Friday, September 30, 2011

Lancaster Christian Writers October Meeting

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:

What a great fall kickoff we enjoyed with suspense novelist Mike Dellosso and CLC editor Dave Fesseden on Saturday, September 17th. Due to popular demand, we ran workshops back-to-back instead of having to make a choice. LOTS of great writing tips for fiction and non-fiction alike in both workshops.

If you missed, that's okay, because we've got another fabulous speaker visiting us Saturday, October 15th (yep, just two weeks away now) 9:30AM-noon at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. Freelance writer, editor, and pastor's wife, Carol Anderson Cool will be offering one of her most popular and practical writers conference workshops, 'Self-Editing for the Grammatically Challenged: Correcting Your Own Work'.

Carol Cool has been published nationally and internationally in magazines and journals such as Focus on Your Child, Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Prism, Pray!, Christian Home and School, and The Bulletin of University of the Sciences. She runs her own editing and writing business, Cool Copy, which specializes in editing and writing in the corporate and advertising worlds.

She describes this workshop: "So you flunked fifth-grade grammar. Get over it! Editors don’t have time to rewrite your work. Learn editing techniques from a professional copy editor who had no formal grammar training. No talk of subordinate clauses and dangling participles, just solid advice and easy-to-remember tips. You’ll also learn secrets for professional proofreading and receive resource recommendations."

We will also again be offering opportunity for ALL LCW members attending to showcase their own titles at each meeting. With Christmas coming up, here's a chance for that personalized and economic gift. AND we'll be giving time for peer critique groups (sorry those got a little squeeze in last month with two workshops!). PLEASE remember to bring ten copies and no more than 1500 words if you plan to participate.

A reminder that LCW news is always posted at our blog, Lancaster Christian Writers Today, if you've accidentally deleted an email:

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lancaster Christian Writers Fall Kickoff Saturday, September 17th!!

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:
A reminder that LCW's fall kickoff is coming this  Saturday, September 17th, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Admission is FREE!!!, so please do pass on this wonderful opportunity to anyone you know who might be interested. A press release is attached if you'd like to post or email it elsewhere.
We will be offering two exciting workshops for our kick-off for both non-fiction and fiction writers:
Dave Fesseden, managing editor of CLC Publications, will be teaching a workshop covering the topic of his brand-new book "Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract". 
Mike Dellosso, acclaimed suspense novelist, will be offering a workshop  on "Establishing Mood/Feeling in Your Story". Author of four thriller novels,The Hunted, Scream, Darlington Woods, and Darkness Follows, Mike Delosso is also a newspaper columnist and feature writer for ACFW's Afictionado. Mike teaches writing to a variety of ages at conferences and other venues, including creative writing at Lancaster Bible College. There will be a book table, so take this opportunity to grab some autographed titles for those first Christmas gifts!!
We will also be giving time for small-group peer critique. If you are planning to participate, bring ten copies of material. Word count limit is 1500 words. Guidelines posted at our LCW blog Lancaster Christian Writers Today (if you are reading this, you know where to find it).
Two other pieces of news:
1) The LCW website ( has ceased to exist. We never did find a webmaster and are able to do anything we need on our free blog site. SO basic LCW info is now posted as Lancaster Christian Writers Q&A on the right column of the blog. Regular news will continue to be posted to the blog as well as e-news updates if you are in our database.
2) Starting this September, we will be offering a book table EVERY month for members with titles to display their books any time they attend (this is common in secular writers groups). The reason being that members may be interested in purchasing a featured title, but not be present the particular meeting when that author shares a devotional or workshop. SO any month a member would like to set out a few titles (be sure they are marked with price), they will be available to the group for purchase an autographed copy (Christmas is coming!). Because of this, we will NOT plan to have a separate Christmas Shop display in December. Just plan to pick up some signed autographs throughout the fall.
We'll look forward to seeing you next Saturday. And do help us get the word out!
Jeanette Windle
Chapter President, Lancaster Christian Writers