Friday, November 1, 2019

LCW Welcomes Conference Speaker & Author Carol Cool 11/23/19: Please Note This Is 4th Saturday Not 3rd

Join Lancaster Christian Writers  for our November meeting Saturday, November 23rd, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) with conference speaker and author Carol Cool. Please note that this is 4th Saturday of month vs. the normal 3rd Saturday due to timing of Christian book/craft fair LancoExpo 2019 on the usual 3rd Saturday.

WORKSHOP:  Your Passion in Print: Writing About What Matters to You
So you really want to write about the things that matter to you, the things that break your heart or get you excited. But how do you do that for markets that are not quite as passionate about your topic as you are? This interactive workshop helps you identify passions, consider how to earn trust, and plan to build bridges and platforms, as well as recognize when to cut your losses.
   

SPEAKER:  Carol released her first book in 2016—Finding Balance in the Circus of Life—based on a popular retreat she teaches. Carol has been published nationally and internationally in magazines and journals such as PrayerConnect, Clubhouse, Christian Home and School, and The Bulletin of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She runs her own editing and writing business, Cool Copy, which specializes in editing and writing in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. She’s taught at writers conferences in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. She is a CLASS graduate and speaks at retreats and conferences throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Carol is also a pastor’s wife, ministering with her husband, Rev. Les Cool.

GOT A BOOK OR CRAFT TO MARKET FOR THE HOLIDAYS? A reminder as well that LCW member, author, and local small press publisher JP Robinson is offering LCW members a low-cost, fun way to market your book or craft for the holidays by participating in LancoExpo 2019— the FIRST EVER book & craft expo on 11/16 from 10-3 p.m. at the Quarryville Library. Sell your crafts and/or books at only $25 per half table in a family-friendly environment. No commission will be charged. All profits are yours! Register easily and securely online: www.JPRobinsonBooks.com

CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, bring 10 copies of up to 1500 words.

As always, more info can be found at our LCW blog: http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com Or email questions or concerns to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Friday, October 4, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Novelist Lisa Betz Saturday, October 19, 2019 PLUS Openings for Devotional Speakers

Ever wondered how to create believable characters your readers would recognize if they met them in a dark alley? Then join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, October 19, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) as novelist and outstanding story-weaver Lisa Betz shares her secret tool for building  compelling characters. 
 
WORKSHOP:  My Secret Tool for Building Believable Characters: The Enneagram and How to Use It to Develop Fictional Characters. The Enneagram personality type system is perfectly suited to writers. Each of the nine types has “a distinct way of seeing the world and an underlying motivation that powerfully influences how that type thinks, feels, and behaves.” This information can become a powerful tool in helping a writer craft complex, believable, and consistent characters. This workshop gives a brief overview of the Enneagram, followed by examples to show writers how to use it in their work.


SPEAKER:  Award-winning writer Lisa E. Betz believes that everyone has a unique story to tell the world. She loves inspiring fellow writers to be more intentional about developing their craft and courageous in sharing their words. Lisa shares her words through speaking, leading Bible studies, writing historical mysteries, and blogging about living intentionally. She is also the managing editor of Almost an Author, a website for writers.


DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS: We currently have openings for devotional speakers  during the rest of the LCW calendar year, including for October and November. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your writing/speaking skills and bless your fellow members. If you'd like to share a devotional (5-10 minutes related in some way to topic of writing/writers), contact Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com to be put on the schedule.
 
GOT A BOOK OR CRAFT TO MARKET FOR THE HOLIDAYS? A reminder as well that LCW member, author, and local small press publisher JP Robinson is offering LCW members a low-cost, fun way to market your book or craft for the holidays by participating in LancoExpo 2019— the FIRST EVER book & craft expo on 11/16 from 10-3 p.m. at the Quarryville Library. Sell your crafts and/or books at only $25 per half table in a family-friendly environment. No commission will be charged. All profits are yours! Register easily and securely online: www.JPRobinsonBooks.com


CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, 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

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Kicks Off the Fall with Author and Social Media Expert Rachel Schmoyer Saturday, September 21, 2019


Can you believe it's back to school already! That goes for writers
too, so do join Lancaster Christian Writers for our fall kickoff Saturday, September 21st, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) as we learn from social media expert Rachel Schmoyer how to use the bewildering world of social media effectively to reach readers.

WORKSHOP:  Find Your Readers on Social Media: You have just poured your heart and soul into an article, blog post, or book and you are ready to let the world read it. How do you find your readers? On social media! Through this workshop you will find out the basics about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Medium. Find out how social media can be exciting for an author. You don’t need to dread or be daunted by it. Come with questions; leave with sheets of simple tips and strategies for each platform.

SPEAKER:  Before Rachel Schmoyer began her Read the Hard Parts of Scripturewriting and speaking ministry, she worked as a freelance copywriter and social media manager for several digital marketing agencies. She is a pastor’s wife at Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church and mom of four kids who never stop talking (that’s what happens when two professional communicators have children!). Her devotional articles have appeared in The Quiet Hour and Light from the Word.  She has also had articles purchased by Highlights and Babybug. She loves to speak to women’s groups about finding simple truth in complex parts of Scripture.

GOT A BOOK TO MARKET FOR THE HOLIDAYS? If you're looking for a low-cost, fun way to market your book for the holidays? LCW member, author, and local small press publisher JP Robinson invites you to participate in LancoExpo 2019— the FIRST EVER book & craft expo on 11/16 from 10-3 p.m. at the Quarryville Library. Sell your crafts and/or books at only $25 per half table in a family-friendly environment. No commission will be charged. All profits are yours! Register easily and securely online: www.JPRobinsonBooks.com but hurry before the cost goes up!

 CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, 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



Monday, May 27, 2019

Join Lancaster Christian Writers for Last Meeting Before Summer Break Saturday, June 15th, with Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess

Don't miss our last Lancaster Christian Writers  monthly meeting
 before summer break Saturday, June 15th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Author and organizer extraordinaire Lisa Lawmaster Hess will be sharing from her own vast experience how to organize life for more effective writing.

WORKSHOP:   Organizing for Writers: Let’s be honest. Creative people may be great at coming up with new ideas and crafting cunning characters, but the same great minds that produce winning manuscripts can have trouble remembering which safe place we left the manuscript in. Why not try a better, low-stress way to keep track of things — one that's more your style? Come explore personal and organizational styles that interfere with getting organized and learn how to use them to your advantage. Bring your sense of humor and leave the judgment behind as we match up styles with the strategies that make organizing less onerous. For more tips, check out Lisa's brand-new title on the topic:
Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles, and will help you own your style. You’ll take what you might have thought was a flaw and learn how to make it a strength. And that, plus Lisa’s help and a sense of humor, will guide you toward an organization method that’s a good fit for your organizational challenges, not someone else's.

SPEAKER:  Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who has lived in Pennsylvania for most of her adult life. She is the author of two nonfiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance) as well as a contributor to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and the anthology 50 Over 50. Lisa’s articles have appeared online and in regional and national publications. Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing By STYLE and writes weekly STYLE Savvy posts CatholicMom.com. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. Her new book, Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff comes out this month and is available for preorder.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, 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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, May 18th, for Faculty Panel Q&A PLUS Invite for LCW Members to First Ever LANCOEXPO

Happy Easter!! And thank you all who contributed volunteer services and turned out for our Super Saturday 2019. It was a wonderful event, and we’ve had rave reviews on bestselling novelist Ronie Kendig’s keynote address and each of the workshops. Each year we come into this one-day conference not sure we will do it again (pre-conference stress!). One commitment we’ve made is that if conference attendance doesn’t cover expenses, we will close it down. This year’s attendance was somewhat lower than last, but we DID cover expenses, so look forward to adding Super Saturday 2010 to your calendar.

Meanwhile join us
Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) for a Faculty Q&A Panel comprised of experts across the gamut of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, publication, social media, platform building, marketing. We try to schedule one every year or two to give YOU the opportunity to ask any questions on your mind in the field of writing. This is also your opportunity to share your own experience and tips with the group.

It DOES help us in preparation to know what particular questions or topics you would like addressed. So please submit questions and/or suggestions in advance to
jeanette@jeanettewindle.com As time permits, questions can be asked on the spot as well.


LCW INVITED TO FIRST EVER LANCOEXPO!! A special thanks to J.P. Robinson, one of this year’s SS2019 faculty, who is organizing Lancaster County’s first ever LANCOEXPO to display and market books and crafts for the holiday season. He has extended a reduced rate offer for participation as well as an early bird special to LCW members. The event will take place November 16, 2019, with limited vendor spots available, so register soon! Information can be found at: https://jprobinsonbooks.com/lancoexpo-vendor-page/

CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, bring 10 copies of up to 1500 words.

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts One-Day Conference SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019, AT Lancaster Bible College


An invitation to all Christian writers, aspiring or expert, teen through centennial, all genres, to kick their writing to the next level at Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2019!! April 6th, 2019, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601. This one-day writers conference offers a dual track of workshops in fiction and non-fiction. Please share with friends, family, church, school, library, homeschool co-op!!

SS2019’s very affordable registration price of $55 is due by Wednesday, April 3rd, and includes lunch and LCW membership. Registrations after April 3rd and walk-ins day of the conference are $65. Seventh-twelfth grade aspiring writers are also welcome at a two-for-one rate, or half-off if accompanying a parent, which includes lunch buffet. Group rates for home-school co-ops or Christian schools can be negotiated by contacting Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

We are delighted to welcome Ronie Kendig. bestselling author of over twenty high action novels, as keynote speaker. Other faculty include publisher and literary agent Dave Fessenden, historical novelist and writing coach Rita Gerlach, publisher, author, and historian J.P. Robinson, editor-in-chief of Hope Editors and author of fiction and non-fiction Hope Flinchbaugh, freelance editor and award-winning author Jeanette Windle. Workshops cover such topics as:

  • Mind Your Business: Why & How Authors Can Easily Set Up a Writing System that Pays
  • Pack a Punch: Striking Hard with Plot and Character for a Knock-out Novel
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Creating Dialogue with Purpose that Moves Your Story Forward
  • More than Just a Transcript: Turning Your Preaching or Speaking into Writing
  • Three-D Characters: Five Key Strategies to Create Characters That Walk Off the Page
  • Divide and Conquer: Manageable Steps to Writing Your First Draft
  • Write to the Heart of a Child: The Craft and Ministry of Writing for Children
  • Ambush Your Reader: Shrewd Tactics for Using Setting and Stage to Create Strong Emotional Impact and Suspense
A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Personal consultations with faculty are on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information, including the Super Saturday 2019 Flyer/Registration Form and Press Release (download to share!!!) can be found above right. OR email LCW president Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com. Payment can be made online (see Payment Option to right), or mail check/ money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Forensic Artist Christine Kerrick Saturday, March 16, 2019 PLUS SS2019 Conference Info

Take advantage of this continuing warm weather and join Lancaster Christian Writers for our last monthly meeting before LCW's annual conference (see info below!). We meet next on Saturday, March 16th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Comic book writer and forensic artist Christine Kerrick will be sharing tips on how to keep knowledgeable readers from rolling their eyes at rookie law enforcement mistakes. 

WORKSHOP: “Ten Things Hollywood Writers Get Wrong with Law Enforcement.” Nothing stalls a police-themed story quite like incorrect or missing information.  Is there really such a thing as ‘good cop/bad cop’? Can investigators find a DNA match instantly? Can a forensic artist actually get an accurate facial identification using just a skull? Knowing how police, investigators, forensic scientists, and forensic artists work gives richness to your story and can open up other plotlines and story elements. You don’t have to know everything about procedure and investigation—you just have to know where to look!

SPEAKER: Award-winning illustrator, comic book writer/artist, and FBI-trained forensic artist Christine Kerrick worked as a civilian for a law-enforcement agency for five years. Experiences volunteering with police, doing “jump-outs” and ride-alongs taught her how police and investigators work. Doing forensic art and facial reconstruction for Broward Sheriff’s Office, Philadelphia Medical Examiner, and PA State Police gave her more insight into how investigators track down an identity, how they get the bad guys, and the stress of their own lives. These experiences birthed stories she is writing now, and a police devotional to support and encourage police. To learn more, visit www.christinekerrick.com.

DEVOTIONALS: Also, we have openings for devotional speakers at March, May, and June monthly meetings. Time frame is 5-10 minutes (including introducing yourself) and must have some tie-in to writers. This is your opportunity to share your words and God's message with fellow writers, so drop an email to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com if you would like to sign up for a month.

SUPER SATURDAY 2019 WORKSHOPS AND FACULTY BIOS ARE NOW ONLINE. SS2019 is coming up in just over a month. Check out conference info at http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com And don't forget to help us circulate ourSS2019 FLYER as well as PRESS RELEASE as well as to sign up soon for our April 6th one-day conference at REGISTRATION. Success and continuation of this annual conference depends on YOU to help us get the news out. This includes to high-schoolers at half price, so let those talented younger writers in your church, family, or homeschool co-op know.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be making time as well for our usual peer critique groups, so if you have a piece you'd like critiqued, 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