Thursday, January 13, 2011

Final LCW January Reminder/News

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:

Saturday promises to be a sunny day, if cold. So do consider joining us for coffee/tea and fellowship with other writers at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 Saturday, January 15th, from 9:30AM-12 noon. There are still openings if you'd like to share your own favorite gem of writing with the rest of us. Word count limit 300-500 words; platform time 3-5 minutes. There will also be a Q&A session and the usual critique groups.


1) For our February meeting, please mark the following date change. Due to some schedule conflicts. we will be meeting Saturday, February 12th, instead of February 19th. We are privileged to have award-winning journalist and newspaper editor Lisa Bartelt sharing with us a workshop: "Dr. English and Mrs. Twitter: Tips for living with a love for words in an age of texts and tweets".

2) A special thanks to LCW member Rebecca Wenger who kindly produced for us a REAL flyer for Super Saturday 2011 (I will never claim to be a graphics designer!). Email me at for flyer (and if you know how to post it online, please enlighten me!). Please begin to help us get this beautiful flyer up on bulletin boards and forwarded to as many interested writers as you can think of. :)

Until Saturday,
Jeanette Windle
Chapter President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lancaster Christian Writers January Meeting/News

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:
LCW kicks off the 2011 calendar year Saturday, January 15th, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon with a wonderful panel of speakers--YOU! Yes, this is your opportunity to share your own favorite gem of writing with the rest of us. If you have a short devotional, poem, prose piece, short-short story, we'd like to hear from you. It's still close enough to the holidays that if you have a Christmas piece, we'd love to hear it. BUT in order to permit as many as possible to share, a few GUIDELINES: Word count limit 300-500 words; platform time 3-5 minutes.  Please drop me a note if you'd like to participate, so I can have a basic head count.
We will still be allowing time for critique groups and also a brief Q&A session. Some of the same questions concerning agents, self vs. traditional publishers, and other matters have been popping up from a number of you, so we'll take some time to answer those questions. OTHER NEWS:
1) Super Saturday 2011: We have a fabulous speakers lineup for Super Saturday 2011, coming up quickly on March 19, 2011. Attached is a flyer. Please consider doing what you can to get this info out beyond the LCW group to so many others who can benefit from the outstanding author lineup and reasonable cost of this one-day conference. Some ideas. Post the flyer to your Facebook. Send it on to your email contacts. Get it up on your library, school, church, community bulletin boards (PS. I am not a graphic designer, so if anyone would like a stab at creating a prettier flyer, that would be hugely appreciated. Just drop a private email). Speaker info and regular updates will be posted here at on the LCW blog: 
2) Writing Opportunity: Joyce Tilney, Editor of 'Voice of Grace & Truth", a PA Christian newspaper that distributes in Lancaster, Montgomery and Chester County and beyond, is inviting LCW members to submit articles and columns. Such LCW members as James Castellano have been published by VGT. For Guidelines, drop me an email.
3) Christian Sci-Fi Comic: And for those who enjoy Sci-Fi and Comics, LCW member Ellen Campbell has shared the following link for the new Science Fiction web comic, Carpe Chaos, produced by a wonderful group of young Christian adults: Launched this summer, it has aired at several comic conventions. "The comic doesn't preach, but has truth," its producers share. Which makes it perfect to pass on to a teen, university student, or just plain sci-fi fan in your life.
Finally, we'd like to thank Joyce Magnin for a wonderful session this past LCW meeting. After sharing on developing your own voice as an author, Joyce scratched the surface of using humor to touch a reader's heart. For those who missed her and/or want more, she will be returning for Super Saturday 2011 to offer a full workshop on sharing your heart's message with a humorous touch. Thanks, Joyce!
Jeanette Windle
Chapter President, Lancaster Christian Writers