Monday, September 26, 2016


Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Journalist, freelance writer/editor, and blogger Lisa Bartelt will be sharing a workshop on how to deal with that painful topic: peer and editorial critique.

SPEAKER: A newspaper reporter, copy editor, freelance writer, including Group Publishing curriculum and numerous magazine articles, and avid blogger, Lisa Bartelt is a child of the flatlands fulfilling her dream of living near the mountains. She loves reading, writing and listening to stories—true ones, made-up ones and the ones in between— preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. Wife, mom of two, and ordinary girl, Lisa blogs about books, faith, family and the unexpected turns of life at Beauty on the Backroads (http://lisabartelt.com). Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

WORKSHOP: “Better than Good: Honest Feedback without Hurt Feelings”: To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. For writers, this idea attributed to Aristotle would also include: "write nothing." Most of us want to avoid criticism at all costs. But a writer needs feedback  before presenting our words to readers, who certainly will have an opinion. Is there a way to receive honest feedback, whether from fellow writers or editors, without having our feelings hurt? Is there a way to give constructive feedback without sounding mean? This workshop will look at specific ways to offer helpful feedback beyond statements such as "I like it" or "It's good." It will also address how to prepare ourselves to receive feedback and evaluate it without an emotional breakdown. And we'll see that even successful, published authors aren't immune to the negative side of criticism.

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@jeanettewindle.com

Blessings,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lancaster Christian Writers Kicks Off Fall Calendar Saturday, 9-17-16 with Author/Communicator Shawn Smucker

Wow, was that summer that just flew by? Unbelievably, the school year is just around the corner, and so is Lancaster Christian Writers’ fall kickoff for the 2016-2017 calendar year. If you’ve been itching to get back into writing mode, pick up your pen, tablet, or laptop and join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). We are privileged and excited to welcome as our speaker well-known Lancaster area author and communicator Shawn Smucker.

SPEAKER: Lancaster native author Shawn Smucker is perhaps best known for his non-fiction and collaborative memoir titles such as Refuse to Drown, A Twist of Faith, and How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp. But he recently signed a three book fiction deal with one of Christian publishing’s largest powerhouses, the Baker Publishing Group, an exciting accomplishment in this current climate of publishing scale-backs. Even more atypical, that contract came about through a self-published novel crowd-funded through Kickstarter, The Day the Angels Fell (scheduled for re-release with Baker fall of 2017). Learn more at shawnsmucker.com.

WORKSHOP:My 17-Year Journey to a Book Deal (or Just Keep Going!!)”  In this practical as well as inspirational workshop, Shawn will be sharing about his own 17- year journey to a major book deal, the value of perseverance, putting in the work, not getting dragged down over platform, etc. as well as the three most important elements of story and how to apply them to your own work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction.

WORKSHOP/DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS: We have openings for workshop and devotional speakers, especially January-June, so if you have a suggestion for a workshop, speaker, or a particular topic you’d like to see covered, please drop a note to jeanette@jeanettewindle.com. If you’d like to share an opening devotional (5-10 minutes/must be directed in some aspect to writers), please contact as well. 


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, June 9, 2016

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, June 18th, 2016, For Last Meeting Before Summer Break.


This is your last chance before LCW’s summer break to network with other writers, bring those chapters to critique, and do some hands-on writing. So do join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Collaborative writer, editor, novelist (and LCW president-yes, that’s me) Jeanette Windle will be sharing a workshop on memoir/biography writing.

SPEAKER: Award-winning novelist, collaborative writer, and journalist Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in thirty-plus. Those experiences birthed 16 fiction titles, including ECPA Christian Book/Christy/Carol Award finalists Veiled Freedom and Freedom's Stand, and 3 non-fiction collaborative titles, including 2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards finalist Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace (with Terri Roberts).

WORKSHOP: “A Story to Tell: Writing the Memoir/Biography—Your Own or Another’s.” Non-fiction biography is the bread-and-butter of freelance writing. Whether writing your own memoir or someone else’s life story, this workshop will walk you through the practicalities of breaking down, organizing, and weaving into story form a compelling life narrative. Not writing a full book? Principles apply as well to the personal experience short story/article.

WRITERS CONFERENCES: While LCW will not be meeting in July/August, that doesn’t signify any lack of writer opportunity.  Two of North America’s premier Christian writers conferences take place in PA each summer. Montrose Christian Writers Conference will be held July 17-22 in Montrose, PA (near Scranton). Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is August 3-6 at Cairn University (near Philly). Check out their websites for faculty and workshop listings, and consider jump-starting next fall’s writing by attending at least one of these conferences.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

SPRING IS HERE!! Come Celebrate with Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, May 21, 2016, by Welcoming Novelist/Editor/Writing Coach Laurie Edwards


Happy May Day (somewhat belated!) and welcome to spring. A thanks to all those able to join us last month for our one-day conference at Lancaster Bible College and a special thanks to our faculty and LBC hosts who, as always, made it an outstanding event. If you missed the conference (or if you didn’t!), then consider catching this month’s special opportunity to welcome novelist, editor, writing coach, and Pennwriters conference faculty Laurie Edwards Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Laurie Edwards is in town to speak at the annual Pennwriters conference, also that weekend at Eden Resort, so we are delighted and privileged that she is taking time for us from her own conference.

SPEAKER: A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards worked as a senior editor, then a publisher at two small presses before leaving to spend more time on her writing career. In addition to more than 2200 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers, and writes under several pen names. As Rachel J. Good, she is the author of Change of Heart, first book in the Sisters & Friends Amish series and set right here in Lancaster, PA, released May, 2016, by Charisma House. Find out more about her at www.lauriejedwards.com and www.racheljgood.com

WORKSHOP: “Story Structure for Plotters and Pantsers.” An interesting and exciting beginning will draw readers in, but how do you keep their interest high throughout? Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, a well-plotted story will keep readers turning the pages and make them eager to read your next book. Both plotters and pantsers will benefit from knowing how to structure a story that readers can’t put down. 

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

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