Friday, January 27, 2012

Lancaster Christian Writers February News/Writing Opportunity

Dear Lancaster Christian Writers:

I hope you spent last weekend's storm with a good book and warm fire. It wasn't too bad here in Lititz area, but slick enough it was just as well none of you were on the roads. Meanwhile, our next scheduled meeting is Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Our scheduled January speaker, award-winning journalist Jeannette Hague Scott, has graciously rescheduled to join us then.

Jeannette Scott specializes in nonfiction writing, including news, features, profiles, faith and values stories and corporate communication. She is a former staff writer for Sunday News (Lancaster, Pa.) where she received 10 state press awards. You can learn more about Jeannette at Jeannette describes as follows the workshop she will be sharing:  ""THRIVE!  Inspiration, encouragement and practical steps you can take to make this your best writing year yet! What defines success for you? Does success seem like a far away someday that is out of reach? It's closer than you think! Thrive! will renew your resolve to write and give you practical steps you can take to get closer to your goals this year."

SUPER SATURDAY COMING SOON!!  Our one day LCW conference at Lancaster Bible College is slipping up quickly upon us, less than two months away now. With fabulous faculty like novelists Gayle Roper, Tracy Higly, Mike Dellosso, Wanda Dyson and non-fiction workshop leaders like Marlene Bagnull, Carol Cool, Carol Wedeven, and Karen Whiting, you don't want to miss this OR let your writing friends miss it. PLEASE help us get the word out. Links for flyer and press release to post on your own social networking sites can be found at   Help us get the news out to churches, libraries, friends and family. If you'd really like to drop some encouragement into my own life, drop me a line to let me know WHERE you have been able to do some PR for the event.

WRITERS OPPORTUNITY: Meanwhile yet another writers opportunity has been offered to our group. Women's ministry leader MaryEllen Stone has written our group, asking for story  submissions for her next title. This is a legitimate opportunity for a by-line, if little monetary return. BUT one caveat. LCW passes along writers opportunities that come to our group; we are not involved in any other way. So please don't communicate back to LCW regarding such submissions, but only with the indicated party. Submission guidelines below:

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:  MaryEllen Stone is seeking submissions for inclusion in her upcoming book In the “I” of the Storm—Stories of Thanks-Giving, a sequel to Run in the Path of Peace—the Secret of Being Content No Matter What. You can check out MaryEllen and her ministry at: 

Guidelines:  In the “I” of the Storm will be a collection of real-life accounts of individuals who have faced adversity, are in the midst of trying circumstances, who struggle with relationships, or dread day to day challenges. Stories must be non-fiction between 1,500 - 3,000 words. Narratives must embrace and reflect the message of Run in the Path of Peace. Stories can be in first or third person, but not previously published. Submissions must be accompanied by a completed submission form. For additional information and form email MaryEllen at: In the email subject bar write: Storm Submission Form
Submissions not meeting requirements will not be considered. Submission deadline is September 1, 2012.
Rights:  One-time rights. 
Payment:  Three stories will be chosen for special recognition. Authors selected for this honor will receive $50 and three copies of In the “I” of the Storm. All other authors whose stories are chosen for publication will receive two copies of the book.  
Resource:  Run in the Path of Peace—the Secret of Being Content No Matter What will prove invaluable in preparation for submission. It is available at in both paperback and ebook. To assist writers, MaryEllen has made the ebook available until April 5, 2012 for free checkout through Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library at: At this site you will see the following notice: "Borrow this book for free, with no due dates, if you are a Kindle owner & Prime member. If you're not a Prime member, start your one month free trial today. You can borrow this book from your Kindle device."