty lineup we have for our 2015 Super Saturday one-day conference coming up at Lancaster Bible College on Saturday, April 11th, 2015. Faculty include novelists Dina Sleiman, Kelly Long, Brenda Hendricks, non-fiction author Shawn Smucker, social media experts Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan and Karen Whiting (see above bio). We are looking for a volunteer with graphic art skills willing to put together a flyer for the event (for circulation by early February). If you can help, please email jeanette@jeanettewindle.com.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: And don't forget to bring your latest work-in-progress for critique groups (ten copies up to 1500 words).

As always, email questions or concerns to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LCW's Christmas Symposium/Bazaar This Saturday, 12/20/14


Need some Christmas joy and break from shopping? Then join Lancaster Christian Writers for our year-end Christmas Symposium and Bazaar Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Our fabulous guest speaker--YOU!!

Yes, as has become LCW tradition, our December meeting will showcase the creativity and genius of our own members. Share a poem, drama, devotional, even a scene of that novel. Time limit is 3-5 minutes (easy way to calculate is a maximum of 750 words), in order to permit as many to participate as possible. I do need an advance head count. SO please let me know if you want to participate so as to get you on the list.

Party food If you are baking any Christmas goodies or would like to contribute a brunch type dish, we'd love to make this a real party. If you think you can bring something, a heads-up would be nice just for planning. But last minute goodies will also accepted. (and if you have nothing to bring, don't let that discourage you from coming. There is always LOTS of food!)

Christmas Bazaar: AND if you have published titles or Christmas crafts, do bring them along for our Christmas Bazaar.  What better or more economic gift can you get for family member or friend than a personalized autographed title or craft. WHICH also means you may want to bring your checkbook and cash for shopping.

Critique Groups: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have that last piece you'd like critiqued before Christmas, bring 10 copies of up to 1500 words.

As always, email questions or concerns to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Friday, October 31, 2014

LCW Welcomes Author Shawn Smucker 11/15/14 PLUS Writers Contest & Course



Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is our November LCW meeting. Join us in welcoming well-known Lancaster area author and speaker Shawn Smucker on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9).
  
SPEAKER: Shawn Smucker is an author, blogger, and speaker who is passionate about storytelling and the importance of living an adventurous life. He has written five traditionally published books of non-fiction, ten self-published books of non-fiction, and is currently in the middle of releasing his first novel, The Day the Angels Fell, through a Kickstarter campaign. He received his English degree from Messiah College and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife and four children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and at shawnsmucker.com.

WORKSHOP: A Writer’s Quest”. For many writers the Holy Grail they are trying to discover is a life where they can make a living as a writer, spending their days in coffee shops or in a cabin overlooking a lake. Shawn Smucker has been making a living as a writer for the last five years, and it hasn't been all coffee shops and dreamy cabins. On Saturday, November 15th, he'll share with you his own story: the circumstances that led to him writing for a living, how he makes it work now, and the questions you need to ask yourself if making a living as a writer is your goal. 

“PROMISING BEGINNINGS” CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONTEST:
Well-known editor and author Kathy Ide, founder and president of the Christian Editor Connection and Christian PEN, has invited LCW members to participate in the 3rd annual “Promising Beginnings” Christian Writers Conference. She sends this message to Lancaster Christian Writers members: “Because I believe in the power, impact, and influence of Christian writers’ conferences, and the Mount Hermon conference in particular, I am holding a contest in which the prize is a full scholarship to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (an $897 value). There is NO FEE to enter this contest. It is open to both published and unpublished writers, regardless of whether they've previously attended a Mount Hermon conference. Deadline to enter is November 30. Full details are on http://kathyide.com/contest/.”

LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE OFFERS ON-LINE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE: Many of you have enjoyed workshops taught by York area Christian suspense novelist Mike Dellosso. The following invitation just came in to LCW from the LBC communications department. “Lancaster Bible College is offering this fall a 6-week online course on Creative Writing, taught by Mike Dellosso.  The course can be done for credit– towards a degree or enrolled as non-degree seeking – or it can be audited with the potential for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards various available certificates.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/LBCCreativeWriting to learn more about the course.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: And don't forget to bring your latest work-in-progress from this summer for critique groups (ten copies up to 1500 words).

As always, email questions or concerns to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers