Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lancaster Christian Writers One-Day Conference is THIS Saturday 4-7-18 at Lancaster Bible College: Please Help Us Get the Word Out!!

Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2018!! is now just around the corner on April 7th, 2018, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601, with a wonderful faculty line-up in both fiction and non-fiction tracks. Success and continuation of this annual event depends on YOU helping get the word out--and your own registration in!--so please help us spread the word during these final weeks by posting data to your social media, inviting writer friends, or even printing a flyer to share at church or local library.

SS2018’s very affordable registration price of $55 is due by Wednesday, April 4th, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch and LCW membership. Registrations after April 4th 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 homeschool co-ops or Christian schools can be negotiated by contacting Jeanette Windle at
Please note one major change in faculty.
Loree Lough has had to cancel due to health crisis (please pray for her). But we are excited to have author, conference speaker, and pastor Pierre Eade taking her keynote, and acquisition editor and author Donna Smith joining workshop lineup, along with writers conference director, author, editor Marlene Bagnull, writing coach and author Pierre Eade, best-selling Tyndale author Lynn Eib, and magazine writer Donna Brennan. A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Gayle Roper and Shawn Smucker. Agent/freelance editor Dave Fessenden and editor/novelist/journalist Jeanette Windle will also be taking editorial appointments.

 Workshops cover such topics as: 
  • But I Love Her! Making Your Characters Live
  • Seamless Self-Editing for Your Writing. 
  • Before You Write--Theology and Philosophy of Christian Fiction
  • Hook ‘em from the Get-go, Hold ‘em to the End: A Bestseller’s Checklist to Sellable Articles
  • Writing Out of This World: A Practical Guide to Speculative Fiction from Concept to Publication
  • Make It Personal: Mastering Deep Point of View
  • Faith-Based Writing Both Believers and Seekers Will Read
  • The Power of Story: Using Personal Anecdote and Humor to Write Compelling Non-Fiction 
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 201Flyer/Registration Form and Press Release can be found at Lancaster Christian Writers Today( OR email LCW president Jeanette Windle at Payment can be made online (, or mail check/ money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601

Friday, March 2, 2018

Join Lancaster Christian Writers to "Write Anyway!" Saturday, March 17, 2018 PLUS Invites AND SS2018 Update

Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes three speakers Saturday, March 17th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) who will be offering a joint workshop that offers practical strategies to combat writers block and help you write your message more effectively. 

SPEAKERS: Lisa Betz (right) believes everyone has a story to tell the world. She loves to encourage fellow writers to be intentional about their craft and courageous in sharing their words with others. Lisa shares her words through dramas, Bible studies, historical fiction, and her blog about intentional living at

Alison McLennan (left) is a lifelong writer with a love of blogging and fiction. As mom of three and owner of two non-writing businesses, she is continually learning  to manage craft, career, and family while leading a balanced, meaningful life. Connect with Alison on Instagram (@alisonjmclennan)or her blog,

Ruth Morris (right) a retired teacher and currently is an Amish taxi driver. She has written material for several ministries and has just launched the first book in her fantasy series.

WORKSHOP: Write Anyway! This workshop offers a collection of practical strategies and mindsets to help you overcome whatever hinders you from writing the words you need to write. We will start by discussing the many things that bog us down. Then we will look at the underlying beliefs that lead to unhealthy thinking and how to combat them, followed by strategies that have helped these workshop leaders overcome their writing problems and Write Anyway.

SAVE THE DATE! You are invited to Meet the Authors Sunday, March 25th, 2-4pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregational Church, 44 E. Church Street, Reamstown, PA. This author event celebrating some of our own LCW authors is in benefit of this summer’s YWAM School of Writers in in Kona, Hawaii, where LCW member Cheryl Weber is on faculty. So don’t miss this opportunity to meet authors, buy books at bargain prices, AND contribute to global training of Christian writers, all in one fun-filled afternoon. Hostess will be LCW member Cheryl Weber. A free-will offering will be taken towards Cheryl’s missionary assignment at this summer’s School of Writing. Please invite any friends or family members who are also book lovers.  See attached poster for further details. A basic headcount is appreciated for planning refreshments, so if possible, please RSVP Cheryl if you plan to come at or 717-925-5649.

SS2018 UPDATE!!  Please note a faculty change for SS208. We are disappointed that Rita Gerlach has had to cancel due to family health crisis, but excited that award-winning novelist Gayle Roper has stepped in to teach two fiction workshops. See Updated Flyer and Press Release  right column above. And please do help us get news out. It is crunch time at six weeks till conference to get registrations in!

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 Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Join LCW for Professional Q&A Panel Saturday, February 17, 2018

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, February 17th, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9) for a Professional Q&A panel comprised of experts across the gamut of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, publication, social media, platform building, marketing.

This is your opportunity to ask the questions on your mind (we DO ask that you stick to the general field of writing). It 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 As time permits, questions can be asked on the spot as well.

SUPER SATURDAY 2018!!!!!!  And our annual one-day conference is coming up on us quickly. Please do help us get the word out. All links for flyer, press release, registration, paying on-line, workshops and faculty bios are now all live on our LCW webpage; see column to the right. 

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