Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Check Out LCW's Fall 2014 Speaker Line-up!! AND Anyone Going to GPCWC?


Lancaster Christian Writers is on its summer hiatus for July and August. I hope each of you is enjoying a relaxing summer time--and perhaps catching a Christian writers conference. Two are coming up over the next couple weeks, and it isn't too late to sign up for either. Montrose Christian Writers Conference runs July 20-25 up near Scranton, PA. Greater Philadelphia CWC is the next week, July 30th-August 3rd. I will be teaching continuing tracks at both as will other faculty familiar to LCW from Tracy Higley, Suzanne Kuhn, Marsha Hubler, Joyce Magnin, Dave Fessenden, Carol Wedeven, and countless more worth meeting. Google either conference for details.

INTERESTED IN CAR POOLING? If anyone is going to GPCWC and is interested in car-pooling, please email jeanette@jeanettewindle.com. Looking especially for a ride willing to arrive by first Early Bird session on Wednesday and return after last workshop Saturday afternoon.

FALL SPEAKER LINE-UP: Meanwhile, our fall calendar is already filling up with an exciting speaker line-up. Monthly meetings will continue to be 3rd Saturday of month (unless some major scheduling conflict arrives, in which case we will announce changes well in advance) from 9:30am-noon at Lancaster Alliance Church's Uptown Theater, 210 Pitney Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Already for this fall we have scheduled:
  • SEPTEMBER 20TH: Popular conference speaker Emily Parke Chase, author of seven books, including Help My Family's Messed Up! (Kregel) and her most recent release, Standing Tall After Falling Short (Moody), will be welcoming LCW back with a challenge. She says of her workshop: "When kids migrate back to school, the shift impacts everyone's routine. This is a great time for setting new writing goals for the year.  We can all think of things that need to be done, but how do you set reasonable, measurable goals, what steps do you need to take to achieve those goals, and how do you overcome obstacles to meeting those goals?  This session will help you avoid frustration and stress while moving forward toward your dreams!"
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  • OCTOBER 18TH: If you enjoy Amish fiction or just want to know how to deal with writers block, you won't want to miss our dual speaking team, award-winning Amish fiction authors Kelly Long and Elizabeth Younts. Their workshop “Writers Write!” deals with the various blocks that writers face at all levels in actually producing work instead of wasting time.
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  • NOVEMBER 15TH: Shawn Smucker, well-known Lancaster County author and co-author of numerous biographies and other non-fiction titles, including Refuse to Drown and My Amish Roots, will be sharing his own blueprint to earn a living from writing.
BLOG WORKSHOP POWERPOINT: And speaking of great speakers, the workshop shared by LCW members Alison McLennon and Lisa Bartelt on successful blogging was outstanding. They have shared the excellent PowerPoint notes for that session at our LCW blog (look under Useful Links to right).

LONNIE STEIN EYE SURGERY: In final news please remember in prayer LCW member Lonnie Stein who is having to reschedule her own plans to attend Montrose CWC for cateract surgery.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Offers Social Media Workshop Saturday, June 21st PLUS Invite to Fiction Workshop with Novelist Mike Dellosso


Don’t miss Lancaster Christian Writers' LAST meeting before summer break Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Social media experts (and LCW members) Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan will be sharing a workshop on that 21st century challenge and necessary evil for all serious writers—creating your platform as a writer through BLOGGING.

WORKSHOP:The 100% Surefire Guaranteed Secret to Blogging Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.” Sounds good, right? If only it were that easy! But don’t fret! LCW members Alison McLennan and Lisa Bartelt, both experienced bloggers, will share some beginning tips for bloggers during this workshop including tips for effective blogging and how to set up a blog on a free site. They'll talk about the whys and hows of blogging as well as give some thought to who should have a blog. And after the workshop, if you're still not sure about blogging, Alison and Lisa will stick around during critique time to answer questions and help you work out whether blogging is for you.

OUR SPEAKERS: Lisa Bartelt has been a newspaper reporter and copy editor, as well as a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in Group Publishing curriculum, in devotional compilations, and in Thriving Family and Prayer Connect magazines. She is also an avid blogger whose writing appears regularly on her own site, http://lmbartelt.wordpress.com and at Putting On the New (http://puttingonthenew.com ) as well as in guest posts elsewhere on the Web. She’s been a member of LCW for five years and recently joined American Christian Fiction Writers.

Alison McLennan declared her intent to "make books" at age 3, and her dream never wavered. With experience as a journalist, freelance writer, book editor, and published author, Alison recently returned to her first literary love: fiction. She also writes about faith forged in hard places on her blog at AlisonMcLennan.com. If you want to say hi, she’d love to connect with you on Twitter (@AlisonJMcLennan) or Facebook (facebook.com/AlisonJMcLennan).


ONE DAY FICTION WRITING SURVIVAL TRAINING WITH MIKE DELLOSSO: For LCW’s fiction writers, multi-published suspense novelist Mike Dellosso, author of Fearless, Rearview, Frantic and more, is hosting a one-day fiction writing seminar September 20th, 2014, in Latrobe, PA from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Mike Dellosso, who has shared numerous workshops at LCW conferences and events, sends this personal note to the LCW membership:

“This One-Day Fiction Writing Survival Training will help you acquire the skills to survive the fiction writing journey. We'll also discuss the writing life and there will be a time of honest-to-goodness Q & A. Ask any question you want about writing, publishing, dealing with publishers and editors, money . . . whatever! Come prepared to learn, to be inspired, and to leave ready to dive into your project.

Some of the highlights of the day will include: 1) Developing characters that jump off the page and into the reader's life; 2) Creating settings that take on a life of their own; 3) Pacing that will keep readers turning pages; 4) Different publishing methods . . . which one is right for you? 5) Beating writer's block and improving your time management; 6) Ask-anything Q & A. Find out more information including the schedule of topics, cost, and how to register at:

NOTE FROM LCW PRESIDENT: On a personal note, I (Jeanette Windle) am traveling over the next two weeks to Sri Lanka on a missions journalism ministry trip. I will be meeting with and interviewing ministry leaders from seven nations—Nepal, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, and Sri Lanka—as they come together for a leadership summit and traveling through Sri Lanka itself, visiting ministries and churches, including Tamil Tiger war zones still recovering from civil war. I return just a day before our June 21st meeting (if I don’t show, assume I’ve been taken hostage!). I would appreciate prayer for travel connections, safety and God’s blessing as I interview and write the stories of these wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.

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

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Meets Saturday, May 24th: NOTE THIS IS 4TH, NOT 3RD SATURDAY!!

Mark your calendars for Lancaster Christian Writers’ MAY meeting on Saturday, May 24th, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Please note that this is the 4th Saturday of month, rather than usual 3rd (due to a conference occupying facility on 17th). A calendar was sent out some months ago, but if you are like me, you may likely have forgotten that changed date.

WORKSHOP—“Q&A With The Experts”: Did you come away from SS2014 with as many questions as answers? Have a query that’s been burning your tongue all year? This month’s meeting is YOUR chance to ask questions and get answers. Whether fiction, journalism, editing, self-publishing, finding an agent or any other category of writing, bring your question. If you are struggling with your latest WIP (Work-In-Progress), bring it along as well. If your quandary applies to the group as whole, you may share it during the Q&A. OR request a private consultation with one of our experts during the usual peer critique session.

Fielding questions will be Jeanette Windle and Lisa Bartelt as well as the joint body of LCW members (so bring your answers and expertise along with your questions!). Jeanette Windle is an author of 16 fiction titles as well as a 20 year veteran of mission journalism, senior editor of BCM World magazine, as well as proprietor of J.M. Windle Manuscript Service. Lisa Bartelt spent 8 years working for daily newspapers as a reporter and copy editor in Chicago before moving to Lancaster, PA. She is now a freelance writer whose work has appeared in curriculum for Group Publishing, in devotional compilations, and in Thriving Family and Prayer Connect magazines, and an avid blogger whose writing appears regularly on her own site, http://lmbartelt.wordpress.com and at Putting On the New (http://puttingonthenew.com) as well as in guest posts elsewhere on the Web.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: We will be holding the regular peer critique groups after the Q&A. So bring 10 copies of no more than 1500 words and share your WIP with the group.

JUNE MEETING: LCW’s final meeting before breaking for the summer will be held Saturday, June 21st. Social media experts (and LCW members) Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan will be sharing a workshop: “The 100% Surefire Guaranteed Secret to Blogging Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.” Sounds good, right? If only it were that easy! But don’t fret! LCW members Alison McLennan and Lisa Bartelt, both experienced bloggers, will share some beginning tips for bloggers during this workshop including tips for effective blogging and how to set up a blog on a free site.

SUPER SATURDAY 2014: And just a brief update if you happened to miss our SS2014 on April 12th. It was a wonderful day, perfect weather, with record attendance of about 85 conferees plus faculty. Thank you all who volunteered with registration and set-up.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts Super Saturday 2014 THIS Saturday 4/12/14 at Lancaster Bible College's Sebastian Academic Center

If you haven't dropped that registration in the mail, there's still time to pre-register for Super Saturday 2014 coming up next Saturday, April 12th, 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. See above link for Registration Flyer ( a print-out is not necessary so long as name/email address are included with check). A reminder that preregistration ($40) closes Wednesday, April 9th (got to get a head count to the caterers!). Walk-ins welcome at $50.

SCHEDULE: We now have the final schedule. See the day's activities on column to right as well as description of individual workshops/faculty bios.

LOCATION: All SS2014 activities will be held in one location this year (minus lunch): Sebastian Academic Center. The opening session will be held in Sebastian Hall auditorium. LBC is a big campus, but signs will be posted to guide you to the correct location. For directions to Lancaster Bible College, see map/directions posted on right column.

REGISTRATION: Registration opens at 7:45am. Sign-up sheets for faculty appointments will be available at the same time. A reminder that only ONE appointment can be made UNTIL after opening session to give opportunity to all.

LUNCH: Lunch will be in the LBC Dining Commons to the rear of Sebastian Academic Center. We have confirmed a delicious soup and salad buffet of panninis, wraps, and two choices of home-simmered soups along with unlimited drinks/coffee/tea.

COFFEE: Speaking of coffee, Hollee's Cafe in the front of SAC will be open to offer your choice of beverages/snacks Saturday morning. Faculty appointments will be held as well in Hollee's Cafe.

BOOKSTORE: A reminder that Marlene Bagnull, director of Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference, will be bringing her conference store with its vast collection of writers helps titles so come prepared to shop. Faculty titles will also be available. LCW conferees may bring their own titles to consign as well. Must bring too a filled-out consignment sheet. To request consignment sheet OR registration flyer, email jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Help us make this the best conference yet by getting the word out (and your own registration in) during this last week.

SS2014 news, registration forms, schedule, workshop list, etc. can be found as well at http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com

Until Saturday,
Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers
www.jeanettewindle.com

Friday, March 21, 2014

LANCASTER CHRISTIAN WRITERS HOSTS ONE-DAY CONFERENCE ON APRIL 12, 2014, AT LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE

Whether you are a writer or know one, you'll want to mark your calendar for Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2014!! to be held April 12th, 2014, from 8:30am.-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

This one-day writers conference offers a full slate of workshops taught by top industry professionals in both fiction and non-fiction fields. An early registration price of $40 is due by Wednesday, April 9, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch (think Panini!) and LCW membership. Registrations after April 9 and walk-ins day of the conference are $50.
A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Tracy Higley, Mike Dellosso, Marsha Hubler, and Joyce Magnin. Non-fiction faculty include marketing/promotions expert Suzanne Kuhn, founder of author promotions firm SuzieQ, as well as journalist/editor/author Jeannette Scott, and veteran editor/ agent/author Dave Fessenden. Keynoting the opening session will be renowned conference director/publisher/ author/speaker Marlene Bagnull. 

Workshops cover such topics as:
  • The Hero’s Journey: Perfecting Plot and Story Structure.
  • That’s What I’m Talking About! Reaching Your Audience Through Social Media
  • Borrowed Eyes: Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Your Characters
  • Be Engaging! Maximizing Interactions to Turn Any Public Appearance into an Effective Author Event.
  • Every Story Needs a Home: World-Building for Contemporary, Historical and Fantasy Fiction.
  • A Fly on the Wall in a Publishing House: How Publishing Decisions Are Made and How You Can Get Your Material Off The Slush Pile.
  • Bring Out the Child In You: Writing on the Child’s Level Without Talking Down
  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! In This Intro to Narrative Nonfiction, Learn How True Stories Told Well Can Impact Readers' Hearts and Minds.
A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Conference attendees can get personal consultations with faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Mail the Super Saturday 2014 registration form and check or money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601Email questions to LCW President Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM.