Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, May 18th, for Faculty Panel Q&A PLUS Invite for LCW Members to First Ever LANCOEXPO

Happy Easter!! And thank you all who contributed volunteer services and turned out for our Super Saturday 2019. It was a wonderful event, and we’ve had rave reviews on bestselling novelist Ronie Kendig’s keynote address and each of the workshops. Each year we come into this one-day conference not sure we will do it again (pre-conference stress!). One commitment we’ve made is that if conference attendance doesn’t cover expenses, we will close it down. This year’s attendance was somewhat lower than last, but we DID cover expenses, so look forward to adding Super Saturday 2010 to your calendar.

Meanwhile join us
Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) for a Faculty Q&A Panel comprised of experts across the gamut of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, publication, social media, platform building, marketing. We try to schedule one every year or two to give YOU the opportunity to ask any questions on your mind in the field of writing. This is also your opportunity to share your own experience and tips with the group.

It DOES help us in preparation to know what particular questions or topics you would like addressed. So please submit questions and/or suggestions in advance to
jeanette@jeanettewindle.com As time permits, questions can be asked on the spot as well.


LCW INVITED TO FIRST EVER LANCOEXPO!! A special thanks to J.P. Robinson, one of this year’s SS2019 faculty, who is organizing Lancaster County’s first ever LANCOEXPO to display and market books and crafts for the holiday season. He has extended a reduced rate offer for participation as well as an early bird special to LCW members. The event will take place November 16, 2019, with limited vendor spots available, so register soon! Information can be found at: https://jprobinsonbooks.com/lancoexpo-vendor-page/

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts One-Day Conference SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019, AT Lancaster Bible College


An invitation to all Christian writers, aspiring or expert, teen through centennial, all genres, to kick their writing to the next level at Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2019!! April 6th, 2019, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601. This one-day writers conference offers a dual track of workshops in fiction and non-fiction. Please share with friends, family, church, school, library, homeschool co-op!!

SS2019’s very affordable registration price of $55 is due by Wednesday, April 3rd, and includes lunch and LCW membership. Registrations after April 3rd and walk-ins day of the conference are $65. Seventh-twelfth grade aspiring writers are also welcome at a two-for-one rate, or half-off if accompanying a parent, which includes lunch buffet. Group rates for home-school co-ops or Christian schools can be negotiated by contacting Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com

We are delighted to welcome Ronie Kendig. bestselling author of over twenty high action novels, as keynote speaker. Other faculty include publisher and literary agent Dave Fessenden, historical novelist and writing coach Rita Gerlach, publisher, author, and historian J.P. Robinson, editor-in-chief of Hope Editors and author of fiction and non-fiction Hope Flinchbaugh, freelance editor and award-winning author Jeanette Windle. Workshops cover such topics as:

  • Mind Your Business: Why & How Authors Can Easily Set Up a Writing System that Pays
  • Pack a Punch: Striking Hard with Plot and Character for a Knock-out Novel
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Creating Dialogue with Purpose that Moves Your Story Forward
  • More than Just a Transcript: Turning Your Preaching or Speaking into Writing
  • Three-D Characters: Five Key Strategies to Create Characters That Walk Off the Page
  • Divide and Conquer: Manageable Steps to Writing Your First Draft
  • Write to the Heart of a Child: The Craft and Ministry of Writing for Children
  • Ambush Your Reader: Shrewd Tactics for Using Setting and Stage to Create Strong Emotional Impact and Suspense
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. More information, including the Super Saturday 2019 Flyer/Registration Form and Press Release (download to share!!!) can be found above right. OR email LCW president Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com. Payment can be made online (see Payment Option to right), or mail check/ money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Forensic Artist Christine Kerrick Saturday, March 16, 2019 PLUS SS2019 Conference Info

Take advantage of this continuing warm weather and join Lancaster Christian Writers for our last monthly meeting before LCW's annual conference (see info below!). We meet next on Saturday, March 16th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Comic book writer and forensic artist Christine Kerrick will be sharing tips on how to keep knowledgeable readers from rolling their eyes at rookie law enforcement mistakes. 

WORKSHOP: “Ten Things Hollywood Writers Get Wrong with Law Enforcement.” Nothing stalls a police-themed story quite like incorrect or missing information.  Is there really such a thing as ‘good cop/bad cop’? Can investigators find a DNA match instantly? Can a forensic artist actually get an accurate facial identification using just a skull? Knowing how police, investigators, forensic scientists, and forensic artists work gives richness to your story and can open up other plotlines and story elements. You don’t have to know everything about procedure and investigation—you just have to know where to look!

SPEAKER: Award-winning illustrator, comic book writer/artist, and FBI-trained forensic artist Christine Kerrick worked as a civilian for a law-enforcement agency for five years. Experiences volunteering with police, doing “jump-outs” and ride-alongs taught her how police and investigators work. Doing forensic art and facial reconstruction for Broward Sheriff’s Office, Philadelphia Medical Examiner, and PA State Police gave her more insight into how investigators track down an identity, how they get the bad guys, and the stress of their own lives. These experiences birthed stories she is writing now, and a police devotional to support and encourage police. To learn more, visit www.christinekerrick.com.

DEVOTIONALS: Also, we have openings for devotional speakers at March, May, and June monthly meetings. Time frame is 5-10 minutes (including introducing yourself) and must have some tie-in to writers. This is your opportunity to share your words and God's message with fellow writers, so drop an email to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com if you would like to sign up for a month.

SUPER SATURDAY 2019 WORKSHOPS AND FACULTY BIOS ARE NOW ONLINE. SS2019 is coming up in just over a month. Check out conference info at http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com And don't forget to help us circulate ourSS2019 FLYER as well as PRESS RELEASE as well as to sign up soon for our April 6th one-day conference at REGISTRATION. Success and continuation of this annual conference depends on YOU to help us get the news out. This includes to high-schoolers at half price, so let those talented younger writers in your church, family, or homeschool co-op know.

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, January 26, 2019

Join LCW Saturday, February 16, 2019, with Investigative Journalist/Novelist Jeanette Windle PLUS Writer Retreat Invite & Handout Link


Happy 2019!!! What a great turnout and weather we had for our January kickoff. We meet next on Saturday, February 16th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) Saturday, January 19th (01/19/19), from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Novelist, investigative journalist (and LCW president) Jeanette Windle will be teaching a workshop on effective plotting. 

WORKSHOP:
“A Story to Tell"--Keys to Plot Development. A compelling story lies not only in who, what, where, and when, but how and especially why. Inciting incidents, interweaving plot lines, conflict, character-driven versus plot-driven, rising and falling action, climax, and resolution are among the elements necessary to tell an effective story. While workshop is slanted to fiction, principles apply to non-fiction story telling as well.

SPEAKER: Award-winning novelist, investigative journalist, editor, and collaborative writer Jeanette Windle grew up in the Amazon's guerrilla hot zones, has lived in six countries, and traveled in more than thirty. Those experiences have birthed twenty-one titles, including bestselling novels Veiled Freedom/Freedom's Stand, (ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award/Carol Award/Golden Scroll nominees), as well as such non-fiction titles as Forgiven (ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards nominee) and All Saints, also a Sony Affirm movie. To learn more, visit www.jeanettewindle.com.

JANUARY MEETING HANDOUT: Thank you, Annette Whipple for an outstanding workshop on work-for-hire freelancing at our latest LCW meeting. For those who attended and those who couldn’t make it, she offers a link to the Powerpoint/handout she shared. The link will only remain live for a week, so grab download now: https://www.annettewhipple.com/p/for-writers.html 

WRITERS RETREAT INVITE: LCW member Jeannette DiLouie,
Chief Executive Editor of Innovative Editing, invites Lancaster Christian Writers to prepare to be inspired at The Genuine Writer’s Retreat 2019. Ever been to Annapolis? It’s truly beautiful. Like the best of Boston, it’s filled with great food, great scenery and a historic feel you don’t want to stop soaking in. It’s also the site of The Genuine Writer’s Retreat 2019, right off the waterfront at Gibson’s Lodgings bed and breakfast. Attendees can enjoy picturesque accommodations, delicious food, two carefully crafted presentations, and plenty of time to relax and write. Get the inspiration, encouragement and insights you’ve been looking for on your writing journey March 22-24 at this scenic locale. Early bird prices end January 31, so be sure to claim your space today at www.TheGenuineWriter.com
 
SUPER SATURDAY 2019 FLYER/REGISTRATION NOW LIVE ONLINE: And don't forget to help us circulate our SS2019 FLYER as well as PRESS RELEASE as well as to sign up soon for our April 6th one-day conference at LBC REGISTRATION. Success and continuation of this annual conference depends on YOU to help us get the news out.  
 
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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Kick Your Writing New Year into Gear Saturday, 1/19/19 Welcoming Author Annette Whipple to Lancaster Christian Writers: See Also 2019 Conference Info

Happy New Years!!! Can you believe we all survived the last year--and the holiday bustle? Now it's time to set those goals and make those writing resolutions for 2019. What better jump-start than joining fellow LCW members at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) Saturday, January 19th (01/19/19), from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Educator and children's non-fiction author Annette Whipple will be sharing her secrets for breaking into the for-hire writing market.
 

WORKSHOP: "Skip the Pitch: Work-for-Hire Writing Assignments" Break into the publishing world and establish yourself as a professional writer or earn additional income without pitching agents or editors. Educational publishers (Christian and general) hire writers to write informational books and other resources for children. Participants will learn how to approach publishers for work-for-hire assignments.  

SPEAKER: Annette Whipple is a children’s nonfiction author living in Oxford, PA with her husband and three children. She strives to inspire a sense of wonder in people while exciting them about the world around them. When she’s not writing, Annette enjoys reading a good book and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. Connect on Facebook and Instagram at @AnnetteWhippleBooks and Twitter @AnnetteWhipple. Learn more about Annette, her books, and her presentations at www.AnnetteWhipple.com.


SUPER SATURDAY 2019: And it isn't too early to mark your calendar for 2019's one-day LCW conference at Lancaster Bible College, scheduled for Saturday, April 6th. An outstanding faculty lineup includes high-octane thriller novelist Ronie Kendig, renowned editor and agent Dave Fessenden, historical novelist Rita Gerlach, journalist and author Hope Flinchbaugh, novelist and publisher J.P. Robinson, and more. Flyer and other data will be online by end of month so help us in getting the news out.
 

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, December 1, 2018

Join Us for Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Talent at LCW's 2018 Christmas Celebration Saturday, 12/15/18

Merry Christmas 2018!!! Needing an inspirational break from holiday frenzy? Then join your fellow LCW members at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) Saturday, December 15th, from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) for food, fun, fellowship, and outstanding talent--YOU!!
 

SPEAKER: That's right. As per LCW tradition, December is for showcasing the creativity and genius of our own members. Submitting your work to a guaranteed and appreciative audience is an opportunity no writer should pass up. 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), 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 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.
 
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!
 

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Learn to ePublish with Author and eBook Publisher Charlie Liebert Saturday 11/17/18

 If you have a book, you DON'T have a major publishing company contract, and have wondered about the advantages, possibilities, and technical practicalities of indie publishing your title, you won't want to miss this month's Lancaster Christian Writers session Saturday, November, 2018, with author and eBook publisher at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). 

WORKSHOP: “Why and How to Publish with Kindle Direct Publishing”: In this practical hands-on workshop, Charlie Liebert will demonstrate why and how he has converted ALL his writing work to KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing. During the workshop, he will be working directly with the KDP site to showcase exactly how a book is entered, uploaded, and published.

SPEAKER: When Charlie Liebert abandoned atheism to become a Christian, he immediately saw the contradiction between Creation and Evolution. By then he had already earned a BS in Chemistry and an MBA in marketing. He has conducted over four hundred workshops and seminars teaching Christian apologetics, including several years for Ken Ham’s ministry "Answers in Genesis.”  For ten years from 1995-2000, he produced a weekly TV show in Greensboro, NC, called "Creation Foundation Explanation.”  Charlie has published fourteen eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle, of which ten are also in paperback. His indie publication service helps indie helps other authors publish to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing as both eBooks and print on demand.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: And don't forget to bring your latest work-in-progress (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