Monday, May 4, 2015

LCW Welcomes Novelist Dwight Kopp Saturday, 5/16/15 PLUS Check Out This Summer's Christian Writers Conferences

Lancaster Christian Writers resumes its monthly meetings Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Join us in welcoming international suspense novelist Dwight Kopp, who will be sharing from personal experience, as he terms it, “how to be a Christian and still write about really bad people.”
SPEAKER: Author, speaker and storyteller, Dwight Kopp was born and raised in Zambia, Africa. By the age of 14 he had fourteen different countries stamped in his passport. He’s studied five languages, and eaten elephant, hippo, (tastes like beef, mostly), crocodile and flying ants. Currently residing in Pennsylvania, Dwight works as a realtor, contractor, writer and speaker— which is the nice way of saying, Dwight really isn’t sure what he’s going to do when he grows up. He is author of The Moderator Series, The Zambezi Chronicles trilogy and Made in Africa.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Mummies, Man-eaters, and Militants. Complications define character. But not all complications are created equal.  If — in the writing process — you don’t face momentary panic about how to get your character out of his latest pickle, then turn up the heat, throw off restraint and remember, not all the problems you faced were covered in Sunday School.

SUPER SATURDAY 2015!! LCW’s one day conference is over for another year. It was a great day from its powerful beginning challenge from missionary author and speaker Grace Fabian through LBC’s delicious lunch buffet and workshops.  We enjoyed our best attendance ever. If you didn’t make it this year, do put it on your calendar for next!

CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCES: Spring is finally here, just the time to begin thinking about attending a full-length Christian writers conference this summer. PA is blessed with three within driving distance, St. Davids CWC (Grove City, PA) June 24-28, Montrose CWC (Scranton, PA), July 19-24, and Greater Philadelphia CWC July 29-August 1. A number of past LCW faculty will be teaching at each, including Jeanette Windle, Dave Fessenden, Carol Wedeven, Gayle Roper, Amy Deardon, Marsha Hubler, and many more. Beyond the learning opportunities, a writers conference is the best way to connect directly with agents and editors. All three have scholarships available, so don’t let finances be a stumbling block.

As always, email any additional questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts One-Day Conference April 11, 2015, at Lancaster Bible College

For a bargain of excellence and price, no writer, whether beginning or advanced, within driving radius will want to miss Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2015!! to be held April 11th, 2015, 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 $50 is due by Wednesday, April 8, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch (think Panini!) and LCW membership. Registrations after April 9 and walk-ins day of the conference are $60.

A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Dina Sleiman and Kelly Long along with children’s author Brenda Hendricks. Non-fiction faculty include TV/radio speaker, marketing expert, award-winning author of 19 books Karen Whiting, professional memoir and ghostwriter Shawn Smucker, journalist/social media experts Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan.Keynoting the opening session will be linguist, missionary, and author Grace Fabian.

Workshops cover such topics as:

  • Market Yourself Now! Learn Tools to Develop Press Kit, Bio, Website, and Other PR Products.
  • Writing Blockbuster Scenes: How To Keep Readers Flipping Pages and Asking For More.
  • Transformed Manuscripts: Repackaging Your Ideas (Sold or Rejected) to Expand Marketability.
  • The Unfortunate Truth in Fiction: Addressing Hard Issues Without Pulling Down Your Story.
  • A Story To Tell: Surefire Do’s and Don’ts to Write a Gripping True Life Story or Memoir.
  • Myers-Briggs for Your Protagonist: Applying Personality Types to Create Characters with Distinctive Qualities, Motivations, and Voices.
  • Let’s Ride the Seesaw: Recruiting Your Inner Child to Communicate with Young Readers.
  • 100% Guaranteed (Oh, Yeah?) Secret to Blogging Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!

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.
Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes writers of all churches and denominations, all levels and genres. Monthly meetings offer opportunities for manuscript critique, networking with other writers, workshops and guest authors.

Mail Super Saturday 2015 registration form (or relevant info) and check or money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.  Email questions to LCW President Jeanette Windle at (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM. For more information, see SS2015 Flyer, Schedule, Workshop Descriptions, Faculty Bio at above links.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LCW Welcomes "Renaissance Man" Dudley Danielson Saturday, 3/21/15 PLUS Writer Opportunities

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, March 21, 2015, 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 one of our own LCW members, Dudley Danielson.  

SPEAKER: Dudley Danielson has been called a Renaissance Man. An ordained minister, Dudley has been a radio host, conference speaker, photographer, innkeeper, newspaper publisher, author of ten books, including his first novel, The Congregation. Along the way he learned to turn writing skills into a profitable income.

WORKSHOP: Dudley Danielson will be sharing a workshop entitled:  How I Made My First Million and . . .”   What is your passion? What gets you so excited that you’re filled with boundless energy? What do you enjoy doing so much that you lose all track of time?  With money being no object, what do you want to do with the rest of your life? In this workshop, Dudley will challenge and entertain through his own experiences as writer, radio host, photographer and more. Along the way, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll discover some terrific ways you can turn your writing into a cash crop. This is one guest you won’t want to miss.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Author Shawn Smucker, who shared with LCW in November and will be speaking at our SS2015, sends this invite to a writer’s retreat for writers of all skill sets  on Saturday, March 28th, with author, editor and writing teacher, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. Time: 10:00-5:00; Location: A spacious farmhouse in beautiful Boiling Springs, PA; Cost: $40 (homemade lunch included). 10 spaces available. Here is a link to info: A Field of Wild Flowers: Writing Retreats. For more info, email 

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

LCW Welcomes Acclaimed Novelist Eliot Pattison Saturday, 2/21/15 PLUS Short Story Opportunity

Join Lancaster Christian Writers in welcoming acclaimed international suspense novelist Eliot Pattison on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((
registration opens at 9).
SPEAKER: Eliot Pattison has been described as a "writer of faraway mysteries," a label particularly apt for someone whose travel and interests span a million miles of global trekking. An international lawyer by training, he is the author of three acclaimed mystery series. His Edgar award-winning Inspector Shan series explores his deep concerns for the people of Tibet and has been translated into over twenty languages around the world. Pattison’s most recent release, Soul of the Fire, eighth book in the Inspector Shan series, has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the twenty best mysteries of 2014. For more information, visit:

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Bringing Faraway Lands to Life: Histories and news reports about peoples distant in place and time might capture the facts, but can be sterile and impersonal. When done well, a novel can transport readers to the stark realities of those lives, allowing them to experience those lands and that adversity on a much more personal, even visceral, level. Join author Eliot Pattison as he shares from his own vast experience the challenges and principles of bringing exotic locations and distant historical times to life for readers, a necessary skill whether writing fiction or non-fiction.

SHORT STORY OPPORTUNITY: Lancaster Christian Writers has received another call-out for short story submissions, this time for a devotional series being published by Kathy Ide, author, founder and coordinator of the Christian Editor Connection, director of Orange Count Christian Writers Conference. She is currently asking for submissions for her fiction-lovers’ devotional 21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships. Deadline to submit is March 1, 2015. Details on how to submit your fiction story can be found at

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

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

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. 

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

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers