Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mark Your Calendar For LCW's 2015-2016 Calendar Year Kickoff Saturday, September 26th: NOTE This is 4th, NOT 3rd Saturday

Wow, can summer really be almost over? I think I blinked and missed it! It was good to see many LCW members at Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. Others took in St. Davids or Montrose Conferences. If you didn't make it to a conference, I trust your summer has at least included some writing time.

SEPTEMBER LCW KICKOFF: Regardless, do jump-start your fall writing by joining Lancaster Christian Writers 2015-2016 Kickoff on Saturday, September 26th at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Please note this is the FOURTH Saturday, rather than the usual THIRD, due to a scheduling conflict (mine, actually. I will be ministry traveling over the next 2 1/2 months on three separate continents, but will be briefly back in Lancaster for 9/26).

SPEAKER:  LCW president Jeanette Windle (yes, that's me!) will be sharing one of most popular and practical workshops she taught at GPCWC: The A to Z of Writing a Sellable Article.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The A to Z of Writing the Sellable Article: Where to find material or choose a topic? What makes an attention-grabbing lead and headline? What to include and how to organize? A great conclusion or just petering out? Taught by a twenty-year-veteran missions journalist and editor, this workshop lays out in practical steps how to turn out consistently exciting, tightly written articles, no matter your theme or subject matter.

SPEAKER BiO: Award-winning novelist, missions journalist, editor and collaborative writer Jeanette Windle grew up in equatorial South America's guerrilla hot zones, has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty. Those experiences have birthed 16 fiction titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom (2010 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist), Freedom's Stand, (2012 ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award finalist), and Congo Dawn (2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year) as well as non-fiction collaborative titles Hope Underground: The Chilean Mine Rescue and Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace (Bethany House, Fall, 2015). 

OCTOBER MEETING: We have also confirmed as speaker for our October meeting on Saturday, 10/17 (yes, that is back to 3rd Saturday!) 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.

FALL/WINTER CALENDAR: We still have openings for speakers November-June, so if you have a suggestion for either speaker or workshop, please contact me at We also have openings to share a devotional (5-10 minutes) each month. This is your opportunity to share your own inspirational writing with the group, so please do contact me if you'd like to get on the schedule.

As always, email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, June 1, 2015

Don't Miss Final LCW Meeting Before Summer with Speaker/Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess Saturday, 6-20-15

Don’t miss your last chance to meet, learn, and share your work with other area scribblers before Lancaster Christian Writers breaks for the summer (July/August). We will be meeting Saturday, June 20, 2015, 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 speaker and author Lisa Lawmaster Hess as she shares Sprints and Jogs and Bits and Pieces: Finding a Way to Weave Writing into Your Day.”
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Most writers aren’t able to work at their craft full time, and instead, need to fit their writing into schedules filled with responsibilities that are both desirable (family) and undesirable (that full time job that pays the bills but isn’t as much fun as writing). Naturally organized people are often good at setting a schedule and sticking to it, but many creative people struggle to find the time they need to make progress on their writing projects. This workshop will appeal to both the schedulers and the flexers (for the record, the presenter fits into the second category) as Lisa discusses ways to use both small snippets and large chunks of time to finish those WIPs. 

SPEAKER: Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a retired school counselor who has taught classes on organization and time management to elementary aged children, busy adults and retirees. She is the author of two books in the education market, Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce, and one novel, Casting the First Stone. In addition to writing, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania.

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, May 4, 2015

LCW Welcomes Novelist Dwight Kopp Saturday, 5/16/15 PLUS Check Out This Summer's Christian Writers Conferences

Lancaster Christian Writers resumes its monthly meetings Saturday, May 16, 2015, 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 international suspense novelist Dwight Kopp, who will be sharing from personal experience, as he terms it, “how to be a Christian and still write about really bad people.”
SPEAKER: Author, speaker and storyteller, Dwight Kopp was born and raised in Zambia, Africa. By the age of 14 he had fourteen different countries stamped in his passport. He’s studied five languages, and eaten elephant, hippo, (tastes like beef, mostly), crocodile and flying ants. Currently residing in Pennsylvania, Dwight works as a realtor, contractor, writer and speaker— which is the nice way of saying, Dwight really isn’t sure what he’s going to do when he grows up. He is author of The Moderator Series, The Zambezi Chronicles trilogy and Made in Africa.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Mummies, Man-eaters, and Militants. Complications define character. But not all complications are created equal.  If — in the writing process — you don’t face momentary panic about how to get your character out of his latest pickle, then turn up the heat, throw off restraint and remember, not all the problems you faced were covered in Sunday School.

SUPER SATURDAY 2015!! LCW’s one day conference is over for another year. It was a great day from its powerful beginning challenge from missionary author and speaker Grace Fabian through LBC’s delicious lunch buffet and workshops.  We enjoyed our best attendance ever. If you didn’t make it this year, do put it on your calendar for next!

CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCES: Spring is finally here, just the time to begin thinking about attending a full-length Christian writers conference this summer. PA is blessed with three within driving distance, St. Davids CWC (Grove City, PA) June 24-28, Montrose CWC (Scranton, PA), July 19-24, and Greater Philadelphia CWC July 29-August 1. A number of past LCW faculty will be teaching at each, including Jeanette Windle, Dave Fessenden, Carol Wedeven, Gayle Roper, Amy Deardon, Marsha Hubler, and many more. Beyond the learning opportunities, a writers conference is the best way to connect directly with agents and editors. All three have scholarships available, so don’t let finances be a stumbling block.

As always, email any additional questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts One-Day Conference April 11, 2015, at Lancaster Bible College

For a bargain of excellence and price, no writer, whether beginning or advanced, within driving radius will want to miss Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2015!! to be held April 11th, 2015, from 8:30am.-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. This one-day writers conference offers a full slate of workshops taught by top industry professionals in both fiction and non-fiction fields. An early registration price of $50 is due by Wednesday, April 8, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch (think Panini!) and LCW membership. Registrations after April 9 and walk-ins day of the conference are $60.

A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Dina Sleiman and Kelly Long along with children’s author Brenda Hendricks. Non-fiction faculty include TV/radio speaker, marketing expert, award-winning author of 19 books Karen Whiting, professional memoir and ghostwriter Shawn Smucker, journalist/social media experts Lisa Bartelt and Alison McLennan.Keynoting the opening session will be linguist, missionary, and author Grace Fabian.

Workshops cover such topics as:

  • Market Yourself Now! Learn Tools to Develop Press Kit, Bio, Website, and Other PR Products.
  • Writing Blockbuster Scenes: How To Keep Readers Flipping Pages and Asking For More.
  • Transformed Manuscripts: Repackaging Your Ideas (Sold or Rejected) to Expand Marketability.
  • The Unfortunate Truth in Fiction: Addressing Hard Issues Without Pulling Down Your Story.
  • A Story To Tell: Surefire Do’s and Don’ts to Write a Gripping True Life Story or Memoir.
  • Myers-Briggs for Your Protagonist: Applying Personality Types to Create Characters with Distinctive Qualities, Motivations, and Voices.
  • Let’s Ride the Seesaw: Recruiting Your Inner Child to Communicate with Young Readers.
  • 100% Guaranteed (Oh, Yeah?) Secret to Blogging Success Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!

A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Conference attendees can get personal consultations with faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes writers of all churches and denominations, all levels and genres. Monthly meetings offer opportunities for manuscript critique, networking with other writers, workshops and guest authors.

Mail Super Saturday 2015 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.  Email questions to LCW President Jeanette Windle at (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM. For more information, see SS2015 Flyer, Schedule, Workshop Descriptions, Faculty Bio at above links.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LCW Welcomes "Renaissance Man" Dudley Danielson Saturday, 3/21/15 PLUS Writer Opportunities

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, March 21, 2015, 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 as speaker one of our own LCW members, Dudley Danielson.  

SPEAKER: Dudley Danielson has been called a Renaissance Man. An ordained minister, Dudley has been a radio host, conference speaker, photographer, innkeeper, newspaper publisher, author of ten books, including his first novel, The Congregation. Along the way he learned to turn writing skills into a profitable income.

WORKSHOP: Dudley Danielson will be sharing a workshop entitled:  How I Made My First Million and . . .”   What is your passion? What gets you so excited that you’re filled with boundless energy? What do you enjoy doing so much that you lose all track of time?  With money being no object, what do you want to do with the rest of your life? In this workshop, Dudley will challenge and entertain through his own experiences as writer, radio host, photographer and more. Along the way, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll discover some terrific ways you can turn your writing into a cash crop. This is one guest you won’t want to miss.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Author Shawn Smucker, who shared with LCW in November and will be speaking at our SS2015, sends this invite to a writer’s retreat for writers of all skill sets  on Saturday, March 28th, with author, editor and writing teacher, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. Time: 10:00-5:00; Location: A spacious farmhouse in beautiful Boiling Springs, PA; Cost: $40 (homemade lunch included). 10 spaces available. Here is a link to info: A Field of Wild Flowers: Writing Retreats. For more info, email 

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers