Saturday, April 29, 2017

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, May 20th to Welcome Author and Indie Publishing Expert Janet Richard PLUS Note Summer Conference Info

For the many who joined us last month for our Super Saturday 2017 at Lancaster Bible College, was that a great day or what? We had close to record attendance, and rave reviews from conferees and attendees alike. If you missed, it isn't too early to get next year on the calendar. OR check out two upcoming Christian writers conferences below.

Meanwhile we invite old and new members alike to join us for our May LCW meeting on Saturday, 5/20/2017, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). We are delighted to welcome as speaker author and indie publishing expert Janet Richards, who will be demystifying the process of crowdfunding your book or other book for publication.

WORKSHOP: "Crowdfunding Made Simple". Want to self-publish your book, but lack the finances? Heard about crowdfunding, but it seems too scary or intimidating? In this workshop, you’ll learn about crowdfunding as a way to make your self-publishing dreams come true. A few of the topics of discussion are: demystifying crowdfunding, choosing a crowdfunding website, setting up a crowdfunding page, creating doable rewards, and communicating the message to friends and family. With time and courage, it IS possible to raise the money you need to turn that next project into a book!

SPEAKER: Janet Keller Richards has lived as a missionary in France and Italy and has taught seminars in Europe and Pennsylvania. As a former actor at Sight and Sound Theatres, she’s also written several full-length plays and musicals and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Having authored two nonfiction books, Unlocking Our Inheritance, and From Addiction To Adoption, she will soon release her first supernatural fiction novel, The Other Side Of Visible. She credits her adventurous life to God, and to being married for thirty-six years to her wonderful husband, Rusty.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCES: And a reminder that summer--and writers conference season--is just around the corner. LCW has received personal invitations by directors of two great Christian writers conferences in our region, both of whom have spoken at our LCW conference and are known to you. Both conferences are wonderful opportunities to jump-start your summer writing, so I can't recommend highly enough attending one or the other or both.

MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE: The 28th annual Montrose Christian Writers Conference, directed by Marsha Hubler, will be held July 16-21, 2017,. at Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose, PA (north-central PA). Info available at website:

GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE: GPCWC will be held July 26-29, 2017, at Cairn University, Langhorne, PA (near Philly). Marlene Bagnull is director of GPCWC as well as Colorado Christian Writers Conference and Greater Philly Christian Writers Guild. Info available at website:

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

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Thursday, April 6, 2017

SS2017 Conference Instructions and Directions

Dear SS2017 Attendee:

At two days out from our one-day conference at Lancaster Bible College, we are delighted at a good roster of registrations, a prognosis of sunny weather, and are looking forward to a great day of learning and experience. A special thanks to those who've volunteered to come early and help with setup.
Just a few directions and instructions if you are among those joining us Saturday:

CONFERENCE LOCATION: The actual conference is being held in the Sebastian Academic Center of Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA. Turn right at first stop sign once you are on campus and drive past the security booth, curling around to 2nd to last main parking area. You will see the SAC building to your left. There will be signs directing you to SAC and specifically to the LCW writers conference. Lancaster Bible College is basically at the junction of Hwys 222 and 30, but access is turning off 30 onto Hwy 272 (north of 30, not south), then turning right onto Eden Rd., which will lead directly pass entrance to college. It is too big to miss. However, if you'd like to check out both locations BEFORE arrival, here is a link to LBC directions and campus map.

REGISTRATION/APPOINTMENT SIGN-UPS: Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. Signups for faculty appointment are open at same time, first come, first serve. Please be aware that you can sign up for only ONE appointment before opening session. After first workshop, you can sign up for a second if available. In afternoon, any remaining slots can be reserved at will.

FOOD AND DRINK: If you need caffeine to get your day started, be aware you may need to bring your own; likewise water or other drinks. There IS a cafe onsite at LBC, but it is in a different building and does not open before 8 a.m. There will be coffee and a wide variety of drinks available with our lunch soup and salad buffet, but no refreshments at the actual conference location. There is a drinking fountain, and if necessary, you can walk over to the campus cafe.

BOOKSTORE: The conference bookstore takes both credit card and check, so do plan for some shopping. Marlene Bagnull's selection of writing craft titles is easily one of the largest outside Amazon, so worth the browse.

And finally, if you have not yet registered, pre-registration is now closed, but you are welcome to walk in Saturday for the walk-in price of $65.

See you Saturday,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Last Week for SS2017 Pre-Registration: Get Yours In By Wednesday, April 5th, and Save!!

A reminder that pre-registration for our 2017 Super Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, ends next Wednesday, April 5th. Which means getting that check in the mail soon, payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. OR register instantaneously online by credit card or PayPal (use Pay Now button in sidebar).

This one-day writers conference offers a dual track of workshops in fiction and non-fiction. A conference bookstore offers a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Personal consultations with faculty are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pre-registration price of $55 includes a mouthwatering soup/sandwich buffet lunch and LCW membership. Registrations after April 5th and walk-ins day of the conference are $65. You can find schedule, workshop descriptions, faculty bios, flyer, and other info as well above and to the right.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Join LCW Saturday, March 18th, to Welcome Speaker/Author Emily Chase PLUS PR Offer to LCW Authors

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, March 18th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). We are delighted to welcome back well-known conference speaker and author Emily Chase.

SPEAKER: Originally trained as an archaeologist, Emily Chase has lived and worked in places as different as Laos, Mexico and Peru. Now she serves as staff chaplain at Bethany Christian Services. She is the author of seven books, including Help! My Family's Messed Up! (Kregel) and Standing Tall After Falling Short (Moody). She and her husband of over forty years reside in Mechanicsburg, PA.

WORKSHOP: When you shoot an arrow, you want it to hit the target, right? As a writer, you want to reach a specific audience. But how much time do you spend considering your audience as you prepare your manuscripts? You don't want your readers to snore, start to flip pages or, worse, close the book! In this practical workshop, discover hints on how to sharpen your writing so it hits your target audience every time.

PR OPPORTUNITY FOR LCW MEMBERS: Professional editor/author Jeannette DiLouie of Innovative Editing, a recent transplant to Lancaster, PA, has offered the following opportunity to any LCW author, royalty or indie published, so do take advantage of this offer!

Innovative Editing Wants You! If you’re the published author of a novel, non-fiction book or children’s story, Innovative Editing would love to consider you for an upcoming Author of the Month spot on its site, Along with an interview-style Q&A, each selected author will be featured online with a short bio, picture and links to their book(s), website and social media accounts. Young adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, autobiography—Whatever the genre, Innovative Editing wants to see your story! Reach out to to start the submission process today."

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR SS2017!!!!!!  And please be aware that we are only six weeks out from our annual one-day conference. It isn't too early to get your registrations in. And please do help us make this conference a success by getting the word out. All links for registration, schedule, workshops and faculty bios, as well as paying on-line are now all live on our web page at ( You can also print out or simply save and send our SS2017 Registration Flyer (download and print here or at webpage).

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, more info can be found at our LCW blog: Or email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, January 30, 2017

LCW Meets Saturday, February 18th PLUS Author Event Invite

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, February 18th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). We typically schedule just one speaker for January/February because historically one of those two dates has often been snowed out. If weather does cooperate in January, the February meeting is traditionally a Q&A panel. If you have a particular question or topic you would like addressed, please submit questions in advance to As time permits, you can ask questions onsite as well. 
MEMBER READINGS: All that said, since our Christmas party was cancelled, we've had requests to reschedule the member readings for another month. So if you had a reading you wanted to share in December, or even if your schedule didn't permit coming then, but you have a reading you WOULD have shared (5 minutes total time; approximately 750-800 words), we'd like to make time for those in this February meeting. If you'd like to read, we do need advance head count, so email request to 
FRIENDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY LIBRARIES ANNUAL AUTHOR LUNCHEON AT CALVARY CHURCH: Also, LCW has received an invitation to attend the Lancaster County Libraries' annual author luncheon, hosted this year at Calvary Church, Landis Valley Rd, on  April 27, 2017, with best-selling author Adriana Trigiani. More info can be found HERE.
 SUPER SATURDAY 2017!!!!!!  And our annual one-day conference is coming up on us quickly. Please do help us get the word out. All links for registration, registering and paying on-line, workshops and faculty bios are now all live on our web page as well as a flyer you can download and share. See column to right.
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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Celebrate the New Year by Joining Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, 1/21/17 with Speaker/Author Lisa Betz

Happy New Years 2017. Still not sure where 2016 disappeared so quickly. But with the holidays over and curling-up-with-a-book-or-computer-screen weather settled in, it is the perfect time to set those writing goals for 2017. For a jump start, come and join fellow writers Saturday, January 21st, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). LCW veteran and freelance writer/novelist Lisa Betz will be sharing a lightheartedly-practical (yes, that is a thing!) workshop on avoiding pitfalls that frustrate readers--an area every writer needs to improve on, so do join us!

SPEAKER: Lisa Betz is a freelance writer, blogger, and playwright. She has always loved books, especially ones that took her to far-off times and places. When not reading swashbuckling tales about Roman centurions or English knights, Lisa leads Bible studies, writes and directs dramas, works on her historical mystery novel, and opens doors for the cat.
WORKSHOP: "Seven Pitfalls That Frustrate Readers and How to Avoid Them." Whether you write flash-fiction, novels, memoirs, or true-life stories, these techniques will help you craft a stronger story and keep your readers from tearing their hair out in frustration—or just tossing your story into the dumpster.
SUPER SATURDAY 2017!!!!!!  Our annual one-day conference is now only three months away. We depend on YOU to help get the word out, so please do spread the news by posting to your social networks, printing out a flyer for your library and/or church bulletin-board, or invite a writing friend. A special thanks to LCW member Alison McLennan, who has not only created our SS2017 flyer, but has set up on-line registration by credit card or PayPal through our LCW webpage (see link right column), which makes inviting those friends and sharing on your social networks even easier. 

LCW FACEBOOK PAGE: Alison has set up a Lancaster Christian Writers FaceBook page as well, which will permit easier sharing of events online. Please do check it out and join group at:
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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers