Friday, January 17, 2020

SNOW ALERT!!! Please Take Note that Due to Expected Heavy Snow, LCW Meeting for 1/18/20 Is Cancelled

SNOW ALERT!!! Lancaster Christian Writers meeting for tomorrow, Saturday, January 18th, is cancelled due to expected heavy snow storm. Snow is expected to start 9am and to continue heavily throughout day with extremely icy conditions on road at a height about the time meeting is scheduled to end. After consultation with speaker, the decision has been made that safety for our many members driving home especially takes priority, so with reluctance we are calling a Snow Day. Enjoy the storm from the warmth of your fireside, hopefully curled up with a good book in true writer fashion, and we will be rescheduling our planned speaker as soon as possible.

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Friday, January 3, 2020

LCW Welcomes Award-winning Speaker and Author Donna Smith Saturday, 01/18/20 PLUS See Press Release for Super Saturday 2020

Have you ever struggled with your call to write? Received a rejection letter? Wondered if your writing was a worthwhile investment of your time? Then you won't want to miss this month's Lancaster Christian Writers workshop Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) with award-winning author and speaker Donna Smith.

WORKSHOP:  Dealing with Rejection. Rejection can feel like a paper cut or a knife in the heart. Are you oversensitive when someone criticizes you? Do you get extremely upset when someone corrects you? Does rejection of any kind derail you for a significant amount of time? This workshop is developed especially for writers, especially since rejection is something we all go through, above all, at the beginning of our journey to publication. Learning to handle rejection at any stage of our writing journey is important. Keys to healing and freedom will be shared, plus two unusual stories of rejection and how they were processed to healing.

SPEAKER: Donna L.H. Smith is a Kansas prairie girl transplanted to Lancaster County, PA. She is a graduate of Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman program and holds two college degrees, both B.S. and M.A. in Mass Communication. Her debut novel, Meghan’s Choice, made the finals of both the Selah and Will Rogers Medallion Awards in 2018. Rose’s Redemption, second in the series, placed third in Western Fiction at the 2019 Selah Awards. She has served as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Mid-Atlantic Zone Director and is a member of AWSA’s Protégé program (Advanced Writers & Speaker’s Association). Donna has been healed and delivered from a lifetime of suffering rejection, and has a heart to help others find healing and freedom. Visit her at https://donnalhsmith.com/

SUPER SATURDAY 2020!!! We have our date for this year's LCW one-day conference, Saturday, April 18th, at Lancaster Bible College. Flyer and web data will be available soon. Meanwhile, here is an initial Press Release. Remember that the success and continuation of our one-day conference depends on YOU helping us get the word out, so please consider sharing conference info with your church, Christian school, homeschool coop, library, or friends and family who love to write.

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, December 2, 2019

Join Us for LCW's 2019 Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 21st PLUS FREE Christmas EBook

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2019!!! Need a break from holiday frenzy? Then join your fellow Lancaster Christian Writers for some for food, fun, fellowship, outstanding talent, and some shopping at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) Saturday, December  21st, from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9)
 

SPEAKER: As per LCW tradition, our December meeting is reserved to showcase the creativity and genius of our own members. So pull out that inspirational prose, comedy sketch, poem, drama, devotional, even a scene (short!) of your novel, and come share with us. Time limit is 3-5 minutes (easy way to calculate is a maximum of 750 words; THIS INCLUDES ANY INTRO OR PERSONAL COMMENTARY!!!), in order to permit as many to participate as possible. We do need an advance head count so please email if you want to participate so as to get you on the list.

 FOOD!!!  If you are baking any Christmas goodies and would like to contribute
to the party, any and all will be greatly appreciated. If you have nothing to bring, don't let that discourage you from coming. We've never run short yet!


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: AND if you have published titles or Christmas crafts, do bring them along for display.  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.
 

HOLIDAY GIFT FREE EBOOK: A special thank you to LCW member Laurie Ressler, who is offering her Christmas title The Night the Angels Got Lost as a free advent gift. A
captivating, three-part family Christmas devotional, it is a great way to celebrate the Promised Child's arrival with family of all ages. Read all about it and download FREE copy here:
www.LaurieChristine.com/christmas-1
 

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: http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com Or email questions or concerns to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

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