Friday, October 11, 2013

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Novelist Michele Chynoweth Saturday, October 19, 2013

It was a delight to see so many of you for LCWs' September kickoff with Dean Drawbaugh at Lancaster Alliance Church. Thank you, Dean for an interesting and practical workshop. Meanwhile, I hope you will take time to read through the following e-blast because we have quite a few news items to cover.

OCTOBER MEETING: Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:30AM-12 noon. We will again be meeting at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster, PA (right off HWY 30 near Costco). As speaker, we are delighted to welcome novelist Michele Chynoweth. Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, every author needs to learn how to present believable characters and dialogue. Michele will be sharing her own tried and true process for developing characters that is fun, flexible and really works - from coming up with names to creating profiles that portray your characters physically, emotionally and spiritually. She will help you develop believable, compelling characters that readers can really connect with, who make you laugh, cry and care. A screenplay writer as well, she'll even teach you how thinking like a movie director can help!

Michele Chynoweth has been a news reporter, advertising copywriter and ad agency owner. She is author of two novels, The Faithful One and The Peace Maker. She has won several awards for her work, including Writer of the Year at Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference and first place in the drama category of the Maryland Writers Association Fiction Contest. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and lives in her native Maryland. Check out Michele's books and blog at:

DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS:  Our LCW openings is a wonderful opportunity for our members to share your own writing and a message God has laid on your heart with the larger group. We are looking for devotional speakers (5-10 minutes) for the rest of the calendar year, including October. If you'd be interested in a calendar slot, please email

SUPER SATURDAY 2014!! Lancaster Bible College has just confirmed a date on their campus for our 2014 one-day conference, so mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 12, 2014.  We are currently accepting proposals for workshops and faculty, so if you have a suggested speaker, please also email with those suggestions.

MONTHLY WORKSHOPS: This year's calendar is already filling up quickly, but we still do have several openings after Christmas for workshops. If you have a suggestion for speaker, please let us know too as soon as possible.

CALENDAR: Lancaster Christian Writers typically meets third Saturdays of the month, but this is always subject to change depending on scheduling conflict. Please note our current meeting schedule below through April; these are all Saturdays, and will be held at Lancaster Alliance Church's Uptown Theater unless marked otherwise. 
October 19
November 16
December 21
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 12 (SS2014 at LBC)

CRITIQUE GROUPS: As always, there will also be opportunity for our usual peer critique groups after Michele Chynoweth's workshop. As per guidelines, bring ten printed copies of no more than 1500 words.

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers