Thursday, October 16, 2014

Change of Speaker/Workshop for LCW This Saturday, October 18th!

Please note a last-minute change for our Lancaster Christian Writers this Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Our scheduled speaker Kelly Long was taken to the hospital yesterday due to a serious concussion. She is recovering well, but will not be able to join us this Saturday. Please pray for complete healing for her. We hope to reschedule her workshop later in the year. Meantime, Jeanette Windle (yes, that's me!) will instead be teaching one of her most popular writers conference workshops: Hook That Editor!

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: You have ten seconds to catch an editor’s attention, two minutes to keep it, so make that proposal count! A practical guide to writing a professional and attention-grabbing proposal. Offers clear explanation on how to write that all-important hook.

SPEAKER BIO: Award-winning novelist and missions journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in equatorial South America's guerrilla hot zones, has lived in six countries and traveled in more than 30. Those experiences have birthed 16 fiction titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist, sequel Freedom's Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award finalist, and Congo Dawn, 2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year.

Until Saturday,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Award-winning Novelist Kelly Long Saturday, October 18, 2014 PLUS Invite To All Children's Writers

Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, join Lancaster Christian Writers in welcoming award-winning Amish novelist and writing coach Kelly Long on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9).

SPEAKER: Kelly M. Long is an author of numerous Amish fiction titles for Harper Collins (Thomas Nelson), Kensington Publishers, Charisma/Realms Publishers, including 2012 Carol Awards finalist, Lilly’s Wedding Quilt. She has three children and has been married for 29 years. She resides in Hummelstown, PA, and enjoys teaching and engaging with other writers.

WORKSHOP:  "Writers Write!” When do we see Jesus writing in the Bible? What implications can we take away from His example to add to our own works both literally and spiritually? In this workshop, Kelly Long offers wise exhortation and practical life application for the writing life and its unique challenges. There will also be a brief opportunity to brainstorm ideas for adding more of Christ to your personal stories.

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

WRITERS OPPORTUNITIES: And if you are looking for more opportunities to network with other writers, here are two invites LCW has received.

CHILDREN'S WRITERS: "Anyone interested in writing for children or YA might want to check out the following meeting hosted by members of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Here's the link to SCBWI:

LANCASTER AREA WRITER: Critiquery at the Creperie--Looking for a critique group within driving distance of Lancaster? Why not come to Rachel's Crepery (201 W. Walnut St., Lancaster PA 17603) from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th for goodies, great conversation, and manuscript/illustration swapping. Even if you're not coming to SCBWI Fall Philly conference, you're welcome to stop by to make new friends and swap contact info for future critique groups! If interested, RSVP to Lindsay Bandy on Facebook or at BY October 13th. See you there!

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

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendar For LCW's Fall Kickoff This Saturday, September 20, 2014!!

A reminder that Lancaster Christian Writers will be kicking off its fall calendar Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Popular conference speaker Emily Parke Chase will be welcoming LCW back with a challenge of value to every writer.

Emily Chase is not only a frequent speaker at conferences for youth and adults, she is author of seven books, including Help My Family's Messed Up! (Kregel) and her most recent release, Standing Tall After Falling Short (Moody). Emily describes 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!"

DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS:  Our LCW openings is a wonderful opportunity for our members to share your own writing and a message God has laid on your heart with the larger group. We are looking for devotional speakers (5-10 minutes) for the 2014-2015 calendar year, including September. If you'd be interested in a calendar slot, please email

CRITIQUE GROUPS: There will also be opportunity for our usual peer critique groups after Emily Chase's workshop. As per guidelines, bring ten printed copies of no more than 1500 words.

For any further info, email questions or concerns to

See you Saturday!
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers