Monday, March 28, 2016

REMINDER: Get Your Registration in for LCW's Super Saturday 2016 04/16/16

A reminder we are now less than three weeks from Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2016!! April 16th, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601 (registration opens 7:45am). So let’s get those registrations in the mail! Early registration price of $50 is due by Wednesday, April 13, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch. Registrations after April 13 and walk-ins day of the conference are $60.

SS2016 offers a dual track of workshops in fiction and non-fiction (open attendance for any workshop; you don't need to choose one track). 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, so plan to arrive early enough to sign up with the faculty member of your choice. Along with listed faculty (Hana Caye, Michele Chynoweth, Mike Dellosso, Tracy Higley, Marsha Hubler, Dwight Kopp, Gayle Roper), author/editor/conference director Marlene Bagnull and award-winning novelist/non-fiction writer Jeanette Windle will be among auxiliary faculty offering personal consultations.
 

VOLUNTEERS: We do need a few volunteers to man registration and help with conference bookstore set-up. ALL volunteer activity will be over by opening session, so if you can come in between 7-7:30am for setup, your help will be greatly appreciated (AND you’ll have first crack at signing up for faculty appointments). If you can volunteer, please email LCW president Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com.
 

GET THE WORD OUT!! Please do help us get the word out by sharing REGISTRATION FLYER and PRESS RELEASE to your social media or on your local church/library/community bulletin boards (see link above). FA complete list of Workshop Descriptions and Faculty Bios can be found column right. Or simply post a link to our LCW webpage for full information (http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com/ 

REGISTRATION: Mail Super Saturday 2016 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. For credit card/PayPal payment, request invoice at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Celebrate Spring by Joining LCW in Welcoming Author/Speaker Emily Chase Saturday, 03/19/26

Wow, can you believe this weather! Come celebrate spring with Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, March 19, 2016, 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 prolific author and speaker Emily Parke Chase.

SPEAKER: Originally trained as an archaeologist, Emily Parke Chase no longer glues old pottery shards together, but helps repair people's broken lives instead. Her seven non-fiction books include Help! My Family's Messed Up! (Kregel), and Standing Tall After Falling Short (Moody). Her true stories have appeared in twenty different Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes.

WORKSHOP: "Soup's On! A Recipe for Writing for Collections and Anthologies". Collections of stories such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, along with anthologies or devotionals, offer some of the best opportunities for new writers to break into the publishing world, but each editor has specific features they seek in the stories they choose to include.  Emily will share practical tips on how to meet those criteria, tips that will make your writing fit the bill. 

SUPER SATURDAY 2016: We are just one month out now from our Super Saturday 2016 at Lancaster Bible College Saturday, April 16, 2016. Time to be getting those registrations in! And please help us spread the word by sharing event data on your own social media/church and library bulletin boards, etc. Flyer and Press Release for 2016 are now live. For printable links, see SS2016 data above,. For those wanting to pay by credit card or PayPal, we have that option available this year by requesting secured invoice through PayPal from LCW president at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com.

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

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

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Join LCW Expert Panel for Q&A Saturday, 2/20/16 PLUS Sign Up & Share SS2016


Got questions you’ve always wanted to ask—whether on past workshops or any other writing related topic? Then join Lancaster Christian Writers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) with fiction and non-fiction author and editor Jeanette Windle, journalist and curriculum writer Lisa Bartelt, and social media expert Alison McLennan for a Q&A Session on topics of your choice.

Q&A PANEL: LCW members frequently with questions as to how to submit articles to magazines, how to write a devotional, where to find an agent, how social media can be used to promote writing sales, how to approach editors, what are pros and cons of signing up for this summer’s writing conferences, how to turn life experience into marketable memoir, and much more. Non-fiction or fiction, sales or marketing, this is YOUR opportunity to ask the questions on your mind. The only restriction: questions must be applicable to group, not on your own work-in-progress (for that, bring those copies and join peer group critique section.  Help us prepare by sending your questions in advance to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com
 
SUPER SATURDAY 2016: And don’t  forget it isn’t too early to get your registration in for Super Saturday 2016 at Lancaster Bible College Saturday, April 16, 2016. Please help us spread the word!!! by sharing event data on your own social media/church and library bulletin boards, etc. Flyer and press release for 2016 are now live for easy sharing or printing (see Super Saturday 2016 above). For those wanting to pay by credit card or PayPal, we have that option available this year by requesting secured invoice through PayPal from LCW president at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com.

THANK YOU! And a special thanks to LCW member Laura Pappas, who has so kindly and expertly designed our SS2016 flyer (and last year’s!).

DEVOTIONAL: We also have openings for devotional speakers for February, May, and June. This is your chance to share that writer-relevant devotional, blog post, essay, or just encouragement with your LCW peers. If you'd be interested in sharing (5-10 minutes), especially for this coming month (2/20/16), please email jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

CRITIQUE GROUPS: And don't forget to bring your latest work-in-progress  for critique groups (ten copies 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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEARS!! Join Lancaster Christian Writers in Welcoming Author/Speaker Becky Toews January 16, 2016

Happy New Years 2016! Kick off this year’s writing journey by joining Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, January 16, 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 author and conference speaker Becky Toews.

SPEAKER: Author of Virgin Snow: Leaving Your Mark in the World, Becky Toews has been an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College since 2005 where she teaches English composition and Public Speaking. Forged in the fire of being a pastor’s wife, Becky has worked alongside her husband in counseling, teaching, speaking, and everything in between. She also has had an active speaking ministry and conducts Speaking Well workshops for groups as diverse as Lancaster Business Women to Youth With a Mission and various church groups. You may visit her website at www.beckytoews.com
 
WORKSHOP: “Writing and Speaking: Two Different Animals." Writers no longer have the luxury of staying behind their computers and letting their work speak for itself. More and more, writers are asked to speak, to communicate verbally about what they have written. Yet public speaking continues to poll as people’s number one fear. That's right! Speaking in front of people even beats out death. That can change. In this workshop Becky Toews will give a few tips on how to speak with greater confidence and effectiveness. Don't let your message get marred because of poor verbal skills.

SUPER SATURDAY 2016: And don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s one-day writers conference at Lancaster Bible College Saturday, April 16th. Faculty includes bestselling novelist like Loree Lough, Gayle Roper, Mike Dellosso, as well as authors, speakers, editors Hana Haatainen Caye, Dwight Kopp, Marsha Hubler, Michel Chynoweth. A flyer and press release will be heading your way shortly.

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@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Friday, December 4, 2015

LCW 2015 Christmas Celebration Saturday, 12/19/2015 PLUS SS2016 News!

Merry Christmas! It’s that time of year again when Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes a speaker who is talented, funny, poignant, inspiring, succinct (as in respecting time limits!) and just fabulous. That’s right—you! Come share your talent at Lancaster Christian Writers’ year-end Christmas Symposium and Bazaar Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9).

SPEAKER: Yes, as has become LCW tradition, our December meeting will showcase the creativity and genius of our own members. Share a poem, drama, devotional, comedy skit, even a scene (short!) of that novel you’re working on. Time limit is 3-5 minutes (easy way to calculate is a maximum of 750 words), 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.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: AND if you have published titles or Christmas crafts, do bring them along for our Christmas Bazaar.  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.  

EATS!!!  If you are baking any Christmas goodies or would like to contribute a brunch type dish, we'd love to make this a real party. If you think you can bring something, a heads-up would be nice just for planning. But last minute goodies will also accepted. (and if you have nothing to bring, don't let that discourage you from coming. There is always enough food!)

SUPER SATURDAY 2016:  We also now have a firm date for our 2016 Super Saturday one-day writers conference at Lancaster Bible College: Saturday, April 16th, so do mark your calendar. Already confirmed is a wonderful lineup of faculty from New York bestseller Lori Lough, award-winning novelist Gayle Roper, Dwight Kopp, non-fiction experts in marketing, editing, platform presence, Michele Chynoweth, Marsha Hubler, and more.

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@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Thursday, November 12, 2015

LCW Welcomes Industry Expert Mike Gaines Saturday, November 21, 2015


Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9AM) at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster, PA (right off HWY 30 near Costco) in welcoming industry expert Mike Gaines for an interactive workshop that can help authors avoid publishing pitfalls and detours.

SPEAKER: Mike Gaines served in full-time ministry before transitioning to become a Zondervan sales representative for over a decade, until 2012. He worked primarily with independent Christian bookstores, and his territory reached literally from coast to coast. As part of the world’s leading Bible company during one of the most challenging and controversial periods in its history, he had a front-row seat to witness some of the people, events and movements that helped shape the publishing industry. He currently lives in Lancaster, PA, where he serves as Sales Manager for Little Mountain Printing, a family-owned small business known as home to a favorite local publication called The Fishwrapper.

 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: “Surfing the Swamp”.  Christian retail could be termed an “evolving door” authors must pass through to get their work to a waiting world, and it has changed with head-spinning speed over the last few years. How do publishers decide what to publish and how to promote it? Are retailers the “gatekeepers” they used to be? A veteran retailer once called Mike Gaines his “swamp guide” because of how murky the supply chain can seem without a dependable partner. Mike’s experienced advice can help you avoid hazards and detours that bog authors down as he shares his own experiences representing a publishing powerhouse to retailers all along the success spectrum.

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@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Join LCW Welcoming Award-winning Novelist Shelley Adina Saturday, 10/17/15

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9AM) at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster, PA (right off HWY 30 near Costco) in welcoming back Shelley Adina, bestselling Christian steampunk and Amish romance novelist, who was with us in 2013. She will be flying in again from CA for the Strasburg Railroad Festival and is taking time out to share another fiction workshop with us: Creating Communities With Character.

SPEAKER: Shelley Adina is an award-winning novelist, copy editor, and teaching writer in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. She writese Amish women's fiction as Adina Senft. Shelley won the RITA Award® from the Romance Writers of America in 2005, and was a finalist the following year. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2009 for The Fruit of My Lipstick, a two-time Carol Award finalist, and has lately been an Amazon bestseller with the Magnificent Devices novels.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: "Creating Communities with Character" You’ve created a hero to die for and a heroine to challenge him—but two people aren’t enough to carry the whole book. What about all the other people in your story world? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create communities populated by compelling secondary and tertiary characters. Best friends, buddies, exes, families, and coworkers create foils and contrasts for your main characters, push the plot’s emotional complexity, build the story towns your reader wants to come back to . . . and become the main characters for the next book.
 
KEYSTONE CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE
: If you are a fiction writer, you will also want to check out American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Pennsylvania Chapter's first one-day writer's conference at State College, PA on November 7th. Check out details at  http://acfwpennsylvania.com/keystone-christian-fiction-writers-conference/

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, 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