Saturday, August 9, 2014

LCW 2014-2015 Calendar PLUS NOVA Christian Writers Invites LCW to Fall Mini-Conference

LCW CALENDAR YEAR 2014-2015: Our Lancaster Christian Writers 2014-2015 calendar year is shaping up nicely. We are confirmed for the entire year for the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30am-noon at Lancaster Alliance Church's Uptown Theater, 210 Pitney Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, beginning with our kickoff on Saturday, September 20th, with popular conference speaker and author Emily Parke Chase.

SUPER SATURDAY 2015: We've also confirmed our date for Super Saturday 2015 as April 11, 2015, at Lancaster Bible College. At this point, we already have almost filled our faculty lineup, BUT if you have a suggestion for workshop leaders in either fiction or non-fiction categories, we still have a couple open slots.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHRISTIAN WRITERS MINI-CONFERENCE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2014: Meanwhile, if you haven't yet made a writers conference this summer--or even if you have--LCW has received a warm invitation from NOVA Christian Writers to attend their one-day conference Saturday, September 6th. We've had the privilege of welcoming NOVA members to our own spring conferences and would be delighted to see some LCW members reciprocate the visit. Below are links for more info and for registering.

See you in the fall.
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Check Out LCW's Fall 2014 Speaker Line-up!! AND Anyone Going to GPCWC?

Lancaster Christian Writers is on its summer hiatus for July and August. I hope each of you is enjoying a relaxing summer time--and perhaps catching a Christian writers conference. Two are coming up over the next couple weeks, and it isn't too late to sign up for either. Montrose Christian Writers Conference runs July 20-25 up near Scranton, PA. Greater Philadelphia CWC is the next week, July 30th-August 3rd. I will be teaching continuing tracks at both as will other faculty familiar to LCW from Tracy Higley, Suzanne Kuhn, Marsha Hubler, Joyce Magnin, Dave Fessenden, Carol Wedeven, and countless more worth meeting. Google either conference for details.

INTERESTED IN CAR POOLING? If anyone is going to GPCWC and is interested in car-pooling, please email Looking especially for a ride willing to arrive by first Early Bird session on Wednesday and return after last workshop Saturday afternoon.

FALL SPEAKER LINE-UP: Meanwhile, our fall calendar is already filling up with an exciting speaker line-up. Monthly meetings will continue to be 3rd Saturday of month (unless some major scheduling conflict arrives, in which case we will announce changes well in advance) from 9:30am-noon at Lancaster Alliance Church's Uptown Theater, 210 Pitney Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Already for this fall we have scheduled:
  • SEPTEMBER 20TH: Popular conference speaker Emily Parke Chase, author of seven books, including Help My Family's Messed Up! (Kregel) and her most recent release, Standing Tall After Falling Short (Moody), will be welcoming LCW back with a challenge. She says of 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!"
  • OCTOBER 18TH: If you enjoy Amish fiction or just want to know how to deal with writers block, you won't want to miss our dual speaking team, award-winning Amish fiction authors Kelly Long and Elizabeth Younts. Their workshop “Writers Write!” deals with the various blocks that writers face at all levels in actually producing work instead of wasting time.
  • NOVEMBER 15TH: Shawn Smucker, well-known Lancaster County author and co-author of numerous biographies and other non-fiction titles, including Refuse to Drown and My Amish Roots, will be sharing his own blueprint to earn a living from writing.
BLOG WORKSHOP POWERPOINT: And speaking of great speakers, the workshop shared by LCW members Alison McLennon and Lisa Bartelt on successful blogging was outstanding. They have shared the excellent PowerPoint notes for that session at our LCW blog (look under Useful Links to right).

LONNIE STEIN EYE SURGERY: In final news please remember in prayer LCW member Lonnie Stein who is having to reschedule her own plans to attend Montrose CWC for cateract surgery.

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

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Offers Social Media Workshop Saturday, June 21st PLUS Invite to Fiction Workshop with Novelist Mike Dellosso

Don’t miss Lancaster Christian Writers' LAST meeting before summer break Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Social media experts (and LCW members) Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan will be sharing a workshop on that 21st century challenge and necessary evil for all serious writers—creating your platform as a writer through BLOGGING.

WORKSHOP:The 100% Surefire Guaranteed Secret to Blogging Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.” Sounds good, right? If only it were that easy! But don’t fret! LCW members Alison McLennan and Lisa Bartelt, both experienced bloggers, will share some beginning tips for bloggers during this workshop including tips for effective blogging and how to set up a blog on a free site. They'll talk about the whys and hows of blogging as well as give some thought to who should have a blog. And after the workshop, if you're still not sure about blogging, Alison and Lisa will stick around during critique time to answer questions and help you work out whether blogging is for you.

OUR SPEAKERS: Lisa Bartelt has been a newspaper reporter and copy editor, as well as a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in Group Publishing curriculum, in devotional compilations, and in Thriving Family and Prayer Connect magazines. She is also an avid blogger whose writing appears regularly on her own site, and at Putting On the New ( ) as well as in guest posts elsewhere on the Web. She’s been a member of LCW for five years and recently joined American Christian Fiction Writers.

Alison McLennan declared her intent to "make books" at age 3, and her dream never wavered. With experience as a journalist, freelance writer, book editor, and published author, Alison recently returned to her first literary love: fiction. She also writes about faith forged in hard places on her blog at If you want to say hi, she’d love to connect with you on Twitter (@AlisonJMcLennan) or Facebook (

ONE DAY FICTION WRITING SURVIVAL TRAINING WITH MIKE DELLOSSO: For LCW’s fiction writers, multi-published suspense novelist Mike Dellosso, author of Fearless, Rearview, Frantic and more, is hosting a one-day fiction writing seminar September 20th, 2014, in Latrobe, PA from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Mike Dellosso, who has shared numerous workshops at LCW conferences and events, sends this personal note to the LCW membership:

“This One-Day Fiction Writing Survival Training will help you acquire the skills to survive the fiction writing journey. We'll also discuss the writing life and there will be a time of honest-to-goodness Q & A. Ask any question you want about writing, publishing, dealing with publishers and editors, money . . . whatever! Come prepared to learn, to be inspired, and to leave ready to dive into your project.

Some of the highlights of the day will include: 1) Developing characters that jump off the page and into the reader's life; 2) Creating settings that take on a life of their own; 3) Pacing that will keep readers turning pages; 4) Different publishing methods . . . which one is right for you? 5) Beating writer's block and improving your time management; 6) Ask-anything Q & A. Find out more information including the schedule of topics, cost, and how to register at:

NOTE FROM LCW PRESIDENT: On a personal note, I (Jeanette Windle) am traveling over the next two weeks to Sri Lanka on a missions journalism ministry trip. I will be meeting with and interviewing ministry leaders from seven nations—Nepal, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, and Sri Lanka—as they come together for a leadership summit and traveling through Sri Lanka itself, visiting ministries and churches, including Tamil Tiger war zones still recovering from civil war. I return just a day before our June 21st meeting (if I don’t show, assume I’ve been taken hostage!). I would appreciate prayer for travel connections, safety and God’s blessing as I interview and write the stories of these wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.

As always, email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers