Monday, May 30, 2011

Lancaster Christian Writers June News

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:

A special thanks to author and speaker Becky Toews for an inspirational as well as practical walk through her publishing journey at our last LCW meeting on May 21st. Our last meeting before breaking for the summer will be on Saturday, June 18, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543, from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens 9AM).  If you're wondering whether you should tuck a writers conference into your summer schedule (and which!), have questions about approaching agents and editors, a proposal/query needing critiqued, this is your opportunity. Novelist, journalist, and freelance editor Jeanette Windle, a frequent writers conference faculty member, will be answering those questions and more and offering individual critiques of conference-ready query letters and book proposals at a first-come, first-serve basis. This will also be a last opportunity for usual peer critique groups until fall, so bring your ten copies of 1500 words or less .


1) Publication Opportunity: Voice of Grace and Truth : We were delighted to welcome at our May LCW meeting Joyce Tilney, editor of PA regional Christian newspaper Voice of Grace and Truth. VGT editor extended a special invitation to LCW members to submit articles, poetry and other material to the newspaper. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Here is a word from Joyce Tilney to Lancaster Christian Writers:

"The Voice of Grace and Truth is a Christian Newspaper uniting faith, family and community.  At least 20,000 people see the Voice in Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster and York Counties with copies going to Philadelphia and beyond. In Lancaster and York Counties you can pick up the paper in Weiss and Giant Food Stores and Stauffers of Kissel Hill. Also in many restaurants and stores. You can also read  the paper online and we receive hits from people around the world. http://www.thevoiceofgraceandtruth/There is power in the printed word!  You have a voice with a story to tell.  Personal testimonies change people lives. We invite you to share your testimony, an answer to prayer, a devotion.  We call the paper TNT; teaching, news and testimony. The Voice is an evangelistic tool for the Kingdom of God.  Partner with us today to bring good news to a loss world. Together we can make a difference. To receive writer’s guidelines please email me at"

2) Congratulations to Sandy Arnold, for her article 'Burned Up', featured in the Lancaster Sunday News May 22, 2011. Attached is a scanned link of the article Sandy has graciously taken time to share with the group.

3) Fall kickoff will be September, 2011, exact date to be announced. BUT we already have Dave Fesseden, managing editor of CLC Publications, lined up to do a workshop on his brand-new book "Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract" [we plan to have something for the fiction writers too). So do be marking your calendar.

Jeanette Windle