Saturday, November 2, 2013

LCW Welcomes Awardwinning Author ADINA SENFT 11/16/13 PLUS Contest and Other News

Whether your storytelling is fiction or non-fiction, you won't want to miss Lancaster Christian Writers' next meeting Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9AM) at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster, PA (right off HWY 30 near Costco). For this month's speaker, it was a delightful surprise to learn that ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) author Adina Senft (publishing also as Shelley Adina and Shelley Bates) would be in town all the way from Silicon Valley, CA, for a book-signing at the Strasburg Railroad Steampunk Unlimited event Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17.  Adina graciously consented to duck out of the event long enough to share with Lancaster's local Christian writing community her fun-filled and practical workshop on presenting an effective setting to your reader:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no), she made her own clothes, and she perfected the art of the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, and a finalist for that award in 2006. Writing as Shelley Adina, she is an Amazon bestseller for her self-published Magnificent Devices steampunk series, and was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. 
A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun. Check out more about Adina and her Amish and steampunk novels at her websites:;;

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: "World Building Through Your Characters' Eyes".
Building a setting is more than paragraphs of description of a Regency ballroom or the main street of a small town. It’s how your character sees your story world and how it in turn reflects her. It’s how the environment influences and changes your character—and how your character changes her environment—during the events of the story. In this workshop, award-winning author Adina Senft, who also writes as Shelley Adina, will show you how to build a setting from the top down and from the inside out so that your world becomes as much a character as your people. You’ll also get some tips on how to research a believable setting, even if you’re making it all up.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED TO CHAUFFEUR SPEAKER:  Our guest speaker will be staying at Limestone Inn Bed and Breakfast, 33 East Main Street, Strasburg, PA. A volunteer is urgently needed to pick Adina up at the inn (by 8:45AM), bring her to Lancaster Alliance Church, then take her back to Strasburg by noon (when she is due at the Railroad event). BONUS: Getting to pick the brain of an unbelievably talented and creative author coming and going. If you can offer chauffeur services, please email

DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS:  Thank you, Donna Smith, for a wonderful devotional thought shared with our October group. If any LCW member would be interested in sharing a devotional message geared to writers God has laid on your heart(5-10 minutes) for the November meeting, please email

BOOK MANUSCRIPT CONTEST: Lancaster Christian Writers has received an invitation from Deep River Books (founded by Bill and Nancy Carmichael, founding publishers of Good Family Magazines, which included Christian Parenting Today, Virtue, etc) to submit book manuscripts for their 2013-2014 writing contest, first prize a publishing contract. Check out details HERE.

THANK YOU FROM MICHELE CHYNOWETH: Those in attendance at the October meeting had a delightful time with guest author Michele Chynoweth. Michele sends the group this follow-up thanks:

"Dear Jeanette and fellow Christian writers, I’d like to thank you for hosting me as your Writers Workshop speaker on Character Development this past Saturday; it was a delightful group full of enthusiasm and I really appreciated the opportunity.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Meanwhile, if anyone would still like to purchase copies of my novels, The Faithful One or The Peace Maker, please visit my website: or go on

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers